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west Regional Practicum: october 9-10, 2023


The West Regional Practicum is designed to convene Teaching Artists from El Sistema-inspired and community music programs across the West Coast and Rocky Mountains, including Utah, Colorado, California, Wyoming, Nevada and Arizona. Over two full days in-person, participants gain new skills and tools that directly support the continued growth of their teaching practice as they hear from expert clinicians, reflect together through collaborative conversations, observe teaching artistry in real-time, and build a network of peer Teaching Artists. 

We look forward to meeting you October 9-10 at the West Regional Practicum in West Valley City, UT, hosted by Sistema Utah.

About the Host organization

Sistema Utah’s mission is to provide musical instruction to foster life-long qualities of refined character. We believe that music education works in beautiful tandem with academic learning and provides a positive outlet and identity for students of all ages, backgrounds and circumstances. We will strive to help children develop the highest musical proficiency possible by providing instruction through excellent teachers, mentors and musical role models in their lives. Sistema Utah is an afterschool program that began October 2013 at the American Preparatory family of schools. This program is based on the internationally successful program, El Sistema. Dedicated to the idea that music and rigorous musical study can improve participants’ futures, while also enhancing current academic and behavioral goals, Sistema Utah will be an intense after school immersion experience.

featured clinician


Lorrie Heagy, Ph.D., has been involved in the advancement of music education for social change in public schools, Sistema-inspired programs and the university system for over twenty years. As a K-5 music teacher at Sítʼ Eetí Shaanáx̱ Glacier Valley Elementary School in Juneau, Alaska, Lorrie works closely with the community to fund and provide access to quality arts and music experiences for every student. After completing a Sistema Fellowship at the New England Conservatory in 2010, Lorrie created Juneau Alaska Music Matters (JAMM), an El Sistema-inspired program serving over 500 students in the Juneau School District. Lorrie provides teacher training across the U.S. in positive youth development, brain-based learning and student engagement and served as the 2011 Alaska Teacher of the Year.

Lorrie holds a PhD in Education with a concentration in Learning, Instruction and Innovation from Walden University and an honorary doctorate in Education from the University of Alaska Southeast. She also holds three masterʼs degrees in elementary, music and library education and traveled to the UK in 2019 as a Fulbright Distinguished Awardee in Teaching where she researched music pedagogies that support student identity, agency, creativity and well-being. She holds both a Waldorf and English as a Second Language teaching certificate.

As an Alaskan K-12 educator and adjunct professor, culturally responsive-sustaining education has been an integral part of Lorrieʼs teaching standards for decades and increasingly so as the Juneau community strives to revitalize the Lingít language and culture. In 2014, she was adopted into the Kiks.adi (Frog) clan for her work with music and native Alaskan children and is carried by the name, Gax.áansán. With roughly 40 fluent native speakers left worldwide, Lorrie has been studying and integrating Lingít language and culture into her classroom. In 2020 she completed 50 hours of culturally sustaining pedagogy through Sealaska Heritage Foundation and a year-long national professional learning community with Zaretta Hammond, Culturally Responsive Education by Design. For the 2021-2022 school year, Lorrie is honored to team with native and arts organizations, university faculty, and school district to launch Haa Tóo Yéi Yatee, which will teach violin to all kindergarten and 1st grade students at Sítʼ Eetí Shaanáx̱ Glacier Valley through the medium of the Lingít language and a place-based curriculum.

practicum WORKSHOPS

CORE FOCUS: Culturally responsive teaching

This Regional Practicum will focus on Culturally Responsive Teaching, which centers students’ experiences and funds of knowledge in the classroom, viewing the student and their community as assets in the learning process. 

Culturally Responsive Teaching can be infused into all areas of our teaching practice to create classroom environments that incorporate student voice and affirm the lived experiences of all students. Participants will explore how to connect learning experiences to the cultural references and backgrounds of students.

additional lens: defining and measuring success

Participants will learn how to plan specific learning activities and assessments that are socio-culturally and musically relevant to their students. This workshop will emphasize ways to understand individual students’ learning assets and needs as a means to define both whole class and individual success metrics so that all students are able to achieve their best. 

sample schedule

Day 1

9:00 – 10:00              Breakfast and Opening Session

10:00 – 12:00            Workshop #1

12:00 – 1:00               Lunch

1:00 – 3:00                 Workshop #2

3:00 – 5:00                 Sistema Utah Site Visit and Peer Observations #1

6:30 – 8:30                 Regional Networking Social

Day 2

9:00 – 10:00              Breakfast

10:00 – 12:00            Workshop #3

12:00 – 1:00               Lunch

1:00 – 3:00                 Workshop #4

3:00 – 5:00                 Sistema Utah Site Visit and Peer Observations #2

5:00 – 6:00                 Closing Reflections

Attending the west Regional Practicum

October 9-10, 2023

The TATI Regional Practicums are designed to be intimate, personalized conferences between a committed group of Teaching Artists. By registering for the Midwest Regional Practicum and securing one of these limited spots, you are committing to attend both days in their entirety.

Registration Type

EArly Bird: Now - AUG 22

General: AUG 23 - SEPT 22

General Admission



Lab Cohort alumni



TATI Regional Practicum Policies

TATI Regional Practicum Attendance Policy
The TATI Regional Practicums are designed to be small, personalized events with limited seats. As such, by registering for a Regional Practicum, Teaching Artists commit to attend both days in full, typically from 9:00am to 6:00pm. This includes finding necessary substitutes, arranging childcare, rescheduling meetings, etc.

TATI Regional Practicum Cancellation Policy
Should you need to cancel, you will need to send a written request by the refund deadline of September 5, 2023. You will receive a refund of the registration fee, minus a $25 administrative fee, for each cancelled registration. No refunds will be issued for cancellation requests received after September 5, 2023. All cancellation requests must be submitted via email to

travel and lodging

Home2Suites by Hilton Salt Lake City/West Valley City
4028 Parkway Blvd, West Valley City, UT 84120
Free daily hot breakfast
Free parking

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Salt Lake City/West Valley City
3036 Decker Lake Dr, West Valley City, UT 84119
Free daily hot breakfast
Free parking

SpringHill Suites by Marriott Salt Lake City West Valley
3662 S 2400 W, West Valley City, UT 84119
Free daily hot breakfast
Free parking

Travel Tips

The West Regional Practicum will be based in West Valley City, UT near the Chesterfield and Alpine Meadows. Little to no public transportation is available. Out-of-town guests are recommended to rent a car or to use a taxi/ride share service to get to/from the hotel and workshop location. Once at the workshop, participants will be encouraged to carpool to site visits as needed.

The 2022 Midwest Regional Practicum "was the perfect balance between breadth and depth. I really enjoyed being challenged to step outside of the daily work and to think deeply and consider new perspectives. It is truly amazing to talk to other teaching artists, see their work, feel inspired, motivated, and renewed."