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Western Regional Practicum: March 23-24, 2023


The Western Regional Practicum is designed to convene Teaching Artists from El Sistema-inspired and community music programs across the West Coast, including Arizona, California, Oregon, and Washington. 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 March 23-24 at the Western Regional Practicum in Oakland, CA, hosted by the Bay Area Music Project.

About the Host organization

Bay Area Music Project (BAMP) was founded by Lorrie Murray in 2014 to provide high-quality and empowering after-school music education for Alameda’s socio-economically and culturally diverse community. Inspired by Venezuela’s renowned El Sistema program and its dedication to artistically rigorous ensemble training as a vehicle for social change, ​BAMP’s mission is to provide an opportunity where all children—regardless of circumstances—can thrive socially and academically through music education that promotes creative expression, teamwork, discipline, and social responsibility. 

featured clinician


Dr. Lenora Z. Helm Hammonds is a Chicago IL native, Former U.S. Jazz Ambassador two-time Fulbright Senior Music Specialist, and a tenured, Associate Professor in the Department of Music and Jazz Studies Program at North Carolina Central University (NCCU). She is Interim Chair for the Department of Music and Director of Graduate Programs, Jazz Studies. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in vocal jazz performance, jazz ear training, jazz pedagogy and songwriting, and is Director of NCCU Vocal Jazz Ensemble. Dr. Hammonds has authored several academic and student initiatives, including the planning, design, and coordination of an NEA-sponsored Teaching Artist Certificate program. The inaugural recipient of the 2022 Jazz Educator of Distinction award from Jazz Music Awards foundation, her academic award highlights include a Duke University-NCCU John Hope Franklin Digital Humanities Fellowship, 2018 Javett Music Award International Jazz Scholar at University of Pretoria, South Africa, a 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award from Marquis Publishing, NCCU’s Excellence in Teaching Award, and receiving the highest faculty honor, the 2021 University of North Carolina Board of Governors Excellence in Teaching Award. Lenora’s dream for creating access to under-served global populations interested in vocal jazz education was realized in the creation of a library of online vocal training programs at www.LenoraHelm.online. She earned a Bachelor of Music in Film Scoring and Voice from Berklee College of Music, a Master of Music, Jazz Performance from East Carolina University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Music Education from Boston University. Her research interests are at the intersection of digital humanities, intercultural competence, and Jazz, and is a published author with Routledge, Taylor & Francis, and Springer.

Her achievements in academia are in addition to more than three decades as a recording artist. P/K/A Lenora Zenzalai Helm, she is acclaimed as a jazz vocalist, vocal musicianship coach, lyricist, composer, arranger, and big band bandleader. She has seven commercially released recordings, her own recording and publishing company, Baoule Works Music Publishing, and an extensive discography with internationally renowned names in jazz and contemporary music. Her indie jazz record label, Zenzalai Music, was elected as a BIMA Accelerator recipient. She is also a 2021-22 Chamber Music America Residency Presenting Jazz Consortium recipient, awarded to present her 11-song suite, Journeywoman, in virtual concerts. Her achievements garnered accolades as “…the voice of her generation,” by Jazziz Magazine. Her 2022 film score projects include The Problem of the Hero (David zum Brunnen) and Finding Home (Savannah Washington). Composer highlights include jazz composer awards from Chamber Music America/Doris Duke’s New Jazz Works, a MacDowell Colony composer fellowship, and scoring music for ESPN Black History Month ads. Her seventh CD, For the Love of Big Band, features her newly formed ensemble, The Tribe Jazz Orchestra® and reached JazzWeek’s top 50 radio list. Inspired to change the face of large ensembles usually lacking gender diversity, Tribe Jazz Orchestra® is Lenora’s effort to bring together a diverse group of men and women, veteran and emerging musicians from around the globe, based in North Carolina. An eighth recording, Sister Joy, is slated for first quarter 2023. Visit her at www.LenoraHelm.com.


classroom management & student engagement

Explore the balance between high expectations and high care for students, and the role of meticulous planning in supporting all students to engage in the classroom. Participants in this workshop will learn about practical elements such as:

  • Fostering a safe and activated learning environment and classroom culture
  • Teaching strategies that incorporate less “teacher-talk” and greater student action
  • Ensuring that all students are aware of their role/task at all times in the classroom and planning for this
  • Clarity in expected behaviors and what success looks like in relation to these
  • Ensuring we have used a culturally responsive lens on our expectations 

multidisciplinary instruction

Consider the impacts of looking at music through the viewpoint of more than one discipline or subject matter. Allow students to make connections between classes, understand how to “transfer” and apply concepts, and to gain a deeper understanding by engaging with knowledge taught in different ways.  Multidisciplinary teaching will be explored through various angles such as:

  • Connecting the music classroom and reinforcing knowledge shared in classes outside of music. 
  • Teacher collaboration and collective planning as a way for teaching artists engaged in this approach to gain the understanding of what is age and developmentally appropriate in various learning domains.  
  • How classroom application in different settings may vary such as choir or vocal classes, versus instrumental or general music classes.

Attending the Western Regional Practicum

March 23-24, 2023

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

Registration Type

EArly Bird: Now - Jan 23

General: Jan 24 - MAR 1

General Admission



Lab Cohort Member or Alumni



TATI Regional Practicum Policies

TATI Regional Practicum Vaccination Policy

All registered participants, clinicians, and vendors of a 2022-2023 Regional Practicum are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and will be asked to show proof of vaccine at the time of event check-in. Please review our policy for more information.

In accordance with CDC and local regional guidelines, TATI reserves the right, at any time, to change or modify the COVID-19 protocols in order to provide event attendees with a safe meeting environment. Failure of any participant to comply with this policy and all applicable protocols may result in the participant being removed, or denied entry, to the TATI event.

TATI Regional Practicum Cancellation Policy
Should you need to cancel, you will need to send a written request by the refund deadline of February 8, 2022. 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 February 8, 2022. All cancellation requests must be submitted via email to info@tatraininginstitute.org.

sample schedule

Day 1

9:00 – 10:00              Breakfast + Welcome

10:00 – 12:00            Workshop #1

12:00 – 12:45            Lunch

12:45 – 3:00              Workshop #2

3:30 – 5:45                 Bay Area Music Project Site Visit

6:30 – 8:30                 Networking Social (Drinks + Food included!)

Day 2

9:00 – 9:30               Breakfast

9:30 – 11:30             Workshop #3

11:30 – 12:15           Lunch

12:15 – 3:00             Workshop #4

3:30 – 4:30                BAMP Site Visit

4:30 – 6:00                Critical Response Process

6:00 – 6:30                Closing Reflections

travel and lodging

Recommended Hotels

>5 mins from morning Workshop Location
Executive Inn and Suites
1755 Embarcadero, Oakland, CA 94606
Complimentary Breakfast
Hotel Restaurant
Parking: $15/night

Best Western Plus Bayside
1717 Embarcadero, Oakland, CA 94606
Complimentary Breakfast
Parking: $15/night

>5 mins from afternoon School Site Visit
Hawthorne Suites Oakland/Alameda
1628 Webster St, Alameda, CA 94501
Complimentary Breakfast
Complimentary Parking

Travel Tips

Public transportation is available within Oakland, San Francisco and Alamaeda, including buses and BART. 
Visit https://www.bart.gov/planner to learn more.

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."