Using Technology to Inspire Student Leadership

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Presenter: Brett Gottheimer

Student ownership of their learning does not mean the teacher is not in charge. Teachers are still the ones who know the content best. It means students will go beyond merely what we tell them to do and will therefore learn more deeply. When students have a guided say in their own learning, they begin to take on leadership roles and become more independent.

Using Technology to Inspire Student Leadership will be relevant to teachers of virtually any level and type of music class.  The focus of the session will be about creating a collaborative environment where students can learn how to take ownership of their own learning. Examples will place an emphasis on the ensemble classroom but the skills you will learn will relate to collaboratively created practice forms, personalized study plans, and available tools to individualize instruction and communicate so you can reach the students where they are. Session participants will leave with self-created resources and be inspired to create new avenues for their classes to inspire student leadership.

Visit: for a handout explaining some of the resources you will learn about.

Brett Gottheimer supervises Visual Arts, Dance, Drama and Music as the Fine Arts Department Head of Pinkerton Academy in Manchester, NH.  Brett previously taught Choral Music at Canton Middle/High School where he directed six choirs in grades 7-12, ear training for AP Music Theory and directed the high school musical theater productions. Canton 8th Grade Choirs regularly received superior ratings at adjudications, and the Canton High Chamber Singers were featured performers at the 2012 Connecticut Music Educators Association In-Service Conference. Brett has degrees from the University of Connecticut and Hartt School of Music and continues to be active in professional organizations. He is a past High School Repertoire and Standards Chair for the Connecticut Chapter of ACDA.

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