Our Music Educators and Teaching Artist (META) Fellowship Pilot Program is a two-year program focused on enhancing the quality of music teaching and learning in school and community based organizations throughout Massachusetts. Through work with nearly 50 Fellows from more than 30 schools and non-profits, this program provides four learning sessions per year, site visits, grants, and stipends for participating. Year One brought a rich set of learning experiences to both the Fellows and the Mass Cultural Council.
What we learned in Year One:
- Fellows recognized one another as the most valuable assets in developing their practice and impact as Music Educators and Teaching Artists.
- Fellows want more time to learn from one another.
- There were two main topics the group identified as useful to explore in Year Two: Child Development/Psychology and Cultural Competence.
In Year Two, we have decided build on the greatest asset of the Fellowship and the one that will endure beyond the pilot program – the Fellows. We will continue building the Fellowship around the assets of the group, host a session with the Silk Road Ensemble around cultural competency and another session to focus on child and cognitive development. Year Two will culminate in a showcase and convening for Fellows, other educators in their schools and organizations, principals, executive and artistic directors, and higher education institutions on April 4, 2018.