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December, 22, 2023
05:30 PM - 06:30 PM




Danielle Collins

Danielle Collins

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A Place to Belong: Reaching your Students Where They Are

Clinic Synopsis:

Provide students a space where they authentically feel they belong by teaching culturally responsive repertoire in a diverse and inclusive way. Student performers will demonstrate and share how this move towards diversity has opened new doors. Attendees will leave with a practical plan for implementation including strategic methods, resources, and student training tools. Students will create deep connections and teachers will ensure every student has a safe space to speak with their own voice.

Danielle Collins - Biographical Information

Danielle Collins is the Popular Music Chair at the Academy for the Performing Arts at Huntington Beach High School. She serves on the board for the California State Department of Education Career Technical Education in Arts, Media, and Entertainment and as the President and Co-Founder of Pulse Percussion, Inc. Danielle has served as the Innovations Chair for the California Music Educators Association and as a board member for the California Band Directors Association. She has a Master's Degree in Music Education from CSU Long Beach and a CTE Credential in Arts, Media, and Entertainment. She has taught in the music education departments at California State University Long Beach and CSU Los Angeles, and worked as a Contract Consultant for the Los Angeles County Office of Education. Her non-profit organization, Pulse, is a four-time world champion and has placed in the top 5 of the highest competitive class for twelve years. Danielle has worked with countless high schools, non-profits, and music industry partners and has helped develop diverse programs in other schools across the nation. Danielle has presented nationally many times on subjects including blending work with traditional and commercial groups, student-centered classrooms, personalized learning, and developing popular music ensembles. Danielle is a friend of Yamaha, a VicFirth, Zildjian, and Remo Educator, and a partner of Soundtrap.