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December, 20, 2024
08:30 AM - 09:30 AM




Dakeyan Graham

Dakeyan Graham

Yorel Lashley

Yorel Lashley

Scott Edgar

Scott Edgar

Beyond the Buzzwords: Navigating Divisive Concepts in Our Instrumental Music Programs

Clinic Synopsis:

Divisive concepts have become a monopolizing force putting teachers/students in uncomfortable positions about appropriate discussions in school. Join us in exploring: going beyond buzzwords to unravel concept origins; embracing a growth mindset for more inclusive & enriching mus. ed. cultures; suggestions of concrete examples of divisive concepts & how limiting instruction can be detrimental; fostering transformative environments with strategies for embedding DEIA, student empowerment, & SEL.

Dakeyan Graham - Biographical Information

Dr. Dakeyan C. Graham (Dr. Dré) is an award-winning and GRAMMY-nominated music educator widely sought out as a conductor, clinician, and adjudicator throughout the southeastern United States. He served as Director of Instrumental Studies at his alma mater, C. Leon King High School (2009-2020) in Tampa, FL before being selected as the 2020 Florida Teacher of the Year and Christa McAuliffe Ambassador for Education. During this time, he traveled all 67 counties (74 districts) providing inspirational speeches and workshops to the educational workforce. A past president of the Hillsborough Secondary Music Council & founder of the Eastern Coalition of Music Directors, Dr. Graham travels the state adjudicating for the Florida Bandmasters & Orchestra Associations. He serves on numerous national and state boards, both music and education-focused, that elevate the importance of mentorship and providing opportunities for students furthest from justice. His passion is to continue to positively impact the next generation of world changers. While serving in his original teaching capacity, his students continuously displayed the highest levels of musicianship earning performance positions on prestigious stages including Carnegie Hall. He holds Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Music Education (UF), a Master’s in Educational Leadership (Concordia University), a Doctorate of Philosophy in Music Education (USF), a Doctorate of Education in Learning Design and Performance Technology (FSU), and a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Instrumental Conducting (UF).

Yorel Lashley - Biographical Information

Yorel Lashley is the Director of Programs for PLACE and the Director of Student Empowerment for the Center for Arts Education and Social and Emotional Learning. He is a developmental psychologist interested in self-efficacy and social-emotional learning in arts, academics, and integrated environments and is the Founder/Director of Drum Power. Drum Power uses learning West African Traditional, Afro-Brazilian and Afro-Cuban percussion to help young people develop and practice social-emotional skills—discipline, community, and leadership. The program has supported more than 3,900 young people from New York City, Denver, and Madison, Wisconsin to date. Lashley, who also provides professional development, created the Relationships First framework for building and maintaining healthy classroom culture, fully integrating academic content with social-emotional learning. Yorel is also a professional musician who trained with the Kankouran West African Dance Company in Washington, DC, and the Harbor Conservatory for the performing arts in Spanish Harlem and led bands in New York City.

Scott Edgar - Biographical Information

Dr. Scott N. Edgar (he/him) has dedicated his career to highlighting the potential music education and educators have to build life skills students will utilize long after they leave the classroom. As a notable authority on music education and Social Emotional Learning, Dr. Edgar has emerged as the leading researcher, best-selling author, and internationally sought-after clinician on the subject. He is the author of Music Education and Social Emotional Learning: The Heart of Teaching Music, The ABCs of My Feelings and Music (co-authored with his wife Stephanie), and editor of Portraits of Music Education and Social Emotional Learning (published through GIA Publications). He is Assoc. Prof. of Music, Chair of the Department of Music, and Director of Bands at Lake Forest College, Social Emotional Learning Editor for GIA Publications, and serves as Director of Practice and Research for The Center for Arts Education and Social Emotional Learning.