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Professional Development for Music Programs

Author Unknown, American Schools of Rio (Belo Horitzonte & Brasilia), Brazil

In November, with the assistance of the US Office of Overseas Schools, Dr. Russell Robinson, Professor and Head of Music Education at the University of Florida provided professional development for music teachers and programs at the American Schools of Rio, Belo Horizonte and Brasilia. Robinson is an international music consultant and presenter and his data has shown that if schools raise the quality of the music programs, they raise the quality of the whole school. He typically spends two days at the school, observing Pre-K through 12 music programs and working in the classrooms with the teachers and students showing “creative teaching techniques” to create student interest and maximize their musicianship. Robinson’s on-site professional development has been welcomed and well-received from music teachers and schools administrators who have participated in this opportunity. Following the visit, the school is provided with a comprehensive summary and recommendations report regarding curriculum, staffing, and resources. There will be follow up to this professional development as a part of the AASSA conference in March in Sao Paulo.


 Dr. Robinson with members of the EAB Jazz Band and their teacher, Valerie Terman


Dr. Robinson and members of the GleE AB with their music teacher, Celiane Junker


From Left: Jason Baxley, Upper School Coordinator; Ruth Pesses, Lower School Coordinator; Dr. Robinson and Catarina Chen, Head of School at EABH


Dr. Robinson and “young conductor” at EABH


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