The GRAMMY Museum’s Jane Ortner Education Award program promotes the use of music as a powerful educational tool in the K-12 academic classroom. As part of its expansion, we have launched a free webinar series designed to:

  • Provide K-12 teachers across the country with strategies and resources to foster a creative learning environment and integrate music into the academic classroom
  • Explore college readiness and non-performing careers in the music industry (for HS students and teachers)
  • Facilitate conversations about related topics in the field of education, such as pedagogical and assessment methods, 21st Century literacies, social-emotional development, and arts integration advocacy/case studies

Please see below to view our archived recordings.


Nicole Naditz - Noteworthy Language: Using Music to Build Foreign Language Literacy (click to view)

Join Nicole Naditz, an accomplished world language educator, in an exploration of strategies she uses to engage students in comprehension, communication and creative expression through authentic music. These strategies are adaptable to songs in your target language and can be adjusted to work with a variety of proficiency levels.

Nicole Naditz is a multi-award winning French teacher at Bella Vista High School in Fair Oaks, CA. She has taught French to grades 3-12 (including AP French), and holds National Board and Google certifications. The inaugural recipient of the GRAMMY Museum's Jane Ortner Education Award, some of her other honors include: ACTFL National Language Teacher of the Year (2015), SWCOLT Language Teacher of the Year (2014), Sacramento County Teacher of the Year (2012), Finalist - California State Teacher of the Year (2012). Nicole is very active in professional organizations and her work focuses on helping teachers develop and implement rich, rigorous, research-based and standards-aligned lessons designed to support the learning needs and interests of all students.


Lauren Leigh Kelly, Ph.D - Transformative Learning and Assessment through Critical Hip Hop Literacy (click to view)

This webinar will demystify the concept of a Hip Hop classroom by exploring teaching strategies, formative and summative assessments, and assignments that are common core aligned. Please see event details for additional information.

Lauren Leigh Kelly is a teacher and researcher, focusing on curriculum development and teaching for social justice. She received her Ph.D in English Education from Teachers College, Columbia University and is currently a postdoctoral research fellow in the School of Education at Boston University. Kelly taught high school English for ten years in New York where she also developed a Spoken Word poetry curriculum, a Hip Hop Literature and Culture class, and a Theatre Arts class. Her work has been published in the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy and English Journal and has been featured in Education Week, Education Update, and School Library Journal. Kelly's research interests include critical hip hop literacies, culturally responsive teaching, and critical pedagogy.



Sunshine Cavalluzzi - Ten Ways to Incorporate Music in Ten Minutes of Class Time (AND Prep Time) or Less (click to view)

This webinar will give you an easy-to-implement toolkit: ways to use music in the classroom as sponge activities at the beginning of the period, as transition activities in the middle, or as go-to activities for a few extra minutes before the bell.

Sunshine Cavalluzzi, 2014 JOEA recipient and 2012 Orange County Teacher of the Year, teaches social science at El Dorado HS (Placentia, CA), her alma mater. She’s passionate about all facets of her field, particularly empowering students as advocates and activists. She’s inspired by the power of art as a social change agent and teaching tool; she loves applying her master’s in crosscurricular instruction to the use of art as a vehicle for student engagement, learning, and self-expression.

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