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Culturally Responsive Teaching in Music

  • NYU Steinhardt 35 West 4th Street, Room 985 New York, NY, 10012 United States (map)

Presented by Dr. Penny Prince & Dr. Lisa DeLorenzo


Tackling Social Justice through the Arts (by Dr. Penny Prince)

Drama, improvisation, and music are great vehicles for getting students to consider social justice themes. This is an interactive workshop touching on topics such as: LGBT sensitivity, mass incarceration, tolerance, and bullying. Come prepared to participate and have fun with Dr. Penny Prince from Lehman College, CUNY.

Making Music Relevant (by Dr. Lisa DeLorenzo)

There are many ways to connect music teaching with events happening all around us. Urban students, in particular, need to find relevance with music and the world in which they live. This interactive session will involve hands-on strategies that include themes of democracy, social justice, and cultural responsiveness. In addition, these strategies will focus on helping students become active change-agents in their community through music.


Dr. Penny Prince is a Professor of Music Education and Music Graduate Coordinator at Lehman College. She began her career as a pianist, and a teacher in music schools, private and public schools. She loves composing and writing lyrics, and has been producing original collaborative musicals for the past 30 years, now at Lehman College. Dr. Prince has found musical theatre to be the best vehicle to explore the multiple intelligences and to nurture social justice. Dr. Prince’s awards include MEANYC honoree, ASCAP Plus for 15 years, the Bronx Recognizes Its Own award, and grants for her musical productions.

Dr. Lisa DeLorenzo is Professor of Music Education and Graduate Coordinator of Music Education at the John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University, NJ. Her teaching experience includes both suburban and urban settings from K – university. Dr. DeLorenzo has published 3 books on teaching music for democracy and social justice. Her most recent book, Teaching Music: The Urban Experience was released in April. She has published many articles for leading music education journals. In addition, she is a clinician and a keynote speaker on urban education, democracy and social justice in music education at national, state and local venues.


This workshop satisfies 4 hours of CTLE Credit (forms available at Workshop)

  • Pre-registration cost for current MEANYC members is $15 online and $20 at door.

  • Cost for non-members is $25.

  • Collegiate members can register for free.

  • MEANYC professional members get one free workshop each school year. If you are a member and haven’t claimed your one free workshop, please visit your member dashboard and fill out the form.

  • Registration is non-refundable.


Earlier Event: October 26
ENL Students in Music
Later Event: February 8
Middle School Festival