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We're excited to work with you to help you create new content for your classroom for this school year, whether it's online, in-person, or a combination of the two.

"This was the best and most relevant professional development I have had in my 16 years of teaching.  Usually, professional development is geared toward core class teachers, and I struggle to find ways to apply it to my classroom.  I walk into this next school year with an arsenal of techniques and tools to be successful, no matter what the landscape may look like."

Jeremy Samuel, Orchestra Director

“Last night was an orchestra district meeting which combines my county with the one just north of us. I'm using lots of what I learned during your PD sessions, my principal approved Soundtrap and Noteflight for all my students. At last night’s meeting, I felt like the only 21st century teacher. I had so much to offer and lots of ideas and resources to share to help them!”​

Amanda Baumann, Orchestra Director

pick and choose from our sessions

You'll have access to all the instructional videos, complete with hands-on assignments, PLUS spend live Zoom time with our Professional Development team.

Please scroll down to find out more about our team and for a link to descriptions and pricing.

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our team

Since the inception of EYS in 2001, Mark Wood has encountered countless truly special and dedicated educators. Orchestra Directors Heather Gonzalez and Cory Zilisch are leading examples of what can be done with music programs; overcoming all obstacles, trials, and tribulations to deliver the absolute best musical experiences to their students and their community. We could not think of better people to join our team and help other educators with the challenges of the current school year.

 

Cory and Heather led an extremely empowering 10-day Professional Development course during the Home Edition of Mark Wood Rock Orchestra Camp and it was such a success that we are providing those courses (and more) for ALL teachers.

Mark Wood

President and Founder

EYS

Heather Gonzalez

Orchestra Director

San Antonio, TX

Cory Zilisch

Orchestra Director

Louisville, KY

Laura Kaye

VP and Vocal Coach

EYS

Would YOU like to be a 21st Century Orchestra Director?

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sessions and descriptions

 

Due to scheduling conflicts with our many of our educator clients, our PD sessions will be postponed until later this year.

Stay tuned for updates!

Below you will find descriptions for 10 sessions of inspiring and engaging Professional Development topics for you to incorporate into your classroom! 

 

Can't decide which sessions you want? Sign up for all 10 and you'll receive a FREE 1-year Soundtrap subscription, FREE t-shirt, a swag bag of goodies, AND a $100 discount for an EYS online program during this year's Spotlight Tour!

This is a great opportunity to receive synchronous PD and become part of a cohort (see below) who can interact and support each other well into the future. As part of the cohort, you'll have access to the materials until the end of the school year. That means you will also receive updated materials as they're added to the session folders!

Learn from Mark Wood, Laura Kaye, and our Master Teachers how to excite your students to reach new musical heights, and retain and recruit members at the same time!

  • Each session gives you up to 4 hours of PD time, complete with a certificate for your administration.

  • Additionally, teachers can earn up to 40 contact hours for continuing education requirements! 

  • Please contact us if you need an invoice to process a PO with your district and we'll be happy to provide that for you!

SINGLE SESSION

WHAT YOU GET:

  • Instructional videos that you can watch prior to each PD session.

  • 2-3 hours of live, collaborative, and interactive session time with our team via Zoom

  • Up to 4 hours of PD time per course.

  • Access to our Educators server on Discord to join our cohort and collaborate with other teachers.

ALL 10 SESSIONS

WHAT YOU GET:

  • Same as single session, PLUS:

  • FREE 1-year subscription to Soundtrap

  • FREE "Orchestra Rocks" t-shirt and swag bag

  • $100 off any EYS online program

  • NOTE: If you miss a Saturday, don’t worry!  All sessions are being recorded, and you can attend any missed sessions for free when we offer them again.

Creative Ways to Get Kids to Show Up

Cory Zilisch

Heather Gonzalez

Are you having a hard time getting kids to show up to your online sessions? Heather and Cory will share methods that will not only have kids showing up more, they will be begging for the session to never end!

Using Soundtrap in the Classroom

Cory Zilisch

Heather Gonzalez

Soundtrap has taken the online teaching scene by storm! Learn how to harness the power of Soundtrap as a practice tool, as well as a platform for students to explore composition and collaboration with other musicians. Heather and Cory will guide you through various projects that will have your students creating in no time, and they will help you design new projects as well.

Creating Engaging Video Lessons

Cory Zilisch

Heather Gonzalez

Learn how to create fun and engaging video lessons that you can use to teach your students new techniques and music literacy in an online asynchronous classroom. Learn about editing tricks and “easter eggs” that you can add to your videos to have your students smiling and laughing while learning. Not only will they re-watch them over and over, but they will look forward to each new video!

Creating an Online Virtual Concert Video

Cory Zilisch

Heather Gonzalez

Laura Kaye

Virtual Concert videos are all the rage right now! Creating a performance video can be a daunting task. Learn tips and tricks to save you time and create a high quality video that your students will be proud of! Includes a segment on Movement and Performance Techniques with EYS Vocal Coach Laura Kaye.

21st Century Techniques with Mark Wood

Mark Wood

Are you ready to energize your orchestras?  Recruit and retain more members?  This is the training to begin with.  Mark Wood will teach you fantastic techniques that you can use in your classroom every day to ensure student success AND ensure you have a vibrant orchestra program that can't be touched!

Please note: Mark is available to do in-depth, multi-part district-wide Teacher Training. Please contact us for more info.

Setting up the 21st Century Orchestra Classroom

Cory Zilisch

Heather Gonzalez

Spice up your classroom sequence with these fresh ideas! Learn how to integrate movement, 21st century American styles and technology into your traditional orchestra classroom with drum loops, improvisation, games, and other tools that can be used online or with in-person instruction as well.

This course is a perfect follow-up to "21st Century Techniques!"

Creating Interactive Google Slides

Cory Zilisch

Heather Gonzalez

Bitmoji classrooms are all the rage! Learn how to use these hyperdoc style classrooms to easily connect students and parents to important videos, websites, and documents. Learn as well as other interactive slide options as well to help keep students engaged in the learning process.

Getting "Appy!" Multi-Platform Projects

Cory Zilisch

Heather Gonzalez

Apps, apps, and more apps! Need an easy platform for students to submit videos, or a way to integrate quizzes into your assigned videos, or interactive whiteboards, or perhaps something to make your day just a bit easier? Have we got the apps for you! Heather and Cory will take you on a tour of some of the top apps and platforms that are sure to engage your music students both online and in the classroom!

Assessments and Music Theory

Cory Zilisch

Heather Gonzalez

Music Theory and Assessments have never been so fun! We will take you on a tour of creative assessments and music theory tools that will help you create meaningful formative and summative assessments whether you are online, in-person, or in a hybrid situation.  We’ll share a variety of technology applications, online platforms, and games.

Incorporating an Electric Ensemble into Your  Program

Mark Wood

Laura Kaye

Cory Zilisch

Heather Gonzalez

Electric and Alternative Styles Orchestras are the ensembles of the future! Cory and Heather have established electric orchestra programs that are highly visible in their communities, garner administrative support, generate funds, and are incredible recruitment vehicles. You’ll receive a step-by-step guide to incorporating an electric program at your school, and how to make it stand out from the rest with movement and choreography.

Want even more? Check out MWROC Webinar

Did you miss the Home Edition of our 11th annual Mark Wood Rock Orchestra Camp and Music Festival but would love to check out our courses? Here's your chance to experience 11 multi-part course videos, 22 master class video replays, 9 days of concert videos; plus two FREE 30-minute 1-on-1 lessons with  the faculty member of your choice.

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