Music Program Leaders Fall Symposium

Massachusetts Music Educators Association

Music Program Leaders Fall Symposium

Friday, December 2, 2016

8:00-12:30 at Westwood High School

LGBTQ Students and Music Education

8:00-8:30 a.m. ----------Registration and coffee
8:30-10:00 a.m. -------- Session 1: Dr. Stephen A. Paparo, UMASS Amherst
10:00-10:15 a.m. ------- Break
10:15-12:00 p.m. ------- Session 2: Missy Mae Sturtevant, Safe Schools Program (DESE)
12:00-12:30 p.m.-------- Wrap up

Session 1:

The ABC’s of Creating an LGBTQ-Friendly Classroom
Though the music classroom is often regarded as a “safe space,” those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ) often feel marginalized and excluded. This session will:
1. help teachers better understand their students’ sexual and gender identities,
2. engage participants in a discussion of ways to handle LGBTQ-related classroom scenarios, and
3. share best-practices for creating welcoming and inclusive classrooms and schools for all students.

Session 2:

The Safe Schools Program for LGBTQ Students is a joint initiative of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Massachusetts Commission on LGBTQ Youth. We will send out a survey to all pre-registered participants to gather questions and concerns before the Symposium. Ms. Sturtevant will present a session on LGBTQ students and then answer questions/give advice to help us to make learned decisions about audition requirements, single sex performing groups, roommates, uniforms, etc.

How do I register?
Register here.
If you have any trouble with the link, please email Heather Cote ( or Noreen Diamond Burdett ( with your name, school name, city/town/district name, and phone

What is the cost?
Free to MMEA members

Where is the Symposium?
Westwood High School, 200 Nahatan St., Westwood, MA

What is the deadline to register?
November 21 (so we can get the survey to you and you can get it back to us and we can get it to Ms. Sturtevant —- and so we can have the right amount of coffee!)

Massachusetts Music Educators Association

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Dr. Michele Holt
Executive Director
PO Box 3886
South Attleboro, MA 02703-3886