2022 Colorado Music Educators Association Conference 2022 Colorado Music Educators Association Conference

Socioemotional Learning through Music: Ideas for Teaching the Whole Child

- MST
Colorado Hall A/B

Bonnie Jacobi
Colorado State University, Associate Professor of Music Education

Dr. Bonnie Jacobi is Associate Professor of Music Education at Colorado State University where she teaches undergraduate and graduate coursework. A specialist in teaching music to Elementary grade levels, Bonnie also directs the Colorado Kodaly Institute and serves as a Master Teaching Artist within the American Eurhythmics Society. She is a published scholar on the topic of socioemotional learning in music.

Laura Beese
Shepardson Elementary, General Music Teacher

Laura Beese is in her twelfth year of teaching general music and currently teaches K-5 music at Shepardson Elementary in Fort Collins, Colorado. She earned her B.M. degree in Music Education from the University of Oklahoma and her M.M. in Music Education with Kodály emphasis from Colorado State University. She received her Orff-Schulwerk Certification through Arizona State University and completed Modern Band training through the Colorado chapter of Little Kids Rock. Her graduate research project on the link between communal music making and prosocial skills in children earned her the award for Highest Achievement in Scholarship and Research for the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance at the CSU graduate showcase in 2017. Ms. Beese believes that music is an inherently cooperative activity and is passionate about developing opportunities for students to connect to themselves and others through singing, playing, dancing, improvising, and creating.


Elementary-age children need socioemotional skills to become both strong musicians and thriving adults and citizens later in life. Even if your school has not adopted free-standing SEL standards, SEL can be integrated into your regular teaching! Come learn how the five SEL core competencies can be taught simultaneously with music standards and help you respond to students with compassion and understanding. We will provide strategies and planning ideas for songs, games, and activities that promote prosocial skills like self-awareness and responsible decision making for your learners.

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