Identity, Belonging, and Agency: Building Social Emotional Competency in Music Teachers and Students 

Clinician: Scott Edgar                                                Workshop Director: Glenn Nierman


He’s back! Many Nebraska music educators either attended Dr. Edgar’s UNL/GKSOM Workshop last summer or have read his books or Music Educators Journal articles on the topic of Social Emotional Learning (SEL). SEL has become THE education buzzword; however, many questions persist on how to embed it into the music classroom in intentional, sustained, and organic ways. The clinician, Dr. Scott Edgar, is Chair of Music and Director of Bands at Lake Forest College. He is an internationally acclaimed presenter on SEL, a Conn-Selmer Educational Clinician, and the author of Music Education and SEL, published by GIA. Whether you were with us in last summer’s SEL workshop or are just joining us for the first time, be prepared to be captivated by Dr. Edgar as he reviews basic SEL principles and continues to help us unpack and translate it for all areas and levels of music education. New to this year’s workshop will be dialogue about how SEL can promote diversity, equity, and inclusion, as well as serve as a catalyst for anti-racism. This will be a “don’t miss” event. Come join us!


Karen Benson

Dr. Scott N. Edgar is Associate Professor of Music, Music Education Chair, and Director of Bands at Lake Forest College. He received his Doctorate of Philosophy in Music Education from the University of Michigan, his Masters degree in Education from the University of Dayton, and his Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree from Bowling Green State University.

His previous teaching experience in higher education includes work at Adrian College and Concordia College Ann Arbor. Prior to his work in higher education, he taught K-12 instrumental music in Ohio and Michigan. Dr. Edgar is the author of Music Education and Social Emotional Learning: The Heart of Teaching Music and is an internationally sought-after clinician on the topic. In addition to clinics, he also teaches graduate courses on Musical Social Emotional Learning at VanderCook College of Music. He is an active clinician and adjudicator for both concert band and marching band and regularly presents at professional development and research conferences. He lives in Lake Forest with his wife Steph, their son Nathan, and their cats Elsa and Wolfie.


Offered via web-conferencing (synchronously) on Friday, June 25 from 9:00 to Noon, which will give participants a chance to interact with the clinician via Zoom. The Friday synchronous session will also be recorded and can be viewed asynchronously, 24/7, for enrolled participants who are intrigued by the title/subject, but who are unable to attend the 6/25, 9:00 to Noon session.


The cost is $50. All participants who register for credit are additionally assessed University tuition, as well as Program Facilities and Technology fees.


To register click the following link SEL Summer Registration