The Art of Music Teaching & Learning by Ashley Danyew
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The Art of Music Teaching & Learning

A comprehensive 8-week online course for music educators in all types of settings. It's like getting a mini-music education degree in only 8 weeks.
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Let me know if this sounds familiar:

  • You’ve gone to workshops, logged professional development hours, and taken notes while observing teaching demonstrations. But that question about teaching effectiveness still lingers in the back of your mind.

  • You’ve saved every rhythm game and lesson plan template on Pinterest and have a whole folder of downloads from Teachers Pay Teachers. And even though they’ve been somewhat helpful (at least for momentary inspiration), there’s still something missing.

  • You’ve tried different curricula and even signed up for a curriculum subscription so you’ll get lesson plans and materials delivered right to your inbox each month. But you wonder if it’s really the best pedagogical approach and sequence for learning (how can you tell?). 

The truth is, effective teaching starts with you.

And the problem with piecing together all those printables, teaching plans, and learning sequences you’ve collected from across the internet and calling it a day?

It doesn’t feel like you.

The results?

They might look something like this:

It's like getting a mini-music education degree in only 8 weeks.

The Art of Music Teaching & Learning is a compilation of everything I’ve learned from two music education degrees from the Eastman School of Music (M.M. and Ph.D.) and 15+ years of teaching in community, church, and college settings. 

We'll cover all the relevant course topics: philosophy, methods, techniques & approaches, learning theories, assessment & evaluation, and curriculum design.

I’ll be your guide throughout, giving you the tools & resources you need and simplifying the steps you'll take to become the teacher you dream of being.

Who it's for:

This course is designed for music educators in ALL types of settings: public/private school, private studios, homeschool groups, church settings, community music schools, and more!

What's inside?

Here's a quick peek:

Our Curriculum

We'll cover all the relevant course topics you'd expect to study at the college level: philosophy, methods, techniques & approaches, learning theories, assessment & evaluation, and curriculum design

Here's what you'll gain from each module:

What makes this course different?

  • Flexibility and accessibility so you can work at a pace that works best for you
  • Strategic prompts to spark your creativity and help you apply what you’re learning to your own 
    teaching practice
  • Built-in space (and time) to write, reflect, dream, and process the strategies and approaches you're 
    learning about
  • Personalized guidance and advice to help you synthesize learning into a teaching framework that is
    unique to you

Start learning today.

Refine and cultivate your teaching skills and develop the confidence to teach with intention, inspire musical creativity & promote meaningful learning

Here's how it works:

What other music educators have wondered:

"Is this course ONLY for K-12 teachers?"

The short answer—no! I worked hard to design a course that would be relevant and applicable to ALL music educators:

  • community music school teachers + directors
  • private applied teachers
  • church music directors
  • K-12 public/private school teachers
  • preschool music teachers
  • children's choir directors
  • youth choir directors
  • and more!

I include different strategies and approaches throughout the course to help you tailor the tools, templates, and planning guides to your specific teaching situation. Plus, the live feedback and support within the program and the two live group calls are a great way to strategize, ask questions, and get ideas and recommendations tailored to you and your students.

"Where is this course taught?"

This course is taught exclusively online. Immediately after purchasing, you'll receive an email with details on how to login to a members-only website where you can access the course. Access the content 24/7, wherever you go, from any device. All course content and materials will be delivered in digital format: audio and video lessons, PDF downloads, and web links. Nothing physical will be shipped to you.

"How much time should I set aside each week? I’m worried I won’t be able to keep up."

You can complete the course in 6-8 weeks (it’s designed for you to go through one module per week). Each module includes a core lesson (roughly 20 minutes) and a corresponding homework project for you to work through on your own. Modules 4 and 8 are practical application weeks: these are designed to give you time and space to reflect, process, and plan and then actually put what you’re learning into practice in your specific teaching scenario.

I recommend setting aside a few hours each week to work at this pace.

That being said, the course is completely self-paced

Course materials will be released weekly during February and March, but if you don’t have time to work on it one week, you can always come back and catch up on it later. Start whenever you're ready, set a schedule that works for you, and learn at your own pace. Your enrollment comes with lifetime access to everything so you can always come back and review, as needed.

“I want to continue developing my skills, but I can’t seem to get past feeling like an imposter most days. Will this course help with that?”

I sure hope so!

We start the course with a few reflective exercises and writing activities to help you refine your vision and develop your philosophy of teaching (why you teach, why it matters to you + what you hope for your students).

From there, we'll go through a few pillar methods and approaches to teaching to help you cultivate a deeper understanding of these topics, as well as developing an authentic approach to music teaching and learning uniquely your own. There’s not a perfect system or sequence or strategy for all of this, but my goal is to help you develop one that works for you. 😊

I’ll be your guide every step of the way, giving you the tools and resources you need, and simplifying the steps you'll take to become the teacher you dream of being.

“I already have a teaching process that works for me—do I need to change that?”


But hopefully, you’ll find a few tips and tricks along the way that may help you improve your process, whether that’s a planning sequence, a downloadable template, a way of approaching teaching and learning processes, a deeper understanding of assessment tools, or some practical ideas for creative curriculum design that you can incorporate into what you’re already doing.

What if I have other questions?

Send me an email at and I’ll be happy to get in touch with you directly. I’m also available via chat (lower right-hand corner), if you’d prefer to ask your question that way!