Berkeley Unified Music Teacher Scholars (’16-’17)


Nancy Boyles, Roland Brown, Moises Chavez, Sarah Cline, Candice Crismond, Jan Davis, Mary Dougherty, Peter Gidlund, Olesia Gordynsky, Joan Hadeishi, Michael Hammond, Paul Hanna, Shannon Houston, Carlotta Jacobs, Merlyn Katechis, Kevin Kunze, Aimee Lubalin, Alison Sawyer, Henry Viets, Karen Wells

School Focus

Berkeley Unified School District’s Music Teacher Scholars are in their fourth year of using inquiry to investigate how all students, particularly students of color, can feel engaged and successful in learning to play an instrument. They are exploring how to support a higher percentage of students of color in pursuing musical education beyond the elementary years.

Sample Inquiry Topics

  • Using video performance assessment to help students set their own goals
  • Supporting learning to play an instrument by using technology
  • Increasing equitable access to learning to play an instrument by taking an asset-based approach to teaching “edge” students

Teacher Leaders

Mary Dougherty

Karen Wells