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Student Empowerment Through SEL in Music Education: Belonging and SEL in Music Education


Oct 13, 2021 06:13 PM

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Alysia Lee
Kennedy Center Citizen Artist, Alysia Lee has a full circle role as an artist, arts educator, teaching artist, and policymaker. This gives her a broad perspective of the arts ecosystem. Alysia receives national recognition for advancing access, equity, and decolonization with artists, organizations, and communities. Her methods center on anti-racism, creativity, and justice. She is the Founder and Artistic Director of Sister Cities Girlchoir (SCG), the El Sistema-inspired, girl empowerment choral academy in Philadelphia, Camden, and Baltimore in its tenth season. Lee was selected from an international pool of applicants to the third cohort of the Sistema Fellowship at New England Conservatory in 2011. Lee is the education program supervisor for Fine Arts Education for the Maryland State Department of Education across five arts disciplines: music, dance, visual art, theatre, and media arts.
Darlene Machacon
Darlene is an elementary music teacher, chorus director, and piano instructor in Orange County, California. She holds two bachelor's degrees in Music Education and Piano Performance from Biola University and is currently pursuing a master's degree in Music Education from VanderCook College of Music. In addition to teaching, Darlene is an active presenter, social media content creator, and author whose work focuses on challenging the status quo of music education. In her free time, she enjoys trying new food spots with her husband.