Free Professional Development Workshops for LA Schools

Is your school interested in free staff trainings in “Hip Hop in Social Emotional Learning” or “Drumming for Resilience”?  Elementary and secondary schools are welcome to participate.

Hip Hop in Social Emotional Learning 

Looking for new ways to cultivate a positive classroom environment? Need fresh ideas on how to reach your students? Join music therapist Stacie Aamon Yeldell in learning how to use youth culture to connect with students and empower them to manage their feelings, enhance their self-esteem, and give voice to their inner world. No music experience is needed – just mindful presence and a dash of creative energy! You’ll learn easy and engaging activities for students of ALL ages and abilities. And you’ll learn how to create a space where student voices, experiences, and creativity will be heard AND celebrated!

Drumming for Resilience

In this interactive two-hour demo session, learn how rhythm and movement can be used to teach empathy, shift mood and energy, manage stress, and encourage positive behavior in schools and other settings, as well as for your own self-care. No musical experience required. Activities in this session come from our evidence-based, trauma-informed curriculum, Beat the Odds®: Social and Emotional Skill Building Delivered in a Framework of Drumming.

How to apply:

If your school falls in these Los Angeles area zip codes, you are eligible for grant-funded*  in-person or virtual professional development this summer or fall.  Send your response to and use the subject header: Free PD Zip Code

If your school is in LA but does not fall into these zip codes, we may be able to support you in the near future with a different funding source, so please send your interest to using the subject header: Free PD Request.

*A QueensCare Charitable grant, in partnership with Little Kids Rock.