Professional Development

Nyssa Brown on Personal Development sessions: My goal as a consultant and coach is to help all participants collaborate as respectfully and productively as possible.

My goal as a consultant and coach is to help all participants collaborate as respectfully and productively as possible.

My consultative process consists of
1) learning about a site or a team’s goals
2) framing an understanding of the current status of a site team.
3) building on team, as well as individual, strengths
3) surfacing any challenges or concerns
4) working with all parties to set a mutually-agreed-upon plan of action for moving ahead according to established group goals.

I believe that everyone involved in the learning process has something valuable to offer, and I listen intently to each perspective. When we understand our collective goal, we can help each individual see how their strengths can contribute to our collaborative success. I see difference of opinion and conflict as a strength, as it clarifies our values and process, and I stay vibrantly engaged with groups as we work through discord together to find a common way forward.

I specialize in:
– Standards-based curriculum and assessment
– National Core Arts Standards
– Backwards Design/Understanding By Design
– Building meaningful units of study that reach beyond content
– Professional Learning Communities (the topic of my Master’s thesis)
– Coaching individual teachers
– Increasing capacity in Arts Teacher Leaders
– Helping music educators understand and embrace broader educational initiatives

Possible consulting formats:

  • In person
    • On-site consulting
    • Session presentation
    • Individual coaching
    • Group coaching
  • Remote/Online/Video conference
    • Individual coaching
    • Group coaching
    • Session presentation
    • Review/Audit of curriculum (vertical alignment, EUs/EQs, assessments, units, scope and sequence, etc)

Because I believe that each community possesses unique qualities, I tailor each consulting session according to the needs of the individual needs/desires of each site. Video conference planning with teachers and curriculum leaders (and others, if desired) in advance of a consulting visit is available and encouraged.


Keynote Speaker

Nyssa Brown about Keynote: One of my greatest passions is to inspire music educators to think more broadly and more inclusively. As a keynote speaker, I aspire to frame a conference and/or meeting with big-picture, connective, challenging, and inspiring questions. By incorporating the theme of YOUR conference or workshop into our planning, I can deliver a keynote that speaks directly to the needs and challenges of your audience.

One of my greatest passions is to inspire music educators to think more broadly and more inclusively. As a keynote speaker, I aspire to frame a conference and/or meeting with big-picture, connective, challenging, and inspiring questions. By incorporating the theme of YOUR conference or workshop into our planning, I can deliver a keynote that speaks directly to the needs and challenges of your audience.

Possible topics could include
– What is the future of music education?
– What is transfer and why is education talking about it?
– How can assessment transform both students and teachers?
– How do we prioritize learning in a sea of standards?
– How can enduring understanding and essential questions empower teachers and students?


Honor Choir Conductor

Nyssa Brown about being a director in a honor choir: I love working with young musicians! As an honor choir conductor, I seek to create a comprehensive experience for all participants. From diverse repertoire to learning the context of songs, students experience much more than just high-caliber singing. They learn about why we sing, why it matters and finally, how it changes us and the world. Every time I have the opportunity to conduct and honor choir, I am humbled by the incredible students and communities who create these rich opportunities. Repertoire can be tailored to suit specific occasions and celebrations.I love working with young musicians! As an honor choir conductor, I seek to create a comprehensive experience for all participants. From diverse repertoire to learning the context of songs, students experience much more than just high-caliber singing. They learn about why we sing, why it matters and finally, how it changes us and the world. Every time I have the opportunity to conduct and honor choir, I am humbled by the incredible students and communities who create these rich opportunities. Repertoire can be tailored to suit specific occasions and celebrations.