Mindfulness in Teaching and Learning

Mindfulness in Teaching and Learning

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Frank M. Diaz is associate professor of music education at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He earned a bachelor’s and a Ph.D. in Music Education and Orchestral Conducting from Florida State University, and an M.M. in Instrumental Conducting from the University of South Florida. He previously held teaching positions at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) Conservatory of Music and Dance, University of Oregon, and school districts in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Florida. Diaz maintains an active schedule as a performer, conductor, adjudicator, and clinician, and appears regularly as a guest speaker for arts organizations, educational institutions, and civic groups across the United States. Diaz has spent much of his career integrating meditative practices into his work as a teacher, musician, and scholar, and is a frequent presenter on the topic at workshops and professional conferences both nationally and internationally. He has taught and developed innovative courses on mindfulness-based teacher wellness at the University of Oregon and at Indiana University, and has presented his work and applications of mindfulness in music teaching at institutions such as the University of Colorado-Boulder, Case Western Reserve University, University of Missouri-Kansas City, Syracuse University, University of North-Carolina Greensboro, and the University of Southern Mississippi.

Diaz has over twenty years of experience as a meditator, and is an ordained lay meditation teacher in the Soto Zen tradition. He organizes meditation groups both at Indiana University and through Open Mind Zen in Bloomington, and conducts research in this area in his role as co-director of the Music and Mind Lab at the Jacobs School of Music. He is also currently serving on the editorial boards of the Journal Research in Music Education and String Research Journal.

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Sample Schedule

Along with daily topics, each class will include guided meditation and yoga sessions, group discussions, hands on-activities such as mindful walking and mindful music-making, and time for personal reflection and practice development.

Day 1

Mindful Attention and the Brain
Human Learning and Attention
Cultivating Awareness through Meditative Practice
Mindful Pedagogy for Sensory Awareness: Applications for the Classroom

Day 2

Working with Unwanted Thoughts
Resilience and Reframing for Students and Teachers

Day 3

Befriending Stress
Strategies for Dealing with Performance Anxiety for Teachers and Students
Working with Difficult Emotions

Day 4

Mindful, Ethical, and Respectful Interactions in Personal and Professional Settings
The Role of Empathy and Compassion in Teaching
Developing Interpersonal Awareness in Personal and Classroom Settings

Day 5

Developing a Personal Practice
Developing a List of Pedagogical Principles and Techniques
Summary and Open Topics

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Suggested Reading:

Barbezat, D. P., & Bush, M. (2013). Contemplative practices in higher education: Powerful methods to transform teaching and learning. John Wiley & Sons.

Kabat-Zinn, J. (2009). Wherever you go, there you are: Mindfulness meditation in everyday life. Hachette UK.

Williams, M., & Penman, D. (2011). Mindfulness: An eight-week plan for finding peace in a frantic world. Emmaus, Pa: Rodale Books.

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Items to bring:

Yoga mat and cushion
Comfortable clothing

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