Wabash Valley Education Center

PD Pop: ~*Music & SEL: Working Together for Positive Student Outcomes (K-8) - Presented by Darlene Machacon

When social emotional learning (SEL) is embedded into music education, students learn the skills that will help them confront life’s complexities and challenges long after they leave the music classroom. Join Darlene as she shares relevant, engaging, & fun resources for your music class!


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Darlene Machacon
Darlene is a Filipina-American music educator, performer, and lifelong learner. She received two Bachelor’s of Music degrees in Music Education and in Piano Performance from Biola University and is currently pursuing a Master’s of Music Education degree from VanderCook College of Music. As a pianist, Darlene gave her solo debut at Carnegie Hall, accompanies regularly for choirs, and has extensive experience playing in contemporary church worship teams and bands.

Her ultimate passion is in education, with more than a decade of teaching experience in a variety of music learning environments. She has directed groups from children’s choruses to collegiate-level ensembles, led musical theater shows, instructed piano lessons in private and group settings, and mentored teachers and college students. Currently, Darlene teaches Transitional Kindergarten through 6th grade General Music and 5th/6th Grade Chorus at two schools. She was previously the district Elementary General Music Department Chair, and is currently an induction mentor for early-career teachers.

In addition to teaching, Darlene is an active presenter and author. Her work is committed to promoting learner-centered music education for all people and to challenging traditional systems of the status quo. She is a part of the F-Flat Books Visionary Board and the Social and Emotional Learning team for Music for All. She co-hosts a podcast called Coloring the Melody in which she advocates for unique perspectives as a female music teacher of color. Her research interests are SEL (social and emotional learning), culturally responsive teaching, and ABAR (anti-bias and anti-racist) work, specifically in elementary general music and in piano pedagogy.

You can find Darlene sipping lots of coffee (preferably Vietnamese iced coffee), browsing through the Anthropologie sale section, painting watercolor floral bouquets, strolling around Disneyland, and spending time with her husband trying different cuisine around southern California.


Date: Wednesday, April 27, 2022
Time: 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM Eastern Time

Location: Virtual

PGP Points Awarded: 1


Cost: $40/Service Center Member or $80/District not belonging to a Service Center*

This session is WVEC Title 3, Title 4 and GEER Grant Eligible


*Cost of all workshops are based on membership in an Indiana Educational Service Center (ESC). Any registrants who are not members of an ESC in the state of Indiana will be required to pay the non-member fee.

**See cancellation policy below


Cancellation Policy

* Registrants who notify WVEC of their cancellation on or before the registration deadline date will not be required to pay the registration fee.
* Registrants who cancel after the registration deadline but before the workshop date or call to cancel on the day of the workshop will pay 50% of the registration fee.
* Registrants who neglect to call or notify the WVEC of their cancellation will be responsible for paying the full fee.
* On official school corporation weather-related cancellation days, registrants will not be required to pay registration fees.


Registration open through 4/27/2022 11:45 AM EST


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