CMC Sessions: Traditions Moving Forward with Michaela Overall

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Free online music workshops exploring musical traditions in flux.

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CMC Sessions: Traditions Moving Forward

Make musical discoveries with faculty from Community Music Center as they explore their methods, approaches, and creative practices in adapting musical traditions to inspire and guide the musicians of tomorrow. CMC Sessions: Traditions Moving Forward showcases the talents of faculty from the CMC Cultural Traditions and Piano Departments who represent diverse classical and non-classical traditions in workshops and presentations. The online workshops will use video, audio, and lecture-demonstrations to illustrate the faculty members' influences and the musical education that shaped them, highlighting how their traditions impact their teaching and performing at CMC. Their personal stories illustrate the breadth of talent and creativity in CMC's faculty.

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Michaela Overall, Teaching and Supporting the Neurodiverse Piano Student

June 16, 2022 at 7pm (PT)

Everyone learns differently! This session will address how to create a positive learning space for all students, specifically neurodiverse students. As a teacher, Michaela has worked in various non-musical settings, which has had a significant impact on her teaching. She will share ideas of how to support all students in their learning while considering verbal, cognitive, and social/emotional skills.

This event will be conducted online via video conferencing. RSVP to receive the link to join, emailed prior to the start of the discussion.

People who are interested in this workshop can dive deeper by exploring private lessons and group classes and ensembles.


Michaela Overall is a native of the Bay Area, and enjoys teaching piano and music! She received a Bachelor's of Arts degree in Psychology from the esteemed Hampton University. In the field, Michaela has had the opportunity to work with children of various ages and abilities in a variety of educational settings.

Her love of music has brought her back to piano study as she completed a B.M. in Piano Performance from SFSU, and an M.M. in Piano Pedagogy. Michaela’s background in Psychology has had a positive impact on her teaching style, and she enjoys working with diverse populations.

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We believe in the power of music to connect people, celebrate cultures and transform lives. Community Music Center (CMC) is a cornerstone San Francisco cultural institution and a vital hub for music education and performance anchored in the Mission District. We envision students and faculty who are engaged and fulfilled in making music together, and audiences who are energized by their experiences. Inspired by their training, our students are empowered to find their own voice, develop lasting relationships, embrace learning, and give back to their communities.

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