Originally recorded April 11, 2024

The orchestra field has a unique role in helping young people realize their creative potential. Staff, musicians, and educators inspire youth to develop lifelong connections to music as audience members, as supporters, and in their future careers. When done with intention and expertise, this work has positive impacts on the wellbeing of individuals, our orchestras, and our communities. 

In this session, accomplished teaching artists Eric Booth and Hassan Anderson share their expertise in successful creative youth development through the tools of quality teaching artistry. Grow the skills and mindset needed to meet youth where they are and support them in leading artful lives. Leave with tools that will prepare you to perform a short experiment to help improve your orchestra’s work with youth.

As a participant in this workshop, you will:

  • Increase your understanding of youth development and teaching artistry, as well as educator habits and mindsets that promote successful outcomes for youth programming.
  • Gain the language and resources necessary to make the case to others in your organization and to funders for investing in youth development work, including evolutionary improvements to current youth programs.
  • Learn ways you can support the development of individuals doing teaching artistry on behalf of your orchestra.
  • Feel energized and empowered to assess your youth development programs and outcomes and perform a short experiment.

Speakers: Hassan Anderson, Assistant Professor of Oboe and Coordinator of Teaching Artistry, University of South Carolina School of Music and Eric Booth, Founder, Consultant, Author, Teaching Artist, International Teaching Artist Collaborative (ITAC)

Who Should Watch?

Youth orchestra staff, education and community engagement staff, staff overseeing youth development programs, staff overseeing artists and/or arts educators working with youth, individuals serving youth, teaching artists, and anyone interested in learning more about youth development and teaching artistry.


  • $50 for members
  • $75 for non-members

About the Speakers

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Hassan Amir Anderson (he/him)
Assistant Professor of Oboe and Coordinator of Teaching Artistry, University of South Carolina School of Music

Named the Yale School of Music 2019 Distinguished Teaching Artist of the Year, American oboist Hassan Anderson is a soloist, chamber musician, conductor, and teacher.

Noted for his clarity of tone, range of colors, and energetic stage presence, Mr. Anderson was the oboist of the acclaimed, innovative New York-based chamber music ensemble SHUFFLE Concert (Ensemble Mélange), a position he held from 2011-2018. With the ensemble, Mr. Anderson toured Israel three times and performed on series throughout the US and Canada.

Equally adept in the classical and jazz genres and dedicated to the next generation of musicians, Mr. Anderson regularly schedules teaching opportunities around his performances. He has been a teaching artist for Carnegie Hall (Weill Music Institute), The Little Orchestra Society in New York City, and Jazz House Kids, the only community arts organization in New Jersey exclusively dedicated to educating children through jazz. Mr. Anderson has also served on the faculties of The Juilliard School, the Manhattan School of Music, and the Harlem School of the Arts.

Mr. Anderson is the Co-Artistic Director of The East Coast Contemporary Ensemble (ECCE), Assistant Professor of Oboe, and Coordinator of Teaching Artistry at the University of South Carolina.

Photo courtesy of the speaker

Eric Booth (he/him)
Founder, Consultant, Author, Teaching Artist, International Teaching Artist Collaborative (ITAC)

In 2015 Eric Booth was given the nation’s highest award in arts education and was named one of the 50 most influential people in the arts in the U.S. He began as a successful Broadway actor and became a businessman (his company became the largest of its kind in the U.S. in 7 years), and author of 8 books (latest: Making Change: Teaching Artists and Their Role in Shaping a Better World) and over 35 published articles. He has been on the faculty of Juilliard (12 years), Tanglewood (5 years), The Kennedy Center (20 years), and Lincoln Center Education (for 41 years). He serves as a consultant for many arts organizations (including seven of the ten largest U.S. orchestras), five national service organizations, cities, states and businesses around the U.S., and in 11 other countries. A frequent keynote speaker (including the closing keynote at UNESCO’s first World Arts Education Conference and the keynote to the world’s first conference on orchestras and communities), he founded the International Teaching Artist Collaborative, was given the first honorary doctorate for a career as a teaching artist. He has co-designed and/or facilitated all four of the largest performing arts gatherings in U.S. history.


Please contact Member Services at member@americanorchestras.org.

The content of this digital workshop was developed by Eric Booth, Hassan Anderson, and the League.

Additional support is provided by generous grants from the Howard Gilman Foundation and National Endowment for the Arts, as well as, in part, by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

Photo: Hassan Anderson with students at the Wetherby-Pembridge School, New York. Credit: Joey Severini.

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