UNITAR New York Office (NYO) has developed through the Global Foundation for Performing Arts a Cultural and Soft Diplomacy programme for 2023-2024.

These projects have included so far:

  • Two Carnegie Hall concerts in 2021 and 2022, honoring the work of the President of the General Assembly, the diplomatic and the UN Staff communities

  • Education programs in music to prepare musicians to make a difference in the world with the UN Sustainable Development Goals committing to achieving inclusive and quality education for all

  • Multiple international conferences and workshops on the intersection of Music and Diplomacy


Upcoming partners for projects for the 2023 - 2024 period include:

  • Bocconi University, Italy

  • Columbia University, United States


LONGY - Master of Music in Music Education

The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), the Longy School of Music of Bard College, and the Global Foundation for the Performing Arts (GFPA) are proud to have worked together to offer our Master of Music in Music Education hybrid degree program to a global audience. With hybrid learning modules from August 2022– August 2023 and optional sessions of study on the Longy campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and in New York City, at the United Nations headquarters, USA, this degree blends Longy’s mission to prepare musicians to make a difference in the world with the UN Sustainable Development Goals committing to achieving inclusive and quality education for all. Together, UNITAR, Longy, and GFPA lift up affordable, relevant music training—and seek to remove barriers posed by gender and wealth disparities, achieve universal access to quality higher education, and center music and the arts in the arena of cultural diplomacy and understanding.

Examples of proposed courses:


Socially Relevant and Culturally Responsive Teaching

  • Grounded in educational equity and diversity, learn how to maximize academic achievement for students from all backgrounds.

Early Childhood Music

  • Explore essential music education concepts and fundamental skills throughout early childhood development. Core music education goals that focus on the whole child are presented alongside music repertoire and lesson planning.

Non-Traditional Ensemble Arranging

  • Learn arranging strategies for a variety of ensembles to ensure access and inclusion for all of your students—no matter what instrumentation you have in your classroom.

Longy’s Master of Music in Music Education (MMME) hybrid degree program is rooted in the philosophy that every student’s lived experience should be recognized and celebrated in their music studies. Graduates of the MMME program at Longy enter their classrooms with the ability to honor every student’s identity and simultaneously engage the student as a person, while meeting the needs of their classes. They are equipped to adapt their lessons on an individual basis to ensure that every student feels seen, validated, and understood, while addressing individuals’ learning needs and inspiring greater investment from their students.


Culturally Responsive Teaching

Students learn most effectively when lessons build on what they already know: their culture, language, beliefs, and life experiences. Culturally responsive teaching values these aspects of each individual and connects instruction to the lives of every student. Longy’s Master of Music in Music Education (MMME) prepares teachers to understand and engage students’ on a personal, relevant and respectful level. As a result, our culturally responsive music teaching increases engagement, enhances confidence, raises expectations, improves performance, and elevates understanding in the classroom.

Course Offerings Calendar (2022-2023)

FALL 2022

Fall 1 (August 29 - October 16)

  • From Ancient Greece to Venezuela: Historical Foundations of Music Education Curriculum and Assessment in Music Education

Fall 2 (October 24 - December 11)

  • Socially Relevant and Culturally Responsive Teaching
  • Elective offerings (students may pick one):
    • Advanced choral pedagogy for high school choir
    • Early childhood music education



Spring 1 (January 9 - February 26)

  • Identity and Culture in the Classroom
  • Elective offerings (students may pick one):
    • Music as a Healing Art
    • Non-traditional ensemble arranging
    • Advanced choral pedagogy for elementary and middle school choir

Spring 2 (March 6 - April 23)

  • El Sistema Principles
  • Elective offerings (students may pick one):
    • Advanced instrumental pedagogy for orchestra
    • Advanced general music methods



Summer 1 (May 1 - June 18)

  • Adaptive Music Methods Research and Writing Techniques
  • Masters final project (part I)

Summer 2 (June 26 - August 13)

  • Masters final project (part II)
  • Elective offerings (students may pick one):
    • Technology for music education
    • Advanced Instrumental Pedagogy for Modern Band

For more information, contact:

Pelayo Alvarez, UNITAR: pelayo.alvarez@unitar.org

Brian Moyer, Longy: bmoyer@longy.edu

Charles Park, GFPA: clp@gfpa.ngo

Bachelor's Degree Program by Oberlin College

UNITAR New York Office, Oberlin College, and the Global Foundation for the Performing Arts are pleased to announce that applications are now open for the Fall 2023 Bachelor Degree program. Bachelor Degree Programs by Oberlin are specifically designed to promote quality education, and is a unique opportunity for students to gain invaluable skills in this field.

All majors within Oberlin College are available to apply, from both the College of Arts and Science and the Conservatory of the Oberlin College. It is open to students from all disciplines and is an excellent opportunity to expand one's knowledge and experience to promote the mission of quality education.

Oberlin College has been carefully selected by UNITAR-NYO to join its global education network, as the college shares the same vision of promoting global community and cultural and soft diplomacy. UNITAR-NYO is excited to partner with Oberlin College in providing students with an opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to become leaders in this field.

The Bachelor Degree program will focus on the development on communication and leadership, with a particular emphasis on the SDGs. Students will be exposed to a range of diverse practices and traditions and will be encouraged to develop their own unique perspective on these issues.

The program is led by highly experienced and knowledgeable Oberlin faculties. Students will have access to a range of resources and support services, including academic counseling, career advice, and networking opportunities.

To be eligible for the program, students must have completed high school or its equivalent, and meet the admission requirements of Oberlin College. Applications will be accepted from students all over the world, and no prior experience of working experiences are required.

This Bachelor Degree program is a truly unique opportunity for the mission of quality education by helping students to develop their skill. and to make a positive impact in the world. We encourage all eligible students to apply, and look forward to welcoming the successful applicants to our program in Fall 2023.

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