Aiming to equally value education with performance, The Sound Accord actively seeks out educational collaborations with teachers and students. Their unique model of teaching artistry is informed by their extensive individual work in education, working as college/conservatory instructors, classroom music educators, ensemble directors, summer camp educators, private teachers, and workshop clinicians. Drawing upon these varied experiences, they are eager to find ways to help musicians of all ages dream about the wide possibilities of making music.
The Sound Accord has led workshops at Arizona State University, the Pasadena Conservatory of Music, and numerous middle and high school orchestra programs. In addition to engaging with students, the band also recognizes that the best way to move music education forward is to engage with arts teachers across disciplines. In May 2016, they were selected to present at Harvard University’s arts education conference, Continuing the Conversation, discussing how educators of any subject can incorporate folk music into their classrooms. In March 2017, they presented at the national conference of the American String Teachers Association, helping teachers explore ways to use fiddling in their orchestra programs.