In 2011, the School launched a second program for adult musicians, modeled largely on the experience offered at the School’s Young Musicians Program. The Creative Musicians Retreat, led by Dr. Caroline Mallonée, provides an opportunity for adult musicians at all levels to experience the rich curriculum, the community music-making and the innovative approaches to musicianship, improvisation and composition long employed by Walden faculty at the School’s flagship Young Musicians Program.
The Walden School was founded more than 40 years ago as a summer camp and program for young, creative musicians. In 2003, the School began to offer training opportunities for adult music educators when it launched the Teacher Training Institute, first under the leadership of Walden co-founder and former Executive Director, Dr. Pamela Layman Quist and then by Patricia Plude. Through the programs of the Teacher Training Institute, participants receive thorough pedagogical training in The Walden School’s unique curriculum and approaches to creative music education.