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The School of Music, Theatre, and Dance offers Summer Studies in Music Education as continuing education for music educators or students working toward a Master of Music Education degree. Our summer courses include Orff Schulwerk, Dalcroze Eurhythmics, Conversational Solfege, First Steps in Music, and Drumming. Courses may be taken for graduate credit.

Our Faculty

Summer Schedule

Orff Level I and Ukulele in the Music Classroom are now closed. Limited availability remains in Orff Levels II & III.

Other MME core courses offered include:

Graduate Music Theory, ONLINE (Dr. Jonathan Brooks)

Graduate World Music, ONLINE (Dr. Christopher Holmes)

Bibliography & Research, ON-CAMPUS (Dr. Janet Brewer)

Bibliography & Research, ON-CAMPUS (Dr. Janet Brewer)

*NOTE: MME students who want to register for summer courses should do so by emailing Michelle Holmes.

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June 14-18 — Conversational Solfege: This course, taught by Dr. John Feierabend, fulfills the requirements for Feierabend Association for Music Education Conversational Solfege Certification. The virtual course will be taught synchronously via a streaming platform from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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June 14-17 —World Folk Dancing and Folk Songs: Lillie Feierabend will teach this lively workshop that explores a dozen cultures through folk dance, rounds, passing games, play parties, and clapping games. The virtual course will be taught synchronously via a streaming platform from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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June 21-25 (ONLINE) — Grant Writing for the Music Educator: Taught by Ashleigh Lore, this course will focus on the intricacies of grant writing and overall funding for the music educator.

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June 28-July 2 (ONLINE) — Ukulele in the Music Classroom: Designed for teachers of all ability and experience (much like our students) this professional development experience, taught by Lorelei Batislaong, seeks to connect established pedagogical knowledge within this new medium, the ukulele.

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July 5-16 — Orff Schulwerk Levels I, II, & III: Participants will sing, play, move, and improvise using the Orff Schulwerk model. Each level includes classes in pedagogy, movement, recorder, ensemble, and special topics. Instructors include Josh Southard, Lisa Sullivan, Roger Sams, Jenny Handshoe, and Aaron Ford. The American Orff-Schulwerk Association only supports in-person certification courses. If health concerns warrant canceling the certification courses, they will not be provided online.

Housing

Housing will be available in our on-campus apartments, Fair Commons, which has four-bedroom apartments with two bathrooms each. Due to COVID-19, we are choosing to only house two people per apartment, which ensures each has a private bathroom.

Each apartment has a small kitchen with a refrigerator, microwave, and oven/stove. The rate for two people sharing a four-bedroom apartment is $45 per night, per person. Linens are available for an additional fee of $11. To reserve housing, please register below.

Course Descriptions

Conversational Solfege

Conversational Solfege is a pedagogical method that develops an understanding of music through the use of rhythm and tonal syllables that gradually evolve into reading, writing, improvisation, and composition skills. This is a literature-driven curriculum. Each rhythm or tonal element is explored in patterns, songs, and themes from classical literature. Applications of Conversational Solfege are ideally suited to elementary general music curricula, choral organizations at all levels, Orff, Kodály, Dalcroze, Gordon, high school and college sight-singing and ear-training, class piano, Suzuki, and recorder, band, and orchestral instruments. This course taught by Dr. John Feierabend fulfills the requirements for Feierabend Association for Music Education Conversational Solfege Certification. If health concerns warrant canceling this in-person course, it will be offered online.

Tuition for any course you are taking for graduate credit is estimated at $400 per credit hour. If you take Conversational Solfege for credit, the cost is $800, and you will receive two hours of graduate credit. If you take Conversational Solfege for no credit, the cost is $625 (NO graduate credit). 

The World Folk Dancing and Folk Songs

Humor, love, and exuberance are universal. Community music making builds a bridge where we are offered a glimpse into another culture and are delighted to find ourselves looking back. History, spirit, and heart are present in a country’s musical culture. This knowledge can lead to greater awareness and global understanding. This lively workshop will explore a dozen cultures through folk dance, rounds, passing games, play parties, and clapping games. Join us as we meet wonderful people through the gift of their music. If health concerns warrant canceling this in-person course, it will be offered online.

Tuition for any course you are taking for graduate credit is estimated at $400 per credit hour. If you take World Folk Dancing and Folk Songs for credit, the cost is $400, and you will receive one hour of graduate credit. If you take World Folk Dancing and Folk Songs for no credit the cost is $300 (NO graduate credit).

Grant Writing

This course will focus on the intricacies of grant writing and overall funding for the music educator.  Participants will have opportunities to locate funding sources, examine common expectations in proposal requests, create and/or modify pivotal statements that are generally requested in proposals, and establish personal objectives for proposal completion.  While there is no exact process or guarantee in grant writing, there are methods that can help educators become more dynamic in their writing and presentation of their proposals.  These methods will both be discussed and practiced by participants, thus increasing their chances of writing successful proposals.

This course can easily be tailored to the individual’s needs for funding, including the pursuit of funding for classroom tangible items or experiences, as well as the educator’s personal needs.  It is important to note that there are specific steps to take post-submission, and these can help increase the chances of funding.  Additionally, participants will explore grant and funding awards on a larger scale, including the financial impact of economies from the local level to the worldwide level, and how they can affect the educator’s pursuit of funding.

Tuition for any course you are taking for graduate credit is estimated at $400 per credit hour. When taking Ukulele for the Music Classroom or Grant Writing for the Music Educator for graduate credit, you will receive one hour of graduate credit, and the cost is $400. If you take Ukulele in the Music Classroom or Grant Writing for the Music Educator for no credit, the cost is $300 (NO graduate credit).

Ukulele in the Music Classroom

The ukulele is quickly becoming a sought-after addition in the elementary music classroom. Its accessibility and uniqueness make the ukulele a new and exciting way for students to create and participate in music-making. Years of developing a teaching sequence that empowers all students has led to a ukulele sequence that utilizes universal design, constructivist philosophies of knowledge building, and the Orff Approach. Students will identify strategies, ready for use in class the following week, while also internalizing the underlying concepts that enable the design of a successful lesson sequence. Combined with discussions on the historical and culture context of the ukulele, attendees will leave with the pedagogical knowledge to create ukulele lessons independently.

Designed for teachers of all ability and experience (much like our students) this professional development experience seeks to connect established pedagogical knowledge within this new medium, the ukulele. Explore how to teach the ukulele while also learning how to play the ukulele. More than just a presentation of activities, this clinic aims to facilitate professional development discussion that is meaningful and valuable in teacher development.

For credit: $400 for one hour of graduate credit. You pay $50 at the time of registration, and the balance is charged to you by Student Accounts.

No credit: $300 (NO graduate credit). You pay the full cost through the registration software. You can pay all at once or by installments.

Orff Schulwerk, Levels I, II, & III

Participants will sing, play, move, and improvise using the Orff Schulwerk model. Each level includes classes in pedagogy, movement, recorder, ensemble, and special topics. This approach is based on active learning and developing creative skills in children. These courses are approved by the American Orff Schulwerk Association.

• Level I — This course is open to all music teachers and senior undergraduate music education students.

• Level II — At least one year of teaching experience is required before taking Level II. If you completed Level I prior to 2013, you will need to re-take Level I.

• Level III — At least one year of teaching experience is required before taking Level III.

For credit: $1,200 for three hours of graduate credit. You pay $50 at the time of registration, and the balance is charged to you by Student Accounts.

No credit: $885 (NO graduate credit). You pay the full cost through the registration software. You can pay all at once or by installments.