Master of Music Education
The Master of Music Education (MME) program is intended for practicing music educators, and includes targeted study in pedagogy, scholarship and musicianship. The summers-only program is offered during four-week summer-intensive sessions and culminates with a research teaching project. Most students complete their course of study in three summers.
Workshops are open to all music educators for conference or university credit for recertification, as well as current Shenandoah Conservatory graduate students in music education.
Sing, Speak, Move, Play & Create: Incorporating Orff Schulwerk in the Music Classroom
Clinician: Kristine Wolfe
Friday, June 19 & Saturday, June 20, 2020
Join us for two days of singing, speaking, moving and playing instruments as you incorporate literature in your teaching. Whether it’s for introducing a new concept, practicing a known skill or as the basis for a performance, books are a great way to keep your students engaged!
Early registration is due May 15; registration ends June 20
Teaching Music Literacy: Developing Independent Musicians
Clinician: Carol Krueger
Monday, July 20 – Wednesday, July 22, 2020
Helping students become musically literate is central to the school, community and church music curriculum. While there is much agreement about why we should teach sight singing and musicianship skills, there is less agreement about how we should teach those skills. Far too often students are taught to be savvy symbol decoders rather than independent literate musicians.
Working from the premise that students learn musical skills in much the same order as they do language skills, participants will explore how we ‘learn’ music through hearing and imitating patterns before reading (translating notation into sound) and writing (translating sound into notation). The pedagogy also includes a sequence of instruction that results in a strong link between sound and notation.
The TAKADIMI rhythm-pedagogy system, a beat-oriented system whose originators see it as evolving from Gordon’s syllables, will be incorporated. The rhythm syllables can easily be adapted to elementary through adult choral and instrumental rehearsals in the church and K-Collegiate setting.
Workshop participants will also be presented with teaching strategies and techniques for integrating and applying literacy skills to appropriate repertoire. Special attention will be given to the development of music literacy curriculum maps and diction maps.
Early registration is due May 15; registration ends July 18
Bringing Music to Life: Conducting & Rehearsal Techniques
Clinician: Carol Krueger
Thursday, July 23 & Friday, July 24, 2020
Insights, review and renewal of conducting gesture and skills for church and public school choral and instrumental conductors/educators will be the main focus of this workshop. Special attention will be given to strengthening and clarifying physical presentation, self-analysis and matching gesture with the musical ideas embedded in the score. Advanced techniques include mixed meter, independence of hands, phrasing, cues and releases.
This workshop will also address score study and provide creative and practical rehearsal strategies to move beyond the notes and the rhythms and “bring the music to life.” Phrasing, articulation, rhythmic interest, and text will be explored using the three main learning modalities: visual, aural and kinesthetic.
Early registration is due May 15; registration ends July 23
Contact Dr. Jeff Marlatt