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Music Series Course Descriptions


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Music Series Course Descriptions

3-week hybrid course; one week on campus and two weeks via distance learning; Written assignments due Friday, August 2; Dependent on student's individual plan, license usually obtained by December.

Description of Music 515 Licensure Course in Elementary General Music Methods

This is a unique offering of the "Add On" Music 515 License in General Music Education. The course is offered as a 5-day series of professional development workshops with each day featuring immersion in a different area of general music education. See below for daily offerings. Completion of the five-day week and completion of readings, and assignments given online fulfill the elementary general music methods course requirement the for the DPI Music 515 license. Contact the Music Education Coordinator at UW-Superior, Dr. Lois Guderian, to receive complete information regarding the licensure requirements.

Music 515 and Series of Professional Development Workshops in Music Education

Day 1, July 15

Instrument Teaching and Playing in General Music - Learn to Play, Teach, and Incorporate: Soprano and Alto Recorder, Soprano and Baritone Ukulele, Guitar, and Autoharp

Experience an interrelated, sequentially designed, multi-age approach to music reading and writing skills via soprano recorder ensemble playing, singing, improvising and composing with incorporation of Smart Board technology. Also learn the basics of playing and teaching alto recorder and Native American flute. Afternoon Workshop: Participants will receive beginning instruction in classroom string instruments - soprano and baritone ukulele, guitar and autoharp inclusive of theory and accompanying basics for harmonizing folk and children's songs. Workshop packet includes songs and materials for participating and for future teaching in classrooms. Packet will be provided on the day of the workshop.

Day 2, July 16

Disciplinary, Integrated and Interdisciplinary Lesson Planning, Curriculum Building, Assessment, Standards Based Instruction

Educators and pre-service educators will study the similarities and differences between disciplinary, integrated and interdisciplinary models of instruction, lesson planning and curriculum through hands on participation in music education and elementary education lesson plan models; through viewings of recorded classroom teaching and learning segments; through study of lesson plans, curriculum models and library and electronic resources; through group brainstorming and creation of lessons; and through paired and individual lesson plan design under professor scaffolding. Includes assessment measures, examples of and group design of rubrics, and principles of differentiated teaching and learning as applied to music education. Packet will be provided on the day of the workshop.

Day 3, July 17

The Listening-Creating Child: Embedding Music Composition Assignments into the General Music Curriculum - Includes Introduction to Notation and Looping Computer Programs

Participants will learn age appropriate teaching and learning strategies for engaging children in listening to music, many with links to creative explorations in music and composing and ways to assess children's listening skills. Includes hands on learning in traditional and non-traditional ways to compose and notate music with children and how to embed improvising and composing assignments and experiences into the curriculum in a way that reinforces curriculum content and the development of children's musical skills. This workshop includes an introduction to some software programs appropriate for elementary age children and upper elementary/middle school and high school age children. Listening-composing activities include chant to Hip Hop. Packet will be provided on the day of the workshop.

Day 4, July 18

The Singing-Moving Child

Learn developmentally appropriate ways and aids for nurturing and preserving the young singing voice and children's ability to sing in harmony. Includes approaches to solo, choral and musical theatre singing with children and youths; development of children's understanding and skill in rhythm and movement; teaching and learning strategies for teaching musical theatre, and choreography for songs. Packet will be provided on the day of the workshop.

Day 5, July 19

Teaching and Learning in Children's and Youth Choirs

Includes choral music education methods for teaching upper elementary and youth choirs inclusive of how to organize and plan school, church and community youth choirs; recruitment, voice placement procedures, how to plan rehearsals and programs, and assessment. Participants will also engage in choral music reading sessions of music appropriate for children and youth choirs. Includes instruction in the basics of Orff Instrumentation and Ensemble Playing including ways to integrate Orff instrument playing/singing and arranging and introduction to Noteflight software. Packet will be provided on the day of the workshop.


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