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This summer Drake University will offer a course for elementary and secondary music teachers who want to help their students to read pitch and rhythm confidently, develop beautiful tone, and sing expressively.

The course utilizes a cooperative learning format and guided practice to assist teachers in gaining the skills they need to help their students to become independent and expressive musicians.

The course fee is $325. Drake graduate credit (EDMA) is $110 per credit hour; staff development credit is $35 per credit hour. The course can be taken for one or two credits.

You can register online from March 12 through May 15. Teachers may register from may 16 through June 8 by paying a late fee of $100.

Eventbrite - First Read to Stellar Performance 2018 

Questions? Contact Dr. Aimee Beckmann-Collier at or 515-271-2841

From First Read to Stellar Performance

with Bel Canto Solfeggio, June 25-29

John Armstrong, clinician

Develop beautiful tone

Bel Canto: John Armstrong has unique and appealing ways to teach beautiful singing in lessons, classes and rehearsals. This course introduces an extensive series of warm-ups, exercises, patterns, rounds, vocalises and choralises that develop vocal mastery along with music literacy. We explore singing fundamentals in artistic ways to engage the personality as well as the voice.

More Than Music Literacy

Solfeggio: We introduce our process for learning independently within a group setting. We also help you create artistic handsigns which translate into expressive conducting gestures to captivate each singer’s imagination. We will show you non-verbal approaches to improve tone, intonation and expressive phrasing while you teach singers to think, count and take ownership for learning.

Great Literature

Repertoire: We incorporate proven choral pieces throughout the sessions to help you apply skills as you master them. Each voicing is represented with carefully selected literature for every level. You will learn how a one-page Reader can accelerate the learning curve for a new piece of music.

Teaching Practice

Immersion: As soon as we introduce a new procedure or process, we break into small groups to allow each teacher opportunities to practice leading that skill in a non-pressure environment. Colleagues support and coach each other as we build skill sets throughout the course. This offers the benefits of a symposium, yet with active participation in small increments.


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March 19, 2018
Mei-Hsuan Huang, assistant professor of piano at Iowa State University, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 26 as part of the Keys to Excellence Piano Series.