All of the courses offered by the Drake University Summer Music Institute will help you to reconnect with the reasons you became a music teacher. The courses offer a great deal of guided practice and practical strategies for teaching more effectively, making teaching a deeply satisfying daily experience. We hope you’ll take advantage of one or more of our 2016 offerings to enhance your skills, creativity, and joy in being a music educator.

Teachers may register online February 10 through May 15.
You may register after that date by paying a late fee of $100.

Eventbrite - Summer Music Institute 2016

On campus housing is available. See online registration link for details.

All Summer Music Institute courses offer rigorous professional development for music educators and focus on teacher strategies that can develop students’ twenty-first century skills.

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

Comprehensive Musicianship Project 

  • designed for K-12 band, chorus, orchestra, and general music teachers

Clinicians: Iowa CMP Team 
June 21-24
Course fee is $325

2 EDMA credits available (additional $100 per graduate credit through Drake University) OR staff development credit (additional $25 for the course through Heartland AEA)

Class meets 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. June 21-23
Class meets 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. June 24

What is CMP?

  • an opportunity to gain tools to foster music learning with understanding
  • a planning process that can be applied to any level of music teaching
  • an approach emphasizing the interdependence of musical knowledge and musical performance

The CMP process can assist teachers in:

  • selecting good repertoire
  • planning effective rehearsals, classroom activities, and concerts
  • clarifying long-range goals and short-term objectives
  • developing new teaching strategies
  • applying appropriate assessments of the learning process
  • experiencing a high level of personal and professional satisfaction
  • building a portfolio

Sponsoring organizations

  • Iowa Choral Directors Association
  • Iowa Bandmasters Association
  • Iowa Music Educators Association
  • Iowa String Teachers Association

Orff Schulwerk Certification, Levels I and II

  • designed for general music teachers, but open to any music teachers

Clinicians: Tim Purdum, Alan Purdum, Aaron Hansen, Drue Bullington
July 11-22 (weekdays)
Course fee is $700

Teachers may earn 3 EDMA credits (additional $100 per graduate credit hour fee through Drake University) OR staff development credit (additional $25 for the course through Heartland AEA).

Class meets weekdays 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

Level I is prerequisite for Level II. Registrants for Level II must present documentation from Level I to register for Level II. Course approved by the American Orff Schulwerk Association.

Curriculum includes:

  • creative process – imitate, explore, create
  • media – speech, body percussion, unpitched percussion, singing, barred percussion, recorder, movement
  • Orff Schulwerk source repertoire and folk repertoire

Special topics may include:

  • curriculum development
  • ukulele
  • history of Orff Schulwerk
  • canons and rounds
  • world folk dances

 Beyond Survival: Step-by-Step Bel Canto Solfeggio

  • designed for K-12 choral and general music teachers

Clinician: John Armstrong 
July 11-14

Course fee is $325

Teachers may earn 2 EDMA credits (additional $100 per graduate credit hour fee through Drake University) OR staff development credit (additional $25 for the course through Heartland AEA).

Class meets 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

A patient, sequenced course to help you practice integrating the three-step process and lead your choral singers from “basic reading skills” to singing actual choral literature beautifully.  This new class format has been developed in response to requests from dedicated American Music Literacy Association members, directors who work with singers and music reading every day.  We will implement the Cooperative Learning model so you will be an active participant in the process.

Step-by Step:

  • Directors immediately practice-teach each fundamental handsign/solfeggio skill in small groups as soon as that skill is introduced “in the air,” beginning with the diatonic scale.
  • Directors learn how to read pitch charts and pulse charts “on the board,” then experiment with leading those activities right away.
  • Directors approach each reader, round reader, and song reader as a singer, then work in small groups to practice leading those activities “from the page.”
  • The class reads five carefully selected choral pieces, one each in these voicings: unison, two-part, three-part, SAB, and SATB. All five are proven “sure-fire winners” that have been rehearsed, performed, and recommended by American Music Literacy Association members. Model lesson plans will be provided subject to refinement by the class.
  • We analyze each piece in detail and discuss viable approaches to the challenges inherent in the work. Directors practice integrating the process in a collaborative environment, working from a model plan, yet refining the plan to fit each indivdual’s teaching style.
  • The Cooperative Learning model provides opportunities to exchange ideas and experiment with various applications of the process.

NB: The Reading Choir Singer is the required text for this course. (see online registration form)

Fine Arts Events
October 21, 2016
12:00 PM - 04:00 PM
October 21, 2016
05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
October 21, 2016
07:30 PM - 09:00 PM
Fine Arts News
October 12, 2016
Drake University’s Keys to Excellence Piano Series will open its fourth season with a performance by Lori Sims, professor of piano at Western Michigan University.