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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 2017 offerings to enhance your skills, creativity, and joy in being a music educator.

You can register online from March 13 through May 15.  
Teachers may register from May 15 until June 9 by paying a late fee of $100.

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 aimee.beckmann-collier@drake.edu or 515-271-2841


Orff Schulwerk Certification, Levels I and II

  • designed for general music teachers, but open to all educators

Clinicians: Tim Purdum, Alan Purdum, Aaron Hansen, Drue Bullington
June 19-30 (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

Step-by-Step Inspiration with Choral Songs and Bel Canto Solfeggio

  • designed for both elementary and secondary choral music educators

Clinician: John Armstrong
June 26-29
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 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

This is a patient, sequenced course, developed from our highly successful "Step-By-Step Bel Canto Solfeggio" class, that will help you practice integrating the three-step process and lead your choral singers from "basic reading skills" to singing actual songs and choral literature beautifully. This class format has been developed in response to requests from music educators 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.

  • Directors immediately practice-teach each fundamental hand-sign 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 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 carefully composed songs with song readers as well as choral works that are proven "sure-fine winners" recommended by music educators who have taken Bel Canto Solfeggio Music Literacy-based courses previously. 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 incorporating the process in a collaborative environment, working from a model plan, yet refining the plan to fit individual teaching styles.
  • The Cooperative Learning model provides opportunities to exchange ideas and experiment with various applications of the process.
  • The Reading Choir Singer is the required text for this course (see online registration form). Songs and choral works will be provided by John Armstrong and JW Pepper.

 

Kodaly Certification, Levels I, II, and III

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

Clinicians: Barbara and Tom Sletto, Kris VerSteeg, Sandy Miller
July 10-21 (weekdays)
Course fee is $650

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 a prerequisite for Level II; Levels I and II are prerequisites for Level III. Registrants for Levels II and III must present documentation from the previous level(s) at check-in on the first day of class. Course is
approved by the Organization of American Kodaly Educators.

Curriculum includes:

  • three levels of solfege
  • pedagogy techniques
  • choral conducting and ensembles
  • materials and folksong analysis

Special topics include:

  • older beginners
  • Kodaly and Orff
  • recorders in the classroom

Questions? Contact Dr. Aimee Beckmann-Collier at aimee.beckmann-collier@drake.edu or 515-271-2841

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Nicholas Roth, professor of piano at Drake University, will present the next concert in Drake’s Keys to Excellence Piano Series on Nov. 28.
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