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Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, Drake University has regretfully canceled all five of the courses scheduled to be offered during the 2020 Summer Music Institute.  We will offer refunds to those who have already registered and you will be contacted in order to process your refund. If you have questions concerning this, please contact Dr. Aimee Beckmann-Collier (aimee.beckmann-collier@drake.edu).  

 

We are grateful for your interest in Drake's Summer Music Institute, which would have celebrated its nineteenth year of providing rigorous and practical professional development courses, and are especially appreciative of the course instructors and teacher participants who have made Drake's SMI a hub for music educators who want to become master teachers.   

 

Questions?

Contact Dr. Aimee Beckmann-Collier (aimee.beckmann-collier@drake.edu)

June 17-19, 9:00 am-4:00 pm

Popular Music Pedagogies: Modern Band in the Classroom

Instructor: Dr. Bryan Powell

Course fee is $250.
Drake graduate credit is $170 per credit hour; relicensure credit is an additional $90 for the course.
Teachers may earn one hour of credit.

Participants in this workshop will explore and experience the basic tenets of modern band in the classroom, including the incorporation of popular musics and popular music pedagogies.  We will explore approaches to getting started right away with instant success on the guitar, ukulele, drum kit, keyboard, and electric bass and will discuss how we as music educators can address aspects of inclusion, access, and diversity in the music classroom.  This workshop will survey technologies and apps that are useful in the classroom and will explore hip-hop and songwriting activities that teachers can use to engage students.  Participants will also form a rock band and will perform cover and original songs.  No experience playing popular music instruments is needed to have success in this workshop.

 

June 22-23, 8:30 am-4:30 pm

Music Literacy – Teaching Pitch and Rhythm Reading Skills the Bel Canto Way

Instructor: John Armstrong

Course fee is $175.
Drake graduate credit is an additional $170 per credit hour; relicensure credit is an additional $90 per course.
Teachers may earn one hour of credit. 
  • We establish Bel Canto singing with beautiful tone from the very first note in class.
  • We champion visual, aural, kinesthetic, cognitive, and affective approaches at each level to reach all types of student learning styles.
  • We learn, then we teach: we introduce each skill, then apply that new step as teachers, beginning with accessible literature in graduated steps.
  • Movement is fun! We prioritize artistic expression with the whole body, face, and hands.

 

June 24-25, 8:30 am-4:30 pm

Music Literacy – Teaching Real Repertoire with Handsign/Solfege: Our Three-Step Process

Instructor: John Armstrong

Course fee is $175.
Drake graduate credit is an additional $170 per credit hour; relicensure credit is an additional $90 for the course.
Teachers may earn one hour of credit.
  • We master transitions from “in the air” to “on the board” to “from the page.”
  • We practice how to integrate handsign/solfege with quality choral literature from unison to SATB in rehearsal.
  • In a symposium setting, we discuss ways to overcome obstacles, with questions welcome throughout the day.
  • We prioritize vocal health with a focus on tension-free teaching.

 

July 10-11, 8:30 am-4:30 pm

Music Literacy for All: Developing Musically Literate Students

Instructor: Dr. Carol Krueger

Course fee is $175.
Drake graduate credit is an additional $170 per credit hour; relicensure credit is an additional $90 for the course.
Teachers may earn one hour of credit.

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.

Course 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 curriculum maps.

 

July 13-24, 8:00 am-5:00 pm daily

Kodaly Certification, Levels I, II, III

Instructors: Sandy Miller, Barbara Sletto, Tom Sletto, Kris Versteegt

Course fee is $800.
Drake graduate credit is an additional $170 per credit hour; relicensure credit is an additional $90 for the course.
Teachers may earn 1-3 graduate credits

Be the best music educator you can be with hands-on experiences, skills, and practical materials.  Drake’s Kodaly certification courses are endorsed by the national Organization of American Kodaly Educators.

Daily classes include:

  • musicianship/solfege
  • choral conducting
  • vocal ensemble
  • music literature/folk song analysis
  • classroom materials/pedagogy
General information:
  • Housing in a Drake residence hall is available at $22 per person per night for double occupancy and $35 per person per night for single occupancy, plus a required $15 linen fee. You may register for housing when you register for a course. Please note that, if you are taking the two-week Kodaly course, you’ll need to pay for the weekend between the two weeks of instruction, since Drake will not be able to make your room available to weekend guests.  You’ll register and pay for housing when you register for the course.
  • There are many restaurants in the area, ranging from fast food to something nicer. You’ll be given a map of these at check-in on the first day of class.
  • You may register for either graduate or relicensure credit when registering for the Popular Music Pedagogies and Music Literacy courses (Armstrong and Krueger) or anytime thorugh the first day of the course.  Registration for graduate or relicensure credit for the Kodaly course will take place at check-in on July 13.  Assignments for graduate and relicensure credit are the same.
  • Once the May 10 registration deadline has passed, we’ll determine if we have sufficient enrollment to make the classes viable. We’ll let you know about the status of each course soon after May 10. If the class is viable, we’ll provide lots of details about the course, as well as parking, check-in, etc.

 

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