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Drake University's Summer Music Institute will offer the following professional development courses in June and July 2019.  Each course will provide practical strategies for and guided practice in teaching more effectively.  We hope you’ll take advantage of one or more of our 2019 offerings to enhance your skills, creativity, and joy in being a music educator.

You’ll be able to register online from February 15 through May 10.

Questions?

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

Monday and Tuesday, June 17-18, 8:30-4:30
Bel Canto Solfeggio
John Armstrong, instructor

Designed for high school, junior high, and middle school choral teachers but open to all music educators

Course fee is $160.

Drake graduate credit is $110 per credit hour; staff development credit is $35 per credit hour.  Teachers may earn one hour of credit.

It’s about the singing.  Many choir directors think of solfeggio for warm-ups and sight-reading activity, which is a great beginning, yet there is so much more!  The Bel Canto art can transform your singers from passive choristers to accomplished singers once you learn how to integrate the process throughout the entire rehearsal.  This course will:

  • Introduce and practice all musicianship fundamentals, including pitch and rhythmic context (diatonic, chromatic, and minor modes, and rhythm reading).
  • Help you to develop ways to dramatically improve vocal tone.  Solfeggio offers the perfect springboard for developing beautiful sounds.
  • Focus on specifics: breathing and support, gorgeous tone, vowel refinements, intonation remedies, etc. – all via solfeggio.  We help you create useful imagery with analogies as well as non-verbal communication, including movement.
  • Learn ways to influence line, phrasing, and expression—while they sing—with artistic hands, when signing, as well as with conducting gestures.

The course will explore three phases of instruction:

  • ”in the air” work – signing and singing with John, face-to-face
  • ”on the board” work – featuring pitch charts and pulse charts
  • ”from the page” work – reading sequenced patterns, readers, songs and rounds from The Reading Choral Singer, which is our text.

Wednesday and Thursday, June 19-20, 8:30-4:30
Expressive Teaching: Integrating Bel Canto Solfeggio Throughout Your Rehearsal
John Armstrong, instructor

Designed for high school, junior high, and middle school choral teachers but open to all music educators who have taken a previous class with John (including the June 17-18 course)

Course fee is $160.
Drake graduate credit is $110 per credit hour; staff development credit is $35 per credit hour.Teachers may earn one hour of credit.
  • We don’t have to sacrifice beautiful singing while learning a new piece, once we gain insight and practice with expressive teaching.  In this symposium atmosphere, we practice and demonstrate integrating the process, with considerable time allowed for suggestions and encouragement.
  • We incorporate kinesthetic association and movement to bridge from vocal skills achieved in warm-ups to expressive signing and singing with choral literature.
  • We will incorporate proven literature in all voicings for this class: some new works as well as pieces selected from the American Music Literacy Association’s extensive “Sure-Fire Winners” list.  Directors will convert vocal artistry into choral artistry within a non-pressure environment.  We show how to extend your teaching to the concert hall, with experience exploring informances to complement your performances.

Weekdays, Monday, July 15-Friday, July 26, 8:00-5:00
Kodaly Certification, Levels I, II, III
Barbara and Tom Sletto, Kris VerSteeg, Sandy Miller, instructors
Designed for general musics teachers, but open to all music educators.

Course fee is $700

Drake graduate credit is $110 per credit hour; staff development credit is $35 per credit hour
Teachers may earn up to three hours of credit.

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 may include:

  • Kodaly/Orff in the classroom
  • recorders
  • teaching the older beginner
  • rhythm systems
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