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Summer Music Studies Courses

Graduate-level courses for music educators.

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Course pricing includes $1,050 tuition & a $60 nonrefundable course fee.

Courses

Music teachers can take their Google for Education skills to the next level with this advanced course. Here, teachers will build upon their current knowledge of Google tools to increase technology integration in the music classroom.They will learn how to maximize efficiency within Google Classroom, create digital lesson experiences, and differentiate content for students. All projects completed throughout the course will offer teachers the flexibility tocreate something that can be used in their classrooms. This course is taught by a Google for Education Certified Trainer and Innovator. Successful completion of the course will prepare teachers for the Google for Education Level 2 Certification Exam, which will be taken at the conclusion of the three weeks. While completing the Level 1 Certification before taking this course is not required, prior experience using the Google for Education tools is necessary. This course can be completed using a desktop/laptop running any operating system, or a Chromebook.


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This course is designed for music performers and educators who want to learn how to improvise and teach improvisation in the classroom. Through carefully selected jazz repertoire, participants will learn the basic mechanics of improvisation and the essential music theory elements needed to improvise and teach improvisation including modal improvisation, the blues, ii-V-I progressions, and simplifying chord progressions. Participants will practice and perform jazz improvisation concepts on the instrument of their choice. No previous experience with improvisation is required.


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Curriculum Development in Orff Schulwerk. The purpose of this course is to support general music teachers as they develop an Orff Schulwerk-inspired curriculum for use in their unique professional settings. Participants will explore how to bring the playfulness, creativity and spontaneity of the Orff process into a structure suitable for the classroom. Prerequisite: Orff Levels I and II from any AOSA approved course.


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This course is designed for elementary and secondary music teachers and will focus on everything you need to know to make professional sounding recordings of your ensembles in rehearsal and performance and how to properly setup a sound system for concerts. You will learn how to record, edit, and master your recordings using Mac/Windows software. You will create master recordings that you can publish to CD and to the Internet. Mobile recording devices and apps for your iPad/iPod Touch/iPhone will also be included.


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There are countless online tools that enable teachers to create engaging materials that support all aspects of music teaching and learning, in both synchronous and asynchronous environments. This course is designed for music educators of all levels who are curious and motivated to explore and learn a variety of cloud-based tools that can be used to inspire creativity, encourage hands-on learning, and equip you and your students with digital skills. This project-based course will explore a wide spectrum of tools, provide grounding for how to use them, and explore ways the resulting resources can be used with students. Topics include: music creation and collaboration; creative and effective image editing and design; recording and editing screencast videos; streaming audio and video; easy website design; live streaming, web conferencing, and learning management systems effectively; and the use of myriad educational technology tools for creating and sharing projects, presentations and assessment. Free and low-cost cloud-based tools will be used in this course, with mention of software-installed solutions and useful hardware when relevant. This course can be completed using a desktop/laptop running any operating system, or a Chromebook.


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John Feierabend's First Steps in Music curriculum is designed to prepare children to become "Tuneful, Beatful, and Artful" for life. This research-based, practitioner-proven curriculum helps guide students to sing, chant, dance, feel,express, and play their way to musical independence. The First Steps in Music curriculum contains everything needed to lead infant/toddler, preschool, or early elementary music classes. Participants will become well-versed in the 8-Part "Workout" lesson framework of First Steps in Music as they take a deep dive into Singing and MovementDevelopment in the early years. Those successfully completing this course receive an official certificate of completion from the Feierabend Association for Music Education (FAME).


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GarageBand is an easy-to-learn musical workhorse with dozens of great uses for teachers and students. What's more...it's lots of fun! Want your students to enjoy composing original music or making arrangements? How about getting them excited about music history as they make podcasts rather than boring traditional reports Wouldn't it be great to see students have fun improvising, or creating a musical underscoring with sound effects for a video? Want to make quality recordings of individuals or an ensemble without a complicated microphone scheme? Want a great way to demonstrate musical concepts such as form, dynamics, articulation, tempo, and texture so students really understand? Need to prepare sound clips for a PowerPoint presentation or webpage, blog, or wiki? GarageBand does all this and much more! Perhaps that's why many music teachers name this program as the technology tool they use most. In this course for general, vocal/choral, and instrumental music teachers at all levels, we'll explore and experience the many uses for Apple's GarageBand. Each year the program adds more features and functionality; so even if you've used Garage Band before there's bound to be something that'll make you see the program in a new way.


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Google for Education offers numerous tools that music educators can use in their classrooms. These tools allow teachers and students to create and share digital content, communicate effectively, collaborate within and outside of the classroom, and increase productivity. In this course, teachers will learn the basics for using a variety of Google tools, focusing specifically on applications for the music classroom. Throughout the course, teachers will complete practical projects to strengthen their understanding of Google for Education, with the intent that each project can be used in their classrooms. This course is taught by a Google for Education Certified Trainer and Innovator. Successful completion of the course will prepare teachers for the Google for Education Level 1 Certification Exam, which will be taken at the conclusion of the three weeks. This course can be completed using a desktop/laptop running any operating system, or a Chromebook.


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This course will provide music educators with an introduction to the basics of Trauma Informed Education and components of the Social Emotional Learning (SEL) framework. The focus will be on practical application and integration of concepts into the music education classroom. These classroom strategies will address challenges students face, adaptations to a socially and emotionally rich environment, benefits of SEL instruction, and creation of customized lesson plans and activities for immediate use in the classroom.


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This course will present an overview of quality band literature grades one through six. Guidelines for each grade level will be examined and explained. Over 100 compositions by a number of composers will be reviewed. Rehearsal techniques and best practices will be presented and discussed. Composer Timothy Loest will join Quincy for several days giving students the opportunity to meet and talk with a working composer. Students should bring 3 to 4 works that they have played with their group to conduct with the class. Students are asked to bring their major and minor instruments for participation in the reading/evaluation sessions.


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Lights, Camera, Learning! Video Projects in Music Education. Let's face it: from YouTube to Netflix to a host of other services, today's learners are immersed in and respond to video! This timely course for music educators of all levels/areas will be divided between two significant uses for video in music education today: 1) Producing compelling videos for students such as video lecturettes, tutorials, and performances, etc. Maybe you want to make clear for students the motions to a classroom song, the choreography to a concert selection, or the recorder fingerings used in class. Perhaps you want to explain how to assemble a clarinet mouthpiece, oil one's trumpet valves, or illustrate several key marching band fundamentals. Maybe you want to show students the basic features of an app, how to build major and minor scales, or the steps for a class project. All these and much more can be accomplished withtoday's simple, intuitive video tools. 2) Using engaging video scoring activities with students to teach many important musical concepts. The lessons that can be conveyed through both simple and more sophisticated video scoring projects are myriad. Students of all levels can explore musical creativity and the interaction of drama and music/sound when they begin with a short video clip and add/edit either pre-recorded music and sound effects, loop-based multi-track arrangements, or more traditional notation-based underscoring. All of the above and much more can be accomplished with just a few accessible, intuitive apps/websites and some fairly ubiquitous hardware (i.e. computer/laptop, smartphone, iPad). The educational value of video projects in music education is so high and the tools to do so have never been more within the reach of even a novice.


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This course is a continuation of Level 1 and focuses on the following areas: examination of and practice with more advanced video production features; producing more advanced videos for students (including video lecturettes, tutorials, assessments, performances, etc.); using engaging video scoring activities with students to teach many important musical concepts; and acquiring video from various sources (online, DVD). This course will include several class presentations throughout the week, as well as an advanced final video project (approved by the instructor).Students will use the following applications and equipment: Camtasia (and/or iMovie), QuickTime, GarageBand (and/or Audacity), Google Drive (and several Google Apps), computer's built-in camera and microphone, mobile device video camera and microphone, external microphone, Edu-creations (and/or Explain Everything) for iPad, Skype and/or Google Hangout.


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Are you in search of motivational methods for your music program? Do you need to recharge your teaching techniques? Discover a successful plan to organize efficiently, instruct skillfully, manage behavior effectively, and communicate clearly. Course assignments are developed with the intention of immediate implementation to your music program. Topics will include refreshing various parts of your program, such as a vision statement, motto, handbook/syllabus, classroom management, rehearsal routines, discipline plan, administrative support, recruitment/retention, performance opportunities, assessment, concert programming, organizational procedures, professional development, and other topics relevant to participant needs. Sharpen your vision. Make key changes to refresh your music program!


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This course will focus on recording and producing music with Pro Tools, the industry-standard professional music production software. Participants will record audio with microphones, MIDI from the electronic keyboard, and make extensive use of software instruments. This course is designed for the elementary and secondary music educator interested in making professional sounding recordings of their ensembles and integrating music production into the music curriculum. Basic computer literacy is required for this course.


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Play Guitar, Teach Guitar. This course is designed to illuminate various approaches and techniques of playing and teaching guitar. Concepts learned will include, but not be limited to: Fretboard Basics, playing single-note melodies, basic chord shapes in the open position and in 'Barre' form, picking techniques, strumming techniques, and how to strum rhythms in different styles and grooves. Students will learn basic songs with simple chord progressions, including: folk songs, Blues, three-chord rock. From the teaching lens, students will learn how to teach guitar to visual, cerebral, and conceptual learners. Songs studied will include idioms of rock n roll, RnB, folk, Blues, American standards, Reggae, and Latin-flavored guitar. Students are responsible for bringing a guitar to the course each day that is in quality working order to best facilitate learning.


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This course is designed to advance the knowledge and skills of the K-12 vocal music educator through learning and integrating contemporary vocal music into the curriculum and aiding the solo singer. Contemporary styles will include Jazz, R & B, Rock, and Pop. Participants will explore and learn strategies that can be implemented in their classrooms. These strategies can be used in one-on-one coaching, but also applied to group vocal settings and large ensemble rehearsals. Participants will also be exposed to arranging methods and learn how to work contemporary ideas and repertoire into a traditional choir settings well as into a variety of group settings. Participants will be expected to sing daily as a component of this course.


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Strings for the Non-String Player is an in-depth examination of the playing and teaching of string instruments in today's classroom environment. Designed for the teacher with minimal string playing experience, the course will provide students with the theoretical and practical knowledge required for teaching elementary and secondary strings. The course will be organized into daily sessions of class lessons, in-depth discussions, instrument specific technique programs, and ensemble training. Topics discussed will include: String Program Set-up and Organization; Lesson Implementation; Assessment; Method Book /Orchestral Literature Review; Rehearsal Techniques; Tuning and Intonation Development, and Advanced Right and Left Hand Technique for the secondary level player. Students will exit the class playing a string instrument, with knowledge of string teaching methods, techniques and literature, and lesson plans to apply string pedagogy to their specific teaching situations. Students will need to have access to a violin, viola, cello, and bass. If a bass is not accessible, students will be asked to use a pool noodle.


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The music classroom is an inherently inclusive and cooperative environment. Meeting the needs of students with special needs, however, requires a specific set of skills, dispositions, and experiences to appropriately adapt and modify instruction. Enhancing the inclusive and cooperative possibilities in the music classroom while meeting the needs of all students is a challenging, yet exhilarating possibility. This course will focus on identifying areas of strength and challenge in students with special needs, advocating for the appropriate classroom environment for all students, and the creation of adaptations and accommodations for students in inclusive and self-contained music classrooms.


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The Art of Songwriting for Music Educators Level 2 provides music educators who have taken the course, The Art of Songwriting for Music Educators, the opportunity to deepen and refine their knowledge and understanding about the art of songwriting and how to teach songwriting to students. Students will explore and experience a more sophisticated understanding of the elements of a well-crafted song, and the essential elements of melody and lyrics. Advanced strategies and skills for writing and teaching songwriting through traditional methods, current methods in the use of technology, and creating through beats will be expanded upon. Music educators will employ innovative strategies that build upon the foundations established in the first course to continue to expand upon their creative capacities and those of their students.


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This course provides music educators at all levels the opportunity to learn about the art of songwriting and how to teach songwriting to students. Students will gain an understanding of the basic elements of a well-crafted song, and the essential elements of melody and lyrics. Strategies for writing and teaching songwriting through traditional methods, current methods in the use of technology, and creating through beats will be explored. Music educators will experience an in-depth understanding of the many facets of songwriting and how to bring this art form into the classroom.


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This course will focus on the essential elements of a successful concert band school program. Effective ensemble rehearsal strategies, pedagogical foundations, repertoire selection, assessment methods, and how to commission works will comprise the musicianship/musical aspects of the course. Recruitment and retention, staffing, scheduling, budgeting, inventory, and ensemble rehearsal and performance space will comprise the organizational understandings of the course. How to build relationships with music vendors and the selection of high quality instruments for student musicians of all ages will be addressed. Additionally, entrepreneurial strategies, networking, and advocacy resources will complete the awareness-building component of the course to support band directors in visioning, creating, and ultimately deploying the complete band program. Students will be expected to play a band instrument during this course.


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Creativity - Composition - Collaboration! Using both notation and a digital audio workstation (DAW) opens up endless creative music-making possibilities. This course will take an in-depth view at combining traditional notation with the power of multi-track MIDI and audio recording for developing basic musical concepts through the creative process of music composition. Noteflight and Soundtrap, the leaders in online collaborative music software, seamlessly integrate for easy MIDI file export between programs, making it easy to migrate back and forth between both programs. Myriad projects will be explored, including designing collaborative composition activities. This course is designed for all grade levels, and you will receive free access to both Noteflight Learn and Soundtrap for the duration of the course. Upon completion, you will be eligible to receive Noteflight Learn Certification (to learn more about Noteflight Learn Certification, visit http://bit.ly/2Dh57Ud).


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The Mindful Music Educator is a course for any music educator. It has 2 components: Mindfulness and Yoga for Musicians. Through the practice of Mindfulness, participants will be given time to pause and focus on their own care and well-being. This class is designed for the self-care of music educators. This is an opportunity for music educators to reduce stress, recharge, reflect, and reconnect. This time together will be both educational and experiential. This will be a shared experience of discovery, awareness, and care. Self-care is at the heart of everything we do: the way we feel, think, and act. When we take care of ourselves, we can be at our best, have more balance in our lives, and be more present for the people in our lives. This enhanced presence allows us to better connect with our families, friends, colleagues, and students. In addition, as teachers, we want our students to lead healthy lives, to learn healthy coping skills, and to make healthy choices. When we care for ourselves, we can be more present for our students and we can model healthy behaviors for them. Self-care allows us to better connect with ourselves and with the individuals who may cross our paths each moment of the day. We can actively enhance our lives and the lives of others.


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