Graduate Courses and Workshops

First Steps in Music Certification Course with Betsy Greene, President of FAME

3 Graduate Credits or 45 PD/Workshop Hours

Monday, July 15th-Friday July 19th 2019
8:00-4:00 PM
Music Room
Champlain Elementary School
800 Pine Street, Burlington VT

3 Graduate Credits or 45 hours of PD/Workshop Credit
3 Graduate Credits  - $1375
Workshop credit only - $950

First Steps in MusicTM  was created by leading music educator Dr. John Feierabend of the Hartt School of Music. Through active participation in both music and movement activities, participants will learn how to further their young students' musical growth with joy, imagination, and wonder while preparing them for a lifelong of music learning. This course will include current research findings and the implications of that research on the development of an early childhood music and movement curriculum, collecting materials, designing teaching strategies, lesson plans, and yearly curriculum, as well as developing and promoting an early childhood program.  Materials and activities will be presented for children from birth to age seven.

Course instructor is Betsy Greene, a Feierabend Association for Music Education (FAME) endorsed Teacher Trainer and highly respected music educator in the Burlington Vermont Schools. This course is fully endorsed by FAME. All participants will receive a First Steps in Music Certificate of Completion from FAME.


Introduction and Philosophy
Selecting quality literature
Music Aptitude and related research
Music in the first three years
The Music Workout (Nursery – Grade 2)
Development of teaching techniques
Choosing materials
Writing Lessons and developing a semester curriculum



Music-COMP Summer Composition Institute for Teachers

 3 Graduate Credits of 45 Professional Development Hours

Monday, July 22nd - Friday July 26th 2019
9:00-4:00 PM
University of Vermont
Southwick Hall

3 Graduate Credits or 45 hours of PD/Workshop Credit
3 Graduate Credits  - $1375
Workshop credit only - $950

Each participant will have an opportunity to write a piece and have it be performed and recorded by TURNmusic, Vermont's contemporary music ensemble.

Music-COMP's week-long summer institute gives teachers a chance to explore the creative side of their musicianship. Over the course of the week, participants will compose an original work which will then be rehearsed and performed by TURNmusic, Vermonts own contemporary music ensemble. Participants will be guided through the entire composition process with daily feedback and support as they compose. The morning sessions will be devoted to group activities and seminars where teachers will learn how to integrate composition into their curriculum, explore music technology programs that can be used to help facilitate the composition process, learn how to develop composition lesson plans and practice giving meaningful feedback to student composers. During the afternoons there will be structured time to work on individual compositions as well as feedback sessions with peers and institute faculty. 

Topics Covered Include:

The benefits of composition to a music program
The Creative Process and where to begin
Curriculum Integration
Lesson plans and strategies for all grade levels
Arranging for your ensemble
Assessing composition or other creative work
Noteflight and other notation programs
Garageband/Soundation and other electronic music programs

Graduate Course Info:
Three credits are offered through Castleton University under a professional development contract with Music-COMP. All fees are paid to Music-COMP.

We are unable to offer housing options, but Burlington and the surrounding towns are full of hotels, Airbnb, and VRBO options. If you need assistance, please reach out to





For just a few dollars per month, you can help ensure students will be writing music with Music-COMP for years to come. With your support, students throughout Vermont will continue to see their music come to life!