Professional Development

2022-23 Graduate and PD Courses

Register for First Steps in Music With Orff Schulwerk (1.5 credits, Spring 2023)

Register for Conversational Solfege With Orff Schulwerk (1.5 credits, Spring 2023)

Creativity in Soundtrap (1 Credit, Spring 2023)

 

 

 

jeremy and TURN

Jeremy Hill rehearsing his new work Altered Phantasy with TURNmusic at the 2021 Summer Institute

***CS with Orff and First Steps with Orff may be taken either separately for 1.5 credits/PD concurrently for a total of 3 credits/PD***

Conversational Solfege with Orff Schulwerk: Sing, Say, Dance, Play (Spring 2023 online course)

1.5 Graduate Credits or PD/workshop Credits
Besty Greene, Instructor

Graduate Credit $900
PD Credit $750

6 one-hour online class meetings through ZOOM on Tuesdays at 7-8 PM Jan. 24, Jan 31, Feb 7, Feb 14, Mar 7, and Mar 14

Course Description:
Discover ways to thoughtfully develop the musicianship of your students with activities that use a high level of engagement with creativity and student input. A close look and experience with the Feierabend Approach (Conversational Solfege) and the Orff Approach or Orff Schulwerk will be the focus for study as well as how to integrate them meaningfully into your teaching.  This course will help you to reflect on your own teaching in a way that will encourage you to prioritize best practices regardless of the method(s) you use. Prior experience with Conversational Solfege and/or Orff Schulwerk is/are not required

Faculty:
Betsy Greene teaches K-5 general music in Burlington, VT. She also started and helps manage a First Steps in Music program for the community at her school (since 2000). Betsy holds a B.M.Ed. from the Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam and a M.M.Ed from the Hartt School, University of Hartford. She is both Orff-Schulwerk and Kodaly certified (all three levels).

In addition to teaching children, Betsy is a frequent clinician for general music and music literacy workshops in Vermont School Districts and local music education conferences as well as a teacher of graduate courses for music educators in the summer (Conversational Solfege and First Steps in Music).  She is a FAME-endorsed teacher trainer.

In 1998, Betsy was awarded Outstanding Arts Advocate by the Vermont Alliance for Education and the Burlington City Schools. She received the honor of Vermont Music Teacher of the Year by the Vermont Music Educators Association on 2008. Betsy is a member of the Vermont Music Educators Association, the National Association for Music Education, and the American Orff-Schulwerk Association as well as a founding member and is the immediate Past President of FAME.

  

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First Steps in Music with Orff Schulwerk: Sing, Say, Dance, Play (Spring 2023 online course)

1.5 Graduate Credits or PD/workshop Credits
Besty Greene, Instructor

Graduate Credit $900
PD Credit $750

6 one-hour online class meetings through ZOOM on Tuesdays at 6-7 PM Jan. 24, Jan 31, Feb 7, Feb 14, Mar 7, and Mar 14

Course Description:
Begin by learning classroom-ready activities which follow the eight part workout from First Steps in Music and integrate the Orff approach while gaining a better understanding of how to integrate these two approaches. Next, learn how to lesson plan using First Steps in Music with Orff Schulwerk and to develop your own integrated activities to use in your teaching. Prior First Steps in Music and/or Orff Schulwerk experience is not required.  

Faculty:
Betsy Greene teaches K-5 general music in Burlington, VT. She also started and helps manage a First Steps in Music program for the community at her school (since 2000). Betsy holds a B.M.Ed. from the Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam and a M.M.Ed from the Hartt School, University of Hartford. She is both Orff-Schulwerk and Kodaly certified (all three levels).

In addition to teaching children, Betsy is a frequent clinician for general music and music literacy workshops in Vermont School Districts and local music education conferences as well as a teacher of graduate courses for music educators in the summer (Conversational Solfege and First Steps in Music).  She is a FAME-endorsed teacher trainer.

In 1998, Betsy was awarded Outstanding Arts Advocate by the Vermont Alliance for Education and the Burlington City Schools. She received the honor of Vermont Music Teacher of the Year by the Vermont Music Educators Association on 2008. Betsy is a member of the Vermont Music Educators Association, the National Association for Music Education, and the American Orff-Schulwerk Association as well as a founding member and is the immediate Past President of FAME.

  

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Creativity in Soundtrap (Spring 2023 Online Course)

1 Graduate Credit or PD/workshop Credit
Stefanie Weigand, Instructor

In this hands-on course we will learn a variety of skills within the Soundtrap platform that allow our students to think outside the box and see themselves not only as performers but also as producers, composers, and storytellers. Participants will experience each lesson as both the student and teacher as they learn skills, record, and edit their work before writing lesson plans suited to their own individual teaching situation.

1/23-2/24

One zoom meeting the evening of 1/23, the remainder of the course on your own time

Cost: $600 for graduate credit, $475 for PD/Workshop credit

Soundtrap account provided through Music-COMP

Learning Objectives and Topics Covered
● Soundtrap fundamentals and training. While we will be using some of Soundtrap’s unique features, like video collaboration, many of the topics covered are transferable to any Digital Audio Workstation (DAW).
● Integrating Noteflight → Soundtrap in order to learn repertoire; folding in multiple skills at once (both technical and performance-based)  
● Recording/Creating rounds and other short songs
● Curriculum Integration: discovering how Soundtrap works with your current curriculum and how you can also use it to expand your teaching and learning.
● Lesson plans for all grade levels: many of these projects can be adapted for any grade level depending on the type of repertoire you use and how you scaffold each lesson.
● Creating electronic music projects that includes live recording: thinking outside the box past notated music and text.

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