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Saturday Series


Jennifer Brimhall
Vocal/General Music Specialist, Coordinator, the Peabody Saturday Series

The Saturday Series, presented by the Music Education Department of the Peabody Conservatory, is a series of professional development workshops offered on Saturdays during the spring months. Each year, vocal and general music teachers learn innovative teaching techniques and explore engaging activities for their students in elementary and middle school general/vocal music classrooms. Participants have the option of earning graduate credit.

Clinicians bring a vast array of expertise and experience. Through active participation teachers will:
1) expand their music teaching knowledge and skills,
2) build a repertoire of songs and activities,
3) share experiences and strategies, and
4) connect with fellow music teachers!

We sing. We move. We Play. We listen.

We invite you to join us for the 2017 Saturday Series.

January 28, 2017

Timothy Kloth
Session 1 9:00am – 12:00pm: Folk Songs to Fugues:  Ways to Revise and Refresh What You Already Know

Teachers will find additional ways for their students to explore, binary, call and answer, fugue, rondo, and song forms. Teachers will have multiple opportunities to practice the process and sequencing of lessons from movement and non-pitched percussion to pitched instruments. Teachers will have models for adapting and customizing familiar materials for their music room including popular books and songs. Teachers will leave with detailed notes that will help them to successfully recreate the lessons presented.

Kristin Smith
Session 2 1:00pm – 4:00pm:  The Power of Play in Whole Child Development: Creative Music and Movement through Orff Schulwerk

Participants will actively take part in this workshop as the "students," in order to create a simulated general music classroom environment. Activities will include all Orff Schulwerk media (singing, movement, instrument playing, speech, body percussion) to teach general music skills and content. An understanding of the importance of process teaching, which is inherent to elemental music/ Orff Schulwerk teaching, should be a primary result of this workshop. A clear understanding of what elemental music is and its importance in teaching children will also be a main focus.

Participants should dress comfortably with shoes appropriate for creative movement. It is the presenter's hope that everyone not only learns valuable new processes for teaching, but also enjoys their experience and leaves with playful and creative new approaches to explore with their students.


April 8, 2017

Drue Bullington. Vocal Music Teacher, Brownstown Elementary School, Conestoga Valley School District
Session 1 9:00am – 12:00pm: User-Friendly Ukulele

The Ukulele is able to be seamlessly integrated into your elementary, middle or high school classroom fitting hand-in-glove with the approaches and curricula already at play there.  Everyone is a little bit happier with a ukulele in their hands!

How fast and easy is it for students to go from holding a ukulele for the first time to strumming chords and singing? How about playing melodies? Reading tablature? Improvising? Accompanying other instruments and singers? Great questions! In this workshop, you’ll quickly see how the Ukulele brings new levels of interest and excitement to your music classes.

Matthew Stensrud
Session 2 1:00pm – 4:00pm:  The Infusion of Jazz in Elementary Music

From African-American play parties to American folk and Head and Shoulders, Baby to Take Five, jazz is an important aspect of the American idiom. This history, though, is occasionally lost in the elementary classroom. While the Orff approach did not include the typical rhythms and harmonies of jazz when first created by Carl Orff and Gunild Keetman, these qualities feel at home in the Schulwerk – and in any general music classroom. In this workshop, we will experience speech, song, movement, and instruments as we uncover exciting ways to bring jazz to the forefront of the elementary music classroom experience and enhance the experience for our students.


May 6, 2017

Matthew Stensrud 
All Day Session: Responsive Classroom in Elementary Music:  A Natural Fit
Session 1 9:00am – 12:00pm:  Part 1: Elementary Music Teaching Topics
Session 2 1:00pm – 4:00pm:  Part 2: Matthew Stensrud Responsive Classroom Makeup Session

With the implementation of Responsive Classroom in elementary schools across the country, music educators can be an influential voice in the successful use of this process based, community driven and exploration centered approach. Come and learn more about the basics of Responsive Classroom, how it looks in the elementary classroom, and why Responsive Classroom is a natural fit in elementary music.

Responsive Classroom is an approach to elementary education that leads to greater teacher effectiveness, higher student achievement, and improved school climate. Inspired by elementary classroom teachers, Responsive Classroom teachers recognize that knowing our children developmentally and culturally is an essential part of teaching. Responsive Classroom creates an equal balance of social and academic curricula and employs this balance with students through an explorative and process-driven approach similar to what many elementary music teachers employ in their own classrooms.


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