WSU Elementary Music Workshop Series

Workshop Fee:
$25.00 for each workshop/$70 for all three if registered by October 12
Attendance at all three workshops available for 1 Graduate Credit


Engaging Students in Music Making, Assessing Students with Ease 

October 12, 2013
8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Rm. 159, Performing Arts Center

Clinician: Nyssa Brown


Come enhance your toolbox of ways to engage students in singing, playing, reading, writing, improvising, composing, and collaborating in your general music classroom.  Learn new repertoire, games, activities, and teaching/learning strategies that can be implemented immediately in the classroom.  As an extension of each of the above activities, this workshop will provide seven model assessments that can be completed with ease during class while your students are actively engaged in making music.  No more taking extra time with assessment!  Strategies for seamless, efficient, and embedded assessments will be discussed, as well as ways to organize your assessments for ease of grading.

Nyssa Brown is a choral and general music educator at South View Middle School in Edina, Minnesota.  From 2007-2012, she served as Music Education Coordinator for Minnesota’s Perpich Center for Arts Education, coaching teachers in over 100 school districts across the state of Minnesota in developing standards-aligned curriculum and assessments.  Ms. Brown taught elementary school vocal and general music at Park Spanish Immersion School in St. Louis Park, Minnesota from 1998-2007.  Passionate about teaching in a global context, Nyssa taught at the American Embassy School in New Delhi, India and in both Namibia and South Africa, through a fellowship offered by the Eastman School of Music's Umculo: The Kimberley Project.  Ms. Brown was one of ten finalists for 2004 Minnesota Teacher of the Year and received a prestigious Milken Educator Award in 2004 from the Milken Family Foundation.  In 2006, Nyssa was chosen by Education Minnesota, a state affiliate of NEA and AFT, to represent Minnesota at the national level in NEA’s Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence.  Nyssa is a faculty member of the Kodály Levels Course at Indiana University and the University of St. Thomas.  She also serves as an adjunct professor at the University of St. Thomas and Augsburg College.  Nyssa studied in Hungary at the Kodály Institute's summer seminar.  She released her first CD in October, 2000, "Packwood or Paradise" and is currently recording a CD of lullabies.  Ms. Brown graduated from the Hartt School of Music and Hartford College for Women in 1998 with a BMus in Education and a BArts in Women's Studies.  She completed her Master of Arts in Music Education at the University of St. Thomas, 2008.  Her Kodály certification was earned at Brigham Young University in 2001, and she has completed Levels 1 and 2 of her Orff training at University of St. Thomas.


Unleashing Potential Through the Creative Process

 February 1, 2014
8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Rm. 159, Performing Arts Center

Clinician: Sharon Mazion

Children's understanding of melodic concepts begins with sensitivity to sound, then grows in complexity until all of the pitches of the scale (or mode) are present.  Experience playful problem-solving as a pathway to composition and improvisation, and as a way to facilitate deep understanding of melodic concepts.

Sharon Mazion teaches Lower and Middle School students at Breck School in Minneapolis. She has an MA in Music Education (Orff Concentration) including Level III Orff Certification from the University of St. Thomas. Sharon has presented sessions on composition and improvisation at AOSA national conferences and presents workshops for local Orff Chapters.


Drumming and Beyond in the Elementary Music Classroom

March 29, 2014
8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Rm. 159, Performing Arts Center

Clinician: Paul Corbière


Participants will learn how to incorporate drumming, percussion, and sound exploration concepts into their K-6 classrooms using hands-on activities. Paul will demonstrate games and activities designed to help elementary students with basic technique, beat keeping skills, and stamina. From there participants will explore ways to begin easy improvisation and beginning drumming ensembles. Emphasis will be on building a greater understanding of how to teach these ensembles to elementary students, finding connections between individual instruments and multiple instruments. A children's literature story will come alive through "exploratory sound illustrations" and ensemble rhythms. Throughout the session, Paul will address how teachers can adapt all of the ideas and concepts to the instruments they already have in their classrooms. Activities will demonstrate how drums are complementary to all of your everyday instruments, and don't need to be viewed as a separate and sometimes intimidating alternative curriculum. For older elementary students, teachers will practice combining more complex rhythms and different instruments, including recorder, to create a multi-instrumental ensemble setting; a step by step process will guarantee success and plenty of "cool factor!" No drumming experience necessary; bring along a recorder and plenty of enthusiasm!

Paul Corbière has taught Elementary General Music for 20 years in Florida and in Iowa, where he is currently K-6 Music Teacher at Roundy Elementary in Columbus Junction.  Paul has been a member of the World Music Drumming Teaching Staff since 1999, and is the cofounder of the Beat For Peace program - combining World Music Drumming and Resiliency Research for students with multiple risk factors. Paul has been a featured clinician at a number of Music Education Association Conferences, AOSA Conferences, and has conducted multiple residencies with elementary students throughout the United States. Paul is a consultant for the Just Play It! Classroom Harmonica Method, a classroom Blues Harmonica curriculum. He is the author of Skins, Sticks, and Bars, a book of drum and xylophone ensembles and Happy Jammin', a book of classroom ensemble music featuring the recorder. Paul received his MM in Percussion Performance from The Ohio State University and his BFA in Music Education from Florida Atlantic University.

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