WSU Elementary Music Workshop Series

2015-16 Workshop Series

Schedule of Events

All workshops will be held in the Choral Rehearsal Room (159) in the Performing Arts Center on the WSU campus.

Registration and Refreshment: 8:00am - 8:30am

Workshop: 8:30am - 12:30pm

Enactive Musical Understanding: An Orff Schulwerk Sampler

Saturday, October 3, 2015
Clinician: Jay Broeker

The Orff Schulwerk approach invites young musicians to speak, move, sing, and play instruments in playful exploration of musical ideas and creative processes. While the foundation of this experience is initially imitative, the skillful Schulwerk teacher gradually elicits creative possibilities and ideas from the students themselves.

Over time, these experiences enable students to develop understanding of the musical dimensions of rhythm, pitch, timbre, texture, form, and other expressive elements. The goals of an Orff Schulwerk-based curriculum include establishing procedures that allow students to explore and develop musical ideas themselves and providing opportunities for mindful attention that facilitate development of shared musical understanding. This workshop provides a sampling of activities that serve both of these goals.

Jay Broeker teaches general music at The Blake School in Hopkins, Minnesota.  Mr. Broeker holds both Kodály and Orff Schulwerk certification, and is a frequent clinician for national and state music education organizations in the areas of creativity, curriculum development, and effective teaching practice. During the summer he is an instructor in music teacher training courses at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, and the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. His choral arrangements are published by Santa Barbara Music Publishing and by Boosey & Hawkes.

Making Music Education Special: Inclusive Strategies for Diverse Learners

Saturday, January 30, 2016
Clinician: Amy Furman

Currently, there are over 6.4 million students in the US ages 3 through 21 who receive special education services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).   Most public school teachers will have students with special needs in their classes, and music educators need to be prepared to successfully include these students in their music classes.

This workshop will address issues that music educators will find useful in their day-to-day teaching, including making adaptations for students, and Universal Design for Learning in the music classroom. Participants will experience evidence-based practices that can be used in the music classroom to support student learning and increase success in an inclusive setting.  We will explore ways to engage and find abilities in all students. This workshop will meet Minnesota teacher licensure standards for accommodation, modification, and adaptation of curriculum, materials and instruction.

Amy Furman, M.M. MT-BC is a board certified music therapist and a music specialist with the Minneapolis Public Schools.  She holds a BA in harp from the College of Wooster, a master’s degree in music therapy from the Florida State University, and a music education license from St. Cloud State.  Her clinical specialties include autism spectrum disorder, emotional behavior disorders, English language learners, and inclusion/mainstreaming in the music education classroom.  She has worked with Minnesota Music Educators Association as a state mentor in the areas of urban education and special needs students.  Amy has written articles for a variety of professional journals and several music therapy monographs.  She has presented at the International Society for Music Education and the Kennedy Center Intersections: Arts and Special Education Conference in Washington D.C. Amy currently serves as the President of the American Music Therapy Association.


Purposeful, Practical, and Playful Activities: The Three Ps of Teaching Elementary Music

Saturday, April 9, 2016
Clinician:  Leigh Ann Garner

Music educators have the unique and challenging opportunity to engage their children in music instruction that is rooted in a sequential and spiral curricular structure.  In this interactive workshop, participants will explore quality repertoire and practical ideas that are appropriate for teaching grades K-5.   

Specifically, strategies for fostering skills in singing, part work, inner hearing, memory, improvising, and creating will be offered, along with ideas of how these skills function in the preparation, make conscious, practice, and assessment phases of an instructional sequence.

Dr. Leigh Ann Garner teaches elementary classroom and choral music at Christa McAuliffe Elementary School in Hastings, MN. In addition, she is the Director of the Kodály Institute at the University of St. Thomas, where she teaches pedagogy courses Levels I and II, and Folksong Analysis and Materials.  Garner also taught on the Kodály faculty at Wichita State University.  She teaches interactive workshops throughout the United States specializing in early childhood music, Kodály-inspired pedagogy, curriculum development, and standards-based assessments.
Garner is the co-author of Music and Movement: a music curriculum for children ages one-five, and is a contributing author for MacMillan McGraw/Hill music textbook series. She served on the board of the Organization of American Kodály Educators from 2004—2012.  She holds an EdD from the University of St. Thomas, an MA in Music Education from the University of St. Thomas, and a BA in Vocal Music Education from St. Olaf College.

Elementary Music Workshop Series Registration Information

Each session may be attended as a separate workshop or for .4 CEU’s each.

One graduate semester credit is available for the series. Requirements for credit include attendance at all three workshops and an accompanying paper for each session outlining ways to incorporate the material into the participants’ own situation and curriculum.

Contact WSU Adult & Continuing Education with any questions about registration at: 457.5080 or

You may also register on-site the day of the workshop.

If you would like to take this workshop or workshop series for undergraduate or graduate credit, contact WSU Adult and Continuing Education at 1.800.DIAL.WSU (1.800.342.5978) ext. 5080 or email:

Workshop Fee:
$25.00 for each session attended
$70.00 for the 3-workshop series

These workshops are sponsored by the WSU Department of Music and the Collegiate Chapter of NAfME.

For further information, contact:
Cathy Schmidt
Music Department