WSU Elementary Music Workshop Series

2016-17 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

Beautiful Singing is Elementary!

Saturday, October 8, 2016
Clinician: Deborah Lamb

Part 1 – Music Room play:
Learn how to engage even the most-reluctant singers, using props, books, small percussion, games and more that make signing fun. Plan to be engaged in this fast-paced session that will give you new ideas you can start using with your students immediately.

Part 2 – Choir Room play:
Inspire student participation and enjoyment with fun and challenging learning activities, whether in a designated choir class or your elementary general music class preparing a program. Use of creative rehearsal techniques will enable students to learn and retain repertoire, Enjoyable activities help them take ownership of their music making. Learn how to let your imagination soar and turn their work into play.

Deborah Lamb

Deborah Lamb is an elementary vocal/general music educator in the St. Louis Park Schools in Minnesota. During her career in education she has taught Preschool through the Graduate level. Ms. Lamb specializes in the teaching of voice skills to children in both classroom and choir settings. In addition to her classroom music teaching, she conducts a number of choral ensembles for students in grades 2-5. Her graduate degree was earned at the University of Illinois. She holds mastery certificates in Kodály and Orff Schulwerk.

Deborah has presented vocal/choral clinics and workshops as well as choral festivals around the United States. She has been an active clinician in the “Festival of Musicians” series of concerts in association with the Minnesota Music Educators Association. She has presented papers and demonstration sessions for such organizations as the Voice Foundation, International Kodály Society, International Society for Music Education, Organization of American Kodály Educators, Midwest Kodály Music Educators of America, American Orff-Schulwerk Association, and the VoiceCare Network. Ms. Lamb has published articles in the Choral Journal and the Kodály Envoy related to children’s vocal development.

Inspiration, Imagination and Innovation: Three "I's" to open their eyes

Saturday, February 4, 2017
Clinician: Seth Boyd

As general music teachers we try to inspire our students to love music from the first day of school. That's challenging, though, when day one is learning the rules, procedures, and is a lot of "sit and git." But what if it wasn't? What if your first day of school consisted of no teacher talk? What if you could use music to teach your students the rules in such a way that by the end of your first class period, they are convinced that music class will be exciting beyond belief and have the procedures in place to make it that way? It can be done. It has been done. Come learn how.

While you're at it, unlock your students' imaginations. Turn them into scuba divers, trolls, and time travelers while they develop a deep love and appreciation for orchestral and chamber music. These three lessons engage students' love of play and develop a love of truly excellent music.

Finally, teach students to innovate. In music, we innovate when we compose and arrange. Using body percussion, xylophones, the voice, and existing structures in music, your students can create something they are proud of. You can also often use these lessons to assess basic skills for their report card. Come inspire, imagine and innovate!

Seth Boyd 
Seth Boyd is a K-5 general music teacher and choir director in the Minnetonka Public Schools. He also directs the music for his school’s annual musical and directs the children’s choir at St. Joan of Arc church in Minneapolis. Mr. Boyd received his master’s degree in differentiated instruction from Concordia University (St. Paul), his bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and is Orff Schulwerk certified. He has given presentations at three Minnesota Music Educators Association conventions, a TIES convention, the West Metro SMART Board Users Convention, the Perpich Center for Arts Education, the Apple Valley/Rosemount School District, Duluth Public Schools, Prior Lake Public Schools, Sioux Falls Public Schools, and Winona State University.

Culturally Relevant Teaching In and through Music

Saturday, March 25, 2017
Clinician:  Kimberly Kroetsch

Teaching in the 21st century requires educators to embrace multiple perspectives. This session will be focused around the four R’s of Culturally Relevant Pedagogy: Relationships, Rigor, Realness and Relevance through the lens of music teaching and learning. Created by Dr. Gloria Ladson Billing, the 4 R’s create heightened engagement in the classroom. Through active, hands-on learning, participants will learn teaching tools and strategies for building a culturally relevant learning environment in the music room.
Kimberly Kroetsch
Kimberly Kroetsch is a Vocal Music Specialist in the Saint Paul Public Schools at Linwood Monroe Arts Plus K-8 where the arts are infused with the other core subjects everyday. She earned a Master of Education in Music Education from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities as well as a Bachelor of Music in Music Education and Vocal Performance from the U of MN. Kim has directed performances with her students for over twenty years, most notably at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts when her school received the Creative Ticket National School of Distinction Award in 2003. Kim has served on the Board of Directors for the Minnesota Music Educator’s Association, and also served on the team of arts educators at the Minnesota Department of Education creating the latest revision of the Minnesota State Arts Standards. In addition to her position at Linwood Monroe Arts Plus, Kim is an active clinician for music education workshops throughout the state.

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.

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 or for how to register, contact:
Cathy Schmidt
Music Department