Professional Development for Teachers

Two Wonderful First Steps in Music Opportunites with Betsy Greene, President of FAME

1. First Steps in Music with Orff Schulwerk: Sing, Say, Dance, Play for a Day with
Betsy Greene, president of FAME (.5 Workshop/PD Credit)

Saturday, January 20, 2018
Snow Day: Saturday, January 27, 2018
8:30 - 5:00 PM (.5 PD/workshop credit)
Music Room, Champlain Elementary School
800 Pine Street, Burlington, Vermont

Whether you are an experienced teacher or a dabbling novice in First Steps and/or Orff, this workshop is for you. Experience 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. Come sing, say, dance, and play your way to learning how to develop tuneful, beatful, and artful students.

BONUS - Pop up GIA Store will be open during this special workshop! Get all your Feierabend materials! Come prepared to shop!

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2.First Steps in Music with Orff Schulwerk: Sing, Say, Dance, Play with
Betsy Greene, president of FAME (1 Graduate Credit or Workshop/PD Credit)

1 Graduate Credit or 1 Workshop/PD Credit
January 20 - March 24, 2018

In person meeting Saturday, January 20, 2018:  8:30AM - 5:00PM at Champlain Elementary School
Snow Day: Saturday, January 27, 2018

This will be followed by 4 one hour evening online class meetings through Google Hangouts: Monday,January 22; Tuesday, January 30; Monday, February 12;Tuesday, March 13.  Meeting time to be determined by course participants.

Music Room, Champlain Elementary School 
800 Pine Street, Burlington, Vermont

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 in a one full day of class. Continue on through online meetings to 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.

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NEW - Composing for Piano

Opus 29 includes the opportunity to write for piano. Learn more here!

Erik Nielsen, our Senior Mentor,  has created a podcast to guide students in composing for the piano.

Listen here to the full podcast and view the Score Examples below as you listen.

Resources:

Piano Range

Writing for Piano Main Points

Podcast Text Transcript from the audio file

Score Examples

Nella first excerpt

Nella second excerpt

Nella third excerpt

Wait, What first excerpt

Wait, What second excerpt

 

Student Summer Opportunities - 2017

Summer Workshop for Student Composers - July 24 - 28, 2017 - 1-4 pm daily

Registration limited - only 2 spots left! Register now.

Spend a week working with Senior Mentor, Erik Nielsen, and other students with an interest in composing for live performance. This workshop is designed for students in grades 6-12 with some previous experience, although Music-COMP membership is not required. Erik will guide each student as they explore various composition skills and techniques to develop works suitable for live performance. A goal of the week is a reading/workshop and recording session with professional instrumentalists.JustinGates Eriksummer12

Dates: Monday, July 24 - Friday, July 28, 2017 from 1-4 pm to be held at Montpelier High School, VT. These half day workshop sessions will guide students to create compositions for performance. Read more information and register HERE. Space limited, so register now.

Cost: $245 for the session. Deposit of $50 required with registration, balance due at first class. Register here.Bring a laptop or device or rent a MHS computer for the session for $30.

Summer Online Mentoring available May 22nd - September 15th.

Senior Mentor, Erik Nielsen, and other professional composer mentors will be available for any student interested in using the summer to create new works with the guidance of an online mentor. Summer composition mentoring is $30 for elementary and middle level students and $60 for high school students. This provides for mentoring for one composition from start to finish with no limit to the number of student revisions and online discussion for the one work. The discussion continues through the summer until the student indicates they are finished. Students may submit more than one summer work provided they pay the mentoring fee for each composition.

The fee may be paid online or a check sent to the Music-COMP office at 30 Steeplebush Rd, Essex Junction VT 05452.

Summer Online Mentoring

Perspectives in Music Composition - Podcasts

This audio recording series, Perspectives in Music Composition, was conceived as an additional resource for members of the Vermont MIDI Project and the Connecticut Composition Project by Richard Wells, Sandi MacLeod and Erik Nielsen. We gladly share them with any teacher or student interested in learning more about music composition. Rich is coordinator of the CCP and audio engineer for the series below.

 

21 lessons in Music Composition here.