The second installment of the Elementary Methods Workshop, this workshop will address the use of music and movement activities in the early childhood and elementary music classroom to promote and nurture basic musicianship, beat competency, rhythm and pitch pattern recognition, language development, balance and spatial awareness, and social-emotional skills. Attendees will participate in examples of such activities as well as observe a live demonstration. They will discuss how engagement in such activities contributes to good singing, well-developed aural skills, and music literacy. Attendees will leave with a variety of tried and true activities ready for immediate use in their classes, as well as with knowledge about structuring an early childhood music and movement class that develops music literacy and comprehensive musicianship.
The Elementary Methods Workshop spends 5 days throughout the summer exploring the methods of Orff, Kodály, Dalcroze and Gordon in the general music classroom, as well as other early childhood techniques. These single-day workshops will give an overview of each of these music education approaches and will include demonstrations and discussion of classroom applications with practicing teachers. Register for a single day, multiple days, or the entire week.
Date: June 28, 2017 – 9:00 am to 4:30 pm
Location: Wisconsin Center for Music Education
Dr. Alena Holmes is Associate professor and Coordinator of music education at UW-Whitewater. Originally from Belarus, Holmes started her career in her native country where she taught elementary and middle school general music, choir, worked as a musician and singer with popular bands and concert organizations and appeared on popular Belorussian TV and radio shows. She then worked as a music teacher, singer and musician in China, Bahrain and Italy, Florida and Wisconsin. An active teacher, clinician, researcher and musician, Dr. Holmes has given over 60 presentations throughout the United States and in Malaysia, Italy, Greece, Australia, Brazil, Ireland and the United Kingdom. She is published in multiple national and international journals and is the author of the chapter in the upcoming Oxford Handbook on Assessment Policy and Practice in Music Education.
She serves as Early Childhood State Chair at the Wisconsin Music Education Association and on advisory board of Music Educators Journal.
- Pre-registration (register by 6/23/17)
- Member* $65
- Non-Member $80
- Undergraduate $15
Graduate Credit Information
Participants who attend this workshop have the opportunity to earn graduate credit by attending multiple days of the Elementary Methods Workshop for an additional fee of $220 per credit with the possibility of earning up to 3 credits for attendance at all 5 days of the Elementary Methods Workshop.
2 days = 1 credit at $220
4 days = 2 credits at $440
5 days = 3 credits at $660
This is a separate registration and fee from the workshop registration. Please download a copy of the Viterbo registration form and mail it with a check (payable to Viterbo University) to:
Wisconsin Center for Music Education
1005 Quinn Drive
Waunakee, WI 53597
- View the course syllabus (pdf)
- Viterbo Registration Form (pdf) 1 credit, 2 credit, 3 credit
- Visit the Graduate Credit Information page for more details and to sign-up for credit.
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800-589-9762, 608-850-3566 (Madison area)