The fourth installment of the Elementary Methods Workshop, participants on this day 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: August 17, 2016 – 9:00 am to 4:30 pm
Location: Wisconsin Center for Music Education
Instructor: Dr. Alena Holmes is Associate professor and Coordinator of music education at UW-Whitewater. She also teaches music at an early childhood center in Madison. 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 singer, musician and teacher in China, Bahrain, Italy, Florida and Wisconsin. Dr. Holmes is very active in presenting research papers and conducting workshops at music conferences in the US and around the world. She published articles in variety of professional journals, such as: Music Educators Journal, Wisconsin School Musician, Perspectives: Journal of Early Childhood Music and Movement Association, JMUSIC, Journal of Desert Skies Symposium etc.
- Pre-registration (register by 8/12/16)
- Member* $65
- Non-Member $80
- Undergraduate $15
Graduate Credit Information
Participants who attend this workshop have the opportunity to earn one graduate credit by attending other 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)