2017 Summer Schedule

MME 854.01 Topics in Music Theory & Analysis (3 credits)

June 19-23 and June 26-30, 8am-12pm     Room 14


A strong grasp of harmony and form is essential for the music educator, who works with these and other elements of music in some way on a regular basis. The purpose of this course is to refine students’ understanding of harmony and its relationship to formal structure through guided analyses and study of music from the western art music tradition and other tonal traditions (including pop, rock, and jazz), and may include analysis of post-tonal works. Emphasis will be on exploring musical relationships (i.e. recurring patterns found in tonal music) that are shared between tonal works—essentially the vocabulary—and then to learn how those relationships are uniquely utilized to make a tonal work distinctive—essentially how the vocabulary is used. Students will use conventional analytic tools, like roman numeral analysis and lead sheet notation, alongside more specialized analytic tools, like second-level harmonic analysis and basic voice-leading graphs, to uncover meaningful music relationships. Basic piano exercises will be assigned to help reinforce concepts.  

MME 857.01 Advanced Instrumental Conducting (3 credits)

June 28-30, 1pm-5pm and July 5-7, 9am-4pm     Room 23


The students will develop advanced conducting techniques for the instrumental conducting professional.  We will examine techniques that will help conductor’s express emotion more musically.  These techniques will include; development of hand independence, musical gestures, communicative gestures incorporating baton, left hand, and facial techniques.  There will also be learning activities designed to familiarize educators with the needs of individuals within ensembles and to help provide direction needed to help motivate groups to achieve their highest potential.


MME 890.01 Modern Band Workshop (3 credits)

July 17-21, 9am-4pm     Room 121



Little Kids Rock has invented an entirely new kind of school music program which we call Modern Band. It teaches kids to perform, improvise and compose using the popular styles that they know and love including rock, pop, reggae, hip hop, R & B and other modern styles. Modern Band classes feature guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, vocals, technology, and computers.

Our Modern Band programs leverage the cultural capital of the children we serve. They also expand upon existing music programming such as Marching Band, Jazz Band and Chorus, making music available to children who might otherwise not participate in traditional music classes.

This workshop will focus on the methodology of incorporating a modern band curriculum into your school programs.

MME 801.01 Foundations of Music Education (3 credits)

July 24-28 and July 31-August 4, 8am-12pm     Room 19


A consideration of philosophical and historical issues in music education and their implications for developing curricular and instructional approaches to the field. A core course.

MME 890.02 Recording for the Music Educator (3 credits)

August 7-11, 9am-4pm   Room 228


Students in middle and high school are interested in recording their own songs these days, so this class will give you the fundamentals for getting started. We’ll be in the studio showing microphone technique, console and software operation, and mixing ideas. You can’t learn it unless you do it, so we’ll record anything that moves while explaining the nuts and bolts behind how it works.

2017 Fall Schedule

MME 802.91 Research Methods in Music Education (3 credits)

October 23 - December 15     Online 

A study in the organization, presentation, interpretation, and documentation of research that makes use of encyclopedias, indices, databases, and other aids. Core requirement

MME 890.91 Re-evaluating Curriculum for Relevance through Reflection (3 credits) and Review

October 23 - December 15     Online

Curriculum is not always a topic that inspires us. It often ends up as a written document that you cannot find and do not refer to. How can some reflection on curricular matters invigorate your teaching? Take time to look closely at what the Stakeholders want you to be teaching, what you ARE teaching, and HOW you are teaching it. Expect to take responsibility for tailoring the course to your particular age group and teaching assignment. Teachers who are not active in a classroom may need to be in contact with someone who IS so that they can gain access to a printed curriculum. Participants may wish to locate their own formal written curriculum as a resource before beginning the course.