Summer Workshops

Summer workshops provide an affordable, convenient way for you to learn more about a specific area of interest and earn continuing education credits. Degree requirements can be met with academic credit from these workshops.

Scholarship assistance is available: New Directions Summer Scholars Program

2019 Summer Workshops

MUS 891 sec. 301   *[3 credits] 
Music Learning Theory Professional Development Workshop: 
Elementary General Music: Level I
Sa June 15 and Su June 16, 1:00 – 9:00 p.m.
M, T, W, Th June 17–21, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Sa June 22, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Su, June 23, 1:00 – 9:00 p.m.
M, June 24, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Tu, June 25, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
135 Music Building
Heather Shouldice, assistant professor of music education, Eastern Michigan Univ.
Cynthia Taggart, professor of music education, MSU 

This workshop focuses on how children learn music and how to meet students’ learning needs using music learning theory, particularly in elementary general music settings.

* To receive credit you must register through both MSU (for MSU credit) and the Gordon Institute for Music Learning (GIML). For more information, contact Cynthia Taggart at

MUS 891 sec. 302   [1-2 credits] 
Choral Music Experience Institute 
June 17 – 21
M, T, W, Th, F 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
MSU Fairchild Theatre
Sandra Snow, professor of choral conducting and music education
Lee R. Kesselman, professor and director of choral activities, College of DuPage
The 2019 Institute will feature composer-in-residence Andrea Ramsey and masterclass singers from the CMS Youth Choirs program. Daily study includes score analysis, voice-building, conducting study, sessions with the guest composer and faculty, and a daily masterclass. Participants can take the workshop with or without the masterclass component.

CME Certification, Levels I-III is available. Certification is awarded for completion of the workshop and certificates will be provided at
the close of the week. Participants may enroll
and find further information at

NOTE: Currently enrolled graduate students in the MM Music Education and MM Choral Conducting degree may take the course for credit, substituting MSU tuition fees for the workshop fees. Limited participation. Please contact
to be added to the waiting list. Enrollment preference will be given to graduate students
in choral conducting. 

MUS 891 sec. 304   [1 credit]
Ukupalozza: A weekend of ukulele playing and pedagogy
July 6 and July 7
Sa, Su 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
219 Music Practice Building
Robin Giebelhausen, assistant professor of music education, University of New Mexico

Ukeleles are a great tool for teaching harmonic function and accompaniment. This workshop is designed to teach ukulele skills that can be brought to your students, consider songs that can be used to introduce musical skills, and present possibilities for arranging, improvisation, and composition. Participants are required to have a soprano or concert ukulele for class. No specific brand is required. Suggested dealers are Elderly Instruments in Lansing or Marshall Music in Lansing. 

MUS 891 sec. 305   [1 credit] 
Engaging Students in Beginning Instrumental Music Classes 
July 13 and July 14
Sa, Su 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
219 Music Practice Building
Ryan Shaw, assistant professor of music education, MSU

This workshop will focus on how to structure curriculum and instruction for beginning instrumental music education classes, focusing on developing young students’ readiness for instrumental instruction, audiation and executive skills, monitoring/goal-setting abilities, and expression. In addition, ideas will be shared on planning and pacing classes for maximum student engagement.

MUS 891 sec. 306   [1 credit]
Middle and Junior High School Choirs 
July 13 and July 14
Sa, Su 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
419 Music Practice Building
Trey Jacobs, Director of Choirs, Head Magnet School, Nashville, TN
Scott Evans, Sr. Director of Visual and Performing Arts, Orlando County Public Schools

This workshop will address vocal technique, vocal warm ups, repertoire, social-emotional issues, and building community for middle, and junior high students.