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

2020 Summer Workshops

MUS 891 sec. 301   *[3 credits] 
Music Learning Theory Professional Development Workshop: 
Elementary General Music: Level I
Sa and Su, June 13 and 14 | 1:00 - 9:00 pm
M, T, W, Th - June 15-18 |8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Sa June 20 | 8:30 am - 4:30 pm​
Su June 21 | 1:00 - 9:00 pm
M June 22 | 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
T June 23 | 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

102 & 103 Music Practice Building
Heather Shouldice, assistant professor of music education, Eastern Michigan University
Cynthia Taggart, professor of music education emeritus, MSU 

This workshop focuses on how children learn music and how to meet students’ learning needs using music learning theory, particularly in early childhood 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. 303   [1-2 credits] 
Choral Music Experience Institute 
June 15 – 19
M, T, W, Th, F 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Hollander Hall, MSU Music Building
Sandra Snow, professor of choral conducting and music education, MSU
Lee R. Kesselman, professor and director of choral activities, College of DuPage

The 2020 Institute will feature composer-in-residence Stacey Gibbs and masterclass singers from the CMS Youth and Children’s Choir 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 are 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. 305   [1 credit]
Electronic Music Production and Project Based Learning
June 27 – 28
Sa, Su – 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
MPB 103
Ryan Shaw, assistant professor of music education, MSU

This workshop will focus on how to incorporate project-based learning in elementary and secondary general music and ensemble settings. Electronic music production basics are incorporated with a focus on creativity and student engagement. Participants will experience projects and create curricular materials for use in their classrooms.

MUS 891 sec. 306   [1 credit]
From Philosophy to Application: Making Choral Ideas a Reality
July 11 – 12
Sa, Su 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
MPB 103
Megan Boyd, director of choral activities, Xavier University; associate director, Young Professionals Choral Collective of Cincinnati
Daniel Singer, assistant director of choruses, The Cleveland Orchestra; director, Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus

Spend two days considering how your teaching philosophy shapes and informs your rehearsals. Participants will work through each step of the rehearsal process (vocalizing, programming, score study, trouble-shooting) to find practical strategies to implement in the classroom.

MUS 891 sec. 307 [1 credit]
Teaching Diverse Musics Ethically

July 18 – 19
Sa, Su – 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
MPB 103
Juliet Hess, assistant professor of music education, MSU

Thinking about engaging a broad range of music in our classrooms can be difficult to navigate. Using Ewe (Ghanaian) drumming and dancing as an example, this workshop will explore some of the challenges of teaching music that are perhaps less familiar. Together, we will develop an approach to thinking about issues such as transmission practices, language, and context to create a “world” music pedagogy rooted in ethical practice.

MUS 891 sec. 308 [1 credit]
Songwriting and Music Education

July 11 – 12
Sa, Su – 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
MPB 103
Mark Adams,assistant professor of instrumental music education, University of Delaware
Stuart Chapman Hills, assistant professor of music education, Webster University

The song—whether it be a multi-layered pop sensation or a reliable recipe of “three chords and the truth”—is one of humanity’s most enduring art forms. In this workshop, participants will harness the power of songwriting to expand their own creativity and their students’. Sessions will focus on songwriting technique, design of songwriting classes, and advocacy for creative activities in school music curricula. All experience levels and stylistic leanings welcome; students are encouraged to bring an accompanying instrument (guitar, ukulele, iPad, etc.).