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

2018 Summer Workshops

MUS 891, Sec. 301 [3 credits]
Music Learning Theory Professional Development Workshop:
Elementary General Music: Level I Instrumental Music *
Jun. 16 Sa and June 17 Su,1:00-9:00 p.m. 120 Music Building
Jun. 18-21, M,T,W,Th,F, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.  135 Music Building
Jun. 23 Sa, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.  135 Music Building
Jun. 24 Su, 1:00-9:00 p.m.  120 Music Building
Jun. 25 Mon, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.  120 Music Building
Jun. 26 Tues, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  120 Music Building
Cynthia Taggart, professor of music education, MSU
Heather Shouldice, assistant professor of music education, Eastern Michigan Univ.
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. 303 [1-2 credits]
Choral Music Experience Institute
Jun. 18-22, 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, MSU
Lee R. Kesselman, guest instructor, professor and director of choral activities, College of DuPage

The 2018 Institute will feature composer-in-residence Dr. David Brunner and masterclass singers from the CMS Youth and Children’s Choir program prepared by Dr. Kyle Zeuch.  Daily study includes score analysis, voice-building, conducting study, sessions with the guestcomposer 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]
Teaching and Rehearsing in the High School Band and Orchestra Room
Jun. 30-Jul. 1, Sa, Su, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
103 Music Practice Building
Soo Han, DMA student, MSU
Concepts and ideas to help high school band and orchestra directors improve their rehearsal skills. Topics will include planning, pacing, inspiring, motivating students, adjusting, assessing, and ways to incorporate humor, drama, and artistic integrity into your rehearsals.

MUS 891; Sec 306 [1 credit]
Foreign Language Diction for 
Choral Conductors
Jul. 7-8, Sa, Su, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
219 Music Practice Building
Ann Harrell, associate professor emeritus, University of Missouri–Columbia, guest instructor
In this interactive workshop, choral directors will utilize standard works from the choral repertoire to review the pronunciation of Italian, German, and French using the International Phonetic Alphabet and will learn effective strategies for teaching foreign language diction in the choral setting.

MUS 891 Sec. 307 [1 credit]
Music Teachers’ (and their Students’) Wellbeing
Jul. 14-15, Sa, Su, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
103 Music Practice Building
Judy Palac, associate professor emeritus of music education, MSU
Many music teachers suffer raspy speaking voices, trouble hearing, sore conducting arms, or just plain stress leading to burnout. This workshop, led by the MSU Musicians’ Wellness Team, will explore causes of each of these issues, as well as proactive strategies to avoid them and to our enhance our teaching and our career endurance. Participants should come dressed comfortably and bring yoga mats.

MUS 891 sec. 308   [1 credit]
Incorporating Diverse Musics Ethically
Jul. 28-29, Sa, Su, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
103 Music Practice Building
Juliet Hess, assistant professor of music education, MSU
Thinking about engaging a broad range of musics 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. 302  [1-2 credits]
Vocal Music Educators Workshop *
August 1-3, W, Th, F, 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Radisson Hotel, Lansing
This workshop, held in conjunction with the Michigan School Vocal Music Association, is designed for vocal music teachers at the elementary through high school levels wishing to improve their conducting skills and rehearsal techniques and their knowledge of appropriate repertoire. Prior to attending, please contact the Graduate Office at musgrad@msu.edufor course expectations and assignments.

*To receive credit you must register through both MSU (for MSU credit) and with MSVMA or MMEA for conference fees and participation). 
For more information, contact 
MSVMA at or