The Stearns Building on North Campus is alive with activity these days, as some 30 teachers from around the country check in for the annual summer master’s program in music education, a five-week intensive designed for the professional music educator. From late June through July, participants will be taken through a series of foundational courses and curriculum-based workshops that interweave research and practice, leading students to reflect on and apply knowledge and experiences from coursework to their teaching. The coursework toward a master’s in music education can be completed in three summers.
Along with band conducting, curriculum development, and theory review, participants could also select from new courses. Working with Rock Bands, led by Dr. Carlos Xavier Rodriguez, new chair of music education, will give participants insight and experience in arranging, rehearsing, and performing with rock bands, culminating in an actual hands-on session with a live rock band at the final meeting. Popular Music Songwriting, taught by Dr. Betty Anne Younker, will use exercises to encourage song creation and sharing and vocabulary development for song analysis. Younker will bring in well-known guitarist and Ann Arbor singer and songwriter Dick Siegel.
For more on music education at the School of Music, Theatre & Dance, visithttp://www.music.umich.edu/departments/mused/programs.htm