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Turning Basic Conducting into Expressive Conducting

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June 25–June 29, 2018


Julie Skadsem

Dr. Julie Skadsem is Associate Professor of Choral Music Education and Conducting at the University of Michigan where she conducts the Women’s Glee Club and teaches courses in conducting, choral techniques and vocal methods. She has earned degrees in choral music education from St. Olaf College (B.A.), Florida State University (M.M.E.), and the University of Missouri-Kansas City (Ph.D.).

Before coming to Michigan in fall 2006, Skadsem was Associate Professor of Music Education at the University of Alabama where she taught courses in choir, conducting and music education, and was the Founding Director of the Birmingham Children’s Choir. She taught vocal music (7-12) in Ironwood, Michigan and is an active clinician, adjudicator, and guest conductor. She is a member of the VoiceCare Network and is certified in Dalcroze eurhythmics, Orff-Schulwerk and Kodaly. In addition to her choral work, Skadsem is also an active researcher. Her research on choral conducting and rehearsal techniques has been presented at MENC, ACDA and the Southeastern Music Education Symposium, and is being published at the state, regional, and national levels. She currently serves on the editorial board of the Southern Music Education Journal.


This workshop will review basic conducting patterns and address ways to make gesture more expressive and communicative. Strategies for using movement in the choral rehearsal will also be addressed, with transfer of these motions into conducting gesture. Workshop content will be appropriate for all levels of conductors from elementary or secondary settings.


Monday through Thursday 2:00 PM - 7:30 PM; Friday 10:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Application Procedure

Application deadline: June 16, 2018

Applicants not enrolled in the MM in Music Education Summer Program must submit an online application, complete the $30 non-refundable application fee, and pay the workshop fee listed below.

Students enrolled in the U-M MM in Music Education Summer Program should register for this workshop through Wolverine Access. Currently enrolled U-M students do not pay the application or workshop fee.


No audition required.

Tuition / Fees

Non-refundable Application Fee - $30
Workshop fee: $400
No refunds for cancellations after June 16, 2018

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Admission Notification

Applicants not enrolled in the MM in Music Education Summer Program are accepted upon completion of an online application and $30 non-refunable application fee. All applicants will receive an email notification confirming their admission.


For more information about Department of Music Education Summer Workshops please email Dr. Kate Fitzpatrick, Summer Program Coordinator, or call the Department of Music Education (734) 764-5429.


Department of Music Education Summer Workshops may be taken as part of the MM in Music Education Summer Program degree program, as a workshop for professional development enrichment without college credit, or for graduate credit (NCFD).

Workshop (non-credit)

  • Apply
  • Application deadline - June 16, 2018
  • Please mail $430 check payable to the University of Michigan to the address on the confirmation page.

Graduate Credit

  • Apply, indicating Master of Music Education-Summer or Non-Candidate for Degree (NCFD). If accepted, applicants pay for the credit(s) at the appropriate tuition rate (in-state or out-of-state).
  • Application deadline - June 16, 2018
  • Questions? Please contact Admissions, at

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