NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

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Course Descriptions

Music Ed/Choral Track

MUSC 2000

The symposium is designed to offer music education professionals an opportunity to work with noted experts in their respective fields. The curriculum will be designed to allow for optimum opportunities for each participant to receive advanced instruction in their chosen track.

Guest Lecturer(s) will be:

KENNETH ELPUS, Associate Professor and Coordinator of Music Education, University of Maryland, prepares preservice music educators to teach choral music in secondary schools, teaches graduate courses in research methods and directs the University Treble Choir. He earned a bachelor’s in Choral Music Education from The College of New Jersey and master’s and Ph.D. in music education at Northwestern University. As choral conductor, he has appeared with the UMD Treble Choir at the Eastern Region Conference of the American Choral Directors Association, prepared the UMD Concert Choir for appearances with the NSO Pops under the baton of Steven Reineke, and guest conducted numerous honor choirs. He has presented on vocal pedagogy for developing singer and choral conducting topics to state music educator’s associations and at regional ACDA conferences.

CARL B. HANCOCK, Professor of Music Education, University of Alabama, teaches classes in music education, band methods and research techniques. His research is in bibliometrics, career trends, professional development and teacher attrition. He is published in the Journal of Teacher Education, Journal of Research in Music Education, Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, Psychology of Music, Journal of Band Research, Arts in Education Policy Review, and Update: Applications of Research in Music Education. Other contributions include conducting the Alabama Music Teacher Census, writing for the second edition of the Grove Dictionary of American Music, and contributing to The SAGE Encyclopedia of Educational Research, Measurement, and Evaluation. He has presented at the American Educational Research Association National Conference, The Midwest Clinic, CMS National Conference, NAFME Music Research & Teacher Education National Conference, Desert Skies Symposium on Research in Music Education, and International Symposium on Research in Music Behavior. He regularly presents at state and regional music education conferences.


  1. Develop advanced teaching strategies in instrumental, choral or elementary music education through symposium course offerings.
    1. Offerings in instrumental will include literature and rehearsal techniques.
    2. Offerings in choral will include literature and rehearsal techniques.
    3. Offerings in elementary will include Orff and Kodály sequential lesson planning techniques.
  2. The purpose of the symposium is to provide current teachers advanced training in instructional techniques. Students will select classes from course offerings, which will benefit their professional development within their specialization.