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Course Descriptions

Summer Symposium in Music Education 2020

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 lecturers will be:

1. WENDY BARDEN, Music Education Specialist, Professional Development and Resource Programs, at Perpich Center for Arts Education (Minnesota, began her career in Osseo Area Schools teaching band and general music at the junior high level, and then for 21 years as district K-12 Music Coordinator. During her tenure, she was named a Yamaha National Mentor Teacher, 1992 Minnesota Music Educators Association (MMEA) Band Educator of the Year, and 2013 Yale Distinguished Music Educator. In 2014, she was inducted into the MMEA Hall of Fame. She is a member of Phi Beta Mu. She holds B.S. and M.A. degrees in music education and Ph.D. in music with emphasis in music education and musicology from the University of Minnesota. She is particularly passionate about standards, assessment and student engagement.

2. 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.

3. 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.

  • Dr. Jo Ann Miller, Director of Choral Activities
  • Dr. Warren Olfert, Director of Bands
  • Dr. Michael Weber, Associate Director of Choral Activities


  • Vision 2020 - Are We There Yet?
  • Music Education and Social Emotional Learning
  • National Core Arts Standards
  • Elementary Recorder and Guitar Teaching Strategies
  • Instrumental Teaching Techniques
  • Choral Conducting and Effective Rehearsal Procedures
  • “Tried and True” and “New Gems” reading sessions sponsored by Popplers Music for choirs and bands of all levels.


1. Develop advanced teaching strategies in instrumental, choral or elementary music education through symposium course offerings.
      a. Offerings in instrumental will include literature and rehearsal techniques.
      b. Offerings in choral will include literature and rehearsal techniques.
      c. 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.


All required materials will be provided.

"I really enjoyed the opportunity to have guided discussions with other directors from the area. I left with new ideas and perspectives that I am excited to bring into the classroom! Joe's sessions were very helpful because they reminded me why I went into this career in the first place. They also helped remind me about the importance of positive relationships with students."

"Really enjoyed collaborating with collegues."

"Loved, loved, loved the guest artists. I felt I learned so much from them; they were very effective in their teaching strategies, and I feel I have walked away with a giant toolbox for teaching this school year."

"Loved to gather with like-minded individuals to have professional discussions."

"Excellent informational sessions - well planned symposium. Thank you to the NDSU music staff for bringing in amazing, nationally recognized names in music education!"

"I found this symposium well-organized, informative and inspiring, full of hands-on activities to take to the classroom. Thank you so much!"