NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

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K-12 Professionals

Summer Symposium in Music Education 2018

MUSC 2000




Instructor: Charlette Moe, Symposium Director + NDSU School of Music Faculty + Guest Faculty

Grading: Letter

Monday, July 23, 2018 - Friday, July 27, 2018

MTWThF (8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.} with final assignments due August 10, 2018

Location: NDSU Reineke Fine Arts, Fargo, ND

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

NDSU Credit Fee: $475

Course Description:

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. CARLOS ABRIL is professor of music and director of undergraduate music education at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami, where he teaches courses in music in childhood, philosophy of music, and cultural diversity in music education. He has published numerous articles and chapters in research journals, professional magazines, and books. He co-edited books on music education through Oxford University Press and Rowman & Littlefield, and serves on editorial boards in North America, South America and Europe. His music arrangements and instructional materials are published by World Music Press and in the Macmillan/McGraw-Hill textbook series, “Spotlight on Music.”

2. SAM PILAFIAN is a virtuoso on tuba, the tubist/arranger of the Boston Brass and a distinguished visiting professor at NDSU’s Challey School of Music. He has recorded and performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Duke Ellington Orchestra, Lionel Hampton, and Pink Floyd, among others. His long career has earned him an Emmy® for Excellence in Instructional Video Production, the Walt Disney Award for Imagination and Innovation in Design, the Walter Naumberg Chamber Music Award, and the Harvard Music Association Prize, among many others. He is the coauthor of the bestselling pedagogy texts and DVDs “Breathing Gym” and “Brass Gym.” He has also served on the faculties of Boston University, the Tanglewood Institute, Berklee College of Music, Frost School of Music and Arizona State University.

3. ANDREA STRAUSS is the conductor and artistic director of the Tara Winds Community Band and has taught elementary, middle, high school, and college at both public and private schools in Georgia for 30 years. She is the former director of bands at Georgia Tech and associate professor of music at Shorter University.  She has conducted in Japan and Italy, adjudicated in Canada and Ireland, and conducted all-state and honor bands across the United States. Clinics she has presented at include the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) National and Division In-Service Conferences, Texas Bandmasters Association (TBA) Convention, numerous GMEA In-Service Conferences and various universities. Her articles have been published in the Music Educators Journal and the National Band Association Journal.


  •            Nyssa Brown on National Core Arts Standards
  •            Kate Webster on Movement in the Classroom
  •            Diversity, Instrumental Techniques, Current Choral Ensemble Practices and more
  •            Dr. Warren Olfert, Director of Bands
  •            Dr. Michael Weber, Associate Director of Choral Activities


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."

Special Instructions:

Summer housing available, please call 701-231-7557.

CampusMap Metered parking is available in T-2.

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