Summer Symposium

Summer Symposium | July 20 - 24

North Dakota State University

We are excited to announce…
The NDSU Music Education Summer Symposium will be offered ONLINE!
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Join the music education faculty of North Dakota State University, area music specialist and guests Wendy Barden, Alice-Ann Darrow, Kenneth Elpus, and Carl Hancock for a unique symposium designed to develop effective teaching in music education. This event offers a unique opportunity to participate in relevant sessions on the status of music education, on successful teaching strategies, and reflect on Vision 2020.

  • Additional session topics include conducting techniques, searching of repertoire, recorder playing techniques, developing soprano and tenor voices, hearing an interview from Dr. Cliff Madsen, adapting music instruction for inclusion, creating musical leadership in uncertain times, and programming within a culturally responsive curriculum.
  • Three credit hours towards NDSU Master of Music in Music Education or continuing education for those interested in enriching their teaching
  • The opportunity to spend time working with nationally recognized master teachers
  • Connect with colleagues in the region
  • Re-kindle your passion for teaching and prepare for the new school year

Guest Artists

Wendy Barden

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.

Alice-Ann Darrow

ALICE-ANN DARROW, Irvin Cooper Professor of Music Therapy and Music Education, came to The Florida State University in 2003 from The University of Kansas. Her teaching and research interests are teaching music to special populations and the role of music in deaf culture.

Kenneth Elpus

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 Hancock

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.

Jack Stamp

JACK STAMP, currently serving as “International Composer in Association” to the world-renowned Grimethorpe Colliery Brass Band, recently retired as Professor of Music and Director of Band Studies at Indiana University of Pennsylvania where he conducted the Wind Ensemble and taught courses in graduate conducting. Dr. Stamp received his Bachelor of Science in Music Education degree from IUP, a Master's in Percussion Performance from East Carolina University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Conducting from Michigan State University where he studied with Eugene Corporon.

Dr. Stamp's primary composition teachers have been Robert Washburn and Fisher Tull, though he was strongly influenced by his music theory teachers at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and East Carolina. Other studies include work with noted American composers David Diamond, Joan Tower and Richard Danielpour. He is active as a guest conductor, clinician, adjudicator, and composer throughout North America and Great Britain. His compositions have been commissioned and performed by leading military and university bands across the United States. He has won the praise of American composers David Diamond, Norman Dello Joio, Ron Nelson, Michael Torke, Samuel Adler, Robert Ward, Robert Washburn, Fisher Tull, Nancy Galbraith and Bruce Yurko for performances of their works. He is also a contributing author to the "Teaching Music Through Performance in Band" series released by GIA Publications.

In 1996, he received the Orpheus Award from the Zeta Tau Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha for service to music and was named a "Distinguished Alumnus" of Indiana University of Pennsylvania. In 1999, he received the "Citation of Excellence" from the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association and was was inducted into the prestigious American Bandmasters Association in 2000. While at IUP, Dr. Stamp was awarded the title of "University Professor" for the 2008-2009 academic year, the highest honor given by the university.


  • MUSC 2000 Professional Development Credit (Five Day Symposium: 3 graduate credits. Continuing Education Credit. $475)
    • 3 Continuing Education Credits | $475 - Five Day Symposium | July 20 - 24
    • 1 Continuing Education Credit | $195 - Instrumental Two Day Symposium | July 21-22 | 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    • 1 Continuing Education Credit | $195 - Choral Two Day Symposium
      • July 22 | 1:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
      • July 23 | 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
      • July 24 | 8:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

  • MUSC 790 Degree Eligible Credit (3 graduate credits. May be applied to the M.M.M.E. with NDSU)

For tuition costs, please visit One Stop.

Course Requirements/Assignments

  • Mandatory attendance and participation in the symposium track for which you are registered - two days, three days, or five days.
  • A daily journal of reflections detailing each day’s activities and how they may benefit their teaching.
  • Music 790 Only: Eight to ten-page implementation paper which details a summary and a focus of the symposium.

Daily Schedule

Monday - Thursday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; Friday, 8:30 a.m. - noon

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More Information

For more information about this Summer Symposium in Music Education, please contact Charlette Moe or Warren Olfert.

For parking information visit: NDSU Parking
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