Summer Symposium

Summer Symposium | August 1-5

North Dakota State University

We are excited to announce…
The NDSU Music Education Summer Symposium will be offered ONLINE!

Join the music education faculty of North Dakota State University, area music specialist and guests Bridget Sweet and Birch Browning for a unique symposium designed to develop effective teaching in music education. This event offers a unique opportunity to participate in sessions on successful teaching strategies and gain valuable resources.

  • Additional session topics include conducting techniques, searching of repertoire, technology, and more!
  • 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 Faculty

Bridget Sweet is Associate Professor of Music Education at University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois. After completing her Bachelors Degree in Music Education at Western Michigan University, Dr. Sweet enjoyed a successful tenure as a middle school choir teacher for nearly ten years. Her interests in adolescent music education intensified during her Masters and Doctoral programs in Music Education at Michigan State University, which contributed to her research focused on characteristics of effective and exemplary middle-level music teachers. Prior to her work at the University of Illinois, Dr. Sweet was Assistant Professor of Music Education at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA. At the University of Illinois, Dr. Sweet teaches music education pedagogy, including choral methods and literature, middle-level general music methods, graduate courses in music education, as well as a course focused on the development of healthy practices for all musicians. She is earning licensure to be a Body Mapping Instructor through the Assocation for Body Mapping Education.

Dr. Sweet continues to work extensively with adolescent singers as a teacher, clinician, and conductor; she has been invited to conduct middle and high school All-State Choirs and Honors Choirs in many states. Dr. Sweet wrote the books Growing Musicians: Teaching Music in Middle School and Beyond (2016, Oxford University Press) and Thinking Outside the Voice Box: Adolescent Voice Change in Music Education (2020, Oxford University Press). Dr. Sweet’s research interests include middle level choral music education, female and male adolescent voice change, empowering music educators, health and wellness, and intersections of diversity and the music classroom. Her research has appeared in publications of Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, Choral Journal, International Journal of Music Education: Research, Journal of Research in Music Education and Update: Applications of Research in Music Education. She authored the chapter “Qualitative Choral Music Research” in The Oxford Handbook of Qualitative Research in American Music Education (2014). Dr. Sweet was initiated as a Friend of the Arts to the Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity (2021). She is a member of the Editorial Committee of the Bulletin of the Council of Research in Music Education, International Journal of Research in Choral Music, Journal of Research in Music Education, and Qualitative Research in Music Education.

Dr. Birch Browning is Professor of Music and Director of Bands at Cleveland State University, and Music Director of the Cleveland Winds, a professional wind band based at CSU. He taught high school band and orchestra in Florida prior to earning a Ph.D. in Music Education at Florida State University. A member of the faculty at CSU since 2002, he previously taught music education courses at Stetson University and FSU.

Dr. Browning is a member of the College Band Director’s National Association Research Committee and has presented his research findings at numerous state and national conferences. His first book, Becoming a Musician-Educator: An Orientation to Musical Pedagogy, was published by Oxford University Press in April 2017. Dr. Browning served on the editorial board of Contributions, a research journal sponsored by the Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA), from 2008 to 2020, including four years as Editor and six years as Associate Editor of the journal. Dr. Browning has served on the College Band Directors National Association Research and Editorial Review Committee since 2015.

Along with his research work, Dr. Browning is in demand as a conductor and clinician. In addition to his conducting responsibilities at CSU, Dr. Browning founded the Cleveland Winds in 2009. The Cleveland Winds is the winner of The American Prize in the Band/Wind Ensemble Performance—community & school division and performed at the Ohio Music Education Association Professional Development Conference in Cleveland, Ohio in 2017. The CSU Chamber Winds performed at the same conference in 2005 and 2015. Dr. Browning’s ensembles have given live performances on WCLV, Cleveland’s Classical Music Station, on six occasions. The CSU Symphonic Band, CSU Chamber Winds, and the Cleveland Winds appear on the recently released recording Timothy Reynish International Repertoire Series, Vol. 12, which is available on iTunes and Spotify.

Dr. Browning is the author of the online software application, eMirror, multi-purpose research, and instructional tool. eMirror is designed to assist in the process of obtaining quantitative time use and sequence data from video episodes and in creating self-observation assignments for students to promote data-informed reflection. Researchers and instructors design custom observation and assessment templates, allowing them to focus on the target behavior to be observed, quantified, and timed, and to encourage students to focus on specific aspects of their instructional delivery for subsequent improvement. Research on the use of eMirror also indicates that preservice teachers, specifically music education students, significantly modify their own instructional delivery through the use of targeted self-observation.

A previous version of eMirror was useful on MacOS from 2005 to 2012. Version 2.0 for the web is in the beta stage and has been undergoing extensive testing and use since Fall 2019. For information on using eMirror, contact Dr. Browning.


  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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

Full Schedule TBD


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
Summer Housing Available • Call 701-231-7557