Summer Symposium

Summer Symposium | August 1-5

North Dakota State University

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 (online or face-to-face registration is available) 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

Dr. 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.

Birch Browning

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.

Additional Sessions By

David Frego, Director of Penn State School of Music: Dalcroze Practice for All

Craig Knapp, Adjunct Assistant Professor at Hofstra University: Conversational Solfége

Alice Hammel, Music Education Instructor at James Madison University: Autism in the Music Classroom

NDSU Faculty: Jeremy Brekke, Kelly Burns, Connor Challey, Cody Hunter, Cassie Keogh, Jo Ann Miller, Charlette Moe, Kayla Nelson, Warren Olfert, Karisa Templeton, Kyle Vanderburg, Michael Weber

Regional Music Educators: Tammy Goerger, Aaron Fitzgerald, and many others


  • MUSC 2000 Professional Development Credit
    • 3 Continuing Education Credits | $475 | August 1 - 5
    • 1 Continuing Education Credit | $160 - 1.5 day option | August 1 - 5 | 15 hours of instructional time
  • MUSC 790 Degree Eligible Credit (3 graduate credits. May be applied to the M.M.M.E. with NDSU)

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

Grid Schedule
Full Schedule with descriptions of each session coming soon!


More Information

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

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