NDSU Summer Symposium in Music Education

July 25-29, 2016 | North Dakota State University

Join the music education faculty of North Dakota State University and guests Joseph Parisi, Stan McGill, Wendy Barden, and Ann Eisen for a unique symposium designed to develop effective teaching in music education.  This five-day event offers a unique opportunity with a variety of options, including:

  • Three hours credit towards NDSU Master of Music in Music Education degree or continuing education for those interested in enriching their teaching
  • Separate tracks for instrumental, choral, and elementary music.
  • The ability to tailor sessions to your needs and include material from one, two, or all tracks
  • 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.

In addition to Eisen, Barden, Parisi and McGill; master music educators Cynthia Marten from Iowa State University, Brad Sherwood from Red River High School in Grand Forks, Shelley Zietz from Fargo North High School, Anthony Peterson from Cheyenne High School in West Fargo, Rebecca Warren from Mandan Middle School and Northern Plains Kodály Chapter Board Members are presenting intriguing sessions.

Here are just a “few” of the 2016 Symposium session titles:

  • Conducting Music – Start from the Inside First
  • A Fun, Fast Strategy to Boost Reading and Math: Be a Hero to Your Classroom Teachers!
  • Shut the front door! Recruitment and Retention for Beginning Band
  • The Key to Popular Music in our Ensembles
  • Expectations – Our Personal Sentence "How we meet the expectations we set for ourselves and our students."
  • Creating Life Long Musicians "Utilizing multisensory activities in the music classroom."
  • Recruiting and retaining members in your Ensembles and Music Classes "Or as those great ancient philosophers, The Bee Gees once said, ‘Stayin alive, Stayin’ alive…’"
  • The New National Standards and more…


  • MUSC 600 Professional Development Credit (3 graduate credits. Continuing Education Credit. $475)
  • MUSC 790 Degree Eligible Credit (3 graduate credits. May be applied to the M.M. Ed. with NDSU)

For tuition costs, please visit www.ndsu.edu/bisonconnection/accounts/tuition.

Course Requirements/Assignments

  • Mandatory Attendance and participation for all five days of 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

Click here for a PDF of the symposium schedule. Please note it may be subject to change.


Not ready to pursue a degree or hoping to transfer this course into a degree? Consider enrolling as a Non-degree Seeking Student. More information can be found at the NDSU Graduate School.

More Information

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

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