Department of Elementary Education


A tentative course listing for Spring and Summer 2018 is below.

All Music Academy classes are 3-credit courses.


Movement and Dance: Practical Applications from the Classroom to the Stage for Performing Arts Educators


Friday, May 11  —  6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Fridays, May 25 & June 8  —  6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturdays, May 12, 26 & June 9  —  9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Laurel Nikolai

This course is designed for music, performing arts, and classroom teachers to explore movement concepts used in dancing and choreography. Participants will develop the knowledge and skills for creating meaningful movement activities for both classroom and performance situations by actively experiencing movement as both a performer and choreographer. Movement styles explored will include creative dance, folk dance, Musical Theatre dance and riser choreography. Emphasis will be on structured improvisations in the classroom and choreography for performances.

The first course contact time will be the observation and analysis of the performance of All of Us: The Music of the Tragically Hip, Alberta Ballet Company. Contact instructor Laurel Nikolai at before March 1st for group ticket discount.


Orff Schulwerk • Levels I & III

I: EDEL 597 SEM B02/ LAB H02
III: EDEL 597 SEM B03/ LAB H03

July 23 to August 3, 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Sue Harvie (Level I Ensemble & Pedagogy)
Robert de Frece (Level III Ensemble & Pedagogy; Level I & III Choral Musicianship) 
Wendy Rae (Level I & III Recorder)
Kim Friesen Wiens (Level I & III Movement)

Level I The Orff approach to music education is holistic, experiential and process oriented. Students learn by active participation as they experience music through speech, singing, body percussion, and playing non-pitched and pitched instruments. Level I explores basic Orff techniques including the use of the pentatonic scale, ostinato, bordun (drone) accompaniments, and the elemental style developed by composer Carl Orff and his colleague, Gunild Keetman.
Prerequisite: The ability to read, write, and analyze music.

Level III Ensemble classes review functional harmony (I-V, I-IV, I-IV-V) and explore shifting two-chord harmonies (I-II, I-III, I-VI, I-VII in the major and minor), employing these accompaniments with the diatonic modes.  Countermelodies are created using the principles of diaphony and paraphony.  In Pedagogy classes, applications of Orff strategies in teaching concepts and skills are refined and analyzed.  Recorder study includes C-fingering (soprano and tenor) and F-fingering (sopranino, alto, and bass) recorders with a focus on developing the ability to transfer between these instruments.  Movement classes expand students’ understanding of movement pedagogy, including the teaching of historic dances and choreographing in their style.

Prerequisite: Orff Schulwerk Level II.

NOTE: Qualified undergraduates may be eligible to take these courses upon approval of the instructors.

For further information, email

Kodály Level I: Musicianship, Pedagogy, and Choral

EDEL 597 SEM B01/ LAB H01

Blended learning class taught both in person and online

June 23 to June 30, 2018 - Online work via eClass (Moodle)
July 9 – July 20: on-campus, Monday to Friday 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Ardelle Ries  (Musicianship, Choral Conducting and Ensemble)
Anita Perlau (Pedagogy and Folk Materials)

Level I focuses on pedagogical materials and strategies appropriate for the primary elementary grades.

This course is designed for elementary teachers interested in strengthening their teaching skills related to the development of children’s music literacy. Pedagogical principles and practices to develop music literacy skills in primary grades will be explored with a special emphasis on contemporary pedagogy inspired by Zoltán Kodály. Building a positive classroom environment for music learning within the context of developing musical understanding will be discussed with daily hands-on exploration of learner-centered materials, resources and teaching strategies appropriate for each grade level. Choral repertoire and vocal pedagogy suitable for singers in primary grades will be examined. Students will also have the opportunity to continue developing their own personal singing, conducting, and general musicianship skills (e.g., inner hearing, tonic solfa, sight singing) in the context of daily course activities

NOTE: Qualified undergraduates may be eligible to take these courses upon approval of the instructors.

For further info, contact Anita Perlau ( or Kathy Robinson (