Department of Elementary Education


A tentative course listing for Spring and Summer 2019 is below.

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All Music Academy classes are 3-credit courses.


EDES 501: Contemporary Issues in Music Education

May 6-June 12, 2019
Monday 6:00-8:30pm -  Online

Instructor: Dr. Amanda Montgomery

This course provides opportunity for graduate level students to engage with the rich and challenging complexities of music teaching and learning in K-12 from a variety of contemporary perspectives. Topics such as musical identity, social justice, cultural diversity, the processes of pedagogy and technology in music education, and teachers as researchers invite students to critically reflect on their current teaching practice regarding student access, curriculum design, repertoire choice, and evaluation. Weekly, synchronous online discussions take place on Monday evenings through eClass from any off-campus location of a student’s choosing. Independent class work and assignments may be accessed through eClass 24 hours-a-day during the six-week course providing flexibility for currently employed teachers. Activities in this course will support K-12 music teachers as they gain new lenses through which to innovate, interpret, and lead in their profession.

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EDEL 495/597: Orff Schulwerk • Levels I & III

July 22 – August 2, 2019 •  9:00 am– 4:30 pm

Sue Harvie   
Level I Ensemble & Pedagogy

Robert de Frece            
Level II Ensemble & Pedagogy // Level I & II Choral Musicianship

Wendy Rae
Level I & II Recorder

Kim Friesen Wiens            
Level I & II Movement

Level I (495/597): The Orff approach to music education is holistic, experiential and process oriented. Students learn by active participation as they experience the music through speech, singing, body percussion, playing pitch instruments, and moving. Level I explores basic Orff techniques including the use of the pentatonic scale, ostinato, bordun (drone) accompaniments, and elemental style.
Prerequisite:  Ability to play a musical instrument recommended and RCM Rudiments II or equivalent.

Level II (495/597):
Builds on the skills and concepts learned in Level I.  Students expand their repertoire of orchestration possibilities with the moving bordun (drone) and accompaniments for diatonic melodies requiring I-V and I-IV-V harmonizations.  Recorder study includes the soprano and alto recorder and movement classes expand students’ understanding of movement pedagogy, including the teaching of structured folk dances.  Pedagogy classes focus on the use of Orff Schulwerk in a lesson-planning framework for teaching musical skills and concepts.
Prerequisite:  Satisfactory completion of an Orff Schulwerk Level I endorsed by Carl Orff Canada.

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EDEL 495/597: Kodály Level I & II: Musicianship, Pedagogy, and Choral

Level One:  EDEL 495/597
Level Two:  EDEL 597

July 8-19, 2018  •  8:30 am –  4:30 pm

Anita Perlau
Level I Pedagogy & Materials

Josie Burgess
Level II Pedagogy & Materials

Marni Strome
Level I Musicianship, Conducting & Choral Ensemble

Dr. Ardelle Ries
Level II Musicianship, Conducting & Choral Ensemble

Full-day workshop on First Nations Music in a Kodály Context presented by Sherryl Sewepagaham.

Level I: EDEL 495/597
Focus on pedagogical materials and strategies appropriate for the primary elementary grades.

Level II: EDEL 597
Focus on pedagogical materials and strategies appropriate for the middle elementary grades and the older beginner

Full-day workshop on First Nations Music in a Kodály Context presented by Sherryl Sewepagaham.

These courses are designed for in-service teachers interested in strengthening their skills to foster love and understanding of music through literacy. With singing as the foundation, pedagogical principles and practices to support children’s musical growth in the primary and elementary grades will be explored with a special emphasis on culturally sensitive, contemporary pedagogy inspired by Zoltán Kodály.  The creation of a positive classroom environment for the development of musical understanding will be explored with daily hands-on experience of learner-centered materials, resources and teaching strategies appropriate for each grade level. Choral repertoire and vocal pedagogy suitable for children will be examined. Students will have the opportunity to develop and refine their personal singing, musicianship and conducting skills 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 Ardelle Ries (