Department of Elementary Education


A tentative course listing for Spring and Summer 2020 is below.

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All listed Music Academy classes are 3-credit courses.


EDEL 595: Music in Early Childhood

May 1 & 2, 8 & 9, 22 & 23, and 29 & 30, 2020
Fridays 5 – 8:30 p.m.,
Saturdays 8:30 a.m. – 12:50 p.m.

Instructor: Dr. Kathryn Smith

This early childhood music course will explore the many ways that young children (pre-kindergarten – grade 3) can experience music in both the general and music classrooms. Classroom and music teachers will have opportunities to engage with many aspects of early childhood music teaching including playing classroom instruments, singing, moving, and listening. This course will include opportunities to explore musical play, cross- curricular integration, children’s literature within a musical context, and current research. Performance ideas and music for primary choirs will be incorporated.

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

July 20 – July 31, 2020 •  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 music through moving, speaking, singing, performing 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 II (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

July 6-17, 2020  •  8:45 am - 4:30 pm

Anita Perlau
Level I Pedagogy & Materials

Marni Strome
Level I Musicianship, Conducting & Choral Ensemble

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(