Elementary Education



Contemporary Issues in Music Education

EDES 501

May 4 - June 12, 2017
Mondays 6:00–8:30 p.m.
Instructor: Dr. Amanda Montgomery

This online 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 in regards to student access, curriculum design, repertoire choice, and evaluation. Weekly, synchronous, online discussions take place on Monday evenings at 6:00-8:30pm through eClass from any off-campus location of a student’s choosing. Online readings and assignments may be accessed through eClass 24 hours-a-day during the six-week course. 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.

For further information, email amanda.montgomery@ualberta.ca.


All classes in the Summer Music Academy are 3-credit courses.

Orff Schulwerk • Levels I & II

I: EDEL 597  
II: EDEL 597  

July 17–28, 9 a.m.–4:15 p.m.
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 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 II Level II Orff Schulwerk builds on the skills and concepts learned in Level I. Students expand their repertoire of orchestration possibilities with the moving bordun 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 skills and concepts.

Prerequisite: Orff Schulwerk Level I.
NOTE: Qualified undergraduates may be eligible to take these courses upon approval of the instructors.
For further information, email rdefrece@ualberta.ca.

International Kodály Seminar

EDEL 595

Class taught Aug 8 - 12 at Augustana campus in Camrose in conjunction with the International Kodaly Symposium.

First class will meet Tuesday, August 8 at 1 pm in room AU A024.

Instructor: Dr. Kathy Robinson

This special seminar will be taught in conjunction with the International Kodály Society 23rd Symposium to be held in Camrose, Alberta during August 8-13, 2017. Teachers and graduate students planning to attend the conference may register at the University of Alberta to participate in this 3 credit course alongside the conference in order to have the opportunity to:

  • Learn international singing games and vocal/choral repertoire for elementary and secondary students
  • Explore resources and teaching materials and strategies for developing singing skills, reading skills and musical understanding in children
  • Increase personal musicianship and pedagogic skills
  • Reflect upon and discuss contemporary perspectives on using 21st century Kodály approaches to teach children music

Participation in one face-to face class before (August 8, 1 pm) and one electronic forum discussion after the symposium is required as well as completion of a reflection paper and action plan regarding ideas gleaned from conference presentations and the participant’s  current classroom practice. Activities in this course will help K-12 teachers gain new skills, understandings and lenses through which to innovate, interpret, and lead in Kodály inspired music education.

More than 75% of the sessions at the Symposium are workshops led by internationally renowned pedagogues including Jill Trinka, Susan Brumfield, James Cuskelly, László Nemes and many more  Singing games sessions will feature repertoire from Scotland, Malaysia, the Caribbean (with Steel drum ensemble), the US and Australia.

NOTE:  Qualified undergraduates be eligible  to take this course upon approval of the instructor.
Registration for the Kodaly International Symposium is also required. See http://www.kodalysymposium2017.com/registration/ for more information.

For further information email kathy.robinson@ualberta.ca

Kodály Level III: Pedagogy and Materials, Musicianship, Conducting & Choral Ensemble

EDEL 597

Online work required through UAlberta eClass site July 31 - Aug 4.
Class taught Aug 7 - 18. Students will be required to attend sessions on the Augustana Campus in Camrose Aug 7 - 13. Students will meet together on Aug 7 in room AU A 024 at 9am and then will attend the symposium from Aug 8 - 13. Further instruction will take place on the Edmonton Campus from Aug 14 – 18 from 9am – 4:30pm.
Registration for the Kodaly International Symposium is also required.

Dr. James Cuskelly (Australia), Pedadogy & Materials
Dr. László Nemes (Hungary), Musicianship, Conducting & Choral Ensemble

This course provides an enriched experience for pre- and in-service teachers with renowned international faculty to explore Kodály-based pedagogical principles that can be applied to upper elementary, junior high and high school settings. Pedagogical principles and practices for musical growth will be explored with a special emphasis on current, contemporary practices. With singing as the focus the course will consist of hands on experiences with learner-centered materials, resources and teaching strategies appropriate for these settings. During this two-week professional development experience, course participants will attend relevant workshop and lecture sessions and will also hone conducting and musicianship skills.

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Kodaly Level II
For more information, contact Dr. Kathy Robinson at kathy.robinson@ualberta.ca.
Registration for the Kodaly International Symposium is also required. See http://www.kodalysymposium2017.com/registration/ for more information.

Special Music Education

EDEL 597

July 4-14, 2017
9:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily
Instructor: Dr. Kimberly McCord, Illinois State University

The course examines current methods and materials for the inclusion of children with disabilities in music classes and ensembles.  Participants will have opportunities to explore strategies and techniques which can maximize the potential and develop the musical  talents of these children.  The course will also include opportunities to interact with special needs children in a musical setting. Music specialists, classroom teachers, graduate students and all those interested in bringing rich, meaningful active music experiences to children with special needs will benefit from this course.

NOTE: Qualifies undergraduates may be eligible to take these courses upon approval of the instructor.
For further information, email kathy.robinson@ualberta.ca