Elementary Education


A tentative course listing for Spring and Summer 2018 is below. Please check back as more information is forthcoming.


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

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 rdefrece@ualberta.ca.

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 (aperlau@ualberta.ca) or Kathy Robinson (kr10@ualberta.ca)