Connecting the Dots

A Kodaly Chapter of Minnesota workshop with Cynthia Bradford.

Date & Time:

Saturday, September 13, 2014
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM


University of St. Thomas
Brady Education Center Auditorium
2115 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55105


A Discussion of Three Aspects of Effective Teaching Music

  • Expressive writing which leads to expressive singing.
  • Making connections in the choral classroom.
  • Assessing students progress.

By connecting these “dots” we’ll hope to see the whole picture of a well-balanced young musician.  

Expressive Singing and Descriptive Writing

This session supports the hope that students can communicate about music and through music. As music teachers are being asked to incorporate subjects outside of the music into their lesson plans, the 6+1 Traits of Writing  and the Common Core Standards will be explored and “translated” into musical vocabulary and song materials for the elementary classroom.  Songs and stories, along with samples of student writing, will be shared.

Connecting the Music Class to the Choral Ensemble (and back again)

This portion of the day will demonstrate ways to introduce concepts in the music classroom and “morph” them into the choir ensemble.  The choral ensemble, in turn, can serve as a catalyst for enhanced learning of basic solfege and rhythmic skills back to the music class. Choral octavos and lesson plan ideas for grades 2 – 6 will be provided.

On Target:  Assessment Techniques

Tried and true techniques for assessing singing and playing will be demonstrated. Shall we discuss assessment AND evaluation (giving grades!)? 

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