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Music Professional Development

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Bridgewater State University will be offering three music courses this summer that can be taken either for graduate credit or PDPS. The intensive one and two-week courses are taught by experts in the field of music education and open to music graduate students and music educators.

For more information, please contact Dr. Sarah McQuarrie at

MUSC 504: Advanced Studies in Instrumental Music Education
This graduate level course is designed to discuss issues related to instrumental music in public and other school settings. Goals include the transfer of theoretical knowledge to practical application, improved research and writing skills, an understanding of important works linked to the instrumental study, and a renewed sense of purpose about the role of instrumental music education in current contexts. Consideration is given to understanding how research and related materials can be used in practical ways to better instrumental music teaching and learning in elementary, middle school, and high school settings.

Instructor: Heather Cote
Dates: July 8-12 Monday-Friday 8:30-4:40
Location: Hunt 109
Cost: $1,316.88
For non-credit: $475

MUSC 522:  Strategies for Teaching Students with Special Needs in the Music Classroom
The music classroom is an inherently inclusive and cooperative environment. Meeting the needs of students with special needs, however, requires a specific set of skills, dispositions, and experiences to appropriately adapt and modify instruction. Enhancing the inclusive and cooperative possibilities in the music classroom while meeting the needs of all students is a challenging, yet exhilarating possibility. This course will focus on identifying areas of strength and challenge in students with special needs, advocating for the appropriate classroom environment for all students, and the creation of adaptations and accommodations for students in inclusive and self-contained music classrooms.

Instructor: Alice Hammel
Date: August 5-9 Monday-Friday 8:30-4:30
Location: Hunt 110
For non-credit: $475

MUSC 559: Orff Schulwerk Teaching Training: Level I
This is a two-week intensive workshop introducing basic principles and practices of the Orff Schulwerk approach to teaching music.  Taught by a certified Orff instructor, this course incorporates interactive participation in music and movements and develops and applies basic skills in movement, speech, singing, and playing instruments. The course follows the guidelines established by the American Orff Schulwerk Association (AOSA) for Level I certification.

Instructor: Penelope Mahoney
Location: July 15-26 Monday-Friday 8:30-4:00
Room: Hunt 109
Cost: $1,448.56
For non-credit: $725

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