Elementary School Music

Professional Development

Posted in Prof. Development, Where-ever by P. Conrad on December 14, 2011

Organizations or schools in the NYC area which offer professional development: clinics, workshops, or certification training of relevance to elementary-level music teachers. Click the “Events” link to see what’s current.

Office of Arts and Special Projects (NYC-DOE) sometimes plans day-long clinics during the school year, focusing on the Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in the Arts.

Music Educators Association of New York City (MEANYC) has short (2-hour) clinics on Saturdays at locations all over NYC.

UFT Music Teachers Committee was dormant for several years, but recently resumed offering a program of full-day Saturday clinics for music teachers, during the year.

Orff and Kodály chapters in NYC sponsor day-long Saturday events in Manhattan, with L.I. Orff workshops at Hofstra University.

Metropolitan Opera Guild

Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ, offers some one-day-only music education courses on Saturdays.

NYU’s Kodály Summer Institute is an excellent intensive program for Kodály certification held each year around first two weeks of July.

New Jersey City University has Orff certification classes in July.

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards has a certification for early and middle childhood music teachers. NBPTS certification is a rigorous process through which accomplished teachers earn a distinction after completing a course of assessments and portfolio submission. Information about the Music Educators certification and the NBPTS standards for early and middle childhood music can be downloaded as a PDF file.

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Two Articles by John Feierabend

Posted in Readings & Research by P. Conrad on May 22, 2006

drjohnhandBeyond the Music Class: Expanding the Musical Influence of the Elementary School

(describes a school program that seeks to extend music learning out of the classroom, to involve the wider school community, including students’ families.)

Developing Music Literacy: An Aural Approach for an Aural Art

(describes a Kodaly-based approach to teaching music literacy to younger students.)

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Posted in Kodály, Orff, Dalcroze, Where-ever by P. Conrad on May 20, 2006

Zoltan Kodály (1882-1967) and Carl Orff (1895-1988) are two 20th-century European composers who developed approaches in music education that are especially valuable for teachers working in early childhood and elementary settings.

Both concepts are also valid choices for urban schools, whose students might have fewer opportunities for private instrumental lessons.

Listed below are the addresses for the national professional organizations for Orff and Kodály methods in the US and overseas, as well as for NY-area chapters which host valuable professional development events several times each year. Essential texts on the Kodály method are among the Books for Music Teachers.

Training for certification in either of these approaches can be pursued at various schools in the area, or at summer programs around the country.

The Organization of American Kodály Educators (OAKE) is the umbrella organization for a host of state and regional chapters.

The Kodály Music Education Institute of Australia (KMEIA) has a lot of useful material, including well-written introductions to Kodály’s life and work and the methodology. The Teacher Resources page includes big flashcards for melodic solfege practice.

Holy Names University, in Oakland, has one of the top US schools for Kodály certification. The program’s website includes short introductory videos and an extensive, searchable database of folk songs and traditional music, including notation and audio files.

Kodály Organization of New York (KONY) is New York City’s active OAKE chapter.

New York University offers an intensive Summer Kodály Institute the first three weeks in July of each year. (For new teachers, the NYU School of Education credits can count towards your 30-above.)

The American Orff Schulwerk Association (AOSA) has a New York City chapter (NYCCAOSA) and a Long Island chapter (LIAOSA), both of which schedule clinics and workshops for teachers on weekends.

Trevor Day School in Manhattan offers training for Orff certification in NYC.

Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ offer both weekend and summer workshops as well as certification courses (Orff and Kodály).

Dalcroze Eurythmics


Jacques-Emile Dalcroze (1865-1950) believed that the core of all musical art is human emotion. He taught that it is not enough to train just the mind or the ear or the voice. Instead, the entire human body must be trained since the body contains all of the essentials for the development of sensibility and analysis of sound, music and feeling. Through participation in simple games, exercises, and improvisations, children learn to combine music and movement in order to develop rhythmic unity between the eye, ear, mind, and body.

One of the top U.S. teachers of the method (Dalcroze Eurythmics) is Anne Farber at the Lucy Moses School (see below). The Dalcroze Society of America is a good starting place for exploring this method.

In the New York City area, both the Lucy Moses School and The Diller Quaile School of Music in Manhattan offer programs in Dalcroze methodology.

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