Music Education Summer Workshops


Professional Development and Graduate Courses for Graduate and Continuing Education Students

Registration is now open!

The School of Music at Fredonia offers a variety of courses for practicing teachers, graduate students, and preservice teachers. Please contact Dr. Jill Reese for more information about earning a graduate degree in music education and Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

Register here for CTLE (CEU) credit 

Interested in registering for graduate credit? You may still register for summer courses, BUT! the online registration process closed on June 12.  Please visit the Extended Learning webpage for complete details on the registration process. Note: Please register as far in advance as possible, as some steps of paperwork may take a few days to process. Questions? Call Extended Learning, (716) 673-3177.


June 12 – July 27: Analytic Techniques — Online Course!

The application of analytical methods, including Schenkerian reductive analysis, to Western tonal music since the latter 17th century. Includes the study of musical forms in Western music and entails a significant prose writing component. Enroll for graduate credit.

Heather RussellJi Hyun Woo A native of Seoul, Korea, Dr. Ji Hyun Woo earned a Ph.D. in Music Theory from the University at Buffalo, where she also completed three Master’s degrees, in Music Theory, Composition, and Organ Performance. Dr. Woo's publications have focused on fin de siècle chromaticism, in particular, on the development and usage of scale-step flat 2 in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Dr. Woo is an active performer and regularly performs recitals at the First United Presbyterian Church in Dunkirk, New York, where she serves as the Music Director and Organist.

Instructor: Ji Hyun Woo
Course: MUS 624
Date: June 12 – July 27

All course offerings subject to change/cancellation.

June 26 – 29: Wind Conducting Symposium

The Fredonia Wind Conducting Symposium welcomes conductors of all levels explore score study, conducting techniques, repertoire options and selection criteria, rehearsal techniques, and ensemble techniques.  Enroll for graduate credit, for CEUs as a conductor/participant, or for CEUs as an observer.

Heather RussellPaula Holcomb Highly sought after as an adjudicator and guest conductor, Dr. Holcomb has conducted bands and orchestras in 39 states, South America, Australia, Mexico, Europe, and Canada. She has presented Conducting Symposiums in Canada, South America, Australia and the United States. Dr. Holcomb is former assistant horn of the Des Moines Symphony and past president of the Iowa Music Educators Association. Recently, she was presented with the A. Frank Miller award from Kappa Kappa Psi, served on the Council and Artistic Planning Conference Committee for the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles.

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Instructor: Dr. Paula Holcomb
Date: June 26-29

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All course offerings subject to change/cancellation.

CANCELED DUE TO LOW ENROLLMENT: July 5 – 15: Kodály Teacher Training for Music/Choral Educators (Level 1)

This Teacher Education Course (10 days) will be provided by instructors endorsed by the Organization of American Kodály Educators. This course will focus on pedagogy, musicianship, conducting, choral ensemble, and literature. Successful completion of this level 1 course, will result in a recommendation to take subsequent OAKE approved teacher education levels (2 and 3). In addition you will have the skills and knowledge to apply the pedagogy and principles of Kodály. Study the Kodály approach to inform the ways you teach music literacy and artistry in your classroom. Enroll for graduate credit or CEUs.

Niki MiragliottaNiki Miragliotta teaches elementary music and serves on the steering committee for an Arts Integration program in Harrisonburg City Public Schools, VA. She mentors music education majors at James Madison University, Eastern Mennonite University, and Bridgewater College. She teaches Level I Kodály Pedagogy and has presented as a Kodály clinician. She is also an active freelance trombonist and performs in the Waynesboro Symphony in Virginia. She earned a Master of Music Education from the Hartt School at the University of Hartford, Orff Level I Certification from Virginia Commonwealth University, and Kodály Certification at JMU and Indiana University.

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Bethany Houff has been the choral director at Harrisonburg High School, located in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, since 2003. In addition to conducting four choral ensembles, she teaches an introductory musical theatre course and beginning piano classes. She served on the design team of the innovative Harrisonburg High School Fine Arts Academy where colleagues in dance, drama, music, visual art, and creative writing teach collaboratively in a sequential and integrated arts curriculum.

Beth received a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting as well as a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from James Madison University. She received her Kodály Certification in 2014 having completed her studies at both Indiana University and James Madison University.

Instructors: Niki Miragliotta & Beth Houf
Dates: July 5-15 (no coursework on July 9)

NOTE: THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELED DUE TO LOW ENROLLMENT. If you registered for this class, you will be notified about reimbursement of fees. Questions or concerns? Please contact Dr. Jill Reese

All course offerings subject to change/cancellation.

July 17 – 21: Teaching Music to the Special Learner

Participants will explore K-12 strategies for teaching music effectively to students of all abilities. In this hands-on workshop, they will develop differentiated instruction techniques, incorporate appropriate modifications, research and use materials and teaching strategies, create lesson plan ideas, and other topics related to enhancing music instruction to meet the individual needs of their students.

Laura DornbergerLaura Dornberger has been a lecturer and student teacher supervisor at the State University of New York at Fredonia since 2002 where she has taught undergraduate courses in elementary general music methods, child development, philosophy of music education, assessment, and a course for non-music majors. She has also designed and taught graduate seminars in classroom management, teaching music to the special learner, assessment, and teaching improvisation and composition to children. Ms. Dornberger taught PK-12th grade general/vocal music and directed a children's choir for 10 years prior to coming to Fredonia and has been a private voice and piano teacher for over 20 years. She has given workshops in Ireland on incorporating music in the general classroom and continues to work with Irish elementary students and teachers. Ms. Dornberger serves as a scorer for the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations. She has presented at several conferences and universities on effective interviewing techniques for new music teachers.

Instructor: Laura Dornberger
Course: MUED 618
Date: July 17–21, 2017

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All course offerings subject to change/cancellation.

July 22 – 23: Uke It Up in the Classroom!

This two-day, weekend workshop will provide participants with the knowledge and experience to integrate ukulele into their music classroom and their community. Participants will build their own skills with ukulele and will explore strategies to support students to use the ukulele for performance, expression, and creativity. Enroll for graduate credit or CEUs. All courses are subject to change.

Laura DornbergerJill Reese is Assistant Professor of Music Education at The State University of New York at Fredonia. She presents and publishes research on topics including technology, improvisation, early childhood music development, professional development communities, and ukulele. She earned a degrees in Music Education from Temple University (Ph.D.), University of Michigan (M.M), and Michigan State University (B.M.). She taught vocal/general music in the public schools of Michigan, and early childhood music in Michigan and Pennsylvania. She is the founder of Fredonia Ukulele--a multi-generational group in which over 300 people have participated since its inception in March 2015.

Instructor: Dr. Jill Reese
Date: July 22–23, 2017

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All course offerings subject to change/cancellation.

July 28 – 29: Cultural Diversity in Music Education: Issues and Pedagogies

Participants will acquire the knowledge, materials, and pedagogies to create authentic and enjoyable multicultural music lessons for students at all levels in both general music and ensemble settings. Using Chinese classical music as a model, participants shall gain insights to questions of music authenticity in curriculum and obtain accessible and attainable materials and skills they can use in their own classes. Enroll for graduate credit or CEUs.

Please add a description of this image.Dr. Wenzhuo Zhang earned her Master’s in Music Education from the State University of New York-Fredonia, and a Doctorate in Music Education from Boston University. In addition to her numerous publications in China, Dr. Zhang has been invited to present at national and world conferences of the National Association of Music Education, the College Music Society, the American Music Instrument Society, the International Society for Music Education, and the Asian Study Association. Her research interests include cultural diversity in music education, Chinese music and education, and Buddhism’s influence on Chinese classical music.

A native Chinese, she studied the Yang Qin (Chinese Hammered Dulcimer) starting at the age of five. She was award Bachelor’s in Yang Qin Performance from the National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts. She has been awarded the Gold Medal in Beijing-National Youth Arts Professional Competition, the Silver Medal in the second New Orient-National Yang Qin Competition, and first place in the International Hammered-Dulcimer Championship in the United States.

Instructor: Dr. Wenzhuo Zhang
Date: July 28–29, 2017

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All course offerings subject to change/cancellation.

July 30 – August 4: The Art of Improvisation

This 5-day workshop is an exploration of free-improvisation, one of the NY State Standards, in an environment that is energetic, humorous and open-minded. David Rudge and the staff of Music for People will help you move beyond the inhibitions of musical training while playing at the peak of your technical and expressive ability in your preferred musical style. The Workshop is for musicians, vocal or instrumental, experienced in any musical tradition--classical, jazz, theatre, rock, ethnic, etc.  Prior experience in improvisation is not necessary. Please check the Music for People website for more information. 

Laura DornbergerDavid Rudge, Director of Orchestras and Opera at the State University of New York at Fredonia, and Music Director of the Orchard Park Symphony, has conducted orchestras on five continents to rave reviews. At SUNY-Fredonia he also teaches Free Improvisation, and is the Founder of the Improv. Collective, a unique performing ensemble dedicated to free improvisation for self-expression. He is a member of the teaching staff and Board of Directors of Music for People, an organization that advocates and promotes freely improvised music.

Instructor: Dr. David Rudge & Mary Knysh
Date: July 30-August 4, 2017

Register for the workshop here(through Music for People)

Register for CTLE (CEU) credit here (through Music for People)

Graduate credit (3 credits) is also available.  Please contact Extended Learning, or call (716) 673-3177 for details.

All course offerings subject to change/cancellation.

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