Armstrong Music Literacy At Mount Mercy College

Mount Mercy University is proud to partner once again with Composer and Conductor John Armstrong to present two Music Literary sessions for teachers as part of Mount Mercy’s Summer Music Academy.

Mount Mercy will offer Bel Canto Solfeggio and Choral Practicum: Teaching Music Literacy. Each session earns one graduate credit (optional) – giving music educators and students the opportunity to earn two credits in four days! Professional Development credit through Mount Mercy University is also available.


Session 1: Bel Canto Solfeggio I, II and III | June 20–21

Session 2: Choral Practicum I, II and III | June 22–23


Questions? Contact Mount Mercy Director of Music Activities Dr. Gerald Kreitzer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." target="_blank">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or319-363-8213 ext. 1226 

IMEA Workshop Weekend May 13 & 14

MEA Workshop Weekend May 13 & 14, 2016.

Planning for Understanding:  Curriculum Development in General Music with Jay Broeker.

Most approaches to elementary general music invite young musicians to speak, move, sing, and play instruments in playful exploration of musical ideas and creative processes.  If thoughtfully sequenced over time, these experiences enable students to develop understanding of the musical dimensions of rhythm, pitch, timbre, texture, form, and other expressive elements.  While efforts to align national and state standards with district curricula are helpful, significant variations in individual school programs leave individual teachers with the considerable responsibility to craft a personalized curriculum fitting their own students and teaching situation.  To this end, this workshop models principles and sequences of experiences that can lead students to develop both essential musical skills and understandings in pitch and rhythm over the course of the general music curriculum.

Inline image 1 Jay Broeker teaches general music at The Blake School in Hopkins, Minnesota.  Jay holds both Kodály and Orff Schulwerk certification, and is a frequent clinician for AOSA, OAKE, NAfME conferences, and state music education organizations. During the summer he is an instructor in music teacher training courses at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, and the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN.  His choral arrangements are published by Santa Barbara and by Boosey & Hawkes.


This workshop is co-sponsored by:


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Please join us at

Grand View University

Rasmussen Building

1200 Grandview Ave.

Des Moines, Iowa 50316

Friday May 13: 5pm – 9pm

Saturday May 14: 8am – 5pm*

*5pm-8pm Saturday evening for only those taking credit.



Prospective Music Majors: Free**

Music Ed Undergraduate Students: $10***

IMEA Members $30

Non-members $40

For an additional fee, one graduate credit is available through Grand View University; one license renewal credit is also available.

Register online and you can pay at the door! Visit

**Prospective music Majors: Just show your valid high school ID card to gain free admission.


***Music education students:: Just show your valid college ID and/or fee card for $10 admission.

World Music Drumming Workshop June 13-17


World Music Drumming – Level 1
For teachers, counselors, community recreation leaders, church musicians, and players who would like to learn the basics of African and Caribbean drumming, singing, and moving. This course is primarily based on the publication, World Music Drumming. Participants will learn how to implement and teach a course or an experience in World Music Drumming. The Level 1 class assumes no prior experience with drumming.

World Music Drumming – Level 2
For those who have taken Level 1 and wish to improve their musical skills and teaching effectiveness. Each day, Level 2 participants work with Sowah Mensah or Kofi Gbolonyo on Ghanaian drumming, singing, movement, Ghanaian flute, adenkum gourds, and gyil (xylophone). Will Schmid or other faculty teach ensembles, songs, recorders, xylophones, from WMD supplementary book/CDs. Josh Ryan concentrates on drum ensembles, leading, and songs in pieces such as gahu from Ghana and rumba from Cuba. Other faculty teach materials from other sources and cultures, movement, and reinforcement for the World Music Drumming curriculum.

Iowa City, IA (Tiffin Elementary)


Register online HERE