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On-line registration is now available for Drake University's Comprehensive Musicianship Project (CMP) course, which will be offered June 24-27.  CMP brings K-12 band, chorus, orchestra, and general music teachers together for a four-day workshop that consists of demonstration rehearsals and classes, presentations, and small group discussion, as well as substantial time devoted by each participant to the formulation of a teaching plan usable in the coming school year.


CMP is a planning process, not a curriculum.  The CMP model (music selection, analysis, outcomes, strategies, assessment) aligns perfectly with the Iowa Core, which schools throughout the state are mandated to implement.  Our CMP team can guide you with concrete ways of thinking and planning that insure inclusion of the Iowa Core concepts in your music classes and performing ensembles.

Read more: Summer 2014 Comprehensive Musicianship Project at Drake

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The 2014 NAfME All-National Honor Ensembles the applications are open, the application deadline is May 16, 2014.  This year the process will again be completed through Acceptd.com.  The applications are set up so that students can complete the application, pay the fee, and upload audition materials on their own.  Once the application is complete, the student’s director will receive an e-mail through the Acceptd requesting an endorsement of the student’s application.  One of the benefits of using Acceptd is the ability for students to complete a profile and upload media that may also be used for them to apply directly to college and university music programs.  This online platform also allows reviewers and the selection committee to complete the selection process virtually.

To see the new topic, follow this link: http://execrecital.nafme.org/topic849-2014-allnational-honor-ensembles.aspx

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Broader Minded - the hugely successful advocacy campaign from the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) - is continuing to pick up steam across the country.

Following closely on the heels of significant national, regional, and local media coverage, the initiative's argument about "music for music's sake" is now about to make a measurable impression on Capitol Hill as well.

Read more: NAfME Broader Minded Campaign

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Dear Iowa Music Educator,

As a music teacher for more than twenty-years, teaching exclusively students with severe behavior disorders, I can certainly relate to the challenges you face in your classroom with students who have disruptive behaviors. I would like to know what you are faced with on a regular basis because there is such little research in our field concerning behavior challenges in music education—it is really important to document what the actual data is from current music teachers.

Read more: Music Educator Survey Assistance Request

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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! License renewal credit through Grant Wood AEA is also available.

Courses to be offered:

Session 1: Bel Canto Solfeggio I, II and III | June 23-24

Develop beautiful tone and precise intonation with handsign/solfeggio skills in major and minor modes, learn a proven approach for teaching solid rhythm and meter skills, discover warm-ups, patterns, readers, rounds, songs, and “choralises” that you take home to inspire your singers. Master aural, visual, and kinesthetic processes that help your singers learn to read music with confidence and enthusiasm. You may take this proficiency course three times for graduate or AEA credit.

Session 2: Choral Practicum I, II and III | June 25-26

Open to students and teachers who have completed “Bel Canto Solfeggio” or any other Armstrong Music Literacy course. Learn how to integrate handsign/solfeggio in actual rehearsal mode! John will rehearse the class as a choir, taking selected works from first read-through to concert-level performance. We will practice the Bel Canto process while incorporating each step along the music literacy continuum. You will experience the complete learning cycle from start to finish.

An introduction to our composer: John Armstrong has degrees from the Crane School of Music and Ithaca College. He was choral director at West Genesee High School, Oswego High School and LeMoyne College, and is the former conductor of Elmira Choral Society and the Syracuse Vocal Ensemble. John has worked extensively with music teachers and choral directors to raise music literacy standards at all levels throughout the Northeast and Midwest. He frequently appears as a guest conductor for all-county, area all-state and festival choirs, and is active as clinician, author and composer for choral seminars, workshops, and graduate courses. Mr. Armstrong runs an online “Solfeggio Support Group,” which includes more than 200 music educators who are dedicated to developing successful music literacy programs for singers in their classes and choirs.

More than music literacy: After 35 years of teaching, John has perfected unique and appealing ways for singers of all ages to HAVE FUN while they learn. We use intrinsic motivators to transform a students’ love for singing into a love for learning.

John Armstrong’s approach will help you:

– Create excitement in class and rehearsal– Establish focus and eye contact with each student– Make learning to sing the point of each session– Maintain discipline with quiet in the room– Develop independent singers who think, count and move!

To register: Visit us online at: www.mtmercy.edu/academy

Questions? Contact Mount Mercy’s Director of Music Activities Dr. Gerald Kreitzer | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  | 319-363-8213 ext. 1226

For complete details and hotel information:

go to www.mtmercy.edu/academy

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