Summer Workshops

Summer workshops provide an affordable, convenient way for you to learn more about a specific area of interest and earn continuing education credits. Degree requirements can be met with academic credit from these workshops.

Scholarship assistance is available: New Directions Summer Scholars Program

2017 Summer Workshops

MUS 891 sec. 302 [3 credits]
Music Learning Theory Professional Development Workshop: Level I: Early Childhood Music
June 18 and 25, Su, 1:00-9:00 p.m.
June 19-24, M,T,W,Th,F,Sa
June 26, M, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. June 27, T, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Martin Luther Chapel, 444 Abbott Road, East Lansing
Jennifer Bailey, music educator, Farmington Public Schools; Cynthia Taggart, professor of music education, MSU
This workshop focuses on how young children learn music and what this means for teaching. 

To receive credit, you must register through both MSU (for MSU credit) and the Gordon Institute for Music Learning (GIML). For more information, contact Cynthia Taggart at

MUS 891 sec. 303 [1-2 credits]
Choral Music Experience Institute
June 19-23, M,T,W,Th,F, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
MSU Community Music School, 4930 S. Hagadorn Road, East Lansing
Sandra Snow, professor of choral conducting and music education, MSU; Lee R. Kesselman, professor and director of choral activities, College of DuPage. The CME annual course will include opportunities for conducting study, master classes, score study, principles of vocal development, and rehearsal strategies. The in-residence choir will be the MSU Children’s and Youth Choirs, prepared by Director Kyle Zeuch. Students may register for either MSU credit or CME certification for professional development credit, Levels 1-3. Registration information and options can be viewed at the Choral Music Experience Institute website.

MUS 891 sec. 304 [2 credits]
Jazz Pedagogy
June 20-22, T,W,Th, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
103 Music Practice Building
MSU Jazz Studies faculty*: Rodney Whitaker, professor of jazz studies
Etienne Charles, associate professor of jazz trumpet
Xavier Davis, associate professor of jazz piano
Michael Dease, assistant professor of jazz trombone
Randy Gelispie, instructor of jazz drums
Randy Napoleon, assistant professor of jazz guitar
Diego Rivera, associate professor of jazz studies, saxophone and improvisation
Exploring four important aspects of jazz pedagogy; improvisation, big band techniques, instrument technique and jazz combos--while examining jazz in blues based traditions. Class is held in conjunction with the MSU Big Band Symposium. 
* Faculty members listed above will teach the technique class for their instrument. 

MUS 891 sec. 305 [1 credit]
Successful Work with Middle School and High School Tenors and Basses
July 15-16, Sa,Su, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
103 Music Practice Building Trey Jacobs, director of choral studies, Nashville Scool of the Arts, and Erich Wangeman, vocal music director, Traverse City WestHigh School
This session will address vocal technique, vocal warm ups, repertoire, social-emotional issues, and building community. A group of middle and high school tenors and basses will help demonstrate the vocal techniques and warm ups that will be presented.

MUS 891 sec. 306 [1-2 credits]
Vocal Music Educators Workshop
Aug. 2-4, W,Th,F, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Class meets at the Radisson Hotel, Lansing
This workshop, held in conjunction with the Michigan School Vocal Music Association and the Michigan Music Educators Association, is designed for vocal music teachers at the elementary through high school levels wishing to improve their conducting skills and rehearsal techniques and their knowledge of appropriate repertoire. Prior to attending, please contact the Graduate Office at for course expectations and assignments.
To receive credit you must register through both MSU (for MSU credit) and with MSVMA or MMEA )for conference fees and participation). For more information, contact MSVMA at or MMEA at www.