Music Summer Institute

Community and professionals

Choose from a variety of workshops in your area of study!

The School of Music, Dance and Theatre is offering classes and workshops for all members of the community and educators. From music aficionados to beginners, there is something for everyone!

Classes and workshops are listed below in date order.

Change Your Mind, Change Your Playing

  • May 17-June 25 and June 30-August 10   Tues and Thur   10:30 a.m.-12 p.m
  • Online
  • Instructor: Joe Burgstaller
  • Workshop: $350

Trumpeter Joe Burgstaller, formerly of Canadian Brass, presents a peak performance course through a mixture of interactive presentations, discussions, performance sessions, assignments and weekly reflections. Sessions begin with a debriefing session (a performance “support group” of sorts), where participants discuss their experiences applying the concepts from the course since the last session. Each session layers in more topics, exercises, experiments and assignments as participants gradually build their own custom peak performance lifestyle. Open to high school students, college students and community members. High school students who are interested in auditioning for the workshop should contact joeburgstaller@asu.edu prior to registering.

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Trans* Voices Class

Explore the use of the voice by learning vocal techniques in a supportive group setting with special attention to the needs and considerations of transgender singers. Students will learn basic voice anatomy, exercises to improve breath support for phonation, increase range for singing, speaking, inflection and intonation, and discover the communicative and expressive abilities of their voices. This course is run in collaboration with the ASU Speech and Hearing Clinic under Prof. Myra Schatzki, CCC-SLP. This workshop is available to the ASU and general community.

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Exploring Children’s Literature for Music Teachers

  • June 7-9   Mon-Wed   9 a.m.-12:30 p.m
  • ASU Sync
  • Instructor: Rob Amchin
  • Workshop: $195
  • CEU hours available

Adapting folk tales and children's books from around the world. Considering children's literature through a social/emotional learning, multicultural, and equity/diversity lenses. Exploring criteria for choosing materials, including classics and award winners. This workshop is offered by the Music Learning and Teaching summer institute.

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Learner Centered Ensembles and Music Classes

  • June 7-11   Mon-Fri   9 a.m.-11:45 a.m
  • ASU Sync
  • Instructor: Evan Tobias
  • Workshop: $195
  • CEU hours available

Explore and practice a wide range of strategies for engaging learners with experiences that support, deepen, and widen their understanding of music and development as 21st century musicians. This includes but is not limited to expanding how we invite student decision making, support student agency, amplify learners' voices and perspectives, address and modify curriculum, assess growth and learning, expand what occurs in the classroom or ensemble or leverage technology, all through the lens of student-centeredness. You will leave with a deeper understanding of how to facilitate learning through student-centered practices, learner decision-making, and a broader repertoire of teaching strategies that can be implemented immediately. This workshop is offered by the Music Learning and Teaching summer institute.

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The Music of Batman from 1966-present

  • June 7-18   Mon-Fri   9 a.m.-10:15 a.m
  • Online
  • Instructor: Christopher Norby
  • Workshop: $250

Study the many different approaches to scoring Batman on screen in this fun and informative course. From Neal Hefty and Nelson Riddle's big band style in the 60's, through Danny Elfman's grand symphonic approach up to Hans Zimmer's electronic and orchestral hybrid scores, the iconic soundtracks for Batman have been exciting, influential and varied.

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String Teachers Toolbox

  • June 14-18   Mon-Fri   9 a.m.-11:45 a.m
  • In-person
  • Instructor: Marg Schmidt
  • Workshop: $195
  • CEU hours available

his workshop is designed for all teachers who work with string players, and for high school and college students interested in string teaching. We will discuss strategies and materials for getting beginning string players off to a successful start, as well as sequences for developing bowing, fingering, and vibrato skills for advancing players at all levels. Whether you are a native string player or a non-string specialist, join the fun and add to your string teaching toolbox! This workshop is offered by the Music Learning and Teaching summer institute.

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Recording, Producing and Cultivating Student Artists

  • June 14-18   Mon-Fri   12:45 p.m.-3:45 p.m
  • In-person
  • Instructor: Richard Maxwell
  • Workshop: $195
  • CEU hours available

This workshop includes how to mic and record live performances effectively, how to produce and work with recordings of live sound, and how to set up classes and programs that involve students in recording and production. This workshop is offered by the Music Learning and Teaching summer institute.

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Kodály Variations

While our typical Kodály Levels are on hiatus, this workshop will offer a series of "variations" on Kodály-inspired teaching. We will explore foundations of Kodály pedagogy, creative music-making, popular music, diverse and inclusive repertoire, and ensemble teaching all in relation to a vision of music education that fosters musical agency and values students' cultural heritages. This workshop is offered by the Music Learning and Teaching summer institute.

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Popular Music and Pedagogies in Band and Orchestra

  • June 21-25   Mon-Fri   12:45 p.m.-3:45 p.m
  • ASU Sync
  • Instructor: Steve Holley
  • Workshop: $195
  • CEU hours available

Explore blending formal and informal ways of learning and teaching popular music into the conventional ensemble. Discussion and demonstration will focus on innovative teaching practices that take into account established approaches to teaching music while also realizing the benefits of emerging pedagogies. Through this, we’ll consider ways we might be able to integrate these approaches into our teaching practice and how these approaches can be used in any ensemble or class setting to nurture a more learner-centered, culturally relevant learning environment. Prior experiences with popular music forms or instruments is not required. This workshop is offered by the Music Learning and Teaching summer institute.

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ASU Popular Music Songwriting, Production and Performance Intensive

  • June 23-25   Wed-Fri   10 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-3 p.m.
  • Online
  • Instructor: Erin Barra-Jean
  • Workshop: $250

A 3-day songwriting, production and performance experience open to all levels, instrumentation and/or musicianship. Each participant will have equal time engaging with each of the idioms: songwriting, production and performance. The first day starts by exploring philosophical concepts, day two moves on to applicable techniques and day three is about finishing and receiving feedback, with additional workshopping sessions. There will be several performance opportunities and chances to collaborate with your classmates along the way. Producers welcome!

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Orff Schulwerk: Creating and Revitalizing the Process

  • June 28-July 2   Mon-Fri   9 a.m.-12 p.m
  • In-person only
  • Instructor: Carla Cose-Giallella
  • Workshop: $195
  • CEU hours available

What does Orff Schulwerk look like, sound like, feel like in our current times? How do we reinvent ourselves and the process for this Zeitgeist? This workshop will be a week of creating and revitalizing the process and pedagogy of Orff Schulwerk for contemporary music classrooms. This workshop is offered by the Music Learning and Teaching summer institute.

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Creating and Composing with Movement

  • June 28-July 2   Mon-Fri   12:45 p.m.-3:45 p.m
  • In-person
  • Instructor: Joshua Block
  • Workshop: $195
  • CEU hours available

Learning should be pleasurable, filled with joy and excitement. In this workshop, we will explore ways to facilitate improvisation and composition using the Orff media of speaking, singing, playing, and dancing. With today’s talk of 21st Century Skills, there is no better way to get children thinking critically, collaborating, communicating, and creating than through movement and music, using the Orff-Schulwerk process. New concepts are learned more deeply and effectively when the students have a chance to play and create with them. Help your students apply what they have learned in music class by accompanying their movements using their voices and other instruments. This workshop is offered by the Music Learning and Teaching summer institute.

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Jump Start: Energizing Music Ensemble Programs

  • July 6-9   Tue-Fri   8:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m
  • In-person
  • Instructor: Scott Glasser
  • Workshop: $195
  • CEU hours available

In this course music educators will learn new ideas to energize their ensemble programs and learn to search for innovative ways to recruit/retain students including individuals who have not traditionally been involved. This course is a thought-provoking week in the exploration of practical and successful innovations for ensemble music educators that will address musical, social, and administrative elements that build a strong organization focused on nurturing student involvement and leadership. Other topics that will be discussed are the creation of non-traditional ensembles and inclusion of special education students. This workshop is offered by the Music Learning and Teaching summer institute.

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Songwriting for Music Educators

  • July 6-9   Tue-Fri   12:45 p.m.-4:15 p.m.
  • In-person and ASU Sync
  • Instructor: Ember Larson
  • Workshop: $195
  • CEU hours available

This course will explore methods of songwriting as a form of healthy musical self-expression for music educators and their students of all ages. Participants will write songs and develop lesson plans that integrate songwriting for their classrooms. This workshop is offered by the Music Learning and Teaching summer institute.

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Building Community in Music Learning and Teaching

This course will explore culture and community in the music classroom. Whether running a P-12 class/ensemble or developing a private studio, teachers play a vital role in building connection between students. Participants will develop activities that foster inclusion and belonging; explore core concepts from theoretical and philosophical perspectives; and work and learn within a community of their own made up of vibrant and innovative music educators. This workshop is offered by the Music Learning and Teaching summer institute.

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