General Music Fall Workshop

2019 General Music Fall Workshop
October 18-19, 2019
Hope College, Holland MI

Keynote speaker: Jill Reese
Jill Reese is Associate Professor of Music Education at SUNY Fredonia. She presents and publishes on topics including early childhood music, general music, improvisation, technology, and ukulele. Her book “Navigating Music Learning Theory: A Guide for General Music Teachers” is available through GIA. She has Orff-Schulwerk and Music Learning Theory certification and degrees in Music Education from Temple University (Ph.D.), University of Michigan (M.M), and Michigan State University (B.M.). 

Friday Night (heavy appetizers and registration, 5:30-6:30 pm)
Promoting Lifelong Music Enjoyment with Ukulele​ (Friday session from 6:30-9 pm)
Use ukulele to explore and develop musicianship while supporting skills and dispositions necessary for lifelong music learning and enjoyment. ​A participatory opportunity to make music with others and explore basic ukulele chords and technique. Rediscover the joy of making music in a safe environment through ukulele. Explore strategies for promoting flow and community in your classroom. Something for all levels of ability. ​Bring your uke or borrow one.

Navigating the Whole and the Sum of the Parts ​(​opening session from 9-10 am)
Whole-Part-Whole is espoused by many learning theorists and approaches, and can assume multiple interpretations and meanings. Though practitioners are often diligent about the first whole, they often struggle to successfully apply the Part or the Last Whole. Explore ways to apply Whole-Part-Whole within classroom activities to deepen students’ musical development and to strengthen students’ abilities to transfer skills and content.

Excursions Along the Path Less Traveled ​(​middle session from 1-1:50 pm)
Travel beyond the ABCs of MLT with your students. Explore the less familiar skill levels (e.g., Partial Synthesis, Generalization, Composite Synthesis) through classroom activities. Though many of these skill levels and activities are particular to MLT, participants will consider how they might supplement teaching and learning regardless of methodological approach.

Uke and Strum (You Can Strum!) ​(​closing session from 3-4 pm)
When you can play a funky strum pattern on your uke, you’re a one-person rhythm section. Explore strategies to learn and teach strumming from simple rhythms to syncopation in the context of folk, pop, and rock tunes. By the end of the session, we’ll be jamming with the musicians in the rhythm section of the original recordings. Some experience with basic chords on the ukulele is helpful, but not necessary. ​Bring your uke or borrow one.

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SCECHs ARE available for the Fall Workshop.  Be be aware that, due to new MI Dept. of Ed. rules, all clock hour participants must now provide provide their PIC numbers at SCECH events.  Please have this number with you when you arrive at this year’s Fall Workshop.

2018 General Music Fall Workshop

 🎵 We’ve got the moves like Jagger 🎵


Scenes from past fall workshop sessions


Special thanks to JWPepper & Son, Inc and Meyer Music for their generous sponsorships of the 2019 General Music Fall Workshop! 



















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