Georgia State University is pleased to continue our FREE Music Education Seminar series with the following Thursday evening sessions.
Please click “register” for each of the virtual sessions you wish to attend!
Thursday, September 30 (6:00 PM, via Zoom)
Presenter: Markus Detterbeck
“Songs, Activities & Games in Music Teaching: Creative and Logical Structure”
How can we gradually develop and reinforce our pupils’ musical abilities? How can we integrate the principles of a structured musical education into our teaching in a way that is both sensible and enjoyable? With the aid of materials that have proved their worth in practice, discover how music teaching can apply new ideas and be oriented towards practice: a logical sequence of learning steps leads to the development and reinforcement of your pupils’ musical abilities. The models presented will range from stimulating start-ups through rhythm games to cognitive contents (portraits of composers, the study of instruments…), but in every case have been developed from actual practice. During this workshop you will gain insight into, 1) stimulating start-ups and rhythm games, 2) materials and tips for vocal and instrumental music-making in class groups, 3) a variety of innovative suggestions for your teaching that will give you and your pupils new and systematic access to music, 4) tips and suggestions as to how you can profitably integrate the new media into your teaching, and 5) tips on methods you can use in your teaching.
Dr. Markus Detterbeck trained at the Academy in Würzburg as a music teacher in grammar schools; he studied the conducting with Professor Jörg Straube. Even as an undergraduate student, he was in charge of numerous choirs and was frequently invited to lead workshops and continuing education events. In 1999 he was awarded a grant by the German board for International Academic Exchanges to enter the PhD program at the University of Natal in Durban (South Africa). While in South Africa, he taught at a number of schools and as lecturer in choral conducting in the music department of the University of Natal. He has since been a music teacher at the Old Electoral Grammar School in Bensheim, where he was entrusted with leading the Choral teaching and the youth choir. As a freelancing artist, he is now in great demand as an expert speaker and guest conductor in many European countries and worldwide (including Belgium, Denmark, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Poland, Slovenia, Argentina, Mexico). He is winner of multiple awards (for example at the German Choir Competition) and has made numerous contributions to various specialist publications. His main research interests focus on the field of preparatory choir training.
Thursday, October 14 (6:00 PM, via Zoom)
Presenter: Brandi Waller-Pace and Christopher Mena
“Intro to Decolonizing and Antiracist Approaches in the Music Classroom”
Direct conversations surrounding the marginalization of Black, Brown, Indigenous, and Asian experiences, practices, and traditions hold an important place in music education training. In this workshop, attendees will learn vocabulary foundational to Decolonizing the Music Room’s decolonizing and antiracist approaches as well as explore identity and positionality as it relates to teaching practice.
Brandi Waller-Pace is the Founder and Executive Director of Decolonizing the Music Room. She taught elementary music for ten years in Fort Worth, Texas where she served as a mentor teacher, wrote lower elementary music curriculum, and was awarded the 2018 Bayard Friedman Chair for Teaching Excellence in Performance Arts. Brandi holds a B.M. and M.M. in Jazz Studies from Howard University and is pursuing a PhD in Music Education at the University of North Texas. She is fully certified in Orff Schulwerk and has completed Kodály level and Music Learning Theory levels I and II. An educational equity advocate, she has been a member of the Fort Worth ISD racial equity committee since 2018 and in 2019 completed a Campus Voices Fellowship with Leadership ISD, focusing on achieving equity in the public school system. Brandi is an active musician and performs various styles, most often jazz and early American Roots music. She presents on topics such as decolonizing and anti racist philosophies in music education, the Black history of early American music, and incorporating jazz into the elementary classroom.
Christopher Mena is a presenter and content co-creator for Decolonizing the Music Room. He is currently a PhD candidate in Music Education at the University of Washington, Seattle and an orchestra/guitar teacher in Seattle. His dissertation research is focused on cultural straddling and the historical impact of education policy on Mexican American access to music education. Mr. Mena has also published widely in various journals and volumes as well as engaged in international work in music education. His most recent project being a four year summer residency to assist in developing a teaching artist program in the country of Myanmar. In addition to his scholarly work, he has worked as a consultant for various arts organizations and school districts.
Thursday, November 4 (6:00 PM, via Zoom)
Presenter: Psyche Loui
“Why Does Music Move Us?”
Music can draw out strong emotions, tune large crowds, and inspire acts of creativity. In this session, we will explore recent research in the psychology and neuroscience of music that investigates why we have evolved to have music in our lives, and how we can use music to optimize the structure and function of our brain networks.
Psyche Loui is the Associate Professor of Creativity and Creative Practice in the Department of Music at Northeastern University. She graduated from University of California, Berkeley with her PhD in Psychology, and attended Duke University as an undergraduate with degrees in Psychology and Music. In the MIND (Music, Imaging, and Neural Dynamics) lab, Dr. Loui studies the neuroscience of music perception and cognition, tackling questions such as: What gives people the chills when they are moved by a piece of music? How does connectivity in the brain enable or disrupt music perception? Can music be used to help those with neurological and psychiatric disorders? Dr. Loui’s work has received multiple grants from the Grammy foundation, a young investigator award from the Positive Neuroscience Institute, and a Career award from the National Science Foundation, and has been featured by the Associated Press, New York Times, Boston Globe, BBC, CNN, the Scientist magazine, and other news outlets.
Thursday, November 18 (6:00 PM, via Zoom)
Presenter: Matthias Philipzen
“Talk, Move, & Play — Drumming as Music Education”
This workshop will be focused on how percussion can used for both learning and teaching in music classrooms of all types. The workshop will follow several steps: 1) learning of a simple rhythm language based on vocalized syllables, 2) transfer of the rhythm language through movement and body percussion, 3) adaptation of the elements of body percussion to instruments like Cajons, Guiros, Maracas, Cowbells, Shakers, and Claves, 4) guidance for creating simple percussion ensembles of two and three parts, and 5) using authentic rhythms to accompany (play along with) genres such as pop, hip-hop, Latin, and jazz.
Matthias Philipzen is a Drummer/Percussionist, and Lecturer at the Conservatory of Music Würzburg. Matthias is widely known as a master artist on the Cajon. He is the author of numerous instructional books centered on percussion, including many focused on the use of percussion in general music classrooms. Matthias has recorded numerous albums, has performed around the world, and has authored several instructional videos for teachers. Matthias was a residency artist for Georgia State University in Spring 2019 where he led a variety of workshops around Atlanta, including at Drew Charter School and at The Children’s School.
Save the Dates! Spring 2022 Seminars
Thursdays at 6 PM, via Zoom
February 17 – Julia Shaw
March 10 – Derrick Fox
March 31 – Tiffany English
April 21 – Marjorie LoPresti
INTERESTED IN OUR GRADUATE PROGRAMS?
Please click below for information about our Masters, EdD, and PhD programs in music education,
including the possibility of assistantships (tuition remission and stipends).
Masters in Music Education
Deadline: June 1, 2022 for Fall 2022 enrollment
EdD in Curriculum & Instruction (Music Education)
Deadline: January 14, 2022 for Summer 2022 enrollment
PhD in Teaching & Learning (Music Education)
Deadline: March 1, 2022 for Fall 2022 enrollment