Choral Studies and Secondary Choral Studies I, II, III - 2 credits each
In Choral Studies I, II, and III and Secondary Choral Studies I, II, and III, you will study basic score analysis, rehearsal techniques, and sequencing the choral rehearsal. Vocal health and pedagogy are emphasized, including diction, phonation, resonance, posture, and breath. Conducting lab will include the study of: posture and stance, patterns, the anacrusis, attacks, releases, and establishing and maintaining tempo, and additional advanced conducting techniques. If enrolled in Choral Studies I, II, and III, you will study, prepare, and conduct music especially appropriate for children's choirs at the elementary level. Students enrolled in Secondary Choral Studies I, II, and III will apply those principles to music appropriate for middle and high school choirs (students must be enrolled a minimum of 2 consecutive years in Secondary Choral Studies I, II, and III). All students perform in the AKI Choir and Closing Concert, singing choral masterpieces from all periods, arrangements of folk music of various styles, and recent compositions.
Kodály Materials I, II, III - 3 credits each
In Materials I, II, and III, you will collect and learn American and multicultural folk songs, singing games, and dances that support the musical elements and scope and sequence studied Pedagogy I, II, and III. You will learn the historical, cultural, and ethnomusicological principles of folk song analysis and performance. Each year, you will collect and analyze new songs, warm ups, and partwork, culminating as your final thesis project. The final thesis project is an online, Kodály-inspired song index and retrieval database system that organizes your hand-selected materials for the teaching of musical elements (based on the needs of your students). Each year, you will attend an Annual Folk Dance Night, and study accompaniment techniques on folk instruments including Appalachian dulcimer (I), recorder (II), acoustic guitar (II), and ukulele (III). Students will need to bring their own folk instruments, a personal laptop, and should have basic knowledge Sibelius or Finale in order to notate and transcribe folk songs.
Kodály Pedagogy I, II, III - 2 credits each
In Pedagogy I, II, and III, you will develop an understanding of the sequential, child-developmental approach to Kodály-inspired music education. You will be introduced to the philosophy of Zoltán Kodály, and learn how to apply those practices in your teaching and your lesson and curriculum planning. Teachers will learn to scope and sequence musical elements and repertoire and assessments for beginner, intermediate, and advanced musicians (K-5, or MS/HS), developing modifications, differentiation strategies, and engaging activities to meet their students’ needs. The use of American and multicultural folk songs will lead children to musical literacy through in-tune singing, aural discrimination, rhythm skills (via movement), solfa, and beat-function rhythm syllables, forming the foundations of music notation and reading.
Musicianship I, II, III - 2 credits each
Musicianship I, II, and III sequentially develops your personal musicianship through the study of folk and art music in a variety of meters and tonalities, including pentatonic, diatonic, chromatic, and modal melodies. Students will develop their ability to use pedagogical tools such as movable-do solfa, beat-function rhythm syllables, and Curwen hand signs to hone their skills in the areas of: sight singing, ear training, inner hearing, dictation, musical memory, improvisation, music theory, harmonic analysis, composition, transposition, partwork, and singing and playing.