Summer Graduate Music Workshops

Successful Leadership in Contemporary Music Education

MUED 70500-01 

Location: Whalen Center for Music, room 1207
Monday, June 26th to Friday, June 30th

Title:   Contemporary Music Education: Excelling and Leading in Changing Times.

Faculty:   Keith Kaiser, Prof. of Music Education, plus numerous regional and national guest presenters

Are you looking for insights that will lead you to increased success in today’s educational landscape? Are you needing an opportunity to refresh. reengage, and find inspiration? Join other K-12 music educators and numerous regional and national clinicians to explore topics including working in increasingly complex environments, maintaining your enthusiasm and focus through personal and professional vision, incorporating the new National Standards for Music Education, managing conflict, affecting change, avoiding burn-out, regaining the “joy” of music, working with challenging colleagues, parents, & supervisors, navigating new pressures related to student assessment, teacher evaluation, & externally mandated curricula, finding inspiration and more. This workshop is led by Dr. Keith Kaiser who has many years of public school teaching experience and who, during his eighteen years at Ithaca College, has served as Chair of the Music Education Department for twelve years and Associate Dean for three years. Guest clinicians will include Karl Paulnack (Dean, Ithaca College, School of Music), Michael Kumer (Boards Made to Order), Robert Duke (Marlene and Morton Meyerson Centennial Professor and Head of Music and Human Learning at The University of Texas at Austin), Ellen Peterson (LCSW--Life Coach and Personal Growth Program), Debbie Rifkin (Chair of Faculty-School of Music and Theory Professor), Fred Weingarten (NYSSMA Curriculum Committee and formerly Director of Music and Visual Arts in the Rush-Henrietta School District), Christy Agnese (Internal and External Operations – School of Music), (David Brown (ICSD Chief Administration Officer and formerly Director of Fine and Performing Arts), Art Carichner (faculty IC, MUED, and formerly, Music Department Chairperson, Horseheads School District), and Michael Allen (ICSD Instrumental Music and formerly Department Chair for Music in the Ithaca City School District).

Comments from Past Participants:

“This workshop was the most thought-provoking, inspirational, and life-changing experience of my professional career.”  

“There are no words to express how grateful I am for this opportunity.”

“If you are burned out, discouraged, or desire to see change in your school community, this is a workshop you will want to take!”

“It should be called ‘Better Understanding Yourself, Music, and The World and then, Changing It!….I am much more knowledgeable and passionate about the ‘big picture' when it comes to music education.”

"This workshop was incredibly thought provoking. At times, I just had to sit and get lost in my mind and was not able to share my thoughts because they took so long to develop. I have a different outlook on how I approach my job now. The workshop presenters were incredibly diverse and brought many different outlooks on leadership to the table. "

“Very helpful and Fantastically Inspiring!”

“This has changed my entire perspective on teaching, and I will never forget this week!”

"Life changing and inspirational. This course and it's professor should be a requirement for all MM students. Multiple presenters were brought in and many topics were covered that are frankly rare in graduate classrooms across the country. This professor has been nothing but supportive and insightful in and outside of class…. The addition of the materials binder was above and beyond the call of duty and I appreciate having the class materials in my possession right from day one. Thank you for shaping my outlook on music education this summer."

“I would highly recommend this workshop to any education (music or other) who cares deeply about the Future of Education.”

"I had heard that this workshop was a great course, and it far exceeded every expectation I had. Dr. Kaiser created an environment where I regained a lot of inspiration for my career and my life, and all of the discussions, presenters, and assignments were fulfilling and informative.”