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Electives in music education and other selected courses may be taken by nondegree students on a space available basis. Please contact the chair of graduate studies in music, Les Black, for more information (lblack@ithaca.edu).

Assessment and Evaluation Practices in Music:  This course focuses on the development of assessment techniques, including recent development and case studies. Susan Avery, 1.0 credits

Culturally Affirming Approaches in the General Music Classroom:  Participants will learn how to affirm all students in the general music classroom through a variety of activities and culturally relevant materials and pedagogy.
Baruch Whitehead, 1.0 credits

Topics for the General Music Classroom:  An investigation of principles and procedures for developing a general music program, including the study and evaluation of materials appropriate for teaching elementary and middle school general music classes. Included is the examination of approaches to general music pedagogy, instructional materials, and research related to teaching music in a classroom setting.  Beatrice Olesko, 2.0 credits

Teaching Music through Online Digital Audio Workstations:  This course examines contemporary music production and explores ways to teach musical concepts remotely or in-person through sequencing, recording, etc. Matthew Clauhs, 2.0 credits

Empowering Students through Choral Music:  This class will help participants learn how to plan engaging programs of diverse repertoire.  The workshop will include the following topics: conducting gesture that empowers singers to sing with more ease and more expressive tone, rehearsal techniques that are effective and empowering, repertoire that is empowering, and building skills of singing in an ensemble when teaching online.  Participants will receive instruction in score study that leads to better rehearsals, how score study informs the conducting gesture, and rehearsal techniques that improve vocal health, musicianship, and artistry.  We will  explore diverse repertoire for a variety of voicings. We will also explore ways to continue to keep the momentum of ensembles going during times when we cannot meet together. We will explore ideas of supporting student progress in ensembles in online formats. Janet Galvan, 2.0 credits

Advanced Instrumental Techniques, Virtual Instruments:  Virtual instruments are software-based tools that allow users to perform and record music without acoustic instruments. These are an ideal choice for collaborative asynchronous (not at the same time) projects in varied locations. Virtual instruments have fewer problems with latency and provide instant access to a library of sounds and musical instruments. This class examines how virtual instruments can be a meaningful component of in-person or remote school music programs through hands-on activities with free cloud-based technologies. Strong emphasis is placed on playing as well as teaching these instruments. Matthew Clauhs, 1.0 credits