Each fall, the Fort Wayne Children’s Choir hosts the Choral Music Educator’s Workshop for teachers from Northeast Indiana and Northwest Ohio. This program brings dozens of educators together to learn a variety of music education methods from well-known clinicians. The workshop is held in the Rhinehart Music Center on the campus of Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne and music students are invited to participate, as well.

Guest Clinician

This year’s guest clinician is Pamela Pierson. Mrs. Pierson is the Associate Artistic Director of the Fort Wayne Children’s Choir. Currently, she serves as a Limited Term Lecturer at IPFW, teaching courses in music education. She previously worked at Lakewood Park Christian School, where she held positions as Elementary Principal and Assistant Superintendent. Prior to her work as a school administrator, she taught elementary music in the Fort Wayne Community School district where she was also appointed to a position as the Elementary Music Liaison. She is a past board member of the Indiana Music Educators Association and Area 2 coordinator for the Circle of the State with Song. She frequently presents at educational conferences and workshops. Mrs. Pierson received her Bachelor’s degree from Taylor University- Fort Wayne and completed both her Master’s degree and the Principal Licensure Program at Indiana Wesleyan University. She is also certified in Levels 1 and 2 of Orff-Schulwerk.

I ALREADY DO THAT! Discovering the Ways Music Teaches Comprehension

This workshop will identify the ways in which music instruction contributes to the development of comprehension. Mrs. Pierson will define specific comprehension strategies and provide instructional activities straight from the music classroom that address each of the specific strategies. Activities will include singing games, theory and music listening activities, rhythm games, and ideas for incorporating children’s literature. The evening will also include a “Make It, Take It” element, so educators will leave with items ready for student use the next day. The next time your school administrator asks you to incorporate literacy into your music classroom, you can say, “Let me show you how I already do that!”

Registration: 4:00-4:30 pm

Workshop: 4:30-7:30 pm

Fee: $30 (includes meal & materials), or $10 currently enrolled college student

Location: IPFW Rhinehart Music Center, Room 120

Deadline: Friday, September 29

Reserve your spot now! Email fwcchoir@fwchhoir.org or call (260) 481-0481 with any questions.

Or, register ONLINE.

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