UD introduces new graduate program in music education

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9:48 a.m., March 7, 2011----The University of Delaware is introducing the Summer Institute for Music Education this June -- a graduate program in music education that students can complete in four summers.

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“The purpose of the Summer Institute is for music educators to earn a master of music with a concentration in teaching or conducting, or for music educators to come to UD and attend professional development workshops taught by well-known clinicians to further their pedagogical competence, supplement their careers and ultimately enhance music education for PK-12 students as a whole,” according to Suzanne Burton, associate professor for music education and director of graduate studies in the Department of Music.

The institute is open to all music education professionals who ordinarily balance teaching and performing during the year.

“The Summer Institute allows teachers to maintain their jobs and earn a degree over four summers,” Burton said. “Moreover, they may take specialized workshops and seminars during the summer when there is less likelihood for conflict with their busy teaching and performance schedules.”

The Summer Institute for Music Education includes degree specializations in choral, general or instrumental music. Courses, seminars and workshops -- ranging from beginning guitar and song writing to music technology, conducting and brushing up on practical skills -- are taught by highly experienced UD faculty and visiting professionals in music education.

The program takes place for six weeks in the summer. This year, the institute will run from June 20 through July 29.

The summer institute is a unique program that Burton said she hopes will draw music educators from the state and surrounding region.

“It extends the Path to ProminenceTM vision for graduate and professional studies in the area of music education,” she said.

Article by Kayla Codina

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