Introductory and Post Certificate Courses

Courses Related to the Certificate  Course Code(s)  Credit
(no pre-requisites required)    
Music Teacher's Professional Development: Repertoire & Strategies          KMI 510a 1
Observation of Vocal Vacation KMI 503 1
Fall Workshop Series KMI 505 1
Musicology KMI 501, KMI 601, KMI 701           3
Introduction to Kodály Music Education: Taste of Kodály KMI TOK 1
Post Certificate Courses (self-explanatory)    
Refresher Boot Camp KMI 807, KMI 808 1
Research for Curriculum Development KMI 553 2
Introductory Course Descriptions
Music Teacher's Professional Development: Repertoire & Strategies
KMI 510a/One Graduate Credit/15 hours
Instructor: Dr. Jill Trinka
Course Description: In this course taught Dr. Jill Trinka, nationally renowned performer, and creator of folk music, poetry, and dance will use ballads, play parties, and art music make history, literature and musical repertoire come alive.
Introduction to Kodàly Music Education: Taste of Kodály
(KMI TOK / One Graduate Credit / 28 Hours)
Instructors: Instructors for Level I Conducting, Solfège, Pedagogy/Materials Analysis, Plenary Session.
Course Description: The "Taste of Kodály" course follows the same schedule as the regular Level I certificate course for the first four days, giving participants the opportunity to experience the beginning stages of Kodály training. Please see the course descriptions above under the regular certificate course. All participants receive Level I materials and books. "Taste of Kodály" participants can elect to continue weeks two and three to complete Level I if they so desire, and roll the tuition charges into the three-week tuition.
Observation of Vocal Vacation Rehearsals and Solfège Music Classes
(KMI 503 / One Graduate Credit / 15 Hours)
Instructor: Joanne Crowell
Course Description: Observe master Kodály faculty teach children ages 8-15, in KMI's acclaimed Vocal Vacation choir camp. Participants will observe choral rehearsals and music classes ("Solfège".) Observations will be followed by consultations with the Vocal Vacation faculty to discuss teaching strategies, choice of music, sequencing, vocal production, in-tune singing, classroom management strategies, pacing, and related educational and musical topics. The course will include 12 hours of observation, 2 hours of faculty discussion, and writing a 1-page reflection paper. Observations and consultations will take place July 8-18, 2014, 9 am-12 noon Exact Times: TBD
Note: Musicology and Tapestry classes will not be offered in 2014.
MUSICOLOGY—Folk Dance in American Culture (KMI 501 / One Graduate Credit / 14 Hours)
Instructor: Susie Petrov
Course Description: This course focuses on both current and historical social folk dance styles as enjoyed by people in the Boston area and around New England. The class will learn the art, discipline and sequential pedagogy of teaching dancing to students in school. Participants will learn a large variety of dances and how dance builds a community of learners. Class members will delve into the history of country dancing and its relation to the social changes that occurred in communities through the Industrial Revolution.
Kodály Tapestry of American Music: Songs and Games
(KMI 502 / Two Graduate Credits / 30 Hours)
Instructors: Brian Michaud and Carol Toth-Forward
Course Description: Broaden your general music and choral repertoire with classroom-tested and proven songs from numerous cultures making up the tapestry of American culture. Included will be music from the Anglo-American, African-American, Chinese American, and Latino cultures. Each song learned by participants will include great teaching tips using the multiple learning entry points of Listening, Singing, Moving, Thinking, and Playing. Great lesson plan templates will be shared which help to give each lesson solid grounding in a curriculum area, incorporating appropriate learning standards, and providing documentation for teacher evaluation and sharing with parents, colleagues, and administrators.
MUSICOLOGY—African American Folk and Art Music (KMI 601 / One Graduate Credit / 15 Hours)
Instructor: Betty Hillmon & guests
Course Description: Participants will study the canon of African American folk music through performers and performance styles, historical context, and musical characteristics of melody, rhythm, and form. Participants will also study African American art music utilizing similar categories to investigate the work of selected African American composers.
A strong emphasis will be placed on discovering pedagogical uses of this music for the classroom (elementary, secondary, tertiary). Assignments will include transcribing folk music to gain a clear understanding of performance style. Research projects will make use of the Spaulding and Firestone Libraries and/or the Smithsonian Global Sound website. Bring your staff notebook and wear comfortable clothing so we can "One, two, three and-a-zing, zing, zing" down the line.
MUSICOLOGY—Hispanic/Latino Folk and Art Music (KMI 701 / One Graduate Credit / 15 Hours)
Instructors: Faith Knowles, Instructor, plus guests
Course Description: Canciones, Juegos y Ideas Pedagogícas para Maestros y Sus Estudiantes: Songs: Games and Pedagogical Ideas for teachers to use with their students. Using song and game materials rooted in Hispanic and Latino Cultures, Faith Knowles, a New Englander, will actively show teachers that they too can learn and teach in the Spanish idiom.
Special attention will be given to music education techniques based in the Kodály philosophy. Supplemental classes will address folk music by native Guadalajara Mexican musician Rosalba Solis' first hand musical and cultural experiences and Zaira Meneses, an NEC graduate from Vera Cruz, Mexico, and art music by young Roosevelt University faculty/composer Dr. Nomi Epstein in a study of ritual and primitivism through the lens of composition. Dr Peter Thompson of Roger Williams University will offer History and Cultural information.
Post Certificate Course Descriptions
Refresher Boot Camp Advanced Solfège (KMI 808 / One Credit / 15 Hours)
Instructor: Gábor Virágh
Course Description: Designed for those who just can't stop studying with Gábor Virágh Boot camp solfège expands beyond regular Level III experiences focusing on chromaticism, harmonic progressions, multiple clefs, music so beautiful it makes you weak in the knees. This option is for those have earned a Kodály Music Teaching Certificate but is open to others who already have very strong solfège sight-singing skills.
Refresher Boot Camp Advanced Conducting (KMI 807 / One Credit / 15 Hours)
Instructor: David Hodgkins
Course Description: Designed for "lifers" those who just can't stop studying with David Hodgkins. Boot camp conducting expands beyond regular Level III experiences focusing on complex meters, score preparation, more complex use of ambidexterity in conducting practices, and memorization of scores.
Famed for his uncanny ability to differentiate instruction, David will take you where you are and elevate you to levels beyond. Many people continue beyond boot camp and join one of David's local choirs such as Coro Allegro.
Post Certificate Research for Curriculum Development (PC 553 / Two Graduate Credits / 30 Hours)
Instructors: Jonathan Rappaport and Susie Petrov
Course Description: This course will be primarily an independent-study project under the supervision of one of KMI's master instructors. Class members will work with the instructor and classmates both in individual and group settings weekly, with the bulk of the work being accomplished independently. The goal of the course is to develop a personal song collection and retrieval system that will enable a teacher to quickly access applicable teaching materials for nearly any element, concept, or skill area.
Post certificate students may design this research and curriculum development course for their own situations and interests. Students are returning year after year to research new music, place it within their retrieval systems, expand one's music materials repository and develop curricula.
Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of Level III and the basic song retrieval system.