School of Music, Theatre
and Dance

Varner Hall, Room 207
371 Varner Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4485
(location map)
Academic Office: (248) 370-2030
Box Office: (248) 370-3013
Fax: (248) 370-2041

Professional Development

Join the OU Department of Music for a series of professional development events for music educators on the campus of Oakland University. Most events qualify for State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs.)

Diversifying the Repertoire: Strategies, Tools, and Resources to Create Inclusive Programming
Saturday, February 4 from 12 - 3:30 p.m.
Oakland Center, Gold Room A
Instructors: Courtney Snyder, Shannon Shaker, Arris Golden and Pamela Klena
State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs)
Click here to register for this event.
Clinic Synopsis: As music educators, one of the most important things we are responsible
for is choosing high quality music to share with our students; music that we use to teach
them skills, engage their minds, bring out their musicality, and connect to them in more
personal ways. We have unique opportunities to serve our students by programming music
that celebrates diversity. When we program music by underrepresented composers, we
increase the power of those voices, but this requires thoughtful reflection in order to
ensure that our students are learning from composers with different perspectives and life
experiences; just putting a piece in front of students does not amplify those voices. This
session will present several methods through which to include underrepresented voices in
programming, but also to use that repertoire to engage the students on a deeper level.

Refreshing Our Lesson Plans Together with New Resources, Strategies, and More!
Saturday, February 18 from 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Varner Hall, Room 231
Instructor: Domonique Rose

(SCECHs pending)


Clinic Synopsis: Calling all Elementary Music Teachers! Are you tired of the same songs and lesson plans? Do you need strategies to help with student engagement and differentiating instruction, or do you simply need time with other music teachers that totally get it?

Join us for a workshop in which we will reflect on our students’ needs and refresh and plan engaging student-centered lessons.

Instruments will be provided for this hands-on session. Attendees are encouraged to bring their devices and favorite lesson plan.

Make it Pop! Techniques and Creative Methods for Choir
Saturday, March 11 from 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Oakland Center, Gold Room A
Instructors: Cat Bennett and Alta Boover

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