6844 Composing & Creativity in the Elementary Music Classroom

This course will offer a variety of musical activities and lesson plans for children in grades K–6. There will be an emphasis on creativity, improvisation and composition within the constraints of meeting with groups of children for limited time periods. This course will also explore strategies for creative growth through the use of improvisation exercises, developing group and individual songwriting, arranging simple accompaniments, and creating original musical playlets and dances. A variety of songs, dances and games, including opportunities for students to make musical choices and to evaluate their own works, will also be included.

Instructors: Lois Fiftal


Lois Fiftal has a B.M.E. in Music Education from Grove City College and an M.S in Music from Western Connecticut State University. She also has a Certification in Orff Schulwerk from the University of Connecticut. Throughout her career, she has taught classroom and choral music in the Connecticut public schools, specializing in grades K-8, and is also active in children's theater, composing songs and music for elementary and middle school aged students. She has original materials published by the SilverBurdette/Ginn, Alfred, Shawnee Press and Lorenz Publishing companies. In her capacity as a music education consultant, Ms. Fiftal presents graduate courses, workshops, and convention seminars throughout the U.S. in music education. Specific courses include: K-5 classroom music, 6-8 classroom music, choral techniques, music theater, Orff Schulwerk, and techniques in composing and creativity. Ms. Fiftal has participated in the development of the National Standards for music education, and has helped to create and develop successful music curriculums in several school districts in the State of Connecticut. She also is a guest artist in residence for public school districts, and has performed frequently as a guest conductor for elementary and middle school regional and district choral festivals in several states.





Course Information

6844 Composing & Creativity in the Elementary Music Classroom

3 graduate credits
Location: De La Salle Institute Theatre

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Tuition: $900 (includes $75 resource fee)
A $75 deposit is required at time of registration. Tuition balance is due in full by the first day of class.

July 7-11
Monday - Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

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