Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance (CMP) in the Choral Classroom Spring 2013

Since the appearance of National Standards in Music, teachers have been asking: “How can I teach more comprehensively? How can I demonstrate to administrators and parents, in a language they can understand, a curriculum with clear outcomes that are not only skill-based but include critical and creative thinking, a wide range of knowledge, and a strong affective dimension? And how can I actually teach all this stuff and still get students ready for high quality performances?”

Since its inception in Wisconsin over 35 years ago, Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance (CMP) has been helping teachers choose good repertoire, focus their outcomes, develop a wide variety of strategies that enrich rehearsals, and create meaningful assessments. It is not a curriculum or methodology, but a model for teacher planning that puts students at the center and works for any music teacher, regardless of grade level, background, or school setting. It is both philosophical and practical, and over the last several decades has proven to be transformative for both veteran teachers and novices. This lively, hands-on workshop will include demo rehearsals and a wide variety of engaging strategies, concert ideas, teaching plans, and assessment materials. Participants should bring 3-4 scores of pieces (any level) they are intending to use with their students and a laptop computer (if possible). Intended for all choral teachers, grades 4-12.

Instructors:  Margaret Jenks and Randal Swiggum


Randall_SwiggumMargaret Jenks is the current chair-elect of the Wisconsin CMP Project and Randal Swiggum is a past chair of the project. Both are faculty leaders in the CMP Summer Workshop, now in its 36th year, and also present regularly to teachers around the country. Recent CMP workshops have included teacher inservices in Los Angeles, Lincoln, NE, Penn State University, Illinois IMEA, and New York City. In August, they traveled to Hong Kong to lead their second CMP workshop for teachers from across Southeast Asia. Both Randy and Margaret are also conductors of the Madison Boychoir, where they work with boys ages 7 to 17 in five choirs. Margaret also teaches music at Van Hise Elementary School in Madison and Randy is Artistic Director of the award-winning Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra. Randy and Margaret have guest directed many honor choirs, including both the Central Division (Cincinnati) and North Central Division (Madison) ACDA Honor Men's Choirs, the Pennsylvania ACDA MIddle Level Honors Choir, and the Illinois ACDA Young Men's Honor Choir. They co-conducted the APAC High School Honor Choir in Seoul, Korea. In February 2013 they will lead the New York ACDA Young Men's Honor Choir. Prolific writers, both have authored numerous essays and articles and are contributors to the CMP textbook Shaping Sound Musicians (GIA 2003). As longtime high school and middle school teachers, both Randy and Margaret have watched CMP transform every aspect of their teaching, including finding great repertoire, planning dynamic rehearsals, and providing a strong and thoughtful philosophy.






Course Information

6503 Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance (CMP) in the Choral Classroom

1 graduate credit
Location: VCM Room 100
Tuition: $280
Tuition is due in full with registration


April 6-7
Saturday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

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