6815 Middle School Classroom & Choral Music
This course will focus on and emphasize practical approaches to improve students’ attitudes toward music activities in the classroom at this challenging yet exciting age of student maturation! Classroom management strategies will be addressed and discussed, as well as a focus on the challenge of the changing voice. The course will also provide units, lessons, activities and materials which encourage active involvement for students in grades 5 through 8, with attention given to the recently revised NAfME music standards. Singing; improvisation; creating lyrics, melodies and harmonies; music literacy; movement activities to pop and ethnic music; active listening to music in a variety of styles; and music theatre activities will be presented. A one-hour choral reading session will be included each afternoon, providing new choral music from various publishing companies.
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.