Middle school choir can be daunting even for the most creative teacher. Through the 12 class sessions offered here, you’ll master the following concepts: 
 
Outcomes:
  • Understanding the Adolescent (Musician)
  • Traits and Skills of a Successful Teacher of the Adolescent (Musician)
  • Growth Mindset of Climate Development
  • The Place for Process, Procedure and Policy
  • Literature Selection as the Basis for Success
  • Management for Humans by the Humane
  • The Right to Be Wrong and the Wrongs of Being Right
  • Auditions, Assessments and Placements
  • Growing the Good
  • Communication – It Don’t Mean a Thing if You Ain’t Got That…Way to Talk to Parents, Kids, Colleagues, et al. 
 
Class members will be expected to participate in online interaction and will develop Personal Discovery Artifacts (PDA) that will enrich the class experience and create a supply of various documents useful in the classroom. Chat sessions will be determined once the course has convened. 
image4Gretchen Harrison is in her 30th year of teaching choral music. After teaching in Blue Valley for 15 years, she is now the choir director at Frontier Middle School in the Olathe, KS, school district. The choirs at FTMS routinely earn highest ratings at contests and festivals. Two of her choirs performed at the 2017 KMEA In-Service and Workshop, in Wichita, KS. Harrison has also been part of the artistic staff of Allegro Choirs of Kansas City since 2005. She directs one of the choirs in that program (Vivo) and assists with two additional choirs (Moto and Brio). Harrison earned a bachelor's degree in music education from Wichita State University and a master's degree in music education from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. In addition, she has completed her Level III endorsement in CME (Choral Music Experience). After serving in various district and state-level leadership position, she served as National Chairperson for Junior High and Middle School Repertoire and Standards for the American Choral Directors Association, and is currently the National ACDA Repertoire and Resources Chairperson for Youth Services. She was recognized in 2003, 2009, 2015 and 2016 as “Outstanding Middle Level Choral Educator” for Northeast Kansas Music Educators Association. The Olathe Education Foundation honored her in 2015 with their “Outstanding Educator” designation. Harrison also enjoys serving the profession as a guest presenter and clinician and has served in Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Tennessee, Mississippi, Illinois and North Carolina, and will direct the Georgia All-State 6th Grade choir this year. Harrison is active in ACDA, KCDA, NAfME and KMEA. 

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