Making Connections & Transforming Traditional Methods

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Students will examine in depth the major traditional music education methods (e.g. Suzuki, Dalcroze, Orff, Kodály, MLT) as well as more contemporary methods (e.g. Informal learning, Modern Band, El Sistema, Musical Futures) from cultural, philosophical and psychological viewpoints. The aim will be to develop or revise curricula, lessons, and practices in order to be more relevant and applicable to teachers and students alike. Assignments will incorporate both the wealth of knowledge from successful traditional practice as well as contemporary research and innovations. Topics will include the methods listed above as well as culturally responsive teaching, standards-based instruction, understanding Universal Design for Learning, music literacy and performance practice. The topics and assignments will be flexible enough to allow students to explore personal and professional areas of interest in order to have applicable use in practice.

Instructor: Elizabeth Allison

f-57-162-9881172_5ZyGMMlK_page2image5376 Elizabeth Allison is a highly respected educator, musician, professional development provider and facilitator in the areas of pedagogy, music classroom methods, culturally responsive teaching, innovative practice, and faculty learning communities. She has taught PreK-12 music in public and private schools and finds great joy in working with students of all ages. Currently, Allison is Professor of Music Education at Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she teaches Music Education Methods; Music, the Brain and Learning; Multicultural Approaches to Music; and Philosophy of Education. She is the advisor to the Berklee NAfME chapter and a Senior ETUDE Scholar in Diversity and Equity. Allison has received two Berklee Urban Service awards, one for founding the KidsJam program, and one for faculty development work with Berklee CityMusic. She was named Student Activities Advisor of the Year in 2012 and received the Berklee Distinguished Faculty Award in 2019.
Allison has conducted professional development and conference clinics in Europe, Mexico and around the U.S. and has published articles in a variety of journals. As a member of NAfME, “Libby” has served the Massachusetts Music Education Association on the Executive Board in several positions; presented at state, division and national conferences. Her work has been recognized with a Distinguished Service Award and the Excellence in General Music Award. She is also an active member of the Association of Popular Music Education (APME).

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