This interactive week will engage instrumental, choral and general music teachers in sharing their approaches to a full spectrum of relevant topics. You’ll learn new approaches to the teaching of movement, rhythm notation, tonal notation, intonation, music listening, musical sensitivity, and creative music-making, as well as research-based teaching and assessment strategies in these areas. Sharing lesson plans and curricular outlines with other teachers in this course will be encouraged throughout.

Instructor: Dr. Colleen Conway


Dr. Colleen Conway is professor of music education at the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance. She holds bachelor's and master's degrees in horn performance and music education from the Eastman School of Music, and a doctorate in music education from Teachers College at Columbia University in New York. Dr. Conway's scholarly interests include instrumental music education, preservice music teacher education, qualitative research, professional development for the in-service music teacher, and the mentoring and induction of beginning music teachers. She has presented at national and international conferences (including NAfME, The Midwest Clinic, AERA and ISME) and has published more than 90 articles on these topics in all of the major music education journals.

Dr. Conway is currently editor-in-chief of Arts Education Policy Review and on the senior editorial board at Oxford University Press. Books in print include Great Beginning for Music Teachers: A Guide to Mentoring and Induction (2003, Rowman & Littlefield); Handbook for the Beginning Music Teacher (2006, GIA); Teaching Music in Higher Education (2009, Oxford); Handbook for the Music Mentor (2010, GIA); Handbook of Qualitative Research in American Music Education (2014, Oxford); and Curriculum and Assessment in Music Education (2015, GIA). The Oxford Handbook on Preservice Music Teacher Education in the United States will be released in January of 2019. In addition to teaching and writing, Dr. Conway plays horn in the Adrian Symphony Orchestra.

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