Workshops in Music Education

The Simpson College Music Department provides unique experiences for Simpson College music students with the presentation of one Music Education Workshop every semester, each led by successful music educators from across the country.

These Workshops are interactive opportunities to learn about different methods, philosophies, and ideas of teaching in the field of music, and helps equip our students with many different ideas and skills to become fantastic and versatile music educators.

Teachers and graduate students from the community are also invited to attend, and should register using the link listed below.

Announcing the 2014-15
Workshops in Music Education:


September 20, 2014
Sister Lorna
“Jazz Up Your Music Class: Catchy Ideas
for Young and Old”

Presented by Sister Lorna Zemke

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. & 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Lekberg Hall in the Amy Robertson Music Center

Sr. Lorna Zemke, national and international clinician in the field of music education, is currently the Director of Kodaly Programs at Silver Lake College, Manitowoc, WI. Dr. Zemke earned her masters and doctoral degrees in Music Education from the University of Southern California after spending several years collaborating with Katinka Daniel on a Kodaly pilot program in Santa Barbara, CA and studying and collecting source materials on the Kodaly Concept in Hungary.

Sr. Lorna is an experienced teacher at all levels: prenatal, early childhood, elementary, secondary, college, and university. She has taught undergraduate and graduate courses, and presented workshop clinics, demonstrations and lectures throughout the U.S.A. and abroad for many years.

Dr. Zemke developed “Lovenotes: Music for the Unborn,” and “Music for Tots,” which includes children from birth through age 6 and enrolls over 200 children each semester. Sr. Lorna has published several books, numerous articles and most recently an early childhood DVD of musical motivators with GIA Publ., Chicago. Dr. Zemke has received many honors and awards for her professional service, leadership and performance in the field of music education.

January 17, 2015Jill Trinka

“Movement in the Classroom: Singing Games, Play Parties, and Dances”

Presented by Jill Trinka

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. & 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Lekberg Hall in the Amy Robertson Music Center

Jill Trinka, Ph.D., is well known by children, parents, and music educators as “a dynamic, winsome, and energetic teacher and performer.” Her performances bring new life to the musical and cultural treasures of American folk music as she accompanies herself on the dulcimer, autoharp, guitar, and banjo. She has recorded four CDs of folksongs, singing games, and play parties for kids of all ages and has three collaborative recordings with John Feierabend. Her latest publication is a DVD entitled Jill Trinka: The Bass Hall Children’s Concerts (Ft. Worth, TX).

Dr. Trinka holds degrees from the University of Illinois, the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, Hungary, and The University of Texas at Austin. She has held full-time teaching positions in public and private schools and universities in IL, NY, CT, AR, TX, MN, and SC.  She has directed Kodály Institutes at The University of Texas (Round Top), University of North Texas, DePaul University (Chicago), and Portland State University (OR), and has taught at Texas Tech (Lubbock), Holy Names University, Fresno State, and The Hartt School. Dr. Trinka is a Past President of the Organization of American Kodály Educators and received their Outstanding Educator Award in 2003. 

Jill is Associate Professor and Director of Music Education at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, SC.  She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in music education, world music, musicianship, and elementary music methods.  She is an active performer and teaches workshops for music educators throughout the United States. She is currently working on a CD of traditional Christmas music from the Southeastern United States and Volume 5: Sing a Song of Sixpence.


Pre-registration is required for non-Simpson personnel.
**Special Discount for teachers: attend both workshops and receive a $10 discount.**

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Graduate Student Credit Available

Graduate students who attend both the September and January workshops are eligible to receive one (1) graduate credit.  Simply pay the registration amount ($60) and the Simpson College Business Office will send an invoice directly to you for $150.00 graduate credit tuition.

Past clinicians featured in
Simpson’s Workshops in

Music Education:

Peter & Mary Alice Amidon
Eunice Boardman
Pam Bradford
Angela Broeker
Jay Broeker
Nyssa Brown
Susan Brumfield
Dee Coulter
John Feierabend
Lillie Feierabend
Dr. Leigh Ann Garner
Virginia Giglio
Helen Kemp
Cynthia Lilley
Sanna Longden
Ellen McCullough-Brabson
Linda McEachran
Andrew McMahan
Joy Nelson
Sarah Richardson
Martha Riley
Julie Scott
Wendy Sims
Robyn Swanson
Jill Trinka
Marilyn Wood
Sister Lorna Zemke