Simpson to Host Workshop for Elementary Music Teachers

Thirty elementary music teachers from across Iowa are expected to attend the Simpson Music Education Workshop Series this Saturday.

Now in its 17th season, the workshop series is held at the beginning of each semester and is designed to provide creative ideas and techniques for the teachers to take back to their classrooms.

The guest speaker this Saturday will be Jay Broeker, who is known for his enthusiastic presentations. He will provide experiences with movement, singing and work with musical instruments that are normally used in the elementary music classroom.

Broeker is on the faculty of The Blake School in Hopkins, Minn., where he teaches general music in grades K-12. He also teaches music education methods courses at the University of St. Thomas and serves as a music education consultant for Minnesota’s Perpich Center for Arts Education. He is a frequent clinician for national and state music education workshops.

Simpson College music education students also will participate.

“Our presenters appear frequently around the country, beyond its borders, and are considered to be some of the very best in the field of music education,” said Dr. Michael Patterson, professor of music education and the the workshop series coordinator.

“Their appearance at Simpson every semester provides faculty and students alike with the latest trends, ideas and techniques in the field of music education. Elementary music teachers who have attended recognize its importance and  sing its praise.”

The workshop begins at 9 a.m. Saturday and continues until 3 p.m.