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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.

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

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.

The Simpson College Music Education Workshop Series has been substantially funded through the generous gift of Stephen Horvath ‘03, in honor of Michael Patterson and in memory of Maria DiPalma, Former chair of Music at Simpson.  The workshops are also sponsored by the Kodaly Educators of Iowa.

Join us for this year’s
Workshop in Music Education:

SEPT. 23, 2023

Dr. Melissa Strong, Presenter

Movement to Multiple Styles of Music in the General Classroom

Movement is a powerful and authentic way to help students develop their innate musicality. Boldly including multiple genres of music like Pop, Global, Rap, R & B, K Pop, Classical, and Hip Hop helps meet students where they are and also opens their eyes to new experiences, adding to the richness of Music class.

Learn how to create movement opportunities for the students in your classroom that will engage, excite, include, and educate them. Bring comfy shoes, an open mind, and get ready to move! 

Missy Strong has taught general, choral, and instrumental music at the early childhood, elementary, and middle school levels for 25 years. She holds a Master of Music Education degree from Rowan University and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Music Education with a specialty in Early Childhood Development from Rutgers University, New Brunswick. Missy currently teaches elementary general and choral music. She has served as the Senior Research Assistant for Music Together and was the director of children’s music education at Philadelphia’s historic Tenth Presbyterian Church for over a decade. Missy is a FAME Endorsed Teacher Trainer in both First Steps in Music and Conversational Solfege. She is a Founding Member of FAME and the former President of the organization. A frequent music education consultant and clinician, Missy presents conference sessions, professional development workshops, webinars, and courses at the collegiate, international, regional, state, and local levels. She is a published author and editor with articles in both state and national music education journals and books from GIA Publications and Oxford University Press.

Workshop Times (for both workshops)

8:30 AM  Greetings with snacks and coffee

9:00 AM  Workshop Starts

11:00-11:15 Brief Break

11:15-1:00 Second Half of Workshop

Those seeking graduate credit will also need to complete some additional online work.


JAN. 20, 2024

David Row, Presenter

Sing, Play, Think!  Critical Thinking for Everyday Learning

Impress your administrator, improve student learning, and gain confidence when you make critical thinking a priority in your classroom. Whether you are playing instruments, singing, dancing, or reading music you can encourage critical thinking with a few basic teaching strategies. This session will cover tactics like effective questioning, wait time, transfer of knowledge, and think alouds.  You’ll walk away with resources and ideas to integrate strategic thinking into all your lessons.