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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 2022-23 workshops have also been sponsored by the Kodaly Educators of Iowa.

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

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SEPT. 17, 2022

Alicia Brown

Diverse Children’s Literature for the Music Classroom

Alicia Brown began her teaching career in Northeast
Iowa and currently teaches PK-6th grade Spanish and English bilingual music for Chicago Public Schools. Ms. Brown received her Master of Arts in Music Education with a concentration in Kodály and completed Level I-III training in Orff-Schulwerk at the University of St. Thomas. She has presented around the country on topics such as Spanish-language folksong repertoire, composition and improvisation, and bilingual/ESL teaching strategies.

Ms. Brown is passionate about creating inclusive classroom spaces that honor students and their unique strengths.

Workshop Times:

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. 21, 2023

Tanya LeJuene & Carrie Nicholas

Work Smarter, Not Harder: Bridging Musical Concepts Through Song Literature


After a few challenging years, many teachers may feel they are playing catch-up with their students. Double duty songs are an efficient way to work smarter and not harder as students are able to prepare, present, and practice multiple concepts with the same song. In this session, participants will experience a wide variety of song literature and leave with a multitude of ideas for utilizing these songs to promote musical literacy and fluency. We’ll also discuss how songs, games, and activities can be enhanced through the use of technology.

Carrie Nicholas and Tanya LeJeune are both elementary general music teachers in the Jefferson County School District of Colorado. Carrie is currently in her 22nd year of teaching and Tanya is in her 26th. Both have received Kodály certification and Master’s Degrees from the Colorado Kodály Institute at Colorado State University, where they have also both served on the summer faculty. Tanya and Carrie are active presenters, having shared workshops and sessions for school districts, universities, state and national music education conferences, and Kodály and Orff chapters throughout the United States. Carrie and Tanya co-host the popular general music education podcast Music Teacher Coffee Talk.


Please email mike.eckerty@simpson.edu with any questions and specific registration details.


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

Paul Cribari

John Feierabend

Lillie Feierabend

Dr. Leigh Ann Garner

Virginia Giglio

Helen Kemp

Sandy Knudson

Kathy Kuddes

Cynthia Lilley

Sanna Longden

Ellen McCullough-Brabson

Linda McEachran

Andrew McMahan

Aileen Miracle

Joy Nelson

Sarah Richardson

Martha Riley

Teresa Schroepfer

Julie Scott

Wendy Sims

Robyn Swanson

Jill Trinka

Marilyn Wood

Sister Lorna Zemke