Developing rhythmic skills in the primary school from simple beat keeping ability beat to more advanced rhythmic work. This session will include: Rhythm games, embodied rhythmic learning, inclusion of classroom percussion, rhythm reading, improvisation and composition skills
In this course you will learn the basics of audio and video editing for use in virtual and hybrid music classroom settings. The focus will be the creation of these projects via software that is free and compatible with PC or Mac. Participants will be able to download materials to create a practice project and can work alongside the course instructor in real time. You will also be introduced to resources geared toward the use of professional grade software.
This session will focus on development of children’s listening and attention skills – both vital to the child’s development in all other areas of the curriculum. This session will include listening games, sound discrimination, active engagement in music listening (listening “for” rather than simply listening “to” music), music and movement ideas as a means to kinaesthetic learning.
What if the children had already covered basic musical skills and reading and writing music in primary school? How can we move on from that point to introduce more advanced musical concepts e.g. part work, harmonic hearing and understanding, scales and modes, links with instrumental work and preparation for more advanced aural skills.
An electronic / downloadable Certificate of Attendance will be sent to all participants emails at the end of the course.
Dr. Troy Robertson (b. 1978) is the Director of Choirs at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas, where he conducts University Singers, Select Women’s Ensemble, Texan Gentlemen, Texan Troubadours, and Chamber Choir. Tarleton's Chamber Choir has toured Japan, China (as part of the Xi'an International Choral Festival), and performed in Carnegie Hall under Dr. Robertson's direction. He is also the conductor of the Cross Timbers Civic Chorale, a community ensemble whose season includes collaboration with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. Past performances of the group include Mozart’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Brahms's Requiem, Poulenc's Gloria, Orff's Carmina Burana, and Bach's Magnificat. An active clinician and adjudicator, Dr. Robertson has served in festivals across the United States. Dr. Robertson is a composer whose works include “In Meeting We Are Blessed,” published by Hinshaw Music Company as part of the André J. Thomas Choral Series and one of J.W. Pepper’s Editor’s Choice selections. His other works are published through Colla Voce Music, Santa Barbara Music, and MusicSpoke. Dr. Robertson is the founder of ChorAmor, a coalition of singers and conductors dedicated to the creation of free resources for choir. These resources may be found at www.Choramor.com. They include free repertoire, guide tracks, rehearsal methods, training videos, and warmup material. Much of the material is focused on distance and hybrid learning.
Before coming to Tarleton, Dr. Robertson was Assistant Professor of Music Education at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York. He served for several years as choral director at East Gaston High School in Mount Holly, North Carolina. While at East Gaston Dr. Robertson served alongside Trip McGill as co-conductor of the Gaston County Choral Ensemble. He also served as associate conductor of the Charlotte Oratorio Singers and Charlotte Chamber Singers. Dr. Robertson holds degrees from Florida State University (Ph.D.), the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (M.M.), and Furman University (B.M.Ed.). He is a lifetime member of ACDA and an active member of NCCO, TMEA, and TCDA. He is married to Dr. Stephanie Robertson, and the two of them make their home in Stephenville, Texas, with their son, Winton.