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Professional Development Workshop Series


The PCS Department offers two professional development workshops per year, in September and January. The workshops are designed to provide an opportunity for educators to earn CPE credit, but also as a resource for new ideas and techniques to apply in the music classroom.

These workshops are developed based on the Kodály philosophy, which is an internationally recognized, highly sequential, and experiential method for teaching music developed by Hungarian composer, musicologist, and educator, Zoltán Kodály. At the heart of the philosophy is the belief that music education is a core subject that is the birthright of every child. It is a complete and comprehensive approach to music education that begins in early childhood. Through singing folk songs and music of master composers, children experience the joy of music in a spirit of play. At the same time, they master skills such as musical reading and writing, singing, part-singing, improvisation, and composition.

Past Workshop Instructors Include:
Carol Brown
Lynnel Joy Jenkins
Phyllis King
Kathy Kuddes
Gabriela Montoya-Stier
Joy Nelson
Lamar Robertson
Jill Trinka
Ivy Rawlins Ward
Sister Lorna Zemke

2015-2016 Workshop Series Schedule

Dancing and Curriculum for Upper Grades

Come join us for a fun-filled workshop with the esteemed Lamar Robertson!!  Lamar will include some of his favorite dances from "Chimes od Dunkirk", along with providing teaching procedures and song materials for older elementary students.  Additional topics will include tips on incorporating syncopation, dotted quarter eighth notes/divided eighth notes, and teaching techniques for "fa".

Date: Saturday, October 3rd, 2015
Time: 9am-4pm
Instructors: Lamar Robertson
Credit: 6 CPE Hours
Fee: $50 Early Registration Fee; $60 after September 18th, 2015

Born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, Lamar has taught for many years, grades Kindergarten through the University level, but prefers the elementary grades.  He has degrees from McNeese State University in Music Education and in Administration and a degree from George Peabody College for Teachers, Nashville, Tennessee.  He also has certificates from The American Conservatory in Fontainebleau, France and from the Kodály Musical Training Institute, Wellesley, Massachusetts.

He has experience conducting church choirs, and is the founder and Musical Director (retired) of the Louisiana Choral Foundation.  He has also taught summer Courses and workshops throughout the United States and Taiwan, specializing in the Kodály philosophy of music education.  Lamar is co-author of “An American Methodology”, and “Yearly Plans”, the “My Music Book” series and most recently, “Directions to Literacy.”

He has taken an active part in local, state and national music organizations, having served on the boards of each.

Most recently, Lamar has retired from full-time teaching elementary school.  When not directing a church or community choir, or teaching workshops, you will find him tending his rose bushes or playing with his grandchildren.

Spring 2016 workshop TBD

All Professional Development Workshops are held on campus at the University of Houston Moores School of Music.

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