Music Education


The Music Education program at Colorado State University is designed for prospective elementary and secondary school music teachers and is a gateway to employment and growth in musical excellence. Upon successful completion of the undergraduate degree, students become licensed to teach elementary, choral, band, and orchestra music to K-12 students.

With a focus on B.M. and M.M. programs, one of the many strengths of CSU’s Music Education area is the personal attention given to each student, paired with ongoing opportunities for all students to have early teaching experiences working directly with school-age students. Additionally, an emphasis on performance and outstanding musicianship is highlighted.

At the secondary level, students receive extensive training in how to design and implement programs centered around Comprehensive Musicianship and Reflective Practice, while at the elementary level, the training incorporates both Kodály and Dalcroze methodologies. The teacher licensure program is nationally accredited by NCATE and includes on-site work in schools and student teaching in elementary and secondary schools. Additionally, students work with children on campus for arts-integrated experiences such as BRAINY (Bringing Arts Integration to Youth), the Middle School Outreach Ensemble, and an innovative teacher training program called Trying-on-Teaching.

Students are extremely active within the Music Education department, and lead their own organization (Collegiate National Association for Music Educators) which focuses on professional development, social mentoring, and community outreach. The CNAfME chapter has received a Chapter of Excellence Award from the Collegiate National Association for Music Educators.

The Music Education faculty works closely with the Teacher Licensure Office in the School of Education to place students in quality music classrooms throughout their degree in practicum placements and during
their student teaching placement. In addition, students receive preparation to teach Early Childhood through Senior High in all areas: elementary, choral, and instrumental. The program consistently sees over 95% job placement rate upon graduation.

The Music Education progam is comprehensively structured to allow for continued study at the
Master’s level, with enrollment tripling in the last three years. A program highlight includes side-by-side
work with ensemble directors, allowing full-time Master’s students to assist in teaching coursework and directing ensembles.

The Music Education faculty is comprised of nationally and internationally-recognized educators, researchers, clinicians, adjudicators, and award-winning performers with a vested interest in the educational process of our students. There is a concerted effort on the part of all faculty to know our students on a professional and personal level, guiding their growth throughout the program.

On-campus training takes place in the state-of-the art University Center for the Arts, an exquisite teaching, performance, and exhibition venue for music, theatre, dance, and art.

Along with the knowledge of teaching they bring to the table, music education faculty at CSU also have the personal experiences that bring different strategies and methods to life; offering a perspective at a practical level. ~ Aleaha Harkins, Class of 2013

As the undergraduate program facilitator for the Middle School Outreach Ensemble, I have had the opportunity to learn about the joys and challenges of teaching music within a supportive environment of peers and music education faculty. The program gave me the opportunity to refine my leadership skills and work with others toward a collective goal. I now feel confident in my ability to make a positive impact when I enter the field as a full-time educator. ~ Charlie Mathews (CSU Music Education alum)

Study With

Bonnie Jacobi

Coordinator of Music Education
Associate Professor of Music Education
Director of Colorado Kodály Institute

(970) 491-3106

Erik Johnson

Assistant Professor of Music Education
Instrumental Music Education

(970) 491-4806

Ryan Olsen

Assistant Professor of Music Education
Choral Music Education

(970) 491-3504

Integrated Research

At Colorado State University, faculty research and professional activity is relevantly integrated throughout coursework in both the undergraduate and graduate degree sequences. Examples from music education faculty:

Bonnie Jacobi’s passion for on-location historical research includes a recent discovery of the first formal Dalcroze instruction that took place within an American music curriculum (1913, Bryn Mawr College), resulting in two published articles in the Journal of Historical Research in Music Education. Additionally, topics such as musical gesture, space, literacy, and socioemotional learning in music augment her research on the role of music in higher education for nineteenth-century females.


Erik Johnson is passionate about research directly impacting public school teachers and students, including investigating the effect of peer-teaching and collaborative learning on music achievement, engagement, motivation, and student self-concept. Results provide exciting implications for how to diversify traditional instruction in an effort to construct successful music-learning environments. At home with both quantitative and qualitative methodologies, he continues to investigate and share the exciting ways that peer-teaching can enhance student learning.

Ryan Olsen is invested in historical choral and pedagogical music education research, specifically creating credible, historically accurate performance editions of late medieval and Renaissance choral music, performance practice from the late middle ages through early Baroque, and the use of early music as advanced sight-reading and ear training exercises. His research includes the creation and implementation of concept mastery and standards-based assessment tools in music performance classrooms and the importance of teaching sequences and feedback loops in presenting choral music instruction.

Music Education Events

Music Education News

April 2017 Faculty Notes


Last fall, Dr. Bonnie Jacobi, coordinator of music education at CSU, was nominated for the Online Innovative Educator (OLIE) Award. The OLIE (pronounced “OH-LEE”) is a student-nominated award “University Award” presented at both the spring and fall CSU Online Graduation Brunches to recognize instructors who: are able to establish positive relationships with students; are responsive, […]

Middle School Outreach Ensemble inspires next generation of teachers and students


CSU music professor shares love for music, impacts lives


~ Story by Nicole Towne. Reprinted from the Collegian with permission It is a Tuesday afternoon and approximately 150 students gather in the Aylesworth lecture hall for music appreciation class. Professor Denise Apodaca walks up and down the aisles, talking with students in the minutes leading up to the start of class. As class begins […]

Undergraduate Degree

Bachelor of Music in Education - The mission of the Music Education Area at Colorado State University is to prepare outstanding students to be excellent music educators. Equal emphasis is placed on academic achievement, personal musicianship, and teaching skills. Course work requires a minimum of 126 credit hours and falls into three categories:

General All-University Core requirements (includes math, science, history, etc.)

Music Courses (theory, music history, conducting, lessons, ensembles). Please find the following checksheets for Undergraduate Music Programs (Please select by Category or by Year):


Teacher Preparation Courses (requiring admission to the Teacher Licensure Program and student teaching).For more information on licensure, please visit the following sites:

Music Education students at CSU learn in an encouraging, collegial environment with many early opportunities to have field experiences in local schools as early as the Freshman year. Students who successfully complete the prescribed curriculum and student teaching are eligible for a Colorado Teaching License and employment as K-12 Choral and Instrumental Music Educators.


Now accepting applications from pianists 
Pianists may audition for the keyboard faculty for the B.M. Music Education degree program as either choral-track or instrumental-track. Piano will be considered as their principal instrument on which they will pursue applied study. Piano applicants must also interview with the Music Education area to be considered for the B.M. Music Education degree program, and should have experience as a performing member of one or more large, secondary music ensembles to receive consideration for admittance into the degree program.


For more information about this degree, please contact Dr. Bonnie Jacobi.

“Your suggestion of [CSU students] Johanna Schillemat and Eli Cagen to help with the educational piece of the event [2015 Fort Collins Symphony Guild's Musical Zoo] was the key to fulfilling one of the most important parts of the program. They had the expertise to focus on something educational and made an incredible contribution, which culminated in a Listening Chart booklet for the event, as well as a possible lesson plan for the PSD elementary music teachers…. The quality of your program is certainly obvious with Johanna and Eli as examples of its students…. Your suggestion hit the jackpot and beyond.”

~ Susan Greer
Coordinator of the Musical Zoo
Education Committee, Fort Collins Symphony Guild

I am continually thankful for the preparation CSU’s music education classes gave me. I feel steps ahead. ~ Noelle Bauman, Class of 2012

Master of Music, Music Education

The Master of Music in Music Education specialization is a full-time, in-residence graduate degree program designed for licensed elementary, middle school, and high school music educators who wish become master teachers and leaders in the K-12 Music Education field. The goal of the Master of Music in Music Education program is to develop the skill, intellect, and musicianship necessary among those who wish to become the next generation of leaders in the field of Music Education. The music education faculty at Colorado State University are all experienced educators with a passion for teaching, learning, and having a positive impact on students through music making and learning. Graduate students in music education at CSU have the opportunity to collaborate with faculty to learn innovative instruction and research techniques that are designed to impact K-12 instruction.

In this full-time, in-residency program, students will work in a rigorous academic environment to develop content knowledge about the history and philosophy of music education, understanding of how music research is conducted, advanced skills in music analysis and music literature, and high-level training in conducting and ensemble methods. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in CSU music ensembles to strengthen musicianship skills and experience various styles of repertoire with renowned conductors..

The music education faculty at CSU are nationally-recognized scholars and musicians. The University Center for the Arts, located at the foothills of the Rockies, provides an inspiring setting for personal growth.

The degree is designed to be completed in-residence over a time span of two years. Students in this program are encouraged to take advantage of the diverse summer elective offerings.

All students in this program have the option of completing a Master’s Thesis (Plan A – students complete thesis; Plan B – students do not complete thesis). The Master’s Thesis distinguishes your work in the program, enables you to graduate with a highly-polished, published work to your name, prepares you with the qualifications needed to pursue doctoral work later in the future, and also prepares you to take a leadership role as a practicing K-12 music teacher.

Because they are full-time, students in this program qualify to apply for a Graduate Teaching Assistantship within the Music Education Area. GTA positions are awarded for one year and subsidize half of the graduate tuition. Selected through a competitive application process, students may request a GTA application from the music education faculty after all application material for the M.M. Music Education program have been received.


For information about this degree, please contact Dr. Erik Johnson.

As a music education student at CSU I consistently find myself brimming with new ideas that I can’t wait to put into practice in my own music classroom in the future.” ~ Haley Heer, Class of 2013


In addition to completing Master of Music in Music Education Core Curriculum, a benefit of the M.M. Music Education program is that it is one of the few Master’s programs in the United States that is customizable where students can choose elective courses from the following areas:

Master of Music, Music Education with Licensure

The Master of Music, Music Education with Licensure is a full-time program designed for students who hold a Bachelor of Arts in Music or a Bachelor of Music degree and who would like to earn Teaching Licensure in K-12 Music while studying music education at the graduate level. To be considered for admission, applicants must:

  • Hold an undergraduate music degree
  • Perform an audition on their principal instrument

Students generally complete this degree in three or four years, depending upon coursework completed from their undergraduate degree. Upon admittance the student will meet with an academic advisor to plot out the individual coursework required to receive a masters degree and licensure to teach music in the state of Colorado, following either an instrumental or choral emphasis track. Students complete undergraduate music and education coursework, resulting in a student teaching experience at both the elementary and secondary levels. Upon completion students will be certified to teach instrumental and choral music at the K-12 levels in Colorado. Students in this degree program are expected to be in residency year-round in Fort Collins, taking coursework on a full-time or part-time basis year-round.

Students take content coursework jointly within the Center for Educator Preparation (CEP) within CSU’s School of Education, and within the School of Music. Click here for CEP program information.

To prepare for directing a secondary music ensemble, students are required to participate in a University music ensemble for a minimum of two semesters. Thirty credits are required for the graduate portion of the degree.

A limited number of Graduate Teaching Assistantships are available for students in this program.

For more information about Graduate Teaching Assistantships, please contact Dr. Bonnie Jacobi.

Also see:


For more information about this degree, please contact Dr. Ryan Olsen.

Master of Music, Music Education Specialization,
Kodály Option

The Colorado Kodály Institute (CKI) is a dynamic training center for elementary classroom music teachers, independent music instructors, and secondary music teachers interested in taking their teaching, conducting, musicianship, and depth of knowledge about music education to new heights. Students from across the U.S., Mexico, Korea, Sweden, and Saudi Arabia are involved in the annual summer seminar.


Two Training Programs

Master's of Music, Music Education Specialization, Kodály Option

  • Online graduate degree program with summer residencies
  • Gain National Certification in Kodály music teaching while earning your Master's degree
  • Option for online courses during the school year
  • Assimilate your real-world teaching experience and your academic coursework
  • One of the few Master's programs in the United States centered on Classroom Music Teaching

Kodály Music Teaching Certification

  • Earn National Certification in Kodály music teaching
  • Three levels of coursework are required for Certification
  • Endorsed by the Organization of American Kodály Educators (OAKE)
  • Study with national experts in conducting, choir, pedagogy, and solfege
  • Brand new University Center for the Arts in the foothills of the Rockies

Sample Curriculum

  • Music Pedagogy and Folksong Literature
  • Folksong Analysis, Retrieval, and Research
  • Solfège/Musicianship
  • Conducting
  • Choir
  • Special Topics
  • Kodály for Kids Day Teaching Lab

Additional Information

Current & Returning Colorado Kodály Institute Students
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


For more information about this degree, please contact Dr. Bonnie Jacobi.


Summer Seminar Dates:

July 15-29, 2017

*There will be an orientation for first year students on July 14.


Tuition and Registration:

5 credits: $551/credit, $2,755
*Non-credit certification: $1766

Note: Full-time, out-of-state students pay a separate tuition rate. The tuition prices listed above do not include textbooks or materials.




The Kodaly approach has taught me that we have to approach music from a humanistic point of view, for a child’s experience. It has made me less rigid and brought more joy into my classroom. ~ Carolyn Warpinski

My lesson plan[ing] is so strong now. It’s so clear. It’s so concise. I feel much stronger in my ability to build a diverse lesson plan. ~ Elizabeth Aronson

I have learned to weave literacy concepts through any teaching situation (adult choir, elementary/general, middle school orchestra, as examples!) because of the Prepare-Present-Practice structure that enables flexibility, yields understanding, and brings joyful and playful learning. My colleagues and instructors have taught me so much in a sharing, collaborative experience. ~ Lauri Hogle

Master of Music, Music Education Conducting Specialization

The Master of Music, Music Education – Conducting Specialization is an exclusive online degree program at Colorado State University. The program features the annual Summer Conducting Seminar, the residency portion of the degree, with additional courses offered online during the school year.

Classes engage current middle school and high school choir, band, and orchestra directors seeking to further their knowledge and skills while earning a master’s degree, completing the majority of the course work during just three summers. Hands-on sessions are taught by CSU faculty and prestigious pedagogues from around the country. Curriculum focuses on advanced conducting, score preparation, rehearsal strategies, curriculum development, and more. Participants have daily conducting opportunities, in all three disciplines, with workshop ensembles and projects are designed for immediate implementation in your teaching program.



Applications will be accepted until Feb. 15. Space is limited.

2017 Summer Conducting Seminar Tuition: 
$4149.00 total 
$704/credit (4 credits); $1333 course fee

Online Course Tuition: $551 per credit


For more information contact:
Leslie Stewart, Director
(970) 219-5585


Summer Conducting Seminar for Music Educators: July 6-22, 2017

2017 Summer Seminar Curriculum

  • Advanced Conducting
  • Score Preparation
  • Rehearsal Strategies
  • Laban Method for Expressive Conducting
  • Historical Performance Practice
  • Band Rehearsal Techniques

Summer Conducting Seminar Final Concert
The Mikado by Gilbert & Sullivan
Saturday, July 22, 7:30 p.m.
Co-conducted by the seminar's graduating class

2017 Seminar Faculty

Alexandra Eddy, Professor of Musicology, University of Boulder

alexandra-eddyBaroque and modern violinist and violist Alexandra Eddy performed and recorded for nineteen years in Washington D.C., New York City, and Versailles, France with Opera Lafayette, an internationally acclaimed period-instrument ensemble specializing in French opera of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and made up of vocal soloists and orchestral players from across the United States, Canada, and Europe. The company frequently collaborates with the New York Baroque Dance Company in exciting staged and semi-staged performances. As a modern violinist, Dr. Eddy has appeared with many highly respected professional ensembles including the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, the National Symphony Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, the Colorado Chamber Orchestra and the Boulder Bach Festival. She has had the honor of performing with many internationally known Classical performers and pop artists. Also a composer, Dr. Eddy’s recent work includes Gabriel, From Heaven’s king for soprano, violin, harp, and cello; The God of Love My Shepherd Is, for soprano, violin, and organ; and a Duo for violin and bass drum. Arion, her chamber opera for mezzosoprano, violin/electric violin, clarinet/bass clarinet, and percussion, was premiered in Boulder in 2007, with the support of a Boulder Arts Commission Mini-Grant. Stars is a substantial work for violin alone composed in honor of Alexandra’s late father, the scientist John A. Eddy.

Richard Frey, Associate Director of Bands, Colorado State University

rfreyDr. Richard Frey is associate director of Bands at CSU where he conducts the Symphonic Band and the CSU Marching Band, and teaches courses in music education. He was previously the interim director of Athletic Bands and assistant director of Bands at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tenn. Dr. Frey received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Wind Conducting at Michigan State University and a Master of Music degree in Wind Conducting from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. From 2002-2006 he taught instrumental music in the public schools of Salem, Ore. Dr. Frey received a Bachelor of Music degree in Percussion Performance from the University of Puget Sound in 2002.

Dawn Grapes, Professor of Music History, Colorado State University

K. Dawn GrapesDr. K. Dawn Grapes is an assistant professor of Music History. She holds a Ph.D. in Historical Musicology from the University of Colorado at Boulder and degrees in flute performance from Western Michigan University and Colorado State University. Specialty areas include the music of Early Modern England, music history pedagogy, and flute history. She is author of the “John Dowland” and "Recorder" entries for Oxford Bibliographies (Oxford University Press) and serves as Reviews Editor for NABMSA Reviews. National conference paper presentations include the College Music Society (Indianapolis 2015, Cambridge 2013), the North American British Music Studies Association biennial conference (Syracuse 2016, Las Vegas 2014), Renaissance Society of America (Boston 2016), the National Flute Association, CEMERS Binghamton, and the Midwest Conference on British Studies. In 2014, she presented at the International Interdisciplinary Symposium on Translation and Music at Cardiff University in Wales and in 2016 at the "Made in London" conference sponsored by the Institute of Music Research and London Metropolitan University. Past awards include a 2010 Ogilivy Travel Fellowship from the Boulder Center for British and Irish Studies for research studies in Oxford and London. Before joining the faculty at Colorado State, Dr. Grapes taught at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Front Range Community College, and Southern Utah University.

Dr. Grapes is a board member of the North American British Music Studies Association, Immediate Past President of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the American Musicological Society, former board member of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the College Music Society and former representative to its National Student Advisory Council. She is also a member of the Renaissance Society of America, the British Flute Society, the American Recorder Society, and the National Flute Association. She is the program notes writer for the Colorado Bach Ensemble and hosts a "Composer Talks" series for the Fort Collins Symphony. She is also an active performer on the flute and piccolo along the Colorado Front Range.

Wes Kenney, Director of Orchestras, Colorado State University

Wes Kenney headshot_sotaWes Kenney is director of Orchestras at CSU where he conducts the University Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Opera productions, and teaches graduate conducting. Mr. Kenney is also music director of the Fort Collins Symphony, Opera Fort Collins, and Denver Young Artists Orchestra.  A graduate of the University of Southern California, Mr. Kenney earned his Master of Music degree in Conducting from San Francisco State University. Previous academic posts include director of Orchestras at SFSU and the College of William and Mary in Virginia. He has also served as a guest lecturer at the Conductors Institute at Bard College. Awards include the Carmen Dragon Conducting Prize in 1992, the Grand Prize in the 2007 Varna (Bulgaria) International Conducting Competition and the Outstanding Teacher by the Colorado American String Teachers Association in 2009.

Mr. Kenney served for six seasons as associate conductor of the Virginia Symphony and four seasons as music director of the Virginia Ballet Theater. He also served for four seasons as co-principal conductor of the Oakland Lyric Opera and five seasons as music director of the Oakland Youth Orchestra in California. Guest conducting has included the Virginia Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, New Mexico Symphony, Williamsburg Symphonia (in Va.), Vallejo Symphony and Long Beach Symphony (both in Calif.), Acadiana Symphony (in La.) and the Symphony of Southeast Texas. Internationally, he has conducted orchestras and opera companies throughout Europe and China. He has also conducted All-State Orchestras in Va. and N.M., and served as president of the Conductors Guild.

James Kim, Director of Choral Activities, Colorado State University

James KimDr. James Kim is currently the director of Choral Activities at Colorado State University. He directs the CSU Chamber Choir and also teaches undergraduate/graduate conducting, choral literature, and choral techniques.

After earning two degrees from University of Southern California, James Kim was invited by the Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart to study with Helmuth Rilling for three years. In Europe, he participated in numerous workshops and festivals as an active conductor, notably such as Europisches Musikfest Stuttgart 99, Bachwochenende, and Sommerakademie. He was also selected as one of five conductors from around the world to study with Frieder Bernius in a masterclass sponsored by the International Federation of Choral Music in Namur, Belgium.

During the summers of 2000 and 2002, he was selected as an assistant conductor for the Opera Theater of Lucca held in Lucca, Italy. During the past 2001-02 season, he had served as the Interim Artistic Director for the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir. Previously, Dr. Kim taught conducting at University of Cincinnati and at Simpson College. In 2002, he was selected and invited as a Conducting Fellow for the Chicago Conducting Workshop and Masterclass presented by the Chorus America and the Chicago Symphony Association.

In November 2011, Dr. Kim and CSU Music hosted the biennial national conference of the NCCO in Fort Collins where the CSU Chamber Choir was featured as the main choir for the three-day conference. Kim is also the founding artistic director of the Colorado Bach Ensemble, which received acclaimed reviews of their inaugural season concerts with Bach's B Minor Mass and Handel's Messiah. Choirs under his direction have sung at international and national stages including National Collegiate Choral Organization, ACDA, Chang-won Grand-Prix Choral Festival/Competition, and Aspen Music Festival.

James Kim received B.M. and M.M. from University of Southern California and the D.M.A. from CCM. His major teachers include William Dehning, and Earl Rivers.

Brian Luedloff, Artistic Director, Opera Fort Collins

Brian LuedloffBrian Clay Luedloff serves as director of Opera Theatre at University of Northern Colorado, where he has directed more than 25 operas since 2005. He is also artistic director for Opera Fort Collins since 2011, where he has directed Tosca, Carmen, Amahl and the Night Visitors, il Barbiere di Siviglia, The Daughter of the Regiment, The Gift of the Magi, Faust, The Ballad of Baby Doe, Turandot, Sondheim’s Follies, and Lucia di Lammermoor. Professionally Mr. Luedloff has staged more than fifty productions for professional opera companies and theatres across North America. Mr. Luedloff has served on the staging staff of Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Washington National Opera, the Dallas Opera and Houston Grand Opera, assisting many internationally-renowned directors. He holds the Master of Fine Arts degree from Boston University, where he served as a directing fellow from 1997 to 2000. Recently he has directed la Traviata and Madama Butterfly for Livermore Valley Opera, Jake Heggie’s For a Look or a Touchfor Heartland Men’s Chorus, Mikado for Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, and Pirates of Penzance for Pensacola Opera.

Rebecca Phillips, Director of Bands, Colorado State University

969858_670068103060461_965217204_nDr. Rebecca Phillips is director of Bands at CSU where she conducts the Wind Symphony, and guides all aspects of the band and graduate wind conducting program. Prior to this appointment, she served as the associate director of bands, director of Athletic Bands, and associate professor at the University of South Carolina.
Dr. Phillips has served as a guest-conductor, clinician, and performer throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. She regularly conducts collegiate honor bands and all-state bands across the United States and she has been a rehearsal clinician at the Midwest Clinic. Ensembles under her direction have been featured at the 2012 College Band Director's National Association Southern Division Conference (CBDNA), the 2010 Society of Composers International Conference, and the 2008 North American Saxophone Alliance International Convention.

Dr. Phillips earned her Bachelors degree in Music Education from Florida State University, Master of Music degrees in Conducting and Trombone Performance from the University of South Florida, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Conducting at Louisiana State University. She served as a secondary school band director for seven years in Fla., including director of Bands at Howard W. Blake Performing Arts High School in Tampa, Fla., where she developed an award-winning concert band program. Dr. Phillips holds memberships in the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, the College Band Directors National Association, the National Band Association, and in 2015 she was inducted into the American Bandmasters Association.

Leslie Stewart, Director of String Pedagogy, Colorado State University
lstewartLeslie Stewart is director of String Pedagogy at CSU and director of CSU's Summer Master of Music Education degree program with a Specialization in Conducting for working music educators. In addition, she conducts the CSU Concert Orchestra and the Health & Wellness Community Orchestra in Ft. Collins, Colo. Previous academic posts include Old Dominion University, Christopher Newport University and the Governor's School for the Arts in Va., Chowan College in N.C., and Dominican College of San Rafael in Calif. A graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy, Ms. Stewart holds Bachelor and Master's degrees in Violin Performance from the University of Southern California. A former violinist with the Puerto Rico and Alabama Symphonies, she has served as music director of the Marin Symphony Youth Orchestra in Calif., and the Bay Youth Orchestras of Va.
Debra Throgmorton, Director of Music and Dance, Front Range Community College

Debra ThrogmortonDebra Throgmorton, harpsichord, holds a Master of Music degree in Harpsichord Performance from the University of Northern Colorado. She currently teaches harpsichord at UNC and also serves as a full time faculty member at Front Range Community College – Larimer campus, where she teaches music courses and directs the Music and Dance programs. Debra maintains an active freelance concert schedule, making regular appearances with local and regional groups, and is a founding member of the Grand Canonical Ensemble, a Baroque trio specializing in the performance of Baroque music on period instruments. She has appeared as a soloist with many regional orchestras including the Greeley Philharmonic, Ethos West Chamber Orchestra, Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra, Fort Collins Symphony, Greeley Chamber Orchestra, and UNC Chamber Choir and Orchestra. She is currently serving on the board of Early Music Colorado.

Adam Torres, Colorado State University

Adam A. Torres, conductor and pianist, made his professional debut as a piano soloist with the San Angelo Symphony at age eleven. He has since maintained a busy schedule as a conductor, performer, and educator. His current appointments include assistant conductor for both the Fort Collins Symphony and the Denver Young Artists Orchestra, special assistant professor of music at Colorado State University (with an emphasis in Online Curriculum), and music director for Zion Lutheran Church in Loveland, Colo.

Known for his flexibility and versatility, Torres appeared with the Colorado Symphony and Denver Young Artists Orchestra, narrating a performance of Gregory Smith's The Animated Orchestra in Feb. 2015. In 2014, Torres collaborated with the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs (Colorado Springs, Colo.) as an emergency guest conductor with only a few hours' notice prior to downbeat. In 2014, Adam also had the opportunity to conduct and rehearse the newly formed Alpharetta Symphony (Alpharetta, Ga.), the Colorado State University Concert Orchestra, and the Colorado Springs Conservatory summer production of Oklahoma!.

Previous appointments and guest conducting work include serving as a cover conductor for the Colorado State University Orchestras and Opera Theatre programs, guest conductor for the Fall 2013 CSU Faculty and Friends recital, assistant conductor (and rehearsal pianist) for Opera Orvieto's 2011 production of Cosi fan Tutte (Orvieto, Italy), the Nuova Musica Project (Music Director and co-founder, Fort Collins, Colo.), St. Margaret of Scotland Catholic Church (music director, San Angelo, Texas), Angelo Civic Theater (music director for The Full Monty, 2009), West Texas Ice House Brass (interim music director), Agnes Scott College Orchestra (guest conductor), Angelo State University Wind Ensemble (guest conductor), the Colorado State University Pep Band (guest director for 2013 NCAA Basketball tournament).

Previous assistant conducting positions include the Angelo State University Marching Band, Angelo State University Drama Department, San Angelo Symphony Chorale, and First United Methodist Church (San Angelo, Texas). Torres has also had the opportunity to attend masterclass workshops with Maestros Marin Alsop, Gustav Meier, JoAnn Falletta, Peter Bay, Jorge Mester, Harold Farberman, where he has conducted the Round Rock (2010) and Virginia (2012) symphonies.

As a pianist, Torres remains in active demand as a collaborative pianist in Northern Colo. He is a regular performer with the Cheyenne Symphony, Sound de Trois (flute, clarinet, and piano trio), and regularly accompanies for private studios in Northern Colo. He has also recently performed with other organizations such as the Fort Collins Wind Symphony, the Poudre Valley Health and Wellness Orchestra, and the San Angelo Symphony. He has performed in several recitals for Colorado State University's Aries Composers' Festival for Contemporary Music and for the CSU Virtuoso Series. In addition to sharing his passion for music through conducting and collegiate teaching, Adam also maintains a small private studio of talented and dedicated students throughout the Northern Colo. region.

Alumni News and Testimonials

Matt Cody, 2014, M.M. Music has won first place in the American Prize for conducting at the community orchestra level. According to the organization's website, the American Prize in Conducting recognizes and rewards the best orchestral, choral, band/wind ensemble, opera and musical theater conductors in America, based on submitted recordings.

Matt entered CSU's Summer Conducting Program in 2012 as a middle school band director from Decorah, Iowa. By the time he graduated in 2014, he knew he wanted to conduct an orchestra but there wasn't one where he lived. Maestro Kenney suggested that Matt start a community orchestra made up of his music teacher colleagues, high school, and adult musicians from Decorah, as well as students and faculty from nearby Luther College. Within a few weeks of returning to Iowa, the Oneota Valley Community Orchestra held their first rehearsal, and in just three years since it's inception, has won this prestigious prize!

Dear Professor Kenney,

I wanted to thank you again for your instruction and influence during my time in the master's program at CSU. I have recently accepted a position as the director of the Symphonic Band and Chamber Orchestra at Oklahoma Christian University in Edmond, Oklahoma. I am very excited about this opportunity and know that I would not have been prepared for this without the experiences I had at CSU.

I really enjoyed conducting orchestral music at CSU and look forward to working with an orchestra at the collegiate level. Thank you for instilling that love of orchestral music and providing those experiences.

Eric Colgrove
Instructor of Music; Director of the Symphonic Band and Chamber Orchestra
Oklahoma Christian University

Eric was formerly the band director at Widefield High School in Colorado Springs, and graduated from the program in 2012.

Dalcroze-based Eurhythmics Course

Émile Jaques-Dalcroze created the first modern method of music education, for pre-professional conservatory students, around 1900. His work was later modified for children and remains an essential part of curriculum at leading institutions – elementary to collegiate – around the world. Stravinsky, Diaghilev, Nijinski, Graham and Appia are among many artists who worked with, or were directly affected by, his work.

Dalcroze-based principles teach the relationship between movement and music. No book can offer the intimate, personal understanding of the method like a Eurhythmics class. The process is a total experience that engages the entire being – mind, body and spirit – facilitating the spirit of play in a discovery-based, imaginative fashion where analysis and theory follow practice.

The summer seminar at CSU follows the curriculum of the American Eurhythmics Society and is closely affiliated with this organization. Aligning with CSU's goals for the course, the mission of the Society is to introduce public school music teachers to the philosophical and pedagogical approach of Dalcroze-based training, preparing them to incorporate the approach in their teaching.

In the course of 2-3 summers, students demonstrating proficiency on the course competencies, based on AES curriculum, will become AES certified through CSU.

About the Course

MU 524 Course Description

Dalcroze-based Eurhythmics (MU 524) is a graduate-level, three-credit elective course designed for classroom music teachers and/or music therapists seeking experiential, movement-based strategies and techniques to strengthen student learning, hearing, literacy, creativity, expressivity, and overall musicianship. Students will be introduced to the philosophy and instructional approach of Émile Jaques-Dalcroze (1865-1950). Components of the course include:

  • Eurhythmics & Movement
  • Solfège Rhythmique
  • Improvisation (instrument, movement, vocal, text)
  • Plastique Animèe for the classroom
  • Pedagogy Application for grades K-5

Classroom music teachers learn how to apply Dalcroze-based principles to create effective, age-appropriate lesson activities and plans for immediate use with students, while at the same time strengthening their individual musicianship and movement. Students will have the opportunity to experience and reflect on pedagogical benefits and challenges through a teaching lab with elementary-aged children during the second week.

Why is there an Eurhythmics course at CSU?

Designed in accordance with the Vision Statement for the School of Music, Theatre and Dance at Colorado State University:

Dedicated to its land-grant heritage, the Music Faculty at Colorado State University are committed to promoting music and pedagogy of the highest quality, serving music education through actions that benefit students, teachers, and the citizens of Colorado.”

The Eurhythmics course (MU524) is a three-credit graduate elective offered to students and non-students alike. The course is designed to serve as a component of a Master of Music degree at CSU, such as Music Education, Music Therapy, or Music Performance. Students in other degree programs such as Education, or programs outside of CSU may also enroll, as well as students who wish to learn about Dalcroze-based Eurhythmics but are not currently in a degree program.

What will the course accomplish?

The Eurhythmics course at CSU will introduce the instructional and musicianship approach of Emile Jaques-Dalcroze in an intensive, two-week, summer residency program to graduate-level music students at Colorado State University, graduate-level music students at other Colorado Universities, and Colorado-area music teachers. The course will provide practical approaches and curricular suggestions for integrating the Dalcroze method in K-12 music instruction. Students will have an opportunity to practice what they have learned by delivering Dalcroze-based instruction to children.

Who should take this course?

The Colorado public schools maintain a policy of granting every child access to music instruction, and CSU is committed to serving music educators while directly benefiting music students in Colorado. Therefore, Eurhythmics at CSU is aimed squarely at constituents of the Colorado public schools:

  • Students and/or teachers who are not familiar with Dalcroze-based Eurhythmics
  • Those who are familiar with Eurhythmics and would like to begin training
  • Those who are familiar with the method and would like to pursue a certificate
Distinguishing factors about the course at CSU
  • The instructors of this course are licensed k-12 Music Teachers.
  • Both instructors hold over 20 years of experience teaching music to children:
    • Jacobi holds experience teaching Keyboard for Music Educators courses at the University of Texas-Austin, the University of Houston, and Colorado State University.
  • The instructors have degrees in Music Education with successful completion of courses such as:
    • Elementary Music Methods,
    • Choral Methods,
    • Percussion Techniques,
    • Foundations of Music Education,
    • Classroom Management,
    • Child Psychology,
    • Psychological Foundations in Music Education,
    • Learning Theory,
    • Literacy in Classroom Teaching,
    • Research Methods in Music Education
  • This course is specifically geared to challenges faces by classroom music teachers in public school settings, among them:
    • Oversized/large classes
    • Classroom spaces that are not optimal
    • Sparse/varying weekly instructional time
    • Special needs learners (including behavioral, substance abuse, criminal)
    • Differentiating instruction
    • ESL learners
    • Grade-level programs
    • Lack of instruments (including piano)/materials due to budgetary constraints
    • Interdisciplinary curriculum planning
    • Collaboration with classroom teachers
    • Meeting expectations of administrators, including assessment
    • Fostering parent involvement
    • Vertical alignment with secondary ensemble directors
    • Advocating within public school community


For more information about this course, please contact Dr. Bonnie Jacobi.


This course elective will next be offered June 2018.


3 credit course: tuition TBD
Full program non-credit: tuition TBD



Award-winning Faculty

Dalcroze program instructors Dr. Bonnie Jacobi Assistant Professor of Music Education, Area Coordinator for Music Education and Director of the Colorado Kodály Institute and Fritz Anders Guest Associate Professor in the College of Liberal Arts Music, Theatre and Dance departments at the University Center for the Arts Colorado State University, August 4, 2015.
Bonnie Jacobi

07.15Dr. Bonnie Jacobi holds a Dalcroze Certificate from the American Eurhythmics Society. She has studied eurhythmics at Carnegie-Mellon’s International Dalcroze Institute, The Juilliard School’s Abramson-Dalcroze Institute, the Dalcroze School of the Rockies. Bonnie is a classically-trained dancer and former member of the Austin Contemporary Ballet. Her training began at the New Jersey Dance Theatre Guild, Princeton Ballet, and Dokoudovsky New York Conservatory of Dance, where she studied the Cecchetti, Vaganova, and Preobrajenska methods. In tap, she was trained by two Radio City Music Hall Rockettes, and was hired as a youth to perform tap for a children’s video filmed in New York City. In college, Bonnie participated in the Five College Dance Ensemble (a consortium between MHC, Smith College, Amherst College, Hampshire College, the University of Massachusetts), which included performing Balanchine’s “Orpheus” Pas de Deux with her professor for Humanities classes in all five colleges. She has studied ballet for over 35 years in advanced adult programs at schools of the Boston Ballet, Houston Ballet, Houston Repertory Ballet, Ballet Florida, Boca Ballet Theatre, and Boulder Ballet. Bonnie has taught ballet, pointe, and tap to children ages 5-18 in N.J. and Texas, choreographing works for onstage recital performances and regional dance competitions. In Austin, she founded a liturgical dance troupe for children which toured area churches. Bonnie has also served as a professional piano accompanist for the Princeton Ballet (now American Repertory Ballet) in N.J., and Ballet Austin in Texas.

Fritz Anders, a Master Teaching Artist

anders_enewsMr. Fritz Anders teaches Eurhythmics for the JEFFCO School District where he is the Music Teacher at Green Gables Elementary School. Additionally, Mr. Anders serves as Organist and Choir Director at St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church in Denver, Colorado. Formerly, Mr. Anders taught in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he taught both music and dance - ballet & modern/Horton technique at Santa Fe High School. Mr. Anders earned his graduate Certification in Dalcroze Eurhythmics from the Juilliard School in New York City and is a Master Teaching Artist for the American Eurhythmics Society. He has taught Eurhythmics throughout the western United States for over twenty years. He is a frequent clinician for curriculum workshops within the JEFFCO School District and a sought-after clinician for pedagogy workshops nationally and internationally.