Music Education

Overview

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 youth on campus for arts-integrated experiences such as BRAINY (Bringing Arts Integration to Youth) and the Middle School Outreach Ensemble, featuring an innovative teacher training component.

Students are extremely active within the music education area 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 work 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 more than 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

 

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

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

Bonnie.Jacobi@colostate.edu

(970) 491-3106

Erik Johnson

Associate Professor of Music; Music Education (Instrumental)

E.Johnson@colostate.edu

(970) 491-4806

Seth Pendergast

Assistant Professor of Music; Music Education (Choral)

Seth.Pendergast@colostate.edu

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.

 

Music Education Events

Colorado Flute Association Fair

October 20, 2018 at 9:00 AM
Guest Artist Valerie Coleman from the Imani Winds Colorado State University is thrilled to host the 2018 Colorado Flute Association, a daylong event of concerts, lectures, workshops, masterclasses, and performances. Fans of the flute should join in for a day of full flute immersion! Classes, lectures, flute choirs, performances, and workshops are open to any [...]

OcTUBAfest

October 21, 2018 at 3:30 PM
Special Guest Chief Musician Anthony Halloin, U.S. Navy Band; Featuring the CSU Tuba Studio The CSU Tuba and Euphonium Studio, led by CSU faculty Stephen Dombrowski, presents OcTUBAfest 2018. Returning for its fifth year, this event features tuba and euphonium students with a special guest artist. The masterclass, guest solo recital, and student recital of solo and ensemble works are all free and open to public observation.

Guest Artist Concert: Anthony Halloin, Tuba

October 21, 2018 at 5:00 PM
The guest of the annual OcTUBAfest, Chief Musician Anthony Halloin, joined the Navy Band in 2004, and received his Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Maryland in 2010. Halloin has performed with the Indianapolis Symphony, Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, Phil Ogilvie’s Rhythm Kings, and is a member of the Navy [...]

Tuba Studio Recital / FREE

October 21, 2018 at 7:30 PM
The CSU tuba studio gives this recital as part of the annual OcTUBAfest at CSU.

Virtuoso Series Concert, Michelle Stanley, Flute

October 22, 2018 at 7:30 PM
Two new commissions for flute and guitar written for Jeff and Michelle – Bryan Johannson's “Painted Music,” based on the paintings by Paul Kleé, and James McGuire's Suite – pair nicely with Herman Berlinski's flute sonata. “New music means many things – tonal and beautiful to raw and dark,” says Stanley. “These new pieces explore many facets of contemporary composers and each audience member is sure to find [one] that they love.”

Virtuoso Series Concert, Barbara Thiem, Cello

October 23, 2018 at 7:30 PM
Internationally acclaimed cellist, Barbara Thiem, who combines her teaching and coaching with her active schedule of performances in Europe and the U.S., has been performing with Theresa Bogard, music department chair at the University of Wyoming, for many years. For this concert, the performing duo presents a program of works by 20th century composers Francis Poulenc and Benjamin Britten.

Opera: The Myth of Orfeus (Orfeo ed Euridice) by Christoph Willibald Gluck

October 25, 2018 at 7:30 PM
Presented by the Ralph Opera Program Directed by Tiffany Blake; Conducted by Wes Kenney October 25, 26, 27, 7:30 p.m., matinee on October 28, 2 p.m. Orpheus, musician and poet of mythological legend, was said to have the ability to charm all living things with his voice. When his beloved Eurydice dies of a fatal [...]

Opera: The Myth of Orfeus (Orfeo ed Euridice) by Christoph Willibald Gluck

October 26, 2018 at 7:30 PM
Directed by Tiffany Blake; Conducted by Wes Kenney October 25, 26, 27, 7:30 p.m., matinee on October 28, 2 p.m. Orpheus, musician and poet of mythological legend, was said to have the ability to charm all living things with his voice. When his beloved Eurydice dies of a fatal snake bite, Orpheus descends into the [...]

CSU Trumpet Day

October 27, 2018 at 9:00 AM
Join us for a full day of clinics, trumpet ensembles, and recitals designed for trumpet players of all ages, especially those in high school and middle school.

Opera: The Myth of Orfeus (Orfeo ed Euridice) by Christoph Willibald Gluck

October 27, 2018 at 7:30 PM
Directed by Tiffany Blake; Conducted by Wes Kenney October 25, 26, 27, 7:30 p.m., matinee on October 28, 2 p.m. Orpheus, musician and poet of mythological legend, was said to have the ability to charm all living things with his voice. When his beloved Eurydice dies of a fatal snake bite, Orpheus descends into the [...]

Opera: The Myth of Orfeus (Orfeo ed Euridice) by Christoph Willibald Gluck

October 28, 2018 at 2:00 PM
Directed by Tiffany Blake; Conducted by Wes Kenney October 25, 26, 27, 7:30 p.m., matinee on October 28, 2 p.m. Griffin Concert Hall, UCA Orpheus, musician and poet of mythological legend, was said to have the ability to charm all living things with his voice. When his beloved Eurydice dies of a fatal snake bite, [...]

Guest Artist Concert: Claude Delangle, Saxophone

October 29, 2018 at 7:30 PM
Soloist, researcher, and pedagogue, Claude Delangle – one of the great contemporary saxophonists – stands out as the master of the French saxophone. Privileged interpreter for classic works, he enriches the repertoire and encourages creation by collaborating with renowned composers, as well as promoting young composers. “This event is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for both our [...]

Masterclass: Claude Delangle, Saxophone / FREE

October 30, 2018 at 10:00 AM
CSU students perform for the great saxophonist and pedagogue, Claude Delangle from the Paris Conservatory for an enlightening masterclass featuring classics of French and contemporary repertoire. The masterclass is free and open to public observation.

2018 Halloween Organ Extravaganza

October 31, 2018 at 7:00 PM
The organ studio and CSU faculty artist Joel Bacon present the 13th annual Halloween Organ Extravaganza, with classic (and not-so-classic) works, including the famous Toccata and Fugue in D minor by Johann Sebastian Bach. Spooky sounds, combined with lighting and special effects, are sure to put you in the Halloween spirit! “Since it’s also the 50th anniversary of the organ, this Halloween we’re going to do something pretty special, and I’ve got some crazy ideas,” promises Dr. Bacon.

2018 Halloween Organ Extravaganza

October 31, 2018 at 9:00 PM
The organ studio and CSU faculty artist Joel Bacon present the 13th annual Halloween Organ Extravaganza, with classic (and not-so-classic) works, including the famous Toccata and Fugue in D minor by Johann Sebastian Bach. Spooky sounds, combined with lighting and special effects, are sure to put you in the Halloween spirit! “Since it’s also the 50th anniversary of the organ, this Halloween we’re going to do something pretty special, and I’ve got some crazy ideas,” promises Dr. Bacon.

2018 Halloween Organ Extravaganza

October 31, 2018 at 11:00 PM
The organ studio and CSU faculty artist Joel Bacon present the 13th annual Halloween Organ Extravaganza, with classic (and not-so-classic) works, including the famous Toccata and Fugue in D minor by Johann Sebastian Bach. Spooky sounds, combined with lighting and special effects, are sure to put you in the Halloween spirit! “Since it’s also the 50th anniversary of the organ, this Halloween we’re going to do something pretty special, and I’ve got some crazy ideas,” promises Dr. Bacon.

Virtuoso Series Concert, Eric Hollenbeck, Percussion

November 1, 2018 at 6:00 PM
For this eclectic recital, CSU faculty artist Eric Hollenbeck is joined by faculty colleagues for an energetic show, including a premier of a new work for timpani by Percussion Professor Shilo Stroman.

Graduate String Quartet Recital / FREE

November 1, 2018 at 8:00 PM
The Graduate String Quartet presents music from the great repertoire for string quartet.

Masterclasses: Denise Tryon and Karl Pituch, Horn / FREE

November 2, 2018 at 7:00 PM
Audition Mode Friday, November 2, 7 p.m., Runyan Rehearsal Hall, Saturday, November 3, 9 a.m., Organ Recital Hall Sunday, November 4, 9 a.m., Organ Recital Hall Karl Pituch, principal horn in the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and Denise Tryon, former member of the Philadelphia Orchestra and horn professor at the Cincinnati Conservatory, spend several days at [...]

Masterclasses: Denise Tryon and Karl Pituch, Horn / FREE

November 3, 2018 at 9:00 AM
Audition Mode Friday, November 2, 7 p.m., Runyan Rehearsal Hall, Saturday, November 3, 9 a.m., Organ Recital Hall Sunday, November 4, 9 a.m., Organ Recital Hall Karl Pituch, principal horn in the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and Denise Tryon, former member of the Philadelphia Orchestra and horn professor at the Cincinnati Conservatory, spend several days at [...]

Masterclasses: Denise Tryon and Karl Pituch, Horn / FREE

November 4, 2018 at 9:00 AM
Audition Mode Friday, November 2, 7 p.m., Runyan Rehearsal Hall, Saturday, November 3, 9 a.m., Organ Recital Hall Sunday, November 4, 9 a.m., Organ Recital Hall Karl Pituch, principal horn in the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and Denise Tryon, former member of the Philadelphia Orchestra and horn professor at the Cincinnati Conservatory, spend several days at [...]

Percussion Ensemble Concert

November 4, 2018 at 6:00 PM
This concert features the most challenging and difficult of modern small group percussion ensemble music! “Patrons will be amazed at what these students have accomplished,” says Percussion Professor Eric Hollenbeck.

Virtuoso Series Concert, Terry Leahy, Trombone

November 5, 2018 at 7:30 PM
CSU faculty artist Terry Leahy’s recital features works composed for bass trumpet, tenor trombone, and bass trombone by American composer and Juilliard faculty member, Eric Ewazen, including a piece ‘borrowed’ from the trumpet repertoire to be performed on the rarest of brass instruments, bass trumpet.

Voice Area Recital / FREE

November 6, 2018 at 7:30 PM
A recital of art songs and arias.

Classical Convergence Concert Series: ATOS Trio

November 7, 2018 at 7:30 PM
Building on the foundation of the classical music tradition, but with a contemporary edge, the co-produced Classical Convergence season features world-class performers and ensembles, performing at the University Center for the Arts and the Lincoln Center. The ATOS Trio's warm, expressive, unified sound has garnered them the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson International Trio Award – the gold-standard prize [...]

Jazz Combos Concert

November 7, 2018 at 7:30 PM
The jazz combos present original compositions and arrangements in the spirit of the swinging innovators of America's art form. Join combos director Shilo Stroman and CSU student musicians for a night of dynamic group interplay and exciting and thoughtful creations!

Masterclass: ATOS Trio

November 8, 2018 at 9:00 AM
The ATOS Trio's warm, expressive, unified sound has garnered them the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson International Trio Award – the gold-standard prize for trios in the U.S. Pianist Thomas Hoppe, violinist Annette von Hehn and cellist Stefan Heinemeyer have been conquering the world's major concert series together since 2003. Around the globe, the ATOS Trio is hailed by [...]

Brass Area Recital / FREE

November 8, 2018 at 7:30 PM
A recital presented by brass area students from the studios of Dr. John McGuire, Professor Terry Leahy, and Professor Stephen Dombrowski features repertoire for chamber groups and soloists.

Woodwind Area Recital / FREE

November 8, 2018 at 7:30 PM
Outstanding student musicians from the studios of Dr. Wesley Ferreira, clarinet; Professor Andrew Jacobson, oboe; Dr. Gary Moody, bassoon; Dr. Michelle Stanley, flute; and Professor Peter Sommer, saxophone, perform classic and modern literature for chamber groups and soloists.

Chamber Music Recital / FREE

November 11, 2018 at 2:00 PM
The concert features the School’s undergraduate string players performing a wide variety of chamber music as the culmination of the fall semester's work.

CANCELLED: New Music Ensemble Concert / FREE

November 11, 2018 at 7:30 PM
What happens when CSU’s new music ensemble members combine their energy, talent, and vision? It Could Be Anything! Under the direction of Andrew Jacobson, the group showcases growth and change in music by focusing on trends in the global arts world.

Eva Amsler, Flute, and Shalev Ad-El, Harpsichord

November 11, 2018 at 8:00 PM
Following 20 years of orchestra playing and teaching in Switzerland and Austria, Eva Amsler is professor of flute at Florida State University and a pioneer of authentic interpretation of Baroque music on modern flute, as well as an advocate of new music. Ad-El frequents some of the world's most prestigious venues, such as Carnegie Hall, [...]

Virtuoso Series Concert, Faculty Chamber Music Recital

November 12, 2018 at 7:30 PM
The unique faculty program includes Igor Stravinsky’s Octet for Wind Instruments, the piece that marks the beginning of Stravinsky’s neoclassical phase is conducted by Rebecca Phillips and performed by CSU wind and brass faculty and graduate students. Ron Francois, violin; Copper Ferreira, clarinet; and Eric Hollenbeck, marimba, perform Kevin Puts’ And Legions Will Rise, described by the composer as representing the “power in all of us to transcend during times of tragedy and personal crisis.” Jeff LaQuatra, guitar; Leslie Stewart, violin; Margaret Miller, viola; and Barbara Thiem, cello, perform a very pleasing selection of quartets by Niccolò Paganini and Stephen Goss. “The faculty chamber music concerts have become quite popular with both students and local audiences for providing music combinations not generally heard and introducing little known composers,” describes Barbara Thiem, recital coordinator.

Guest Artist Series: Yakov Kasman and Dina Kasman, Piano

November 13, 2018 at 7:30 PM
Something Old, Something New The 1997 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition silver medalist is a graduate of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory and former professor of piano at the Music College of the Conservatory. Yakov Kasman is now the distinguished professor of piano and artist-in-residence at the University of Alabama. He is going to be joined [...]

Flute Studio Recital / FREE

November 14, 2018 at 7:00 PM
Members of the flute studio of Dr. Michelle Stanley perform a variety of pieces for the instrument.

Graduate String Trio / FREE

November 15, 2018 at 7:30 PM
Welcome the new graduate trio to the stage with this concert featuring the great string trio repertoire.

Jazz Ensembles Concert

November 15, 2018 at 7:30 PM
The jazz ensembles, conducted by Wil Swindler, present tenor saxophonist Don Aliquo for a concert that brings a thoroughly modern concept to traditional jazz. “Don’s playing is firmly rooted in the tradition, but is as fresh as it gets,” states Swindler. With playing that is accessible to all, and still enjoyable to the most seasoned jazz enthusiast, this is an evening of hard-swinging rhythms and inventive melodies!

Bassoonarama

November 16, 2018 at 12:00 AM
BassoonaRAMa brings together bassoonists ranging in ages 12 to 72, from across Colo., with guest artist, Dr. Kristin Wolfe Jensen. Join us for a master class, presentations on the bassoon, and a closing recital with guest artists. Registration required.

Parade of Lights Preview / FREE

November 29, 2018 at 6:00 PM
The CSU Marching Band returns to the 2018 9NEWS Parade of Lights, leading the annual event through the streets of downtown Denver (Friday, Nov. 30). Support the band during this hometown parade preview on the streets around the University Center for the Arts.

CSU Honor Band Festival Concert / FREE

December 2, 2018 at 2:00 PM
CSU’s nationally renowned annual Honor Band Festival brings together the finest high school musicians from the Rocky Mountain region. The three-day festival features guest conductors and clinicians from across the country and is capped off with a performance by the High School Honor Band in the beautiful, state-of-the art Griffin Concert Hall.

Concert Orchestra Concert / FREE

December 2, 2018 at 7:30 PM
The Concert Orchestra is open to all string students who wish to continue participating in music during their time at CSU. The ensemble is known for exciting and collaborative performances with guest faculty and students from across the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance.

Symphonic Band Concert: Metamorphosis

December 6, 2018 at 7:30 PM
Each work presented on the Metamorphosis concert explores the composer’s creative ability to transform existing musical material into new works of art. The concert includes compositions by Edwin E. Bagley, John Barnes Chance, Ira Hearshen, David Gillingham, and David Lovrien, and also features the 1957 American Band Association Ostwald Award winning composition, Symphonic Suite, by Clifton Williams. Please join us for an exciting evening of upcycled music for wind band.

CSU High School Honor Band

December 7, 2018 - December 9, 2018 at 12:00 AM
CSU’s nationally renowned Honor Band Festival is an annual event, bringing together the finest high school musicians from the Rocky Mountain region, selected from hundreds of applicants from throughout the western United States. The three-day festival features guest conductors and clinicians from across the country and is capped off with a performance by the High School Honor Band. Audition required.

Wind Symphony Concert - Foundations: A Celebration of Liberal Arts

December 7, 2018 at 7:30 PM
The 2018-2019 Wind Symphony season explores civilization and how humans develop a creative, moral, spiritual, and intellectual understanding of the world. Colorado State University is committed to the humanities, and the ensemble, conducted by Rebecca Phillips, continues the season by highlighting famous works that showcase text and cadence, essential to both musical compositions and literature. We hope you will join us as we continue to celebrate the Liberal Arts at the UCA!

Freshman Voice Studio Recital / FREE

December 9, 2018 at 2:00 PM
The semester’s culminating recital by our freshman vocalists

Classical Convergence Concert: Animaniacs In Concert

February 8, 2019 at 7:30 PM
The Music! The Animation! The Voice-Over Stars! Animaniacs is one of the most beloved and enduring cartoon shows and Animaniacs in Concert — performed by the original composer Randy Rogel and voice talents of Rob Paulsen (Yakko), Jess Harnell (Wakko) and Maurice LaMarche (Brain from Pinky and the Brain) — now brings its music to the Lincoln Center. [...]

Classical Convergence Concert: International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE)

February 28, 2019 at 7:30 PM
Building on the foundation of the classical music tradition, but with a contemporary edge, the co-produced season features world-class performers and ensembles, performing at the University Center for the Arts and the Lincoln Center. This artist collective is transforming the way music is created and experienced. With a global perspective, this contemporary classical music ensemble [...]

R.O.C.K.E. Kodály Workshop

March 2, 2019 at 12:00 AM
Guest Clinician: Dr. Liza Meyer Kodály Meets Orff - Applying the Best of Both Worlds for Learning and Creating Register at https://www.coloradokodaly.org/workshops.html

Classical Convergence Concert: collectif9

March 30, 2019 at 7:30 PM
Building on the foundation of the classical music tradition, but with a contemporary edge, the co-produced season features world-class performers and ensembles, performing at the University Center for the Arts and the Lincoln Center. This cutting-edge classical string band is known for their energized, innovative arrangements of traditional repertoire. Their lighting, staging, and amplification melds [...]

Dare to Dabble with Dalcroze Eurhythmics

April 13, 2019 at 12:00 AM
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Music Education News

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Impact of Music Therapy on Attention

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Study Participants Needed: Impact of Music Therapy on Brain Responses in Children with Autism We are seeking children ages 6-12 for a study on the impact of a music therapy attention protocol on the brainwaves and behaviors of individuals on the autism spectrum. Purpose of this study: This is a research study to examine if […]

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Cover photo artwork, titled “Ball Game with Dog”, by abstract artist Tatawa (Wei Tan) // www.tatawaart.com // Instagram: @_tatawa This story is being presented as part of PechaKucha Vol. 4 at The Music District, May, 2018. Pecha Kuca nights are an informal gathering of creatives and opportunity to share ideas. By Lara Mitofsky Neuss My name is Lara […]

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April 2018 Faculty Notes

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CSU’s Director of Strings Ron Francois and Silvana Santinelli won two Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising Silver Medals for Outstanding Achievementat the Global Music Awardsfor their CD, Mexico City Blues. The Duo Francois placed in both the DUO and the EMERGING ARTISTS categories. The CD, which was released on the Itinerant Classics label last fall, features […]