Laura Webster to teach “Ambassadors to the Music Room” in April

Academics,

Lake Erie College’s Center for Leadership and Professional Development is proud to present ED 7014 “Ambassadors to the Music Room” with instructor Laura Webster this spring.

Geared toward instructors for grades K-6, “Ambassadors to the Music Room” will be taught Friday, April 7 from 5:00-9:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 8 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in room A1 of the Garfield Center on the Lake Erie College campus. The course is worth one semester hour and costs $230. One semester hour courses may be taken for a letter grade or pass/fail.

Students in the course will benefit from the guidance of Laura Webster, an instructor who has taught all three levels of Orff Schulwerk certification for movement at Baldwin Wallace College and has been published in the Orff Echo. Webster has presented workshops throughout the country as well as national music education conferences. She performs regularly as a vocalist in various projects throughout the Cleveland Metropolitan Area, is a member of the American Orff Schulwerk Association, and is a past Vice President of her Orff Chapter, Greater Cleveland Chapter One. Webster is the general music teacher for early childhood and elementary as well as high school vocal arts at Hathaway Brown School in Shaker Heights, Ohio, where she has taught for 19 years.

The course description for “Ambassadors to the Music Room” is as follows: “Exploring the stories, music and dance from the cultures of our students is not a mere addendum to the curriculum. The value of using these experiences and materials native to our students has a lasting effect on all the students and a deep personal effect on the student who shares a piece of her cultural heritage. In this course we will explore music, folk dance, folk tales and creativity to better understand and add cultural richness to our classroom. Specifically we will discuss using resources that reflect the heritage of the students in our classes possibly involving the students and families as teachers and "ambassadors" to our classroom. Through active participation (singing, playing small percussion instruments and folk dancing) we will learn these new materials and work together in small groups to refine our own lessons and curriculum. Bringing a device is optional for this course.”

Registration for “Ambassadors to the Music Room” is required. To register, visit www.lec.edu/professional-ed.

Lake Erie College’s Center for Leadership and Professional Development serves the ongoing needs of K-12 educators within the School of Education and Professional Studies. For more information, contact Lisa Strausbaugh, director of the Center for Leadership and Professional Development, at lstrausbaugh@lec.edu or 440.375.7379.

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