Music Teacher Practicum Pre-Conference

Musical Paideia: Training Right Musical Affections

The 2016 Kodaly-based Music Pre-conference exceeded our expectations both in attendance and in response. We’ve decided to offer this well-received practicum once again this year. Last year’s focus was on how to train our students to read,write, and sing music much like a language is taught in our classical school curriculum. Whether or not you attended last year’s practicum will not affect the practical help you can receive now from this as a stand alone practicum. David Erb and Jarrod Richey will continue the practical instruction this year with an added focus on how the culture of music in a school can rightly order the affections of the students.This will include sessions on:

  • Accessing the Masters: how to make great literature of master composers accessible regardless of your program size or ability.
  • Continuing Literacy: more practical tools for the classroom including dictation, aural skills, sight reading and score analysis.
  • Social Music Making how to become a student body that creates music together, not just consumes it like the broader culture.


WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21, 2017 :

  • 1:00-1:50pm – Musical Paideia (rightly ordering our musical affections and those of our students and community)
  • 2:00-3:00pm – Literacy Challenge #1 (sight reading & score analysis)
  • 3:15-4:15pm – Performing the Masters (accessing great literature with any size ensemble)
  • 4:30-5:30pm – Literacy Challenge #2 (aural skills & dictation)
  • 5:30-7:30pm – Dinner Break (on your own or group outing)
  • 7:30-8:30pm – Social Music Making (singing/playing/dancing outside of concerts & recitals)

This class is geared for music teachers in ACCS but is beneficial to any of the following:

  • Secondary Choir Teacher
  • Secondary Band Teachers
  • K-6th grade homeroom teacher
  • Board Member
  • Head of School or Administrators
  • Music Parent Volunteer
DAVID ERB is Fellow of Music at New Saint Andrews College in Moscow, ID. He previously taught music and choir at Providence Classical Christian School in the Seattle area. He holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts and Choral Conducting from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to moving to the Northwest, Dr. Erb taught and conducted choirs at the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and at Bucknell University. Dr. Erb earned a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, New Jersey, in 1997. Dr. Erb is active in the Moscow choral community and works with local churches. He and his wife Gail and their children reside in Moscow.
JARROD RICHEY has been teaching K4 through 12th grade general music and choir at Geneva Academy in Monroe, LA since 2008. Previously, Mr. Richey taught choir, voice, and music appreciation classes at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. He received his bachelor’s degree at Louisiana Tech University before completing his Masters of Music at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. He also completed his national Kodály music teacher certification from Wichita State University. He is an active choir clinician and also serves on the board of the Louisiana chapters of the Organization of American Kodály Educators and the American Choral Directors Association. He believes that a classical Christian school is the most ideal place to recover true music literacy. He is the author of the recent book Bach to the Future: Fostering Music Literacy Today. Jarrod and his lovely wife, Sarah, have three sons and two daughters.