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The Saturday Series, presented by the Music Education Department of the Peabody Conservatory, is a series of professional development workshops offered on Saturdays during the spring months. Each year, vocal and general music teachers learn innovative teaching techniques and explore engaging activities for their students in elementary and middle school general/vocal music classrooms. Participants have the option of earning graduate credit.

Clinicians bring a vast array of expertise and experience. Through active participation teachers will:

  1. expand their music teaching knowledge and skills,
  2. build a repertoire of songs and activities,
  3. share experiences and strategies, and
  4. connect with fellow music teachers!

We sing. We move. We Play. We listen.


Course Number: PY.510.655
Advanced General Music Techniques XXIX

February 3, 2018
Centre Street Performance Studio, 10 East Centre Street

Session I: Singing Voice Development and Improvisation, K-5, Part 1
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Christina Svec

Session II: Singing Voice Development and Improvisation, K-5, Part 2
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Christina Svec

Dr. Christina Svec is the Assistant Professor of Music Education at Iowa State University specializing in elementary general music and secondary choral methods. Prior to receiving a PhD in Music Education from the University of North Texas, she taught elementary music and directed church choirs in Texas. She has also taught early childhood music in both Texas and Michigan. Dr. Svec’s research interests include research methodology, research pedagogy, and singing voice development. She has presented at conferences locally, nationally, and internationally. Her publications can be found in Update: Applications of Research in Music Education and Psychology of Music.


March 3, 2018
Opera Studio, Leakin Hall – 114L
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Session I: I Like to Move It: Making Strong Connections Through Movement
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Thomas Pierre

Thomas Pierre is a National Board Certified Music Teacher, and certified Orff-Schulwerk practitioner. Pierre has spent more than three decades nurturing a spiritual commitment to music. A native from the Bronx, New York, he attended the famous Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music and the Performing Arts (the school featured in the motion picture “FAME”).

He has taught vocal, general and choral music at all grade levels, and has served as an Adjunct Professor at the university level. He is also the recipient of the 2011 Mayor’s Arts Award for Excellence in Teaching, and The Kennedy Center Changing Education Through the Arts Certificate of Study. Pierre has furthered his study in the Schulwerk at a summer course at The Orff Institute in Salzburg, Austria; and also in Ghana, West Africa.

Pierre is currently a Vocal Music teacher in Prince George’s County. Throughout the years, Pierre has led workshops on a national, state and local level providing support to children and adults that aid in closing the achievement gap in urban education through arts education and arts integration.

Session II: Using Mixed Meter with All Ages
1:00 PM. – 4:00 PM
Kate Bright

Kate Bright is a music teacher at Lincoln Charter School in York, PA, where she teaches approximately 700 kindergarten through fifth grade students. She is past-president of the Greater Baltimore Area Orff Chapter and the Philadelphia Area Orff Chapter, and has presented at the America Orff Schulwerk Association’s national conference.  In 2014 she received the Spotlight award from the American Center for Elemental Music and Movement, and she currently serves on the board of both ACEMM and the Harrisburg Area Contra Dance Association.


April 7, 2018
Opera Studio, Leakin Hall – 114L
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Session I: Crash Course in Folk Dancing, Part I
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Lucia Schaefer

Session II: Crash Course in Folk Dancing, Part 2
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Lucia Schaefer

Lucia Schaefer is the music teacher at Bruce-Monroe Elementary School at Park View in Washington D.C. She received her Bachelor of Music Education in 2011 and her Master of Arts in Teaching in 2012 from Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia. Schaefer has also received Kodaly Certification from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. Additionally, in 2014, Schaefer completed a graduate certificate program from the University of Maryland in Arts Integration and frequently leads sessions and workshops on the subject speaking to both arts and non-arts educators.