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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.

Saturday Series Workshops in 2020

All courses will be held in the Centre Street Performance Studio


February 1, 2020
Centre Street Performance Studio, 10 East Centre Street

Session I: Teaching with Non-Instrumental Orff
9:00 AM – 12:00 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 American Orff Schulwerk Association National Conference. In 2015, she received the Spotlight Award from the American Center for Elemental Music and Movement. She currently serves on the board of both ACEMM and the Harrisburg Area Contra Dance Association.

Session II: Music Theory for Young Students
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Eric Rasmussen

Eric Rasmussen, PhD in Music Education, chairs the Peabody Preparatory’s Early Childhood Music department and is a music specialist at two Hopkins-affiliated early childhood learning centers. Rasmussen presents at regional, national, and international conferences including for the Early Childhood Music and Movement Association, the Gordon Institute for Music Learning (GIML), the Zero to Three Annual Conference, and the Maryland State Department of Education Early Childhood Research Forum. He is currently performing research in music aptitude and has specialized in the Music Learning Theory of Edwin Gordon, preeminent researcher and author in music education, with whom he studied for four years at Temple University. Rasmussen is a co-recipient of the Preparatory 2008 Excellence in Teaching Award. He plays trumpet in several bands and composes and curates music for babies and young children.


March 7, 2020

Session I: Helping Students to Emotionally Connect with Music
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Jennifer Bartee

Jennifer Bartee is a doctoral candidate from the University of Denver. In addition, she is a general music educator with over fifteen years of experience, teaching students from pre-school through graduate school. Jennifer’s main passion as an educator is helping her students to forge their own emotional connections to music. This passion has compelled Jennifer to research the affective connections that are intrinsic within all music education, and she regularly presents this research at both national and international conventions.

Session II: This Class Was Made for You and Me: Celebrating Neurodiversity Through Inclusive Music Education Practices
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Kerry Devlin

Kerry Devlin, MMT, MT-BC, is a board certified music therapist and Clinical Director of Annapolis Music Therapy Services. She is passionate about presuming competence, celebrating neurodiversity, and breaking down barriers to inclusion, which she strives to achieve through her diverse clinical and teaching work. Kerry is adjunct faculty in music education at The Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, adjunct assistant professor of music therapy at Shenandoah University, and serves on the executive board of The Musical Autist, a non-profit organization dedicated to autism acceptance and advocacy through community music initiatives. Kerry’s qualitative research has been published in the journal Music Therapy Perspectives, and she is an active research collaborator with the Johns Hopkins Center for Music & Medicine.


April 4, 2020

Session I: Teaching with Conversational Solfege
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Lindsay Jackson

Session II: Using the Kod√°ly Techniques Within Your Curriculum
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Lindsay Jackson

Lindsay has taught general music and choir since 2005 and most recently served as Co-Chair of the Music Department and Lower School Vocal Music Teacher at The Shipley School in Bryn Mawr, PA. Lindsay holds a B.M.Ed. from Westminster Choir College, Rider University (2005) and a M.M.Ed from the Hartt School, University of Hartford, CT (2012). While at Hartt, Lindsay served as the graduate assistant for Dr. John Feierabend. She is certified in Kodály (Levels 1-4), FAME (First Steps and Conversational Solfege), and is a FAME endorsed Teacher Trainer (First Steps in Music and Conversational Solfege). Lindsay is currently mentoring young teachers and consulting with teachers, schools, and organizations looking to implement music programs for children. Lindsay has presented numerous workshops to music educators and has also addressed groups of parents and caregivers of young children regarding music education philosophy/pedagogy and the important of live music-making in the family and the community. In addition to teaching and consulting, Lindsay is very active in the Organization of American Kodály Educators and is the recent Past President of the New Jersey chapter (Kodály New Jersey). She is also a founding member of the Feierabend Association of Music Education and currently serves on the FAME board as Member at Large. In 2014, Lindsay was awarded the Colleague Recognition Award by the Shipley School for innovation, creativity, and excellence in music. She was featured as a FAME Teacher Spotlight in February 2015, and was also interviewed on the Tuneful, Beatful, Artful Music Teacher podcast in 2019 (S1,E08).  In her spare time, Lindsay enjoys practicing yoga, gardening, and cooking lots of delicious food.