School of Music

2020 Summer Music Graduate Courses

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Daniel SonenbergJune 22 - August 25, 2020

Graduate Seminar in Music History
MUH 520 (3 Credits)

Daniel Sonenberg, Instructor


A seminar on the music and cultural legacy of the Beatles. We will examine their work from music-theoretical, historical, sociological, and feminist perspectives. Attention will be given to recent scholarship on the Beatles and popular music. Students will do weekly reading and listening, write weekly short reading response papers, write a term paper and give a conference-style presentation. 

Dates are: 6/22, 6/23, 6/29, 7/6, 7/13, 7/20, 7/27, 8/3. 

Final Presentations: 8/24, 8/25

All meetings are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Rachel Grimsby


June 29 - July 3, 2020

The USM School of Music will host
Dr. Rachel Grimsby for "First Steps in Music."

MUE 595 (1 Credit)

This topics course will offer students an introduction to the Feierabend philosophy of music learning. Students will learn about the history and research which informs the philosophy, discuss folk musics and understand why they are important to music education, learn how to research folk musics and incorporate all genres of music into their classroom. The principles of the 8-part musical workout, and how Feierabend informs other methodologies also will be discussed. This course is an introduction course and does not lead to certification. 

This class meets 9am - 12pm Mon - Fri

Learn more about Rachel Grimsby at 



Michele KaschubJuly 6 - July 31, 2020

Curriculum Development and Assessment

MUE 614 (3 Credits)

Michele Kaschub, online

The emergency shift to distance education has highlighted challenges and potentials for new learning environments. These may continue to influence how we deliver music education to our students for some time. In this course we will consider the lessons of Covid-19 teaching, but also look beyond the crisis teaching of Spring 2020 to consider what lies ahead for music in what will likely remain a multi-modal system of education.  We will address how to: 1) identify the essential learnings of our curriculums; 2: plan for flexible, adaptable, and pivot-ready modes of teaching and learning; and 3) design and implement instructional units that provide students with the opportunity to gain new knowledge, skills, and understandings so that they may achieve their musical potentials in any environment.

This course will be led by Michele Kaschub. Professor, Director of Music Teacher Education, and Director of the Center for Collaboration and Development at USM, Michele’s research interests include children’s composition, choral music, curriculum design and assessment, and the professional development of teachers. She is co-author of Minds on Music: Composition for Creative and Critical Thinking, Experiencing Music Composition in Grades 3-5, co-editor of Composing Our Future and Promising Practices in 21st Century Music Teacher Education, and currently serves as Chair & Academic Editor of Music Educators Journal. Active as a clinician and guest lecturer, she has presented workshops and conference sessions in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, and Virginia, as well as internationally in Canada, England, Ireland and Germany.

This class will meet via Zoom on July 6, 13, 20, 27, 30 and 31.

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