School of Music

2018 Summer Graduate Courses

MUE 595: Teaching the Vocal Jazz Ensemble
Instructor: Taylor O’ Donnell
June 25-29; 9am-4:30pm

Offering a vocal jazz as part of a music program is a great way to emphasize comprehensive overall musicianship, and is a wonderful adjunct to a traditional choral program. Get comfortable with close, complex harmony, syncopation, and improvisation through vocal jazz repertoire.  Vocal jazz literature helps improve your students’ musicianship by leaps and bounds!  This course will focus on analytical listening, introduction to jazz harmony and jazz piano, rehearsal techniques, elements of jazz vocal style, improvisation, and will involve practical application through singing as an ensemble.  


MUE 611: Research in Music Education
Instructor: Michele Kaschub
July 2-30, online  

Have you ever observed your own class or ensemble and wondered “What is happening here?” or “How could we do this better?”. In this course we will explore a multitude of research techniques that you can use in your classroom to improve targeted facets of teaching and learning. Students will design a project related to their own specific needs and interests.  This course is asynchronous and fully online.


MUE 595: Engaging Practices for Middle School General Music
Instructor: Michele Kaschub
July 9-13, 9am-4:30pm

Looking for new ways to invite student creativity and enliven your middle school general music classes?  Come and join us for a hands-on exploration of songwriting, film scoring, smart-device ensembles, drum circles, composition and more.  We will also consider adolescent development, working with special learners, and how to curate collaborative artistic projects to foster the development of every child’s musical capacities.


How to Register

By Phone: Students can register by calling Registration and Scheduling Services at (207) 780-5230, Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

In-Person: Students can register in-person at Advising, 144 Luther Bonney on the Portland campus; Registration and Scheduling Services, 107 Bailey Hall on the Gorham campus; Lewiston-Auburn College; or Off-campus sites in Bath/Brunswick and Saco.

Online: If you have taken a course at USM within the last year, you may register any time after registration begins using the University’s MaineStreet Student Self Service.