Special Topics & Workshop Offerings

Graduate Music Programs at Lakeland University

Credit & Non-Credit Courses

Each year, Lakeland University offers a variety of Special Topics (credit) and Workshop (non-credit bearing) courses that cover a wide variety of relevant topics in music education.

Special Topics & Workshop Offerings

Lakeland is proud to announce the following Special Topics (credit)/Workshop (non-credit) offerings:

Join FAME (Feierabend Association for Music Education) certified Teacher-Trainer Stephanie Schall Brazee for this immersive course. Participants will be introduced to current research findings and the implications of this research on the development of an early childhood music and movement curriculum. Materials and activities will be presented for children from birth to age seven (7). Collecting materials, designing teaching strategies, lesson plans and yearly curriculum, as well as developing and promoting an early childhood program will be covered. Active participation in both music and movement activities will be the basis for most instructions. Students who complete the course (credit or non-credit) will be eligible to earn a Feierabend Association for Music Education certification of completion. NOTE: FAME certificates are not issued by Lakeland University. Please visit https://www.feierabendmusic.org/ for more information.

  • Friday, June 21 – Sunday, June 23
  • 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Lakeland University - Main Campus
  • MU 680A.K1 [2 graduate credits] - $1,374
  • MU 680A.K2 [0 credits] - $420
  • Faculty: Stephanie Schall-Brazee
    • Stephanie Schall-Brazee is an elementary music teacher for the Traverse City Area Public Schools where she also directs the select Women’s Choir, Bella Voce.

    • As a choral director, Stephanie’s choirs have consistently earned first degree ratings at festivals, and have been invited to perform at the Michigan Music Conference in Grand Rapids, MI. In addition to her public school teaching, Stephanie is also on the faculty of the Northwest Michigan College Children’s Choirs where she directs the Lyric and Prelude Choirs.

      Stephanie’s training includes a Bachelor of Music Education Degree from Central Michigan University and a Master of Music Education Degree from the Hartt School, where she was a graduate assistant to Dr. John Feierabend. In addition to her teaching, Stephanie has served as a clinician presenting sessions on “Singing Development in Young Children”, “Music and Movement in Preschool” and “Conversational Solfege”. She is an endorsed Teacher Trainer for First Steps in Music.

Dr. Marques Garrett

This is a course study centered around the Black choral experience. The topics include Negro spirituals, concert pieces, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and R. Nathaniel Dett’s unique contributions.

  • Saturday, July 6 – Sunday, July 7
  • 8:45 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
  • Lakeland University - Main Campus
  • MU 680B.K1 [1 graduate credit] - $687
  • MU 680B.K2 [0 credits] - $210
  • Faculty: Dr. Marques Garrett
    • A Virginia native, Marques L. A. Garrett is Associate Professor of Choral Studies at the University of North Texas. He earned his PhD in Music Education (Choral Conducting) at Florida State University.

      An active conductor, Dr. Garrett is the founding conductor of the Nebraska Festival Singers. He has served as a guest conductor or clinician with several school, church, community, and festival/honor choirs throughout the country. In addition to his conducting classes at UNL, he leads conducting workshops at other universities and conferences.

      A versatile voice that performs both as a baritone and countertenor, Dr. Garrett has sung with several community, church, and university groups as both a chorister and soloist. He was the countertenor soloist in the European premiere of Dan Forrest’s Jubilate Deo in Limerick, Ireland. Currently, he sings with the Festival Singers of Florida and Jason Max Ferdinand Singers.

      Dr. Garrett is an avid composer of choral and solo-vocal music whose compositions have been performed to acclaim by high school all-state, collegiate, and professional choirs including Seraphic Fire and the Oakwood University Aeolians. His compositions are available through several publishers.

Course participants will develop their personal musicianship skills, learn to create stylistically and age-appropriate arrangements, and experience pedagogical models appropriate for the elementary and middle school classroom that emphasize improvisation and creativity. This approach stresses the importance of developing the child’s body, ear, and mind as an integrated pathway to creative expression and comprehensive musicianship.

  • Monday-Friday, July 8 – July 19
  • 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Lakeland University - Main Campus
  • MU 605A – 3 graduate credits [$2,061]
  • MU 605B – 0 credits [$1,030]
  • Faculty:

Participants will receive instruction in the Basic Orff Schulwerk Level II approach to active music teaching. In Orff Schulwerk classrooms, children begin with what they do instinctively – play! Imitation, experimentation and personal expression occur naturally as students become lifelong musicians and creative problem solvers. Though developed in the mid-20th century by German composer Carl Orff and his protégé, Gunild Keetman, the Orff approach to teaching remains a model for optimal learning in 21st century classrooms. Building upon skills learned in Orff Schulwerk Level I, students will further study technique and improvisation, analysis and arranging, pedagogy, movement, and recorder, as well as special topics that demonstrate the integration of these various subjects.

Please see Orff Schulwerk Certification for more information.

  • Monday, July 8 – Friday, July 19
  • 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Lakeland University - Main Campus
  • MU 605A – 3 graduate credits [$2,061]
  • MU 605B – 0 credits [$1,030]
  • Faculty:

Complete a non-degree seeking graduate application by clicking the button below.

  • Non-degree applicants need to apply at Lakeland.edu/apply and request academic transcripts be sent directly to Lakeland University.
  • Non-degree students who later decide they would like to earn acceptance into a degree program must follow the regular application procedures. At the time of such application, the credits earned as a non-degree student will be reviewed and we will explain how the credits can be used in meeting the degree requirements.
  • Please note, financial assistance is not available for non-degree students.
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For new students, the program director will contact you following completion of your application process to assist with registration.

Returning students may login to my.lakeland.edu to register for classes. Please contact Evan Chancellor (chancellore@lakeland.edu) for advising assistance and help with registration.

Registration for classes beginning in Summer 2024 will open February 12, 2024.

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Your Stay On Campus

Lakeland University is a liberal arts institution whose main campus is located in the summer vacation destination of Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Lakeland’s main campus is located near the sandy shores of Lake Michigan, the quaint village of Elkhart Lake, and the Bratwurst Capital of the World, Sheboygan boasts world-class lodging and spas, charter fishing, a top motorsports race track, miles of bike trails, and so much more.

Students in the program will enjoy Lakeland’s peaceful and idyllic main campus which features beautiful landscaping and walking trails along with numerous quiet areas to study and gather with fellow students to study and socialize. Students will enjoy the newly renovated Younger Family Campus Center which houses the Main Dining Hall, Muskie Mart, Daily Gring coffee shop, and The Pub restaurant.

Frequently Asked Questions

When courses are taken for credit, students must complete all course activities and assessments. These activities will not be required when students register for non-credit workshops. Given the difference in the assessment of learning, there is a difference in cost for credit-bearing vs. non-credit bearing offerings.

NOTE: Students who are considering completing the Master of Music in Music Education – Kodály Emphasis program and/or OAKE-Endorsed Kodály Certificate program are urged to take courses for credit, as workshop courses will not apply to these programs at a future date.

For help getting started, please contact Jane Bouche at boucheja@lakeland.edu or 920-565-1022 ext. 2143.

For course and program-related questions, please contact the program director, Evan Chancellor, at chancellore@lakeland.edu or 920-565-1000 ext. 2304.

Lakeland University may offer courses that are affiliated with the Feierabend Association for Music Education. When taken for credit, these courses may apply to the Special Topics requirement of the Master of Music in Music Education – Kodály Emphasis program . Please contact the Program Director for questions on how these courses may apply to degree requirements. Lakeland University does not issue any certifications on behalf of FAME, and encourages participants to contact FAME directly with any questions related to FAME certification: https://www.feierabendmusic.org

Yes! Housing and meal plans are available for any student participating in the on-campus courses listed above. Housing and meal plan rates may be prorated if courses are shorter than the published timeframes.

Workshop courses (0-credit offerings) are not financial aid eligible. Special Topics courses (credit-bearing offerings) are only financial aid eligible if a student is an accepted student in the Master of Music in Music Education – Kodály Emphasis degree program at Lakeland University.

Limited scholarships are available for the Orff Schulwerk Certification courses listed when taken for credit. Please visit the Orff Schulwerk Certification page for more information on how to apply, or contact Jane Bouche at BoucheJA@lakeland.edu.

Lakeland also offers limited scholarships for students enrolled in the Master of Music in Music Education – Kodály Emphasis program and/or its OAKE-Endorsed Kodály Certificate program.

Lakeland does not offer scholarships for students enrolled in any course outside of the programs listed above.