Elementary General: A Music Learning Theory Approach

Elementary General: A Music Learning Theory Approach

Through the lens of Gordon's Music Learning Theory, the course is focused on K-6 general music and developing effective strategies for learner-centered growth, musicianship, movement, curriculum, inclusion, and assessment. GIML professional development course level 1.

Workshop dates: June 28-July 9, 2021 (M-F)
Pricing:  (arrival: June 27, 2021; depart: July 9, 2021)

*Deadline to reserve housing: June 17, 2021

At the conclusion of this program, participants will receive a certificate of completion reflecting 6.0 CEUs earned.

Important COVID Information

Music Summer Workshops 2021 COVID Information

The Kent Campus resides in Portage County and must adhere to the state's guidelines for counties. Campuses may adjust operations when the state of Ohio COVID Risk Level status for their county is changed, including the addition of restrictions when the county risk level is raised, or the return to previous operations when the county risk level is lowered.

Participants residing in University housing must:

  • Provide proof of being fully vaccinated (2 weeks have passed since your last dose). You will be exempt from further testing. Or
  • Provide proof of a positive COVID-19 test taken with 90 days. You will be exempt from further testing. Or
  • Submit proof of a negative test 3-5 days before arriving on campus
    • Participants in the General Music and Orff-Schulwerk programs, who submit proof of a negative test 3-5 days before arrival, will be required to test again mid-way through the program.
      • The University can provide an At-Home kit to use in your room. Or
      • You can schedule testing with DeWeese Health Center.

For more information including coronavirus updates, resources, and FAQs, please visit www.kent.edu/coronavirus

Meet The Instructors

Dr. Herbert Marshall

Herbert Marshall, Ph. D. is an Assistant Professor specializing in early childhood and general music teacher education. He holds degrees from Michigan State University, Syracuse University, and Temple University, and taught for 11 years in upstate New York. He has completed teacher education courses in Orff-Schulwerk, Music Learning Theory, Weikart, and Laban. He is the author of Strategies for Success in Musical Theatre and serves on Music Educators Journal’s advisory board.

Jennifer Bailey, M.M.

Jennifer Bailey is an elementary music specialist for Farmington Public Schools with twenty-five years of experience teaching. Jennifer holds a B.M. in flute performance from Michigan State University, a teacher certification from the University of Houston, and an M.M. Ed. from Temple University. She was named Music Educator of the Year by the Michigan Music Education Association and Arts Educator of the Year by Michigan Youth Arts in 2018.

Jennifer is a GIML professional development faculty member in the areas of Early Childhood and Elementary General Music. She also served as president for the Mid-Atlantic and Michigan chapters as well as GIML past-present. Jennifer’s website, singtokids.com, hosts her blog, where she discusses a variety of music education topics. She is the author of Sing To Kids Songbooks and a co-author of the Jump Right In Elementary Music Series. Jennifer is a frequent presenter at clinics for state and regional music education conferences.


For program-specific inquiries, contact Dr. Herbert Marshall at hmarsha6@kent.edu.

For registration inquiries, contact Judi Cash at jcash11@kent.edu or 330-672-8670.