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First Read to Stellar Performance 2018

Fine Arts

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at 8:00 AM - Friday, June 29, 2018 at 5:00 PM (CDT)

First Read to Stellar Performance 2018

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Registration Type Remaining Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Late registration, First Read to Stellar Performance   more info 15 Registrations Ended $425.00 $20.70

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This summer Drake University will offer a course for elementary and secondary music teachers who want to help their students to read pitch and rhythm confidently, develop beautiful tone, and sing expressively.

The course utilizes a cooperative learning format and guided practice to assist teachers in gaining the skills they need to help their students to become independent and expressive musicians.

The course fee is $325. Drake graduate credit (EDMA) is $110 per credit hour; staff development credit is $35 per credit hour. The course can be taken for two credits.

You can register online from March 12 through May 15.

Questions? Contact Dr. Aimee Beckmann-Collier at or 515-271-2841.


From First Read to Stellar Performance


with Bel Canto Solfeggio, June 26-29 


John Armstrong, clinician


Develop beautiful tone

Bel Canto: John Armstrong has unique and appealing ways to teach beautiful singing in lessons, classes and rehearsals. This course introduces an extensive series of warm-ups, exercises, patterns, rounds, vocalises and choralises that develop vocal mastery along with music literacy. We explore singing fundamentals in artistic ways to engage the personality as well as the voice. 


More Than Music Literacy

Solfeggio: We introduce our process for learning independently within a group setting. We also help you create artistic handsigns which translate into expressive conducting gestures to captivate each singer’s imagination. We will show you non-verbal approaches to improve tone, intonation and expressive phrasing while you teach singers to think, count and take ownership for learning.


Great Literature

Repertoire: We incorporate proven choral pieces throughout the sessions to help you apply skills as you master them. Each voicing is represented with carefully selected literature for every level. You will learn how a one-page Reader can accelerate the learning curve for a new piece of music.


Teaching Practice

Immersion: As soon as we introduce a new procedure or process, we break into small groups to allow each teacher opportunities to practice leading that skill in a non-pressure environment. Colleagues support and coach each other as we build skill sets throughout the course. This offers the benefits of a symposium, yet with active participation in small increments.



What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

The best parking for the Fine Arts Center would be Lot 1, located on 25th Street, between Carpenter Avenue and Forest Avenue.  You will need a parking pass for this event, please purchase one at think link


Do I have to bring my printed registration to the class?

You will not need to bring your printed registration to the class.


What is the refund policy?

There are no refunds after purchase. Please contact Aimee Beckmann-Collier at or at 515-271-2841 for information regarding this issue.

Is there housing available for participants?

No oncampus housing is available. 


Are meals readily available?

Yes, there are many restaurants in the area, ranging from fast food to something nicer.  You'll be given a map of these at check-in on the first day of class.

How can I register for course credit?

A representative of Drake's School of Education will be present at check-in on the first day of each course.  You may register for either the graduate credit ($110 per credit hour) or staff development credit ($35 per credit hour) at that time.


Will I need to do homework each night?

Yes, the course requires some homework.  The typical amount of time you'll need to spend each night is probably between one and two hours.

If my school district is paying for the course, may I submit a purchase order?

We'd prefer not to accept POs, since they take so much time to administer.  However, if there is absolutely no other way for you to pay for the course, please contact Dr. Aimee Beckmann-Collier at


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Sheslow Auditorium
Drake University
2505 Carpenter Ave
Des Moines, Iowa 50311

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at 8:00 AM - Friday, June 29, 2018 at 5:00 PM (CDT)

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