Arts Integration: Teaching Using Traditional Music and Dance

Course Number: MUS 5710 CFS1
Instructor: Mark Sustic
Location: Bishop Booth Conference Center in Burlington, Vermont
Dates and Times: May 5 & 6, 8:30 am - 3:30 pm and 7:30 pm - 9 pm. Online wraparound May 1 - June 30, 2017
Credits: 1 credit
Tuition: $135

Note: Please register directly with Young Tradition Vermont. If you wish to take the course for Castleton credit, please notify Young Tradition Vermont, who will then give you the link to Castleton's online registration form. Please complete and submit the online registration. NOTE: Do NOT make payment to Castleton University. Course tuition of $135 needs to be made payable to Vermont Folklife Center, 88 Main St, Middlebury, VT 05753.

Course Description

Participants will attend the Young Folks Doing Old Stuff conference on May 5, 2017 at the Bishop Booth Conference Center in Burlington Vermont, additional associated activities during Young Tradition Weekend the evening of May 5 and day and evening on May 6, and post-conference requirements. Course participants who sign up for one graduate credit must attend the full day and evening of conference events and complete additional hours of coursework to total 15 hours of active learning. Participation at the conference on May 5 requires the course enrollees attend one workshop session in each session slot, the keynote address, and a mid-day presentation. All coursework must be completed by June 30, 2017. Mark Sustic, M.Ed. is the instructor/facilitator for this graduate level course.

Course Objectives

Learning objectives - Participants will:

• Describe in detail two workshops attended on May 5, other workshops not attended but viewed on video after the conference has been completed, and two other young tradition weekend activities scheduled for May 5 and May 6.
• Write about and discuss personal reflections about using traditional music and dance learned at the conference and during the weekend.
• Dialogue with other educators about how traditional music and dance can be used in teaching.
• Prepare a written plan for implementing at least one idea or practice learned during workshops or other sessions at the conference and/or other events during Young Tradition Weekend in their own teaching.

Course Expectations

Assignments

1. Participate in a 1-hour pre-conference call meeting and a 1-hour post-conference conference call meeting with the instructor and other course participants. Both of these meetings will be done via conference call and will be scheduled at the mutual convenience of the instructor and course participants.

The pre-conference meeting will occur within 2 weeks prior to the May 5 conference and include.....
• overview of the syllabus
• overview of the Conference and related Young Tradition Weekend activities
• self-introduction by each participant
• selection of participant goals and expectations (these will form the basis for post-conference reflection)

The post-conference meeting will occur within 2 weeks after the May 5 conference and will include......
• instructor and participant reflections on the conference and associated activities
• participant description of at least one workshop or associated activity attended and responding to questions and comments by the instructor and other participants
• participant discussion of post-conference plans, goals and expectations for using traditional music and dance in their own teaching practices and activities.

2. Attend and participate in the following.......

• Young Folks Doing Old Stuff conference on 5/5/17 at the Bishop Booth Conference Center in Burlington (8:30am to 3:30pm)
• Young Tradition Weekend Contra Dance on 5/5/17 at City Hall in Burlington, inclusive of pre-dance workshop and one or two participatory dances (7:30pm to at least 9pm)
• Contest on 5/5/17 at Waterfront Park in Burlington (11am to 3pm)
• view videos of workshops not attended on 5/5/17 that will be posted on line after the 5/5/17 conference has concluded (approximately 1 hour each)

3. Prepare a one-and-a-half to two-page written summary of participant reflections about the conference in total and at least one workshop or associated activity. The summary should include reflections on the degree to which participant’s pre-conference goals and expectations were met or exceeded, and provide enough detail so that someone who did not attend the same activities will clearly understand what happened. Participants should include personal thoughts inspired by the conference and associated activities-these can include questions, musings, briefs and challenges. The summary should include participant ideas and solutions to challenges related to incorporating traditional music and dance in their own teaching practices and activities, and reflections on information collected during the weekend. The summary is to be written AFTER the post-conference conference call meeting has concluded, and is due within 7 days following a post-conference conference call meeting with the instructor and other course participants.

4. Prepare a one-and-a-half to two-page paper describing plans for implementing one idea from the conference and/or associated activities. This idea can be a theme, process, technique, tool and special project. The plan should be for implementation in the participant's current educational setting in the next academic year (fall 2017 through spring 2018). Included should be a timeline for implementation and description of the process sufficiently so that others could adopt/adapt it for their own use. The paper is to be written AFTER the post-conference conference call meeting has concluded, and is due within 7 days following the post-conference conference call meeting.

All written assignments should be word processed, single-spaced and sent as an attachment to the instructor by the due date.

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