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Music Education Institute

Institute Overview


Selection Process

We are seeking to recruit and retain 30 music teachers in choral, general, or instrumental areas for each of two summer institutes and corresponding follow-up activities during the subsequent fall semester each year. Our goal is to have a wide representation of school districts, music areas, and grade levels from Wisconsin. Preference in the selection of teacher/participants will be given to:

  • teams of two teachers from the same school district
  • teachers from rural schools
  • teachers who work with disadvantaged populations

Teachers admitted into the institutes must agree to participate in both the summer institute session (August 6-17) and the follow-up activities implemented in the field during the subsequent school year. Teachers earn five graduate-level credits (tuition free) for their participation and completion of all activities.

Summer Institute Session (August 6-17, 2012)

Three (3) graduate credits from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is earned for attending the summer institute. The UW-Green Bay Music Education Institutes were founded to help PK-12 teachers examine the important topics in music education on a deeper level through engaging classroom activities and an inquiry-based learning project approach.

Our institute participants learn new ideas and skills to design a new music unit or re-design an existing instructional unit based on the concepts and principles addressed during the 2-week summer institute session held in early August. Participants then implement their unit projects in the field during the fall semester.

Follow-Up Activities

Two (2) graduate credits from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay are earned when each teacher or teacher team implements the music unit project (new or re-designed units) in their own schools during the fall semester. Each unit project should be implemented and evaluated in an actual PK-12 classroom. The Institute Director will be visiting each teacher team in their classroom during the subsequent academic year to evaluate the music units that have been designed.

The Director visits also are to assist with implementation and evaluation aspects, share new content and pedagogy, address concerns, and to maintain connections among participants in the institute partnership. Finally; the teacher teams are asked to share instructional strategies and ideas about music education on a list-serve with all participants in the institute partnership.


The Institute Mission is to provide rigorous and sustained activities in building content knowledge and competencies necessary to further high quality teaching in Wisconsin. The institute curriculum firmly rests on the Wisconsin Model Academic Content Standards in Music (1998) and the following professional teaching standards are emphasized:

Wisconsin Teaching Standards (Chapter PI 34.02, 2000)

Standard 1: The teacher understands central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the disciplines she/he teaches and can create learning experiences that make these aspects of subject matter meaningful.

Standard 4: The teacher understands/uses a variety of instructional strategies, including the use of technology, to encourage students’ development of critical thinking, problem solving, and performance skills.

Standard 6: The teacher uses effective verbal and non-verbal communication techniques as well as instructional media and technology to foster active inquiry, collaboration, and supportive interaction in the classroom.

Standard 7: The teacher organizes and plans systematic instruction based upon knowledge of subject matter, pupils, the community, and curriculum goals.

Standard 8: The teacher understands and uses formal and informal assessment strategies to evaluate and ensure the continuous intellectual, social, and physical development of the pupil.

Standard 9: The teacher is a reflective practitioner who continually evaluates the effect of his or her choices and actions with the learning community and who actively seeks out opportunities to grow professionally.