Kodály Music Educators of 

 Central California

Spring Connection with Nyssa Brown

"Inspiring Students to Create in the Music Classroom: Inquiry, Standards, and Active Music Making" 

Workshop Description 

How can we encourage more student-centered learning in the music classroom while meeting standards and inspiring lifelong learning? Learn to use an inquiry-driven approach to meet (and exceed) standards - that keeps active music making at the center of student learning. In this workshop, participants will experience a create-focused inquiry lesson that can be applied or modified for use across grade levels in music classrooms. Leave with ideas for immediate classroom implementation as well as an understanding of how to create your own inquiry-based lessons in the music classroom that keep students actively engaged in “music-ing.” This workshop will use standards as a springboard and draw on inquiry, backward design, and concept-based tools and strategies for intentional curriculum design.


Saturday, April 6, 2024

Registration: 9 - 9:25 AM 

Workshop: 9:30 - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

BONUS: 12:30 - 1:00 "Kidspeak Standards" with Juanda Marshall 

Virtual Presentations on Zoom

Recording will be available to view for two weeks after the workshop date.

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About Nyssa

Nyssa Brown is an international arts education consultant with Music Ed Forward who works with arts educators around the globe to build student-centered, concept-driven, inquiry-based music curriculum. With 25 years of teaching experience with both students and adults, Nyssa empowers learners of all ages to build on their current knowledge and envision new possibilities.

Nyssa has 18 years of experience in elementary and secondary music classrooms, as well as teaching and leadership experience at the team, school, district, state, national and international levels.  Ms. Brown served on the writing committee for the National Core Arts Standards and is an Erickson and Lanning Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction Certified Trainer. She was one of ten finalists for 2004 Minnesota Teacher of the Year and received a prestigious Milken Educator Award in 2004 from the Milken Family Foundation.

Passionate about teaching in a global context, Nyssa taught at American School of the Hague and the International School of Amsterdam in the Netherlands, The American Embassy School in New Delhi, India and in both Namibia and South Africa, through a fellowship offered by the Eastman School of Music's Umculo: The Kimberley Project. Nyssa is a faculty member of the Kodály Levels Courses at Indiana University and the University of St. Thomas. With a focus on strong relationships and collaborative processes, she aims to help transform students, teachers and communities through music education.

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“Music must not be approached from its intellectual, rational side, nor should it be conveyed to the child as a system of algebraic symbols, or as a secret writing of a language with which he has no connection. The way should be paved for direct intuition.”  - Zoltan Kodály

(Selected Writings, p. 120)

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