Barbara Scheffter, Music Education
"Curriculum Development for Summer Music Camp"
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Linda Dusman and Dr. Airi Yoshioka
Expected Graduation Date: Spring 2009
The goal of this project is to develop a curriculum for a week-long music camp to be held during the summer of 2009 at Mount Airy Presbyterian Church, Mount Airy, Maryland, where I currently serve as Director of Choirs. This camp will be offered to residents of Mount Airy and surrounding communities as well as to members of the church. The purpose of the camp is to teach music fundamentals in an engaging way to children ages 4-10, using melody bells, choir chimes, handbells, singing, and methods of music education recommended by the Early Childhood Music and Movement Association. For my research I will conduct a curriculum study of various music education and handbell teaching methods that are currently in use. The final product of my research will be a notebook of daily lesson plans for a week-long camp, held for three hours each day, tentatively entitled "Spectacular Summer Singing and Ringing Symposium." These lesson plans will combine the best methods my research reveals in the areas of Music and Movement music education, solfege and sight singing instruction, and bell ringing instruction.