14th Annual Professional Development

Program For Teachers


June 4 - 5, 2015


Teachers will be able to earn up to 12 CECs if they attend both morning and afternoon sessions, on both days, at the Threadgill Theater.  The workshop is FREE to teachers who have festival tickets for Thursday and Friday, June 6th and 7th.


The Kerrville Folk Festival Foundation is hosting its 14th Professional Development Program for Teachers to be held at the 44th Annual Kerrville Folk Music Festival. The Program is FREE to teachers (holding festival ticket for that day) seeking continuing education in a unique Texas Hill Country setting.


The Kerrville Folk Festival Foundation was created by festival volunteers to support songwriter education & development and is the sponsor of the program bringing songwriters together with teachers as a way of introduction and to say thanks to both groups.


Curriculum is designed to assist teachers in meeting the objectives of Texas Essential Knowledge Skills (TEKS). Teachers can earn up to 12 HOURS continuing education credit. Program is accredited by the State Board for Educator Certification (Course #500546) and is FREE to anyone holding festival tickets for those days.  Teaches will be issued a certificate on Friday afternoon for CEC's earned.


Classes are held daily from 9 a.m. to noon & from 1 p.m. to 4, with 2 breaks in each session.




Morning Session: 9 a.m. - 4p.m.

Threadgill Theater


Teachers Voice Workshop

Instructor: Brenda Freed


Singing Technique,
Harmony Singing

Mic Technique and


Performance Opportunity


Voice Workshop with Brenda Freed

Singing is great exercise and feeling good about one’s singing voice leads to healthier self-esteem.    Brenda Freed’s effortless singing techniques help singers use the belly breath to increase vocal range and stamina, improve pitch and tone, safely project the voice and avoid getting hoarse.  All ages and all levels of singing experience will have fun and benefit from her group and individual instruction, even those with “I can’t sing” syndrome.  Participants will also learn the basic music theory of vocal harmony and some easy ways to apply it.  The only prerequisite is the desire to improve one’s singing or harmonizing skills.   Brenda will also cover microphone technique and some participants will have an opportunity to perform at the end.

About Brenda Freed: Brenda Freed has been performing all her life and has been teaching voice for over 25 years.  She has a Masters Degree in Music Education/Music Therapy.  The words of her students describe her teaching skills best. 

“I got so much out of the vocal workshop with Brenda Freed.  I was particularly impressed with her gift for quickly identifying the root of a singer's block or problem. Her methods are solid and the concepts clear and precise. It's her positive, hands-on delivery of these ideas and her obvious enthusiasm for the subject matter that draws her students in and gets them participating."

“In my very first session with her, Brenda showed me how to breathe properly which completely changed my voice from a weak, shy voice to a strong confident voice.”

“Brenda is intuitive and has the ability to pinpoint vocal problems and exactly what would improve someone’s singing.  She has the knowledge to explain it in an understandable way so that there is immediate improvement.”

“After just one lesson, my band mate and I had the basics down to work out harmonies for our original songs.”

Brenda offers Effortless Singing and Effortless Harmony Singing products for ongoing individual study and practice.  www.brendafreed.com/teaching  www.facebook.com/EffortlessMusicInstruction 





Morning Session: 9 a.m. - Noon

Threadgill Theater

Find Your Voice and Bravely Sing! 

Instructor: Martin Swinger

Martin Swinger facilitates a musically affirming, laugh-filled, hands-on workshop for teachers wishing to introduce more singing into their school day. Easy singing and songwriting games give teachers confidence to creatively ‘fail’ and maintain pride and self-respect in front of students and peers! Even uncertain singers can model and foster a love of singing, freely invent and sing instruction, lesson and transition songs using these simple scaffolding steps.



Afternoon Session:  1 p.m to 4 p.m.

Threadgill Theater

Rhythm in the Bones

Singing and movement
can boost coordination,
self-worth and safe


Instructor: Martin Swinger

Movement with singing is a proven brain-booster. Simple song-step and hand-jive games appropriate for Kindergarten and up incorporate inter-active body rhythms, rounds and counterpoint. You’ll be laughing, singing and amazed at where it all leads! This is also a sharing workshop, so come prepared to share your interactive songs with the group. Experience how singing/movement can boost immune systems, coordination, self worth and safe community all at the same time! Cameras and recording devices welcomed.

Martin Swinger introduces simple song-step and hand-jive games appropriate for Kindergarten and up to boost immune systems, coordination, self worth and safe community all at the same time! Come share your games, too!

About Martin Swinger:  Martin Swinger is a multi-award-winning singer/songwriter and performer who has studied with vocal masters Rhiannon (long-time member of Bobby McFerrin’s Voicestra), Ysaye Barnwell (Sweet Honey and the Rock), Moira Smiley and Barbara McAfee. Martin leads improvisational singing workshops for teens and adults across New England for such organizations as: National Association for the Education of Young Children, and National Gatherings of The Children's & The People’s Music Network, and the Maine and Massachusetts Music Educators Association. After experiencing Martin’s ‘Vocal Skinny-Dipping’ workshop, Andy Moodey, workshop coordinator for Harmonium Society offered, “Martin, these are the most consistantly high scores I’ve seen in the 3 years I’ve been coordinating. 19 fives (top evaluation score), 1 four, nothing lower!  Also 1 SIX!!! - not even ON the form!

Martin offers songwriting with adults or children and improvisational singing workshops for teens and adults. www.martinswinger.com