Annual Professional Development
Program For Teachers
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Teachers Voice Workshop
Instructor: Brenda Freed
Mic Technique and
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
“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.
Morning Session: 9 a.m. - Noon
Find Your Voice and Bravely
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
Rhythm in the Bones
Singing and movement
can boost coordination,
self-worth and safe
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
offers songwriting with adults or children and
improvisational singing workshops for teens and adults.