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We Are The Music Makers


RIMEA General Music Workshop Series                                                      9AM-Noon

Saturday, March 10th, 2018                                     Pilgrim High School, Warwick, RI

Dr. Audrey Cardany, University of Rhode Island    


In this workshop, we’ll experience activities that enhance our music makers’ musicianship to feed the heart, mind and body. Using a sequence of instruction that progresses from musical understanding through the body, ears and eyes, to cognitive knowledge, we’ll sing, play, move, listen, read/write, and improvise music that touches our hearts in poignant, sometimes powerful, and even whimsical ways. 

Click here for Music Makers Notes.

Ear before Eye: Musicianship Activities for Choir

THURSDAY, March 9, 2017              &         SATURDAY, March 11, 2017

4:45PM – 5:45PM                                         11:45AM – 12:45PM

Dr. Audrey Cardany, University of Rhode Island



Sound before sight is a well-established principle of music teaching and learning. Yet, putting the “ear before the eye” in the choral rehearsal may at times challenge an ensemble’s focus on preparing and performing music. In this session, participants will explore activities designed to improve singers’ musicianship throughout the choral rehearsal. We will experience ways for the conductor-teacher to foster their singers’ musicianship through movement to internalize music concepts; creative “games” using Curwen hand signs to improve audiation, intonation, and part-singing; and visuals—both iconic and standard notation—to aid music reading and understanding. Examples from SATB repertoire will be shared. 

Friday, March 10, 2017

8:00AM – 9:00AM

Dr. Audrey Cardany, University of Rhode Island


Singing games are a true gem in the general music classroom. They offer opportunities for students to integrate text, rhythm, and melody in meaningful ways through movement and social interaction. Participants will experience rediscovered play parties, and newly student- and teacher-created activities suitable for K-6 students.  

Click Here for Ear before Eye Notes
Click Here for Singing Games 
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