Free to all participants, the Saturday Music Lab is held at Dalton Center on the campus of Western Michigan University. The two-hour experience involves singing, moving and instrument-playing activities designed and presented by area Master Music Educators with assistance from WMU music education and music therapy majors.
These experiences not only enrich school-based curricular instruction for K-5 students, but also provide opportunities for professional education majors in the School of Music to refine their instructional and leadership skills in a real-world environment.
Each Saturday Music Lab is built around children's song literature, with K-5 participants experiencing developmentally appropriate classes focused on skills and knowledge development in music. Specific activities vary from week to week, but most will experience singing, moving and instrument playing.
Fall 2018 Saturday Music Labs will be held November 3 and 17 from 9 to 11 a.m., with classes meeting in Dalton Center classrooms. Check-in and pick-up at the end of each session occurs in the Dalton Center Lobby. The Miller Auditorium Parking Deck offers free parking.
Participation is free, but registration is required to ensure adequate balance between teachers and students. Registration is open to students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade, for single or multiple Saturday Music Lab dates.
Professional Education programs in the School of Music place great value on field-based learning. We partner with area school districts and healthcare agencies and individuals to provide practicum experiences in each of our music education and music therapy methods classes. WMU students who serve as Saturday Music Lab assistants are enrolled in undergraduate courses MUS 2480 Teaching and Learning in Music and MUS 1800 Experiencing Music Education.
The Saturday Music Lab is funded by a grant from the WMU College of Fine Arts, and provided by the School of Music as a service to the Greater Kalamazoo community. For more information, contact Dr. Ken Smith, (269) 387-4621.