EDUO 9815: Elementary Classroom Music

  • Instructor: Pam Ferko
  • Semester Credits/Units: 3
  • US $477
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This course is designed to help teachers create a music program that will enhance the classroom environment while adding new dimensions and deeper meaning to learning. The Common Core Anchor Standards for Reading are connected to Music in that music is a language that involves the creative practices of investigation and reflection. No music degree or special talent is needed – just a little effort.

Only one required resource text is needed to complete this course: “You Played a Song, Now What?”, by Sue Fenton, Madame Fifi Publications, 75 Lowery Place, P.O. Box 310967, Newington, CT 06131. Available at You will also need a soprano recorder; these are available in music stores and through – many under *$5.

You will need access to a recording device: Acceptable formats for recording include: Uploading a video to YouTube, Audio cassette; CD; Microcassette; DVD, etc. (Any method that can be accessed by your instructor). You will also need various and sundry items such as tin pans, sticks, rubber bands, shoe boxes, etc. for making home-made rhythm instruments.


By the end of this course the participant will

  • know how to use recorded songs to aid in developing a positive learning environment that incorporates the art of music as a means of language communication and creative personal realization. (Connects Common Core Standards for English Language Arts to the Arts Standards framework).
  • be able to teach the making of musical instruments out of everyday materials.
  • play the soprano recorder which involves performance based learning.


Exemplary: A+ to A- Acceptable: B+ to B- Unacceptable:
Must be resubmitted
Clearly and thoroughly addresses each of the assignments and shows a logical progression in their usage. Addresses all assignments with clarity Ideas are not clear or relevant
Responses are clear and easy to read or hear Responses can be read; and recordings heard Response is difficult to read or hear
Shows careful editing so that egregious errors in punctuation, spelling,and usage have been eliminated Minor mechanical errors exist but do not seriously distract from the meaning Shows little organization and has poor punctuation, with spelling errors

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Pam Ferko

B.A., Supplementary Authorization in English

K-8 General Ed. in elementary public schools 26+ years.

Friday Morning Sing director for 5 years.

Educational special interest in using music to assist in teaching all academic subjects.

Pam’s personal interests include family, singing in a choir, and is a Mid Century Modern design enthusiast.