Listening to Learn - Learning to Listen

Peggy Krasin, River Falls; Tim Lutz, Menomonie; Sharon Gilbert, Stevens Point

July 24-25, 2013, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm each day
Wisconsin Center for Music Education, Waunakee


Workshop Description Registration
Instructor Graduate Credit Information
Location and Directions Lodging Information

Location and Directions:
Wisconsin Center for Music Education, Waunakee, WI


This workshop will offer participants many opportunities to experience and design active listening lessons. It will demonstrate ways to design listening lessons that motivate students to understand and love all genres of music while meeting each National and State Music Education Standard. All of the lessons are drawn from the hundreds of lessons shared in the WMEA Listening Project over many years. These lessons are tried and tested in classrooms by music teachers in Wisconsin. Breakout sessions will incorporate strategies for utilizing smart boards and other technologies. You don't want to miss this opportunity to give your students the gift of loving and understanding the many genres of great music available to them.

NEW  This year we are adding an advanced track for teachers who have taken the level one class, but would like to learn and experience more.  It will offer teachers the opportunity to develop a more in-depth understanding of music listening and the positive effects it has on student’s learning and lives.  They will learn more advanced pedagogy of teaching music listening and have access to and receive many more listening resources for their students and themselves.

One graduate credit is available for this two-day course for an additional fee of $220. Credit information will be available at the workshop and is also available in the Graduate Credit section below.

Wisconsin Teaching Standards Addressed: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Wisconsin Music Standards Addressed: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I


Peggy is in her 40th year of teaching music at Westside Elementary School in River Falls, WI. She earned her Bachelor of Music Education Degree in General, Choral and Instrumental Music from the University of Wisconsin -Superior and her Master of Music Education Degree from the University of Illinois- Champagne Urbana. She has also taught at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. She has been involved with the WMEA Listening Project since Mary Pautz started it in 1984. She served as chair for 7 years and has been an active member of the committee since it was formed. Peggy has presented sessions at many state and national MENC conventions.  Peggy has been awarded the Michael G. George Distinguished Service Award, received the Yale Distinguished Music Educator Award and a Kohl Fellowship.  Listening is an important part of her music curriculum and she looks forward the sharing the joy of music listening with you.

Tim Lutz earned his B.M.E. Degree from U.W Stevens Point in 1986 and a Master of Science in music education from the University of Illinois at Champagne-Urbana, studying with Eunice Boardman. He is a past chair of the WMEA Listening Project (4 years) and has served on the committee for many years. This will be his 26th year of teaching. Currently he teaches in Menomonie, WIsconsin at Oaklawn Elementary School. His primary focus in teaching is inviting students to be lifelong music learners, performers and well educated audience members. He has a passion for technology and its applications for music education. Active as a piano accompanist, singer, musical director and performer of musical theater in West Central Wisconsin, he keeps a busy schedule. In addition he is founding partner in Old Sweet Song productions, featuring music of the Victorian, Vaudeville, 1920's, 1930's and World War II.

Sharon Gilbert is a retired general music teacher.  She is currently a substitute teacher for 4 different school districts.  She earned both a Bachelor and Master’s of Music Education degree from UW Stevens Point.  She was named the 2008 Wisconsin Teacher of the Year.  She has been involved with the WMEA Listening Project for many years including serving as co-chair of the project committee for 4 years.  Sharon enjoys speaking at teacher conferences, women’s leadership conventions and adjudicating at music contests.  She continues to share her love of music with students as well as playing piano and harp for church services.

Back to top

Pre-registration closes 7/15/13
Members*         $130.00            
Non-Members    $145.00            
Undergraduate   $65.00             
On Site             $155.00
Print registration form (pdf)
Register online (secure site)

*Discount for members WMEA, MENC or staff in WSMA member schools.

Graduate Credit Information:
Registrants have the opportunity to earn one graduate credit for this course for an additional fee of $220. This is a separate registration fee from the workshop registration. Please download a copy of the Viterbo registration form (pdf) and mail it with a check for $220 (payable to Viterbo University) to:

Mary Elsner
Wisconsin Center for Music Education
1005 Quinn Drive
Waunakee, WI 53597.

View course syllabus (pdf)

Please do not send credit registrations to Viterbo University. If you are registering for more than one course, please include a separate check and Viterbo form for each course.

Viterbo University will email all participants instructions for retrieving their grade reports online approximately 4-6 weeks after the course has been completed, after which time you may request a transcript. Transcripts may be requested directly from Viterbo by completing and mailing in a Transcript Request Form (pdf). Transcripts are $5 per transcript per request.

For more information on graduate credit opportunities, please visit our Graduate Credit Information page.

Back to top

Back to Professional Development Opportunities main page.