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Professional Development for Teachers

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Teacher Professional Development Sessions

The Rowan Community Music School is proud to offer Teacher Professional Development Sessions for music educators and collegiate students throughout the year!


Most Professional Development’s offered by Rowan CMS are FREE! For all Professional Developments that are not free, we offer payment with a credit card and school purchase orders using the "Bill Me Later" option. Certified Professional Development hours available and a certificate upon completion! All certificates will be emailed after the Session has concluded for the total number of hours attended. Earn your PD for this year with us! Collegiate students always welcome!

Check it out!

Check out our Professional Development Session Selection!

American Popular Song Lecture Series

In this series, Dr. Robert Rawlins, professor and musicologist, will explore the composers and songs of the golden era of American Popular Song. Each of these four lectures will explore a decade of music, beginning with the 1920s, highlighting the notable songs of the period and the composers who wrote them. Each lecture is 1 hour.

Fall 2022: Rebuilding Our Musical World Series

This is a 7 hour hands-on workshop with Barbara Adams, Lecturer – Sound Reinforcement & Music Technology and will cover topics including microphone types, signal flow through a console and PA system, acoustic considerations, and much more. It will be held on-site at Boyd Hall at Rowan University and is designed to help educators in K-12 settings understand live sound theories and techniques to help them deliver better concert performances in their schools. We will cover how to work with the gear they have, understand how to determine what gear they may need, and how they can involve their own students in more technical roles. More info coming!

Spring 2022: Expanding Musical Artistry & Vision

Through this workshop, teachers will learn how to effectively guide students in writing their own melodies, developing harmonies, lyrics, and arrangements for songwriting. The workshop will also focus on ways that songwriting can help students with learning differences to contextualize new skills and flourish in their musical development. We all have unique stories to tell. Join us in learning how you can guide your students on a path of empowerment through songwriting.


The Rowan Community Music School is proud to offer Masterclasses for students and music teachers to attend. All teachers are eligible for Professional Development Certificates and hours. All PD Certificates will be emailed at the conclusion of the PD. We are happy to announce two Artistic Vision Masterclasses in Spring 2022: Artistic Vision Strings Masterclass & Artistic Vision Piano Masterclass.

First Steps in Music

This course provides a bridge from research to practice by demonstrating how Dr. Feierabend's First Steps in Music, a curriculum rich in children's songs, rhymes, games, and dances can develop musical intelligence, singing and movement skills and expressive sensitivities. A model of parents and children playing together in the years from birth to 3 will be presented as well as a curriculum for 3 to 8 year old children in classroom settings.

Conversational Solfege Levels 1 & 2

John Feierabend's engaging, research-based method develops notational literacy by helping children understand music through the use of rhythm and solfege syllables at a conversational level in order to develop a strong sense of inner hearing. Students become independent musical thinkers through a sequential process wherein they learn and joyfully perform music before progressing to the decoding, reading, and writing of musical thought. This literature-driven approach allows teachers ownership over what repertoire is chosen in order to reflect their particular student population. In this course, you will learn the philosophy behind Conversational Solfege and how to employ it in your own program right away.

The Humanizing Musicians Project

The Humanizing Musicians, Artists, Dancers, & Actors Project is a long-term interviewing project that started in June 2021 which aims to compile the personal career journeys of notable people within the performing arts and music industry. The goal of the project is to provide a valuable, educational resource for high school juniors and seniors within the Rowan Community Music School who were thinking about pursuing music careers and wanted to hear what the professionals have to say.

Keep in Mind!

Some Things to Note

  • Please read the Professional Development Session description prior to registering and making payment online (if applicable).
  • Registration is required to participate. 
  • Tuition must be paid online and is non-refundable (if applicable).
  • Rowan CMS reserves the right to cancel any courses, classes, workshops, and ensembles that do not meet minimum enrollment requirements.
  • Please be advised that we reserve the right to change the format of offerings without notice based on the Federal, State, and Local guidelines related to the COVID-19 global health pandemic.
  • Please be advised all campus visitors must continue to follow the most up-to-date Rowan University campus visitor policies, which can be found here.