SongWorks:

Playful Teaching, Vibrant Learning

Who We Are

The SongWorks Educators Association (SWEA) is a community of educators who engage learners through SongWorks, a principles-based approach to teaching music.

SongWorks principles and practices offer teachers both grounding and flexibility in making purposeful, caring choices in their interactions with people and music. Songs are the foundation for study and learning experiences that nurture playfulness, responsiveness, and musicality.

Through developing and sharing ideas centered around the SongWorks teaching approach, SWEA members support each other in growing as educators and learners.

Events

SongWorks Summer Certification Courses

Certification Courses

Summer 2022

Dates & Locations Coming Soon!

2021 Virtual Conference Information

Annual Conference

March 31 – April 2, 2022

Dallas, TX

SongWorks in Practice Sessions

SongWorks in Practice (SIP)

October 11, 2021

Online

SongWorks in Practice Sessions

SongWorks Saturday Workshops

September 25, 2021 (MN)

October 23, 2021 (OR)

News

Resources

Looking for Songworks I & II or other printed resources?

 

Head over to our Books page for these and more!

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From the Archive

Looby Loo Scores and Scrambles

Looby Loo Scores and Scrambles

Playful Teaching – Vibrant Learning! What an inspirational tagline! Yet we easily fall into ‘habitual teaching’ where we take the same route to achieve a specific learning goal. This group of lessons is suggested as a pathway to vibrant learning. The ultimate goal is to be skillful in reading and musical in performing several different scores for “Looby Loo.”

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A Musical Evolution of Notation: Introduction

A Musical Evolution of Notation: Introduction

Often, conventional music notation is studied on an elemental level by pulling visual symbols, representing rhythm and pitch, out of their musical context for study. What happens when we consider that complex traditional music notation has become so rigid that its study at an elemental level lacks value, function, or power?

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‘…that by which…’

‘…that by which…’

In 1946 during my first year of undergraduate studies, I took my very first course in philosophy. How I loved that course! Yet for all my enthusiasm at the time only two precise memories remain. Those of you who know me will laugh at this first one simply because I haven’t changed a whit to this day!

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Looby Loo Scores and Scrambles

Looby Loo Scores and Scrambles

Playful Teaching – Vibrant Learning! What an inspirational tagline! Yet we easily fall into ‘habitual teaching’ where we take the same route to achieve a specific learning goal. This group of lessons is suggested as a pathway to vibrant learning. The ultimate goal is to be skillful in reading and musical in performing several different scores for “Looby Loo.”

read more
A Musical Evolution of Notation: Introduction

A Musical Evolution of Notation: Introduction

Often, conventional music notation is studied on an elemental level by pulling visual symbols, representing rhythm and pitch, out of their musical context for study. What happens when we consider that complex traditional music notation has become so rigid that its study at an elemental level lacks value, function, or power?

read more