SongWorks Certification Courses

SongWorks in Action Students, Summer 2019 in River Falls, WI

Playful Teaching, Vibrant Learning! That motto sounds encouraging and supportive doesn’t it? That’s because it is! Children feel the vibrancy of immersing themselves in learning as they play, read, study, and compose on a foundation of musicality. Evolving since the 1980s, the leaders of the SongWorks Educators Association have crafted the pedagogy of the SongWorks approach to teaching and learning.

Having attended SongWorks summer courses, educators report welcomed transformations for them and their students as all relax into the SongWorks experience. 

Won’t you join us?

Registration for Summer 2022 Sponsored Courses is now open!

Register here for Level 1 Endorsed Course at BYU

SongWorks Certification

The process of SongWorks Certification (SWC) is divided into three successive courses: Level 1: SongWorks in Action, Level 2: SongWorks for Musicality, and finally Level 3: SongWorks Teaching Practicum.  Upon successful completion of all three levels, the designation of SongWorks Certified Educator is awarded.

  • Level 1: SongWorks in Action – Immersion in ways to engage students as they sing, play, and study music
  • Level 2: SongWorks for Musicality – The Pillars of Music Study: Advanced Foundations & Practices
  • Level 3: SongWorks Teaching Practicum – An intensive year-long teaching mentorship with SongWorks Faculty

Questions? Contact Betty Philips, SWC Executive Director ( for more information.

2022 Certification Courses

Levels 1 & 2

SongWorks Certification Levels 1 & 2 are week-long, all-day courses that take place each summer. Our sponsored courses, Level 1: SongWorks in Action and Level 2: SongWorks for Musicality, take place in July at University of Wisconsin–River Falls, a scenic location with air-conditioned dormitory lodging.

We also offer endorsed courses at other locations. These courses are also be taught by SongWorks Certification Faculty, but are non-residential programs where interactions outside of class time may be more limited.

Both sponsored and endorsed courses lead to SongWorks Certification. All courses are available for graduate credit.

Level 1: SongWorks in Action

Sponsored Course

  • July 11 – 15 at University of Wisconsin, River Falls (UWRF) in River Falls, WI (In-Person)

Endorsed Course

  • June 27 – July 1 at Brigham Young University (BYU) in Provo, UT (In-Person) Register Here

Level 2: SongWorks for Musicality

Sponsored Course

  • July 18 – 22 at University of Wisconsin, River Falls (UWRF) in River Falls, WI (In-Person)

Level 3: SongWorks Teaching Practicum

The SWC Level 3 Teaching Practicum is a year-long distance mentorship program with SongWorks Certification Faculty. This capstone course is offered over the course of the academic year and begins every September.

SongWorks Certification Courses, Summer 2018 in River Falls, WI

SWEA Membership Opportunity

Registrants for either sponsored or endorsed courses are eligible for SWEA Membership at the Student rate of $20! Membership offers many benefits including access to the Sturdy Songs Collection and recordings of SongWorks in Practice (SIP) and Annual Conference sessions. This offer is valid until August 1.