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

Won’t you join us?

Note: Summer 2021 courses have been postponed until 2022.

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.

Summer 2021 Certification Courses (Update: Postponed to 2022)

Note: All certification courses have been postponed until Summer 2022. Dates and locations will be announced here and on our social media platforms once they have been determined in the coming months.

SongWorks Certification Courses 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 simultaneously in July at University of Wisconsin–River Falls, a scenic location with air-conditioned dormitory lodging and catered meals. This is the only location where all of the SongWorks Certification Faculty will be present.

This summer, for the first time, we will also be offering endorsed courses at two universities: Brigham Young University (Provo, UT) and Southern Methodist University (Dallas, TX). These courses will 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.

Level 1

Sponsored Course

  • July 12 – 16 at University of Wisconsin, River Falls (UWRF) in River Falls, WI

Endorsed Courses

  • June 21 – 25 at Brigham Young University (BYU) in Provo, UT
  • July 26 – 30 at Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, TX

Level 2

Sponsored Course

  • July 12 – 16 at University of Wisconsin, River Falls (UWRF) in River Falls, WI

Level 3

The SWC Level 3 Teaching Practicum will be offered for the first time in September 2021. Stay tuned for more information!

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 from our 2021 Virtual Conference. This offer is valid until August 1 for Summer 2021 courses.