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

From the President

From the President

Are you starting to feel like you’re seeing the light at the end of the tunnel? I am feeling happier and more hopeful. The dark days seem to be subtly giving way to light.

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From the President

From the President

As challenging as this has been, I have never been more certain that our SongWorks Principles are right on the mark. What we are doing to bring music to children, whether it is in person or online, is more important than ever.

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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.”

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From the President

From the President

Are you starting to feel like you’re seeing the light at the end of the tunnel? I am feeling happier and more hopeful. The dark days seem to be subtly giving way to light.

read more

Resources

Looking for Songworks I & II or other printed resources?

 

Head over to our Books page for these and more!

Get Involved

• SWEA Newsletter & Teaching Ideas

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From the Archive

The Children Are Coming: An Interview with Leah Sunquist

The Children Are Coming: An Interview with Leah Sunquist

At the beginning of the school year, I’m excited to see my students! I’ve missed them, and I’m excited to rekindle the relationships. I like to touch base with what’s going on, see the growth and find out what’s happened in their lives. I am also excited about all the new things I have to present to them, and the journeys I want to take them on throughout the year.

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A Tribute to Teachers

A Tribute to Teachers

We are teachers. We know the importance of our work. We have made a career commitment to helping young people learn. Yet, we know that we’ll never finish our quest to be the best teacher we can be.

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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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The Children Are Coming: An Interview with Leah Sunquist

The Children Are Coming: An Interview with Leah Sunquist

At the beginning of the school year, I’m excited to see my students! I’ve missed them, and I’m excited to rekindle the relationships. I like to touch base with what’s going on, see the growth and find out what’s happened in their lives. I am also excited about all the new things I have to present to them, and the journeys I want to take them on throughout the year.

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