Choral music teachers are invited to gather for a hands-on workshop on the “cross-curricular” nature of music education.

The Fort Wayne Children’s Choir will host the Choral Music Educator’s Workshop from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10, at the Rhinehart Music Center on the IPFW Campus.

Featured clinician Pamela Pierson, the FWCC associate artistic director, will lead discussions on integrating comprehension strategies into the music curriculum.

“This is a nice opportunity for [music teachers] to come, relax and gain some information,” said Jonathan Busarow, the executive artistic director of the FWCC. He said the conference is held annually and clinicians range from local specialists to guests from the University of Illinois and Indiana University.

Pierson, this year’s clinician, will call on her experience as a music teacher and school administrator to share the relationship between music education and other studies. Pierson mentioned the technique of visual realization, which is important in the teaching of language arts; this skill is akin to what happens when students learn to read music. “We’re going to talk about that comprehension strategy and show music teachers how they already use those strategies,” Pierson said. “It’ll be somewhat of a hands-on workshop, not just a sit and get.”

Busarow said he attended a conference where Pierson presented on this topic, and he recognized that there are many music teachers who are unable to attend a one-day all-day event, due to their need to be teaching in the classroom.

With that in mind, he hopes this evening workshop will offer those teachers the same information in a time frame that fits the educator’s schedule. Apple Spice Junction will cater the dinner, which is included in the course fee.

While there will be a high school children’s choir rehearsal that evening, no children from the FWCC will be at this conference. “The fun thing is when the teachers become the choir — they become the students,” Busarow said.

“Pam’s going to have several handouts,” he said. “The most successful workshops we’ve had are ones where teachers can take something back and use it in their classroom next week.”

“There have been a lot of years when I came to this workshop as a teacher,” Pierson said. She said some of her favorite parts of the workshop have been the “relevant professional development,” the practical tips and “the opportunity to network.”

“What I really love to see is music teachers coming together to share ideas,” Busarow said. “Our clinician gets to touch so many lives just through one workshop.”