Free to all participants, the Saturday Music Lab is held at Dalton Center on the campus of Western Michigan University. The two hour experience involves singing, moving and instrument playing activities designed and presented by area Master Music Educators with assistance from WMU music education majors. These experiences not only enrich school based curricular instruction for K-6 students, but also provide opportunities for WMU music education majors to refine their instructional and leadership skills in a real-world environment.
Each Saturday Music Lab is built around children's song literature, with K-4 participants experiencing developmentally appropriate classes focused on skills and knowledge development in music. Specific activities for these children vary from week to week, but most will experience singing, moving and instrument playing. Children in grades 5 & 6 develop skills in a pop ukulele format for each two hour lab. Previous skill on these instruments isn’t necessary, but a willingness to learn is vital!
The spring 2016 schedule for Saturday Music Labs is February 6, 13, and 20 from 9 to 11 a.m., with classes meeting in Dalton Center classrooms. Check-in before each Saturday Music Lab, and pick-up at the end of each Lab session is in the Dalton Center Lobby. Free parking is available in the Miller Auditorium Parking Deck.
There is no cost to participate in the Saturday Music Lab, but registration is required to ensure adequate balance between teachers and students. Registration is open to students in grades kindergarten through sixth grade, for single or multiple Saturday Music Labs. This link to the online registration form will become active on January 21 when registration for the February Labs begins.
The Music Education Program at Western Michigan University places great value on field based learning, and partners with area school districts to provide practicum experiences in each music education methods class. WMU students who serve as Saturday Music Lab assistants are enrolled in MUS 2480 Teaching and Learning in Music, an undergraduate course in music education.
The Saturday Music Lab is funded by a grant from the WMU College of Fine Arts, and provided by the music education program in the School of Music at Western Michigan University, as a service to the Greater Kalamazoo area community. For more information about Saturday Music Labs, contact Dr. David Smith, at (269) 387-4723.