Biography: Crystal Schlieker currently teaches lower school general music at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools. Prior to coming to Chicago, she taught K-12 general and choral music at Shenyang International School in Shenyang, China. She holds a BS in Music Education from Asbury College, and Kodály Certification and MMEd from Capital University. She has presented workshops locally, regionally and nationally and will be teaching 2013 summer courses at DePaul University and VanderCook School of Music. She has Levels I-III Orff-Schulwerk certification from the University of Kentucky and Anderson University.
Workshop Description: Come explore ideas for creating a classroom atmosphere that is respectful and welcoming of children’s ideas and creativity while maintaining a substantive level of instruction. Using movement, manipulatives, visuals, instruments, improvisation, and much more, students will feel empowered to demonstrate their ideas in the classroom and teachers will gain insight into the thought processes of their students. Students will feel more invested in the music as their ideas are honored and creativity will abound as innovation becomes a classroom norm.