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ETM Summer Academy 2019

From August 20, 2019 – August 28, 2019, ETM will be hosting its annual Summer Academy for ETM partner school teachers.




Dr. Alice Hammel

Dr. Alice Hammel, Virginia Music Educator Association Outstanding Educator (2018), is a widely known music educator, author, and clinician whose experience in music is extraordinarily diverse. She is a member of the faculty of James Madison University, and has many years of experience teaching instrumental and choral music in public and private schools. Dr. Hammel has put these varied experiences to great use while compiling a large body of scholarly work. She is a co-author for four texts: Teaching Music to Students with Special Needs: A Label-free Approach, Teaching Music to Students with Autism, Winding It Back: Teaching to Individual Differences in Music Classroom and Ensemble Settings, and Teaching Music to Students with Special Needs: A Practical Resource. Dr. Hammel is President Elect of the Council for Exceptional Children – Division for the Arts. 

Dr. Cathy Benedict

Dr. Cathy Benedict is Associate Professor of Music Education at the Don Wright Faculty of Music, University of Western Ontario. She received one of her master’s degrees (Kodály emphasis) from Holy Names University, the other, and her doctorate, in Curriculum and Teaching from Teachers College, Columbia University. She currently teaches music education courses at Western as well as co-directs and teaches Western University’s Kodály Certification Program. Her scholarly interests lay in facilitating music education environments in which students take on the perspective of a justice-oriented citizen. To this end her research agenda focuses on the processes of education and the ways in which teachers and students interrogate taken-for-granted, normative practices. She has presented multiple workshops to both national and international audiences on topics as varied as pedagogy and pride, thinking transitions rather than classroom management, the interrogation of classroom rules as policy, the social contract and utopian visions, and music in the elementary classroom and integrated practices. She has written numerous chapters and published in such journals as Philosophy of Music Education Review, Music Education Research, and Research Studies in Music Education, Music Educators Journal, Canadian Music Educator, and most recently co-edited The Oxford Handbook of Social Justice and Music Education (Oxford University Press).

Dr. Esther Liu Harris

Dr. Esther Liu Harris is the Choral Director (Grades 4 to 12) noted for making choral music “simultaneously highly demanding and great fun” at Packer Collegiate Institute. She has led a number of European tours, international choral adjudicated festivals, exchange singing opportunities with other high schools and college choral programs, and added the Select Choir for dedicated singers. Her choirs have taken tours to Czech Republic, Italy, Germany, Hungary, Austria, and Ireland. Her choir has performed at Carnegie Hall and won prizes from choral competitions/festivals. She received the honor of Babbott Chair of Literature and the Arts.
In addition to Packer, Dr. Harris is an adjunct professor at the Steinhardt School of Education at New York University. She is a faculty at the Kodály Summer Institute at NYU since 1999 where she teaches choral conducting and methodology to master music students and adult music teachers.

Dr. Harris serves on the faculty at the Juilliard School in the Pre-College Division since 2004, conducts the Youth Chorus. The Juilliard Pre-College Choral Program has flourished under her direction in terms of choral singing interests and the quality of musicianship in singing. She teaches rhythms and movements to voice major students, helping singers to develop a sense of rhythmic expressions. She was the children chorus master in the Juilliard Vocal Arts Opera “The Cunning Little Vixen” by Leos Janacek.

Dr. Harris earned the Doctor of Education degree from Teachers College, Columbia University. She earned her Master of Music in Music Education with Kodály Emphasis at Holy Names University in CA, and a Bachelor of Music (cum laude) at San Francisco State University. She holds certifications, such as the Artistry of Conducting from Butler University, Orff Schulwerk in 2 levels courses, and summer workshops at the Kodály Pedagogical Institute of Music in Kecskemét, Hungary. Besides her teaching assignments, Dr. Harris is a choral and Kodály clinician in the New York area. She has presented her research findings and workshops at local organizations, national music educators conference, and national choral directors association. She was a faculty at the Spence School, Trevor Day School, Children’s Aid Society, and the Borough of Manhattan Community College at the City University of New York.