Lorelei Batislaong
Sat, Apr 23 | University of St. Thomas

Lorelei Batislaong

A Contextual Approach to ʻUkulele in the Elementary Music Classroom

Time & Location

Apr 23, 2022, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
University of St. Thomas, 2115 Summit Ave, St Paul, MN 55105, USA

About the Event

Workshop details: Music teachers do so much more than teach music. They plant the seeds of lifelong music-making. With the accessible and approachable ʻukulele as our conduit for music-making, we will reimagine an ʻukulele sequence that is student-inspired and centered. We will draw from known teaching principals including differentiation and other inclusive practices and combine educational concepts such as culturally responsive and sustaining teaching, antiracist and decolonizing approaches to ʻukulele teaching by integrating historical, current classroom, and musical content knowledge surrounding the ʻukulele. During our time together we will explore ‘ukulele activities that will build your students ‘ukulele skills as well as your own. If you are so inclined, please bring along a recorder (soprano or alto).

Bio: Lorelei Batislaong is Associate Professor of General Music Education at Baldwin Wallace University’s Conservatory of Music. She has taught undergraduates at The University of Texas at Austin and University of the Incarnate Word. Previous to that Lorelei taught elementary music in San Antonio and Austin for 14 years. She received a BM in Music Education from Southwest Texas State University, an MM in Instrumental Conducting from Texas State University, and a PhD in Music and Human Learning from The University of Texas at Austin. Lorelei is an active national and international clinician presenting workshops in music learning and teaching, ʻukulele in the general music classroom, and antiracist and decolonizing approaches in music classrooms.

She has served on the AOSA Board of Trustees as Region Three Representative, chaired the Diversity and Equity subcommittee of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association, and is the State Director of the Texas affiliate of the National Association for Music Education. She is the Assistant Course Director for the Trinity Orff Levels Course in San Antonio. Lorelei currently serves as the Deputy Director and Lead Editor of Decolonizing the Music Room, a non-profit organization working to amplify the voices of Black, Brown, Indigenous, and Asian people in the field of music education. She is the co-author of Elemental ʻUkulele: Pathways and Possibilities.

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