Brown, Nyssa

Email
nyssambrown@gmail.com
Phone
+31625471871
Division
International
OAKE Affiliated Chapter
KCM

Educational Background

University of St. Thomas with Jill Trinka, St. Paul, MN. MA in Music Education in Kodály Studies. 2008
Hartt School of Music with John Feierabend, Hartford, CT. BMus in Education. 1998. Valedictorian, Summa Cum Laude
Hartford College for Women, Hartford, CT. BA in Women's Studies. 1998. Valedictorian, Summa Cum Laude

Kodály Studies

University of St. Thomas with Jill Trinka, St. Paul, MN. MA in Music Education in Kodály Studies. 2008

Teaching Experience

"***Classroom and Choral Music Experience
Music Specialist, Grades 2-4 American School of the Hague The Hague, Netherlands 2014-2019
Choral and General Music Specialist, Grades 6-9 Southview Middle School Edina, MN, USA 2013-2014
Music Specialist, Grades 3-5 American Embassy School New Delhi, India 2012-2013
Music and Choral Specialist, Grades K-6 Park Spanish Immersion School, St. Louis Park, MN 1998-2007
Music Specialist, Grades K-8 UMCULO! The Kimberly Project Kimberley, South Africa Summer, 2002 * Fellowship through the Eastman School of Music
Music Specialist, K-8 Women in Development Program Katatura, Windhoek, Namibia, Southern Africa Spring, 1996 * Study abroad program through The Center for Global Education

***Kodály Levels Teaching Experience
Summer Kodály Institute Indiana University Bloomington, IN 2003-present
The Kodály Institute University of St. Thomas St. Paul, MN 2012-present
Summer Kodály Institute James Madison University Harrisonburg, VA 2005-2009

***Professional Development Facilitation/Teaching Experience
Music Education Coordinator Perpich Center for Arts Education/Department of Education Golden Valley, MN 2007-2012

***Adjunct Teaching Experience
Music for General Education Majors Augsburg College Minneapolis, MN 2011-2012
Constructivism in the Music Classroom Elementary Music Methods U.S. Folk Instrument Class University of St. Thomas St. Paul, MN 2007-present

Presentation Experiences

I have been facilitating adult learning since 2002 in many roles including Presenter, Keynote Speaker, Guest Artist, Invited Speaker, Music Coordinator, Performing Are Coordinator, Elementary Specialist Team Lead, etc. I have been presented workshops on 5 continents and had the privilege of working with teachers from all over the world.

Currently, I am a full time consultant working with schools, districts, and education organizations all over the world. (musicedforward.com)

While I can offer workshops on many topics, my unique area of experience and expertise helps Kodály-inspired teachers connect their practice to the evolving demands of education and the ever-changing world in which we teach.

I work collaboratively with teachers to help us all move forward, and I cater workshops to individual sites and events, to make sure the learning is relevant and transformative.

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Areas of Expertise

Transforming Curriculum Design in Music
Standards-Based Curriculum and Assessment
The Future of Education, Including Music

Session Topics

Please find a sample of those workshop titles below, grouped and titles by content area. These are all past sessions I have presented. Sessions can be adapted or developed to meet the needs the group.

Session length is adaptable, based on breadth and depth of content.

***The Front Edge of Music Education -
- Keynote: "Where Are We Going? From Skills to Musical Transfer"
- "Scaffolding K-12 Music Education: Building Foundations and Frameworks for Transfer"
- "Transformative Learning in the Music Classroom: Standards, Spiral Curriculum, and Meaningful Assessment"
- Keynote: "What Do We Do when the Rules of the Game Change? Kodály-Inspired Teaching with 21st Century Vision"

***Standards, Backward Design Curriculum and Assessment -
- "National Core Arts Standards 101: Where to Start and Why It Matters"
- "National Core Arts Standards for Non-Beginners: Taking Your EUs/EQs, Cornerstone Assessments and Units of Study to the Next Level"
- "Authentic Cornerstone Assessments: Creating Learning Tasks that Transfer"
- "Efficient and Meaningful Responding in the Music Classroom: How to Transform Watching/Listening into Thoughtful Music Making"
- "Developing a Vision and Transfer Goals for a PK-12 Music Program"
- "The Development and Role of Enduring Understandings and Essential Questions in the Music Classroom"
- "How to Select and Unpack Power Standards for the General Music and Ensemble Classrooms"
- "Creating Meaningful Cornerstone Assessments: Formative and Summative Tasks as Learning Tools"
- "Developing Units of Study: How to Document Curriculum for Music Learning"
- "21st Century Skills: Refining Our Kodály-Inspired Curriculum for Today"
- "Divergent Thinking: The Power of More than One Right Answer"
- "21st Century Skills in the Music Classroom Part I: Kodály-Inspired Teaching in the 21st Century"
- "21st Century Skills in the Music Classroom Part II: Prepare/present/practice meets 21st Century Skills"
- "Beyond Performing Ensembles: What Secondary Music Teachers are Offering the Non-Ensemble Student"
- "Assessments that Transform Learning and Teaching in the Music Classroom"
- "Curriculum Mapping and the 2008 Revised Standards in the Arts" (Minnesota State Standards)
- "Mapping the Possibilities: Curriculum Mapping as a Tool for Student and Teacher Learning in Music"
- "A Practical Approach to the Minnesota Music Standards: How Music Teachers Align Standards, Curriculum, and Assessments"

***Global and Diverse Music -
- "African American Singing Games for the Elementary Music Classroom: The Legacy of Bessie Jones' Step it Down"
- "Bringing the World to Your Classroom: Resources the Offer Authentic Voice and Cultural Context"
- "Everything You Wanted To Know About American Indian Music in the Classroom - But Were Afraid To Ask" (in collaboration with Lyz Jaakola)
- "Musical Contributions of Minnesota American Indian Tribes and Communities: Model Lessons for the Elementary Music Classroom" (in collaboration with Lyz Jaakola)
- "Musical Contributions of Minnesota American Indian Tribes and Communities: Model Lessons for the Secondary Music Classroom" (in collaboration with Lyz Jaakola)

***Literacy - Artistic, Musical, and Language -
- "Language Literacy and Music Learning: How a Strong Music Curriculum Naturally Supports Language Development"

***Leadership in the Arts -
- "Leading a Music Team: Trust, Facilitation and Moving Forward Together"

***Higher-Ed -
- "Undergraduate Music Education In The 21st Century: Comparing and Contrasting Music Making Approaches""

Organizational Leadership

Specialist Team Leader American School of the Hague 2016-2019
Performing Arts Coordinator American School of the Hague 2017-2019
Midwest II Regional Representative MKMEA Board and OAKE National Board 2006-2010
National Program Chair for Conference in Minneapolis Organization of American Kodály Educators 2011
Advisory Board Member Minnesota Music Educators Association 2007-2012
Kodály Chapter of Minnesota President Organization of American Kodály Educators 2006-2008

Publications

"Standards to Student Learning: A Step-By-Step Approach to Music Learning and Teaching" Association for Music in International Schools 2018

"21st Century Skills: Shifting the Paradigm of Education" American Orff Schulwerk Association Reverberations 2011

"Language Literacy and Music Learning: How a Strong Music Curriculum Naturally Supports Language Development" Interval, Minnesota Music Educators Journal 2011

"21st Century Skills in Education: A Teaching Tool in the Music Classroom and an Advocacy Tool in the Community," Interval, Minnesota Music Educators Journal 2010

"Developing a Professional Learning Community Model for Music Education" Masters Thesis, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN 2008

"Language Literacy and Music Learning: How a Strong Music Curriculum Naturally Supports Language Development" Midwest Kodály Music Educators (MKMEA) Bulletin 2010

"Problem-Solving and Groupwork in the Kodály-Inspired Classroom" Kodály Envoy, Organization of American Kodály Educators 2007

Additional Information

Because I am based in Amsterdam, I recommend the following models for working with teachers:
***Skype/Videoconference Sessions (I have lots of experience with this and have a reliable technology platform to recommend)
***In person
1. while I am in the States for other engagements (I can be a stop on your tour)
2. in collaboration with your state MEA (I can present to your Kodály Chapter and then present at your State MEA the next week or weekend.)
3. in collaboration with a local university (where I might present to your chapter, university students. . . or perhaps even host a conference in which all interested parties collaborate)
4. Open to other creative ideas, as well.