Award-winning music education software company MusicFirst has partnered with The University of the Arts (UArts) for the launch a series of online courses as part of its innovative MusicFirst Academy. These comprehensive online courses for music educators will offer practical teaching tips, development opportunities, pedagogical approaches, and other resources to be implemented in the classroom.

“Music educators are responsible for teaching everything across the musical spectrum,” said MusicFirst Director, Dr. Jim Frankel. “MusicFirst Academy covers a wide breadth of content to serve teachers’ diverse needs, while aiding them in merging new and exciting technologies to their classroom settings. In addition, through our partnership with The University of the Arts, teachers have the option to take for-credit or non-credit courses, further aiding them in their own professional development.”

“The University of the Arts is thrilled to collaborate with MusicFirst, the premiere music education technology provider in our field,” said Director of Summer Music Studies Program at The University of the Arts, Elizabeth Sokolowski.

The first course in partnership with UArts is Teaching Music in the Cloud, a comprehensive overview of best practices that includes practical application, training, and resources. Taught by Dr. Frankel, the course runs for eight weeks from June 20 to August 12. Registration for the Summer 2016 Teaching Music in the Cloud course is now open. Interested students can register here.

Other for credit-bearing and professional development courses offered by the MusicFirst Academy include MusicFirst for Elementary or Secondary General Music; Beginning Composition Strategies for Grades 3-8; Teaching With Soundation4Education Chrome; Teaching Instrumental Music with the MusicFirst Online Classroom; and many more.

The program allows teachers to take a completely asynchronous course with rolling registration and the ability to log on and complete assignments as they wish or, they can take a hybrid course during the fall or spring semesters, logging on for weekly web meetings with their course instructor and other music educators around the world.

MusicFirst Academy’s Teaching Music In The Cloud course will launch on June 20 and will be updated regularly with new content.

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