Lauren Sander

Music Education Lab

Due: 12/7/15

PDA Summary Reflection (due in December) that includes:
a) a description how you completed your 15 hours;
b) typed notes, reflections, commentaries or any other evidence that supports or documents your
participation; and
c) a summary of what you learned from each experience or the overall experience.
*The best way to go about your PDA experience is as always, When in doubt, write it down! It will make
your overall assignment and more importantly experience much more relevant and beneficial.

Professional Development Hours Fall 2015
PDA Event
Fall Reading
Session

Date
9/12

Hours
5.5

NAFME & ACDA
Picnic

9/13

1

Girl Scout Silver
& Gold Review
Committee
(Princeton)

9/20

1.5

Williamson Choir
Rehearsal
Observation

9/18

1.5

About Event
The extra sessions I
participated in were the
Children’s/Middle
School Choirs and the
Men’s/Women’s Choirs.

Reflection
I thoroughly enjoyed the
experience. It was excellent
sight-reading practice, and I
got to know about incredible
repertoire for choirs of all
ages and genders. Some of my
favorite works included
Gaudete and Quien Fuera
Como El Jasmin.
I got to know members
I was able to meet Kristin,
of NAFME and enjoyed President of the Westminster
the activities and food at Chapter of NAFME, and I was
the picnic.
able to get questions about
PDA requirements answered.
We reviewed the
Through the first meeting I
proposals and final
was able to practice
reports of girls’ Silver or professional skills that helped
Gold Award projects.
me to adjust to working with a
We also interviewed two new team of adults I didn’t
girls for their Gold
know before the meeting. I
Awards.
was also able to be a role
model to young ladies by
guiding their projects in the
right direction and giving
helpful feedback.
I observed the entire
During Spheres, I was
rehearsal. The choir
watching the way Dr. Jordan
worked on a piece called was conducting. I saw him
Spheres.
conduct in an unconventional
way: he was moving in a
circular motion not only from
down to up but in diagonal
directions as well. I believe he
was trying to bring the
spherical direction within each
phrase and vocal line. While
doing this, he was stepping to

Lauren Sander

Music Education Lab

Williamson Choir
Rehearsal
Observation

9/25

1.5

I observed the entire
rehearsal. The grad
assistant ran the
rehearsal.

Lesson Planning
Bootcamp

10/11

3

Taught by Dr. Abrahams
and Ryan John.

Williamson Choir
Rehearsal

10/23

1.5

I observed the entire
rehearsal. Dr. Jordan

Due: 12/7/15

the beat of the music. I believe
this was to break down the
phrase movement into sub
beats where each beat sounded
different from the last. This
was to help propel the line
forward instead of simply
sitting there. This appeals to
kinesthetic, audial, and visual
learners in that he is
incorporating movement that
the choir members can mimic
with their own body, hear the
stepping, and see the
direction.
One technique the grad
assistant used was the idea of
being a “friend” to the choir.
He bribed the choir with being
able to leave rehearsal early as
long as they completed all of
the plans for that rehearsal.
This was successful because it
made him less the enemy for
keeping rehearsal going while
Dr. Jordan was out. It created
a relaxed relationship between
the grad assistant and the
choir while still having the
choir on their A-game.
I am so thankful I went to the
boot camp. I learned so much
about not only forming a
lesson plan but forming a plan
that appealed to all of the
different types of learners to
create a success rate of 80% in
the classroom. I’m not only
more confident in my
capability to form a lesson
plan but I also have a little
background information for
when I take Critical Pedagogy
next semester.
In this speech, Dr. Jordan told
the choir to shape up. He said

Lauren Sander

Music Education Lab

Observation

started rehearsal with a
warning speech to the
choir.

Girl Scout Silver
& Gold Review
Committee
(Princeton)

10/27

1.5

We reviewed the
proposals and final
reports of girls’ Silver or
Gold Award projects.
We also interviewed one
girl for her Gold Award.

Girl Scout Silver
& Gold Review
Committee
(Princeton)

11/24

1.5

We reviewed the
proposals and final
reports of girls’ Silver or
Gold Award projects.

Due: 12/7/15

to them that they have so
much potential and they are
the best choir he’s had yet, but
with that comes even more
responsibility. I liked how he
took the direction of telling
the choir they are great and
giving that as the reason to
work harder, because it gives
the choir more motivation to
work harder because there is a
more intrinsic motivation to
do better, rather than just to
please the director. This made
me think of Dr. Parente’s
presentation on flow, and how
it’s important to instill a
positive relationship with your
students in order for them to
get quality practice time and
flow.
For this meeting I came
prepared with notes on each
proposal and final that we
were reviewing at the
meeting. This related a lot to
how it’s important to prepare
yourself for a class because
even though each class differs
due to interactions with kids,
it’s still important to come
prepared with background
information on your part and
an outline of how to guide that
conversation to bring about
learning. Coming prepared
with my notes on the projects
made the meeting go a lot
more smoothly and I was able
to be more helpful and
contribute more than the last
meeting.
Though I was not able to be
there physically, I was able to
communicate with the
members leading up to that

Lauren Sander

Music Education Lab

Due: 12/7/15

time and back-and-forth
during the time of the
meeting. This made me think
of the possibilities in and out
of the classroom that I can
have with my future students.
Because of technology I can
communicate better with my
students, whether it’s through
EBoard, Webinar, or even
Google Docs. Keeping
students up to date on
assignments and exams is now
much easier.