Sandra Snow, Artistic Director Lee Kesselman, Associate Director Doreen Rao, Founding Director
CME certification is designed to represent the professional development gained from a one-week workshop taught by CME trained faculty. The criterion for the awarding of Levels I-III certification is successful completion of a CME workshop at the annual course, the UK course, or satellite courses. Successful completion includes attendance at all classes and events, preparation of scores for conducting and masterclasses, and other assignments as assigned. CME Certification in Choral Teacher Education is optional. Conductor teachers will receive full certification in three summers, earning Levels I, II, and III respectively. Conductor teachers may wish to consider the CME Artist-Teacher Diploma after three summers of study. Criteria for this is explained below:
A CME Artist-Teacher is one who has successfully completed a minimum of three full courses in choral teacher education under the guidance of a certified CME Teaching Associate.
All CME Professional Development Courses are designed to enable participants to develop the specialized professional qualifications described below.
The successful CME Artist Teacher candidate will demonstrate the expertise to:
1. Conduct in a confident, expressive and skillful manner
2. Model a way of thinking, singing and believing in the music
3. Teach non verbally in a reflective and collaborative manner
4. Demonstrate a studied and dynamic understanding of selected musical scores.
The successful CME Artist Teacher candidate will demonstrate a commitment to:
1. Program quality choral music for all levels of instruction
2. Sing with vocal expertise as an essential teaching/rehearsal skill
3. Empower students to develop musicianship in rehearsals
4. Perform musically diverse and artistically distinctive concert programs.
The successful CME Artist Teacher candidate will demonstrate understanding of:
1. A multicultural view of music education as the opportunity to participate in the concepts, beliefs, and actions of music cultures
2. A philosophy of performance teaching
3. How to work with composers and artists in the community to generate authentic musical materials and activities
4. Share your professional vision with the wider community of parents, administrators, and general public.
The successful CME Artist Teacher candidate will demonstrate active participation in professional service organizations:
1. The American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) and/or Chorus America
2. The National Association for Music Education (NAfME)
3. Other specialized music education and singing organizations
4. Local networking organizations that encourage professional growth and exchange at the community level.
Required Artist Teacher application materials:
· video of teaching in rehearsal, 10-15 mins (Youtube or mp4 format)
· video of concert performance footage, 3 contrasting pieces, shot from in front of conductor (Youtube or mp4 format)
· Curriculum Vitae
· Scans of 3 programs from different years
· Summary Essay of your growth and development from your years in the CME program
Application Deadline: May 15, annually
Send materials electronically to Sandra Snow at firstname.lastname@example.org
Awards: Announced at annual course where awardee is present, email notification of decision to all candidates by July 1, annually
*CME Choral Teacher Certification, Levels I, II, and III are prerequisites for the CME Artist-Teacher Diploma but do not result in an automatic award.
The CME Artist-Teacher Diploma is only awarded after the successful completion of a Level III course, and after the candidate demonstrates these specialized professional qualifications with ease and confidence. It is recommended that candidates for the CME Artist-Teacher Diploma take the Level III course with Sandra Snow at the CME Annual Course at Michigan State University or a CME Leadership retreat with Doreen Rao.
Developed in 1994 by Doreen Rao
Revised 2016 by Sandra Snow