Higher Education

Little Kids Rock offers a complete suite of workshops for students and faculty designed to help institutions of higher education learn more about popular music education and modern band. Little Kids Rock has offered workshops at over 50 colleges and universities throughout the U.S.

Higher Education Fellowship

The increased presence of modern band and popular music education at the primary and secondary levels in the U.S. presents forward-looking music teacher education programs with an excellent opportunity to fully prepare their students to teach in districts with modern band programs and, more broadly, in the classrooms of tomorrow.

As a leader in the field of culturally responsive, student-centered and inclusive music education, Little Kids Rock partners with colleges and universities to help develop leadership and sustainable coursework in popular music education approaches. The Modern Band Higher Education Fellowship (MBHEF) is an opportunity for tenure-track music education professors to receive instruction in incorporating modern band pedagogies into pre-service music teacher education programs and receive hands-on instruction in playing popular music instruments.

Why Modern Band in Higher Education?
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Brittany Nixon May
Brittany Nixon MayBrigham Young University
Chris Venesile
Chris VenesileKent State University
Lani Aloha Garner
Lani Aloha GarnerUniversity of Central Oklahoma
Meet the Modern Band Fellows

Modern Band Colloquium

Established in 2016, the Modern Band Colloquium is an independent academic conference that convenes researchers, scholars, and practitioners interested in expanding the vision and practice of modern band and contemporary, popular music education in K-12 schools across the country. Focus is placed on research related to new music programming that honors the needs of students from diverse populations as well as research into culturally responsive teaching in the field of K-12 music education.

Learn more about the modern band colloquium

Begin With a Workshop

We offer a complete suite of workshops for students and faculty designed to help your institution learn more about modern band and popular music education.  Little Kids Rock’s programming has been incorporated into the curriculum for more than 50 colleges and universities throughout the U.S.

  • Modern Band Methods: A hands-on, 8-hour workshop that provides an introduction to running modern band programs utilizing the Music as a Second Language approach.
  • Introduction to Modern Band: A hands-on workshop (4-hours or 2-hours) that can be customized according to needs.
  • Modern Band Guest Lecture Series: 45-90 minutes and can be done either in-person or through a video conference.
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