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  • Music Education
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  • Music Education

    Minnesota State University Moorhead offers the Bachelor of Science in Music Education in preparation for teacher certification and a career as a music education specialist. Students choose a vocal-choral and/or an instrumental emphasis. Studies include preparation in a variety of music education approaches, including those of Zoltan Kodály and Carl Orff. There are excellent opportunities to observe and to teach with the many fine music education specialists in the elementary and secondary schools in the Fargo-Moorhead area. In addition, there are student chapters of the Music Educators National Conference (MENC) and the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). The Northern Plains Kodály Chapter and the national headquarters of the Organization of American Kodály Educators (OAKE) are based in Fargo.

    As part of their teacher preparation, students perform in the numerous choral and instrumental ensembles on campus. Music education workshops and service activities are available in the area as well.

    MSUM hosts an innovative Kodály Certification program during summer sessions for graduate students.

    If you have any questions concerning Music Education studies at MSU Moorhead, please contact:

  • Adams, Julie
    Adjunct Faculty
    Music Department

    Office: CA 49
    Phone: 701.477.4602
    Email: adamsju@mnstate.edu
    Web Site: web.mnstate.edu/music/faculty/julieadams.cfm
    Julie Adams has a broad spectrum of teaching and directing experience. A native of Independence, Missouri, she received her Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baker University and her Master of Arts (Voice) degree from the Lamont School of Music, University of Denver where she was a graduate assistant in the opera program. Additional study in Orff-Schulwerk teaching strategies has been done at Mills College and the University of California, Los Angeles with additional operatic training at the Inspiration Point Fine Arts Academy. As an educator in Southern California, Ms. Adams spent over 20 years at both the elementary and collegiate levels having simultaneously taught full-time for the Hemet (California) School District and for Mount San Jacinto College where she taught Voice Class, Children’s Music and Techniques of Musical Theater while also serving as musical director for the college’s musical theater productions. Since relocating to the Fargo/Moorhead area, she has continued her work in the music and theater departments at MSUM serving as the musical theater director during the academic year and for the Straw Hat Players during the summer. As a director, Julie has been awarded four Inland Theater League (California) awards for Musical Direction and seven nominations.

  • DiFiore, John
    faculty
    Music

    Office: CA 52
    Phone: 218.477.2249
    Email: difiore@mnstate.edu
    Web Site:
    Saxophone

  • Dufault, Jenny
    Faculty
    Music Department

    Office: CA 137
    Phone: 218.477.4607
    Email: dufault@mnstate.edu
    Web Site:
    Dr. Jenny Dufault is an Associate Professor and has taught applied voice, vocal pedagogy, song literature, opera workshop, and opera literature at Minnesota State University Moorhead for the past twelve years. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Music from SUNY Potsdam--the Crane School of Music. She has also completed graduate work at both Boston University and Indiana University, and has taught at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute and at Belvoir Terrace in Lenox, MA. Jenny is an active soloist performing primarily around the Fargo/Moorhead area, and has recently released her first CD entitled Dedication with pianist Sue Nagel. Dr. Dufault is the founder of the Kodály Institute at MSUM and was its coordinator for 9 years. Prior to coming to MSUM, she worked with children and children’s voices for over fifteen years: this included teaching music in the St. Paul Public Schools and in the public schools of Maynard, MA. She lives in Fargo and is a happy wife and mother of two children.

  • Halverson, Janelle
    faculty
    Music

    Office: CA 102
    Phone: 218.477.2101
    Email: halversoja@mnstate.edu
    Web Site:
    Music Education

  • Harris, Debora
    faculty
    Music

    Office: CA 102D
    Phone: 218.477.4609
    Email: harrisd@mnstate.edu
    Web Site:
    Flute

  • Richman, Carole
    faculty

    Office:
    Phone:
    Email: richmanca@mnstate.edu
    Web Site:
    Music Education

  • Rothlisberger, Rodney
    faculty
    Music

    Office: CA 135
    Phone: 218.477.2966
    Email: rothlisb@mnstate.edu
    Web Site:
    Voice, Vocal Music Education)

  • Tesch, Catherine
    Adjunct Faculty
    Music Department

    Office: CA 105
    Phone: 218.477.4095
    Email: teschca@mnstate.edu
    Web Site: web.mnstate.edu/music/faculty/catherinetesch.cfm
    Clarinet

  • Tesch, John
    Faculty
    Music Department

    Office: CA 141
    Phone: 218.477.4601
    Email: teschjn@mnstate.edu
    Web Site:
    The Lake Agassiz Concert Band has been under the direction of Dr. John Tesch since 1990. Dr. Tesch holds the Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Northern Colorado, the Master of Music Degree from Indiana University, and the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from the University of Arizona. Dr. Tesch has been the Director of Bands and Professor of Low Brass at Minnesota State University Moorhead since 1976. Active as both a conductor and performer, Dr. Tesch has appeared with the Denver Symphony Orchestra, the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra, the Arizona Opera Company, the Northern-Plains Brass Quintet, and the Colorado Clarinet Choir's European Tour. He played principal trombone with the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony for 30 years. Dr. Tesch has appeared as a guest soloist, clinician, and conductor throughout the upper Midwest region. During his tenure at Minnesota State University Moorhead, the Wind Ensemble has toured extensively in Canada, Spain, Germany, Czech Republic, Switzerland, and China as well as throughout the Midwest.

  • Williams, Kenyon
    Faculty
    Music Department

    Office: CA 102E
    Phone: 218.477.4610
    Email: willdrum@mnstate.edu
    Web Site: www.mnstate.edu/music/kenyon-williams.aspx
    Applied Percussion, Percussion Ensemble, World Music