Each session will focus on the practicalapplication of relicensure topics in the music classroom.
Attendance and participation in class discussions and activities will meet relicensure requirements—no work outside of class is expected.
Wendy Barden has been a music educator in Osseo Area Schools (Minnesota) since 1977, and currently serves as K–12 Music Coordinator for a department of 55 music educators. Her teaching experience spans elementary through college levels in instrumental and general music classrooms.
She was named a Yamaha National Mentor Teacher, MENC Nationally Registered and Certified Music Educator, and 1992 Minnesota Music Educators Association Band Educator of the Year. Under her leadership, Osseo Area Schools has been named one of the Best Communities for Music Education for multiple years.
Dr. Barden’s extensive work in the classroom has provided the basis for several groundbreaking publications for band, strings, and general music, all published by the Neil A. Kjos Music Company. Barden is the author of the Maximizing Student Performance series, and co-author of Artistry in Strings and Recorder Excellence. She is also a contributing author of the Standard of Excellence Beginning Band Series and String Basics: Steps to Success for String Orchestra, and author of the Standard of Excellence Music Theory and History Workbooks Teacher’s Editions. Barden is an active clinician, and has presented workshops for music educators in 31 states and Canada.
Wendy Barden holds B.S. and M.A. degrees in music education from the University of Minnesota. Her Ph.D., also from the University of Minnesota, is in music with emphasis in music education and musicology. She has pursued additional studies in assessment, arts integration, and creativity.
Dr. Barden has actively served on the board of directors of Chamber Music Minnesota, and as president of both the Minnesota Band Directors Association and Minnesota Music Educators Association. She is a member of Phi Beta Mu.