July 29 - August 2, 2024

The West Chester University Modern Music-Making Symposium is a hands-on workshop that explores the pedagogy and skills used to successfully implement and sustain creative experiences in the music classroom through popular music styles. With a focus on modern band programming that is student-centered, inclusive, and culturally-responsive, participants will gain experience teaching and performing on guitar, bass, keyboard, drum set, vocals, ukulele, and DAWs. This workshop is geared toward classroom music and popular music ensembles, as well as popular music contexts in band, choir, and orchestra. No prior experience is necessary.


Daily Schedule


  • 8:00-9:00am – Welcome and Orientation
  • 9:00am-12:00pm – Music Will Modern Band 101 Training
  • 12:00-1:00pm – Lunch
  • 1:00-3:00pm – Music Will Modern Band 101 Training
  • 3:00-5:00pm – Creative Experiences in Modern Band


  • 8:00am-12:00pm – Full group Sessions
  • 12:00-1:00pm – Lunch
  • 1:00-2:30pm – Full Group Session
  • 2:30-5:00pm – Creative Experiences in Modern Band


  • 8:00-10:00am – Creative Experiences in Modern Band
  • 10:00-11:00am – Creative Experiences Culminating Performances & Presentation
  • 11:00am-12:00pm – Lunch
  • 12:00-5:00pm – Industry Day (Exploring career paths and insider perspectives in popular music. May involve off-campus site visits. Transportation provided).


  • 8:00am-5:00pm – Participants attend the F-flat Books Annual Back-to-School Summer Symposium (Hosted by Wells School of Music in Swope Hall).

Workshop Registration and Course Enrollment

Professional Development (Act 48) Workshop Registration


Participant - $1200
Current WCU Student - $500
Audit the Course - $500

If you register for the Workshop you will not receive graduate credit through WCU.

Professional Development (Act 48) Workshop Registration

Course Enrollment

  • MUE 603 – Innovations in Instrumental Music
    • 3 credits
    • Can count as an elective course for any of our Masters Degrees.

Tuition Costs

In-State Tuition - $516 per credit plus fees
Out-of-State Tuition - $774 per credit plus fees

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Contact Dr. Marci Major at if you have questions about enrolling for graduate credit.

Musikfest Add on Concert

Add the Greta Van Fleet show to the industry day experience for $20! This option is available to students enrolled in the course or the workshop. Click the button below to register/pay!

MusikFest Concert


David Bowman

David Bowman

Henry Pearlberg

Henry Pearlberg