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Audiation Jam: Music, Movement and Mindfulness
June 24-28, 2019

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Sunday, June 23, 2019 – early check-in for those staying at Morgan Hall North dormitory on the Temple University main campus

Monday through Friday, June 24-28, 2019

8:00AM - 12:00 noon: Singing, Mindfulness, Choral Audiation, Beginning and Advanced Audiation, Improvisation and Composition, and Audiation Orff ensemble

1:00PM – 6:00 pm: Movement, Singing and Body Music, Beginning and Advanced Ukulele, Mindful Yoga  

Classes will meet in Presser Hall, 2001 N. 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122 (on Temple's main campus)

Friday, June 28, 2019 – check out of Morgan Hall North dormitory.


Many music teachers today are concerned about resilience and attention in students.  Audation Jam will feature music-related mindfulness, yoga, and resilience experiences that can assist students to develop a sense of well-being and assist teachers with their own resilience and wellness. 

Audiation Jam mornings will be devoted to singing, mindfulness, choral audiation, and development of beginning or advanced audiation, improvisation, and composition skills. Afternoons will feature singing and body music, movement, beginning and advanced ukulele, special topics in early childhood music and elementary general vocal music, and mindful yoga.



Dr. Beth Bolton serves as Vice Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs, Center for the Performing and Cinematic Arts and Associate Professor of Music Education at Temple University, and curriculum director of Early Childhood Music Foundations at Temple Music Prep. She is a senior author of Jump Right In: The Music Curriculum (GIA) and is a co-author of Music Play (GIA). Many of Dr. Bolton’s 600+ original songs for teachers, children and parents are available in four books: Audiation Musicianship, Katangaroo, Crazy Eights (bethboltonmusic), and L’albero delle canzoni (Orff Schulwerk Italiano). Dr. Bolton is an internationally renowned lecturer and has presented her work in the United States, Australia, Brazil, China, the Dominican Republic, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore, and Spain. Dr. Bolton is the honorary president of Musica in Culla (Music in the Crib), an international organization of early childhood music associations in Italy and Spain. She teaches annually in Spain and in the Italian national didactic course in early childhood music.

Dr. Alex Devaron is a member of the music theory faculty at Temple University, he has also taught at Swarthmore College, Westminster Choir College, and Montgomery County Community College, teaching everything from a freshman remedial course in fundamentals to a graduate seminar in post-tonal theory.He maintains a keen interest in world music. During his years at Wesleyan University, he was a member of an African Drumming ensemble led by master drummer Abraham Adzenia, and trained in the performance of South Indian classical music, with the singer and flutist, Tagiore Vishwanathan, as well as the drummer Tagiore Ranganathan. During his time at Wesleyan, he also studied the music of China, Japan, Indonesia and Turkey. In 2004 he was invited to join the “Kalapa Lingdro,” one of the first groups of westerners formed to train in the traditional songs and lama dances of Tibet.

DeVaron is also one of the leading teachers of stress management and mindfulness meditation in the Philadelphia area. He serves as the shastri (senior teacher) of the Shambhala Meditation Center of Philadelphia, and for many years taught the eight-week foundation course in Stress Management for the University of Pennsylvania healthcare system.

More than 150 of Dr. Rollo Dilworth’s  choral compositions and arrangements have been published—many of which are a part of the Henry Leck Creating Artistry Choral Series with Hal Leonard Corporation. Additional publications can be found in the catalogs of Santa Barbara Music Publishing and Colla Voce Music, Inc. Dilworth is a contributing author for the Essential Elements for Choir and the Experiencing Choral Music textbook series, both published by the Hal Leonard Corporation/Glencoe/McGraw-Hill Publications, and for Music Express! Teachers Magazine. He has authored 3 books of choral warm up exercises intended for elementary and secondary choral ensembles, entitledChoir Builders: Fundamental Vocal Techniques for General and Classroom Use (2006); Choir Builders for Growing Voices (2009); and Choir Builders for Growing Voices 2 (2014).

Dr. Dilworth has conducted 43 all-state choirs at various levels (elementary, middle school, high school), and has conducted 6 regional honor choirs and 4 national honor choirs (ADCA, OAKE and NafME). He has most recently appeared as guest conductor for international choral festivals and master classes in Australia, Canada, Taiwan, Ireland, and China.

Dilworth is currently National Board Chair for Chorus America. He is an active life member of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). He also holds memberships with several other organizations, including the National Association for Music Education (NafME), the National Association of Negro Musicians (NANM) and the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP).In 2017, he received the Temple University Faculty Award for Research and Creative Achievement.

Anna Preston is the music specialist at Haddonfield Friends School in Haddonfield, NJ, where she teaches general music to children ages 2 through 8th grade. She earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree at the University of Southern Mississippi and a Master of Music in Music Education degree at Temple University. Anna served on the faculty of Temple University’s Music Preparatory Division, where she taught Early Childhood Music Foundations for children birth-age 4 and their caregivers. Anna has presented workshops about early childhood music education in the US and China, and has been published in Audea and Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education.

Dr. Alison Reynolds focuses her research and teaching interests on expressive and creative music development, early childhood and general music teacher preparation, and developing curriculum materials for children 12 years old and younger. Reynolds has been published in top-tier music education research journals and several state music educators' journals. Reynolds is co-author of Jump Right In: The Music Curriculum (Revised Edition) and Music Play, which has been translated to the Korean, Lithuanian, and Chinese; and is co-editor and contributing author for Engaging Musical Practices: A Sourcebook for Elementary General Music. She is a frequent presenter of research and practice in international, national, regional, state, and local venues.

Reynolds serves as academic advisor to undergraduate and graduate students. From 2012-2018 she served the Early Childhood Music Education Special Research Interest Group as Chair Elect, Chair, and Past Chair within the National Association for Music Education, and is currently the Research Chair for Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA). Since 2011, she has maintained a musicking, collaborative partnership with children and the co-directors (Karen Chayot and Kathy Goldenberg) of Project P.L.A.Y School in Elkins Park. Reynolds is a member of the certification faculty for the Gordon Institute of Music Learning, and holds membership in International Society for Music Education, National Association for Music Education, Society for Music Teacher Education, Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, Gordon Institute for Music Learning, American Orff Schulwerk Association, National Association for the Education of Young Children, and Early Childhood Music & Movement Association.


Natasha Sigmund devoted the last twenty years to learning and teaching music, from leading early childhood music classes to working with undergraduate students and music education professionals. Presently she teaches general and vocal music at Rush Intermediate School in Cinnaminson, NJ. Prior to immigrating to the US in 1994, Natasha studied music from a very young age at Moscow's Children's Music Conservatory, then pursued her formal music education at Moscow State Teacher's University, majoring in choral conducting and piano.

Natasha continued her journey as a music education student in the US, earning Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music Education degrees at Temple University, GIML Early Childhood level I and II certifications, GIML Elementary level I certification, and become certified as GIML faculty in 2007. Natasha is actively involved with professional development as a presenter at school in-services, GIML Workshops, and GIML summer Certifications courses.

Mrs. Sigmund is a recipient of Presser Foundation award for her work in collecting and adapting authentic Russian music to early childhood and elementary music settings in the United States. Her work with children has been featured on New Jersey Classroom Close-Up television program and One On One with Steve Audubato. Natasha's song collection, "Growing Up With Music", has been implemented by early childhood music professionals in the United States and abroad.

Kilkenny Tremblay took her first yoga class as a child 39 years ago and has been studying yogic philosophy and meditation for the last 34 years. A Philadelphia native, she has taught up and down the East Coast in New York, Atlanta, New Jersey, North Carolina, South Carolina and in her hometown of Philadelphia, where sheopened the national WANDERLUST Yoga Festival in Philadelphia.

In her spirited and poetic classes, Kilkenny’s quest for her students is to assist them in finding intelligent & optimal alignment that supports each individual’s unique body.Known for her potent and creative sequencing, she is a teacher’s teacher, whose fluency in alignment, postures, yoga therapeutics, meditation, philosophy and mindfulness inspire & uplift those around her.

As an entrepreneur and a leader in the Yoga Community, she is most interested in seeing how the lessons and philosophies of yoga can be taken off the mat or cushion, and integrated into day-to-day life.

Dr. Wendy Valerio is professor of music education and Director of the Children's Music Development Center at the University of South Carolina. She received M.M. and Ph.D. degrees from Temple University, Philadelphia, PA. Valerio is a member of National Association for Music in Education, Society for Music Teacher Education, Early Childhood Special Research Interest Group (Chair), Gordon Institute for Music Education (Certification Faculty), American Orff-Schulwerk Association and National Association for the Education of Young Children. She is a frequent presenter at national and international music education professional development conferences.

Dr. Valerio’s research interests include early childhood and elementary music development. Her research has been sponsored by The Texaco Foundation, The Presser Foundation, University of South Carolina and Temple University. Her work is featured in top-tier research journals and she is co-author of “Music Play” (GIA), and “Jump Right In: The Music Series” (GIA).

Dr. Valerio teaches Music Education Research, Music Learning Theory, Measurement and Evaluation, Music for Young Children, and Specialized Elementary Music Methods at the University of South Carolina.  She also supervises a graduate assistant program for USC M.M.E. and Ph.D. students who provide early childhood music development and education at the Children’s Center at USC, St. Peter’s Catholic Elementary School, and the School of Music Community Music School.


Registration will open February 6, 2019. Final registration deadline is June 10, 2019.

REQUIRED FEES (non-refundable)

Total required fees: $700

Click here to register through Temple University.

Audiation Jam is available for 3 Undergraduate or Graduate credit hours at Temple University. Registration for Temple credit will become available in late March, 2018. Please contact Dr. Beth Bolton if you plan to enroll for Temple University credit.

Boyer graduate students may use the Audiation Jam course taken for university credit as an elective in their graduate degree program.

Credit fees range from $773 per credit (in-state undergraduate tuition) to $1,383 per credit (out-of-state graduate tuition).

*** Registration for Temple credit must be complete and paid before the course begins on June 24.  Contact Asst. Dean David Brown to register for Temple University credit. 


Housing fees range from $61 per night (on-campus housing in Morgan Hall North dormitory to $150 per night (downtown hotel).

Check in June 23, 2019. Check out June 28, 2019. Total $328 per person (Includes $22 linen fee for the week).

You may purchase individual meals at your convenience at a variety of campus locations. Individual meals or meal plans are available in the dorm.

Overnight parking is available on the street near the dormitory.