DMA, University of Hartford (2004)
MM MEd with Kodály emphasis, Holy Names College (1988)
BS MEd, West Chester University (1984)
Aural Skills And Musicianship IV
Personal growth is the true purpose of education. Real learning is not to make us fact-full, but is to give each person the skills to bring herself to fruition as a human being – to lead a happy life and to become a productive, caring member of society in order to live life with eyes wide open through the feeling of being truly alive. For me, I am best able to lead students to understand themselves through music, the place where my talents and passion reside.
In my mind, the aim of a liberal arts education is to help students develop a broad understanding of human knowledge and the human condition. Tied to this breadth is the opportunity to develop fundamental intellectual skills such as effective oral and written communication, critical analysis and reasoning, and a perspective that takes into account diverse ideals and ideas. In order to create broad-minded graduates capable of complex understandings with a passion for lifelong learning, a liberal arts education must instill durable habits of the mind such as self-reflection, ordered learning, ongoing questioning, and personal evaluation of argument and evidence. These characteristics help an educated person imagine possibilities beyond her own immediate experiences – essential in forming moral judgments and for acting creatively, and recognize that differences, which may be profound, can also be complementary. Healthy knowledge makes people smarter and happier, and a mind cultivated through the liberal arts is open to the enjoyment of itself and of the arts.
It is within the liberal arts philosophy that I most enjoy teaching underpinned by my personal ideals that music is a distinctive form of human expression, that all societies interact within and outside of themselves through musical engagement, and that through learning and understanding music deeply people come to know themselves and others in a meaningful way. To paraphrase Zoltán Kodály, the real goal of music education, then, is to teach, not only music, but the whole individual in order to educate the soul.
As an educator and advisor at the collegiate level, I open the door to allow personal (yet, professionally appropriate) relationships with my students, encourage them to think for themselves and lead them to plan for the future in the broadest sense – not just for a particular career but also for personal fulfillment. By approaching the broad idea of self-control through personal connections with many different aspects of college life, such as their musical preferences, students become aware of their ability to make good choices for themselves that others may previously have made for them. Learning these initial skills of personal decision-making lays the foundation for making more difficult life choices later on.
Fortunately, these types of learning opportunities are created by excellent educators in numerous classrooms of various age-groups every day, thus leading students towards the true purpose of education – personal growth and development.
Music Education with Kodály emphasis
Developing Part-Work Skills in Singers
Children's Traditional Games & Songs, Folktales, Folk Music, & Fairy Tales
Developing Part-singing Skills in Young Singers
Art Music Listening Lessons
Newlin, G. (2013). Es ist ein Ros' Entsprungen (SATB choral octavo). Indianapolis, IN: Colla Voce Music.
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"A Musical Morning with Kathy Kuddes". Family sing-along concert with Artist-in-Residence Kathy Kuddes and the AU Music Education Majors. AU PAC Recital Hall. December 2013.
"Crooked River Choral Project". This collection of artful choral music is composed specifically with music teaching and learning in mind. Each DVD includes a vocal score, piano score, and audio files as well as lesson plans for teaching the octavo. I have created literacy-based lesson plans for two pieces in the series. Music is Elementary. November 2013.
"Badlands and Green Mountains". Folk concert performance with Artist-in-Residence, Kathy Kuddes, and the AU Music Education Junior class. AU PAC Recital Hall. October 2013.
"Brent Gault: A Musical Morning". Family art music concert with Artist-in-Residence Brent Gault and the AU Music Education majors. AU PAC Recital Hall. October 2012.
"Music Around the World". Family world music sing-along concert with Artists-in-Residence Tina and John Arenas. AU PAC Recital Hall. October 2011.
"Knick, Knack, Paddy-Whack!". Family sing-along concert with Artist-in-Residence Nyssa Brown. AU PAC Recital Hall. November 2010.
"Outlaws, Death, and Tarnished Love: Songs Our Ancestors Sang". Acoustic traditional folk music concert with Artist-in-Residence Nyssa Brown and AU music major Taylor Ackley ('12). AU PAC Recital Hall. November 2010.
"Sullivan County Children's Chorus". Guest Conductor. Sullivan County, NY. March 2008.
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Newlin, G (2013, Summer), Active Music Making Without Moving Around the Room? The Orff Echo, 45 (2), 28-30.
Newlin, G (2013, Spring), Teaching Students to Hear, Sing, Play, Identify & Enjoy the Modes. The Kodály Envoy, 39 (3), 6-15.
Newlin, G (2012), Teaching Masterworks Through Known Songs. Southwestern Musician, 81 (4), 60-65.
Newlin, G (2010), Message from the President: Philosophy. Kodály Envoy, 36 (3), 3-4.
Newlin, G (2009), Message from the President: And. Kodály Envoy, 36 (2), 3.
Newlin, G (2009), Message from the President: Vision. Kodály Envoy, 36 (1), 3.
Newlin, G. (2009), Message from the President: Kodály's. Kodály Envoy, 35 (4), 3.
Newlin, G. (2009), Message from the President: Without. Kodály Envoy, 35 (3), 3.
Newlin, G. (2008), Message from the President: Life. Kodály Envoy, 35 (2), 3.
Newlin, G. (2008), Message from the President: Your. Kodály Envoy, 35 (1), 2.
Newlin, G. (2008), Message from the President: Imagine. Kodály Envoy, 34 (4), 3.
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Newlin, G. (2013, September). For the Love of Art Music! Northern California Association of Kodály Educators, Oakland, CA.
Newlin, G. (2013, September). Modal Madness: Songs and Activities Beyond Major and Minor. Kodály Educators of Southern New England, Hartford, CT.
Newlin, G. (2013, February). Elementary Invited Clinician. New Jersey Music Educators Association, New Brunswick, NJ.
Newlin, G. (2013, February). Featured Clinician for the Elementary Division. Texas Music Educators Association, San Antonio, TX.
Georgia A. Newlin, DMA (2011, December). NYSSMA 76th Annual Winter Conference: Headliner for General Music Division. Rochester, NY.
Georgia A. Newlin, DMA (2010, September). Boston Area Kodály Educators. Boston, MA.
Georgia A. Newlin, DMA (2009, November). The President's Panel, American Orff Schulwerk Association. Milwaukee, WI.
Georgia A. Newlin, DMA (2008, November). The President's Panel, American Orff Schulwerk Association. Charlotte, NC.
Georgia A. Newlin, DMA (2008, November). CMEA State Music InService. Farmington, CT.
Georgia A. Newlin, DMA (2008, January). Florida Music Educators Association Conference. Orlando, FL.
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Newlin, G & J. Scott, D. Frego, H. Marshall, J. Bond (2013). Dalcroze, Gordon, Kodály and Orff: Multiple Paths to One Destination. In American Orff-Scholwerk Association Profession Development Conference. Alliance for Active Music Making (sponsor), Denver, CO.
Newlin, G. (2013). Bertrand H. Bronson: 'Are the Modes Outmoded?'. In International Kodály Symposium. Kodály Pedagogical Institute (Liszt Academy of Music), Keschkemet, Hungary.
Newlin, G. (2013). Kodály in Undergraduate Music Education. In Organization of American Kodály Educators National Conference. Alliance for Active Music Making (sponsor), Hartford, CT.
Newlin, G. (2012). Bertrand H. Bronson: 'Are the Modes Outmoded?'. In Organization of American Kodály Educators National Conference. Educating the Teacher of Teachers track, Phoenix, AZ.
Georgia A. Newlin, DMA (2011). Fostering Part-Work Skills in Singers: An American Perspective Shared. In International Kodály Symposium. Brisbane, Australia.
Georgia A. Newlin, DMA & Dr. Sara Fry (2008). Music that Engages Children in Literacy and History. In Association for School Curriculum and Development. Orlando, FL.
Georgia A. Newlin, DMA & Dr. Sara Fry (2008). Music that Engages Children in Literacy and History. In Organization of American Kodály Educators National Conference. Washington, DC.
Other Scholarly/Artistic Work
Master teacher in Kodály Vision and Philosophy [Musicianship, Conducting, Ensemble] at Indiana University (Bloomington), University of Hawai'i, James Madison University.
Honors and Accomplishments
Past President, Organization of American Kodály Educators
International Kodály Society "Who's Who"
The VoiceCare Network
Member, Organization of American Kodály Educators
Member, International Kodály Society
Member, Music Educators National Conference
Member, American Choral Directors Association
Member, American Orff Schulwerk Association
Community and Corporate Leadership
Faculty Senate - Music Department Representative (10-14)
Faculty Senate Executive Committee - Member at Large (11-14)