Music Games

Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts

Saint Mary's University of Minnesota

1164 W 10th St
Winona, MN 55987

Description: Come sing and move with Winona State University’s Music Education Classroom Methods students and professor! Part of the process of learning to teach classroom music in the elementary school is learning to lead students in singing games and play parties.

Play parties are songs with movement—almost like folk dances but with a strong element of “play”—from early in American history. Singing games have been created and played over the generations by children from countries all over the world as well as the United States.

September 12: Cathy Schmidt, the professor for the methods class, will be model teaching some of this rich repertoire with her students and would like you to join in.

September 19: The students in the methods class will be trying their hand at teaching some singing games and play parties as well. (The students will be teaching different songs and games—there shouldn’t be any repetition from the week before.)

Instructors: Cathy Schmidt and Winona State University Music Education Students

Target age range: for age 6–12 years; these songs and activities are fun for all ages.

Cost per child/student: free

Registration: Pre-registration is required. Register via email to Jamie Schwaba at jschwaba(at)

Parent/guardian/educator policy: Families can enjoy free Wi-Fi in the lobby if they decide to wait while classes are in session.

For more information, contact Megan Baginewski, Administrative Assistant, at 507-453-5500 or mca(at) or visit


Information subject to change. Please check with Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts for the most current information.