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Rachel Ware Carlton

Dr. Rachel Ware Carlton, Assistant Professor of Voice and Interim Director of Graduate Music, is an award winning soprano who has performed on the operatic and concert stage. She received her Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Musical Arts degrees from the University of Minnesota and her Bachelor of Arts degree in music from Luther College. Dr. Ware Carlton has taught vocalists at the collegiate, secondary, and elementary levels. Her articles on vocal pedagogy, private studio management, and other topics have appeared in national publications.


Recent Posts

New Guide: A Guide to Silver Lake College's Summer Graduate Music Program

Posted by Rachel Ware Carlton on 2/8/18 3:36 PM

Are you looking for an opportunity to enrich your knowledge and grow your skills in music and music instruction? Are you interested in experiential learning that uses music to develop the whole person? Look no further than our Kodály Summer Graduate Music Program.

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Topics: Music Education

The Voices of Students: Reflections on SLC’s Summer Graduate Music Program

Posted by Rachel Ware Carlton on 1/25/18 11:47 AM

The prospect of going back to school for a graduate degree or a certification in music education can be daunting. Perhaps you’re wondering: “What will this program actually be like? What makes this program different from other programs? How will this help me grow as a musician and educator?” In these situations, you want to hear from people who are on the ground, who have experienced the program, and who have insights beyond what an admissions counselor or faculty member can offer.

Ever wondered what it would be like to attend Silver Lake College’s Kodály Summer Graduate Music Program? We took a survey for you. Read on to hear what current students are saying about the program.

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Topics: Music Education

What are the benefits of a master's degree in music education?

Posted by Rachel Ware Carlton on 2/17/17 11:46 AM

Graduate degrees are becoming increasingly popular — both for employers to require and for employees to pursue. But if you’re like most people, you’re wondering what kind of benefits come with the completion of an advanced degree.

Note: Are you struggling to find for your master’s degree in music education?  Check out Silver Lake’s 2-week, 4-summer program!

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Topics: Music Education

3 reasons to enroll in a 4-Year BSN program

Posted by Rachel Ware Carlton on 2/9/17 7:30 AM

As you may have already heard, Silver Lake College recently added a new four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program to its list of nursing program offerings. We’re excited about this new program for lots of reasons, not least of which is that we can offer an in-demand degree program to qualified candidates with no waiting list. Yes, you read that correctly!

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Topics: Nursing

SLC’s Kodály Music Legend: Sister Lorna Zemke

Posted by Rachel Ware Carlton on 1/5/17 7:30 AM

Renowned Kodály music educator

Sister Lorna Zemke, music professor emeritus at Silver Lake College, is internationally regarded as a top scholar/practitioner and Kodály music educator.  Sister Lorna was recently honored at Silver Lake College with an award called, the Sister Lorna Zemke Endowed Faculty Fund for Music Education and a dedication of the Zemke-Daniel Rehearsal Hall in the Franciscan Center for Music Education and Performance. “Sister Lorna serves as a great example for students, faculty and staff of excellent teaching and compassion, no matter what our life’s work is,” said Dr. Chris E. Domes, president of Silver Lake College. “She continues to bring the idea of being a servant leader into a world that desperately needs them.”

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Topics: Music Education

4 Summers, 2 Weeks, 1 Master’s Degree in Music Education

Posted by Rachel Ware Carlton on 12/22/16 7:30 AM

With the new year here, we all talk about making changes to our lifestyles — making your bread all from scratch, finally organizing the garage, sewing your own clothes, training for a marathon or writing that book. But when it comes to buckling down and accomplishing these goals, we often don’t.

Maybe you’ve always wanted to earn a master’s degree in music education, but you’re not sure how that could fit into your busy life. Taking a year or two off of your job is simply not a financial option and night classes just wouldn’t work for you long term.

But could you manage to give up two weeks of work during the summer?

At Silver Lake College, you can get your master’s degree in music education by putting in just two weeks of coursework for four summers.

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Topics: Music Education

To Pursue a Music Degree or Not To

Posted by Rachel Ware Carlton on 4/14/16 10:30 AM

Choosing your undergraduate degree does not always come with ease. You may have a plethora of interests, all of which have the potential to lead you down different paths. It could be that you may not know if you’re passionate enough to immerse yourself in a subject that will be a part of you for the rest of your life.

This especially holds true for those contemplating whether or not to pursue a music degree.

Are you someone who loves music and wants to go to school to study it?

Are you hesitant because you’re unsure if it will be worth the investment?  

We’ve compiled a list of reasons that will help you decide whether or not to pursue a music degree.

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Topics: Music Education

The Kodály Approach: A Different Range of Music Education

Posted by Rachel Ware Carlton on 2/25/16 10:30 AM

If you are a music educator, you might have heard of the Kodály approach to music education. It is an approach that while, slightly unconventional, has proven to inspire, enlighten and educate students.

Using a more traditional form of music education, The National Association of Music Education simply describes its methodology: create, perform and respond, focus on technical practicing methods and an emphasis on music theory.

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Topics: Music Education

3 Reasons to Learn the Kodály Method of Music Education

Posted by Rachel Ware Carlton on 1/28/16 10:30 AM

If you are a music educator, then you have probably heard of the major methods of teaching music: Orff, Kodály, Suzuki, and Dalcroze.

But, have you ever really considered learning to use the Kodály method of music education? If you haven’t, you should. Here’s why:

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Topics: Music Education

Why A Degree in Music Education Is Worth A Second Look

Posted by Rachel Ware Carlton on 12/4/15 12:21 PM

Are you thinking about pursuing a graduate degree in Music Education? Whether you currently teach music and want to go back to school, or are just considering studying music education in graduate school, a Master of Music Education program could be the perfect program for you!

There are many benefits to pursuing a Master’s in Music Education, and there are many flexible  programs to fit many schedule’s needs.

Here are three things to think about as you consider completing a graduate program in Music Education:

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Topics: Music Education

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Deciding where, when and by what means to go to college can be a difficult decision process. We want to help! The Silver Lake Blog is intended to be a resource as you navigate these choices, from what type of school to choose to how to finance your education. Watch this space for helpful tips. 

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