Teachers Training Course: Folk Arts for the Classroom

Tentative Schedule

7:45-8:30 Breakfast
11:05 Refreshments
11:15-12:00 Morning Gathering: songs, dances, show & tell
12:00-12:30 Bookstore staffed
12:30-1:00 Buffet Lunch Served
1:00-1:30 Bookstore staffed
2:35-4:35 2-Hour Swim Block All ages, 9 & under/parent
3:35-3:45 Afternoon Snack
3:35-4:45 Bookstore staffed
5:50 Dinner
7:15 Community Dance
7:45-8:30 Evening Gathering: Andy Davis and friends
8:15 Pied Piper/Bedtime for children 9 & younger
8:30-10:45 Evening Dance Party
9:30 Bedtime for 10-12 year olds
11:00 After-dance Activities

July 28 - August 4, 2012

Held during Family Week at Ogontz.

Is there still room?
For up-to-date info about availability and wait lists,
see our main Dance & Music Camps page.

Program Director

The course is led by Jane Miller, an elementary school teacher for 25 years and the founder and director of Price Farm School in Antrim, N.H. She has a Doctorate in Education and is a core faculty member in the education department at Antioch University New England.

Program Description

Matriculated Antioch students receive Supervised Independent Study credit for this course. Graduate credit is also available to others through Antioch University New England where this course is available for one Master's level graduate credit. Master's courses require a baccalaureate degree for admission. Registration forms for the course will be available at Ogontz from Jane Miller. Antioch tuition of $350 is due with the completed registration form. This may be paid by check made payable to Antioch University New England Graduate School or by credit card. This is in addition to the fees due to CDSS. All who participate fully (whether for credit or not) will be awarded a certificate (40 credit hours) at the end of the course.

Course requirements will be described in the syllabus which will be dispensed at Ogontz. The requirements are:

  • Participation in at least three Ogontz Camp Family Week class sessions each day
  • Participation in the teacher seminar each day, including sharing of materials and reflection on the process of collecting
  • Demonstration of learning by sharing at least one newly learned activity with the camp group or the seminar group
  • Development of a "collection" either in a journal, on a CD, audio tape or other format to be submitted to instructor at the week's end

This is a chance for teachers to attend a week-long folk camp for people of all ages. You will observe and participate while master folklorists teach groups of children traditional dances, songs, crafts, stories and rituals. You will participate in these folk traditions at an adult level yourself and "collect" by audio-recording, interviewing, note taking and experiencing traditional activities. We will meet daily in a Teacher Seminar led by Jane Miller to reflect on your observations and experiences and to share newly-collected activities.

-- Jane Miller, Program Director

Please check the description of Family Week at Ogontz for details on the rich and varied program and staff.

Class Descriptions

Morning by Age Classes (9:00 and 10:00)

The children are divided into classes by age (2-4, 5-7, 8-9, 10-12). Course participants will join the class teachers and students to work with traditional material.

Early afternoon classes (1:30)These are mixed-age classes

Pick the topic of your interest!

Teachers Seminar -- Jane Miller (3:50)

This will be our daily chance to discuss what we have observed and to try some of the material ourselves.


This course is limited to eight to ensure ample opportunity for active participation. If it is oversubscribed on March 19, there will be a lottery, in which case preference will be given to Antioch University New England graduate students. All who participate fully will be awarded a certificate at the end of the course. Please clearly indicate if you would like to attend Family Week at Ogontz if you do not get into this course. Scholarships are available.