Toward Representation:

Choral Music by Women

Graduate Level
Credits / Units


Course Term

Video instruction & assignments
must be completed within
9 months of registration.

Course Code

EDUX 9130

Price Per Credit



Course Description:

Knowledge of repertoire is arguably one of the most important skills for a choral director as it not only drives all aspects of pedagogical curriculum choices and communication with audiences, but it also reflects cultural and personal values of the choir leadership.  Join Forward Motion Professional Development and Dr. Sandra Peter for a focused look at choral music composed by women.  Students will learn how women’s music has been limited throughout history and be introduced to repertoire to help close the gap of underrepresentation.  

This course is intended for music educators at any point in their career.  No pre-requisite required.  Students will need internet access to complete online video content available at, basic word-processing skills, and basic digital presentation skills (Powerpoint, Google Slides, etc.). 


Course Outcomes:

Students will…

  • Examine the underrepresentation of music composed by women 
  • Analyze systematic barriers to women’s access to composing and inclusion in the choral canon
  • Review and research women composers and their choral repertoire
  • Determine actions to provide increased gender representation on music programs


Course Components:

This course includes online video lectures, prescribed comprehension response questions, reflection essays, and creation of presentation slides.  All coursework instructions and videos will be found on  Some articles may need to be accessed with a free personal JSTOR account.  Completed coursework should be submitted online via the interactive Forward Motion module available immediately after registration and sign-in.  Students must receive a passing grade to receive university credit by earning “acceptable” or “excellent” on each assignment rubric.


Forward Motion awards academic credit in partnership with Dominican University of California.  Graduate-Level Extension Semester Credits/Units are primarily used for professional development or salary advancement and are transferable to degree programs only on the approval of the institution being petitioned.  The words credits and units are used interchangeably as geographical locations vary in terminology.  Participants are advised to obtain prior employer approval for use in salary advancement.  Dominican University of California is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).


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