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2019 Clinics & Presentations

This schedule is in DRAFT as of 1.1.2019

All times are in MST [GMT-7:00]

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Thursday, June 13 

12:00 PM 

 

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Shawna Longo

Coding + Composition: Incorporating STEAM Extensions in the Music Classroom

STEAM is catching fire across the country and it is easy to find natural, authentic access points between math, science, and music. This session will give you an example of how to do just that through the composition of chiptune music using NES controllers!  

Giovanna Cruz

An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure: Preventing Musculoskeletal Injuries of String Players

Many of us may have heard the comparison that playing music is like a sport: it requires the same kind of focus, perseverance, long hours of practice and the need for a coach or highly skilled teacher.Musicians are like athletes in other ways, too. We use the large and small muscles in our bodies to perform very specialized movements. Like athletes, string players in particular, are prone to injury from repetitive motion, and youth is not a protector against music-related injury just as much as age is not an additional risk factor. In this session we will examine the anatomy of the string player, risk factors, common injuries and the most important part: prevention. Armed with knowledge, you will be able to spot and prevent injuries in yourself and your student.

Dale Duncan

Successful Sight Singing: Fun and Easy Ways to Excite and Engage Your Students

Frustrated with sight singing? Many sight singing techniques skip steps in the learning process that cause our beginners (and the teachers!) are to blame. In this session, you will learn specific, engaging, proven techniques that will ensure your beginners become successful sight singers. You will walk away from this session with several approaches to games, ear-training, and hand-sign techniques that will help you leverage all learning styles and that you can instantly apply in your classroom.

Danika White

Maintenance Monday: Keeping Instruments in Shape One Week at a Time

In this session, you will learn how adding a dedicated time for instrument maintenance to your weekly rehearsal plan will save you both money and lost rehearsal time! Learn how to incorporate weekly instrument maintenance into your band rehearsals and  the various tricks to streamline the original teaching process in homogeneous, heterogenous, and full band settings.

3:00 PM 

 

Michelle Warshany

Windows, Mirrors, and Sliding Glass Doors: Creating a More Inclusive Music Classroom

Does your classroom have windows, mirrors and sliding glass doors? (and no, I’m not talking about physical objects In this session) In this session you’ll learn about what windows, mirrors, and sliding glass doors mean in terms of music education. You  will be invited to look critically at your classroom and reflect on which voices are missing, and walk away with ideas for creating more inclusive classrooms you can implement right away.

Steve Holley

Differentiated Instruction in the Ensemble Rehearsal: Developing a More Inclusive Ensemble Experience

In this session, we’ll discuss, share, and debate methods and strategies to ensure that you continue to develop the tools necessary to reach all the students in your ensemble. You’ll learn skills that can be employed in the rehearsal, the classroom, and on the stage that will improve your relationship with students, broaden your skill set, and improve the musical abilities of your ensemble.

We’ll focus on the four areas of Differentiated Instruction,  including content, learning environment, process, and product, and how to apply them within the context of a musical rehearsal.

Steve Giddings

Being Your Best Rock Coach: How to Start a Rock Group at Your School (part 1)

Are you wanting to start a rock group at your school but are not sure where to start or how to convince your admin? Are you struggling to engage those kids who are on the fringes and are never engaged in any music activity? In this workshop you will gain the practical skills and knowledge to deliver a successful rock program to your learners. You will even leave with a list of songs, gear, and resources to get you started in the right direction. No rock experience required.

John Mlynczak

Retaining the Tech-Savvy Generation

Students today are highly engaged with technology, both at home and in school. How do we utilize technology to recruit and retain music students in band and orchestra programs? This session will discuss current trends in student technology, demonstrate how to seamlessly integrate music technology lessons into a music class at any level, and provide a range of solutions for utilizing technology to increase student engagement and retention.

6:00 PM 

 

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Melanie Stapleton

Full Inclusion: Self-Identity In the Classroom

This session will help the increasing number of directors and educators who seek guidance in the best ways to include and assist their transgender music students, both inside and outside of the rehearsal space. Learn how to navigate complex issues that arise with transgender students such as: uniform selection, preferred names/pronouns, voicing, common rehearsal lexicon that can be alienating, maintaining a safe educational space, addressing the non-binary, supporting the student while respecting both parental and administrative wishes, bathrooms, and potential issues encountered on trips. No longer feel lost or directionless when working with a transgender student, include and respect transgender students, regardless of personal beliefs, and allow for a better teacher/student relationship, thus increasing student retention.

Mark Connor, et al

Advancing Music Teaching through Podcasting

Music educators have more resources at their fingertips than ever before,from blogs and video streams to podcasts and courses. Even still,  the infrequency of professional development conferences and the demands of the profession can lead many teachers to feel isolated. This presentation by the creators of four music education podcasts will explore the digital resources available to music teachers and the role that podcasts can play in both professional development and building community.

Ray Benton

How to Build Critical Listening Skills With Technology

This session is designed to help music educators effectively utilize technology to build critical listening skills in their students through effective recording and playback of performance music. We’ll cover:

• pedagogical best practices for recording and playback with music students

• strategies to identify musical performance issues and how they can be resolved, • methods to incorporate recording and playback into your short-term and long-term planning

• classroom activities you can incorporate and assignment ideas for outside classroom time

• technology options for you to consider and how to determine which ones are best for you, your students, and your program

These methods can be applied to any size or type of ensemble, and individual students as well, and can be implemented immediately.

Jessica Peresta

Optimizing Work-Life Balance for Music Educators

Do you feel overwhelmed as a music teacher? Well, you’re not alone in feeling this way. You’re juggling planning lessons and programs, teaching so many classes, communicating with other teachers and parents, while still trying to fit in time for your family and friends. It sucks your joy out of teaching and leaves you feeling defeated some days.

In this session, we’ll go over 5 strategies to help you find work-life balance. You’ll learn why it’s ok to say no, why self care is so important, how teacher burnout is a real thing, and so much more.  

Friday, June 14

6:00 AM 

 

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Janine Slaga

Self-Directed Learning in the Student Centered Classroom

More and more schools are embracing the child-centered approach inspired by the schools of Reggio Emilia. This session will give you the understanding and tools to begin injecting these ideas into your music teaching. In this session you will familiarize yourself with the experiential, collaborative, student-driven philosophy and some of the thinking behind it. You will explore some ways you can adapt your teaching and documentation, using the “hundred languages” and the “environment as the third teacher”. You will leave this session with some activities you can use and adapt with classes all through elementary school.

Stacey Stoltz

Teaching Abroad: Secrets for Having the Musical Adventure You’ve Always Wanted

Explore the world of teaching music abroad. Learn about the advantages and disadvantages of teaching internationally while exploring the ‘day in the life’ of teaching music abroad through photos and stories. Discover  what it takes to be a successful international teacher and why many choose to do it. Receive an introduction to the “International Baccalaureate” programs, a connecting factor in many international schools and learn about the international job search process, including how to get started, the timing of the hiring process, several useful tools to aide in the job search, and what to look for in a school to ensure a good experience.

Music & Arts

Band Instrument Repair Clinic

Learn how to perform minor repairs right in your own classroom from the master repair technicians with Music & Arts. Watch live as they perform these repairs and walk you through the method.

Adam Paltrowitz

Creating a Positive Learning Environment to Drive Positive Student Behavior and Success

A positive environment sets the tone for all interactions that take place in any life situation. In an educational setting, It sets the tone for how students interact with one another, how students interact with the teacher, and how students feel about themselves in our classroom. This workshop explores all factors that contribute to the learning environment, and how we, as the teacher, have the ability to improve the environment, in order to foster better learning.

 

9:00 AM 

 

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Mary-Elizabeth Brown

High-Tech Teaching: Using Technology to Reach More Young Musicians

Can you imagine teaching your students on a computer instead of in your classroom? As a complimentary tool or a primary source of instruction, webcam lessons are quickly on the rise. While advancing technology makes music available to more students, webcam lessons also present a host of new pedagogical challenges from teaching posture and cultivating a beautiful tone to fostering community from a distance.

In this session, you will learn powerful strategies for successfully teaching individuals and groups via webcam through an overview of hardware and software innovations, as well as strategies for effective communication, teaching without touching and connecting in a human way through technology. Based on 4000+ hours of webcam lessons with violinists aged 3-professional on 5 continents, my research and experience show that it is indeed possible teach effectively without being in the same physical space and build community using today’s ever-evolving technology.

Ryan Sargent

Get Students Thinking and Engaged Using Self-Assessment

Getting students to enjoy being assessed might sound like a fool’s errand – kids HATE tests. By making your students active participants in the assessment process, you can help them think critically, keep them engaged, and make them better musicians.

Self-assessment is a skill most musicians don’t learn until college or beyond, but your students can start reaping the benefits now. In this session, you will learn how to:

• Model good assessment for your students

• Provide a safe space for students to critique themselves and others

•Develop students’ listening skills

• Foster a culture where assessments are “normal,” not scary

• Teach kids how to think instead of what to think

We’ll spend time looking at specific things you can do in class and with your assignments. And we’ll talk about how to do all of this without sacrificing rehearsal time – because your administrator still expects a concert.

John Mlynczak

Digital Rules: Sheet Music Do’s and Don’ts in the Digital Age

In a perfect world we could buy and sell all music as notation files that opened on any device and we could edit and adapt these works however we need for our ensembles all while fairly compensating the composers and arrangers of these works. The reality is that we have to navigate through different technologies, copyright law, and rights holder permissions. However, this perfect world may be more accessible than we think if we could just understand what is and is not allowed when purchasing music, plus how to create, share, and edit digital files. This session will not have all the answers, but certainly will have a lot of them!

Corinne Devereaux

Want a Successful Career? Study Music

Music may not traditionally have been seen as a gateway to a power career, but in this session we’ll explorer exactly why that stereotype isn’t relevant. Today’s career tracks value motivation, creativity, confidence, stamina, self-discipline, and dozens of other skills cultivated by a dedicated musician. Come to this fun roundtable discussion to share your success stories, be inspired by your colleagues, and walk away with tons of info to help in advocacy discussions with your administration.

12:00 PM 

  

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Music & Arts

Orchestra Repair Clinic

From changing strings to adjusting bridges, and how to get those pegs to stop slipping, you’ll learn the in-classroom techniques you need to keep functioning instruments in the hands of your students while saving on your annual repair budget.

Corinne Stevens Devereaux

Move Over, Mozart: Engaging Students with Music Creation

Today’s student is a tech-savvy inhabitant of the digital world; we can tap into this skillset to create music and engage our students in the classroom. By utilizing music technology to bring music creation and collaboration to the forefront of our curriculum, our students will be invested and excited about the popular, diverse music that they are creating with one another. In this sessions you’ll  discuss how to seamlessly integrate music technology into music classes at any level, and how to breathe life into your pedagogy by letting your students lead the way.

Marc Sabatella

Open Source Sheet Music and Easy Worksheet Creation: Notation Software for the Modern Music Educator

In this session, MuseScore Director of Education Marc Sabatella will provide expert instruction on using MuseScore, the free and highly intuitive online music notation software, in an educational setting. Learn the basics of creating sheet music in MuseScore, how to generate play-along accompaniment for practice and rehearsal, and how to find, download, and edit sheet music created by others. Learn techniques for producing educational materials such as exercises, worksheets, quizzes, homework assignments, and even textbooks, and we will discuss ways of using MuseScore in class to help teach music literacy.

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Michelle Warshany

Secondary General Music: The Best Part of Your Day

General music classes aren’t limited to elementary school yet much of the resources out there tend to cater to a younger age group. In this session, teachers of general music grades 6-12, will learn how to engage their students from day 1. Learn why you might need to think more like a history teacher and how to teach students to learn research. After this session, you will leave with fresh ideas, lesson plans, and activities that you can immediately take back to you classes.

Steve Holley

How to add elements of Popular Music Education to your Program

As music education adapts to a new state of arts consumerism and technology, how do we, as educators, combine the best practices of the past with contemporary methods to modernize music education? In short, it’s not a matter of “reaching kids where they are,” it’s simply a matter of reaching kids.

Popular Music Education is quickly gaining recognition as an accepted and viable third pillar of music education. Studies show that traditional and jazz education typically reach only 20% of our student population, neglecting the 80% who walk by our rehearsal room every day.  

Examine the similarities and differences between traditional, jazz, and popular music education, discuss a variety of cohesive, inclusive, forward thinking methodologies in an effort to instill not only musical abilities in and an appreciation of ALL genres, but life skills that will support our students no matter their career path.

Dale Duncan

Classroom Management for Middle School Music

Teaching ages 11-14 is not for the faint of heart! Students in this age group need a combination of fun and structure and rewards and consequences in order to help them thrive. You will leave this session with several specific approaches to help you set your middle school students up for success from the very first day of the school year.  

Steve Giddings

Being Your Best Rock Coach: Songwriting Within the Rock Band/Classroom Setting (part 2)

So your rock band is up and running and know some songs.Now it’s time to teach them to write their own songs. This workshop will take you through the steps of how to introduce songwriting in a practical and natural way. Some of your groups may have already begun songwriting on their own, this workshop will show you how to embrace it and keep the creativity flowing unhindered.

6:00 PM 

 

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Mark Reid

Relational Pedagogy: Building Relationships, Improving Instruction, and Mastering Classroom Management

Music teachers and student-musicians connect in multiple ways through the course of their interactions at school. As such, music programs are often a place for students to ‘belong’ or feel connected. This session honours these connections, addressing instructional language that speaks to each and every student, invites engagement, and facilitates inclusion.

Music education experiences in collaborative contexts possess the power to nurture a developed sense of community, positive contribution to the program, and engagement in leadership and mentorship for their peers. To that end, in this session you will join in examining the influence of instructional language on program culture and a sense of community. Be prepared for some very personal self-reflection and the opportunity to reorient your instructional vocabulary.

Mandy Hollingshead

Building Classroom and Community Rapport in Minimal Time

As a specialist teacher we don’t get to see the kids very often, yet we still need to foster a good feeling of community  within our classrooms. Here are 10+ strategies that you can immediately implement to build community in your classes in the short time that you do get to see the students.

Anthony Dahl

Enriching Your Ensemble Curriculum: Chamber Music and Improv in the Instrumental Classroom

Two music teachers were discussing ways to incorporate more individual music making and creativity into the band rehearsal when one teacher stated, “If you can do all that and still teach band, more power to you! But I have to get ready for festival.”

How many of us simply focus on the core standard of “Playing an instrument with appropriate tone and technique’? What about the other standards? What about the new Core Arts standards that deal with collaboration and creativity? How do we incorporate these in large ensemble classrooms?

This session will explore some classroom-tested ways to teach instrumental ensembles while incorporating collaboration and creativity.

Linda Seamons

Manipulatives in the Elementary Music Classroom: Their importance, and how to use them, make them, and run a make It/take it for your local teachers.

Manipulatives are a fun, engaging, and important part of the elementary music classroom. In this session I’ll give ideas on the importance and benefits of using manipulatives, show how to use various manipulatives, and demonstrate how to make them plus where to get the materials. Some of the items will include beat mats, batons for conducting, sub games, a tic tac toe music game, vocal play phones, bottle cap composing centers, a steam instrument that can be used in the classroom and for a school wide steam night, and more.You’ll also learn how to set up a make it/take it for local teachers to make these items as a group. The handout will give detailed information on all of this, with lots of exclusive free patterns.

9:00 PM 

 

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Mandy Hollingshead

Ultimate Efficiency: Technology Shortcuts in the Music Classroom

There are an abundance of technology opportunities that can pass us by as music educators because the trainers often don’t know how to incorporate them into our subject areas. This session will show you how to use many free Google and Apple apps in your classroom- in fact, you’ll be able to set them up as part of this session!

From Flat.io, Google [Sheets, Slides, Forms] Autocrat, YouTube, Apple – iMovie, Garageband, QuickTime, Photoboot, Twitter, and Hapara.

Matthew Scott Bacon

Leaving a Legacy: Building Your Music Program with the Goal in Mind

This session will inspire you to think about your legacy, purpose and goals for your music programs. Begin with the end in mind, by exploring where are you now and where you want your program to be in 5 years. What capacity do you need to build in and outside your program and are you being held back by budgetary restraints? Curriculum expectations? Instructional time? Lack of resources? Is your admin supportive? Classroom space? Or none at all!? How do we inspire our school communities to buy into the power of Music Education?

We’ll address these questions together with some practical logistical suggestions and budgetary frameworks. Taught by a Music Educator who is building a music program from scratch in Yerevan, Armenia, combined with and experience as a Music Education Sales Representative for St. John’s Music in Toronto servicing over 150 music programs in my districts from orchestra to band, to Orff to choral, the  hope is to reignite your passion for your programs by discussing the your legacy of a purposeful music program.

Pete Barter

Be More Engaging: 5 Ways to Capture Your Students and Build Rapport from the Start

This session will enable you with practical ways to connect with your students in ways that will bring out the best in their learning abilities.

Lauma Kazaka

Exciting and Motivating Private Students to Practice

Engaging the digital generation to study music is challenging. Multiple students and limited time makes it hard for music teachers to provide practical experience the students need, while music theory is not as fun as their smartphones, games or chatting. You’ll discover how to solve this problem with a unique technology that makes it easy for the whole class to play music together.

In this session you will learn how to use Solfeg.io as a multi-functional platform. I’ll introduce you to the song library for grades 5-12, functions of the app, how to teach basics for instruments like piano, guitar, ukulele and bass, and how to easily prepare your class for an upcoming concert.

 

 

Saturday, June 15

6:00 AM

 

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7:00 AM

 

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April Vargo

Music and Entrepreneurship: How to Use Your Passions to Further Your Career

This session will change the rhetoric of being a classroom teacher. Instead of simply looking at yourself as a teacher of a classroom, you will learn to look at yourself as a business owner of said classroom. You’re the one designing the curriculum, teaching the students, and managing the day to day operations. Today you will learn how to take control of your career while adding additional money making opportunities.

Dr. James Frankel

Technology Engagement: The Music Classroom Leads the Way

As technology becomes important throughout our lives, and throughout education, it is important to understand how technology can enhance creativity and musicality. Software must adapt to the shifting trends in technology, rather than dictating what and how devices must be used. This session will provide you with resources and ideas for addressing technological changes in your schools and districts while exposing you  to the benefits of cloud-based technology. Learn how incorporating this kind of technology in the classroom increases assessment efficiency, facilitates organization, and centralizes grading and assignments both for teachers and their students.

Taught by the guru of music technology in education,  Dr. Frankel will explore many of the challenges that are unique to music educators by reflecting on his own experiences, the experiences of the educators on staff at MusicFirst, and YOU. Discover a suite of software integrations compatible with the MusicFirst Online Classroom, including: Noteflight, Sight Reading Factory, PracticeFirst, Soundtrap, Auralia, Musition, and Cut Time.

Shane Colquhoun

Small School, Big Program: Strategies for Build Strong Music Programs in Small Schools

Learn the best strategies for building a robust, student-centered music program no matter what size your school population. In this session you’ll learn the critical focus areas where to place your attention: recruiting and retention, balancing large traditional ensembles with non-traditional and culturally relevant ensembles, integrating technology, parental involvement and support, and community relations. You’ll also learn some tips for integrating popular and multicultural music to invigorate your program.

 

9:00 AM

 

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Andrew Fling

Making Piano Lessons More Fun

This session will provide piano and private lesson  teachers with resources and ideas to enhance their music instruction, including printable games and worksheets. I’ll also include fun strategies stories that are sure to increase the achievement level of every student.

Theresa Ducassoux, Miriam Capellan, Brittany Gonzalez

Meet Them Where They Are: Fostering Collaboration and Success Between Vocal and Instrumental Music Teachers

In many school systems, vocal and instrumental music programs work independently. One group sings while the others play instruments. What could they have in common? The answer is, many things! In both vocal and instrumental music we are teaching students to be musical, so why reinvent the wheel when students join the band or orchestra? In this session, you will hear from three music teachers, two vocal and one instrumental, who work together to support their student’s musical development. Techniques come from the Conversational Solfege methodology where students learn to be tuneful, beatful, and artful, which is also introduced to and reinforced for the youngest learners through the First Steps in Music program. Students learn music literacy the same way we learn language – singing and playing before reading and writing. As a result, the students play their instruments musically from day one and continue their vocal music development along the way. Video examples from classes will be shared, along with tips, tricks, and resources. Be prepared to think about your school music department in a whole new light!

Steve Giddings

Being Your Best Rock Coach: Integrating Rock Music into Your Regular Music Class (part 3)

How do I integrate the performance of rock music into my daily general music or instrumental classes? This workshop will help you to integrate rock music into your classroom in an authentic and practical way. Come into my classroom to be immersed into the by-ear learning process and creativity in rearranging a rock song for the instrumentation in your classroom. No previous rock music experience required.

Lindsay Brazell

Building Musicians of Character: Contributing Citizens or Singing Jerks?

As music educators, we teach several life skills every day, and our classrooms are innately social hubs for students. Why not use your content and your program to teach excellent character to your students, increasing the probability that they become kind, successful contributing citizens?

In this session you will learn how to implement character education strategies into the music classroom. We’ll make  a review of literature, as well as anecdotal applications for your own classroom experiences.

12:00 PM 

 

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Dan Tricarico

The Zen Teacher: Creating Focus, Simplicity, and Tranquility in the Classroom

The Zen Teacher workshop will show you a 5-step blueprint for using Zen-inspired techniques such as mindfulness, meditation, Beginner’s Mind, compassion, gratitude, subtraction, space, gratitude, non-judgment, and self-care to achieve a greater sense of relaxation, peace, and control in the classroom.

This workshop is based on–and includes concepts, anecdotes, and activities–from my two books THE ZEN TEACHER: CREATING FOCUS, SIMPLICITY, AND TRANQUILITY IN THE CLASSROOM (DBC, Inc. 2015) and SANCTUARIES: SELF-CARE SECRETS FOR STRESSED OUT TEACHERS.

Theresa Ducassoux & Kathryn Finch

The Power of Empowering Your Music Students

Empowering musicians begins with a shift from engagement to student ownership. How do we make that shift? How can we build relationships and tailor instruction with limited time each week? In this session, you will learn about the qualities of empowered learners and discover how music teachers can shift instructional techniques to facilitate students owning their learning. Specific examples of how shifts can be made will be provided, as evidenced in the presenter’s own classrooms, both vocal and instrumental settings. You will also be introduced to technology tools that can be utilized to help empower learners in arts classrooms.

Richard Cangro

Allowing Choices or Making Demands: Classroom Management in Music Education

Speak softly and carry a big stick may have worked for Teddy Roosevelt, but not so much for education. Creating an environment of respect and rapport that engages learners through effective, positive interaction takes planning and know-how. This session is intended to help teachers and teacher-candidates formulate strategies for classroom management that focus on intrinsic motivation and mutual respect, developing a caring classroom community. Opportunities for reflection and discussion along with videos and participatory activities will help develop strategies for use in the classroom the very next class!

Steve Giddings

Sound with Steve: The Basics of Live and From Source Sound

From mixing boards to microphones, inputs to monitors, sound production can make or break our musical performances. Does the technological and logistical requirements of sound intimidate you?  If so, this is the workshop you’ve been waiting for. This session will leave you with all the practical skills and knowledge you need to set up a sound system for a live performance for the first time, or more efficiently for the 50th. Whether you are completely new to sound or have some experience there is something for everybody at this session.

3:00 PM 

 

 

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Erica Darr

Unity in Diversity

This session will share the importance of musical and cultural diversity in the music classroom. We’ll work by defining diversity as the incorporation of ‘music that is not associated with Classical-European styles’. You’ll learn eight action steps to help you create unity in diversity including getting acquainted with unfamiliar cultures, using comparisons to connect unknown information to student’s prior knowledge, using a variety of pedagogical practices, incorporating listening examples, knowing the musical achievement of the choral students, assessing choral scores for culture-specific qualities, performing songs in their original language, and making connections rooted in accuracy and cultural appreciation. You’ll also learn the secrets of repertoire selection and organization.You’ll also get a list of available online and print resources to assist music educators with the incorporation of both cultural and musical diversity in the classroom.

Elizabeth Caldwell

Teaching World Music Holistically and Accurately

In this session you will learn concrete strategies and helpful ideas to help you better incorporate music and perspectives from a variety of cultures into your music classes. You will learn specific lesson ideas for the general music setting, strategies for making sure the content you’re teaching is as accurate and authentic as possible, thoughts to consider to make sure you are being respectful of each culture and its people, and other ways to be more reflective of a wide range of cultures in the music room!

Music & Arts

Percussion Repair Workshop

Save time and money by learning essential in-classroom tricks for healing your percussion instruments while saving on your repair budget. Taught by the expert repair technicians at Music & Arts, you’ll be shown the exact methods for ensuring your percussion instruments remain playable all year.

Graham Hepburn

Guitars, Ukuleles, and Non-Traditional Strings

Popular, affordable, age appropriate, and fun, Guitars and Ukuleles have become important tools in the general music classroom. The skills learned on Ukulele are easily transferable to a growing strings program and can be an excellent primer to building a Guitar or non-traditional strings program. This session will focus on activities, repertoire, and exercises that highlight that progression, using instruments and technology. Exercises for finger independence, scales, strumming rhythms, chords, and more, will have you ready to get your students primed to move on to the next level of stringed instruments. Guitars and Ukuleles welcome, but not required!

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