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2018 International Music Education Summit Presentations

 

 

Thursday, June 14

Time Title Description Presenter Webinar Room
11 am EST Vocal Play- a Critical Key to In Tune Singing

 

In tune singing is a vital part of Kodály music and a goal for most music teachers for their students. Although it is a goal, it is not always easy to achieve. You have to work at it, even to help students to feel comfortable singing in front of others and exposing their voice, which feels very personal. I will give you fun books to use, vocal play stories that engage, and hands on activities that your students will love and give them a lifelong love of music and singing.  

Linda Seamons

 

Singing
11 am EST 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 programs? John Mlynczak 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.

 

John Mlynczak

 

Teaching
2 pm EST 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. Corinne Stevens Devereaux, Music Education Specialist at Noteflight LLC, will discuss how to seamlessly integrate music technology into music classes at any level, and how to breathe life into your classes by letting your students lead the way.

 

Corinne Stevens Devereaux

 

Teaching
2 pm EST String Repair Clinic Music and Arts Instrumental
5 pm EST Creativity in the Music Classroom Creativity and music were once one in the same. This workshop delves into the history of creativity in music and gives you strategies for implementing creative activities into your music classroom from improvisation to sound painting and beyond. Bring an instrument and create music with your colleagues.

 

Steve Giddings Singing
5 pm EST How Nonprofits Can Help You (and Your Students)

 

Many teachers aren’t aware of the nonprofit organizations supporting music education! NAfME, the NAMM Foundation, TI:ME, and others are all interested in helping you access Title I funds, find professional development opportunities, and connect you with the music industry. In this session, Ryan Sargent, vice president of TI:ME, shows you how to access resources from these nonprofits. Ryan Sargent Teaching
8 pm EST Restorative Practices in the Elementary Music Room

 

Restorative Practices focus on relationships over punitive punishments, personal responsibility over arbitrary rules. Rather than “managing” student behaviors, learn how to foster social and emotional skills and develop a positive climate in your classroom, all within the confines of those short, infrequent elementary music class times! Elizabeth Caldwell

 

Singing
8 pm EST Awesome Apps For Music Teachers Since the evolution of tablet devices, hundreds – perhaps thousands – of music apps have been launched. How do you choose which ones to use? Which apps have stood the test of time and are the most versatile or useful for music educators? During this session, Katie will share her favourite apps for iPads and Android devices. We’ll look at app options for creativity, composition, notation, music literacy, transposition, playback, formative assessment and digital portfolios. We’ll also explore lesson ideas for using the apps with your students. Katie Wardrobe Instrumental
8 pm EST Teaching Music to Special Needs Students, Part 1 In this presentation we will look at teaching music to Special Needs (SN) students, and the teaching techniques and strategies teachers can use to foster success with this student population. The presentation will examine:
*How to ‘read’ student behaviour to identify learning challenges to assist in developing specific learning goals.
*Using ‘whole brain’ approach to teach musical concepts (examples provided).
*Teaching strategies to teach challenging content to SN students, without triggering overwhelm.
*Importance of using continuous self-esteem building techniques in the lesson to maintain intrinsic motivation to learn.
Sanja Cajic

 

Teaching

 

 

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Friday, June 15

Time Title Description Presenter
8 am EST Put That Device to Use – Using Telecommunications to Your Classroom Technology has allowed our world to communicate in a global capacity.  We are able to be in different states and countries in one day without ever leaving a singular location.  Learn how to give your students the opportunity to meet musicians, composers, take lessons, record their progress, and communicate with other students their age in your own classroom.  Imagine the global footprint and experiences your students can have with the touch of a button.

 

 

 

April Vargo

 

8 am EST Tech in the Bandroom

 

Implementing educational technology in a performance based classroom can be a difficult task. This session will show band, orchestra, and choir directors easy and practical ways to accomplish this task.

 

Stephen Keys

 

8 am EST  5 Ways to Engage Hard to Reach Students

 

  Explore the intersection of technology and popular music as powerful tools for increasing engagement and retention in upper elementary and middle grade students. Participants will learn strategies for incorporating modern music, songwriting, digital composition, and much more! You’ll walk away ready to meet your students where they are, using the music and devices already in their possession to address age-appropriate concepts and skills while inspiring a connection to music that will last a lifetime.  Graham Hepburn, Quaver Music
11 am EST Differentiated Instruction Simplified

 

Giving students different ways to learn the same material doesn’t have to rob you of valuable rehearsal time. In this session, Ryan Sargent shares five differentiated instruction strategies that will help you reach every kid in every rehearsal without losing track of the music.

 

Ryan Sargent

 

11 am EST Music Games for Advanced Elementary to Prepare Students for Band, Choir and Orchestra

 

This clinic will introduce you to many games and activities that will help prepare your upper elementary students to be successful in all areas of music theory they will need for band, orchestra or choir in middle school. These games can be used in conjunction with any curriculum including Kodaly and Orff. Help cater to students’ various learning styles with these engaging theory games.
Attendees will be invited to become a part of a Facebook group that I will moderate and use to post information and answer questions after the summit.
Emily Moran and Tamarie Sayger

 

2 pm EST Band Repair Clinic Music and Arts
2 pm EST Funding without Fundraising You’ll be provided with the step-by-step for how to get funding for your music program before resorting to a costly and time-consuming fundraiser! Elisa Janson Jones
2 pm EST STEAMing Up Your Classroom

 

STEAM contends that the arts can create new ways of seeing, thinking, and learning within STEM content. Is STEAM the same as arts integration? What does an effective STEAM lesson/unit look like? Can I do this alone in my music classroom? Where do I go from here? Who should be involved? When, where, and how do I fit this in? This workshop will give you the answers you have been searching for and lead you through exemplar K-12 STEAM lessons/units that you can use in your music classroom. Shawna Longo
5 pm EST The Do’s and Don’ts of a Successful Percussion Program For many, percussion can be the downfall of a great music program. I hope to provide the information to help you manage your percussion section. Everything you need to know about percussion from instrument maintenance, techniques, easier teaching methods, and part assignments. Kyle Spence
5 pm EST A Rhythm a Day Keeps Your Ensemble’s Troubles Away We all know that rhythm is perhaps the most important musical element of all. Play a wrong note and only that note is affected. Play the wrong rhythms, and your right notes end up being wrong too! This clinic will address the use of SmartMusic as a tool to help you teach rhythm concepts in a sequential way. We will be drawing from the built-in rhythm exercises within SmartMusic as well as from method books and custom materials. You don’t want to miss this!

 

Leigh Kallestad
2 pm EST Teaching Music to Special Needs Students, Part 2

 

This presentation will look at teaching music to Special Needs (SN) students, and the teaching techniques and strategies teachers can use to foster success with this student population. The presentation will examine:

*How to ‘read’ student behaviour to identify learning challenges to assist in developing specific learning goals.

*Using ‘whole brain’ approach to teach musical concepts (examples provided).

*Teaching strategies to teach challenging content to SN students, without triggering overwhelm.

*Importance of using continuous self-esteem building techniques in the lesson to maintain intrinsic motivation to learn.

Sanja Cajic

 

8 pm EST Teaching Music to Special Needs Students, Part 3

 

This presentation will look at teaching music to Special Needs (SN) students, and the teaching techniques and strategies teachers can use to foster success with this student population. The presentation will examine:

*How to ‘read’ student behaviour to identify learning challenges to assist in developing specific learning goals.

*Using ‘whole brain’ approach to teach musical concepts (examples provided).

*Teaching strategies to teach challenging content to SN students, without triggering overwhelm.

*Importance of using continuous self-esteem building techniques in the lesson to maintain intrinsic motivation to learn.

Sanja Cajic

 

 

8 pm EST

 

Making Your Job Easier with SmartMusic

 

Whether you are trying to teach notes and rhythms more easily, have students learn exciting repertoire, improve student practice, or provide individualized feedback to ALL your students, SmartMusic helps you do your job better and more easily. SmartMusic is on the web and will work on any compliant device that is connected to the internet. This opens the door for thousands of students in 1:1 programs, allowing them access to the platform and personalized learning. Features of the new platform include among others: immediate feedback in real time, no need for an external microphone, easy looping for practice, zoom in and out for automatic reflow of the music on screen, importing new content by dragging and dropping MusicXML files, automatic tracking of student practice time and more.

 

 

Giovanna Cruz, DMA

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Saturday, June 16

Time Title Description Presenter
 

8 am EST

Beginning Clarinet Class – Embrace the Challenge!

 

Attendees will be led week by week through the first 12 weeks of a successful beginning clarinet class and then month by month through the first year. I will provide specific descriptions, pictures, sequencing guides, class pacing suggestions and more. Teachers will be able to walk away with a complete guide to structuring their beginning clarinet classes. Tangible ways to teach embouchure, hand position, first sounds & notes, tonguing, tone development, alternate fingerings, increased technique, and range will be presented. Attendees will be invited to become a part of a Facebook group that I will moderate and use to post information and answer questions after the summit. Tamarie Sayger
8 am EST Rock Bands in the Elementary School Setting

 

Come on and play! This practical workshop brings you into my classroom and provides inspiration and practical tips for starting or advancing your own rock band at your school. No previous rock music experience required. You will leave with a list of resources and even a song tabbed out to get you started.

 

Steve Giddings

 

8 am EST Getting the Most Out of Google Forms for your Ensemble Google forms are not just for surveys! Google forms can help streamline a wide variety of processes in your ensemble. In this session, attendees will learn how to save time, assess students, prepare for adjudication, create an easy emergency sub plan, and more using Google Forms in creative ways. If you’re ready to go paperless and looking for a more efficient way to manage your ensemble, this session is for you! Michelle Warshany
11 am EST  Success in General Music Lesson Planning

 

 

The new National Core Arts Standards can be rather overwhelming. This presentation will help bridge the gap from the old music standards to the new, and go through the process of aligning specific skills and concepts with the standards, mapping out a scope and sequence, creating yearly outlines, and organizing lesson plans to address the curriculum.

 

Elizabeth Caldwell

 

11 am EST Teaching with Games in Middle School Band  or Orchestra Using a variety of games and activities in your music class can improve motivation and attention. This clinic will introduce you to many kinds of games including individual and group, written and verbal, competitive and non-competitive, technology and non-technology, rhythm and melody, theory and practice! Help engage students with various learning styles with these fun and productive band games.

 

Tamarie Sayger

 

11 am EST Developing Musicians After Recruiting Them First

 

Getting ready for a concert takes time, planning, consideration, rehearsal and the cooperation of several people. We’d never think about taking the stage without all of this preparation! Being ready for a good recruiting effort – which in turn creates players and give more students the opportunity to have instrumental music education in their lives – takes time, planning, consideration, rehearsal and the cooperation of several people.

Learn simple tools required to influence administrators, elementary teachers and parents so that you can effectively recruit your biggest class ever. You’ll end up with a timeline of effective recruiting implementation.

 

Steve France

 

2 pm EST Building Better Assessments Music teachers need efficient, reliable, quality assessments just like every educator. With SmartMusic, you can create formative assessments, provide clear feedback to students, and build rubrics your administrator will love. In this session Ryan Sargent, SmartMusic’s social media manager (and former middle school band director) will walk through the process for creating great assessments using SmartMusic

 

Ryan Sargent

 

2 pm EST Guitar Instruction Differentiation Make learning guitar easy and fun! Students play their first four-chord song in lesson one. Students learn to play G,D,C, and E minor with the push of a button while separating the right and left hand skills to allow students time to develop a strong steady beat, learn to read music, and more before learning chords. New accommodations are possible in guitar education with the tools we’ll be showing you in this session. Beyond the color-coded system you will also find the ability to play the guitar flat or with a partner. This helps make guitar accessible to students of all abilities. Elena Ryan
5 pm EST Starting a Successful Elementary Music Program from Scratch If you are right out of college, are at a new school, or are at a school with few resources, you can start a successful elementary music program, even from scratch. At my very first teaching job right out of college, I taught in an inner city school that hadn’t had an elementary music program in 7 years. The same ideas that worked for me that won me Teacher of the Year I will be sharing with you today. Jessica Peresta
5 pm EST Our Music Is Our Curriculum: Choosing Literature to Teach Music Music teachers have the opportunity to choose their curriculum through the music they choose for their students to perform each year. But students have the right to learn more than just how to play the right note at the right time! This session will look at different ways to determine which literature we should teach, and how we use that literature to teach concepts to our students. This session will have a band focus, but is applicable to any music ensemble class at any level. Anthony Dahl

 

5 pm EST What Does It Mean To Be Musical? Elementary music class is an interesting place. There is so much to explore, and so little time. Making decisions about what to include (and what not to include) can be very difficult, and can make or break engagement at a very important time in our students’ musical development. This presentation is designed to be a conversation about critical questions regarding the philosophies behind helping each student discovers their own musicianship, and best practices currently taking place around the world. Nikki Waite
8 pm EST Teaching Music to Special Needs Students, Part 4

 

This presentation will look at teaching music to Special Needs (SN) students, and the teaching techniques and strategies teachers can use to foster success with this student population. The presentation will examine:

*How to ‘read’ student behaviour to identify learning challenges to assist in developing specific learning goals.

*Using ‘whole brain’ approach to teach musical concepts (examples provided).

*Teaching strategies to teach challenging content to SN students, without triggering overwhelm.

*Importance of using continuous self-esteem building techniques in the lesson to maintain intrinsic motivation to learn.

Sanja Cajic

 

8 pm EST  Transform Your Productivity – How To Use Tech to Survive and Transform Your Life As A Music Teacher  This session will cover all those little things that can make your life as a music teacher organised and stress-free (well, almost!). I’ll share some quick tips, productivity hacks and what’s working for me right now including how you can manage ALL of those passwords without “remembering” a single one, keep track of your to-do list, backup your important stuff, how to organize documents so you can instantly find anything, use procedures, checklists and templates as a kindness to your future self, speed up assessment by using recordings, check why a website won’t loading, and learn or transcribe songs quickly. Katie Wardrobe

 

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