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2018 International Music Education Summit Presenters


Keynote Speaker: Duane Huff

Duane brings real world leadership perspective, combined with insider experience, to the marching band leadership experience. He knows exactly what student leaders are going through because he’s been in their position many times over! He provides solutions and insights that are current, relevant, practical and have lifelong application.
As a student leader, Duane didn’t always make the right decisions. In fact, many times he was dead wrong! That’s where he learned the most valuable lessons as a student leader and that’s where his personal experience and real world perspective can really benefit your students. The principles and strategies Duane teaches students are those that would have made a world of difference if he’d known them as a student leader.
So where did Duane gain his education, wisdom and insight into what makes leaders effective? From taking the lessons he learned as a student leader, applying it to his personal and professional life, and working with student and business leaders across the United States and Canada.
For the past six years, in particular, Duane has had the opportunity to train, coach, teach and interact with leaders from all different backgrounds and experience levels – from first year student leaders to C-level executives of major corporations, and everything in between. What he’s come to understand is that, while marching band leadership has unique and specific challenges all its own, there are some universal leadership principles that can serve to develop and strengthen brand new and seasoned band leaders alike.

Graham Hepburn

Graham will be presenting Folk Songs Four Ways: Keep Students Guessing and Engaged.

Graham Hepburn has a passion for igniting a love of music in the hearts and minds of children. Over the years, he has presented many workshops and sessions around the United States and in Britain. He has been warmly received at various state MEA conventions and gave the keynote speech at NAfME in fall of 2016. Graham truly is the heart and energetic force behind Quaver’s Marvelous World of Music.

Katie Wardrobe

Katie will be presenting Transform Your Productivity – How To Use Tech to Survive and Transform Your Life As A Music Teacher and Awesome Apps For Music Teachers.

Katie Wardrobe is a music technology trainer, consultant, blogger and podcaster who is passionate about helping music teachers through her business Midnight Music ( She runs hands-on workshops, presents regularly at conferences in Australia and overseas and she offers online training and support to music teachers all over the world through her music technology professional development online community – the Midnight Music Community. Her workshops and courses focus on incorporating technology into the music curriculum through a range of creative projects. Katie has been Keynote speaker at the Australian Society for Music Education National Conference and the Music Education New Zealand National Conference.

Katie is the author of the keyboard and technology program for middle school students titled Studio Sessions (published by MusicEDU). She is known as an expert in the practical integration of iPads in music education and in 2014 published iPad Projects for the Music Classroom – a collection of step-by-step creative projects for primary and middle-school students. In the Midnight Music Community – an online professional development learning space especially for music teachers using technology – was launched in 2016 and has more than 500 members from around the world. Katie is also the host of the Music Tech Teacher podcast which was launched in early 2017.

Tamarie Sayger

Tamarie will be presenting Beginning Clarinet Class – Embrace the Challenge! and Teaching through Games in Middle School Band.

Currently a band director in Dripping Springs, Texas, Tamarie has held various music education positions over the past 20 years including teaching elementary music, private lessons, clarinet specialist and middle school band. During her time as the assistant director at Nimitz Junior High, the band was named the Texas Honor Band and the Honor Band Runner up.

Tamarie is the creator of the clarinet pedagogy podcast Crossing the Break – Embrace the Challenge of Teaching Clarinet and is a core contributor to the Music education products she has created can be found on TeachersPayTeachers. She has presented clinics at the Texas Bandmaster Association Convention and the WTAMU Band Director Workshop Series.


Elizabeth Caldwell

Elizabeth will be presenting sessions on Restorative Practices in the Elementary Music Room and General Music Lesson Planning: from National Core Arts Standards to Day-to-Day Lessons.

Elizabeth has been teaching elementary general music for over a decade in a wide range of school settings around the world. She developed an interest in curriculum design after leading the curriculum writing for 3 different elementary music programs and researching music curricula from different countries for her Masters work with Boston University. She has presented for the CT state department of education on working with the new National Core Arts Standards, and guides music teachers in designing their own curriculum through her online course, Lesson Planning Made Awesome. She also serves in her school as the school climate coordinator and has led the implementation of school-wide behavior management strategies that focus on restoring relationships and developing emotional literacy while encouraging student ownership and responsibility. She writes on a variety of music teaching topics in and out of the classroom on her website, Organized Chaos.

John Mlynczak

John will  be presenting on Retaining the Tech-Savvy Generation.

John Mlynczak offers an extensive range of experiences in music education and is a frequent national clinician. Mr. Mlynczak is President of the Technology Institute of Music Educators and Managing Director of Noteflight, a Hal Leonard company. John is also an Adjunct Professor of Music Technology at LSU, a Graduate Instructor at VanderCook College, and a Google Level-2 Certified Educator. Mr. Mlynczak is a passionate advocate for music education and technology, serving on the NAMM State Advocacy Coalition, the NAfME Advocacy Leadership Force, and is Advocacy Chairman for the Massachusetts Music Educators Association. Mr. Mlynczak holds degrees in music education, music performance, and educational leadership. 

Steve Giddings

Steve will be presenting Creativity in the Music Classroom and Rock Bands in the Elementary School Setting.  He is author of the Reader’s Choice Award nominated book called Rock Coach: A Practical Guide for Teaching Rock Bands in Schools. Steve was recently a guest on the Music Ed Mentor Podcast.

Steve teaches K – 6 Music in Prince Edward Island, Canada and is also Choir Director at the Berklee Affiliate School, Holland College School of Performing Arts. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Prince Edward Island, and a Master of Education in Music Education from Acadia University. He is founder of the PEI Schools of Rock Showcase that features elementary, intermediate, high school, and college rock/popular ensembles from around the Island. Aside from his book, he is also an active writer of music education topics with a regular column in the Canadian Music Educators’ Journal and a website/blog called Steve’s Music Room.

Ryan Sargent

Ryan will be presenting on How Nonprofits Can Help You (and Your Students), Using SmartMusic to Build Better Assessments, and Differentiated Instruction Shouldn’t Be Difficult.

Ryan Sargent is a passionate advocate for music education. As social media manager at MakeMusic, Inc., Ryan is responsible for developing and distributing professional development content to music educators nationwide. In addition to his work at MakeMusic, Ryan serves as vice president of the Technology Institute for Music Educators (TI:ME), where he helps music teachers leverage technology in their classrooms and helps the music industry foster relationships with educators. Prior to joining MakeMusic, Ryan taught middle school band and ran a private low brass studio in Boulder, CO.

A graduate of Baylor University, Ryan studied jazz pedagogy and musicology at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Ryan continues to play trombone in the Denver area and teaches music history at the Metropolitan State University of Denver.

Anthony Dahl

Anythony will be presenting OMIOC! (Our Music Is Our Curriculum) Choosing Literature to Teach Music.

Anthony Dahl is the instrumental music teacher at Manteca High School in Manteca, California. At MHS he is responsible for all facets of the band program including three levels of concert bands, marching band, drumline, chamber groups, pep band, and jazz combos, as well as instructing beginning guitar classes. He has also previously taught piano and AP Music Theory at MHS, as well as band, choir, and classroom music at several elementary schools.

During Mr. Dahl’s twelve-year tenure at Manteca High School the band program has grown nearly 300% and continues to improve in quality. Many Manteca alumni continue to perform past high school in college ensembles and military bands across the western US.

Mr. Dahl holds the Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of the Pacific (Stockton, CA) and the Master of Music in Conducting from the American Band College.

Emily Moran 2018 Music Ed Summit

Emily Moran

Educator Emily Moran taught elementary music in Rockwall, TX and directed junior high band in Odessa, TX. She has instructed hundreds of students, grades K-12, in the classroom, master classes, sectionals and individual private lessons.  She currently assists with product development and marketing for Band Directors Talk Shop. Mrs. Moran has also presented clinics at the Texas Bandmasters Association convention and the “Art of Teaching Band Symposium” in El Paso, TX. She graduated from West Texas A&M University with her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Music and studied flute with Sally Turk, Dr. Gary Garner and Helen Blackburn. Mrs. Moran is married to her husband Jake, and they enjoy spending time with their daughter, Lauren.

Steve France

Steve will be presenting on Developing Musicians After Recruiting Them First. 

Like you, music played an important part in life for Steve France growing up as it provided a sense of identity and accomplishment. After going to college for Music Education and completing a joint Music and Business degree, he continued his education at Badger State Repair and completed an apprenticeship in Instrument Repair. Steve moved to Utah in 2000 and has taken the opportunity to share his love for instrumental music by helping to recruit thousands of students to band and orchestra programs across the state. In 2011 he opened The Music Store in Saint George, UT to serve the musical community in Southern Utah. Amidst the daily tasks of running a business, Steve still finds the most joy working one-on-one with student and professional players’ and their families to select the right equipment specifically for them so they too can enjoy the positive impact music has in all of our lives. Steve lives in Saint George, UT with his wife, Rachel, 3 children and dog. Aside from work he enjoys trail running and a day skiing on the slopes.

Jessica Peresta

Jessica will be presenting How to Start a Successful Elementary Music Program from Scratch. 

Jessica is passionate about helping other music teachers who are at a new school, are fresh out of college, or don’t have many resources available. She knows how frustrating it can be when you don’t know where to go to get the help you need and how hard it is to find the balance between teaching and personal life.  Her first year of teaching, she started her new job in the middle of the school year, had no resources or teaching materials, was at an inner city school, and restarted the music program which had been non existent for 7 years.  She knew no other music teachers, had no idea where to turn for help, and had a mentor teacher who taught 3rd grade and knew nothing about music.  She wants no other music teacher to feel this way and loves sharing her experiences and ideas with you.

Corinne Stevens Devereaux

Corinne will be presenting Move Over, Mozart: Engaging Students with Music Creation.

Corinne Stevens Devereaux has an extensive musical background, as a vocalist, a conductor and an educator. She spent more than a decade as an opera singer in productions throughout the US, Canada and Europe. She has her M.M. in Vocal Performance from the University of Tennessee Knoxville, and has experience as a voice teacher both at the collegiate and secondary school levels, as well as within her private voice studio. Corinne is currently Noteflight’s Sales Manager and Music Education Specialist and spends her days making everyone happy. Since joining Noteflight, she has become a passionate advocate for using Noteflight in choirs to assist directors and conductors in preparing their ensembles, as well as for private voice instructors for use in their studios to improve musicianship and practice techniques for their singers. Corinne’s areas of expertise are vocal performance, private studio teaching, and choral groups.

Music and Arts Repair Shop

Music and Arts will be presenting Welcome to Shop Class.

Learn more HERE.

Michelle Warshany 2018 Music Ed Summit

Michelle Warshany

Michelle Warshany is a teacher-author for Music with Miss W and 8-12 music teacher at NC Virtual Academy.

She will be presenting Getting the Most Out of Google Forms for your Ensemble.

Michelle is a blogger and creates digital music resources at Michelle holds a Bachelor’s degree in music education and performance(flute) from Elon University. She has taught general music in NC and high school band in FL. She has presented at the K12 Promising Practices Conference.

April Vargo

April will be presenting Put that Device to Use: Using Telecommunications In Our Classrooms.

April Vargo has a passion for music, theatre, travel, and people. She is a teacher turned entrepreneur. After working in the classrooms for eight years as a music teacher, choir director, and theatre director establishing music and theatre programs in schools needing rebuilding and revitalization, it was time to pursue a passion she had been building for quite a while. How can she bring music and theatre to people using technology, get in front of people who are truly passionate about the subject, and unite people on a global scale?

In 2016, April opened Play.Sing.Act, LLC – A Virtual School for the Performing Arts. April has been teaching students from all over the U.S., Singapore, Australia, South Korea and Portugal, with a growing client list each week. She provides private voice, flute, beginning piano, and acting lessons and coaching for beginners through professionals. She designs and teaches group classes in general music,
theatre, public speaking and entrepreneurship. Lastly, she writes curriculum for teachers to institute into their own classrooms, regardless of what and where they teach. April teaches all of her classes live using a telecommunications platform that allows her to interact and engage with all of the students she works with, as well as giving the students the opportunity to engage each other.

April is so incredibly excited for continued growth, meeting new people, and for what the future has in store.

Nikki Waite

Nikki Waite has been an elementary music educator in a rural community in Prince Edward Island for the past six years.

She will be presenting What does it mean to be musical?

Nikki is currently completing her MEd at Memorial University, focusing on music education under the direction of Dr. Andrea Rose and Dr. David Buley. She has completed a BMusEd at the University of Prince Edward Island, focusing primarily on classical saxophone performance (in addition to education), and has a large portfolio of work in popular, rock and jazz music. These experiences have shaped her as a performer, a musician, and an educator.

Nikki’s experiences also led her to create Island Rock Camps, a music camp directed towards engaging young musicians through pop and rock music education.

Elisa Janson Jones

Elisa will be presenting Fundraising Made Easy: 7 Steps to Effortlessly Funding Your School Music Program.

Elisa specializes in helping music educators build, grow, and manage thriving school music programs. With an MBA alongside her degree in music, she is also a coach and consultant to small businesses and nonprofits around the country, and serves as the conductor of her local community band. She has been teaching music for nearly 20 years and currently holds the prestigious position of elementary music teacher at a private K-8 Catholic School in Grand Junction, Colorado. She was a top presenter at the NAfME National Conference in 2017 and will be presenting at state conferences in 2018. She is the founder of the International Music Education Summit (coming summer of 2018), and the author of The Music Educator’s Guide to Thrive.

Kyle Spence

Kyle M. Spence is an educator, performer, and writer from Tampa. He will be presenting Percussion – The do’s and Don’ts of a successful percussion program.

Mr. Spence is currently pursuing two Master’s Degrees in Percussion Performance and Conducting from the University of South Florida. He also holds a Bachelor of Music education from the University of South Florida. He serves as a Graduate Assistant teaching lessons and directing the percussion ensemble. He performs as part of the McCormick Percussion ensemble and USF Symphony Orchestra. This will be his 7th year of teaching, and currently teaches at Newsome HS as the percussion Caption Head. Prior to teaching at Newsome, Mr. Spence served as the percussion director of Chamberlain HS, Steinbrenner HS, and Land O’ Lakes HS.

Angelica Brooks

Angela will be presenting Sightreading Builders.

With a passion for making music and developing voices for choral work, Mrs. Brooks’ experience denotes vocal excellence and artistry. Mrs. Brooks completed her undergraduate degree in Vocal Performance at Bowie State University. From there she received her Masters of Music in Vocal Pedagogy at The Catholic University of America.

Mrs. Brooks has served as a Choral Director for the Prince George’s County Public School System for over ten years. Under her direction, choirs have attained Superior Ratings at several festivals and competitions. Angelica has also served as Director for the PGCPS Elementary Honors Chorus, a guest lecturer at Frostburg University and adjudicator for the Montgomery County Choral Festivals.

As a performing artist, Mrs. Brooks is no stranger to vocal excellence herself. She has performed in various productions as a featured soloist and background vocalist for David Foster, Jewel, Anthony Hamilton, and many more. Angelica has been grateful to travel the world sharing the gift of music through singing and teaching.

Stephen Keys

Stephen will be presenting EdTech in the Bandroom.

Stephen Keys has been band director at Bondurant Middle School in Frankfort, Kentucky since 2012. The bands of Bondurant have consistently received distinguished ratings a state and national music festivals. In addition to the traditional comprehensive concert band experience, students have many opportunities for chamber music and jazz studies. Prior to his appointment at Bondurant he served as director of bands at Grayson County High School, Edmonson County High School, and Glasgow Middle School. Stephen received his Bachelors of Music from the University of Kentucky and Masters of Arts from George Mason University, both in Tubas Performance.

In addition to his duties in the band room, Stephen is also a member of the Franklin County Public School Technology Team. He is a Google Certified Educator (levels 1 and 2), a Google Certified Trainer, an Apple Teacher, Flipgrid Ambassador, and a Soundtrap Certified Educator. He has presented on using technology in the performance based classroom at conferences across the United States.

Follow Stephen on Twitter at @TheStephenKeys (#EdTechBandroom and #EdTechMusic)

Sanja Cajic

Sanja will be presenting multiple sessions on Teaching Music to Special Needs Students.

Sanja is a Psychologist and private piano teacher from Sydney, Australia with a special interest in teaching students with Special Needs. She has worked with individuals with Special Needs since 2005, first as an Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) therapist, and subsequently as a piano teacher and Psychologist. She is currently completing a Master of Creative Industries at the University of Newcastle (UON), where she has worked for the past year to develop a set of workshops for private music teachers on Special Needs music education. The presentations will include popular content from these workshops.

Linda Seamons

Linda Seamons will be presenting Vocal Play- a Critical Key to In Tune Singing.

She has over 30 years’ experience teaching early childhood and elementary music, as well as Jr high and high school band. She has a bachelors and masters in music education. She is also a teacher-author and blogger for Floating Down the River. She is fully certified in Kodály concept and also has enjoyed Orff and World Drumming certification. She currently teaches K-6 general music.

Linda loves teaching engaging lessons and helping children find their in-tune singing voice through magical books and activities. She will give you fun books to use, vocal play stories that engage, and hands on activities that her students love and that will give them a lifelong love of music and singing.

You can follow her blog HERE, and her TPT Store HERE.

Elena Ryan

Elena Ryan taught General Music and Choir in Illinois for twelve years. She left the classroom to become a K-8 Department Coordinator for Fine Arts and PE in Glenview, District 34 in Illinois. She is currently an Assistant Principal in Wilmette, Illinois at the Elementary level.

Elena is the National Director of Education for the ChordBuddy guitar company. She has been a presenter for music education conferences in Texas, Virginia, Florida, Illinois, and Alabama. Through the National Association for Music Education Elena has led webinars on adaptive guitar instruction for students of different abilities. Elena is a consultant for music industry companies, and recently completed work with Apogee Digital Electronics that focused on using high quality digital technology for assessments and instruction in education.

Dr. Giovanna Cruz

Dr. Giovanna Cruz, MakeMusic Education Manager  is a cellist & educator with experience as a performing musician, college & private studio teacher, & public school teacher. Giovanna was the Orchestra Director at James Bowie High School in the Austin ISD  from 2007 to 2014, where she taught more than 120 students annually in 4 orchestras and fully implemented the use of SmartMusic with all of her students. Giovanna holds a Bachelor of Education from the Universidad Metropolitana in Caracas, Venezuela, and Masters and DMA degrees in cello performance from the University of Iowa. Since joining MakeMusic in 2014, Giovanna has presented SmartMusic clinics & workshops all over the country.

Leigh Kallestad

Leigh Kallestad is a Music Education Manager at MakeMusic. He works with K-12 and college music education programs as they implement Finale and SmartMusic in their curriculum. He develops training for school in-services, regional workshops and online events. Leigh has presented Finale and SmartMusic clinics at MEA conventions in: Texas, Wisconsin, North Carolina, Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Arizona, Washington, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Missouri; the Southwest Music Summer Expo (TX), NYSSMA (NY), Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic and NAfME.

Shawna Longo

Shawna Longo teaches grades 6-8 General Music (Music Technology) and serves as a STEAM Facilitator & Arts Integration Coach in the Hopatcong Borough Schools, NJ. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC; a Master of Public Administration in Arts Administration from Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ; and Supervisor/Curriculum Director’s certification from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. In addition to teaching, she has also had a successful experience serving as a Music Supervisor for grades K-12. Mrs. Longo has extensive experience designing, implementing and mapping arts and arts integrated (STEAM) curriculums for grades K-12 in all disciplines. She is currently pursuing certification as an Arts Integration Specialist with Education Closet. Shawna serves on committees for NJMEA, the NJ Chapter of Ti:ME, and is the Vice President of the Board of Education in the Morris Plains School District.

Shawna Longo teaches grades 6-8 General Music (Music Technology) and serves as a STEAM Facilitator & Arts Integration Coach in the Hopatcong Borough Schools, NJ. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC; a Master of Public Administration in Arts Administration from Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ; and Supervisor/Curriculum Director’s certification from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. In addition to teaching, she has also had a successful experience serving as a Music Supervisor for grades K-12. Mrs. Longo has extensive experience designing, implementing and mapping arts and arts integrated (STEAM) curriculums for grades K-12 in all disciplines. She is currently pursuing certification as an Arts Integration Specialist with Education Closet. Shawna serves on committees for NJMEA, the NJ Chapter of Ti:ME, and is the Vice President of the Board of Education in the Morris Plains School District. Her awards include: NJMEA “Master Music Teacher” in 2018, “Governor’s Educator of the Year” at Hopatcong Middle School in 2016 and is listed in Who’s Who Among American Teachers. She is also a Google Certified Teacher (Level 1 & 2), Apple Certified Teacher, and Defined STEM Certified Teacher. Mrs. Longo also devotes her time as an arts advocate across the Northeast. As a professional development specialist, curriculum consultant, and Arts Integration/STEAM specialist, she has extensive experience presenting various workshops. She has been featured as a guest lecturer at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ, and Montclair State University in Montclair, NJ. She was the keynote speaker at The Music Den Professional Development Day in Randolph, NJ. She has also presented numerous workshops at NJMEA Winter and Summer Conferences, New Jersey School Board Association (NJSBA) Workshops, New Jersey’s Principal and Supervisor Association (NJPSA) / Foundation for Educational Administration in Monroe, NJ, Texas Music Educator’s Association/Ti:ME Conference, Midnight Music, TMI Education, and Tech & Learning Live. She has provided professional development to various school districts across New Jersey. Shawna has also worked with The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Crayola, The Rock and Roll Forever Foundation, Appel Farm Arts & Music Center, New Jersey Institute of Technology, and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts in designing statewide and national Arts Integration and STEAM professional development/curriculum initiatives. In addition, Mrs. Longo serves as an Education Closet Fellow, an Ambassador for MusicFirst, and the iSTEAM and Arts Integration Specialist for TMI Education. In her free time, Shawna enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She can also be found cheering on her son as she embraces her role as a soccer mom.

In her free time, Shawna enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She can also be found cheering on her son as she embraces her role as a soccer mom.

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