NAfME Academy Content

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Why Doesn’t My Band Sound Better? Ten of the Most Common Problems Band Directors Make During Rehearsals – By David Snyder

Many band directors are frustrated by sub-par performance from their ensembles and mistakenly blame their students for these reoccurring problems. This clinic will present 10 common mistakes that directors make during rehearsal and some possible solutions for correcting them. These problems can be divided into two basic categories: Time management and critical listening skills.

Fixing the Front Row: Troubleshooting Your Flute Section – by Julie Hobbs

This session is filled with dozens of quick fixes, helpful hints, and practical suggestions to get your front row sounding its best. Great for flutists and instructors alike, this high-energy demonstration is a great refresher course for seasoned teachers and players of all backgrounds. Topics addressed include posture (“but it’s sooo heavy!”), playing softly in the upper register (yes, it can be done), and tone production (using your vibrato for good and not for evil), among many others. Bring your sense of humor and prepare to have fun!

Bassoon for Band Directors – by Cody Hunter

The bassoon can be an overwhelming instrument in the public school music program, particularly if the teacher is not a bassoon specialist! With so many variables that affect the success of your bassoon student, it is important to have the basics in order to get them on the right path. This session will offer beneficial insight on all things bassoon: fingering techniques, repertoire selections, general maintenance, and a look at bassoon reeds! Items discussed with each topic will broaden your knowledge on the bassoon will offer your students greater success in their endeavors.

 Alternative Techniques for Teaching Middle School Band – by Todd Mahaffey

Some specific teaching strategies will be shared that are proven effective for Middle School Band. Additionally, technology resources will be discussed that aid in the implementation of these strategies. Discussion will include, but not be limited to: non-traditional seating charts, strategies for developing well-rounded percussionists, using drones to help with playing in tune, and incorporating chamber music into your curriculum.

 Develop & Maintain a Successful Band Program – by Ron Kearns

Most music education programs prepare students to teach music and conduct ensembles. This webinar will help you discover the many non-music related tasks that are vital to building and maintaining a successful program. Ways to get the entire school community involved in supporting your program and encouraging your students will be discussed. Writing and developing a mission statement and philosophy of music education, writing lesson plans and starting a parents’ group are vital elements for developing a successful band program.

Building Your Jazz Program from the Ground Up – by David Kauffman

 This session addresses the variety of challenges associated with establishing or improving an instrumental jazz program in your school. Topics include: scheduling, setting realistic expectations and goals, equipment demands, music selection, listening skill development, working with your administration, and creating performance opportunities for your group.

 Instrument Repair – by Bob Frushour

Learn all the tricks and trades for repairing general issues with your instrument through this webinar, presented by Bob Frushour. Bob discusses several everyday problems one can encounter with a saxophone, trumpet, clarinet, and trombone. Such problems discussed are key height, leaking instruments, sanitization, and proper care.

 Inspire Beginners, Create Mentors and Promote a Culture of Can-Do Learning
– by Laura Cameron

The start of the year is busy with a multitude of responsibilities for any band director, but it is especially so when tasked with teaching a large, homogenous class of beginning band students. Instead of becoming overwhelmed with the plethora of things that need to be accomplished, empower an advanced student (8th grader) to alleviate some of the stress. In doing so, you will inspire beginners, create mentors, and promote a culture of can-do learners.

 Mystery of Clarinet High Notes – by Meghan Cabral

The webinar will begin with a discussion of voicing on the clarinet and how this, in the initial stages of learning is actually the key to the high notes later on. Throughout we will discuss how to have a good inner and outer clarinet embouchure and how to within the first few months, no matter how the band program is setup get students popping out the higher register.

Who’s Afraid of the Big Bassoon? – by Elizabeth Fetters

Participants will learn techniques for teaching students the bassoon by putting the instrument together and learning their first notes. Participants will also learn tips and techniques for teaching the bassoon, selecting the right student for the instrument, and maintaining the instrument. Many directors are afraid of starting students on the bassoon because of unfamiliarity with the instrument. Band directors have their students’ best interests at heart. They don’t want to get them started on an instrument and start them wrong! However, this is leads to no bassoon students school band programs. Participants will gain confidence on the bassoon by participating in a hands-on, first bassoon lesson. I don’t know exactly how a webinar would work, but bring a bassoon, if possible. We will be playing the bassoon! Throughout the session individual questions will be answered and participants will receive assistance, if possible.


Developing the Successful Guitar Class – By Michael Christiansen

In this session, the do’s and don’ts of how to construct the guitar class will be presented. Unique opportunities and challenges will be addresses. Topics will include: what you need to get started, what every guitar student should learn, engaging every student, implementing blended learning, and incorporating ensemble literature.

Singing in the Instrumental Classroom – By Kelly Thomas

This session will focus on incorporating singing in the instrumental classroom to make better players and sight-readers. Participants will learn how to easily make singing and solfege part of their daily routine through simple songs and games. Issues to be addressed include teacher modeling, encouraging student participation and buy-in, how to create your own musical examples for sight-reading, and collaboration with other members of your school’s music department. The goal of the presentation is for teachers to confidently include singing as a strategy in the playing classroom.

OMG Strings! Tips and Tools for the Non-String Playing String Teacher – by Kate McFadden

“Also, we need you to teach strings.” “What!! I’m not a string person.” This session will give tips and tools to help the non-string-playing string teacher. Topics that will be covered include getting to know the instrument, choosing an instrument and accessories, left, and right-hand techniques, producing a solid tone, tuning instruments, playing in tune, choosing methods and music. You will leave with ideas that can be used immediately in the string class.

The All-Inclusive String Ensemble: Activities and Exercises to Make Every Student Succeed in Strings – By Vivian Gonzalez

Getting Fit for Strings Strength, flexibility and agility are key components to string instrument readiness and success, but many times studio and classroom teachers neglect to focus on these skills. In more than fifteen years of public school teaching and private studio teaching, I have developed specific exercises that target posture and left and right had issues, so that students can acquire new skills faster and with less frustration, tension and injury. These exercises have proven to be especially effective with special learners, who sometimes have fine and gross motor control issues. In this session, I will gladly share the exercises that my students do regularly in my classroom (elementary strings) and private studio (elementary through college) to enhance their overall playing ability.

Finding the Right Music Literature for Your Guitar Program – By Christopher Perez

This webinar will help teachers find and use appropriate resources in programming guitar literature (solo and ensemble) for your guitar program.


Props Rock!: Grow and engage all learners in your chorus with props – By Leah Murthy

Attendees will learn how to engage singers of any age, experience and ability as well as increase enrollment by using props to make their rehearsals more hands-on and exciting. Activities that foster the development of good choral tone, expression and key elements of musicianship will be provided. In addition Leah will give recommendations on how to make or acquire the props on any budget. These activities and props –ranging from new to classic- will enhance the fun and excitement of choral rehearsal by appealing to even the most reticent of members.

Composing in the Middle School Chorus: A Three-Step Process – By Ruth Debrot

Participants will learn about a choral curriculum in which students learn to compose songs. The curriculum involves a gradual, three-step pedagogical process and can be accomplished in tandem with whole-group choral learning. In the first step, students learn, analyze and perform a “model” composition. In the second step, students participate in a teacher-guided composition project. Finally, the third step involves a student-directed songwriting project. Lessons are guided by essential questions and enduring understandings. Musical examples and sample assessments are included. This approach has been found to foster individual students’ construction of musical knowledge and broaden young singers’ ensemble abilities.

Vocal Profiling: Flexible and Fast Assessment in the Secondary Choral Ensemble – By Joseph Svendsen

This session shares a successfully implemented, standards-based system for assessing individual singers in a secondary ensemble classroom. It incorporates assessment and curricular strategies put forth by Marzano, Wormeli, Understanding by Design, and Authentic Intellectual Work. This session details and teaches how to create a flexible template for collecting valuable data that will shape and improve curriculum and instructional strategy. This data can also be presented as evidence of individual and program-wide growth without requiring competitive comparison to other schools or districts. The template can be customized to reflect the standards and objectives you value.

Gospel Music is Good News in the Classroom! – By Anne Smith

This webinar would address 3 questions/issues regarding the teaching of Gospel music. 1- Why should Gospel music be included in the curriculum? 2 – How can we present the subject matter without violating the separation of church and state? 3 – Where do I begin?

Engaging hearts and minds: Collaborative composition as a teaching, learning and performing technique in a children’s choral program – By Elissa Johnson-Green

National music standards and policy bringing music into core education place high priority on musical creativity. However, experienced music teachers know that skills-based practice and structured learning are keys to sound music programs. Specifically, directing children’s choral programs requires intensive focus on vocal skills practice, collaborative effort, listening, musical literacy, and following instruction. How might a choral director balance structure and creativity to create a more effective teaching practice? This webinar will present uses of improvisation, composition, conducting, and music analysis as methods to engage children fully in developing musicianship.

Fostering Independent Musicianship in the Choral Classroom – By Karla McClain

This webinar will give participants classroom-tested ideas to help students on their path to being independent musicians. Topics such as tools for music literacy, student engagement, assessment and self-evaluation tools, and incorporating the new Core Arts Standards will be covered.

Diversity in the Choral Classroom: Adversity or Electricity – by Dee Ann Gray

This session will explore the positives of diversity in the choral setting, and examine ways to use what some people view as the (negative) “adversity” of diversity to “tool” and “electrify” rehearsals, while building a congruous, vital choral experience! How do you foster a sense of teamwork, and musical success where there is mistrust, and multicultural diversity? Join me as we trace a pattern of mutual respect, understanding, and honesty which can be used to strengthen, and build successful, dynamic choral groups.

Teaching, Philosophy and Career Development

From Conflict to Celebration:
Music from the Middle East through the Lens of World Music Pedagogy
By William Coppola

In a time where we ought to reflect upon the interconnectedness of human life around the globe, join us as we look to those who have celebrated life in the face of enduring adversity. In this webinar, we celebrate the diasporic music of Iraq, Iran, and Syria through the lens of World Music Pedagogy. With culture always at the core, classroom-ready K–12 activities will be presented that facilitate singing, playing, improvising, and composing.

Embracing Music in Multiculturally Sensitive Ways: Northeastern Brazilian Traditions
By Juliana Cantarelli Vita

The focus of the session is on adopting and adapting repertoire in multiculturally sensitive ways, with attention to context, function, and meaning as it can be explored through World Music Pedagogy. The repertoire (and stories) will be drawn from the presenter’s own experiences with Afro-Brazilian genres from Brazil’s northeast region (including Maracatu de Baque Virado and Coco de Roda).

Thinking about Teaching the Music of Indigenous North American Cultures
By: Patricia Shehan Campbell

Teaching the musical and cultural heritage of Indigenous North American people can be complicated, particularly if one is not a cultural insider. Still, there are things to think about and ways to provide meaningful experiences in learning about Traditional Indigenous Knowledge (TIK) so that the music of “first nations” of North America can provide avenues for expression and cultural understanding.

Bringing the Values of Tolerance and Appreciation during COVID-19
By Lily Chen-Hafteck

In view of the current COVID-19 crisis when those of Chinese heritage are facing a growing amount of prejudice, this webinar aims to demonstrate the power that music holds to enhance cultural understanding and reduce racial prejudice. Through sharing songs and participating in engaging musical activities from China that tell us stories of the culture, the presentation will facilitate teachers in bringing the values of tolerance and appreciation to the students in their classrooms. 

Adapting Primary Sources to Build Responsive Students
By Carolyn Bennett, Tom Dean, Armalyn De La O, & Johanna Siebert

Investigate ready-to-go resources for teaching the Responding Process in our National Music Standards. Instructional units that utilize primary sources from the Library of Congress have been created for multiple levels in a variety of music content areas and are ready for download, both in online and more traditional classrooms.

Composing in Bite-Sized Chunks
By Rob Deemer

Dr. Rob Deemer (SUNY Fredonia) will present on learning how to compose melodies from basic building blocks all the way up to short compositions using “buckets” of small melodic chunks. These techniques are easy enough for students in both middle school and high school to begin their exploration of creativity through composing.

Smithsonian Folkways Recordings: In Partnership with World Music Pedagogy
By Patricia Shehan Campbell

This webinar provides an introduction to the musical treasures of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, a national archive of the world’s musical cultures.  With 60,000 recordings of American and global music cultures, this archive pairs well with World Music Pedagogy in ensuring that learners of any age and experience can know a diversity of musical expressions.  This webinar will explore some of the musical treasures, with recommendations for recordings, video-recordings, and ready-made online lessons that underscore the oral tradition: Ways of learning music by listening, and avenues for moving from listening, to participatory musicking, performance, creative music expression, and the integration of (inter)cultural understanding through the musical experience. Additional documents are offered to provide links to recordings, video-recordings, lessons, and World Music Pedagogy resources.

Music Education and SEL During COVID-19: 
Resiliency and Empathy Now More Than Ever
By Scott Edgar

Music teachers and their classrooms are often the social and emotional foundation for our students. Much of the current discussion is about how to replicate this work online. This is impossible to replicate and it is missing an opportunity to capitalize on this unique situation. Our concern needs to be balancing music education with the social emotional health of our students. Join us as we discuss how to stress the importance of SEL during this challenging time.

It’s Essential, Not Sexy – Ethics 101 for Educators

Do you know what it means to be a “fiduciary?” What do the terms “slippery slope,” “moral professionalism,” or “The Code” have to do with teaching? “Thou shalt not stray!” as we take a moment to review and share new perspectives in definitions, problems, research, recommendations, and real-time scenarios of ethical decision-making in education.

Resolving Dissonance! Ethical Decision Making in Music Education

From the real-life experiences of rookie to veteran educators, here are additional tips for maintaining the highest standards and appearances of professionalism, moral aspirations, ethics, and codes of conduct in the workplace. We will “empanel the jury” to assess and trouble-shoot ethical disputes requiring problem solving, refining “best practices,” and evaluating unique case studies of music teachers.

Mindset, Grit, and Determination: Keys to Success for Music Teachers and Students of All Needs – By Paul Young

All music teachers can benefit from understanding research findings touting the need to increase students’ character skills, particularly growth mindset, grit, and motivation. Participants will learn how music classrooms can become ideal environments for teaching and developing those skills, and while doing so, increasing their value within schools where these skills will soon be assessed as part of ESSA requirements. Attendees will learn how to model and teach growth mindset and grit traits and discover how perseverance strategies increase academic performance and lead to higher retention rates in music programs. The session content is applicable to all music teachers.

Lighting a Fire in Kids – By Chris Gleason

The interviewer turned toward me and said, “How are you going to get kids to practice?” Fourteen years later, I think I have a better answer. This session will explore how to light a fire in kids by “working with” them and not “doing to” them. Participants will leave with practical ideas on ways to utilize intrinsic motivation and curiosity while establishing meaningful connections with students.

The Art of Questioning – By Dee Hansen

The National Core Music Standards require students to think about and reflect upon their musical experiences. Questioning is an invaluable tool for developing these skills in all areas and grade levels of music education as well as in building meaningful formative and summative assessment. Music teachers will learn how to create questions that scaffold student’s musical thinking from basic recall to higher order thinking through a series of activities and examples. This webinar will also help teachers learn how to provide effective feedback and guidance to students’ responses.

Learning Targets using Google Classroom – By Karla McClain & Cathy Sullivan

Students are motivated to persist when given the autonomy to engage as leaders of their own learning by working through learning targets to meet benchmarks and achieve goals. Sequenced learning targets and a system for leveled benchmark assessments can provide students with clear and realistic expectations for self-regulated progress. Google Classroom can be used as a tool to provide interventions and Google Forms to collect data on student progress.

Does Diversity Matter? – By Adrian Davis

An investigation and perspective into contributing factors of the under representation of African American males in music education. It is also an outlook on the future into solutions that displays racial equity and diversity on every level of teaching and learning.

How to use as an enrichment and remediation tool for schools that are 1:1 – By Bob Habersat & Paul Levy is a free music education resource that was developed by two high school teachers. The content was created to supplement daily instruction in and outside of the classroom. Materials are presented through concise documents and videos that are optimized for tablets and smartphones. This webinar will demonstrate how to utilize these resources to maximize rehearsal time, help students who are struggling, and encourage growth for students who have already mastered material.

Marketing Your Professionalism for Collegiate Music Education Majors: Tips and Strategies to Prepare and Present Yourself for Interviewing and Landing That First Music Teacher Job
– By Paul K. Fox

This is a two-part webinar series covering the following target areas:

Chapter 1: Definition of Professionalism
Chapter 2: Development of a Unified Philosophy
Chapter 3: Identifying Desired Standards (Jargon, Trends, and Issues)
Chapter 4: Identifying Desired Standards (Samples of Interview Questions) 

Marketing Your Professionalism for Collegiate Music Education Majors: Tips and Strategies to Prepare and Present Yourself for Interviewing and Landing That First Music Teacher Job
– By Paul K. Fox

This is a two-part webinar series covering the following target areas:

Chapter 5: Archiving Skills and Achievements
Chapter 6: Preparing for the Interviews

Preparing for a Smooth Transition to Retirement – By Paul K. Fox

The presentation is an overview of research and strategies for transitioning the sometimes-bumpy passage from full-time work to a happy, healthy, and meaningful retirement, coping with life-style changes/altered expectations, and finding creative new ways to self-reinvent and thrive. We will explore ways to find meaning and the three BASIC NEEDS that work fulfills and which are essential to retirement: purpose, community, and structure. This webinar is for retired, retiring, soon-to-retire, and other music teachers who want to achieve purpose, satisfaction, and peace-of-mind throughout their post-employment years.

Set Up for Success: Keys to a Well Run Classroom – By Jenny Nichols

Classroom management is so much more than disciplining the child that is misbehaving. During this webinar I will broaden your view of what classroom management is. I will identify small, yet powerful things that are included in a well-run classroom. Secondly, we will work on establishing routines that will solve your issues. And finally, I hope to help you change your view of your students. I hope to help you see the child that is so difficult with new eyes, and a new heart. My hope is you will leave renewed, ready to make a difference.

The Next Generation of Music Education – by Eric Songer

This webinar will showcase to how to create and grow a music program that includes both traditional ensembles as well as relevant, rigorous and rewarding opportunities not seen as often in school music programs. These include rock bands, country/bluegrass ensembles, hip hop/electronica ensembles, Latin/Mariachi bands, and writing for these styles in concert band. Included in this webinar will be how to obtain materials, scheduling, learning necessary skills, defending philosophy as well as stories that you can learn from and even make you laugh.

Interviewing Skills: The Rules of the Road – by Marcia Neel

Would you be surprised to learn that your chance of getting a job may have less to do with your teacher preparation than with your people skills? You may be the best teacher candidate to ever graduate from your pre-service music education program but what is the best way to get that across in your resume or in your interview? Discover what administrators are looking for and how you can best represent yourself in writing as well as in person.

Assessment for the Purpose of Teacher Evaluation – by Kelly Parkes

Dr. Parkes will overview Charlotte Danielson’s Frameworks for Teaching and Marzano’s Causal Teacher Evaluation Model. Dr Parkes will give a brief discussion about how different states are approaching the issue of including student achievement in teacher evaluation practices. She will give some suggestions for music teachers for developing student learning outcome measures, as well as ways in which teachers can best communicate with their administrators about the teaching they undertake in music classrooms.

Energizing Your Music Classroom Through Project-Based Learning – by  Abigail Van Klompenberg

In this webinar, an experienced choral and general music educator will share how project-based learning, creativity, and student-directed learning created a whole new learning environment for her students. Sample projects, real-life classroom experiences, and clear explanations of the pedagogical approaches behind this type of classroom will be discussed.

Teaching Lessons in a Group Setting – by Kate McFadden

Having trouble transitioning from one-on-one lessons to group settings? This webinar will touch on every challenge that accompanies a group teaching environment. Learn how to take advantage of differing age groups, level of ability, and differing instrumental competencies in the classroom.

Music Education Standards and Assessment website: A Resource for Music Educators – by Dan Massoth

The world of music education is an ever changing field, stay up to date by using The primary goals, causes, policies, and core issues in the changing music standards will be addressed, while also giving in depth navigation tools and tips for the website.

Lights, Camera, Create: Using Technology for Innovative Cross-Curricular Projects – by Rochelle Wagner

Participants will learn through a hands-on approach how to use accessible classroom technology to create multi-disciplinary, student driven projects. In this session you will learn how to create fun and innovative short films for all ages using green screen technology, music composition, and original student writing projects. The software used in this session will include Windows Movie Maker, Song Writers Pad, ProCreate, and Garage Band.

General Music

Online STEAM Lesson Ideas for the K-2 Music Classroom
By Lili M. Levinowitz

STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) learning is becoming common in education as increasingly more educators are seeing the benefits of integrating arts-based education with learning in other areas. Curricular integration to support children’s learning in multiple domains is also widely embraced in the primary years of education. In this webinar, you’ll be introduced to the ways in which playful, developmentally appropriate music and movement activities can be used as the “A” in STEAM learning, as well as learn about the Content Standards in the other disciplines in STEAM education. Dr. Levinowitz will also introduce online music lesson ideas to support STEAM learning in the K-2 music classroom.

Supporting Families in Making Music at Home with Early Childhood Students
By Lili M. Levinowitz

This webinar will provide lesson ideas for involving parents in their child’s music learning and music making at home. Music educators who work with young children in daycares, preschools, pre-Kindergarten, and Kindergarten classes will gain ideas for engaging young children and their parents and primary caregivers in developmentally appropriate music activities that not only support music development but also provide parents with tips on ways to use music throughout their day, supporting their child’s learning at home, relieving parent and caregiver stress, getting kids up and moving, and having fun as a family.

Help with Handheld Percussion – By Kelly Mraz

This webinar will cover playing technique and basic repair for handheld percussion instruments. I will demonstrate proper ways to hold instruments, appropriate striking materials, and the best way to get good sound out of unpitched percussion. It’s probably been a while since you’ve taken percussion methods, so let me refresh your technique and knowledge of handheld percussion instruments!

Hands-On Jazz for Young People – The Birth of Jazz: New Orleans – By Sharon Burch

An introduction to the “big four” and “collective improvisation” of New Orleans jazz. Interactive jazz lessons created with the content of Wynton Marsalis and Jazz At Lincoln Center (JALC) recordings. Students play pitched and unpitched instruments along with great jazz standards of New Orleans jazz and the recordings of JALC artists. An education consultant for JALC, Sharon shares newly developed interactive lessons from Wynton Marsalis’s Jazz for Young People resource. Designed for teachers who may or may not be trained in America’s art form, making jazz accessible to everyone. Interactive jazz theory incorporating 21st Century Skills. Grades 2-8 general music and used by directors of beginning jazz ensembles at every level.

Meeting the “Connecting” Standards in General Music Classes – By Kristin Harney

Do you feel prepared to present interdisciplinary lessons? Does it bother you when music is distorted or trivialized in many interdisciplinary lessons? This webinar will address some of the major challenges music teachers face regarding interdisciplinary learning as well as examine the many benefits to students and teachers. Come explore creative and practical ways to integrate music with other disciplines which address a variety of learning styles, challenge higher level thinking, encourage students to connect knowledge, increase opportunities for cooperation and collaboration, and are FUN! Music has as much to gain as it has to offer in the interdisciplinary approach.

Intro into First Steps in Music – By Rachel Grimsby

First Steps in Music is an early childhood music curriculum developed by Dr. John Feierabend that is geared toward developing children’s; singing, beat keeping, and expressive abilities in music. Or as it is called in the curriculum, becoming Tuneful, Beatful, and Artful. Participants will learn about the eight part process, and how it can not only reenergize their passion for teaching the younger grades, but engage their students from beginning to end of every lesson!

Concert-based Arts Integration: Exploring STEAM Connections – By Terry Wolkowicz

In this webinar, we will explore the benefits of using concept-based arts integration to explore STEM concepts. While arts integration offers opportunities to deepen students’ understanding, too often the integrated activities are superficial and fail to strengthen student understanding or promote transfer of learning. By exploring shared concepts across the sciences and music, students learn on a level playing field; where the understanding in one domain strengthen and supports the understanding in another. Two curriculum projects will be detailed including an exploration of gravity in astronomy and music, and an exploration f adaptations and motion in biology and music.

Essential Time Management Strategies for Teachers – by Emily Schwartz

Without excellent time management skills, even the strongest teachers can become overwhelmed with all of the extra “stuff” that comes with teaching. In this webinar, Schwartz shows new teachers how to set themselves up for success by implementing simple time management strategies from Day 1. Taken from her book, Life in Cut Time: Time Management for Music Teachers, and her professional development workshops, this webinar shows new teachers how to stay organized, develop a plan, avoid common time management mistakes, and stay motivated when unexpected work starts to pile up.

Hip-Hop, Ya Don’t Stop – by Alexis Yatuzis-Derryberry

This hands-on session will introduce participants to the development of hip-hop culture as well as the four elements of hip-hop which are; MC’ing, DJ’ing, B-Boy/B-Girl, and Street Art. This history begins with the Griots of Africa, moving to the recording scene in 1950’s Jamaica, and then on to the birth of the merry-go-round by DJ Kool Herc and other historical events in the Bronx. Attend this session to experience the relevant history of hip-hop and through the use of the history, implement all of the National Standards of Music into your music classroom.

No Experience Necessary: Homemade Electric Instruments in General Music Classroom – by Ryan Bledsoe

Using technology is an important experience for our students to have, but it can be costly and intimidating. In this session, we will explore various simple homemade electronic devices that allow students to explore electronic sound without the expense of computers or software. Participants will learn how to build the devices and see how the devices can and have been used in the classroom.

Listening Fun with Scarves and Tennis Balls – by Dan Fee

Learn rhythmically expressive movement routines to classical music using scarves and tennis balls (NOT at the same time!) Attendees are encouraged to participate in the activities presented (So have your own tennis balls and scarves ready!) Each routine can be learned, taught and performed in a 30-minute music class. Several lesson delivery methods will be explored with emphasis placed on “best practices” and student management. The music of Bach, Grieg, Mendelssohn, Mussorgsky, Orff and others will be experienced. Through active, creative and meaningful participation, your students will actively explore music and movement in ways they (and you) may have never thought were possible!

Please Don’t Stop the Music – by Abigail Van Klompenberg and Amy Pennock

Often music educators incorporate popular music in their classroom as a motivator or as a teaching tool leading to concepts in Western Classical music. However, popular music is a genre that can facilitate new approaches to the areas of critical listening, performance and musical creation. This session will present instructional strategies and pedagogical ideas that will connect State (AZ) and National Standard to popular music. Middle school general music educators will be able to use popular music to make learning purposeful and relevant in their classrooms.

Improvisation in the General Music Classroom – by Rachel Whitcomb

Improvisation can be a vey difficult skill to teach in a classroom, and often takes a backseat to other music skills such as singing and listening. With only 11% of educators teaching improvisation as a separate unit, this webinar will address common issues with teaching improvisation and how to overcome them. We will discuss in-depth suggestions on how to better incorporate improvisation into the general music curriculum along with specific lesson plans that address both melodic and rhythmic improvisation skills.

What is Conversational Solfege and How Can it Fin into My Elementary Music Classroom – by Missy Strong

Conversational Solfege by John Feierabend is a research-based, literature-driven method for notational literacy. Literacy develops as children engage in and begin to understand music through the use of rhythm/solfege syllables conversationally before moving on to reading and writing. It is not a comprehensive curriculum, but 1 of 3 parts of every lesson. It allows teachers the freedom to add musical activities from other methodologies in addition to the CS work.

Folk Dancing in the General Music Classroom – by Missy Strong

Are you interested in including folk dance in your program, but you’re unsure of how to start? Or are you already incorporating some dance, but struggling with how to choose the best dances and sequence their instruction? Or maybe the classroom management component of folk dancing is daunting. In this session you will learn about choosing age appropriate dances and ideas for breaking down some of the more challenging steps. You will learn about calling dances proactively and also how to encourage respect between & amongst your students. Lastly, you will hear how folk dancing can help you reach beyond the classroom to bring your community together in a Family Folkdance Night!

Conversational Recorder – by Rachel Grimsby

Conversational Recorder is a recorder method derived from Feierabend’s Conversational Solfege. In this webinar, viewers will receive an overview of the 5-step instructional process and how it was derived from the 12-step program that is Conversational Solfege. Immediate take-away activities will be demonstrated at each step of the recorder process. Those participating in the webinar will walk away with not only a better understanding of recorder pedagogy, but also a renewed energy toward teaching recorder.

Fun for Everyone: Teacher Tested Activities for all Learners in the Music Classroom
– by Vivian Gonzalez

This session will include hands-on activities to teach music reading, theory and rhythm to all the students in the string ensemble class. In my fifteen years of public school teaching, I have found that the best way to teach a young student to read music is to take the very abstract concepts of music theory and put them right into the hands of the students. I use Play-Doh, toy cars, paddles, balloons and more to make music theory, rhythm training and music reading all-inclusive, and fun for everyone! Come join the fun!

I Have to Write in Music Class? – by Michelle Ewer

Have you found yourself in a situation where your administrator has asked for a writing sample from your music class? Are you asked to integrate Literacy and Math into your classroom? This webinar will provide you with some quick and easy ways to show school wide support and yet maintain your own program. Chances are you are doing many of the things that are being asked of you. We just call it by a different name. Walk away with ideas to incorporate the next day. Be a Team Player.

Technology in the Elementary General Music Setting – by Catherine Dwinal

Join us to learn about available music technology resources for use in the elementary general music classroom. Learn how to integrate iPads, netbooks, websites, and apps into your lessons and how social media can be used to create your own Personal Learning Network.

Inclusion in the Music Classroom

Teaching Students with Disabilities during COVID-19
By Alice Hammel

How do we adapt teaching for students with disabilities during COVID-19? How do we remove barriers to accessibility? Some adaptation strategies can be utilized with technology to improve accessibility of materials. We also understand how anxiety in this time can be magnified in students who access the world differently. Finally, we all remember that the relationships we have with our students and our openness to helping them learn in their own way are primary considerations.

Trans and Gender Expansive Students in the Music Classroom – By William Sauerland

This webinar examines gender in the music classroom with a focus on welcoming and affirming trans(gender) and gender expansive students. This session offers strategies for inclusive pedagogies, which includes vocabulary, technique, repertoire, and practices in music teaching. The presenter offers research-based suggestions to foster a safe space in music classrooms, imparting tools for advocacy and inclusive policies for gender diverse students in the rapidly changing gender landscape in American schools.

Making Connections: Using Music to Make Artistic, Interdisciplinary, and Lifelong Connections for Special Learners – By Brian Wagner

A session showcasing how musical repertoire can be used to further develop: social, cognitive, and emotional connections to special learners. In addition, providing differentiated entry points to all levels of learners will be introduced, focusing on music literacy and composition. You will see how high quality repertoire can enhance students’ lives, while music making is happening.

Differentiating for ALL LEARNERS! – by Alice Hammel

Assessment of the progress of all students can cause concern when students with special needs do not perform at expected grade level standards. Through thoughtful, well-designed, and sequential assessment tools that measure progress in small increments, we can provide documentation of the musical literacy skills acquired by students who have not always been assessed in a music setting.

“What do I Do? Where do I Start?”: Special Learners in the Music Classroom (Part 1)
– by Scott Iseminger

The elementary and early childhood music teacher face certain challenges when children with special needs are included in the music class—but no need to panic if you lack experience or knowledge! Let’s turn those challenges into opportunities. Let’s keep music class fun for the students as well as the teacher. What is a child-centered philosophy in regards to including special learners? How do we promote an inclusive approach with active learning and worthwhile experiences (instead of exclusion by passive observing)? What kind of pre-planning do we need to do? How do we build a student-teacher relationship based on trust and safety? The presentation will answer those questions and provide practical suggestions how to adapt music instruction to reach little ones with disabilities pre-school through the elementary years. Stay tuned for Part 2 which provides “tried and true” adapted songs and music activities to enrich your students with exceptionalities as well as their classmates.

“Greatest Hits!” Adapting Songs and Activities: Special Learners in the Music Classroom (Part 2) – by Scott Iseminger

You will be provided “tried and true” songs and music activities that are always a HIT for students with exceptionalities, as well as their peers. This session will be a continuation of the first, with a strong focus on practical song and lesson activities, discussion of life from the learner’s perspective, and a guide for how to adapt activities with special needs in mind. Songs presented would be appropriate for the self-contained special education classroom. However, typical learners benefit from these activities as well. It is highly recommended that participants attend the first session before the second by not required.

Teaching Lessons to Special Learners – by Brian Wagner

This session is available to help ease the anxiety any teacher may have when teaching students with special needs and / or exceptionalities-emotional, mental, or physical. We will discuss the important resources available at each school such as counselors and speech pathologists that can help make the students’ experiences more productive and fun than ever beore. Learn to create musical environments that set a scene for success, consistency, organization, patience, and independence for each student.

Inclusion: Building Awareness and Empathy in and through Music – by Manju Durairaj

The field of education is evolving rapidly to accommodate the learning needs of this generation of students. Increasing knowledge and research on learning styles, the influx of technology in education, the immediate access to information and happenings around the world, the heightened awareness of ability, racial, cultural, gender, and socio economic structures in the classroom impact the social emotional functions of a student. Social emotional functioning impacts learning, which in turn impacts the delivery of instruction, which should give us teachers cause to frequently reevaluate how and what we teach.

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Beyond the Classroom

Copyright and Compliance in a Changed World
By James Weaver

Using copyrighted materials is a complicated, but necessary ingredient in education. This workshop will focus on the background of copyright and the best practices on using copyrighted materials in the music classroom and curriculum. Topics will include new COVID-19 guidance and exemptions, fair use, educational exemptions, arrangements, copyright law and commonly asked questions.

Virtually Nothing: From Surviving to Thriving
 By Daniel Pasquale, Argine Safari, Craig Yaremko

Three music educators with different backgrounds and experiences share their challenges and successes in virtual teaching. Discussion topics include: expectations and goals, healthy relationships with students and parents, student motivation, meaningful projects in performing or general classes, assessments, and juggling teaching with parental responsibilities.

Mindset Reset: Mindfulness and Positive Thinking Strategies for the Music Educator
By Matthew Arau

The fear and anxiety we feel today is authentic and real. So, how are we supposed to be able to teach our students and lift them up when our own lives seem to be in chaos? This webinar will provide a pathway, techniques, and strategies for music educators to re-discover our inner strength and positive mindset so that we can be at our best for our students who need us now more than ever.

Strategies for Thriving as a Music Teacher During Uncertain Times
By Lesley Moffat, Dana Varona, & Christa Kuebel

How do you recognize signs of stress and create a plan to take care of yourself during these unprecedented times? Now more than ever, it’s essential music teachers have the tools to manage stress so our physical and mental health can sustain us through the added responsibilities we now have. We will provide tools you can use to manage your own (and your students’) stress levels so you have the stamina to do this for the long haul.

Online Learning and Copyright for Music Educators
By John Mlynczak

This presentation will provide suggestions for a successful transition to online learning as well as important considerations for copyright. Copyright is an important topic at all times, and now with distance learning it is more important than ever to understand how traditional copyright rules apply to teaching online. In addition, several resources and publishers are offering additional guidance and flexibility during this time.

Online Teaching….Where Do I Even Start?!
By Anne Fennell

This webinar will support music educators who are just beginning to teach with technology and provide online learning for students.  Participants will learn the basics of online learning, quick tips to communicate with parents and students, and how to support and engage learners through extended learning activities

Administrating the School Music Program From a Business Perspective – By Robert W. Smith

Gain a new perspective on how to administer your music program similar to that of a CEO of a high-performing business organization. In this webinar written and delivered by Robert W. Smith, you will learn practical and effective tactics that are important to the future success of the modern music program.  Mr. Smith, Composer and Arranger, is a Professor of Music and Coordinator of the Music Industry program at Troy University.  Mr. Smith has been in the music publishing industry for more than 30 years and currently consults for Universal Orlando Resort™ for the development of educational music programs.

Music Careers in the American Military – By David Stordalen and Scott Guidry

A Brief History of Military Music in the United States. A Brief overview of the current structure and strength of the Army, Marine, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard music programs. Who are they? Where are they? What type of musical ensemble are they? Performance focus of the music programs of the U.S. Armed Forces. Who serves in military bands and how did they get the job? A Day In The Life of a military musician.

The 7 Business Skills Every Music Teacher Needs to Create and Grow a Thriving Music Program – By Elisa Jones

Have you ever noticed that there’s a lot more to running a thriving music program than just teaching music? In this session we’ll expose the 7 business skills music educators must learn to optimize their music program- especially if they need to recruit, could us more funding, or need to advocate for their program.

ESSA’s First Year in Action, What to Know & What Has Changed?

– By NAfME Public Policy Staff

Our webinar will feature some of the highlights we have found for music and arts education in the submitted ESSA state plans. Learn if your state has submitted, and how you use the language to bolster support for music and arts education – both in states that have already submitted their plans AND in states where this work is on-going. This will make the case for both federal funding and for accountability about the provision of music education in your state’s public schools.

R.A.M.P Up! Remote Access Music Partnership – by Deb Confredo

This webinar focuses on distance school and university partnerships that couple composition creativity of elementary and secondary school students, pre-service and in-service teachers, and university instructors in collaboration, through technology. It is designed to help you learn to efficiently facilitate similar partnerships and projects. We will share processes and expectations based on our experiences and outcomes. This type of partnering can expand your access to teaching and learning resources to promote greater development of creativity among students. We will demonstrate how physical distances are minimized and collaboration is maximized.

Think Like a Grant Writer: Arts Advocacy and the Future of Funding (Part 1) – by Chris Krampe

This episode introduces recent studies on arts funding nationally, and introduces basic fundraising and grant writing concepts. The internet is abound with information on how to write grants, but project development, which is the most crucial piece to a successful grant, is frequently overlooked. This webinar will help attendees think through the issues that are likely to influence funding decisions, and Dr. Krampe will guide them through the process of planning a project, marketing an idea, and writing a grant.

Think Like a Grant Writer: Project Planning (Part 2) – by Chris Krampe 

This episode explores the process of planning a project, and guides you through the steps from beginning to end through a sample scenario. The internet is abound with information on how to write grants, but project development, which is the most crucial piece to a successful grant, is frequently overlooked. This webinar will help attendees think through the issues that are likely to influence funding decisions, and Dr. Krampe will guide them through the process of planning a project, marketing an idea, and writing a grant.

Think Like a Grant Writer: Grant Writing Basics (Part 3) – by Chris Krampe

This episode introduces basic grant writing concepts and tips, and explains how to use abundant online resources to complete a written proposal. The internet is abound with information on how to write grants, but project development, which is the most crucial piece to a successful grant, is frequently overlooked. This webinar will help attendees think through the issues that are likely to influence funding decisions, and Dr. Krampe will guide them through the process of planning a project, marketing an idea, and writing a grant.

Diversify Your Professional Portfolio – by Susan Mills

Reaching an increasingly multicultural and multi-musical student population strengthens school music programs. This session will provide pre-service music educators with success based techniques and resources for developing school music programs that are strong, inclusive and relevant for all K-12 students. Developing new ensembles, advocating for broad program participation, crowd-sourcing musical creativity, and honoring cultural traditions will serve as the primary discussion points.

Professionalism in the Education Workplace – by Tina Krawcyk

You’ve got the job, now how do you keep it? In this clinic, I share expectations for teachers. We discuss dress code, maintaining proper relationships with students, co-workers, supervisors and parents as well as cell phone and social media use. In music, there is a particular emotional attachment due to the nature of our art. I will share my own experience as a teacher coming in after a sexual abuse allegation and how it affected the students. There are some things that are not learned until you are on the job and I would like to share my own and other’s mistakes to help other teachers from making them.

The Music Belongs to All of Us: Taking Music Education beyond the Rehearsal Room by Engaging community in the Commissioning Process – by Aaron Given

The logistics of commissioning a new work can be daunting and the support you need from your community can be hard to come by. By approaching your learning community stakeholders with a clear plan that highlights not only what your program will gain, but what they will gain themselves, you can launch your project and build a coalition that will take pride and ownership in your program for years to come.

Copyright Law for Music Educators: the Good, the Bad and the Clarification – by Brian Lukasavitz

This session covers what is required to protect musical compositions. We will discuss common-law copyright (aka “The poor-mans copyright”) and Federal Registration. We will also discuss the elements of Copyright, including “Idea vs. Expression”, “Originality” and “Fixation”, as well as what rights are granted through Federal Registration. There will be plenty of opportunities for Q&A and examples.

Fair Use: Navigating the Murky Waters – by Brian Lukasavitz

This session will cover how “Fair Use” applies in music and music education. The “Fair Use” defense is an element of the U.S. Copyright Act designed to balance the protections inherent in copyright law with the provisions of the right to free speech in the First Amendment of the Constitution. The session will cover the multiple areas outlined in the Copyright Act to allow for Fair Use and specifically how musicians and educators can consider whether or not what they are doing fall within those provisions.

How to Write A Grant in 30 Minutes or Less – by Elisa Jones

Music educators will be guided through the data necessary for most grant applications, how to present the information in the optimal way, and how to efficiently find the grants that will work for their program or project.

Performing Ensembles

Experiential Ensembles Overview

Experiential Ensembles was a professional development pilot project of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) that was made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The purpose of the grant was to focus on helping music educators engage their students in the decision-making processes found in rehearsal to help students become artistically literate as spelled out in the 2014 National Music Standards. In this webinar, you will see short clips that demonstrate themes that emerged from this project, including questioning strategies, student voice, self-assessment, cognitive strategies, and community. This video is intended to serve as an introduction of the project and its themes and will provide a foundation of understanding that will be expanded in the Choral and Instrumental Ensemble videos. 

Experiential Ensembles Choral

This webinar focuses on the methods of student engagement that work well with choral ensembles. There is a heavy emphasis on student voice and student decision making in this webinar. Most of the video footage is taken from NAfME’s professional development session that was part of the overall Experiential Ensembles grant project.

Experiential Ensembles Instrumental

This webinar seeks to challenge the norms of traditional instrumental ensemble rehearsal. There is a good mix of description from master teachers about this process, and there are also video clips of teachers demonstrating various methods of student engagement. Most of the video footage is taken from NAfME’s professional development session that was part of the overall Experiential Ensembles grant project.

We are what we wear: Equity and Diversity in Concert Attire – By Stacy Dziuk

Music educators often speak to diversity and inclusion in many areas of their teaching. From curriculum choices pertaining to Western and non-Western cultures, to the inclusion of peoples and topics of diverse backgrounds in ensemble programming, to the types of music courses that are offered in the K-12 and collegiate music setting, educators are constantly contemplating how to create a musical culture that is inclusive and representative of all students. Yet, the discussion of what an ensemble wears when they perform often remains mute. The tuxedo and gown traces its roots back to the early eras of Western Music, but what about its use in today’s instrumental ensemble? We will examine the issues surrounding the use of traditional concert attire with a diverse student population.

How to Develop a Recording Plan for your Ensemble – By Ray Benton

The webinar participant will learn valuable concepts and strategies leading to the implementation of an effective ensemble recording plan. Such a plan will provide immediate results and long-term growth in individual student skills and ensemble performance quality.

Supercharge the School Musical – By Paul Fox

This presentation is an overview of research, strategies, and best practices for building student and community support for the school musical or play, and improving general appreciation of theater as an art form. This webinar is for anyone who teaches music classes – indeed, you can sponsor a musical performance or short play as an after-school activity, summer camp, or a project within regularly scheduled choral ensemble(s), drama/dance courses, and/or general music class settings. 52 tips for adding pizzazz to your music program are offered as “food for thought,” hopefully providing a few “ah-ha” ideas to stimulate further brainstorming, build excitement, and foster greater creativity, participation, and public relations in the planning of your next production. We will examine non-linear problem solving – there are no “right or wrong” suggestions, just a host of approaches and activities to consider to satisfy the following targets: 1. Encouragement of Larger Numbers of Student Participants 2. Student Leadership and Enrichment Activities 3. Involvement of the Parents and Community 4. Professionalism and Quality Productions 5. Real Promotion of the Show

Common Core Ensembles – Rehearsing through Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing – by Richard Cangro

The Common Core Standards can easily be translated to any music rehearsal that values developing thoughtful, independent musicians who artistically perform with understanding of style, phrasing and expression. This webinar will reflect on current rehearsal practices, as well as provide practical strategies for implementing and documenting Common Core expectations. Topics to be discussed include Common Core and National Music Standards, peer/collaborative learning, assessment, developing independent musicians, and rehearsal planning that can address Common Core requirements.

From Practice to Performance: Instilling Passion, Defining Priorities & Exploring the Process – by Richard Cangro

This session is designed to examine and help define your individual approach to teaching music. Each participant will explore the following questions: How do you guide your students on the journey from the rehearsal room to the performance venue? How do you reflect your passion of teaching and music making? How do you empower your students in and out of rehearsals? What are your pedagogical priorities? How do you realize these priorities on a day to day basis? What are some creative strategies to realize these priorities?

Teaching Composition to Band and Orchestra: an Elements of Music Approach – by Alexander Koops

The webinar will go over sample composition lesson plans that can be used with large instrumental ensembles. An “elements of music” approach will be presented, reflected in lesson titles such as soundscapes, timbre, rhythm, melody, harmony, texture, and form. The composition lessons presented can be done without any notation requirements, though students who have the skills to notate can certainly include notation. The demonstration lessons strive to emphasize creative and divergent thinking rather than simply being notation exercises that result in dull un-imaginative student compositions.

Top Ten Tips to Energize Your Rehearsal – by Angela Ammerman

Student engagement is an essential component of any music teacher’s job description. Do you have a rehearsal that seems to last forever? Notice the students gawking at the clock in the corner every few minutes? Check out these 10 Tips to energize your rehearsal! An increase in student engagement leads to an increase in musical productivity which results in successful music making. Repetition is important to learning and improving musically but can make rehearsals drag and may cause drowsiness in students. Keep students excited throughout your rehearsal with these invigorating ideas. Raise the ROOF and let your students soar!

Flipped Out: Transforming your Ensembles for the 21st Century – by Caron Collins

There has been much discussion on moving away from teacher-led instruction to student-centered learning in today’s classrooms. Teachers must now provide evidence that students are developing skills of communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity, as well as mastering subject matter. How can this be accomplished with a traditional school band, choir, or orchestra? This webinar will demonstrate how to “flip” your director-led ensemble into a community of music thinkers and doers through Curious, Collaborative Creativity (CCC). Participants will understand the components of 21st century skills, become familiar with the research-based CCC process, and develop applications for their own school ensembles.