2018 National Conference Sponsored Sessions


Sponsored Sessions


Are You Looking for a Dynamic Group Piano Curriculum?

Monday, November 12th from 1:00 – 2:00 PM

Chan Kiat Lim, Susanna Garcia

Whether you are a seasoned group piano teacher or just starting a program, dynamic and engaging materials make a difference. eNovativePiano’s multimedia curriculum can help solve common problems in group piano teaching by providing a customizable curriculum and ready-to-use lessons to fit your various class needs. Enhance your students’ learning experience with instructional and demonstration videos, animations, audio, and printables; and explore our teacher resources such as lesson plans, rubrics, and testing materials. 

Sponsored by: eNovativePiano


First Steps in Music: Becoming Tuneful, Beatiful and Artful

Monday, November 12th from 1:00 – 2:00 PM

John Feierabend

Description: All children are born with the potential to become musical.  With inappropriate or no music experiences children can loose their intuitions for music. This workshop will provide a bridge from research to practice by demonstrating how a repertoire of traditional children’s songs, rhymes, games and dances as well as movement with classical music can develop the next generation of tuneful, beatful and artful citizens. To achieve that goal, an 8-part curriculum will be presented that can be easily used with preschool and elementary aged children.

Sponsored by: GIA Publications


The Future of Music Education – Virtual Acoustics

Monday, November 12th from 1:00 – 2:00 PM

Jaed Parker

Learn what new technology can do to enhance the acoustics of your rehearsal room.  Transport your rehearsal from a bright baroque hall to a grand cathedral to a custom preset of YOUR performance space with just a push of a button.  Experience how Virtual Acoustics is changing Music Education.  This sessions features a Virtual Reality demonstration of the technology.

Sponsored by: Wenger


Get your students excited with Solfeg.io + ukulele giveaway

Monday, November 12th from 1:00 – 2:00 PM

Lauma Kazaka

Meet Solfeg.io – a K12 music education software that engages the whole class to play music together! The recipe is a well known song + simple technology + your own classroom resources. Save time on preparing materials and get your students excited about upcoming music lessons! Come to our workshop, try it and participate in the uke giveaway! We’ll hand out free lesson plans for interested teachers as well.

Sponsored by: Solfeg.io


Rock The Audition – How to Prepare for and Get Cast in Rock Musicals

Monday, November 12th from 1:00 – 2:00 PM

Sheri Sanders

Sheri will work with a small handful of teachers who sing- and performers and students as well- on her pop/rock audition cuts on Musicnotes- in as many styles of popular music as possible so everyone is clear about and inspired by the current market and how to thrive in popular music in a musical theatre setting.

Sponsored by: Rock the Audition


Speaking Their Language: Inspiring Engagement in Grades 4-8

Monday, November 12th from 1:00 – 2:00 PM

Graham Hepburn

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.

Sponsored by: Quaver


Strum & Drum – World Rhythms for Ukuleles and Percussion

Monday, November 12th from 1:00 – 2:00 PM

Kalani Das

Energize your classroom with traditional songs and drumming ensembles from the Caribbean, Brazil, and West Africa. Learn effective and simple teaching strategies to engage students on all levels while you help them create exciting and meaningful music. Our focus is on creating quality music within a humanistic learning environment. Adaptations and modifications will also be addressed within a fluid teaching style. Some ukuleles provided. This session is based on the book Kalani’s World Rhythms.

Sponsored by: Peripole


Ukulele or Guitar? Why one, versus the other? Why not both? Tips and Tricks that work!

Monday, November 12th from 1:00 – 2:00 PM

Glen McCarthy

The popularity of Ukulele continues to grow. Guitar is a proven instrument. This session will highlight the pros and cons of each and will help you decide what will be best for your curriculum.

Sponsored by: GAMA


We Should Be Leading This

Monday, November 12th from 1:00 – 2:00 PM

John Mlynczak, Lane Velayo

Technology in education is about empowering students to be creative self learners, and that is what music education has always done. This presentation will explore the creative technology landscape and discuss ways that music educators can be leaders in this field by applying the same creative pedagogy we always have.

Sponsored by: TI:ME


What Happens Between Lessons? Engaging and Enhancing Practice with Collabra

Monday, November 12th from 1:00 – 2:00 PM

Graham Baughman, Ron Karroll

Collabra Music is an interactive platform that engages and enhances the process of practice. Instructors and students can video record, share and collaborate around lessons, practices and assessments… real-time, anytime, anywhere… all in one system. From their browser-based dashboard, instructors can give time-stamped comments, and give feedback and praise, directly on the playhead. As a result of this connection and collaboration, students get better faster, and engagement and retention increase. Fully web-based; compatible with PCs/MACs/iOS/Android.

Sponsored by: Collabra Music


Deep registration discounts available with hotel packages. Save up to $225.



Bringing Keyboards in the Classroom to Your School

Tuesday, November 13th from 1:00 – 2:00 PM

Mark Linn

If you’ve always wanted to start a group piano program at your school, this is the session for you. With this program, classroom music teachers can create more music-makers at their school and complement existing band, orchestra and choir programs. Not only are group keyboard classes a fun and enriching activity, but college-bound students who aspire to become band and orchestra directors will get a head start on learning the keyboard skills that will be required to earn their music education degree. And adding group piano as a classroom option will strengthen your job position by adding more students to your teaching load.

Sponsored by: National Piano Foundation


Dorico – The Future of Scoring

Tuesday, November 13th from 1:00 – 2:00 PM

Greg Ondo

Steinberg’s Dorico offers an innovative, fresh and musical approach to creating beautiful scores on your computer effortlessly.  Learn the advantage of new workflow paradigms for flows, cues, lyrics, engraving and composing to video.  Dorico’s new approach and workflows make it significantly easier and faster to produce high quality scores.  Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to see Dorico in action.

Sponsored by: Yamaha


I Have a Degree in Music, Not Technology

Tuesday, November 13th from 1:00 – 2:00 PM

John Mlynczak

Struggling to keep up with how to use school tech in your music program? Do your tech PD days not apply to music? Then this session is for you! Come learn the need-to-knows of using tech in music programs.

Sponsored by: TI:ME