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How do we create a learning environment that supports student voice, creativity, collaboration, and choice—whether via composition, improvisation, in current ensembles, or other pathways for creative musical endeavors?

Assessing Creativity: Responding to Student Creative Work

Amplify: Creativity

Friday, November 8, 9:15 – 10:15 AM

Mitchell Davis

In 21st-century education, teaching creativity skills and allowing students to generate creative work is essential to meaningful learning. Opportunities for creativity abound across the National Core Arts Standards domains: Creating, Performing, Responding, and Connecting. In this session, we will explore how teachers can assess and respond to students’ creative work. We will discuss the attributes of creativity, examine examples of learning tasks that require student creativity, and explore measurement and assessment tools and techniques.

Instrumental Compositions for Special Learners and Friends

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Friday, November 8, 10:30 – 11:30 AM

Janice Smith & Michele Kaschub

This session presents three simple instrumental music composition projects that work well with elementary children, including those with a variety of different abilities: Stormy Weather of Many Kinds; Max Found Two Sticks; and Chamber Music Trios.

Creative Expression through Free Improvisation

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Friday, November 8, 2:45 – 3:45 PM

Carole Ott & Tadeu Coelho

Free improvisation has been shown to increase creativity, connection, and communication in vocalists and instrumentalists. How can we help our students and ourselves put aside fears about improvisation? This session will give music educators concrete tools through which to introduce free improvisation at any level. Participants will be led through a sequence specifically created to ease fears about improvisation and increase connectivity, creativity, and individual voice. Programming ideas, rehearsal strategies, and student comments will be shared.

Creating a Community of Effective Composition Mentors

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Saturday, November 9, 9:15 – 10:15 AM

Patricia Riley

This session provides tools for teachers to create communities of effective teacher and student music composition mentors. It explores how teachers can respond to student compositions and how students can be guided in responding to their peers’ compositions. Examples of responses to student compositions at a variety of achievement levels will be shared. Participants in this hands-on session will view and discuss the presented examples and also engage in mentoring activities.

Soundtrap: Record, Create, and Collaborate!

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Saturday, November 9, 1:30 – 2:30 PM

Jasmine Faulkner

Let’s explore Soundtrap, a new online, collaborative music-creation software designed for the modern K–12 classroom. This software has endless possibilities for recording, music creation, student access even at home on a computer or smartphone, and online collaboration between the students in your classroom and around the world. Attendees will record a short song, experiment with loops, and leave with some fun starter lessons. Bring your electronic device and jam!

Chord Cooking! Composition Projects to Teach Basic Chords

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Saturday, November 9, 2:45 – 3:45 PM

Rachel Houk

Students build meaning and deeper understanding by being given opportunities to create their own music. In this session, participants will be led through a series of lessons that develop a deep understanding of chords, dissonance, chord structures, and chord progressions. Each lesson consists of a short composition project that 5th graders love! Bring an instrument to play.