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How do we expand instructional practices to support student ownership, voice, choice, and assessment in a standards-based, high-quality music education?

Developing Musicianship in Beginning Ensembles

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Friday, November 8, 9:15 – 10:15 AM

Chad West

How many times have we pleaded with students to subdivide beats? How often have we wondered why students can’t hear that missed accidental? While our students generally do a great job with technique and notation, many are missing the internal musicianship components that enable high-level ensemble participation. This session presents activities for developing students’ tonal, rhythmic, and creative abilities—all while developing their instrumental technique and notation-reading abilities.

Assessment Reset: Grading with Values and Purpose

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Friday, November 8, 10:30 – 11:30 AM

Laura Kitchel

Ready to grade beyond participation and instead help ensemble students learn musical skills? This hands-on session is designed to assist directors in creating valued and meaningful performance-based assessments for every level and style of ensemble. Using the National Core Arts Standards as a guide, directors will be assisted step-by-step through the processes of creating assessments based on musicianship and designing purposeful assessment rubrics that lead to deep musical understanding and growth for student performers.

Singing and Moving with Primary Sources

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Saturday, November 9, 9:15 – 10:15 AM

Carolyn Bennett & Jenny Neff

The Library of Congress has large public-domain sound recording, music, and photo collections from cultures around the world and throughout history. In this session, we will explore ways to use the collection to find pieces that fit the curricular goals of the general music classroom. Participants will experience pieces from African, Native American, European, Latin(x), and American frontier cultures. We will explore inquiry strategies to engage students in becoming independent creators, performers, and responders as they investigate primary sources.

Maximizing the Interdependence of the Artistic Processes

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Saturday, November 9, 10:30 – 11:30 AM

Johanna J. Siebert

With instructional time at a premium, how can we plan for standards-based instruction across the school music program? This session will share a practitioner-developed resource of Responding units that connect with the Performing and Creating processes to develop students’ voice, choice, and music literacy both in classroom and ensemble settings.

Rehearsal Strategies: Fast and Furious Critical Thinking

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Saturday, November 9, 1:30 – 2:30 PM

Greg LeFils & John Lychner

Conductors often confidently exclaim that ensemble performance develops creativity, problem-solving skills, and critical thinking. Evidence, however, points out that our students are more frequently obedient direction-followers. This session will explore ways in which conductors can create more opportunities to foster ingenuity, musicianship, student leadership, enhanced performance, musical literacy, and rehearsal engagement.

Teaching the Beginning 21st-Century Musician

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Saturday, November 9, 2:45 – 3:45 PM

Timothy Bupp

With the demand for 21st-century skills on the rise, this session takes some tried-and-true ways of teaching and amplifies them in a way that will challenge, affirm, and energize your teaching and your students’ learning!