Innovations Channel

Nuts and Bolts Operation for an All-inclusive Steelband in the American Public School System  by Rachel Palmer

This session will discuss what the American steel band looks like, what it sounds like, cover the different teaching approaches, what to do on the first day, technique, sound, where to find resources, what to cover in the next few months and moving forward with the program.

Technology in the Elementary General Music Setting Presented by Catherine Dwinal

In this webinar 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.


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-directe​d 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


Introduction to Modern Band by Scott Burstein

Modern Band is a term used to denote instrumental and vocal music that focuses on popular music styles of the past fifty years, with a focus on student-centere​d music, and concentrating on guitar, bass, drums, piano, computer, and voice.  This session will show tools and techniques for teaching Modern Band to your students, including finding instant success in the classroom with composition, improvisation, and performance.



Performing with Computers: Technology in an Ensemble by Clay Stevenson

How can I use technology in a live, ensemble performance? Which software is best for a live performance? How can I use an iPad or other similar equipment in an ensemble? These and other relative questions will be addressed in this webinar. The focus of this webinar is on the successful utilization of cutting-edge, music-technology-based applications in dedicated ensembles. Participants will be exposed to examples that demonstrate successful implementations of technology-based resources. Much of the discussion will feature a synth-based ensemble that performs studio-produced music on synthesizers, iPads, computers, turntables, and a number of other new-music tools. The webinar will also offer ideas on how to incorporate music technology in ways that engage non-traditional music students and provide avenues of expression to students who have a passion for music and an aptitude for technology.


Hip Hop, Don’t Stop-How to Use Hip Hop to Effectively Reach Your Students by Dr. Will Smith

Hip Hop is an amazing educational tool. It combines vocabulary with expression, bringing together the heart and the mind into an integrative experience of learning. By exposing students to a new way of experiencing the information presented in their textbooks, they become involved in the information. This “ownership” is in the form of self-expression through poetry and music performance. Students take the information and “re-present” the music and text in their own context. Instead of reading history they become the storytellers. “His-story” becomes “their-story” told through music.

Hip-Hop Education Lecture


“It’s Music People Actually Know!”: Teaching musical skills through popular music in the ensemble classroom by Amy Spears

Incorporating popular music into the music classroom is one of the easiest ways to get students excited and motivated to learn about music. Let popular music be the pathway to students taking ownership of their musical understandings and applying them to the large ensemble. Come discover kid-tested and practical ways to help get your beginning to advanced ensemble students creating and performing their own arrangements while learning all the musical skills you want them to learn in a new and different way.

Pop Music project HS reflection forms
Pop Music project MS reflection forms
12-13 Student Pop song list
List of pop songs and teaching ideas


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 music al 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 classroom s.

Beauty in the Media Lesson Plan
Gangnam Style Article
Just the Facts
Percussion Accompaniment Rubric
Tips and Tricks in Teaching Popular Music


Teaching the National Standards of Music Education with Free Technology by John Mlynczak

Technology is an essential tool that enhances current musical instruction practices. Our students constantly communicate through technology and listen to music digitally. Using free software, this session will demonstrate how to enhance instruction and improve communication in the music classroom.


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

This hands on session will introduce participants to 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.

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