NAfME Online Professional Learning Community

The NAfME Online
Professional Learning Community

 

LIVE Webinar Schedule Webinar Recordings

 

NAfME has developed a series of Professional Learning Community webinars to deliver timely and targeted topics presented by experts during COVID-19. This format offers educators the opportunity to engage with webinar presenters live, as well as reference recordings at a later time. All webinars are free and open to the public.

A schedule of webinars will be posted on this page as presentation times are finalized. Please refer back to this page often to access new content.

At the conclusion of each presentation, a professional development certificate of completion will be available for all interested viewers. Certificates will be available for live attendees and those referencing the recording. Certificates will be automatically generated upon successful completion (75% or higher) of a 5-question true/false and/or multiple-choice quiz.

Please contact Matt Barusch (MattB@nafme.org) with questions.

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LIVE Webinar Schedule

Live webinar attendance is limited. Attendees will be added to the webinar on a first-come, first-served basis. Recordings will be made available as quickly as possible.

October 22nd at 4:00 PM Eastern Time

Best Practices for Online Choral Rehearsals
by Dean Luethi, Matthew Bumbach, and Timothy Michael Powell

In these unprecedented times music educators find themselves teaching in person, online, and various types of hybrid instructional methods. While online instruction is quite common for lecture style courses, very few music educators have been trained for synchronous or asynchronous ensemble instruction. Dr. Matthew Bumbach and Dr. Timothy Michael Powell will share best practices for online choral rehearsals. They will share strategies for online vocal warm-ups, music rehearsals, and putting together virtual choir videos using both established and cutting edge digital tools.

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Dean Luethi Matthew Bumbach Timothy Michael Powell

Dr. Dean Luethi is Director of Choral Activities, Director of the School of Music, and an Associate Professor at Washington State University. Prior to his work at WSU, Dean worked at the University of South Florida and was a public-school music teacher. He received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Music from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, his Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from the University of South Florida in Tampa, and his Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Music Education from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Dean has presented research or performed in Austria, Cuba, China, Hawaii, India, Canada, and Poland. He is sought after as a guest conductor, adjudicator, and clinician and has been published in Choral Journal and Music Educators Journal. His recent set of books Aligning Voices: Exercises To Build Choral Musicianship is published by GIA. Dean enjoys amateur photography and lives with his wife, Ruth Boden, and their two cats.

Matthew Bumbach is known for heartfelt choral programming that engages singers and audiences alike. He uses choral performance to develop the whole person and equip students with the tools to think deeply, create imaginatively, and lead transparently. To achieve this, he focuses not only on quality performance that is culturally informed and carefully polished, but an ethical path to excellence. Bumbach works to create an inclusive environment that focuses on equity and justice so that all students can fulfill their potential. Since 2017, Dr. Bumbach has served as assistant professor and Director of Choirs at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City, SD where he leads a thriving choral program of STEM students. He earned his Bachelors degree in Music Education from Stetson University where he studied with Duncan Couch and Jane Christensen, his Masters of Music degree from the University of South Florida where he studied with Richard Zielinski and Robert Summer, and his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Miami Frost School of Music where he studied with Karen Kennedy and Coreen Duffy.

Timothy Michael Powell is a conductor, composer, and educator – but not always in that order. He has been called “a skilled composer who understands the voice in all stages of development” by New York Concert reviews. His compositions eclectically span stylistic genres, and include multiple premieres at prestigious venues like Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. He is published by Hal Leonard, Gentry, Alliance, Zintzo, Musica Russica, MorningStar, and MusicSpoke. As a nationally recognized music educator, Timothy has taught at all levels of music education, including sacred children and youth choirs, public 6-12, collegiate, community, and adult sacred ensembles. Timothy was one of only 25 teachers named a Semi-finalist for the 2016 Grammy Music Educator Award, and won the American Prize in Choral Performance in 2012. He was a 1999 National Choristers Guild Scholar, and a 2002 Fulbright Scholar to Bulgaria. He is active as a festival clinician and adjudicator. His scholarly activities include research into emerging digital publishing and rehearsal platforms and the life and works of Dobri Hristov, the “Father of Bulgarian Choral Music.” Since 2016, he has authored the Sacred Music Choral Reviews column for the ACDA Choral Journal. Timothy holds a DMA in Conducting from the University of South Carolina and his Bachelors and Masters degrees with honors from Belmont University. He enjoys active memberships in ASCAP, Pi Kappa Lambda, NAfME, CCCO, and ACDA. www.TimothyMichaelPowell.com

October 23rd at 4:00 PM Eastern Time

Do You Want To Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month In Your Music Class?
by Ramon Rivera and Jacob Scherr

Learn how NAfME members Ramon Rivera and Jacob Scherr of Mount Vernon High School Music Department in Washington State held a school-wide Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration at their school that included the whole music department. Mr. Rivera and Mr. Scherr will host a LIVE zoom presentation and share how Hispanic Heritage Month impacted the music department and help increase student engagement. They will share many video resources that you can use in your classroom. They will also show you how the Mount Vernon High School music students can cross over to different music groups and be part of the band, Mariachi orchestra, and choir at the same time.

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Ramon Rivera Jacob Scherr

 

 

From handwritten thank you notes from parents and students to being honored by the Speaker of the House, Ramon Rivera has been recognized as being an innovative leader and pioneer in cultural arts and has received numerous awards and accolades during his teaching career. He is currently the Mount Vernon School District Mariachi Program Director in Mount Vernon, Washington. He currently teaches 6 Mariachi and Folklorico classes with a total enrollment of over 200 students grades 6-12. Mr. Rivera also has written five published blogs for NAFME about Mariachi Education led Mariachi Education workshops for many companies and universities. 

Jacob Scherr is the Fine and Performing Arts Department chair at Mount Vernon High School, a 4A school with an enrollment of 2000 students, 60 miles north of Seattle where one third of the school is in the music program. He recently completed his term as president of the San Juan Music Educators Association. Mr. Scherr lives in Mount Vernon with his wife Annie, a private piano teacher and accompanist, and their two children Brennan and Lydia. A passionate educator, Jacob Scherr has been the director of bands and orchestras at Mount Vernon High School in Washington State since the fall of 2009. Alongside his co-director Omar Ordóñez, Mr. Scherr has been involved in every aspect of Mount Vernon High School’s Instrumental Department; in addition to directing the school’s bands, jazz bands and orchestras, he has instructed courses in Music Theory, led the Bulldog Marching Band, and founded the MVSD Mariachi program. Mr. Scherr’s ensembles have performed for the KPLU School of Jazz Recording Projects, at Washington Music Educators Conferences, and recently made their Carnegie Hall debut performing at the National Band and Orchestra Festival. Mr. Scherr immensely enjoys his involvement with music organizations having given presentations at the 2010, 2015, 2017, 2018 and 2019 WMEA and NAfME-NW conferences. Mr. Scherr graduated with a degree in Music Education from Western Washington University in 2009 and later graduated with his Master’s in Conducting from the American Band College of Sam Houston State University. He is an active performer, currently serving as assistant conductor with the Skagit Symphony. In 2008, Mr. Scherr co-founded the Whatcom Wind Ensemble, a community band located in Bellingham, Washington. In 2019, Mr. Scherr had the honor of being named Music Director for the prestigious Washington Wind Symphony

October 29th at 4:00 PM Eastern Time

Conversations About Choral Tone
by John Stafford and Dean Luethi

For this Webinar, Dean Luethi and John Stafford will discuss the schools of traditional choral tonal quality and how this information applies to commercial music/vocal jazz ensembles. They will share their experiences with teaching tone quality with traditional choirs and explain their observations about what they have learned and applied to both our traditional and commercial ensembles.

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John Stafford Dean Luethi

 

John Stafford II is currently Associate Professor of Music, Director of Choral Activities, and Co-Coordinator of the Music Department at Kansas City Kansas Community College. Professor Stafford was a 2015 recipient of the John & Suanne Roueche Excellence Award for outstanding teaching and leadership at the community college level. He has also received two teaching awards from KCKCC for Recruitment and Teaching Excellence. He was previously appointed at Millikin University, Eastern Illinois University, and Danville Area Community College teaching composition, theory, orchestration, history, and vocal jazz. He holds degrees from Millikin University (music business), Bowling Green State University (composition), and has done additional doctoral studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (choral conducting). Among his professional activities, Professor Stafford serves as the Jazz Chair of the Kansas Choral Directors Association and Commercial/Contemporary Music Chair of the Southwestern Division of the American Choral Directors Association; he is also a member of National Association for Music Educators, Jazz Educators Network, and American Choral Directors Association. Since 2014, Prof. Stafford has served as the Choral Director of Community Christian Church (architecture by Frank Lloyd Wright) in Kansas City, MO. He also currently serves at the Artistic Director of the m-pact Vocal Festival at KCKCC.

Dr. Dean Luethi is Director of Choral Activities, Director of the School of Music, and an Associate Professor at Washington State University. Prior to his work at WSU, Dean worked at the University of South Florida and was a public-school music teacher. He received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Music from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, his Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from the University of South Florida in Tampa, and his Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Music Education from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Dean has presented research or performed in Austria, Cuba, China, Hawaii, India, Canada, and Poland. He is sought after as a guest conductor, adjudicator, and clinician and has been published in Choral Journal and Music Educators Journal. His recent set of books Aligning Voices: Exercises To Build Choral Musicianship is published by GIA. Dean enjoys amateur photography and lives with his wife, Ruth Boden, and their two cats.

Friday, November 6th at 4:00 PM Eastern Time

The Power of Story in Song: Communicating Your Message
by Dean Luethi

As choral directors we continue to develop the skills necessary to train our singers to sing with aesthetic intent. No matter the ability level, no matter the grade level, no matter the size, all choirs have the goal of aesthetic intention. That is, we want our audiences to be moved in particular ways through our performance. The choir’s ability to move our audiences is limited by their own ability to be aesthetically moved. Over the course of an 8-week rehearsal period our singers speak, sing, repeat, parse out, batch, and scrutinize each word of the repertoire. After time we experience “message fatigue;” we are no longer moved by the words. As conductors we must enable our students to, once again, feel the magic of the poetry. This webinar will engage participants in a method to enable our singers to deepen and strengthen their understanding of the text.

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Dr. Dean Luethi is Director of Choral Activities, Director of the School of Music, and an Associate Professor at Washington State University. Prior to his work at WSU, Dean worked at the University of South Florida and was a public-school music teacher. He received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Music from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, his Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from the University of South Florida in Tampa, and his Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Music Education from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Dean has presented research or performed in Austria, Cuba, China, Hawaii, India, Canada, and Poland. He is sought after as a guest conductor, adjudicator, and clinician and has been published in Choral Journal and Music Educators Journal. His recent set of books Aligning Voices: Exercises To Build Choral Musicianship is published by GIA. Dean enjoys amateur photography and lives with his wife, Ruth Boden, and their two cats.

Friday, November 13th at 4:00 PM Eastern Time

The Rehearsal Grid: A Systematic Approach to Planning Repertoire and Rehearsals
by Dean Luethi

The rehearsal grid is a tool to help you organize your rehearsals, plan efficient use of your time, and ensure you have enough rehearsal to prepare your literature. The grid is an effective means to plan most of your semester while still remaining agile. It can provide insight to effectively use your time toward upcoming goals and to plan far enough ahead that you will never be caught off-guard by a looming performance. During this webinar we’ll discuss the uses of the grid, how to put one together, and offer a template to create your own!

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Dr. Dean Luethi is Director of Choral Activities, Director of the School of Music, and an Associate Professor at Washington State University. Prior to his work at WSU, Dean worked at the University of South Florida and was a public-school music teacher. He received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Music from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, his Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from the University of South Florida in Tampa, and his Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Music Education from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Dean has presented research or performed in Austria, Cuba, China, Hawaii, India, Canada, and Poland. He is sought after as a guest conductor, adjudicator, and clinician and has been published in Choral Journal and Music Educators Journal. His recent set of books Aligning Voices: Exercises To Build Choral Musicianship is published by GIA. Dean enjoys amateur photography and lives with his wife, Ruth Boden, and their two cats.

Webinar Recordings

Were you not able to attend a live webinar you were interested in? No problem. Recordings are/will be made available below.

 

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.

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Dr. Alice Hammel, Virginia Music Educator Association Outstanding Educator (2018) and current President Elect of the Virginia Music Educators Association, is a widely known music educator, author, and clinician whose experience in music is extraordinarily diverse. She is a member of the faculty of James Madison University, and has many years of experience teaching instrumental and choral music in public and private schools. Dr. Hammel has put these varied experiences to great use while compiling a large body of scholarly work. She is a co-author for four texts: Teaching Music to Students with Special Needs: A Label-free Approach, Teaching Music to Students with Autism, Winding It Back: Teaching to Individual Differences in Music Classroom and Ensemble Settings, and Teaching Music to Students with Special Needs: A Practical Resource. Dr. Hammel is President of the Council for Exceptional Children – Division for Visual and Performing Arts Education.

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.

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Dr. Scott N. Edgar is in his seventh year as Associate Professor of Music, Music Education Chair, and Director of Bands at Lake Forest College. He received his Doctorate of Philosophy in Music Education from the University of Michigan, his Masters degree in Education from the University of Dayton, and his Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree from Bowling Green State University. His previous teaching experience in higher education includes work at Adrian College and Concordia College Ann Arbor. Prior to his work in higher education he taught K-12 instrumental music in Ohio and Michigan. Dr. Edgar is the author of Music Education and Social Emotional Learning: The Heart of Teaching Music and is an internationally sought-after clinician on the topic. In addition to clinics, he also teaches graduate courses on Musical Social Emotional Learning at VanderCook College of Music. He is an active clinician and adjudicator for both concert band and marching band, and regularly presents at professional development and research conferences. Dr. Edgar is a Conn-Selmer Educational Clinician and VH1 Save the Music Foundation Educational Consultant. Dr. Edgar is a member of the National Association for Music Education, the American Educational Research Association, the College Music Society, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Music fraternity and Kappa Kappa Psi Band fraternity. He lives in Lake Villa with his wife Steph, their son Nathan, and their cats Elsa and Wolfie.

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.

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Anne Fennell is the K-12 Music Program Manager for San Diego Unified School District in San Diego, CA. She holds a Bachelor’s in Music Education, a Masters in Leadership Studies, Orff-Schulwerk certification for levels I, II, and III and has additional training and certifications in world music studies, Character Education, Gifted and Talented Education, and Cross-Cultural Language and Academic Development. Her experiences include 32 years of teaching Kindergarten through Grade 12 music education, integrated arts and music, leading performance ensembles in civic and professional organizations and national conferences, including the annual NAMM Board of Directors meeting (2013 & 2016), and teaching three levels of both steel drum ensembles and music composition through technology, grades 9-12. Her ensembles have been featured in both InTune Monthly and NAfME’s Teaching Music magazines.

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.

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John Mlynczak offers an extensive range of experiences in music education and the music industry, and is a frequent national clinician. Mr. Mlynczak is Managing Director of Noteflight, a Hal Leonard company, and Past-president of the Technology Institute of Music Educators. John also teaches Graduate courses at VanderCook College and Boston University Online, and a Google Level-2 Certified Educator. Mr. Mlynczak is a passionate advocate for music education and technology, serving on the NAMM State Advocacy Coalition, the NAfME Advocacy Leadership Force, and is Advocacy Chairman for the Massachusetts Music Educators Association. Mr. Mlynczak holds degrees in music education, music performance, and educational leadership.

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.

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Now in her fourth decade as a high school band director, Lesley Moffat has had ensembles perform at Carnegie Hall, Disney Theme Parks, Royal Caribbean cruise ships, and festivals all over the US and Canada. She’s been a presenter at National and State Music Conferences, served on the board for the Mount Pilchuck Music Educators Association, and has been an adjudicator and guest conductor in the Pacific Northwest. She is the author of I Love My Job but It’s Killing Me and Love the Job, Lose the Stress and founder of mPowered Music Educator Academy. She shares her passion for music education through her signature program of Band Director Boot Camp. Her mission is to ensure music teachers have the tools they need to build sustainable programs without burning out.

Dana Arbaugh Varona is an elementary general music teacher at Pinebrook Elementary within Loudoun County Public Schools (VA) and a lecturer at Ithaca College. Passionate about bringing wellness and stress-reduction strategies to K-12 music educators, Dana’s scholarship focuses on the efficacy of a web-based mindfulness training program in reducing music teachers’ occupational stress and burnout. Prior to undertaking doctoral studies at UMD, Dana taught band, orchestra, general music, and choir at a PreK-8 school in Kailua, Hawai’i, where she immensely enjoyed navigating the intricacies of teaching in a small school. Dana holds the Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Maryland, College Park, and Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees from Ithaca College. In her spare time, she practices mindfulness and enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband, Chris, and their dog, Tyson. Dana can be reached at dana.arbaugh@gmail.com.

Dr. Christa Kuebel is an assistant professor of music education at University of Central Arkansas. She has taught choir, band, and general music for students in preschool through junior high in Illinois, China, and Poland. Her research interests include music teacher preparation, early childhood music education, and self-care for pre- and inservice music educators. Dr. Kuebel has presented at state, national, and international conferences; her published research can be found in Research Studies in Music Education, Journal of Music Teacher Education, Music Educators Journal, and Journal of Research in Music Education.

Calm in the Storm: Self-Care for the Adapting Music Educator
By Elisa Janson Jones

While every day seems filled with new challenges, many of us ache for the normalcy of our classrooms, and knowing what to expect. Fortunately, there are still things that are within our control and ways that we can adapt ourselves from within. In this session we’ll focus on specific techniques you can apply quickly and easily wherever you are to feel grounded and calm even in times of chaos.

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An experienced K8 music educator, Elisa Janson Jones specializes in helping music educators build, manage, and grow thriving school music programs and have long and happy careers. She holds a Bachelor of Music, a Master of Business Administration, and is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education in Instructional Design. Elisa uses her vast and diverse skillset to help nonprofits, businesses, and music educators around the world. She serves as conductor of her local community band, a columnist for SBO Magazine, and maintains a private lesson studio. Elisa is a nationally-recognized speaker, the host and producer of the Music Ed Mentor Podcast, founder of the International Music Education Summit, and author of The Music Educator’s Guide to Thrive.

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.

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Dr. Matthew Arau, the founder of Upbeat Global, is in his sixth year as the Chair of the Music Education Department and Associate Director of Bands at the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music in Appleton, Wisconsin. In addition, Dr. Arau is on the conducting faculty of the American Band College of Central Washington University, and he serves as a Conn-Selmer Education Clinician and as Member-at-Large on the NAfME Council for Band Education. Prior to his work at the university level, Dr. Arau taught middle school and high school band for 15 years in Loveland, Colorado, where he led his bands at Walt Clark Middle School and Loveland High School to numerous honor performances and championships and pioneered the Leadership Symposium. In demand as a conductor, speaker, and author, Dr. Arau has presented on the topics of leadership, growth mindset, rehearsal techniques, and creating positive cultures at numerous state, regional, national, and international conferences in over 25 states and 4 continents. His research, articles, and music are published by C. Alan Publications, Bandworld Magazine, Conn-Selmer, SmartMusic, The Instrumentalist Magazine, and Hoonuit Online Learning.

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.

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Daniel Pasquale is the Director of Bands at Montville Township High School where he conducts and leads the Symphonic Band, Marching Band and Jazz Band. He has previously taught at Eisenhower Middle School in Wyckoff and at Mountain Lakes High School. As a presenter, he has shared his presentation “Getting to and Surviving Your First Year” at the 2019 New Jersey Music Educators Conference. Performing primarily on saxophone, Daniel has played with numerous saxophone quartets and chamber music groups including a Gyspy Ensemble. Daniel received his B.M. in music education from William Paterson University and is currently pursuing a masters in Wind Conducting from Messiah College.

Argine Safari is passionate about transforming the lives of her students through the power of music. She has been directing choirs and teaching music theory courses in Pascack Valley High School in Hillsdale, New Jersey, since 2005. At Pascack Valley District, Ms. Safari developed an award-winning music program and established new vocal groups such as an all-male a cappella ensemble, wrote new courses such as the AP Music Theory Course, and initiated the Tri-M National Music Honor Society Chapters at both district schools. Under her direction, Pascack Valley choirs earned numerous awards and accolades, traveling nationally from Washington, D.C. to Los Angeles, CA and internationally to Dublin, Ireland, where their renditions of Irish songs were played on the national radio. In 2013, Argine co-founded a non-profit NJ Youth Theater Arts Company, Stage Scene and Song Performing Arts, with a mission to transform and empower its participants, foster a tremendous sense of community and an appreciation for contribution. Argine is the Director of Music and Organist at Christ Lutheran Church, and is active as a clinician and chamber musician, having performed at Carnegie Hall, Madison Square Garden, and Zankel Hall, among others.

Craig Yaremko is a woodwind performer and educator. He is director of instrumental music at Holdrum Middle School in River Vale, NJ, where in addition to directing all bands he teaches innovative elective courses including Audio Engineering and Electronic Music and Music and Mindfulness. Craig received his B.F.A. in Jazz and Contemporary Music Performance from the New School University in 2001 and completed his M.A. in Music Education from Montclair State University in 2012, where he received the Outstanding Graduate Student in Music Education Award. While at Montclair State University Craig studied conducting with Dr. Thomas McCauley and was the participant in the university’s Wind Conducting Symposium, working with Dr. Craig Kirchhoff and Dr. Mallory Thompson. He also served as Adjunct Professor at Montclair State University for five years, where he taught Woodwind Techniques. In addition to his musical pursuits, Craig is a RYT-200 yoga teacher.

Smithsonian Folkways Recordings: In Partnership with World Music PedagogyPatricia Shehan Campbell
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.

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Patricia Shehan Campbell is Donald E. Peterson Professor of Music at the University of Washington, where she teaches courses at the interface of education and ethnomusicology. A singer and pianist, with studies of the Japanese koto, Celtic harp, Karnatic Indian mridangam, and Bulgarian and Wagogo song, she has lectured internationally on the pedagogy of world music and children’s musical cultures. She is the author of Music, Education, and Diversity: Bridging Cultures and Communities (2018), Songs in Their Heads (1998, 2010), Teaching Music Globally (2004), Lessons from the World (1991), Music in Cultural Context (1996), Musician and Teacher (2008), co-author of Music in Childhood (2017, 4th edition) and Redefining Music Studies in an Age of Change (2017), co-editor of the Oxford Global Music Series, the Oxford Handbook on Children’s Musical Cultures (2013), and Multicultural Perspectives in Music Education (1989, 1996, 2010). Campbell is recipient of the 2012 Taiji Award and the 2017 Koizumi Prize for work on the preservation of traditional music through educational practice, and was designated the Senior Researcher in Music Education of the National Association for Music Education in 2002. She served on the Advisory Board of Smithsonian Folkways for 11 years, and is a board member of the Association for Cultural Equity. She is editor of the seven-volume Routledge World Music Pedagogy Series (2018-2020).

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.

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Lili M. Levinowitz, Ph.D. is Professor Emeritus of Music Education at Rowan University. She is the coauthor of the early childhood music and movement program, Music Together, and Director of Research for Music Together Worldwide. Dr. Levinowitz is considered a national authority on early childhood music and is actively involved in teaching very young children as well as presenting at national and international music education and early childhood education conferences. Her articles appear frequently in professional journals and popular magazines. She received her M.M. and Ph.D. from Temple University, and her B.M. from Westminster Choir College.

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.

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Recipient of the 2018 ASCAP Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Internet Award, Rob Deemer is a composer, conductor, educator, author, and advocate. His musical works have been commissioned and performed by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, the President’s Own Marine Band, and the Akropolis Reed Quintet. His work as an advocate for underrepresented composers led him to create the Composer Diversity Database and the Institute for Composer Diversity. As an author, Deemer has become well known for his writings for NewMusicBox, Sequenza21, and the New York Times. Deemer is a Professor and Head of Composition at the State University of New York at Fredonia, the State Chair of the NYSSMA Composition/Improvisation Committee, and the National Chair of the NAfME Composition Council.

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.

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Dr. James Weaver is the Director of Performing Arts and Sports for the National Federation of High School State Associations. As the director of performing arts and sports Dr. Weaver oversees student participation, professional development, and awareness of performing arts activities throughout the nation’s 19,500+ high schools. He works to create partnerships with national arts organizations to create a robust advocacy network that impacts music, speech, debate, theatre, and academic competitions for all schools, and to increase access to these programs in underserved student populations. James has been a teacher and administrator at the district, state, and national level.

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.

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Using Google Earth to Build Global Musicianship In and Out of Your Classroom
By Rosalee Goley

What does it mean to amplify our musical communities? How can we help our students see themselves as members of a global music-making community when their own community feels limited in its views on tradition and change? Why are our students perfect candidates for culturally responsive learning? Through the use of Google Earth, we will take a look at practical strategies that you can implement to help your students connect with the larger world around them. During this webinar, you will have the chance to walk in the footsteps of Bach, plan a Sound of Music tour, discover the gorgeous landscapes where traditional music originates, and connect musical interpretation to cultural significance. Give your students a chance to explore from home and connect with music on a global scale! The best part of this experience is that it is absolutely free! Join us and see where your music teaching takes you!

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Mrs. Rosalee Goley holds a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and has pursued a career in middle school choral directing for the past five years. During that time, she has prepared her ensembles for events such as All-State, All-County, and Music Performance Adjudications. In the past year, she has presented a session entitled “The World In Their Hands” at the national conference in Orlando for the National Association for Music Education. She also became a member of the first-ever Greensboro Master Chorale in December of 2019. In June she is beginning her Masters in Music Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she plans to continue her research in global-social-emotional learning in the choral classroom.

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.

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Lili M. Levinowitz, Ph.D. is Professor Emeritus of Music Education at Rowan University. She is the coauthor of the early childhood music and movement program, Music Together, and Director of Research for Music Together Worldwide. Dr. Levinowitz is considered a national authority on early childhood music and is actively involved in teaching very young children as well as presenting at national and international music education and early childhood education conferences. Her articles appear frequently in professional journals and popular magazines. She received her M.M. and Ph.D. from Temple University, and her B.M. from Westminster Choir College.

Music Education Policy During a Global Pandemic
By the NAfME Public Policy Team

Join NAfME President Kathy Sanz and public policy staff as we discuss possible long-term effects of COVID-19 on music education. Agenda to include:

• Projected state budget shortfalls – and implications for music educators
• The ‘Homework Gap’ – the lack of home internet experienced by millions of students
• What advocacy looks like moving forward – and how you can get involved

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Kathy Sanz

Lynn Tuttle

Tooshar Swain

Rob Edwards

Matt Barusch

 

This webinar is part of the NAfME Quarterly Advocacy Webinar Series.

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.

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Lily Chen-Hafteck is currently Professor and Chair of Faculty at UCLA. Originally from Hong Kong, she holds Ph.D. in music education from the University of Reading, U.K. and received postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of Pretoria, South Africa and University of Surrey Roehampton, U.K. She previously taught at Kean University, NJ, Hong Kong Baptist University, and University of Hong Kong. She is a Fullbright Scholar, featured in numerous publications, including Oxford Handbook of Music Education and Oxford Handbook of Children’s Musical Cultures. She provided leadership for the International Society for Music Education on its Board of Directors, as Chair of Early Childhood Commission and Young Professional Focus Group, and is currently a Music in Schools and Teacher Education Commissioner. She is also the World Music Representative of California Music Educators Association.

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.

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Patricia Shehan Campbell is Donald E. Peterson Professor of Music at the University of Washington, where she teaches courses at the interface of education and ethnomusicology. A singer and pianist, with studies of the Japanese koto, Celtic harp, Karnatic Indian mridangam, and Bulgarian and Wagogo song, she has lectured internationally on the pedagogy of world music and children’s musical cultures. She is the author of Music, Education, and Diversity: Bridging Cultures and Communities (2018), Songs in Their Heads (1998, 2010), Teaching Music Globally (2004), Lessons from the World (1991), Music in Cultural Context (1996), Musician and Teacher (2008), co-author of Music in Childhood (2017, 4th edition) and Redefining Music Studies in an Age of Change (2017), co-editor of the Oxford Global Music Series, the Oxford Handbook on Children’s Musical Cultures (2013), and Multicultural Perspectives in Music Education (1989, 1996, 2010). Campbell is recipient of the 2012 Taiji Award and the 2017 Koizumi Prize for work on the preservation of traditional music through educational practice, and was designated the Senior Researcher in Music Education of the National Association for Music Education in 2002. She served on the Advisory Board of Smithsonian Folkways for 11 years, and is a board member of the Association for Cultural Equity. She is editor of the seven-volume Routledge World Music Pedagogy Series (2018-2020).

Preparing for the End of the 2019-2020 School Year

Join district arts supervisors from across the United States as they discuss wrapping up the 19-20 school year. The following topics will be discussed:

  • Teacher health and keeping positive
  • Reflecting on online learning thus far
  • End of year instrument and uniform collection and loss
  • Instrument and uniform cleaning
  • Recruitment and retention
  • Budget planning
  • Advocacy
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Panelists:

Anthony Beatrice, Boston Public Schools (Boston, MA)
Dru Davison, Shelby County Schools (Memphis, TN)
Scott Evans, Orange County Public Schools (Orlando, FL)
Elizabeth Guglielmo, New York City Public Schools (New York, NY)
Melisa Rutkelis, Chicago Public Schools (Chicago, IL)
Russ Sperling, San Diego Unified School District (San Diego, CA)
James Weaver, National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS)

Embracing Music in Multiculturally Sensitive Ways: Northeastern Brazilian TraditionsJuliana Cantarelli Vita
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).

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Juliana Cantarelli Vita is a Ph.D. Candidate in Music Education with an emphasis in Ethnomusicology at the University of Washington, and a General Music Teacher at Laurelhurst Elementary School in Seattle, WA. Juliana has completed Orff Schulwerk (I-III) and Kodaly Pedagogy (I) levels and worked at the Smithsonian Folkways World Music Pedagogy Course at West Virginia University (2015-2020), and at the University of Washington (2018-2020). Juliana will be featured on the World Music Pedagogy Webinar in June 2020.

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.

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William J. Coppola is assistant professor of music education at the University of North Texas. He is co-author of World Music Pedagogy, Vol. IV: Instrumental Music Education (Routledge, 2018) and World Music Pedagogy, Vol. VII: World Music in Higher Education (Routledge, 2020). Coppola is a certified Smithsonian Folkways World Music Pedagogy and Kodály educator. He was an elementary music director for New York City Public Schools where he taught PK–5th grade general music, band, chorus, bucket drumming, and directed the annual musical in Bayside, Queens.

Music – Thinking Differently – It’s Not About a Virtual Ensemble
By Meghan Cabral

During this unprecedented time many people are trying to recreate the ensemble experience for our students. While we all want to create these musical experiences, we should begin thinking differently and bring our focus back to our roots — creating music because we love music. It isn’t about the virtual ensemble, it IS about our students and creating lifelong musicians.

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Meghan Cabral is currently the District Director of Music for the Carmel Central School District. She is the director of the High School Wind Ensemble as well as High School Freshman Band. In addition to her director and teaching duties at Meghan acts as the middle school’s Professional Growth Coordinator. Meghan’s bands have received Gold and Gold with Distinction ratings at NYSSMA major’s festivals. Her students have been selected for NYSBDA honors band. Meghan began the George Fischer Middle School Clarinet Choir and in its second year, was selected to perform at the New Jersey Music Educator’s Conference. Meghan stays active as an author for Music Education Publications. One of her most recent article was published in the February 2019 edition of The Instrumentalist titled, “Flipping the Music Classroom.” Her first article was published in The Instrumentalist magazine in March 2009, titled “Balance Goals with Experience.” Meghan in 2019 was invited to present at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic on the “Mystery of the Clarinet High Notes.” She remains an active presenter as well as contributing journalist. Her articles have been published in the Instrumentalist Magazine, Music Educator’s Journal, NYSBDA’s Band Stand, NYSSMA’s School Music News, NJMEA’s Tempo Magazine, School Band and Orchestra Magazine, as well as on many blogs including NAfME’s educator’s blog, Smart Music Blog, and Band Director’s Talk Shop. In addition to her article contributions Meghan was a 2017 Grammy Music Educator Semifinalist. In addition to the Midwest Clinic, Meghan has presented numerous times at conferences including the Ithaca College MENC sponsored College Conference, the Connecticut Music Educator’s Conference, New Jersey’s Music Educator’s Association State Conference, as well as the NYSSMA All-State conference. Meghan is a contributor to the NAfME’s online academy for Music Professional Development. Meghan currently is serving as the NYSSMA Zone 10 Representative. Meghan’s private students have been accepted into Area All-State, NYSBDA middle and high school honors band, NYSSMA All-State, NAfME sponsored All-Nationals Ensemble, in addition to being accepted at many top colleges. Meghan has served as guest conductor for countless All-County, Region, District as well as Area All State festivals and is co-founder of the Arts on the Lake Summer Band Camp in Carmel, NY.

Making Good Choices: How Can Teachers Better Research Repertoire for the Classroom?
By Brandi Waller-Pace, Lorelei Batislaong, and Michelle McCauley

In the field of music education, we are not generally trained to understand or even consider the history and lived experiences of non-dominant cultures, resulting in a lack of understanding that causes harm and/or erasure. It is important to research thoroughly when we are choosing material and activities for our classroom, but where can we start? Through their own personal experiences, philosophies, and song examples, members of the Decolonizing the Music Room team will model practices that teachers can apply to shift their approach.

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Brandi Waller-Pace is the founder and executive director of the music education nonprofit Decolonizing the Music Room. A former elementary music teacher, she taught for ten years in Fort Worth, TX, where she also served as a mentor teacher and wrote lower elementary music curriculum. Brandi holds a B.M. and M.M. in Jazz Studies from Howard University and is pursuing her Ph.D in Music Education at the University of North Texas. She is fully certified in Orff Schulwerk and has completed Kodály level I and Music Learning Theory levels I and II. An educational equity advocate, she has served for the last two years on the Fort Worth Independent School District’s racial equity committee and in 2019 completed a Campus Voices Fellowship with Leadership ISD, focusing on educational equity. Brandi is an artist-in-residence and instructor at Arts Fifth Avenue, a Fort Worth nonprofit, and is an active musician, performing primarily jazz and old time music. She presents locally and nationally.

Lorelei is the deputy director of Decolonizing the Music Room. She is a 14-year veteran of the elementary music classroom. Lorelei served on the American Orff Schulwerk Association National Board of Trustees as Region III Representative and is the chair of the AOSA Diversity and Inclusion committee. She is the State Director of the Texas affiliate of the National Association for Music Education. Along with presenting clinics at the local, state, and national level, Lorelei is completing a Ph.D. in Music and Human Learning at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research interests include: Teacher noticing and decision-making, inclusivity in the music classroom and the teaching profession, and generally wondering why everything is the way it is and how could it be better.

Michelle is a member of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe in NV where she grew up and currently lives. She is dedicated to Native Wellness by way of dance. Michelle teaches middle school band and mariachi in Reno, TX. She is a classically trained musician from the age of 10, has a bachelors in general studies and masters degree in music education from the University of Nevada, Reno, champion fancy shawl dancer, mother, Zumba instructor, and has played in various music ensembles. Michelle loves to inspire and innovate through performance with her knowledge of cultural dances from around the world. Upholding traditions and evolving them to fit our lives today is what Michelle is most passionate about.

Performing Moses Hogan Spirituals
By Loneka Wilkinson Battiste

In this webinar, the presenter draws on her research and experience as a student of choral-master and composer Moses Hogan to address African American musical expression in performing his arrangements of spirituals.

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Loneka Battiste is Assistant Professor of Music Education at the University of Tennessee where her duties include teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in music education. She has 12 years of experience teaching children and youth in a variety of contexts, including a K-12 elementary general music and choral program, church choral groups, and an innovative summer performing arts program she co-developed and directed. A former member of the Moses Hogan Chorale and the Moses Hogan Singers, she completed her dissertation entitled “‘Music Down in My Soul’: Achieving a Sound Ideal for Moses Hogan Spirituals” in 2014. She currently serves as Immediate Past Co-Chair of both the Education Section and the Gertrude Robinson Network for the Society of Ethnomusicology (SEM), Co-Chair of the Crossroads Section for Diversity and Representation for SEM, and Music Education Representative for the Southern Chapter of the College Music Society. Her scholarly work centers on culturally responsive teaching in music education.

Landó for the Band: A Brief Exploration of Afro-Peruvian Music Through World Music Pedagogy
By Chris Mena

Peruvian music is many flavored, with the music of coastal Peru sound very different from the most widely known music of the Andean region. In this webinar, participants will examine the sound of Afro-Peruvian tropical music of coastal Peru through an opportunity to fully experience the song, “Toro Mata”, through the lens of World Music Pedagogy (and as it fits instrumental ensembles, especially band classes).

 

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Christopher Mena is currently a PhD candidate in Music Education at the University of Washington, Seattle. His dissertation research is focused on the phenomenon of cultural straddling and the impact of music education on Mexican American racial, ethnic, and cultural identity development. Mr. Mena has also engaged in international work in music education with his most recent project being a four year summer residency to assist in developing a teaching artist program in the country of Myanmar. He is also the co-author of the 2018 book World Music Pedagogy Vol. IV: Instrumental Music Education.

Keep Musical Learning Meaningful Despite the Distance
By Taylor Haun

Make distance learning feel face-to-face with 3 collaborative strategies for music-making in a remote environment. We’ll walk you through the steps for a virtual ensemble, tips on arranging, and composing in any Digital Audio Workshop at all grade and experience levels. Join Taylor Haun,as he shares best practices for keeping musical learning meaningful.

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Taylor is a music teacher and musician living in Austin, TX using music as a way to connect, heal, and grow. Taylor teaches music with an emphasis on creativity and connecting students to the world around them. Through ensembles like the McCallum High School Samba Knights students get exposed to rich rhythms and cultural traditions. Taylor also teaches students privately and in group settings with music production technology. While teaching in this creative music context, Taylor empowers students to produce their own sounds and share them with the world. His students, as young as 9 years old, have their music available on iTunes and Spotify.

Re-Imagining Music Education: Planning Now for the 2020-21 School Year
By Annamarie Bollino, Jared Cassedy, Heather Cote, Judith Hawkins, Michael Stone, and James Weaver

Join district arts supervisors from across the United States as they discuss issues and potential solutions related to the reopening of schools in the Fall. The following topics will be discussed:

  • Envisioning the future of music education
  • Recruitment and retention of students
  • New teacher training
  • Music program essentials
  • Advocacy/Funding
  • Social Emotional Learning
  • Re-imagining: What could performance classes look like in the fall?
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Annamarie Bollino currently serves as the Facilitator of Fine & Performing Arts for Stafford County Public Schools where she oversees all aspects of arts programming and curricula. She enjoys leading adult learning and has varied experiences teaching Prek-K through graduate level students. Annamarie holds masters degrees in music education and educational leadership and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Music Education. As of July 1, Annamarie will become President of the Virginia Music Educators Association (VMEA) and currently serves on the NAfME Council of Music Program Leaders.

Jared Cassedy is currently the K-12 Performing Arts Coordinator for Lexington Public Schools in Lexington, Massachusetts where he supports, supervises, and evaluates the department’s teachers, curriculum and assessment development, budget, and performing arts programming. Jared currently serves as Chair-Elect for the Northeastern District of the Massachusetts Music Educators Association and previously served as President-Elect for the New Hampshire Music Educators Association before coming to Massachusetts. Jared is the 2015 recipient of the GRAMMY Music Educator Award furnished by the GRAMMY Foundation and The Recording Academy and has conducted a number of regional honor bands in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, and Connecticut, given a variety of lectures on leadership and best practices in teaching, and has participated in TEDx talking about his journey and philosophies through education. Jared holds a Bachelors degree in Music Education from the University of New Hampshire and Masters of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on Educational Leadership from Southern New Hampshire University.

Dr. Heather Cote is the Director of Performing Arts for the Westwood Public Schools in Westwood, MA. She holds a Bachelors degree in Music Education, a Masters degree in Theater Education and a D.M.A in Music Education. Dr. Cote has taught vocal, general and instrumental music at all levels, currently conducts the Westwood High School bands. She has presented at many state conferences and workshops. A 2019 Lowell Mason Award Winner, Dr. Cote is President-Elect for the Massachusetts Music Educators Association and Chair of NAfME’s Music Program Leaders Council.

Judith Hawkins is the Vocal and General Music content supervisor for Prince George’s County Public Schools in Maryland. She received her Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, N.J. and her Masters of Education in Administration and Supervision from Bowie State University in Bowie, MD.
Currently she serves as the Eastern Division Chair on the National Association for Music Education’s (NAfME) Program Leadership Council. She has also served on the board of the Maryland Music Educators Association (MMEA) as a liaison to supervisors and the Membership Development committee. Prior to this, Ms. Hawkins was the Assistant Principal at Valley View Elementary School in Oxon Hill, MD. As an educator, Ms. Hawkins has taught and written curriculum for the vocal and general music department for twenty years. She has presented general music workshops at the local, state and national levels.

Michael D. Stone earned the B.A. in Music Education/Performance and the M. Ed. from University of California, Los Angeles. Mr. Stone serves as the Visual and Performing Arts Coordinator for the Bakersfield City School District. As the arts administrator for the district, he oversees arts programs at 31 elementary schools, 6 middle schools, and 2 junior high schools. Prior to assuming this position, Mr. Stone served for over 14 years as instrumental music teacher at Chipman Junior High School, also in the Bakersfield City School District.

Dr. James Weaver is the Director of Performing Arts and Sports for the National Federation of High School State Associations. As the director of performing arts and sports Dr. Weaver oversees student participation, professional development, and awareness of performing arts activities throughout the nation’s 19,500+ high schools. He works to create partnerships with national arts organizations to create a robust advocacy network that impacts music, speech, debate, theatre, and academic competitions for all schools, and to increase access to these programs in underserved student populations. James has been a teacher and administrator at the district, state, and national level.

Promoting and Preserving Your Music Programs during Covid-19 Times
by Mary Wagner and Jenna Day

Join two successful advocates as they give you tips and strategies to save and promote your program. Times are tough but there are many things you can do that will only strengthen your program. This webinar will help you get started!

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Mary Wagner was a string orchestra teacher in the Fairfax County Public Schools for 39 years where she taught elementary, middle and high school students. While working full-time, she mentored new string orchestra teachers and participated as a member of the curriculum writing team. She also chaired the very active Fairfax Arts Coalition for Education. Wagner served as a past-president of the American String Teachers Association where she chaired the Advocacy committee, served as the Articles Editor of the American String Teacher and chaired many ASTA Conferences. She was a contributing member of the ASTA national curriculum writing team which wrote The ASTA String Curriculum published by Alfred Music.

Jenna Day, owns Day Violins LLC, a full-service string shop in Northern Virginia. She became interested in Music Education Advocacy when the Fairfax County Budget was in jeopardy when two of her children were young. She currently serves as the president for the Oakton Orchestra Boosters at Oakton High School, Parent Liaison for FACE (Fairfax Arts Coalition for Education), on the Arts Advisory Board for The Academy at George Mason, Co-Chair for the Mason Academy Parents Group (MAP) and The Arts Advisory Board for Arts at Mason at George Mason University. She is an active member of NAMM (National Association of Music Merchandisers) and travels every year to Washington, DC to advocate for music education at the national level.

Moving Music Online: Successful Models and Advice
By John Mlynczak and Patrick Benson

As we work to provide relevant and practical online instruction for our students, there are several models we can adapt. From live teaching, to small group meetings, to complete asynchronous instruction, each circumstance has its benefits and challenges. This webinar will demonstrate examples of various online course structures while providing tips and advice for each model.

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John Mlynczak offers an extensive range of experiences in music education and the music industry and is a frequent national clinician. Mr. Mlynczak is Managing Director of Noteflight, a Hal Leonard company, and Past-president of the Technology Institute of Music Educators. John also teaches Graduate courses at VanderCook College and Boston University Online, and a Google Level-2 Certified Educator. Mr. Mlynczak is a passionate advocate for music education and technology, serving on the NAMM State Advocacy Coalition, the NAfME Advocacy Leadership Force, and is Advocacy Chairman for the Massachusetts Music Educators Association. Mr. Mlynczak holds degrees in music education, music performance, and educational leadership.

Patrick Benson (BMEd ‘08) joined the administration of VanderCook in July 2015 as the director of continuing and online education. In addition to teaching and working at VanderCook, Benson is an active percussionist and drummer in the Chicagoland area. He has also served as a staff member for the Midwest Band & Orchestra Clinic for 16 years.

Leadership at the Local Level: Make Your Voice Heard
By Scott Sheehan, Mackie Spradley, Kathleen Sanz, and Denese Odegaard

As we head toward summer, music teachers across the nation must talk with their administrators, parent groups, colleagues, students, and their community about the importance of music education and what modifications may take place when we return to our classrooms. NAfME leaders will share important work that has been happening behind the scenes and how to tap into NAfME’s many resources. This session will provide a solutions-minded framework for local advocacy.

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President-Elect

 

Kathleen Sanz, NAfME President for 2018-2020, received her B.A. and M.A. in Music Education from the University of South Florida, and her Ph.D. in Music Education from the University of Colorado. Presently she is the President and CEO of the Center for Fine Arts Education in Tallahassee, Florida. Prior to that Dr. Sanz served as the Supervisor of Curriculum and Instructional Services and Co-Directed the District School Board of Pasco County Curriculum Department from 2007-2011. From 1985-2006 she supervised the Fine Arts at the K-12 level. Her past teaching experience includes 8 years as a music educator at the elementary level. Dr. Sanz has been instrumental throughout her career in curriculum and assessment development and implementation at both the district and state level.

Mackie V. Spradley serves as the Director of Enrichment Education at the Texas Education Agency in Austin, TX. She is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Teacher Education and Administration, College of Education, at the University of North Texas (UNT), Denton, Texas. She received the B.M. in Voice from UNT and M.A. in Vocal Pedagogy from Texas Woman’s University, Denton. She received her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Anthropology from UNT. Spradley has published in academic journals and books, such as the National Forum of Multicultural Issues Journal, Texas Music Educators Conference Connections and Educational Leadership and Music (in press). She is a national speaker on music education, culturally responsive pedagogy, and social justice.

Denese Odegaard, NAfME Past-President (2018-2020), is currently retired as the Fargo (North Dakota) Public Schools Performing Arts Curriculum Specialist, and taught orchestra for 35 years. National service includes board member for both the American String Teachers Association (ASTA) and the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). Her involvement in NAfME includes serving as North Central President and Research Advisor for the 3-5 grade standards writing team. She served as President of the North Dakota Music Educators Association (NDMEA) and was Executive Director for ten years.

A nationally recognized advocate and leader for the advancement of music education, Scott Sheehan is the Director of Bands and Music Department Chairperson at the Hollidaysburg Area Senior High School in Hollidaysburg, PA. Mr. Sheehan will become the NAfME National President-Elect in June (2020-2022), is an Educational Clinician for Conn-Selmer, and was a finalist for the 2019 GRAMMY Music Educator Award. He is also a consultant for strategic planning and association development for music education programs across the country. He is currently the Program Chair for the NAfME All-National Honors Ensembles. As an active member of the PMEA, Scott has served as State President, as well as a District President and Curriculum and Instruction State Representative.

Walking the Talk: Working with Administrators During COVID-19 and Beyond
By Leyla Sanyer

We will explore the use of progressive vocabulary, student centered concepts/comprehensive, and standards based learning to demonstrate advocacy in a new educational environment. While many things have changed, a lot is still possible and we can keep to our principles about teaching music while shifting to a new landscape of Every Student Succeeds Act. Join us to examine a shift in the paradigm and practical ways to engage the decision makers and stakeholders.

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Leyla Sanyer has forty-two years of teaching experience most recently teaching orchestra and music composition at Oregon High School (WI). She has been chair of the Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance committee, a member of the Wisconsin Challenging Content Standards Task Force, WSMA State Honors Music Project orchestra coordinator, treasurer of WSTA, and Orchestra Chair for WMEA. She is currently immediate past president of the National Association for Music Education North Central Division, past president of the Wisconsin Music Educators Association, and WMEA Standards Chair.

Why Should I Care about Advocacy?
By Lynn Brinckmeyer

 

Does the word “advocacy” make you want to turn around and run the other direction? Explore practical strategies for effective and user-friendly advocacy that can be implemented right away in your home, your school, your community, and your state. Take these ideas and begin advocating for our students’ and their right to music education in all schools in every state. Now, more than ever, it is our responsibility to step up and take action.

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Dr. Lynn Brinckmeyer, Director of Choral Music Education-Texas State University, was National President for The National Association for Music Education in 2006-2008. She recently authored Advocate for Music, and co-authored The Wonder of Music, with John Jacobson. Dr. Brinckmeyer teaches choral music education and directs the Texas State Aurora Voce and the Hill Country Youth Chorus. She currently serves as co-chair of the American Choral Directors Association Advocacy and Collaboration Committee.

Music Advocacy: Moving from Survival to Vision
By John Benham

 

As if a variety of reform movements and budget crises over the last several decades haven’t caused enough threats to music programs, we now find ourselves in the middle of another. How do we as educators confront these issues? Based on a philosophy that all students deserve a music education, this webinar will provide you with specific tools and strategies to address these and future issues.

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John Benham is author of Music Advocacy: Moving from Survival to Vision. His area of expertise is building, saving, and restoring music programs. His background includes over 40 years as a music teacher from elementary through university levels. In addition, he is the proprietor of his own music instrument repair business and has served two terms as a school board member.

His personal knowledge and experience provide unique understanding to help you go before a school board and administration with language they understand and methods that work. He has taken his message from coast to coast in the United States and Canada. His methods are responsible for building, saving and restoring over $75 million in budgetary funds in music, leading to the restoration of over 1,000 teaching positions and the continuation of music programs for over 500,000 students.

Advocating for Music Education Utilizing Social-Emotional Learning
By Scott Edgar and Bob Morrison

SEL is a construct implemented across the globe providing students with skills to confront challenges by being self-aware, socially-aware, and to make responsible decisions. SEL is a widely-accepted construct that policy makers at all levels value and will be paramount for our administrators. SEL can provide a solution to help our students cope, heal, and move forward. Join us as we discuss strategies to advocate for music education utilizing SEL.

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Dr. Scott Edgar is Associate Professor of Music, Music Education Chair, and Director of Bands at Lake Forest College. Scott is the author of Music Education and Social Emotional Learning: The Heart of Teaching Music and is an internationally sought-after clinician on the topic. He is a Conn-Selmer Educational Clinician and VH1 Save the Music Foundation Educational Consultant.

Bob Morrison is the founder of Quadrant Arts Education Research, the nation’s leading arts education research and intelligence organization. He is a deeply accomplished executive offering a 25-year record of repeated success as CEO/Executive Director of several organizations and as visionary and driving force behind creation and launch of groundbreaking non-profits. Mr. Morrison’s leadership in research, public policy and advocacy efforts has led to significant advancements in access to music and arts education programs across the nation.

Discussing the Diversification of State Repertoire Lists

Council for Music Composition Chair Rob Deemer will host a conversation on the rationales and best practices behind diversifying state repertoire lists with those who have been working on this initiative through organizations like On The List and the Institute for Composer Diversity as well as those who would be impacted. Guests include Dr. Brandon Houghtalen, Amy Rever-Oberle, Dr. Cory Meals, Cecilia Clark, and Dr. Quincy Hilliard.

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Rob Deemer is a composer, conductor, educator, author, and advocate. His works have been commissioned and performed by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, the President’s Own Marine Band, the U.S. Army Orchestra, the University of Texas and UMKC wind ensembles, Rasçher Saxophone Quartet, loadbang, Akropolis Reed Quintet, and Gaudete Brass Quintet. He is the founder and project director of the Composer Diversity Project and has written extensively for NewMusicBox. Deemer is a Professor and Head of Composition at the State University of New York at Fredonia, the State Chair of the NYSSMA Composition/Improvisation Committee, and the National Chair of the NAfME Council for Music Composition.

Cecilia Clark, Director of Bands at Allatoona High School in Acworth, Georgia, is from Upper Marlboro, MD. Ms. Clark’s professional experience includes Assistant Band Director at McEachern High School in Powder Springs, GA where she assisted with all band operations, conducted Symphonic Band, sponsored Color Guard, and taught Music Theory and Piano classes. Ms. Clark also served as Fine Arts Department Chair.

Quincy C. Hilliard’s compositions for wind band are published by variety of well known major music publishers and have been performed throughout the world. His reputation as a respected composer is apparent as he is frequently commissioned to write new compositions and has been a numerous recipient of the distinguished American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) award recognizing the unusually frequent performances of his works. He was also chosen as one of a select group of composers to write music for the 1996 Olympics.

Amy spent seven years as the K-12 Band and Music teacher before moving to her current position as the 6th-8th Band Teacher at Hart Middle School in Rochester Hills, MI. Amy has been a regular presenter at the Michigan Music Conference, hosting sessions on utilizing technology in band, social media for the classroom, Genius Hour, and selecting music by diverse composers. Amy was a clinician at the 2018 Orange County Music Education Association Multi County Conference in New York to host sessions on Google Classroom and Social Media and conduct a reading session.

Dr. Brandon Houghtalen serves as the Associate Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music at Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas. Additionally, he serves as conductor of the Wind Ensemble of the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts and as hornist of the Key City Winds. In 2018 Houghtalen founded the On the List Project, a group of teachers that assists states as they work to make their required music lists more inclusive.

Cory Meals teaches undergraduate courses in secondary instrumental music education focusing on band and graduate courses in music education research. Dr. Meals’ research interests include equity and diversity in music education, perception and cognition of gesture in music, individual and ensemble pedagogy, and preservice teacher preparation.

Teaching General Music during COVID-19 through the lens of Music Learning Theory and World Music Drumming
By Patty Bourne, Paul Corbière, Jill Reese, and Rob Lyda

As music teachers wrap up the 2019-2020 school year there are many unknowns about what the future of general music will look like. With a myriad of possibilities and constraints, how will and how can we effectively teach students music? This series of webinars will examine teaching general music from multiple music education approaches. Using the 2014 National Standards as a framework, music teachers will be provided with ideas and possible solutions to teaching general music during COVID-19.

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Patricia (Patty) Bourne is a veteran music educator, having taught all grades, P- graduate level, in four states. Currently, Bourne is Coordinator of Music Education at Western Washington University, in Bellingham, WA. Patty maintains an active schedule as workshop clinician, presenting to pre-service, novice, and experienced music educators on a variety of topics throughout the country. Patty is Executive Director for Music Workshops, LLC, responsible for the organization of the World Music Drumming professional development workshops.

Paul Corbière has taught Elementary General Music for 27 years in Florida and in Iowa, where he is currently the 4-5 Music Teacher at Oak Hill Elementary in the Clear Creek Amana School District. Paul has been a member of the World Music Drumming Teaching Staff since 1999, and is the cofounder of the Beat For Peace program – combining World Music Drumming and Resiliency Research for students with multiple risk factors. Paul has been a featured clinician at a number of Music Education Association Conferences, AOSA Conferences, and for the European Council of International Schools. Paul is a consultant for the Just Play It! Classroom Harmonica Method, a classroom Blues Harmonica curriculum. He is the author of several resources that feature ensembles for the general music classroom: Skins, Sticks, and Bars; Happy Jammin’; From BAGs to Riches.

Dr. Jill Reese is Associate Professor of Music Education at The State University of New York at Fredonia and presents workshops and publishes research on topics including ukulele, technology, improvisation, general music, and early childhood music development. She has completed professional development levels in Orff-Schulwerk (Level I) and Music Learning Theory (Level I and II) and is on faculty with the Gordon Institute for Music Learning. She is the founder of Fredonia Ukulele and a YouTube channel that provides play-along videos for ukulele.

Rob Lyda is the music teacher at Cary Woods Elementary in Auburn, AL and an adjunct instructor of music at Auburn University. Dr. Lyda has earned certification in Kodály, World Music Drumming, TI:ME, is an Orff-Schulwerk (Levels I-III) certified teacher and holds Master Level Certification in Orff-Schulwerk. Dr. Lyda regularly presents sessions and research on technology integration, creativity, and general music education at state, regional, and national conferences. Currently, Dr. Lyda serves as the Chair of NAfME’s Council for General Music Education, President-Elect of the AMEA, and Advocacy Chair of the AMEA.

Exploring the Creating Process with Three Composers


Council for Music Composition Chair Rob Deemer will discuss the creating process with three of today’s important composers: Kevin Day, Dr. Jennifer Jolley, and Alex Shapiro. Each of these composers have extensive experience but also come to their art with very different backgrounds—come join us as we explore how Kevin, Jennifer, and Alex engage with their own creative processes and how that can help you work with your own students.

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Alex Shapiro (b. New York City, 1962) composes genre-blind acoustic and electroacoustic solo, chamber, choral, and symphonic pieces known for their lyricism and drama. Published by Activist Music LLC, her works are heard daily in concerts and broadcasts across the U.S. and internationally, and can be found on over thirty commercially released recordings from around the world. Shapiro is known for her seamless melding of live and recorded sounds that often include striking visual and physical elements, and for her innovative uses of technology throughout the composing, rehearsing, and performance of her music.

Jennifer Jolley (b. 1981) is a West Texas-based composer of vocal, orchestral, wind ensemble, chamber, and electronic works. Jennifer’s works have been performed by ensembles worldwide, and she has received commissions from the National Endowment for the Arts, the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music, the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, University of Texas Wind Ensemble, the Quince Ensemble, and many others. Jennifer deeply values the relationship that is created between composers and the communities with whom they collaborate.  

Kevin Day (b. 1996) is an American composer, conductor, multi-instrumentalist, and native of Arlington, Texas.  A winner of the 2019 BMI Student Composer Award, Day has composed over 150 compositions and has received numerous performances from ensembles across the United States, Austria, Australia, Taiwan, and South Africa, as well as several commissions for new works. In 2020, his works were debuted at Carnegie Hall, as a part of the New York Wind Band Festival. He has also received a performance of his Concerto for Euphonium & Wind Ensemble by the “The Pershing’s Own” United States Army Band with soloist Hiram Diaz. Day currently serves as the Composer-In-Residence of the Mesquite Symphony Orchestra in Mesquite, Texas for their 2019-2021 seasons. 

Rob Deemer is a composer, conductor, educator, author, and advocate. His works have been commissioned and performed by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, the President’s Own Marine Band, the U.S. Army Orchestra, the University of Texas and UMKC wind ensembles, Rasçher Saxophone Quartet, loadbang, Akropolis Reed Quintet, and Gaudete Brass Quintet. He is the founder and project director of the Composer Diversity Project and has written extensively for NewMusicBox. Deemer is a Professor and Head of Composition at the State University of New York at Fredonia, the State Chair of the NYSSMA Composition/Improvisation Committee, and the National Chair of the NAfME Council for Music Composition.

Teaching General Music during COVID-19: Changing our focus to creating, responding, and connecting
By Becky Halliday, Phil Wilson, and Rob Lyda

As music teachers wrap up the 2019-2020 school year there are many unknowns about what the future of general music will look like. With a myriad of possibilities and constraints, how will and how can we effectively teach students music? This series of webinars will examine teaching general music from multiple music education approaches. Using the 2014 National Standards as a framework, music teachers will be provided with ideas and possible solutions to teaching general music during COVID-19.

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Becky Halliday is an Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Montevallo, where she teaches courses related to teacher preparation, primarily in the area of early childhood music. In addition, she is the director of the University of Montevallo Kodály Institute, and a co-director of the Young Musicians’ Camp. Dr. Halliday has served as Higher Education President of AMEA and was a founding member of the Sweet Home Alabama Kodály Educators (SHAKE) chapter of OAKE.

Phil R. Wilson the music teacher at Ogletree Elementary School in Auburn, Alabama, where he has taught for the past 18 years. In 2010, Phil became a National Board Certified Teacher in the area of Early and Middle Childhood Music. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Music Education from Auburn University. Phil is the 2010-2011 Alabama State Teacher of the Year.

Rob Lyda is the music teacher at Cary Woods Elementary in Auburn, AL and an adjunct instructor of music at Auburn University. Dr. Lyda has earned certification in Kodály, World Music Drumming, TI:ME, is an Orff-Schulwerk (Levels I-III) certified teacher and holds Master Level Certification in Orff-Schulwerk. Dr. Lyda regularly presents sessions and research on technology integration, creativity, and general music education at state, regional, and national conferences. Currently, Dr. Lyda serves as the Chair of NAfME’s Council for General Music Education, President-Elect of the AMEA, and Advocacy Chair of the AMEA.

A Framework for Teaching General Music During COVID-19
By David Frego, Tiffany Taylor-English, Jennifer Donovan, and Rob Lyda

 

As music teachers wrap up the 2019-2020 school year there are many unknowns about what the future of general music will look like. With a myriad of possibilities and constraints, how will and how can we effectively teach students music? This series of webinars will examine teaching general music from multiple music education approaches. Using the 2014 National Standards as a framework, music teachers will be provided with ideas and possible solutions to teaching general music during COVID-19.  

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David Frego is professor and director of the School of Music at Penn State. Frego is past president of the American Eurhythmics Society and the Dalcroze Society of America, and regularly presents workshops on Dalcroze Eurhythmics throughout the globe. While performing artists of all ages benefit from rhythmic training, eurhythmics in teacher training is an important focus of Dr. Frego’s research. Other teaching and research areas include dance philosophy and the application of Dalcroze Eurhythmics as palliative care for adults with post-traumatic stress.

Tiffany English is the music specialist at Sugar Hill Elementary School in Gwinnett County, Georgia. She holds multiple degrees from the University of Georgia and Piedmont College. Her education also includes post-Level III Orff Schulwerk teacher education and Level I Kodály training. Tiffany has served AOSA as Region IV representative on the National Board of Trustees, vice president and president of AOSA, chair of the Professional Development Committee, president of the Atlanta Area Orff Chapter, and co-chair for the 2014 and 2021 AOSA Professional Development Conferences. 

Jennifer Donovan teaches at Clear Creek Elementary School in Shawnee, Kansas. She is a past president of the Kansas Orff Chapter and has served on the AOSA National Board of Trustees as Region Representative and Treasurer. She served as National Conference Chair for the 2016 AOSA Conference and is serving in the same position for the 2020 AOSA Conference in Kansas City. She teaches Orff Level 1 Pedagogy at Baker University as well as Recorder at University of Nevada Las Vegas. She is currently serving on the Kansas State Department of Education Learning for the Future Task Force comprised of 100 educators in all disciplines and levels who are designing curriculum in the event of school closures in the 2020-2021 school year.

Rob Lyda is the music teacher at Cary Woods Elementary in Auburn, AL and an adjunct instructor of music at Auburn University. Dr. Lyda has earned certification in Kodály, World Music Drumming, TI:ME, is an Orff-Schulwerk (Levels I-III) certified teacher and holds Master Level Certification in Orff-Schulwerk. Dr. Lyda regularly presents sessions and research on technology integration, creativity, and general music education at state, regional, and national conferences. Currently, Dr. Lyda serves as the Chair of NAfME’s Council for General Music Education, President-Elect of the AMEA, and Advocacy Chair of the AMEA.

State Advocacy: Success Stories and Best Practices from the States

NAfME’s affiliated state associations have been successful in advocating for music education in their states. For this webinar, we’ve invited some of those states to share their strategies with us, to take us through their process of action, and to share what they learned. Join us and learn advocacy best practices from your colleagues!

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Culturally Responsive Choral Pedagogy: Learning from Students’ Experiences
By Julia T. Shaw

This webinar presents possibilities for making choral pedagogy responsive to singers’ cultural backgrounds and identities. Perspectives of an ethnically diverse group of students, gleaned through a three-year program of research, will be foregrounded as we explore ways to:

  • Design culturally relevant curricula
  • Bolster the cultural validity of rehearsal experiences and performances
  • Foster connections between singing and cultural identity
  • Facilitate classroom dialogue about social issues
  • Encourage musical involvement as a conduit for social action
  • Reform classroom policies to promote equity and support anti-racist practice
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Julia Shaw, PhD, is Associate Professor of Music at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and conducts the Chamber Choir of the Indiana University Children’s Choir. Her previous positions have included Ohio State University, Chicago Children’s Choir, Indianapolis Children’s Choir, and Zionsville Community Schools, where she was recognized as Teacher of the Year. Dr. Shaw is the author of Culturally Responsive Choral Music Education: What Teachers Can Learn From Nine Students’ Experiences in Three Choirs (Routledge, 2019), and is frequently invited to present on culturally responsive pedagogy, socio-cultural issues in music education, and urban music education. Her research has been honored with the Society for Research in Music Education’s Research Grant and the American Educational Research Association’s Outstanding Early Career Paper in Music Education award. Her publications also appear in the Journal of Research in Music Education, Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, Music Education Research, Arts Education Policy Review, Choral Journal, and Music Educators Journal.

Teaching General Music during COVID-19 through the lens of Kodaly and Feierabend Approach
By Emily Maurek, Jeremy Howard, and Rob Lyda

As music teachers wrap up the 2019-2020 school year there are many unknowns about what the future of general music will look like. With a myriad of possibilities and constraints, how will and how can we effectively teach students music? This series of webinars will examine teaching general music from multiple music education approaches. Using the 2014 National Standards as a framework, music teachers will be provided with ideas and possible solutions to teaching general music during COVID-19. 

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Emily is in her 22nd year teaching General Music and Chorus and is currently teaching Kindergarten through Fourth Grade at the Lake Central School Corporation in Northwest Indiana. Emily is an endorsed FAME Teacher Trainer in First Steps in Music and Conversational Solfege and she also serves on the NAFME Council for General Music Education and is the President-Elect of Feierabend Association for Music Education.

Jeremy Howard is a certified Kodály educator and studied at the Kodály Institute in Kecskemet, Hungary. Mr. Howard currently serves as the 3 Year-Old through 8th Grade General Music Teacher and Choir Director at Christ the King Cathedral School and the Preparatory choir director of the Lexington Singers Children’s Choir, both in Lexington, Kentucky. He is active as a conductor for Honor and Festival Choirs; a clinician for several music educator workshops and conferences, specializing in early education, literacy strategies, and curriculum; and teaches Kodály certification courses in Alabama and Kentucky.

Rob Lyda is the music teacher at Cary Woods Elementary in Auburn, AL and an adjunct instructor of music at Auburn University.  Currently, Dr. Lyda serves as the Chair of NAfME’s Council for General Music Education, President-Elect and Advocacy Chair of the Alabama MEA. 

Preparing Online Learning Opportunities for Students
By Nancy Garvey

This webinar will focus on resources, strategies, and tangible ideas that all educators in this new online world are encouraged to borrow. Nancy will share Coppell ISD’s journey and lessons learned in an effort to help others build success while designing for online learning. Come with your questions, and your own ideas to share in the chat box to learn more about how CISD began to prepare for the unknown.

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Nancy is in her sixth year as Director of Digital Learning. She worked in Digital Learning for Coppell ISD from 2004 – 2014 before being hired as the Director. She began her career as a teacher in Coppell, Texas; she later became a Digital Learning Coach at various campuses in Coppell. In the 10 years she worked as a DLC, she worked at elementary, middle and high school campuses which gave her a multi-level experience that helped form a more holistic view of what digital learning looks like PreK – 12. When not at work, Nancy enjoys spending time with her family, photography, and travelling.

TeachRock: Social Justice Resources for Blending Learning
By Christine Nick and Joshua Zarbo

This session highlights resources from the free curricular resource TeachRock that provides a way to engage with pressing social justice issues via popular music. The more than 200 lesson plans in the TeachRock curriculum foster genuine learning through arts integration in areas including social studies, language arts, STEAM, general music, and more. From The Beatles to Beyoncé, from early elementary to AP History, in the classroom or safely distanced—TeachRock offers engaging and meaningful material, all at no cost to teachers, students, and families.

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Christine Nick is Director of Policy & Outreach with The Rock and Roll Forever Foundation, where her role includes teacher-training, policy-wonk, and supporter of arts education. The focus of her career has been to increase access to extraordinary educational opportunities for all learners by advocating for diverse educational content that is representative of all students. She is currently pursuing an Ed.D. in Instructional Leadership from Hunter College, the City Unversity of New York. 

Joshua Zarbo is a musician, music educator, and musicologist in New York City.
Currently a curriculum designer for Steven Van Zandt’s nonprofit Rock and Roll Forever Foundation, Joshua creates culturally responsive learning resources for the foundation’s TeachRock arts integration curriculum. He has taught a wide variety of music courses at colleges and universities in Austin, Nashville, and New York.

Creative Repertoire Initiative

In this webinar, five composers unite to create and inspire adaptable music in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Jennifer Jolley (b. 1981) is a West Texas-based composer of vocal, orchestral, wind ensemble, chamber, and electronic works. Jennifer’s works have been performed by ensembles worldwide, and she has received commissions from the National Endowment for the Arts, the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music, the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, University of Texas Wind Ensemble, the Quince Ensemble, and many others. Jennifer deeply values the relationship that is created between composers and the communities with whom they collaborate.  

Alex Shapiro (b. New York City, 1962) composes genre-blind acoustic and electroacoustic solo, chamber, choral, and symphonic pieces known for their lyricism and drama. Published by Activist Music LLC, her works are heard daily in concerts and broadcasts across the U.S. and internationally, and can be found on over thirty commercially released recordings from around the world. Shapiro is known for her seamless melding of live and recorded sounds that often include striking visual and physical elements, and for her innovative uses of technology throughout the composing, rehearsing, and performance of her music.

Frank Ticheli’s music has been described as being “optimistic and thoughtful” (Los Angeles Times), “lean and muscular” (New York Times), “brilliantly effective” (Miami Herald) and “powerful, deeply felt crafted with impressive flair and an ear for striking instrumental colors” (South Florida Sun-Sentinel). Ticheli joined the faculty of the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music in 1991, where he is now Professor of Composition. From 1991 to 1998, Ticheli was Composer in Residence of the Pacific Symphony. Ticheli’s orchestral works have received considerable recognition in the U.S. and Europe, with performances by the orchestras of Philadelphia, Atlanta, Detroit, Dallas, Nashville, Stuttgart, Frankfurt, Saarbruecken, and many others. He is best known, however, for his works for wind ensemble and concert band, many of which have become standards in the repertoire. 

Brian Balmages is a composer and conductor whose music has been performed throughout the world by groups ranging from elementary school bands to professional symphony orchestras. He is the Assistant Director of Bands and Orchestras at Towson University and Director of Instrumental Publications for The FJH Music Company.

Rob Deemer is a composer, conductor, educator, author, and advocate. His works have been commissioned and performed by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, the President’s Own Marine Band, the U.S. Army Orchestra, the University of Texas and UMKC wind ensembles, Rasçher Saxophone Quartet, loadbang, Akropolis Reed Quintet, and Gaudete Brass Quintet. He is the founder and project director of the Composer Diversity Project and has written extensively for NewMusicBox. Deemer is a Professor and Head of Composition at the State University of New York at Fredonia, the State Chair of the NYSSMA Composition/Improvisation Committee, and the National Chair of the NAfME Council for Music Composition.

Social Distancing, Sanitation, and Carts, Oh My! Suggestions and Strategies for Teaching General Music on a Cart.

Music educators are facing many challenges as they return for the 2020-2021 school year.  One thing many teachers are tentative about is being a traveling music teacher and teaching “on a cart”. Participants in this session will hear from expert music educators that have successfully navigated the challenge of teaching on a cart.  After short presentations of best practice, the clinicians will answer your questions.

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Amy Walworth is the elementary music specialist for Macon County Public schools, in Lafayette TN. She is the only music instructor for over 1000 K-5 students and teaches at 5 different schools during the year. She travels to every class using a cart and is the author of the new book Teaching on A Cart which includes strategies, encouragement and a full curriculum for music cart teachers.

Danielle Ingram is entering her 15th year teaching preschool through 4th grade general music and chorus in Little Falls, NJ. She also serves as a Clinical Educator, District Mentor, and has presented at multiple state music teachers conferences on a variety of topics including curriculum creation, classroom management, and teaching music from a cart. Ms. Ingram received a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of Delaware and a Master of Music in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ. She is the creator and content writer for www.MusicOnACart.com and welcomes all correspondence.

Melissa Stouffer is the music teacher at a small school in Michigan where she teaches preschool through 5th grade general music, elementary choir as well as the middle school band and choir programs which she founded while teaching on a cart. She has a BS in Psychology and BME in Music Education from Central Michigan University and is Kodály Level Two certified. She serves as the past-president of the Michigan Kodály Educators as well as the MMC Planning Committee representative for the Michigan Music Educators Association. She is a frequent presenter and the creator and author of www.mrsstouffersmusicroom.com.

Rob Lyda is the music teacher at Cary Woods Elementary in Auburn, AL and an adjunct instructor of music at Auburn University.  Currently, Dr. Lyda serves as the Chair of NAfME’s Council for General Music Education, President-Elect and Advocacy Chair of the Alabama MEA. 

Model Cornerstone Assessments: They Can Work for Your Program
By Fred Burrack

The National Standards for Music Education are best understood through integration into your curriculum and assessing the development of student learning using the rubrics with the activities in your music program’s curriculum. This webinar will help you use the standards’ assessment rubrics to identify progress in music learning progress through adapting the Model Cornerstone Assessment frameworks into your curriculum.

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Frederick Burrack is Director of Assessment, Professor of Music Education, Graduate Chair for Music, Distinguished Graduate Faculty. He has served as the Chair for the National Association for Music Education Assessment Special Research Interest Group and as Co-Chair for their work in developing Model Cornerstone Assessments that accompany the National K-12 Music Standards. His co-edited book “Applying Model Cornerstone Assessments in K–12 Music: A research supported approach” was published in 2018 and new text for assessing music published in 2020 with co-authors Dr. Kelly Parkes, Dr. Phillip Payne, and Dr. Brian Wesolowski. 

Mariachi Guitar and Vihuela Strumming Teaching Online
by Ramon Rivera

Teaching Mariachi online can be a challenge and this webinar will give you some easy ways to teach Mariachi rhythms for middle school to high school beginner Mariachi students. Teaching Mariachi strumming and other resources will assist with your online teaching in the fall. In this workshop, you can play along with your Guitar, Vihuela, or Guitarron. If you are new to playing Mariachi music, this would be a great workshop for you. Viva Mariachi!

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Ramon Rivera, Mariachi Educator, Education Consultant 

From handwritten thank you notes from parents and students to being honored by the Speaker of the House, Ramon Rivera has been recognized as being an innovative leader and pioneer in cultural arts and has received numerous awards and accolades during his teaching career. He is currently the Mount Vernon School District Mariachi Program Director in Mount Vernon, Washington. He currently teaches 6 Mariachi and Folklorico classes with a total enrollment of over 200 students grades 6-12. Mr. Rivera also has written five published blogs for NAFME about Mariachi Education led Mariachi Education workshops for many companies and universities. 

Opening the 2020-2021 School Year: What Are Strategies for Success?
by Annamarie Bollino, Dr. Heather Cote, Martha Gabel, Dr. Lance Nielsen, Michael Stone, and Dr. Marcheta Williams
Friday, August 28 at 1:00 ET

The start of this school year will be like none we have experienced as music educators. What are some of the strategies and plans that will help us reimagine and operationalize music education in the world of virtual learning, hybrid instruction, and eventual face-to-face instruction? This panel of experienced music program leaders will share goals and objectives, challenges, and successes as we all keep our focus on student learning in music this fall.

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Annamarie Bollino currently serves as the Facilitator of Fine & Performing Arts for Stafford County Public Schools where she oversees all aspects of arts programming and curricula. She enjoys leading adult learning and has varied experiences teaching Prek-K through graduate level students. Annamarie holds masters degrees in music education and educational leadership and is currently pursuing  a Ph.D. in Music Education. As of July 1, Annamarie will become President of the Virginia Music Educators Association (VMEA) and currently serves on the NAfME Council of Music Program Leaders. 

Dr. Lance Nielsen is the Supervisor of Music for Lincoln Public Schools in Lincoln, Nebraska. He is a past-president of the NAfME North Central Division and past president of the Nebraska Music Education Association. He currently serves on various arts education committees within Nebraska.

Michael D. Stone serves as the Visual and Performing Arts Coordinator for the Bakersfield City School District (BCSD).  Under his leadership, BCSD was named a Best Communities for Music Education Award Winner 2013-2020 by the National Association of Music Merchants.  Mr. Stone is the Chair of the National Association for Music Education Council of Music Program Leaders.  A graduate of UCLA, he taught instrumental music at Chipman Junior High 

Dr. Marcheta Williams is the Visual and Performing Arts Director for the Madera Unified School District in Madera, California.  She oversees programing for the arts for the 20,000 K-12 students within the district.  A former K-12 music and theatre arts teacher, a site administrator- K-12, she provides a wealth of experience and knowledge.  Dr. Williams is proud of the district’s accomplishments, receiving the distinction of Best Community for Music Education Award Winner 2017-2020.  She is a graduate of the Cincinnati Conservatory, BM, University of Southern California, MMEd and UC Berkeley, Ed.D.  She is on the Board of California Alliance for Arts Education.School before becoming an administrator.  Mr. Stone is an experienced adjudicator and guest conductor of honor bands and orchestras.

Martha Gabel has been a music educator for 34 years, teaching elementary General Music and most recently serving as the Fine Arts Coordinator for the Olathe Public Schools. She holds a BME from University of Missouri-Kansas City, an MLA – Education, and an MS in School Leadership, both from Baker University. Martha has served the Kansas Music Educators Association as the State Elementary Chair, President-Elect, President, and currently holds the position of the Immediate Past President. She is also the Southwestern Division representative on the NAfME Council of Music Program Leaders.

Dr. Heather Cote is the Director of Performing Arts for the Westwood Public Schools in Westwood, MA. She holds a Bachelors degree in Music Education, a Masters degree in Theater Education and a D.M.A in Music Education. Dr. Cote has taught vocal, general and instrumental music at all levels, and currently conducts the Westwood High School bands. She has presented at many state conferences and workshops. A 2019 Lowell Mason Award Winner, Dr. Cote is President-Elect for the Massachusetts Music Educators Association and Chair of NAfME’s Music Program Leaders Council.

 

Supporting Young Children’s Social and Emotional Learning through Music Activity
By Lili M. Levinowitz

Lili M. Levinowitz headshotHealthy social-emotional skills in early childhood are considered the foundation for school readiness and later school success. Music education curriculum components not only support music development but are naturally supportive tools for social and emotional learning in early childhood.

Participants will be introduced to important dimensions of social and emotional skills, and experience music activities that support them, even if delivered in an online format. Music educators will gain a deeper understanding of the ways in which music can naturally support children’s social and emotional learning in the early childhood years.

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Lili M. Levinowitz, Ph.D. is Professor Emeritus of Music Education at Rowan University. She is the coauthor of the early childhood music and movement program, Music Together, and Director of Research for Music Together Worldwide. Dr. Levinowitz is considered a national authority on early childhood music and is actively involved in teaching very young children as well as presenting at national and international music education and early childhood education conferences. Her articles appear frequently in professional journals and popular magazines. She received her M.M. and Ph.D. from Temple University, and her B.M. from Westminster Choir College.

Music Advocacy: State Success Stories and Strategies

COVID-19 has presented immense challenges for music education advocacy. While music educators are no strangers to having to advocate for their programs, the combination of limited education dollars to changes in how we are teaching is threatening the progress we have made as advocates over the past decade. For this State Advocacy Webinar, hear how five states protected music education from programmatic and budget cuts in their states, and how their best practices might work for your advocacy efforts at the state and local level.

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Brett Babineaux Carol Earnhardt Kelly Knedler Jazzmone Sutton Ginny Medina-Hamilton Christine Wolf

Ann Usher

Scotty Walker

 

Brett Babineaux is currently in his 23rd year of teaching instrumental music. He received a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (formerly USL). Currently in his 14th year of teaching at Broussard Middle School, he has held similar positions at Lafayette High School, Seventh Ward Elementary, Henry Elementary, and New Iberia Senior High School. Mr. Babineaux currently serves as the President-Elect of the Louisiana Music Educators Association (LMEA) and Past-President of the Louisiana Music Adjudicators Association (LMAA) as well as a charter member of this organization. He also serves as co-chair for the SLBDA District III Honor Band auditions and conference. His professional affiliations include the National Association for Music Education, the Louisiana Music Educators Association, the Southwest Louisiana Band Directors Association, and Phi Beta Mu.

Carol Earnhardt has been a music educator since 1992. A national board certified teacher since 2005, she received a Master of Music (2004) and Bachelor of Music (1992) at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) and is currently a doctoral candidate at UNCG. Since 1999, she has been the choral director at Glenn High School where her choirs have performed by invitation at Carnegie Hall, the National Cathedral, St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York, the Biltmore House, the North Carolina Governor’s Mansion, the North Carolina State Christmas tree lighting, the North Carolina Music Educators (NCMEA) Conference, and the North Carolina American Choral Directors Association (NC ACDA) Conference. Under her direction, the choirs at Glenn have received consistent superior ratings and first place titles at state and national competitions and frequently collaborate with university and professional choirs throughout North Carolina. Mrs. Earnhardt served as music director at Bunker Hill United Methodist in Kernersville from 2008 to 2018 and from January, 2019 to May, 2020, was the assistant director of choral activities at High Point University.

Kelly Knedler is the director of choral music and musical theatre at Dodge City High School, and the Kansas State Music Advocacy Chair and Government Relations Chair as well  as the Executive Director of the Southwest division of Kansas Music Educator’s Association. This is his 25th year teaching vocal music. He has taught in public, private, and collegiate  settings in Kansas, Colorado and Arkansas. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education in vocal  music from Fort Hays State University and a Master of Music performance degree in choral  conducting from the University of Arkansas. During the past 37 years, he has worked extensively in the theatrical realm holding such “roles” as actor, director, music director, and  set designer/builder in over 60 stage productions from musical to opera.

Jazzmone Sutton is currently the music educator at Swift Creek Elementary School in Raleigh, NC. She received a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Throughout her teaching experience, Jazzmone strives to make her music room a space for all students. From various ensembles, collaborative lessons, artist performances and residences, it is evident that her classroom is a strong positive learning environment. Outside of teaching, Jazzmone is actively involved as a music education advocacy on the state and national level. She has presented on advocacy within in music education in North Carolina, West Virginia and at the National Association for Music Education (NAfME.) Her work was also instrumental in developing NCMEA’s first advocacy summit, which brought educators from around NC to learn and become empowered in their advocacy at the local level.

Ginny Medina-Hamilton serves as the chairperson for LMEA’s newly formed Louisiana Advocacy Leadership Force. Presently, Mrs. Hamilton is the principal at her alma mater, Vandebilt Catholic High School, after several wonderful years as the Director of Gifted, Talented, and Arts Education for St. Charles Parish Public Schools in Louisiana. Mrs. Hamilton enjoyed her 20 years in the classroom as a choir director, general music teacher, and instructor of talented music – with experience in each grade band. She is an active member of LMEA, NAfME, and the LA-ACDA as well the District VII Choral Directors Association. Her work in music curriculum and teacher training has allowed her to meet amazing educators and advocates of arts education throughout the country.

Christine Wolf serves as the Director of Bands at Central Davis Junior High. She has also been Director of Bands at American Fork Junior High and the Assistant Director of Bands at Farmington Junior High School. Mrs. Wolf teaches the Beginning Woodwinds, Brass and Percussion, Advanced Percussion, Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Jazz Band and Music Exploration. Mrs. Wolf is the Music Education Advocacy Chair for the Utah Music Educators Association where she has organized and produced the past five Utah Music on the Hill events on behalf of raising awareness for music education in the State of Utah. She is also the Secretary of the Utah Bandmasters Association. She was named one of School Band and Orchestra Magazine’s 50 Directors Who Make a Difference in 2017. Mrs. Wolf has received numerous National Band Association Citation of Excellence awards. She has been a contributing author for the UMEA Journal and is an active clinician across the United States with honor bands, summer camps and adjudicating at Festivals.

Ann Usher is the current President of the Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) through July 2022. She served on the Adjudicated Events Committee of OMEA from 1999 to 2013 and has held many offices in both OMEA and the Ohio Choral Directors Association. Her groups have performed at several state and regional conferences for both organizations. She was the guest conductor for the inaugural OMEA All-State Children’s Chorus in 2014 and has conducted numerous honor choirs at all levels throughout the country. Dr. Usher is the Associate Dean for the Arts and Humanities Divisions of Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Music at The University of Akron in Akron, OH, where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses, supervises student teachers, and coordinates the music education program.

Scotty Walker is in his twenty seventh year of teaching instrumental music at Lafayette High School. Mr. Walker has received the “Excellence in Education” award given by the Acadian Arts Council, and honored by receiving the Louisiana Outstanding Bandmaster Award in 2002, 2009 and 2019 by the Phi Beta Mu honorary music fraternity. In 2011, Mr. Walker was inducted into Bandworld’s “Legion of Honor”, sponsored by the John Philip Sousa Foundation and was inducted into the American Bandmasters Association in 2017. In 2019 Mr. Walker was inducted into the Louisiana Music Educators Association Hall of Fame. His professional affiliations include the Louisiana Association of Educators, National Association for Music Education, Southwest Louisiana Band Directors Association, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and Phi Beta Mu. He currently serves as President of the Louisiana Music Educators Association. He has been married to his wife Blanche for 33 years.

 

TEACH via Distance Learning – a Copyright Guide 
by Tooshar Swain, Rob Edwards, and James Weaver

Passed in 2002, the TEACH Act allows for distance learning to occur over multiple types of platforms. This webinar will explore the legal best practices in using the TEACH Act to support music education in distance learning environments.

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Tooshar Swain Rob Edwards James Weaver

Tooshar Swain serves as Public Policy Advisor for the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). In his role, Tooshar focuses on ESSA implementation, higher education policy, and other policies aimed at promoting music education in underserved areas. Prior to Joining NAfME, Tooshar most recently served as Policy and Communications Director for congressional candidate Micah Edmond in Virginia’s 8th Congressional District. Tooshar also served as Deputy Policy Director for Rick Santorum’s 2012 presidential campaign, focusing on economic policy.  Additionally, Tooshar spent five years at the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) where he developed and advocated for tax and financial services policy supporting the biotech industry. Tooshar also spent four years on Capitol Hill serving as a policy staffer on tax issues. As the husband of a school teacher, Tooshar understands the vital role that music education plays in a child’s life. He is thrilled to be serving such a worthy cause that touches the lives of students across our country

Rob Edwards  joined the policy staff at the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) in 2018, contributing content expertise to a broad range of association work across advocacy, professional development, and research. His areas of focus include federal policy, communications, and program management. Prior to joining NAfME staff, Rob taught music as a band director in his home state of Arkansas. 

Dr. James Weaver is the Director of Performing Arts and Sports for the National Federation of High School State Associations. As the director of performing arts and sports Dr. Weaver oversees student participation, professional development, and awareness of performing arts activities throughout the nation’s 19,500+ high schools. He works to create partnerships with national arts organizations to create a robust advocacy network that impacts music, speech, debate, theatre, and academic competitions for all schools, and to increase access to these programs in underserved student populations. James has been a teacher and administrator at the district, state, and national level.

Fostering Community in a Virtual World
by Jace Saplan and Dean Luethi

We are pivoting. We are virtual. We are distanced. We are relearning and unlearning. 2020 has called us to navigate our craft in unfamiliar waters. However, our responsibility to uplift and connect our choral communities remains the same and is now more important than ever. Join us as we take a breath and realign ourselves to the infinite possibilities in building community, fostering safe relationships, championing empathetic spaces, and facilitating innovative artistry within our choral classrooms.

Jace Saplan Dean Luethi
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Dr. Jace Saplan is the director of choral activities at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa where he oversees the graduate program in choral conducting and conducts the UH Chamber Singers. He is also the artistic director of Nā Wai Chamber Choir, a vocal ensemble in residence at the University of Hawaiʻi that specializes in the propagation, preservation, and innovation of Hawaiian choral music. Dr. Saplan’s research focuses on decolonizing the choral craft, intersectionality within choral pedagogy, and Native Hawaiian choral performance practice.

Dr. Dean Luethi is Director of Choral Activities, Director of the School of Music, and an Associate Professor at Washington State University. Prior to his work at WSU, Dean worked at the University of South Florida and was a public-school music teacher. He received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Music from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, his Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from the University of South Florida in Tampa, and his Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Music Education from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Dean has presented research or performed in Austria, Cuba, China, Hawaii, India, Canada, and Poland. He is sought after as a guest conductor, adjudicator, and clinician and has been published in Choral Journal and Music Educators Journal. His recent set of books Aligning Voices: Exercises To Build Choral Musicianship is published by GIA. Dean enjoys amateur photography and lives with his wife, Ruth Boden, and their two cats.

Motivating Singers During COVID-19
by John Warren and Dean Luethi

Motivating Singers is a challenging part of the school choral program at all times, but especially now. Join John Warren and Dean Leuthi as they discuss strategies to encourage and inspire students to do their best whether rehearsing in person or virtually.

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John Warren

Dean Luethi
 

John F. Warren is Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Syracuse University, where he conducts choirs, and teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses in conducting, choral literature, and rehearsal techniques. During his fifteen-year tenure, Syracuse choirs have performed at two state and three Eastern Region American Choral Director Association Conferences, including Rochester, New York in 2020, and toured throughout the Northeast United States and Canada, as well as Europe and South America. In 2017, the Syracuse University Singers performed for the National Conference of the National Collegiate Choral Organization in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. In 2015, Singers won the Grand Prix at the Florilegé Vocal de Tours in France, which entitled them to compete in Varna, Bulgaria in May 2016 as a finalist in the European Grand Prix for Choral Singing. Dr. Warren travelled back to Varna to judge the 2017 International Choir Competition. The choir’s first album, Mysteries and Wonders is available on ITunes and Amazon.com. Dr. Warren is a regular guest conductor with Symphoria, the professional orchestra of Syracuse, New York, having most recently conducted a program of music by J. S. Bach, C.P.E. Bach, and Mahler.

Dr. Dean Luethi is Director of Choral Activities, Director of the School of Music, and an Associate Professor at Washington State University. Prior to his work at WSU, Dean worked at the University of South Florida and was a public-school music teacher. He received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Music from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, his Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from the University of South Florida in Tampa, and his Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Music Education from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Dean has presented research or performed in Austria, Cuba, China, Hawaii, India, Canada, and Poland. He is sought after as a guest conductor, adjudicator, and clinician and has been published in Choral Journal and Music Educators Journal. His recent set of books Aligning Voices: Exercises To Build Choral Musicianship is published by GIA. Dean enjoys amateur photography and lives with his wife, Ruth Boden, and their two cats.

Creative Connections: Blending Technology and Creative Expression in your Virtual Music Rehearsals
by Christopher Schroeder

Christopher SchroederThrough the utilization of free web-based applications, music educators have the ability to create virtual lessons that will inspire and engage their students at all levels, whether they are learning remote or in-person. This 90-minute interactive session provides music educators, classroom teachers, and curriculum designers with tools and tips for building a virtual music ensemble that maintains social connections between students and unleashes their creative voices. Participants will take part in activities that demystify the music creation process, gain new ideas for incorporating academic curriculum in their music classes, and work with various music technology resources that teachers and students alike can begin using right away. Participants will be able to use their computer keyboards as a musical instrument, however the creative lessons and tips can be applied to any musical instrument.

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Christopher Schroeder is a Boston-based musician, educator, and arts advocate, Christopher Schroeder is a catalyst for social change through music and arts education. With over a decade of arts leadership and teaching experience, he has successfully established creative youth development programs and influenced music ecosystems within the Boston community and throughout the United States. Schroeder currently serves as the Executive Director of the Boston Music Project, Module Director for the Global Leaders Program and is a guest conductor and clinician with Conn Selmer, Inc. Former roles include Arts Coordinator with Boston Public Schools and Director of Community Engagement and Resident Artist at Conservatory Lab Charter School, Boston. Most recently, he was recognized as a Boston Future Leader by the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce and a quarter-finalist for the 2019 Grammy Music Educator Award.