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LIVE Webinar Schedule Webinar Recordings

Through NAfME’s Professional Learning and Partnerships Committee (PLPC), societies, councils, and other programs/outreach efforts (for advocacy, etc.), and the active participation of members submitting presentation proposals, NAfME provides a variety of webinars for members throughout the year. Selected programming is available for members and nonmembers.

SEE BELOW for upcoming webinars, recent webinars, and other recordings

The PLPC has an open call for webinar proposals throughout the year:

  • Each proposal as well as the submitter’s short video and presentation slides will be reviewed by the PLPC.
  • Prior to submitting, write an engaging, copy-edited title and overview description with learning objectives for your proposal. You will also need to submit short bios for all presenters.
  • To expedite the review process, the committee requests that at the time you submit your proposal, you also attach an advanced draft of your presentation slides and include a link to a 1- to 2-minute video providing a brief recap of the proposed webinar (key areas covered and why the topic is important). Prepare those items prior to submitting the online form below.
  • When your are ready, click here to submit your proposal using the online submission form!
  • If you a question about NAfME webinars, please contact John Donaldson (johnd@nafme.org).

NAfME LIVE Webinar Schedule

 

  • UPCOMING WEBINARS

 

Developing and Nurturing an Inclusive Music Teaching Community 

Wednesday, February 15, 2023 – 7:00 to 8:00 pm Eastern

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In this crucial moment when there is an ever-growing demand for good and committed music teachers, Deb Confredo, Cecil Adderley, and Carlos Abril will share data and insights gathered by NAfME’s Music Teacher Profession Initiative which worked to identify obstacles to the profession at three levels: before and during the degree program, as well as during the critical first five years of professional life. We will provide information on ways of mitigating barriers to diversifying the music teaching profession and invite participants to offer their insights. 

Deborah A. Confredo

Deborah Confredo is Professor of Music Education at Temple University (Philadelphia, PA). She is President-Elect of the National Association for Music Education, chairs the NAfME Music Teacher Profession Initiative, and serves on the higher education sub-committee of the NAfME Repertory Diversity Task Force. Although a professor for Temple University, Dr. Confredo resides in Louisiana where she is an active member of the Louisiana Music Educators Association in her work on the LMEA Council for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, the Professional Development Committee, and the Louisiana Music Adjudicators Association. She has co-authored the texts The Complete Woodwind Instructor: A Guidebook for the Music Educator and Lessons in Performance (FJH), and is editor of Superior Bands in Sixteen Weeks, and Chorales and Rhythmic Etudes for Superior Bands. Confredo is lead author for the FJH publication Measures of Success®, a multi-level band method for beginning and intermediate instrumentalists. She developed and is featured in the Measures of Success® Video Practice Buddy Series, an online video tutorial program for developing band musicians. Her numerous articles are published in journals such as the Journal for Research in Music Education, Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education (CRME), Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, Journal for Music Teacher Education, Journal of Music Therapy, Music Educators Journal, Journal of Band Research, The Instrumentalist, and Contributions to Music Education, and various state music education journals. She has been an editorial board member on several professional journals and currently serves as editorial board member for the Journal of Band Research.  

Cecil Adderley, Ph.D., Chair of Berklee’s Music Education Department, has over 35 years of teaching experience at the junior/senior high school (Charlotte-Mecklenburg Public Schools), and college levels. He has performed professionally in the Charlotte Community Band (NC) as a clarinetist, and the Asheville Symphony Orchestra (NC) as a violinist.  He has served as a US Congressional Intern on Capital Hill, Chair of the Northborough School Committee, member of the Northborough Cultural Council, New Jersey Music Educators Association as the Higher Education Representative, and as an adjudicator for Drum Corps International (DCI).

Dr. Adderley has written and published in the Journal of Research in Music Education, Choral Journal, Contributions to Music Education, Journal of Band Research, Southeastern Journal of Music Education, and Strategies for Teaching: Technology.  Cecil Adderley is also one of the contributing authors to, Musical Experience in Our Lives:  Expanding the Boundaries of Music Education, Chapter 13, Music in Motion:  An Overture to the Student Experience in the Outdoor Music Ensemble.  Dr. Adderley holds a B.S. from Western Carolina University, an M.M. from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and a Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina.  In addition, he is the Past-President to Massachusetts Music Educators Association (MMEA) Board, and serves on the NAfME (National Association for Music Education) Equity Committee, NAfME Teacher Preparation Initiative Committee, and ISME (International Society for Music Education) Advocacy Committee.

Carlos R. Abril is Professor and Associate Dean at the University of Miami Frost School of Music, where he teaches courses in equity, access, and diversity in music education, qualitative methods, and general music education. His research seeks to document barriers to the study of music in schools, as well as to illuminate ways to make the study of music more relevant and accessible. His work is published in numerous research and professional journals, as well as in books. He co-edited the books General Music: Dimensions of Practice (Oxford), Teaching General Music: Approaches, Issues, and Viewpoints (Oxford) and Musical Experiences in Our Lives (Rowan & Littlefield).  Abril is the Immediate Part Chair of the Society for Research in Music Education and has served on the Research Panel for the National Endowment for the Arts. He is the recipient of the Phillip Frost Award for Excellence in Teaching and Scholarship.  

 

NAfME Council for Jazz Education and Jazz Education Network Crossover Event: Serving Educators of All Levels

Thursday, February 16, 2023 – 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern

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Please join NAfME’s Council for Jazz Education and the Jazz Education Network Board to find out how both organizations help support and elevate teachers of all levels in the area of Jazz Education. You will learn about available resources, opportunities for networking and jazz pedagogy, with plenty of time for questions. Learn about key trends, common challenges, and successful strategies for building a strong jazz program. Get energized and inspired with innovative ideas looking ahead to Jazz Appreciation month in April.

Born in Landstuhl, Germany, Lonnie Davis has proud 300-year-old Louisiana Creole roots in her home of New Orleans. Following Hurricane Katrina, Davis and her family relocated to Charlotte, NC, where she became President/CEO and Co-founder of the 501(c)3 education and presenting organization JazzArts Charlotte (JazzArts). Davis has a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in music and additional graduate work in Urban and Regional Planning. She is a flutist, arts advocate, and community leader, currently serving on numerous committees and Boards. Some of these positions include volunteer leadership roles with both Arts NC and the National Association for Music Educators (NAfME), as well as Jazz Education Network (JEN) where she serves as current Board President. Davis has led the development of a thriving jazz audience in Charlotte, NC, through her vision and work at JazzArts, now recognized as having the region’s “most diverse arts audience” in a recent research study. Under her leadership, JazzArts now operates with budget of over $1 million annually and serves thousands of students of all ages and audience members each year through various educational and performance-based programs and partnerships. Davis has been recognized with the receipt of numerous awards over the past decade, including the recent Jazz Journalists Association “Jazz Heroes Award” and the 2022 Charlotte Center City Partners Vision Award.

Dr. Lenora Z. Helm Hammonds is a Chicago IL native, former U.S. Jazz Ambassador two-time Fulbright Senior Music Specialist, and a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Music and Jazz Studies Program at North Carolina Central University (NCCU). She is Interim Chair for the Department of Music and Director of Graduate Programs, Jazz Studies. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in vocal jazz performance, jazz ear training, jazz pedagogy and songwriting, and is Director of NCCU Vocal Jazz Ensemble. Dr. Hammonds has authored several academic and student initiatives, including the planning, design, and coordination of an NEA-sponsored Teaching Artist Certificate program. The inaugural recipient of the 2022 Jazz Educator of Distinction award from Jazz Music Awards foundation, her academic award highlights include a Duke University-NCCU John Hope Franklin Digital Humanities Fellowship, 2018 Javett Music Award International Jazz Scholar at University of Pretoria, South Africa, a 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award from Marquis Publishing, NCCU’s Excellence in Teaching Award, and receiving the highest faculty honor, the 2021 University of North Carolina Board of Governors Excellence in Teaching Award. Lenora’s dream for creating access to under-served global populations interested in vocal jazz education was realized in the creation of a library of online vocal training programs at www.LenoraHelm.online. She earned a Bachelor of Music in Film Scoring and Voice from Berklee College of Music, a Master of Music, Jazz Performance from East Carolina University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Music Education from Boston University. Her research interests are at the intersection of digital humanities, intercultural competence, and Jazz, and she is a published author with Routledge, Taylor & Francis, and Springer. Her achievements in academia are in addition to more than three decades as a recording artist. Previously known as Lenora Zenzalai Helm, she is acclaimed as a jazz vocalist, vocal musicianship coach, lyricist, composer, arranger, and big band bandleader.

Jesse Nolan is a multi-disciplinary creative artist and entrepreneur who works in various mediums including music, video, and software development to craft unique entertainment and educational experiences for clients all over the world through his company Big Pear Productions. His commercial work has appeared in advertising placements and live events for Banana Republic, Virgin America Airlines, Bergdorf-Goodman, the Intercontinental Hotel Group, HSBC China, State Farm, and more. A former Resident Music Director and drummer for Blue Man Group, additional performance credits include Gregory Porter, James Moody, Steve Turre, Allen Vizzutti, Freda Payne, Lorraine Feather, and the Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchestra. A former Assistant Professor of Jazz at Marshall University, Jesse holds a Master of Music in Jazz Studies and Percussion and a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Indiana University and is currently in the dissertation phase for his DMA in Music Education at Boston University.

Bethany Robinson 11-14-22

Bethany Robinson is a Yamaha Performing Artist, 2022 Grammy Music Educator Award Finalist, Chair for the National Association for Music Education Jazz Council, President of the Indiana Jazz Educators Association, and serves on the Jazz Education Network Board. She is the Jazz Band Director for Noblesville Schools in Noblesville, Indiana. Robinson was named 2014 Indiana Jazz Educator of the Year, 2015 Noblesville Teacher of the Year, a 2016 Indiana Teacher of the Year Semi-Finalist and named a 2022 Jazz Hero by the Jazz Journalists Association. She helps lead the annual Indiana Jazz Girls Day, was a keynote speaker for the 2021 Australia National Band and Orchestra Conference, a presenter for the 2021 Indiana Music Educator Association Conference and will present at the 2021 International Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago. She is an avid clinician, adjudicator, and performer on upright bass, electric bass, and vocals.

 

NAfME Council for Guitar Education Town Hall – Come One, Come All!

 Wednesday, February 22, 2023 – 8:00 to 9:00 pm Eastern

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Members of the NAfME Council for Guitar Education Executive Committee will be on hand to answer your questions related to guitar performance, technique and everything else related to guitar! Come join us and connect with fellow music educators from around the U.S. The Guitar Council looks forward to your participation.

Speakers/facilitators:  Executive Committee of the NAfME Council for Guitar Education

 

Teaching in 2023: Finding Balance and Joy

 February 28, 2023 – 7:00 to 8:00 pm Eastern

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Join members of the NAfME Council for General Music Education and other general music educators from throughout the country as we discuss topics relevant to general music teachers in 2023. Bring your questions, ideas, and issues you want to discuss!

Please note that to provide participants with an opportunity to have the best possible open discussion this event will not be recorded.

 

Additional programming will be announced here as it becomes available.

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  • RECENT WEBINARS

Most recorded webinars are made available in the NAfME Academy® within 1-2 weeks after the live event (selected town halls with primarily a discussion focus are not recorded). The NAfME Academy is a robust, online, on-demand catalog in the NAfME Learning Center with 100+ recorded webinars covering a wide range of content areas in music education: click here for details. As noted below, selected webinars can be accessed on NAfME’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access (DEIA) web page, under “Webinar Resources.”

 

A Dialogue with School Counselors and Music Educators: Practical Insights for Supporting Students’ Social and Emotional Learning and Success in the Classroom, the Arts, and Beyond

February 6, 2023 – 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm Eastern

Coming out of the worst of the pandemic, PreK-12 music educators throughout the country have reported a wide range of challenges with behavior management issues in the classroom and the need for social and emotional learning support for students. As noted by NAfME’s Professional Learning and Partnerships Committee and many others, these issues (which vary by teaching level and school context) include reacclimating students to classroom behaviors, lack of student participation, the need for a deeper understanding of trauma-informed practices, and supporting all students’ social and emotional learning and well-being.

Don’t miss this unique, interactive dialogue with experienced school counselors and music educators.  During the first half of the program, experienced professionals from the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) will identify trends and issues they are seeing in the field and offer some practical insights, tools, and strategies for how music educators, in tandem with school counselors, principals, and the overall school community, can support students social and emotional learning and success in the classroom, the arts, and beyond.

The second half of the program will be an interactive dialogue with the ASCA speakers and a panel of experienced music educators and some Q/A with the audience. Both music educators and school counselors are invited to participate in this program.

Speakers from ASCA:

Jill Cook, CAE, is the Executive Director of the American School Counselor Association.Lauded as “a tireless advocate” for school counselors by First Lady Jill Biden, she has dedicated her life to supporting, empowering, and improving the profession. A music teacher, middle school counselor, and assistant principal by profession, Jill joined the American School Counselor Association more than two decades ago. In her roles developing the National School Counselor of the Year Program, the Recognized ASCA Model Program, and as liaison to numerous K-12, nonprofit, and for-profit organizations that work on issues related to the well-being of our nation’s students, and now as Executive Director, Jill’s singular focus has remained the same: to ensure that every student has access to the best student counselor.

Dr. Beth Ruff has worked as a school counselor for 14 years. (2 years at the middle school and 12 years at the elementary level). This is her 7th year at Powder Springs Elementary; a certified and awarded Arts Integrated school where she infuses the elements or art, drama, music, and dance into counseling instruction. She loves to collaborate with other counseling rockstars by presenting at local and state level conferences on increasing student engagement. In 2021, she won a $9,000 grant to design and build an Arts integrated sensory hall to help students with self-regulation in this pandemic world we live in. Georgia School Counselor Association recognized her as the 2021 Georgia School Counselor of the Year. She was recognized as and ASCA school counselor of the year finalist in 2022. 

NAfME Discussion Facilitators:

Johnathan Hamiel
Photo by Dwoine Phillips

Johnathan Hamiel serves as the Director of Bands at Eastern Guilford High School in Gibsonville, North Carolina and is the current President of the North Carolina Music Education Association.  Hamiel is also a member of NAfME’s Professional Learning and Partnerships Committee and Equity Committee.

Mr. Hamiel has been teaching public school in Winston-Salem, NC for 16 years.  In 2003, he graduated from Winston-Salem State University with a bachelor’s degree in Music Business Management and Merchandising and certification in Music Education. In 2007, he earned his Master’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in Music and Music Education. In 2008, Mr. Hamiel received “Teacher of the Year” for his work and dedication at Downtown Middle School. While teaching at Parkland Magnet IB High School (PHS), he transformed the Band program from a program of 35 students and 2 ensembles to a program of over 100 students and 5 ensembles. Under the baton of Mr. Johnathan Hamiel, the band program at PHS won countless awards and received “superior” and “excellent” ratings throughout the southeast United States, and also was featured on a segment for ABC’s “Good Morning America.” During this tenure at Parkland, Mr. Hamiel again won the “Teacher of the Year” award and the “Band Director of the Year” with the Forsyth County Band Director Association.

LaSaundra Booth, Ed.D. is an accomplished arts leader and teaching artist. She is founder and executive director of the Wake Forest Community Youth Orchestra (WFCYO), a non-profit organization that provides expert orchestral instruction and free instruments to youth living in rural and under-resourced communities. Under her leadership, WFCYO grew from 3 students to over 350 within three years. In addition to working with youth, Dr. Booth is a lecturer for music education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In this role, she prepares the next generation of educators to lead culturally inclusive arts education programs.  Dr. Booth serves on the National Association for Music Education’s (NAfME) Council for Orchestra Education, where she is heavily involved in implementing diversity initiatives for K-12 string orchestra classrooms. She is an inventor who received a patent for a music instruction apparatus for string instruments (USPTO# 20140260902). She is an alumnus of Sphinx LEAD(Leaders in Excellence, Arts & Diversity), a 2-year professional empowerment program designed to evolve the landscape of arts leadership.  Dr. Booth understands the importance of professional development. She is excited to facilitate sessions on creating equitable, diverse, and culturally inclusive string orchestra programs.  Her most recent offering is Empowered to Lead Inclusive Orchestra Classrooms, which provides strategies to help string teachers thrive within their classrooms and school community.    

Angela Schendel Keedy serves as the NAfME Professional Development Specialist, working on the Connected Arts Networks grant project.  Originally from Montana, she is a master teacher who has taught at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Keedy has taught within private, traditional public, and charter schools in rural, suburban, and urban environments.  Her students have been featured on NBC Nightly News, been invited to perform at the Olympics, and have performed with the Wally Cardona Dance Quartet in New York as part of a National Endowment for the Arts grant.  She currently teaches 7-12 band. Ms. Keedy is a doctoral candidate at the University of Northern Colorado where she teaches undergraduate music education courses, supervises student teachers, and provides annual festival support for the UNC/Greeley Jazz Festival. 

Keedy is also a former principal and school founder pioneering new educational opportunities for K-12 students that include an emphasis in arts integration.  Under her leadership, her school implemented a building-wide multi year social emotional learning program that greatly improved school culture and connection to community. She now acts as a consultant and trainer to schools and districts that are implementing SEL in their arts programs.  She serves on the National Practices Board for The Center for Arts Education and Social Emotional Learning (www.artedsel.org) where she co-authored an article on empowering arts staff during times of trauma.  She is a frequent speaker at conferences nationwide.

 

 

Building a Better Brass Section

January 25, 2023 – 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm Eastern

If you are a NAfME member and would like to view this program, contact laurar@nafme.org.

This session will offer many creative ways to build your brass section. Upper range, sound quality and performance anxiety among other concepts, will all be discussed with proven ways of improving your students’ technical abilities. Four main “tools” will be used to develop range, endurance and sound quality. All will be demonstrated during the clinic and audience members will be invited to participate. In addition, the psychological components of playing and improving, will be discussed. These will include confidence, leadership and performance anxiety with fresh ideas about how to enhance your students solo and ensemble participation. All of these strategies will be interfaced and integrated to enhance each other. The result will be SMART goals that all can carry away to guarantee improvement!  The session will be of interest to band directors and teachers of brass instruments at ALL levels and ages.

Dennis Edelbrock – Described by the Washington Post as having “incredible technique” and performing with “reckless abandon”, Dennis Edelbrock has had a performing career spanning 48 states and 14 foreign countries. As a member of the U.S. Army Band and the Army Brass Quintet for 35 years, he was tasked with performing and producing White House concerts and internationally televised historical events including presidential state funerals and inaugurations, as well as international Olympic events. He was awarded the Legion of Merit by the U.S. Army in 2010. Edelbrock has performed in other internationally televised events such as those at the Kennedy Center where he was featured as soloist in Messiah for the world’s first webcast, opening ceremonies for Olympic Games and shows as varied as NBC’s Today Show, the BBC and NPR’s Prairie Home Companion. As a soloist he has been featured in Contact, Wag the Dog, and Gardens of Stone and in the Spielberg film (Dreamworks 2013) Lincoln which garnered several academy awards. More recently, Edelbrock was nominated for a GRAMMY Music Educator Award, a category created by the Recording Academy in partnership with the GRAMMY Foundation. He is Professor of Trumpet at George Mason University where he has been awarded an Excellence in Teaching Award. As the Founder and Executive Director of the National Trumpet Competition, Edelbrock has overseen the growth and development of the largest instrument competition in the world, which now has over 10 million downloads of its educational and performance YouTube archives. (Also see dennisedelbrock.com)

 

Ring in a New Way of Teaching Music: Using Handbells and Handchimes with Your Music Students

January 17, 2023 – 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm Eastern

If you are a NAfME member and would like to view this program, contact johnd@nafme.org.

Handbells and handchimes are increasingly growing in popularity throughout the United States. As a result, they are becoming important tools in every level of music education. Handbells and handchimes lend themselves well to playing a wide variety of musical styles while teaching music reading and musical performance skills. Additionally, there is an enormous repertoire of musical works written specifically for the instrument alone and in combination with other instruments and voices. This clinic aims to empower educators to use handbells and handchimes in effective ways for multiple educational settings, including general music, as a stand-alone performance-based instrument, and within existing instrumental and vocal settings. In addition to learning about handbell/handchime techniques, teaching resources, and repertoire, attendees will discover the many benefits of using handbells and handchimes in their existing music programs. Handbells and handchimes are ideal instruments for differentiated instruction, teambuilding, and social-emotional learning (SEL). The clinicians will provide resources and suggestions for engaging students in meaningful learning using the unique musical art of handbell and handchime playing.

Greig Ashurst – For more than thirty years, Greig Ashurst has developed an impressive conducting and teaching career in many facets of music and technology. He has taught in Louisiana, North Carolina, and Texas. Currently, Mr. Ashurst is Band Director and Technology Director at Cathedral-Carmel School.  He is a published composer and has developed two lines of handbell mallets that have changed the timbral landscape of handbell music worldwide. He is the president-elect of the Handbell Musicians of America. Mr. Ashurst has a BME from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette and a Master of Music in Conducting from Southern Methodist University.

Gillian Erlenborn is the Choral Director and Musical Theatre Teacher at Frelinghuysen Middle School, in Morristown, New Jersey. Gillian utilizes handbells and handchimes in her vocal ensemble curriculum to better engage her students in a full body and literacy based musical education. Gillian graduated from Westminster Choir College in 2018 with both a Bachelor of Music in Music Education and a Master of Arts in Teaching. She also directs the handbell choir and children’s choir at Middlebush Reformed Church in Middlebush, New Jersey. Gillian is proud to serve on the National Board of the Handbell Musicians of America.

 

Planning for Identity Through ‘Connecting’ Standards

Wednesday, January 11, 2023 – 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm Eastern

If you are a NAfME member and would like to view this program, contact johnd@nafme.org.

“Planning for Identity Through ‘Connecting’ Standards” is a one-hour virtual session designed to provide in-depth insight into how teachers’ and students’ identities influence various lesson planning stages utilizing a connecting standard:

  • selecting content and repertoire
  • making sense of an unpacked standard
  • seeking opportunities to provide student choice to encourage student innovation
  • exploring varied assessment practices that anticipate student response

The session will not thoroughly address these complex topics; instead, the focus is on investigating opportunities to consider student and teacher identity when planning. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Increase depth of understanding for how an educator’s Identity influences how they see students and select content/repertoire.
  2. Unpack a ‘connecting’ standard and investigate opportunities to explore student and educator identity.
  3. Design learning opportunities for a ‘connecting’ standard.

Amanda Suckow (they/them) is a veteran K-12 music educator, and they are the Music Content Specialist for the Department of Arts Education for Chicago Public Schools. They earned their MMEd from VanderCook College of Music with a focus on string education. They are pursuing their MBA in Arts Entrepreneurship and Social Impact through The Global Leaders Program. Their mission is to bring a sense of belonging to every stakeholder they engage with, from students to administrators, as a result of their own continuous learning around equity, inclusion, and best practices in music education. 

 

Mariachi Espuelas de Plata: A Case Study of Mariachi Instructional Practices and Student/Director Perceptions

 December 12, 2022 – 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm Eastern

If you would like to view this program, click here to access NAfME’s DEIA web page (under Webinar Resources)

The purpose of this case study was to examine an established, successful public school Mariachi program to document instructional practices and time use, student and director perceptions and demographics, and methods of adaptation in the school setting.  The selected case is the Mariachi Espuelas de Plata from North Side High School in Fort Worth, Texas.  In this webinar, Dr. Laura Singletary and North Side Mariachi director Wendy Martinez will discuss the research findings and the implications for existing mariachi programs as well as for schools or directors who wish to start a new program.

Dr. Laura Singletary is in her sixth year as Assistant Professor of Music Education and serves as Division Chair of Music Education at Texas Christian University.  She completed her Ph.D. at Florida State University and earned her Master of Science degree from the University of Illinois-Champaign/Urbana.  She earned bachelor’s degrees from Florida State University in music education and flute performance. Prior to her graduate work at FSU, Singletary taught secondary instrumental music for twenty years in Georgia and Florida, working with middle school and high school band and orchestra students in a variety of educational settings.   Dr. Singletary is an active researcher, conductor, and teacher.  Her research interests include music teacher education, young band instruction, time use in the instrumental classroom, and mariachi education.  

Imelda Martinez received her BME from New Mexico State University.  She taught orchestra in El Paso, Texas and orchestra/mariachi in Las Cruces, New Mexico before joining the mariachi staff at J.P. Elder Middle School and North Side High School in Fort Worth, Texas.  She has performed as a violinist and singer in Mariachi in both educational and professional settings.  Under her leadership, the mariachi ensembles at North Side have achieved high acclaim.  They will be performing as a featured ensemble at the Texas Music Educators Association Conference in February 2023.  Ms. Martinez is currently serving as the Vice-President of the Texas Association of Mariachi Educators (TAME).

 

Lifting Up Voices and Narratives of the AAPI Community in the Greater Educational Orchestra and Strings Landscape

November 16, 2022 – 7:00 to 8:00 PM Eastern

If you would like to view this program, click here to access NAfME’s DEIA web page (under Webinar Resources)

Hear from and converse with a panel of experts from opposite ends of the US representing many facets of the Educational Orchestra and Strings Landscape who will share stories, thoughts, and hopes and dreams centered on fostering understanding about the diversity within the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community, and moving music education forward by creating learning and learning spaces that are reflective of and uplifting to the communities that are present.  Organized by NAfME’s Council for Orchestral Education, this session is open to all. Participants will come away with new knowledge and ideas for building culturally inclusive curricula and programming. 

Randy Wong – Hawaii-born and raised, Randy Wong (he/him) is a distinctive voice within the arts administration and musical communities, and one of few Asian American executive directors out of hundreds of orchestras nationwide. Randy joined Hawaii Youth Symphony (HYS) as its Executive Director in 2012 and became its President in 2017, and is its first leader to be an alumnus, musician, and educator.

Hawaii Youth Symphony is a nonprofit organization founded in 1964 with a mission to develop youth to their fullest potential through orchestral music, in the context of Hawaii’s unique cultures. HYS serves over 700 youth ages 7-18 across the Hawaiian islands, through over 15 symphonic, string, jazz, ukulele, and general music ensembles. Randy oversees all of Hawaii Youth Symphony’s strategic, administrative, artistic, educational, and community pursuits and its Pacific Music Institute. HYS’ aspirational vision is to Make Music A Right, in pursuit of a future where children of all backgrounds can play an instrument and an ensemble. 

Outside of HYS, Randy performs professionally with the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra as a section bassist, and has numerous side projects. Randy holds an Ed. M from the Harvard Graduate School of Education (Arts in Education) and a B.M. (Performance) from New England Conservatory. 

Alice Tsui (pronounced TSOY) is an Asian American/Chinese American pianist, Grammy-nominated music educator, scholar, activist, dog mom, and lifelong Brooklyn, New Yorker! Alice is the Founding Music Teacher and Arts Coordinator at PS 532 New Bridges Elementary, an arts-integrated public elementary school in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. She graduated from New York University with a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance and a Master of Arts in Music Education, and is currently a doctoral candidate (ABD) in music education at Boston University. Alice is an adjunct lecturer at CUNY Queens College Aaron Copland School of Music. Alice is an active national presenter and facilitator, including for professional development with Carnegie Hall, NYC Department of Education Citywide Professional Learning, and the National Association for Music Education Connected Arts Network. Alice serves on the boards of the Association of Popular Music Education and F-flat Books. As a product of the NYC public school system, Alice is passionate about decolonizing, ABAR (anti-bias, anti-racist), and abolitionist public music education. Alice aims to empower the individual and collective voices of youth through music as expression. Learn more about Alice at http://www.alicetsui.com and http://www.instagram.com/musicwithmissalice.

Duane Padilla – After earning degrees from Northwestern University and Yale University, concert artist and educator, Duane Padilla began his performance career as an orchestral musician, performing with the National Repertoire Orchestra, the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, the New Haven Symphony, and the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra.  Also an active classical chamber music performer, his ensemble The Gemini Duo was a semi-finalist in the prestigious International Concert Artists Guild Competition in NYC, and earned outreach grants from Chamber Music America and the American Federation of Musicians and was a featured ensemble on the Connecticut Commission on the Arts Performing Artist Roster and the CMA Rural Residency Artist Roster. Duane’s more recent artistic endeavors have turned towards jazz. As a founding member of The Hot Club of Hulaville, he won the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts’s award for jazz album of the year for their gypsy jazz release “Django Would Go!”. His subsequent solo jazz violin album “Sentimental Swing” was named one of the top 40 jazz releases of 2011 by the South African Jazz Educators Association.  Recent concert collaborations include duo performances with Pianist Tommy James (Music Director of the Duke Ellington Orchestra NYC), fingerstlye guitar legend Jeff Linsky, Guitarist Paul Mehling (Hot Club of San Francisco), Grammy winning Hawaiian Slack Key Guitarist Jeff Peterson, and Jazz Ukulele Grand Master Ben Chong and ukulele superstar Jake Shimabukuro. He has opened concerts for jazz giants Martin Taylor, John Jorgensen, and John Pizzarelli. He currently performs with the Mana Music Quartet whose recent album “Queen Lili’uokalani” was named Instrumental Album of the year by the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts. 

An equally accomplished educator, Duane studied Suzuki violin pedagogy with Betty Haig, Lisa Hershumgel, Stevie Svenden, Teri Einfeld, Alan Lieb as well as Rolland/Zweig Pedagogy with Stacia Spencer. He has studied conducting with Marvin Rabin, William Jones &  Shinick Hahm. He has studied jazz violin with Tim Kliphuis, Ben Powell, and Aaron Weinstein, Jason Anick and Christian Howes. Duane began his teaching career in Connecticut where he was head of the Suzuki Program at the Tabor Community Arts Center and the Bethwood Suzuki School. While in Connecticut, he also designed and implemented a unique public school string program for grades 1-3 based on the Suzuki violin method for Wintergreen Magnet School.  He has served as President of the Hawaii Chapter of the American String Teachers Association and has also served on the Board of Directors of the Suzuki Association of Hawaii and the Suzuki Talent Education of Hawaii After serving on the National Board of the American String Teacher’s Association as Chair of the American String Teachers Association’s Eclectic Styles Committee he served ASTA as an Executive Board Member as Member At Large and is currently Chair of the Content Committee.  He currently is on faculty at the Punahou Music School and Chaminade University.

LaSaundra Booth is a National Board Certified teaching artist, inventor, author, conductor, and arts administrator. Booth was named one of 50 Directors who Make A Difference by School Band and Orchestra Magazine. She has 20 years experience teaching and conducting orchestra at the elementary, middle, high, and collegiate level.  All of her performing ensembles received superior ratings in adjudicated music festivals and competitions. 

Booth has a certificate in nonprofit management from Duke University, a doctorate degree in Educational Leadership, a Master’s Degree in Music Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and a Bachelor of Music from North Carolina Central University. She studied with Dr. Timothy Holley, Alex Ezerman, Jesse L. Suggs, Jr., Kellie Keiser, and Jennifer Wernicke. Booth serves as lecturer of music education at the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill.  Booth previously served as Director of Strings at Winston-Salem State University, a historically black university in Winston-Salem, N.C. 

Booth is an alumni of  Sphinx LEAD (Leaders in Excellence, Arts & Diversity), who is known for anchoring discussions on how to make public school orchestra programs more equitable, diverse, and inclusive to all students.  Booth has a successful history of establishing diverse, equitable, and inclusive programs at the elementary, middle, high school, and collegiate levels. She founded the Wake Forest Community Youth Orchestra (2013), a non-profit organization that provides expert orchestral instruction and free instruments to youth where orchestra opportunities are limited or do not exist. In her tenure, Booth has grown the organization from 3 students to over 350 Pre-K through 12th grade students across Wake, Franklin, and Vance counties. In April 2021, Booth received the Vance County Champion of the Arts Award for bringing the first after-school string program to the district. 

Booth is in demand as a cellist and conductor. She has performed with Integrity Strings, Cellist Ti Awo, Colour of Music Symphony Orchestra, Greensboro Philharmonia, Raleigh Symphony, Duke Symphony, and Durham Symphony. Her most recent appointments include guest conductor of the Intercollegiate Music Association’s String Orchestra (IMA), conductor of NAfME’s All-National Honors Symphony Orchestra, guest clinician for the California Orchestra Director Association (CODA 2022) and Washoe County School District High School Honors Orchestra in Reno, NV (2022). Dr. Booth most recently served as the Chamber Orchestra conductor for  Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles(YOLA) National Festival. Dr. Booth is the first woman of color to have conducted both the NAfME All-National Symphony as well as YOLA’s National Festival. Her programming features the music of BIPOC composers, including women and living composers.  

Elizabeth Fortune is a change-agent in music education. She is the Director of Education for the Wintergrass Festival, a nonprofit organization that hosts a nationally acclaimed acoustic music festival with award-nominated educational programming every February in Bellevue, WA; and the chairperson for the National Association for Music Education Council for Orchestral Education.  She is also the co-host of a popular forward-thinking music education podcast/ Facebook Live show called “The Beth and Kelly Show.”  She is a veteran classroom instrumental music educator. From 2018-2022, she was the Director of Orchestras at Seattle’s Ballard High School.  From  2002-2018, she was the Director of Orchestras and Jazz Strings at Seattle’s Washington Middle School. 

Fortune is driven by the desire to transform music education by helping students and colleagues acquire an intrinsic ownership of the Artistic Process through Courageous Collaboration. No stone is left unturned in the work she is doing in all areas of music education to empower students and educators to see themselves as artists, musical decision makers, and lovers of music. 

 

Council for Jazz Education Town Hall:  Building Your Jazz Program at Any Level and Q&A!

November 14, 2022 – 7:00 to 8:00 pm

If you are a NAfME member and would like to view this program, contact johnd@nafme.org. 

Please join Dr. Roosevelt Griffin, Dr. Lenora Helm Hammonds, and Ms. Bethany Robinson from the Jazz Council as they discuss ways to build jazz programs from 5–12th grade and university perspective- including instrumental and vocals programs! Bring your questions to collaborate with our presenters during the second half of the Town Hall. 

Roosevelt Griffin III, Ed. D. is an award-winning educator with international acclaim for excellence in music education. He serves as the Walter Dyett Chair for Jazz Studies Diversity and Inclusion at VanderCook College of Music and is the Founder and CEO of the Griffin Institute of Performing Arts NFP. Dr. Griffin is the Jazz Education Network and Berklee College of Music’s 2022 John LaPorta Jazz Educator of the Year and is one of the nation’s most sought-after clinicians. He is most noted for his work with elementary and middle school band programs. He is also esteemed for his ability to transform classrooms and communities through building valuable relationships, effective pedagogy, and his dedication to musical excellence. His passion for building sustainable music programs and teaching in underserved communities has been highlighted in national and international publications. 

Bethany Robinson 11-14-22

Bethany Robinson is a Yamaha Performing Artist, 2022 Grammy Music Educator Award Finalist, Chair for the National Association for Music Education Jazz Council, President of the Indiana Jazz Educators Association, and serves on the Jazz Education Network Board. She is the Jazz Band Director for Noblesville Schools in Noblesville, Indiana. Robinson was named 2014 Indiana Jazz Educator of the Year, 2015 Noblesville Teacher of the Year, a 2016 Indiana Teacher of the Year Semi-Finalist and named a 2022 Jazz Hero by the Jazz Journalists Association. She helps lead the annual Indiana Jazz Girls Day, was a keynote speaker for the 2021 Australia National Band and Orchestra Conference, a presenter for the 2021 Indiana Music Educator Association Conference and will present at the 2021 International Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago. She is an avid clinician, adjudicator, and performer on upright bass, electric bass, and vocals.

Dr. Lenora Z. Helm Hammonds is a Chicago IL native, Former U.S. Jazz Ambassador two-time Fulbright Senior Music Specialist, and a tenured, Associate Professor in the Department of Music and Jazz Studies Program at North Carolina Central University (NCCU). She is Interim Chair for the Department of Music and Director of Graduate Programs, Jazz Studies. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in vocal jazz performance, jazz ear training, jazz pedagogy and songwriting, and is Director of NCCU Vocal Jazz Ensemble. Dr. Hammonds has authored several academic and student initiatives, including the planning, design, and coordination of an NEA-sponsored Teaching Artist Certificate program. The inaugural recipient of the 2022 Jazz Educator of Distinction award from Jazz Music Awards foundation, her academic award highlights include a Duke University-NCCU John Hope Franklin Digital Humanities Fellowship, 2018 Javett Music Award International Jazz Scholar at University of Pretoria, South Africa, a 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award from Marquis Publishing, NCCU’s Excellence in Teaching Award, and receiving the highest faculty honor, the 2021 University of North Carolina Board of Governors Excellence in Teaching Award. Lenora’s dream for creating access to under-served global populations interested in vocal jazz education was realized in the creation of a library of online vocal training programs at www.LenoraHelm.online. She earned a Bachelor of Music in Film Scoring and Voice from Berklee College of Music, a Master of Music, Jazz Performance from East Carolina University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Music Education from Boston University. Her research interests are at the intersection of digital humanities, intercultural competence, and Jazz, and is a published author with Routledge, Taylor & Francis, and Springer. Her achievements in academia are in addition to more than three decades as a recording artist. P/K/A Lenora Zenzalai Helm, she is acclaimed as a jazz vocalist, vocal musicianship coach, lyricist, composer, arranger, and big band bandleader.

 

General Music Town Hall: Calling All General Music Teachers!

October 24, 2022 – 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm EDT

Join members of the NAfME Council for General Music Education and other general music educators from throughout the country as we compare notes, network, build community, discuss challenges, and share what is working well so far in the 2022-2023 school year. Bring your questions, ideas, and issues you want to discuss!

Please note that to provide participants with an opportunity to have the best possible open discussion this event was not recorded.

 

Cultivating and Fostering a Classroom Culture of Your Design

October 19, 2022 – 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm Eastern

If you are a NAfME member and would like to view this program, contact johnd@nafme.org. 

How do you want your classroom to feel, and how do your students contribute to that feeling? While many younger music educators feel comfortable with our content area, establishing a positive learning environment is often an area for growth. This interactive webinar will focus on cultivating and fostering a classroom culture of your design. Attendees will first start by reflecting on their current classroom culture, and defining goals on how they’d like for it to be. Then, we will discuss ways to foster this positive environment through daily actions. An emphasis will be placed on ensuring the inclusiveness of all learners.

Hosts include Tyler Ehrlich (DMA student in Wind Conducting at The University of Texas at Austin, former Director of Bands at Decatur (Ga.) High School), and Jonathan Grantham (Director of Bands at Amador Valley (Calif.) High School.) The clinicians have combined nearly thirty years of experience teaching secondary music, and have frequently collaborated in the past to improve their own classroom environments. They are looking forward to sharing the fruits of their friendship with attendees.

In this session, participants will:

  • Understand the importance of establishing an inclusive classroom culture
  • Reflect on the current environment of their classroom (pre-service educators will use a collegiate ensemble or class)
  • Define a vision for their ideal classroom culture
  • Discuss strategies for including student voice in defining classroom culture and in your teaching practice
  • Exit with resources to further develop their classroom culture (books on successful organizations, habit building, and more)

Tyler Ehrlich (he/him) serves as a graduate teaching assistant and doctoral student in wind conducting at The University of Texas at Austin. In this role, he assists with the conducting and administration of the university’s concert bands, athletic bands, and conducting courses. Ehrlich previously lived in Atlanta, Georgia where he served as director of bands at Decatur High School and conductor of the Emory University Wind Ensemble. He holds degrees from the University of Georgia and Cornell University. Tyler resides with his partner, Dr. Brent Allman, and their dog Milo. Tyler’s website is http://tylerehrlich.com.

Jonathan Grantham, director of bands at Amador Valley High School in Pleasanton, California, leads a band program of 300 students involved in five concert ensembles, three jazz bands, a competitive marching band, various chamber ensembles, two winter percussion units, and two winter guards. Mr. Grantham maintains an active music education blog, The Accidental Expert, and enjoys mentoring new teachers. He resides in Martinez, California with his partner Ryan.

 

Bringing Amateurism into the Choral Classroom to Inspire Lifelong Learners

October 11, 2022 – 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm Eastern

If you are a NAfME member and would like to view this program, contact johnd@nafme.org. 

America is full of former musicians. As a music teacher I constantly meet adults who tell of how they used to perform in school band, choir, or orchestra. I cannot help but imagine if the world would be a better place for them, and for everyone, if they had continued actively learning and making music. Too often our music classes place the strongest emphasis on musical performance products of large ensembles. That focus can leave graduates with little more in their hands than trophies and fond memories. Schools should provide them the inspiration and skills to continue active, vibrant musical lives after high school ends. Preparing students to become amateur adult musicians equips them with the abilities to make music independently and in small groups, for their own personal enjoyment, in a variety of styles (especially those they choose), with modern instruments.

In this webinar, I will address the philosophical position of amateurism in music education, then present lessons that increase students’ musical independence, curiosity, and transferable knowledge in many genres. Learning activities include performing, composing, improvising, listening, collaborating, songwriting, arranging, and producing. In my chorus class I utilize the ukulele and keyboards, which engage students and aid them in developing powerful musical knowledge that can sustain their musical involvement into adulthood.

Tom FitzStephens currently serves as a music teacher at Lakeside High School in Atlanta, Georgia and is a Music Education PhD candidate at Georgia State University. He also serves Capitol City Opera as the Madrigal Singers Director. Tom holds a Bachelor of Choral Music Education from The University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance, and a Master of Music in Conducting from Michigan State University’s College of Music. He studied conducting with Dr. Jerry Blackstone, Dr. Sandra Snow, Dr. Jonathan Reed, and Dr. David Rayl, and voice with George Irving Shirley and Molly Fillmore.

Tom has twelve years of full-time public high school music teaching experience and four years of private high school and middle school music teaching experience. He has played in rock bands all his life. He currently spends his summers as Vocal Music Director and Music Department Chair at the Georgia Governor’s Honors Program at Berry College, working with Georgia’s most gifted high school students.

 

Successful Music Instruction for English Language Learners

October 6, 2022 –  7:00 pm to 8:00 pm Eastern

Click here to access a robust resource with lessons plans from these authors.

If you would like to view this program, click here to access NAfME’s DEIA web page (under Webinar Resources)

Students come to the music classroom with different linguistic and cultural backgrounds. For those classified as English learners (ELs), the ability of music teachers to scaffold instruction in order to make it meaningful and help the students develop English proficiency at the same time is essential. According to the federal government, there are currently 5 million EL students (10.1 percent of the total U.S. student population), and this statistic has increased every year with a predicted continued upward trajectory. Without supports in place, ELs often experience challenges in the classroom setting. These challenges are related to their comprehension of the academic content as well as their ability to engage meaningfully with their teacher and peers for social or academic purposes. Even in the music classroom, ELs may struggle with the linguistic demands put upon them, from unknown vocabulary in an Appalachian folk song to navigating a score in an orchestra rehearsal, or even something as basic as understanding and being able to follow directions for a class activity. 

Sheltered instruction can help connect students to the content, to language, and to one another. Sheltered instruction encourages teachers to build on students’ background knowledge (including language and literacy skills in the home language) using an asset-based approach that affirms and centers what students know and can do (Short et al., 2018). This session will provide music teachers with components for effective instruction of ELs using the Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP). Participants will then apply the SIOP practices to lessons and repertoire they currently teach.

Participants will:

  • Develop strategies for how to instruct English language learners
  • Apply SIOP practices to repertoire and lesson plans
  • Experience a music lesson taught in Spanish without using SIOP practices and then teach it again using SIOP. This process will not only have participants learn the practices but also will have them experience what it can feel like to be an ELL in classrooms where they are supported and where they are not. 

Cara Bernard is Associate Professor of Music Education at the University of Connecticut, where she teaches courses in choral and elementary methods and curriculum. As a conductor, Cara prepared choruses for performances at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. Cara’s research areas include music teacher evaluation, policy, curriculum, and social justice. She serves on the editorial committees of Music Educators Journal, Arts Education Policy Review, Journal of Music Teacher Education, Journal of Popular Music Education, and is associate editor of Visions of Research in Music Education. She is co-author of the book Navigating Teacher Evaluation: A Guide for Music Teachers, published by Oxford University Press. 


Joseph Michael Abramo, Ed. D. is an Associate Professor of Music Education in the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut, where he teaches undergraduate courses in instrumental methods and graduate courses in the theoretical foundations of music education and popular music and informal learning, and supervises student teachers. He has presented internationally and has published over 30 articles and book chapters. He is a co-author of the book Music Teacher Evaluation: A Guide for Teachers in the U.S. also published by Oxford University Press and is Senior Editor of the journal Visions of Research in Music Education. 

 

We Want to Hear from You – a NAfME Professional Learning Town Hall

September 29, 2022  – 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm Eastern

This discussion-based event was not recorded.

NAfME’s Professional Learning and Partnerships Committee (PLPC) wants to hear from you!

Join members of the PLPC for an interactive discussion (an “unwebinar”) focused on key trends and issues facing PreK-12 teachers nationwide. Share your success stories/innovations, challenges, questions, and areas where you would like to see more professional development resources as you start the new school year.

What are the most important current and emerging trends you are seeing in your area? Examples of issues identified by the PLPC in recent months include teacher self-care, student recruitment, support for new teachers, innovation in the classroom and curriculum to meet changing needs, culturally responsive teaching, addressing learning loss, classroom management, advocating for music education in your school, staff shortages, and ensuring success for new teachers.

The committee will take their lead from the input, interests, and priorities of the registrants/attendees. Breakout rooms will be used for parts of the townhall to allow discussions on specific topics in smaller groups. To encourage robust sharing, this event will not be recorded.

 

Jazz Programming at Every Level

September 21, 2022 – 7:00 to 8:00 pm Eastern

If you are a NAfME member and would like to view this program, contact johnd@nafme.org. 

During this NAfME Town Hall, Council for Jazz Education members Joseph Jefferson and Peter Sampson will discuss how choosing great literature to teach from is key to building a successful jazz program at any level.  Whether you have a blossoming jazz program or are starting from scratch, the music you decide to teach with makes a difference.

Moderator: Bethany Robinson, Chair, NAfME Council for Jazz Education.

Presenters:

Dr. Joseph L. Jefferson is the Associate Professor of Trombone/Euphonium and Director of Jazz Studies at Southeast Missouri State University.  He has been an invited guest artist and presenter at the International Trombone Festival, Jazz Education Network Conference, among many others. At the 13th Annual Jazz Education Network Conference, Dr. Jefferson was awarded the 2022 Ellis Marsalis, Jr. Jazz Educator of the Year.

Lisa Linde teaches instrumental music in Massachusetts at Newton South High School where her ensembles regularly receive top ratings at state and national festivals .  She is also a passionate advocate for gender equality in jazz and is the founder of the nonprofit, jazzhers. Ms Linde  is a frequent adjudicator, clinician and guest conductor and was the 2022  recipient of the MICCA Hall of Fame award for teaching excellence.

 

Between the Podium and Me: Recruiting and Mentoring a Diverse Body of Future Music Teachers

September 20, 2022 – 7:00 to 8:00 pm Eastern

If you would like to view this program, click here to access NAfME’s DEIA web page (under Webinar Resources)

Can you imagine going through your entire K-12 career without ever encountering a teacher who looks like you? This is precisely the case for many of our young musicians of color, leading many to question whether or not they truly belong in music. Join us as we explore the beginnings of a career in music education for students of color through stories from music educators, music administrators, and music teacher trainers. Craft a plan to support and encourage your diverse student-musicians from elementary school through their first teaching job. Develop strategies for recruiting a more representative body of music teachers and enjoy the exponential impact you can have on future musicians for years to come! (This webinar is part of a Building a Legacy series.)

Panelists:

Angelica Brooks 2

Angelica Brooks serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland Baltimore County in the Music Education department.  She is an award-winning choral director and music educator. She received her Bachelor of Music from Bowie State University, her Master of Music from The Catholic University of America and received her Administrator I Certification from McDaniel College. 

During her tenure as a public school educator, she was named a Maryland Music Educators Associations’ Outstanding Music Educator in 2021 and Prince George’s County Public Schools Teacher of the Year in 2019.  She has taught Vocal and General Music for grades PreK-12 for 13 years and served as a mentor teacher, curriculum writer, and professional development presenter for MMEA, MAC-OASA, and MSDE Fine Arts Office. Mrs. Brooks is now a 3rd year DMA student In the Music Teaching and Learning Department at the University of Southern California. Her research area of focus is on the recruitment and retention of minority music educators as an act of social justice in music education.

Annalisa C. Chang

Annalisa C. Chang is Associate Professor of Music and Director of Music Education at Clayton State University in Morrow, Georgia.  At Clayton State, Dr. Chang teaches general music education courses, string methods, music for early childhood, music appreciation, and supervises student teachers. Additionally, she serves as the Associate Conductor of the Clayton County Youth Orchestra and the Director of the CSU Music Preparatory School.

Her research on string teacher education, the inclusion of students with disabilities in string classrooms, and equitable access to music education has been presented at state, national, and international music education conferences. Her work has been published in the String Research Journal, the Florida Music Director, and the ArkMEA Journal. Dr. Chang is an active member of the American String Teachers Association (ASTA), currently serving on the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee and the Research Committee. She is also an active member of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) through her participation in the Georgia Music Educators Association as the state CNAfME Advisor, a member of the Musician Health and Wellness Area for Strategic Planning and Action (ASPA), and the Children with Exceptionalities Special Research Interest Group (SRIG), for which she is currently Chair-Elect.

Dr. Chang holds degrees in Music Education from Florida State University (Ph.D), and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (M.M., B.M) where she was a North Carolina Teaching Fellow.

Monica Guido

Monica Guido is band director at Mannion Middle School in Henderson, NV where she conducts the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Concert Band and Beginning Band in a program of 300 students!  Mrs. Guido assists the Foothill High School Marching Band as a flute section coach and visual instructor. Mrs. Guido has been a music educator for 20 years in the states of Texas and Nevada, and as a flutist, has performed at the Texas Bandmasters Association, Texas Music Educators Association, and the Midwest Conference in Chicago. Mrs. Guido’s ensembles have earned superior ratings at the Clark County School District Band Festivals and Best Overall at music festivals in California, Washington, and New York.

Ebonee Woodland

Ebonee Woodland is the Assistant Band Director at North Side High School in Jackson, TN. She has earned her Bachelors Degree in Music Education at The University of Tennessee at Martin. During her time at Martin, she held leadership positions in CNAfME for her college and state level. Since college, she has been on staff for Project Imagination Winterguard for three years, served as President for the Jackson Alumnae Chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota, and she now serves as Psi C Province Officer for Sigma Alpha Iota. 

John Rine Zabanal is an educator, conductor, clinician, and researcher in string music education. He has presented research and pedagogy at national conferences for the American String Teacher Association, the National Association for Music Education, the International Research Symposium for Talent Education with the Suzuki Association of the Americas, as well as state music education conferences nationwide. He has articles published with Update: Applications for Music Research, String Research Journal, and the American String Teacher, and served on the editorial board for AST, Update, and Contributions to Music Education. He is also an active clinician, adjudicator, and guest conductor across the eastern United States.

His work has included being an assistant professor and director of string music education at VanderCook College of Music, where he taught courses in string techniques, string methods, and conducting, directed the Philharmonic Orchestra and string ensembles, and supervised student teachers. He was also an adjunct professor at Florida State University where he taught courses in music education and music technology. He was previously the orchestra teacher at Riverbend High School, Ni River Middle School, and Freedom Middle School in Spotsylvania County Public Schools, Virginia. He holds degrees in music education from The Ohio State University (BME) and Florida State University (MME, Ph.D.).

 

  • ADDITIONAL WEBINARS

 

Here is a partial list of additional NAfME webinars and Town Halls held during the 2021-2022 school year:

Creativity Across the Curriculum

Let’s Put the Festive Back In Student Festivals!

College Readiness and the Piano: What Every Prospective Music Major Needs to Know

Making Key Changes: End-of-Year Questions for Reflection and Strategies to Refresh

Teaching Music Culturally

Recruiting and Rebuilding: A Council for Choral Education Town Hall

Council for General Music Education Town Hall: How Are You Doing? (not recorded)

Pay Attention!

An Influencer’s Toolkit: Practical Steps to Build Your Legacy

NAfME Council for Jazz Education Town Hall: Energize and Expand Participation in Your Jazz Program

NAfME Council for Guitar Education Town Hall – “Come One, Come All”!

Building a Legacy: Mentoring Future Music Educators from Kindergarten to 12th Grade!

Educating the Future Music Professional Through Service-Learning

Mindfulness Matters: How Music Educators Can Incorporate Mindfulness and Self-Care Practices into Busy Schedules

Building a Legacy: Recruiting Future Music Educators

Emotional Intelligence: Tools to Take Care of Yourself as a Music Teacher

We Want to Hear from You – a NAfME Unwebinar (hosted by NAfME’s Professional Learning and Partnerships Committee – not recorded)

The Empathy Project: Accentuating the Inherent SEL Component of Music Education

NAfME Creators Corner Council for Music Composition Town Hall – Songwriting and Salvage: Demystifying the Process 

Council for Band Education Town Hall: Successful Rebuilding from COVID-19      

Surviving AND Thriving: Success in the Initial Years

Fine-Tune Your Positivity in A Major Way

Work Smarter, Not Harder: An Objective Look Within

Vocal Health as Self Care for Teachers: How Promoting Vocal Health in Teachers Can Improve Teacher Wellness, Classroom Management, and Foster Student Independence in the Music Classroom 

Building a Legacy: Recruiting Future Music Educators

NAfME Creators Corner – Council for Music Composition Town Hall

A General Music Town Hall: Suggestions and Answers for Teaching During the 2021-2022 School Year (not recorded)

*Note: selected 2021-2022 recorded programs from the Council for Music Program Leaders and Collegiate Advisory Council are also available in the NAfME Academy.