NAfME Online Professional Learning Community

LIVE Webinar Schedule Webinar Recordings

 

Through NAfME’s Professional Development Committee (PDC), 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.


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 for registrants the day after the live event.

 

  • UPCOMING WEBINARS

 

Work Smarter, Not Harder: An Objective Look Within

Tuesday, November 30, 2021 – 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm EST

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With increased demands on music teachers such as responding to students’ heightened needs during a pandemic, increased physical safety needs related to the pandemic, and the pressures to have concerts again, and new curriculum development, while still teaching students their content, music teachers are increasingly becoming overwhelmed. Therefore, it is vital for music teachers to streamline their program by focusing on the program’s mission, vision, and identity. It is important to realize what is essential to the success of the program and what is extraneous. By revisiting the goal and purpose of the program then focusing only on those tasks that support the mission, music teachers can simplify their role as a music educator through encouragement of support tasks, delegation of items that can be done effectively by someone else, revamping tasks that can promote the mission but do not right now, or discarding those items that do not support the program’s goals.

Learning objectives:  by the end of the webinar, participants will be able to

  • Discuss the purpose and need for an objective overhaul
  • Identify the 2-4 words that encapsulate the mission, vision, and goals for their program
  • View their program from “the outside in” by identifying specific tasks that can be encouraged, delegated, revamped, or eliminated

Christopher Loftin is a Graduate Teaching Assistant and PhD Choral Music Education student at Auburn University. His research focuses on bringing authentic, believable performances to the choral music stage as well as systems of student leadership in the choral ensemble. Christopher holds a Bachelor of Science in Choral Music Education from the University of Alabama and a Master of Education from the University of Montevallo. Christopher is also an active barbershop singer, performer, performance coach, and clinician. He has coached ensembles from the US, Germany, Canada, and Australia. He is a sought-after choral adjudicator, clinician, and festival preparatory consultant.

 

Fine-tune Your Positivity in A Major Way

 Wednesday, December 8, 2021 – 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm EST

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In this humor-filled and research-based presentation, Peggy Rakas guides us through best practices for music teachers to increase optimism levels and prioritize self-care. It turns out that often a little fine-tuning can have A major effect on our positivity levels. Based on positive psychology, this workshop will examine proven ways to improve happiness levels so teachers and students can be more optimistic, grateful, energetic, motivated, creative, and effective in the classroom. Attendees will receive suggestions for small, sustainable happiness boosters and will go home with engaging ideas, clear goals, practical exercises, and tiny but powerful habits that will motivate all.

Peggy Rakas is a lifelong educator who taught instrumental music for North Merrick Schools on Long Island and is currently a clinician for SmartMusic and an adjunct professor at Hofstra University. She is the founder of Teaching Positivity – an organization that provides positive psychology workshops for educators, and is a certified Optimize Life Coach specializing in positive psychology.  Recently she became an approved instructor for the Yale class for high school students called “Psychology and the Good Life.”  Ms. Rakas is also the founder and coordinator of the Harry Chapin Practice-a-thon, raising money for food banks across New York State. During her career, Ms. Rakas was honored with a nomination for the New York State Teacher of the Year and the Disney Teacher Award.  She was awarded the SCOPE Teacher Service Award and twice selected as the Merrick Kiwanis Club – Teacher of the Year. She is a proud graduate of Bowling Green State University, Ohio and Queens College, New York City.

 

Visit NAfME’s events page to see additional upcoming professional development events.

 

  • RECENT WEBINARS

 

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 

 November 17, 2021 – 7:00 pm EST

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

Vocal health as self care is an incredibly important issue for all educators, since we all use our voice to teach. This webinar will explore why vocal health is so important, how to achieve proper vocal care, and how promoting our own well-being will increase student learning and independence. This is especially relevant this year as teachers are competing with noisy air filters, outdoor traffic, and mask wearing due to COVID-19 protocols. This webinar is supported by the presenter’s own teaching and her coaching of student teachers in the class she teaches as an adjunct at Queens College, and by multiple books that she references as sources in the presentation.

Sara Shikowitz is a proud music educator working in the New York City Department of Education. She serves as the choral director at Halsey Junior High School 157 in Rego Park, Queens. Ms. Shikowitz is a facilitator for the NYC Music Professional Development Series and is a mentor for the NYC Paul Simon Mentor Program. She is the Center Director of the NYC Queens Chorus Salute to Music Program. Ms. Shikowitz is a NYSSMA adjudicator for both solo and major performances. She serves as an adjunct professor of music education at CUNY Queens College. She was a member of and presented her work on the “Best Practices” NYSSMA committee during 2020. She has also presented for the Music Educators Association of New York City (MEANYC). She is the choral coordinator for the MEANYC All County Festival. Sara was a NYC Big Apple Award finalist in 2019. Sara received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Ithaca College and received her Master’s Degree in Music Education from Queens College.  

 

Building a Legacy: Recruiting Future Music Educators

October 5, 2021 – 7:00 pm EDT

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

Leave a long-lasting legacy with the musicians in your ensembles as we explore the relationships between three generations of music educators. We will find out how these music educators have inspired their students to become teachers, what moments have been most powerful in the decision-making process of a future music major, and how the third generation music teacher is passing on the legacy of the first. The musical family tree in our field is strong and our ties to our mentors run deep. As positions become open across the family, more teachers are needed. Join us for this uplifting webinar and prepare to make an exponential impact on students for years to come. Hosted by master educator, clinician, and conductor: Veronica Jackson, this webinar will provide you with ideas for encouraging future music teachers and for building your own legacy. Additional presenters who will be sharing their insights: Ross Winter, University of Central Florida; Lauren Maho, Freshman/Music Education Major, Virginia Commonwealth University;  Anna Puster, College of Wooster; John Puster, Triway Local Schools; Nancy Ditmer, NAfME Past President, College of Wooster; and Brayden Frye, Martin Elementary School, Weakley County Schools. 

Ms. Veronica Jackson studied violin at the University of Miami (FL) with Dr. Marla Meutschler (Paul Rolland protégé) and Dr. Earl Sanders at North Carolina Central University. A 2010 finalist for the R. E. B. Award for Teaching Excellence and Teacher of the Year 2017 for Francis C. Hammond Middle School, Ms. Jackson is now the orchestra director at Alexandria City High School (formerly known as TC Williams High School). Veronica’s innovative and collaborative programming has led to an increase in string enrollment across Alexandria City, national recognition for her outstanding service, and a reputation as a highly sought after conductor and adjudicator.

 

NAfME Creators Corner – Council for Music Composition Town Hall

September 30, 2021 – 7 pm EDT

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

This will be the first of a series of town hall discussions on the topics of creating music in all of its forms that the Council for Music Composition will be providing for music educators at all levels. In this kickoff event, members of the Council will hold a roundtable providing their thoughts and techniques of teaching composing, arranging, songwriting, and other creating forms as well as ideas as to how to integrate those techniques into an already-packed musical curriculum. After the roundtable, there will be at least 30 minutes allotted to engage with the audience and hear their questions and ideas on this broad topic. Click here to see the presenter/facilitator photos and bios: Dr. Rob Deemer, Council Chair; Carolyn Bennett; Dr. Mara Gibson; Courtney Kaiser-Sandler; Dr. Xander Koops; Ryan Main; Dr. Cynthia Van Maanen; and Brian Zeller. Join us for this first of many exciting and informational online discussions! 

 

A General Music Town Hall: Suggestions and Answers for Teaching During the 2021-2022 School Year

August 31, 2021 – 7 pm EDT

The majority of schools will be returning to face-to-face instruction during the 2021-2022 school year. After a year of navigating multiple teaching and learning approaches, general music teachers need clear guidance on how to successfully start and maintain general music instruction. Join members of NAfME’s Council for General Music Education, Dr. Rob Lyda, Jennifer Kauffman, Dr. Becky Halliday, and Dr. James Weaver of the NFHS and co-chair of the International Coalition Performing Arts Aerosol Study as they offer suggestions and answer your questions about teaching general music during the 2021-2022 school year. 

Rob Lyda is the music teacher at Cary Woods Elementary in Auburn, AL and an adjunct instructor at Auburn University. He has taught a variety of instrumental, vocal, and general music courses for students in grades K-undergraduate. Dr. Lyda received the B.M.E. from Troy University and the M.Ed. and Ph.D. in Music Education from Auburn University.  In addition to his academic degrees Dr. Lyda has completed certification studies in Kodály, World Music Drumming, TI:ME, and is an Orff-Schulwerk (Levels I-III) certified teacher at the Master level.

Dr. Lyda regularly presents research on technology integration, creativity, and general music education at state, regional, and national conferences. He is a sought-after clinician for professional development workshops, particularly for topics related to elementary music education. His efforts have been recognized through awards that include Teacher of the Year at the school and district level, the Phi Kappa Phi Love of Learning Award, and the Alabama Music Educators Association’s 2019 Lacey Powell Outstanding Music Educator.

Throughout his career, Dr. Lyda has been a passionate advocate for both music education and music educators.  In the fall of 2000, he founded and hosted the first CMENC (now CNAfME) Collegiate Summit, which is still a well-attended workshop for pre-service music educators across Alabama. Currently he hosts the East Alabama General Music Workshop each fall to provide high quality free professional development for music educators.  In order to fund education initiatives for school and community groups, he has written and received over $500,000 in grant funding.  During the 2016 – 2017 school year, Dr. Lyda was the music education representative on the Alabama State Superintendent’s cabinet.  In addition, he supports music education at the state and national level as a member of the NAfME President’s cabinet, Advocacy Chair of AMEA, and as a delegate to NAfME’s National Assembly in Washington, D.C. 

 Dr. Lyda holds memberships in the Alabama Music Educators Association (AMEA), National Association for Music Education (NAfME), American Orff Schulwerk Association (AOSA), College Music Society, Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, the Organization of American Kodály Educators (OAKE), and the National Band Association. Currently, Dr. Lyda serves as the National Chair of NAfME’s Council for General Music Education, Secretary of the Elementary Division of the AMEA, the Advocacy Chair of the AMEA, and is on the advisory board of Teaching Music Magazine.

Jennifer Kauffman is currently a K-5 General Music-4th/5th Chorus teacher at Crofton Elementary in Anne Arundel County Maryland.  On her local MEA she serves as President-Elect of Maryland Music Educators Association, and Immediate Past President of MD General Music Teachers Association.  Jennifer serves as Eastern Division Rep. for NAfME’s General Music Council and is currently writing some lessons for Hal Leonard’s EEMC.

Previously, Jennifer has taught K-5 general music and chorus in Allegany and St. Mary’s County, secondary orchestra, general music, and band in Baltimore, and middle school orchestra & general music in Calvert County.  Serving as a guest conductor. chaperone, and adjudicator at local, district, state and eastern levels has helped her awareness of the potential for all students and the drive to change instructional strategies to meet their needs.  

Continuing her growth as an artist, Jennifer is currently working toward another Master’s degree in Kodaly Education at Loyola University. She actively performs with Ark and Dove Contemporary Church Band.  Jennifer is married to her husband, David, who together have two children, Kaitlyn (22), Sam (20), and Stella(Beagle) in Annapolis, MD.  As an active member of the church, Jennifer has led Kids Band, Sunday school classes, and participated in several church committees.  Her time in western MD led to co-owning a retail music store, serving as a band parent association president and member, and becoming a certified Musikgarten teacher.  Finally, her service continues as a member of NAFME, MMEA, Delta Kappa Gamma, TAAC, and a MD 4-H All Star.

From 2014-2017 she piloted the National Core GM Assessments in both 2/5 grades-responding/creating music.  With Maryland State Dept of Education Office of Fine Arts she is currently on their MC3 Artist Roster as a co-creator and co-facilitator of music teacher professional developments. She has also served as a co-writer for the Grades 3-8 Micro-Credentials, co-writer of the Maryland General Music K-5 Standards Revision Phase 2, and a Master Teacher in the Arts.  She has been the guest presenter for the fall and spring MMEA conferences, Education Closet’s Annual Webinars, Common Ground, and on the e-community for developing MD Music Assessments based on 21st Century Skills.   In 2015, Jennifer was awarded an MMEA Award for Excellence in teaching.

Dr. Becky Halliday, Associate Professor, teaches courses in teacher preparation and music education. Prior to this appointment, she taught elementary general music in Georgia and Mississippi for 17 years, and has led workshops and clinics throughout the Southeast. Dr. Halliday currently teaches Pre-K – 6th grade elementary general music in Randolph, AL, as well as a free musicianship class for K-5 students through the UM Community School of Music.  She has been the recipient of notable awards, including the Distinguished Teacher Award for the University of Montevallo College of Fine Arts and the Lacey Powell Outstanding Music Educator Award for the Alabama Music Educators Association (AMEA).

In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she has presented research findings at regional, national, and international conferences in the areas of teacher preparation, sociology, arts integration, and music with special learners. In addition, she has served as a clinician for elementary music workshops and honor choirs throughout the Southeast. She served on the Editorial Board of the Music Educators Journal and has publications in state and national journals.  Her work on the committee to revise the 2006 Alabama Course of Studies for Fine Arts has since led her to conduct presentations across the state to assist teachers in understanding and unpacking the state standards.

Dr. Halliday is the founding Director of the University of Montevallo Kodály Institute (UMKI), a teacher training course that is endorsed by the Organization of American Kodály Educators (OAKE), and a co-Director of the University of Montevallo Young Musicians’ Camp. In addition, she has served in leadership positions with the Sweet Home Alabama Kodály Educators (SHAKE) chapter of OAKE and the Higher Education Division of AMEA. Currently, she serves on the Board of Directors of OAKE and the Council of General Music Education for NAfME. She earned her Ph.D. in Music Education from The University of Southern Mississippi and both her MMed and BMUS from The University of Georgia. She holds certifications in the Orff-Schulwerk Approach through the University of Kentucky and the Kodály Concept through the University of Montevallo Kodály Institute.

Dr. James Weaver is the Director of Performing Arts and Sports for the National Federation of High School State Associations. He has been a teacher and administrator at the district, state, and national level. 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. Dr. Weaver has been a part of several national projects for performing arts educators including serving as the co-chair of the International Performing Arts Aerosol Study, creating copyright compliance resources, and developing national trainings for performing arts adjudicators. Dr. Weaver specializes in educational administration and leadership focusing on professional development and teacher job satisfaction and retention. Dr. Weaver has degrees from Concordia College – Moorhead, Northern State University, and the University of South Dakota.

Webinar Recordings

Were you not able to attend a live webinar you were interested in? No problem. Select recordings are made available below, while others can be found in the NAfME Academy

culturally responsiveUnplugging Generation Z: Neuroscience, Novelty, and Neoteric Strategies in the Choral Rehearsal 
with Jace Kaholokula Saplan

This session unplugs the brains of tech-savvy Generation Z(ers) and provides music educators with culturally-responsive techniques that aid our Generation Z(ers) towards a choral excellence rooted in empathy, cultural consciousness, and critical thinking.

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Dr. Jace Kaholokula Saplan serves as the Director of Choral Activities at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa where he oversees the graduate program in choral conducting and conducts the UH Chamber Singers. Known for his work in celebrating the intersection between Hawaiian music and choral performance, he is the artistic director of Nā Wai Chamber Choir, a professional vocal ensemble based in Hawaiʻi dedicated to the preservation and propagation of Hawaiian choral music. His research focuses on decoloniality and indigeneity within choral musicking, approa

Bridging the Distance:
A Conversation with Collegiate Choral Music Education Students and Current Teachers

Featuring a double panel of current choral conductors at the middle and high school levels and current choral music education students

Moderators: Dean Luethi and Coreen Duffy

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Sarah Ruff Katie Kenkel Nathan Connell   Elizabeth Baker Kimberly Li

 

Jack Bertrand

 

Sarah Ruff was born in Wolverhampton, England. She began her musical studies on piano and violin with the Associated Board of Royal Schools of Music and was a member of the Wolverhampton Youth Symphony and Wolverhampton Grammar School Orchestra. Sarah moved to Miami Florida in 1994 and continued her piano and orchestral studies, graduating from Dillard High School, where she was All State violinist and a Mid-West Clinic participant. During her time in High School, Sarah began composing and arranging for string and vocal ensembles. Sarah is a graduate of the University of Miami (B.M in Music Education, 2003), Nova Southeastern University (M.A. in Humanities, 2009) and Boston University (M.M in Music Education, 2016). Sarah has been a music educator for nearly two decades, teaching multiple disciplines including: piano, violin, guitar, theory, choir and orchestra. In her current position at the Arthur and Polly Mays Conservatory of the Arts, her students have received superior ratings in both orchestra choir, on the district and state levels. The Mays Chorale, under her direction, have been invited to perform at Carnegie Hall, as well as to various events and venues throughout Miami. She regularly arranges and composes for her ensembles. In 2016, Sarah was named one of South Florida’s Top Black Educators by Legacy Magazine as well as Teacher of the Year for the Arthur and Polly Mays Conservatory of the Arts. As a result of this honor, she was also Miami-Dade County Public Schools south region finalist for Teacher of the Year for the entire district. Sarah believes that anyone can learn music and is willing to teach anyone possessing the tenacity required in acquiring the knowledge, skill, and artistic sensitivity for performing music.

Katie Kenkel is the Director of Choral Music at Douglas County High School in Castle Rock, Colorado. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in music education from Gonzaga University, where she studied voice under Darnelle Preston and conducting under Dr. Timothy Westerhaus. Katie is currently in her second season of performing with Elus Vocal Ensemble based in Denver, Colorado. She will begin pursuing her Masters of Music in Choral Conducting from Florida State University in August 2021.

Nathan Connell is the choral program director at Glacier High School in Kalispell, Montana. He directs five choirs on a daily basis and two after-school choirs. Nathan is also an active percussion educator, currently serving on the staff of the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps out of Denver, Colorado. Nathan enjoys performance engagements in Kalispell, most frequently with the percussion section of the Glacier Symphony Orchestra and serving as a cantor with Risen Christ Church. When he is not teaching or performing he enjoys getting out into the mountains of nearby Glacier National Park. Nathan received dual degrees in music education (choral) and performance (percussion) at Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky.

Elizabeth Baker teaches choir and ʻukulele at ʻIlima Intermediate School in ʻEwa Beach, Oʻahu. She recently graduated with her Bachelor of Education in Music Education (Choral) from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Elizabeth serves the Hawaiʻi Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA-HI) as the First-Year Membership Coordinator and 6-8 Advocacy Chair. She also serves on the ACDA Western Region Board as the Social Media Coordinator. Additionally, Elizabeth sings with Nā Wai Chamber Choir – an ensemble dedicated to the preservation, propagation, and innovation of Hawaiian choral music, who most recently performed at the 2021 ACDA National Conference.

Kimberly Li is a senior studying Music Education at The University of Nevada, Reno. Currently, she serves as the President of the UNR RenoACDA Chapter, Assistant Conductor of the Nevada Chamber Singers, Alto Section Leader of the Reno First United Methodist Church Chancel Choir, and Choral Director of the Alinea Choir at the Academy of Arts, Careers and Technology High School. 

Jack Bertrand is a candidate for the Master of Music in Choral Conducting at Michigan State University. He received a Bachelor of Music in Instrumental Music Education from Western Michigan University and is Level I certified through the California State University Bakersfield Kodály Institute. Mr. Bertrand previously taught at middle and high schools in Michigan and California including choir, band, general music, and theatre. He is a passionate advocate for the inclusion of music literacy and popular musics in choral curricula. Mr. Bertrand holds membership in the National Association for Music Education, American Choral Directors Association, Michigan School Vocal Music Association, and Jazz Education Network.

Reflect, Restore, Recharge 
with Dr. Matthew Arau

Dr. Matthew Arau will inspire us to REFLECT on how far we have come, RESTORE our self-belief and sense of purpose, and RECHARGE our batteries, passion, and mindset so that, together, we can CREATE a bright future for music education.

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Dr. Matthew Arau, Founder of Upbeat Global, is an Associate Professor of Music and 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 graduate faculty of the American Band College of Central Washington University and VanderCook College of Music. He also serves as a Conn-Selmer Education Clinician and as Member-at-Large on the NAfME Council for Band Education.

Dr. Arau has guest conducted and presented on student leadership, mindfulness, growth mindset, rehearsal techniques, and creating positive cultures in over 25 states and 4 continents in person. He has presented at the International Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, the Western International Band Clinic, the NAfME National Conference, numerous State and Regional Music Education Association Conferences, and the Conn-Selmer Institute. He has conducted honor bands in Australia, Greece, Cyprus, and Malaysia, and All-State honor bands across the United States.

Dr. Arau draws on a deep reservoir of fifteen years of experience as a successful middle school and high school band director 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. Discover more about Dr. Arau at www.upbeatglobal.com.

Best Practices for In-Person Choral Rehearsals During COVID-19
 
 

Five K-12 and collegiate choral directors will discuss their methods for in-person choral rehearsals during COVID. This panel discussion will provide best practices and will also answer your questions. This panel discussion will be moderated by the Chair of the Council for Choral Education, Dean Luethi

 

Aleisa A. Baker is in her 25th year as choral director at T.C. Roberson High School in Asheville North Carolina.  She received her Bachelor of Music degree from Mars Hill University double majoring in music education and vocal performance.  During her tenure at T.C. Roberson, her choirs consistently receive superior ratings at state and national festivals and competitions and represent their school and community at many events in and around the Asheville Area. In addition to her responsibilities as choral director at T.C. Roberson High School, Mrs. Baker serves as the colorguard instructor and show designer for the T.C. Roberson Marching Band.  She also is director for the school-wide musical each spring having produced over 26 musicals in her career. Among her favorites are The Secret Garden, The Drowsy Chaperone, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Spamalot (regional premier).  She also currently serves as Zone Coordinator for the Mars Hill University Choral Festival as well as serves as an adjudicator for choral and marching band competition in North Carolina and neighboring states. Mrs. Baker’s professional affiliations include the National Association for Music Education and the American Choral Directors Association. Recently she was elected Chair-Elect for the High School Choral Section of the North Carolina Music Educators Association.

Coreen Duffy is director of choral activities at the University of Montana School of Music, where she conducts Chamber Chorale and University Choir, teaches conducting, choral methods, and supervises student teachers. Duffy is an active clinician and composer; her works are published by Walton Music, ECS, and Pavane. A specialist in Jewish choral music, Duffy has presented on the subject at national and international conferences, including in Hannover, Germany in 2019. Duffy currently serves as NW Division Representative for the NAfME Council for Choral Education, as well as NW ACDA Repertoire & Resource Co-Chair for World Musics and Cultures, as well as and on the Editorial Board for NCCO’s The Choral Scholar.

Bethany Jennings, Choral Director at Stuart W. Cramer High School in Belmont, North Carolina, holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) and a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she attended as a NC Teaching Fellow. In addition to her work at Stuart Cramer, Bethany serves as Director of Music Ministries for the First Presbyterian Church in Gastonia, NC. She is the founder of North Carolina’s Collegiate Choral Symposium held each fall and the Carolinas Conductor Summer Workshop.  Most recently, along with four additional US delegates, Bethany was awarded the honor of representing the American Choral Directors Association in Johannesburg, South Africa to study as an International Conducting Fellow.  Her professional affiliations include ACDA, PAM, Choristers Guild, NafME, and just completed a term serving as Chair of the High School Choral Section within the NC Music Educators Association. Bethany’s interests in the classroom include music literacy & assessment, and technology integration in the classroom. Outside of the classroom she enjoys being Aunt Beth, coaching basketball, and will eat anything but lima beans.

Shermie Potts is the Head Coral Director and Fine Arts Chair Edmond Santa Fe High School. She holds a Bachelors of Music Education (OU), a Masters of Music Education (UCO), and a PhD in Music Education (OU). Her special passion is teaching singers to sight-sing and has developed an aural-based sight-singing method used with success by many teachers in Oklahoma. She directs Advanced Women’s Chorus, Men’s Chorus, and the show choir, Finale’, for which she arranges music and creates choreography.  She also co-directs the annual school variety show, Debut, and a full Broadway musical. Potts has served as the Choral Vice-President of the Oklahoma Music Educators Association and OkMEA Treble Chorus All-State Choir Chair. She has also served as the Repertoire and Standards Chair for Male Choirs for the Oklahoma Choral Directors Association. Potts currently serves as the High School Chair for Central Oklahoma Choral Directors Association.

Stefanie Weigand currently serves as a member of the NAfME Council for Choral Education and Youth Choir R&R for ACDA’s Eastern Region. She has also served as President and Membership Chair of the VT-ACDA. She enjoys working as a presenter, clinician, and guest conductor across the region and is currently the choral director at Harwood Union Middle and High School in central Vermont where she teaches MS and HS chorus, acting, and conducts two honors ensembles (I Cantori and Harwood Vocal Jazz). During the summer, Stefanie teaches graduate courses for inservice music educators through Music-COMP both online and in person. She was the 2014 recipient of the VMEA’s Outstanding New Music Educator Award. After receiving her BFA in Musical Theatre from Ithaca College, Stefanie toured nationally with a Children’s Theatre Company and worked on stage and off as a performer, pit musician, and music director. Since moving to Vermont, she has appeared as a vocalist, pianist, and music director for various organizations including TURNmusic, the Vermont Philharmonic, Stowe Theatre Guild, Lyric Theatre, Music-COMP, the Green Mountain Mahler Festival, Burlington Civic Symphony Orchestra, and the Green Mountain Opera Festival. Stefanie’s work as a studio vocalist can also be heard on a number of albums released through Lane Gibson studios and Lovetown Recording. She now enjoys living in the district where she teaches, and where her two young daughters attend school, as she completes her own graduate studies at Castleton University.

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.

 

Aerosol Study Round 3 Results Update

 
Join the co-chair researcher on the International Performing Arts Aerosol Research Study to learn about the latest research results and suggestions on how to make music together safely in-person.
 
 
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.

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.

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.

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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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: 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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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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

International Coalition of Performing Arts Aerosol Study Round 2

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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.

 

 

                                     Teaching Elementary and Early Childhood Music in the Time of COVID-19
 
by Karen Salvador and Rob Lyda
 

Music is important in children’s lives and a crucial part of their well-rounded education. In this webinar, Rob Lyda and Karen Salvador will share NAfME suggested guidelines for elementary and early childhood music teaching in-person and online. In addition to suggesting limits to prevent virus spread, they will focus on ideas for what teachers CAN try. They’ll provide time for participants to share suggestions and ask questions—the resources they share are living documents and will be updated after this conversation. 

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Karen Salvador

Rob Lyda                 

 

 

Karen Salvador is Assistant Professor of Music Education at Michigan State University, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses and directs the early childhood music programs at the MSU community music schools. She is a past president of Michigan’s MEA, and currently serves as president of the NAfME North Central Division. Her research explores how music educators create inclusive and responsive instruction, particularly in early childhood and elementary settings. She will host the Early Childhood Music and Movement Association’s Biennial International Convention at MSU this summer. 

Rob Lyda is the music teacher at Cary Woods Elementary in Auburn, AL. He has completed certification studies in Kodály, World Music Drumming, TI:ME, and is an Orff Schulwerk certified teacher. Currently, he serves as Chair of the NAfME Council for General Music Education and President-Elect of the Alabama MEA.

  Smithsonian Folkways Learning Pathways: A New Way to Deeply Engage Students with Music Online
 
 
Smithsonian Folkways Learning Pathways is the latest initiative in a long line of educational resources from the record label, designed to facilitate learning music and learning through music online. Learning about, appreciating, playing and creating music can benefit children’s lives, and help them navigate the complex world around them. The Smithsonian Folkways Learning Pathways are designed to do just that: engaging, thematic, integrated, flexible and attractively designed. These authoritative and customizable journeys of discovery place recordings from the rich and diverse Smithsonian Folkways collection and other primary sources from the Smithsonian Institution at the center of the educational experience. In this way, they provide targeted, high-quality educational materials at no cost to learners across all levels of education, with a specific focus on students enrolled in Title I schools and other under-resourced educational environments.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Huib Schippers music school founderHuib Schippers has a thirty-year history of innovative projects and publications in music education. He founded the Amsterdam World Music School (1990-1997), developed the Rotterdam World Music & Dance Centre (1996-2003), and led the Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre (2003-2015), before bringing a new focus on education as Director and Curator of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings from 2016 to 2020. His monograph Facing the Music (Oxford University Press, 2010) is used by music educators on five continents. 

 

 

 

 

Patricia Shehan Campbell SmithsonianPatricia Campbell teaches undergraduate and graduate courses at the interface of Ethnomusicology and Music at the University of Washington, including music for children, world music pedagogy, and ethnographic research in music. She has chaired the programs in Ethnomusicology and Music Education, establishing the BA in Ethnomusicology degree and developing studies in music and community. 

 

 

 

 

Ty-Juana Taylor educatorTy-Juana Taylor is a musician, educator, and researcher who has advocated for children’s rights and education for over a decade. With a PhD in ethnomusicology and a master’s in social welfare, she has worked with several organizations, locally and internationally, to create and implement diverse and inclusive programming, and educational curricula to better engage students from a variety of backgrounds and experiences. 

 

 

 

Jennifer Mellizo general music teacherJennifer Mellizo has been teaching K-8th grade music in public schools for the past twenty years. She holds a MA in music education and a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction. She was a 2014 Wyoming Arch Coal Teacher of the Year, the 2016 Albany County School District Teacher of the Year, and recently received a 2020-2021 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program Award to Spain. 

 

 

 

Logan Clark Smithsonian FolkwaysLogan Clark has been the Executive Assistant for Smithsonian Folkways Recordings for three years. She has a PhD in ethnomusicology from the University of California, Los Angeles, where she researched Guatemalan Indigenous migrant communities and the marimba and taught classes in introductory ethnomusicology and Latin American music.