2022 Colorado Music Educators Association Conference 2022 Colorado Music Educators Association Conference

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

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CMEA Conference Registration
William Kohut
William Kohut
CMEA, Executive Director

Pre-registration packets may be picked up during this time. If you have not registered for the conference by January 21st you will need to complete the on-line registration form and either make payment by credit card or by check and come to the on-site registration area. You will be asked to present your invoice and check payment if paying by check.

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Lunch

Grab lunch on your own!

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Team Building 101 - Enhance your classroom culture!
Michael Linert
Michael Linert
Westminster High School, Performing Arts Department Chair & Director of Orchestras, Mariachi, and Guitar

This session will present top tips and strategies for your team building experiences, as well as low or no prep activities that will be ready to go when you return from the conference!

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West Music Presents Movin' and Groovin'
Denise Gagne
Denise Gagne
Managing editor of Themes & Variations, Preschool music teacher and frequent visitor to elementary school music classrooms

In this session, we will sing, move, dance and play no-touch or adapted games and dances.  We’ll have fun reading, writing, improvising and creating because all of these games teach many concepts.

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Thursday, January 27, 2022

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The Manning School - Resonance
Shawna Mendez
Shawna Mendez
The Manning School of Academics and Arts, Choir Director

Presider - Christian Ramaker, Principal, The Manning School

Concert Host - Shanti Gruber, VMC District 8 Representative

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AESco: The "Keys" to Improvisation, Making Piano Easy for Movement-Based Learning!
Gregory Marxen
Gregory Marxen
Aspen View Academy K-8 Charter School, General Music Teacher
Oren Logan
Oren Logan
Olander School for Project-Based Learning, Music Teacher
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Jackline Stokke
Music teacher
Bonnie Jacobi
Bonnie Jacobi
Colorado State University, Associate Professor of Music Education

Improvising music for movement doesn’t need to be scary! Join us for some keyboard games with four AES-certified Eurhythmics teachers. Learn tips and tricks for making improvisation easy and fun and ideas for incorporating movement in your classroom. Participants will walk away with some basic improvisation concepts, melodic inspiration for growing your playing, and some newfound confidence!

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West Music Presents: Buckets of Fun
Denise Gagne
Denise Gagne
Managing editor of Themes & Variations, Preschool music teacher and frequent visitor to elementary school music classrooms

In this session, Denise will share a sequence for teaching students to play bucket drums or desk drums. Tips for teaching, a sequence of skills, and fun pop song play along options will be included.

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Antelope Trails Elementary School - Handbell Choir
Jenny Hall
Jenny Hall
Antelope Trails Elementary School, Music Teacher - Handbell Choir director

Presider - Laura Cresap, Antelope Trails Elementary School Principal 

Concert Host - Julie Kuhlman, District 4 GMC Representative

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Western Colorado University - Choir
Heather Roberson
Heather Roberson
Western Colorado University, Director of Choral Activities and Professor of Voice

Presider - Kenneth W. Todd, Western Colorado University, Department of Music Program Director

Concert Host - Teri Bohl, VMC Secretary

Friday, January 28, 2022

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Playful Procedures: Building a Community of Learners through Responsive Classroom - presented by RMC-AOSA
Matthew Stensrud
Matthew Stensrud
Sidwell Friends Lower School, Elementary Music & Movement Teacher

Come discover how consistent routines, a strong classroom community, and opportunities for exploration and play enhance the wonder of Orff Schulwerk and instill the ideals of Responsive Classroom in our music-making.

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West Music Presents: Listening Fun!
Denise Gagne
Denise Gagne
Managing editor of Themes & Variations, Preschool music teacher and frequent visitor to elementary school music classrooms

Listening and responding to music is important for the emotional well being of our students.  In this session, you’ll explore engaging and fun listening activities for all age, from your littles to Middle school.  We’ll move and create movement with scarves, ribbons, cups, plates and more.  We’ll explore form and cultural context.  This session is fun – and will give you many lessons to use in your classes!

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Teaching Without Words: Exploring Innovative Teaching in Elementary Music - presented by RMC-AOSA
Matthew Stensrud
Matthew Stensrud
Sidwell Friends Lower School, Elementary Music & Movement Teacher

Stop losing your voice, teachers! With instruments, sound cues, body language, unique vocal sounds and more, we can conquer the lost voice. In this session, we will explore classroom procedures, learn a dance, play a xylophone piece, explore unpitched percussion, and more – all with as few words as possible.

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How to Hook 'Em: Using Movement to Refocus and Engage Our Students - presented by RMC-AOSA
Matthew Stensrud
Matthew Stensrud
Sidwell Friends Lower School, Elementary Music & Movement Teacher

From sun salutations to uneven meter to creating drums with our bodies and more, movement is a powerful ‘hook’ to reach even our most challenging students. Explore tried and true ways to effortlessly and playfully move with our students and find entries to creative movement that all students will love.

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The Path to Personal and Professional Antiracism: an honest look at my journey so far
Missy Strong
Missy Strong
Mt Laurel Township Schools, Music Teacher

A period of difficult personal & professional reckoning led me to confront my own racism, internal bias, & privilege. As a Filipina-American woman, I was surprised to discover how oblivious I was to the pervasive nature of systemic racism in education, the US, & in myself. Every day I grapple with how to eliminate these in my classroom by doing the hard work of shedding my former “colorblind” philosophy to put on one in which I see, acknowledge, value, & celebrate each student. This has resulted in many necessary challenges to me in my philosophy, practice, & pedagogy, but with each step on the path I know I am moving in the right direction. While my story is imperfect, I hope that sharing it provokes thought & encourages other educators to join me on the journey to create a more equitable, musical, thoughtful, & just world for students, their families, & our communities.

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West Music Presents: Storybooks for Diverse Classrooms
Denise Gagne
Denise Gagne
Managing editor of Themes & Variations, Preschool music teacher and frequent visitor to elementary school music classrooms

It’s a good time to review the storybooks in your classroom, to be sure that all the students in your classes with see themselves in the story.  This session will share lessons for some beautiful storybooks that will have your students singing, playing, moving, reading, writing, creating.  Your students will be inspired to reach for a star!

Saturday, January 29, 2022

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West Music Presents: Potpourri of w
Denise Gagne
Denise Gagne
Managing editor of Themes & Variations, Preschool music teacher and frequent visitor to elementary school music classrooms

How can you have a life when you spend so much time planning your lessons, dealing with student behaviors, assessing and doing report cards?  Teachers spend a ton of time dealing with their students emotional well being, sometimes forgetting to look after their own emotional well being.  This session is full of tips and ideas for making your job easier!

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Moving to multiple genres of music: increasing student connection, engagement, and musicality
Missy Strong
Missy Strong
Mt Laurel Township Schools, Music Teacher

Movement is integral to true understanding in music - helping students better comprehend expression, form, and other musical concepts. When a student develops movement competence in the early years, the learning is even more powerful and continues into adulthood. Learn how to boldly and joyfully include all genres of music, including Pop, Global, R & B, to your repertoire to meet students where they are and draw them into this crucial (and fun!) component of being musical.

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Honest Conversations About Mental Health
Andrew Holcombe
Andrew Holcombe
Euclid Middle School, Band Teacher/Presenter
Dylan Ford
Dylan Ford
Dakota Ridge High School, Director of Instrumental Music

It can be challenging to talk about how we feel and what we think, especially in our very public roles as music teachers. Our session is a friendly environment to start conversations about improving our mental health in a relatable way as musicians, teachers, and people.

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All-State Jazz Choir Concerts
David Von Kampen
David Von Kampen
University of Nebraska, Lecturer of music theory and literature and teaches a variety of music courses and directs the Jazz Singers
Leila Heil
Leila Heil
University of Colorado Boulder, Associate Professor of Music Education
Kirk Marcy
Kirk Marcy
Edmonds College, Clinician and adjudicator for choral and jazz festivals throughout the country.

Presider - Jeff Peckham - All-State Jazz Choir Chair