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

Thursday, January 27, 2022

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CMEA Opening Session, Keynote, and Honor Awards Ceremony
Kevin Beaber
Kevin Beaber
CMEA, President
Cynthia Eversole
Cynthia Eversole
CMEA, President-Elect
Omar Thomas
Omar Thomas
University of Texas at Austin, Assistant Professor of Composition

CMEA President Kevin Beaber and CMEA President-elect Cynthia Eversole welcome all to the 2022 conference and annual meeting of the membership. Enjoy a keynote address presented by Omar Thomas, and celebrate the accomplishments of our CMEA Honor Award Recipients from 2021 and 2022.

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He Said, She Said, They Said: Gender Neutrality in the Music Room
Amy Abbott
Amy Abbott
Red Hawk Elementary School, Music Teacher - Kodály specialist

Our ultimate goal, as teachers, is to ensure that our students feel safe, respected and valued members of the class community. Therefore, it’s important to look at various aspects of our classrooms, ensuring that ALL students are seen and respected for who they are as an individual. One prime example of this is gender neutrality. In this session we will explore the importance of gender neutrality in various ways. Participants will discuss the “what, who, where, when” of gender neutrality. The session will have a “hands-on,” or demonstration, approach, focusing on the importance of neutral pronouns and non-gender specific roles in singing games, play parties and other musical repertoire. Attendees will have a chance to explore using gender neutrality within various classroom situations and to discuss how this will make music education more inclusive for all students.

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Rocky Mountain High School - Rocky Mountain Winds
Scott Schlup
Scott Schlup
Rocky Mountain High School, Director of Bands

Presider - Craig Woodall, Rocky Mountain High School Principal

Concert Host - Peter Toews, IMC Chair

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New and Notable in Music Technology
Ryan Unangst
Ryan Unangst
Romeo Music, Technology Specialist

Educational music technology specialist and consultant Ryan Unangst will provide a wide variety of the latest in music technology that will aid, inspire and motivate your music students’ knowledge and performance success. From smart phone/tablet condenser microphones and podcast kits to the latest in portable and installed sound systems with digital mixers and wireless microphones to the many choices of innovative K-12 and college music labs including piano, music theory and notation and creative music labs for STEAM schools, Mr. Unangst will show you a host of options to suit your needs and budget.

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Practicum to Student Teaching to Interviews
Michelle Ewer
Michelle Ewer
Tri-M Chair

The time has come to start putting the skills you have been developing into practical applications. This session will cover topics such as choosing a location for practicum, expanding your experiences during student teaching and showcasing your strengths during an interview. Come and explore this journey through the eyes of a public-school teacher and adjunct professor at CU Boulder. Regardless whether or not practicum is right around the corner or still in the future, this session is for you. Feel free to ask questions along the way.

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Metropolitan State University of Denver - Orchestra
Brandon Matthews
Brandon Matthews
Metropolitan State University of Denver, Director of Orchestras and Professor

Concert Host - Leanne Griffey, CO ASTA Secretary

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Exhibits Reception
Rick Shaw
Rick Shaw
CMEA and CBA Chairman of Marching Affairs, Exhibits Chair

Complete your exhibitor signature card and turn it in for a free drink ticket!


Check out the online list of Exhibitors here.

Friday, January 28, 2022

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The First Three Years
David A. Rickels
David A. Rickels
University of Colorado Boulder, Associate Professor and Chair of Music Education
Hannah Harm
Hannah Harm
Liberty High School, Assistant Director of Bands
Celeste Landy
Celeste Landy
Battle Mountain High School, Instrumental Music Director
Tristan Peterson
Tristan Peterson
Galileo School of Math and Science, Instrumental Music Teacher

The first three years of teaching are an important and often challenging transitional time for all new music teachers entering the profession. This panel discussion will explore the experiences of music teachers currently navigating this early career stage. Panelists Andrea Austin, Hannah Harm, Celeste Landy, and Tristan Peterson will share lessons they have learned in their journey from college to the classroom. Moderator David Rickels will also invite questions from the audience. College students, new teachers, and experienced teachers who mentor new educators will all benefit from this dialogue about experiences in the first three years.

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Teaching Music to Students with Trauma
Cayley Buie
Cayley Buie
Adams City High School, Band and Orchestra Director

We all have trauma-- but as education grows and develops, we are finding better ways of helping students to heal from trauma through the classroom interactions we have every day. In this session you will learn what a young brain does when it has experienced trauma, how Adverse Childhood Experiences can be at the root of a lot of frustrating behavior, and the best ways to help students whom you may not have had any clue what to do with before. We will also discuss how a music educator's personal healing from trauma is crucial to helping your students heal from theirs.

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Alliance for Music Education Equity: Supporting Music Experiences and Music Educators for Diversity
Ana Luna Uribe-Leteinturier
Ana Luna Uribe-Leteinturier
Alliance for Music Education Equity, Executive Director
Carla Aguilar
Carla Aguilar
Metropolitan State University of Denver, Coordinator of Music Education

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Social Justice Music Education
André Solomon
André Solomon
Creative Generation, Manager, Community Learning
Jeff M. Poulin
Jeff M. Poulin
Creative Generation, Managing Director

As the country reckons with injustice, educators, especially arts educators, possess one of the greatest tools to help young people understand and take action towards social justice. Based on two years of pedagogical research on the intersection of social justice and arts education, join Creative Generation for a hands-on session to integrate the National Core Arts Standards for music with the Teaching for Justice’s social justice education standards. The workshop will culminate with music educators crafting their own conception of an integrated music education/social justice lesson plan.

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How Vocal and String Pedagogies Can Enhance One Another
Michael Linert
Michael Linert
Westminster High School, Performing Arts Department Chair & Director of Orchestras, Mariachi, and Guitar

String teachers tell their students to play like a singer, while voice teachers tell their students to sing like a string player. What does it all mean? Join this session to learn and experience some specific techniques and concepts to improve the string and vocal techniques, musicality, and creativity of your students!

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Being a Culturally Responsive Educator: Starting with a Personal Approach
Carla Aguilar
Carla Aguilar
Metropolitan State University of Denver, Coordinator of Music Education

The call for culturally responsive educators has risen in the last few years. Educators such as Zaretta Hammond (2014) and music educators such as Vicki Lind and Constance McKoy (2016) have championed this call. What does it mean to be a culturally responsive educator? Where can teachers start to understand the aspects of being culturally responsive? The core of being a culturally responsive educator begins with the teacher in the classroom understanding themselves. In this session, we will discuss four personal areas that educators can attend to in order to better understand themselves and how they approach teaching. These areas are privilege, intersectionality, implicit bias, and fragility. Using these areas, we will discuss ways to understand ourselves and how we can best approach teaching from a culturally responsive lens.

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The Great Unknown: General Music for Middle School
Miranda Garzaniti
Miranda Garzaniti
Colorado Springs Charter Academy, Music Educator

For Middle School, General Music can truly feel like the Great Unknown. With so much to choose from and not knowing where to start, it’s no wonder some educators feel turned around. This session will talk about how you can transform a “music appreciation class” into one that encourages students to create and build their own world of music. You will walk away with some simple ideas that will help your students (and you) get excited to learn.

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What Are My Strengths? An Introduction to Core Reflection for In-Service and Pre-Service Teachers
Margaret Berg
Margaret Berg
University of Colorado, Professor of Music Education and Associate Dean for Graduate Studies

Are you interested in learning about a different way to confront teaching-related challenges? This session is designed to help in-service and pre-service teachers use their character strengths and ideals as the starting point for reflection, thus using professional competencies and unique personal characteristics to respond to obstacles. This hands-on session will engage participants in various role plays designed to introduce participants to facets of core reflection and its application to common teaching challenges.

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Working With Your Administrator
James Weaver
James Weaver
National Federation of High School State Associations, Director of Performing Arts and Sports

Dr. James Weaver has been an administrator at the school, district, state, and national levels, he will use this experience to provide best practices with working with your administrator. Topics will include participation, budgeting, communication, and relationship building.

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University of Colorado at Boulder - Wind Symphony
Donald J. McKinney
Donald J. McKinney
University of Colorado Boulder, Director of Bands and Professor of Conducting

Presider - John Davis, University of Colorado at Boulder Dean of the College of Music

Concert Host - Tom Chapman, IMC District 5 Representative

Mark Dorn will receive his 25-year Recognition Award during this concert.

Saturday, January 29, 2022

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Culturally Sustaining Practices Among Music Educators: Commonalities Across Varied Contexts in the United States
Ruth Gurgel
Ruth Gurgel
Kansas State University, Dr. Ruth Gurgel, Associate Professor of Music Education

Based on a two-year long research study, the presenter will share narrative examples highlighting how six music educators incorporated Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy into their varied musical contexts, including choir, orchestra, and elementary music. The researcher will also share qualities of the music educators in the study that transcend their contexts and provide possibilities for translation into new contexts and communities. The music educators in the study had different teaching styles, experiences, musical upbringings and ensembles, yet all maintained strong levels of musical excellence (as defined by their students and communities), cultural competence, and sociopolitical consciousness. Implications include effective ways to integrate principles of Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy and a hopeful trajectory in music classrooms.