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

Thursday, January 27, 2022

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Critical Conversations Through Productive Argumentation
Anthony Trecek-King
Anthony Trecek-King
The Hartt School, University of Hartford and a Resident Conductor with the Handel and Haydn Society, Associate Professor of Choral Music and Director of Choral Activities
Melanie Trecek-King
Melanie Trecek-King
Massasoit Community College, Associate Professor of Biology and Science Educator and Communicator, Thinking is Power
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The ABC’s of Songwriting Activism: Art + Blues + Compassion = Change
Tara Neeley
Tara Neeley
Graland Country Day School, Music educator

Do you want to create more opportunities for the intersection of activism and active music-making in your classroom? Songwriting can be tricky, but provides rewarding musical experiences and a platform for student agency and activism. Come learn how the blues genre and visual art combine to provide a perfect initial journey for student activist songwriting that is accessible and successful. Participants will leave our session ready to build a blues unit where students own the entire songwriting process. Not only will they write and sing the lyrics, but they will also play recorder, ukulele, and barred instruments, while exploring important music concepts like form, theory, harmony, and music history. We will also discuss songwriting tips and tricks, plus quality resources for introducing a blues unit to your students. Bring a recorder and ukulele to join in our songwriting!

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Building an Equity Bridge Through Student-Led Chamber Ensembles
Whitney Luther
Whitney Luther
El Sistema Colorado, Executive Director
Jamie Wolf
Jamie Wolf
El Sistema Colorado, Teaching Artist

El Sistema Colorado's mission is to harness the joy of music and ignite the potential in our future leaders through an immersive youth music education program that transcends socioeconomic barriers. We see our equity focus coming to life in two distinct areas: Dismantling white supremacy within the arts environment and facilitating socio-emotional learning with a social justice focus. How does a music program make this shift? Through student-led chamber ensembles designed to give students both voice and choice in their music making experience. We think these small ensembles may be the most efficient and effective way to shift music education to being more student-centered, equitable, and culturally responsive.

Join El Sistema Colorado and Quartet Maravilla as we demonstrate how chamber music can build an equity bridge while preparing students for lives as professional musicians.

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The Silent Canon - Repertoire by Composers of African Descent
Anthony Trecek-King
Anthony Trecek-King
The Hartt School, University of Hartford and a Resident Conductor with the Handel and Haydn Society, Associate Professor of Choral Music and Director of Choral Activities

A workshop on Singing Spirituals - History and Performance Practice

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Native American Music into the General and Choral Music Classrooms
Allison Cawthon
Allison Cawthon
Master in Music Education Graduate Student

This presentation will include an introduction to Native American music, culture, differentiation, and history from tribes in the United States, as well as lesson plan ideas, songs, and resources for implementing Indigenous music into the general or choral music space. The audience will also receive critical insight into the lives of First Nations students, and how teachers can make these students feel validated in their classrooms in any age group.

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Friday, January 28, 2022

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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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The Elephant, The Rider, And The Aliens That Didn't Come
Melanie Trecek-King
Melanie Trecek-King
Massasoit Community College, Associate Professor of Biology and Science Educator and Communicator, Thinking is Power

Why do discussions seem to quickly descend into ideological fights? Why don’t facts change people’s minds? And what will you do when the aliens don’t save you? This session will explore the answers to these questions to help you and your ensembles have more productive and meaningful conversations.

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Striking Gold with Rhythmic Literacy Activities
Amy Abbott
Amy Abbott
Red Hawk Elementary School, Music Teacher - Kodály specialist

Folk music resources are the roots of the Kodály curriculum and literacy skills are one of the many branches. In this session participants will learn some golden treasures to add to their collections. Through the materials presented in this session, rhythmic literacy sills will be presented, experienced and explored. Participants will walk away with new song materials as well as much literacy activities to implement in their classroom.

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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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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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Exploring Timbre in Jazz Singing: Strategies for the Vocal Jazz E
Leila Heil
Leila Heil
University of Colorado Boulder, Associate Professor of Music Education
John Seesholtz
John Seesholtz
University of Colorado, Director of Vocal Pedagogy

Vocal jazz repertoire provides exciting opportunities for exploring a range of vocal timbres in both ensemble singing and solo singing. In this session, we will explore the tools available to singers and directors for achieving a variety of timbres through the shaping of the vocal tract. Through live and recorded audio demonstrations, we will listen to and discuss differences in both acoustical sound and amplified sound resulting from vowel modifications and other changes to resonating spaces.

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Instant Ukulele Ensemble
Gary Jugert
Gary Jugert
Rocky Mountain Ukulele Orchestra, the Denver Guitar Orchestra, Founder

Join the rush to use ukulele in your classroom with solo and ensemble skills. You'll walk out with skills to play ukulele tablature, arrange music for presentation by your students, and conduct ukulele musicians on the spot. We'll introduce you to the resources available through the Rocky Mountain Ukulele Orchestra.

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Including Those We Serve - Engaging Students In Their Success
Tom Chapman
Tom Chapman
Lewis-Palmer High School, Director of Bands and Popular Music Studies

At the heart of every program are the students - we do what we do in schools for their benefit. But, as in every subject, often the process of music education is done to our students and not with them. In this session ideas will be shared on involving students in the conversations and decisions that shape our programs, from the culture and inclusion of our classrooms, to individual and group growth, excellence, and success.

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A Brain-aligned Approach to Fostering Belonging in the Music Room
Missy Strong
Missy Strong
Mt Laurel Township Schools, Music Teacher

How can we create a safe place where students have agency and feel cared for as they engage musically, socially, and emotionally? Learn what practical insight educational neuroscience has for those seeking to forge authentic connections to students and how these apply specifically to elementary and middle school music classrooms.

Learn how educational neuroscience help teachers create a safe place where students have agency and feel cared for as they engage musically, socially, and emotionally.

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Using Children's Literature to Teach Melodic Literacy
Darla Meek
Darla Meek
Texas A&M University-Commerce, Lecturer and Music Education Coordinator

When we think about teaching music literacy to elementary-aged children, most music educators’ minds turn to Zoltan Kodály. In this session, children’s literature serves as the inspiration for melodic music reading via the Kodály sequence. Your students will enjoy singing, dancing, playing barred instruments, creative movement, and improvisation as they learn to read music notation.


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Fun and Free Technology Platforms and Improv in the Secondary Choral Classroom
Caroline Hesford
Caroline Hesford
Summit High School, Director of Choirs

Do you want to learn how to engage students with technology in your choral classroom and still make it fun? How about making it fun and teaching them improvisation skills at the same time? If so, then this session will be filled with fun and engaging technology platforms, games and ideas for your secondary choral students. We will use Gimkit, Kahoot, Hookpad and Soundtrap so bring your computer, iPad or phone and be ready to learn how to teach theory skills, form, harmonic chord progressions and improvisation while making it fun!

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