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

Thursday, January 27, 2022

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Bow Guides, Wrist Guards, Chapstick? A Guide to Teaching Aids and Their Many Uses
Lindsay Genadek
Lindsay Genadek
Private Strings Teacher

Parents are busy and tired of fighting with their kids, students can't remember everything to practice and as a teacher, you know you can't move on until technique is correct. Sometimes technique feels like an uphill battle and can be very discouraging to students and parents. There are so many teaching aids, common and uncommon, to use to help with this exact scenario and this session will focus on what can be used to help the many different technique pitfalls our students succumb to. These teaching aids help the student focus on what's really fun about learning music: The Music!

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Growing Your Viola Garden-From Seeds to Full Bloom!
Margaret Miller
Margaret Miller
Senior Instructor, Viola and Chamber Music

It takes careful nurturing of your viola "seeds" but the rewards of a thriving viola section in all of your ensembles is worth the watering, pruning and reseeding. This session will give directors and teachers strategies for growing a great viola garden, from beginners through high school.

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Empowered Listening: Turning Accurate into Artistic
Donald J. McKinney
Donald J. McKinney
University of Colorado Boulder, Director of Bands and Professor of Conducting

How can you and your students elevate your performances from accurate to artistic? This session seeks to answer this relevant and vital question by providing alternative strategies that will enhance your listening skills and empower your students to engage with the rehearsal process. We will explore new methods to create your personal aural image and heighten your expectation for student performance. By using examples from a variety of scores, we will examine how to quickly process and study the printed score to make informed decisions that will determine your performance expectation. Most importantly, we will explore ways to energize your rehearsals and empower your students’ listening. It will be our goal to turn ensemble rehearsals into exciting and creative spaces where students take risks, explore the unknown, and become collaborators in the artistic pursuit.

Friday, January 28, 2022

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Teaching Terrific Tone: Creating a Beautiful Sounding Orchestra
Becky Bush
Becky Bush
Hudsonville Public Schools, Alfred Music, Orchestra Director

Orchestra is a performance-based class, so let’s perform well! Come experience specific strategies for transforming the sound of your orchestra in just one rehearsal! This clinic will be filled with reminders for experienced teachers and is a must-see for young string teachers who need rehearsal ideas ready for Monday!

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Strategies for Uncovering Musical Meaning & Nuance through Score Study
Brian C. Murray
Brian C. Murray
University of Wyoming, Associate Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor of Music

Intentional score study is an essential component of a conductor’s process. However, finding the time to devote to this task in the hustle and bustle of everyday life can be difficult. In fact, it’s often easier to learn the music along with our ensemble rather than study it meticulously in advance. In so doing, we miss out on the practical and musical benefits of thorough score study. To mitigate this challenge, we will explore strategies for score study that break down this gargantuan task into accomplishable steps that unveil musical nuance for the benefit of conductors and musicians alike.


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Terrific Tips and Rehearsal Strategies for Middle School Orchestra
Becky Bush
Becky Bush
Hudsonville Public Schools, Alfred Music, Orchestra Director

Experience specific strategies for transforming middle school orchestra rehearsals. This clinic will be filled with reminders for experienced teachers and is a must-see for young string teachers. Walk away with effective ideas you can implement on Monday!

Saturday, January 29, 2022

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Sensational String Warm Ups: Skills to Revolutionize Your Orchestra
Becky Bush
Becky Bush
Hudsonville Public Schools, Alfred Music, Orchestra Director

Completely revolutionize your orchestra in the first ten minutes of each rehearsal! Warm ups are easy to implement, fun, and save rehearsal time! A must-see session for middle school and high school orchestra directors.

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What They See Is What You Get
Jamal Duncan
Jamal Duncan
Arizona State University, Associate Director of Bands

Our conducting gestures are the most efficient tools we have to communicate musically with our students. Our gestures are the main influencers of the sound we receive on the podium.

Using the methods of dancer Rudolf Laban and his principles of body movement as a springboard, this session is designed to help educators of all levels think differently about their conducting. This will be a hands-on experiential session that will build upon the Laban method in order to arrive at more effective musical communication.

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