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

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

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A Composer’s Inspiration and Preparation Behind the Music
Kirk Vogel
Kirk Vogel
Composer, guest conductor, adjudicator and an educator/clinician.

This session will touch on some of the ways I approach writing for an ensemble. Insights into inspiration will lead to discussion about practical concerns involved in writing music: form, tempo, style, key, dynamics, orchestration and articulation/bowing. Musical excerpts will be shown and played (from recordings) to demonstrate certain concepts.

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Keynote Address: One Person Makes a Difference
Tim Lautzenheiser
Tim Lautzenheiser
Tri-M, Keynote Speaker. Chair National Tri-M

YOU make a difference, I make a difference, we ALL make a difference. The question we must ask ourselves is: WHAT KIND OF DIFFERENCE ARE WE GOING TO MAKE? Tri-M students are postured to have a positive impact on their chapters, their colleagues, their schools and their communities. The ART of MUSIC combined with the POWER of LEADERSHIP is a potent recipe-for-success in every aspect of life. The time is NOW, the LEADER is each and everyone of us!

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Leadership for Creative Impact
Jeff M. Poulin
Jeff M. Poulin
Creative Generation, Managing Director

How are you creative? We all know that we inherently possess creativity, and often utilize it in our music making; but how can we employ our creativity to address the challenges in our loves? Based on new research Creative Generation has produced a tool for young people to identify and understand the elements of their creativity – as honed through their music education. Check out this hands-on workshop for learning about and employing your creativity in your community, school, and life. Attendees will explore how they are creative, while crafting tangible next steps for their own leadership as a musician.

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Final Concert

Students will perform the Grand Finale for Teachers/Chaperones/CMEA Members

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Closing Remarks

Thank yous and Goodbyes

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Rehearsal Lab
Robert Sheldon
Robert Sheldon
Composer/Conductor/Clinician

Rehearsal strategies for preparing students. Helpful tools for music teachers in working with ensembles in everyday classroom settings.

Rock Canyon High School Band, under the direction of Zachary Fruits will serve as the demonstration group for this session.

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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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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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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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Research-based Strategies for Recruitment and Retention in Choir
Seth Pendergast
Seth Pendergast
Colorado State University, Assistant Professor in Music Education
Kaitlin Miles
Kaitlin Miles
Fort Collins High School, Vocal Music Director
Will Ecker
Will Ecker
Fort Collins High School, Choir Director
Julia Dale
Julia Dale
Rock Canyon High School, Director of Vocal Music

Choral music educators are often anxious about enrollment rates in their choir programs. Moreover, the schooling disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic may have deepened these concerns. In this session, we explore practical strategies and research-based concepts for recruitment and retention in the choral classroom. First, we will briefly address the basic social-psychological factors that motivate students to begin and sustain activities in their lives. Second, each of these concepts will be paired with practical recruiting and retention strategies. We will provide attendees with our own tried-and-true strategies as well as a compendium of recruiting strategies sourced from other Colorado choral educators. Third, we will conclude with a brief discussion of what healthy choral participation might look like - and it's not always about having the biggest program in town!

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Take It Outside! Songs and Games for Outdoors or Large Spaces
Tanya LeJeune
Tanya LeJeune
Jefferson County Public Schools, Music mentor and Kodály Specialist

Come sing and play as we learn 2nd-5th grade songs, games, and dances that work well outside or inside.

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

Children who are musically literate are given the tools to become life-long music makers.  In this session we’ll explore fun ways to teach theory:  games, ball bouncing, bean bags and many activities!



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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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Hearing vs. Listening in Music: How to hear better by knowing what to listen for
Gary J. Lewis
Gary J. Lewis
University of Colorado Boulder, Director of Orchestral Studies

Hearing what exactly is going on in our ensembles is perhaps the most challenging aspect of conducting. In this clinic we will explore ways to broaden our awareness and musical expression, and to hear our groups more effectively, by knowing where to listen and what to listen for.

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Erie High School - CR5
Thalia Burd
Thalia Burd
Erie High School, Music Educator

Presider - Matt Buchler, Principal, Erie High School

Concert Host - Kim Waller, VMC District 6 Representative

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25 Best Practices, Tips and Hacks for the Middle Level Band Teacher
Mike Perez
Mike Perez
Kinard Core Knowledge Middle School, Director of Bands

This session will provide you with 25 (or more!) best practices, tips, and hacks that you can use with your beginner and intermediate level bands right away. Topics will include percussion, administration, email, sheet music, planning, classroom culture and more!

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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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Help! How do I build a program in a small school?
Katrina Hendrick
Katrina Hendrick
Bruce Randolph Schools - Denver, Music Educator

Do you work in a small school with little control over the class schedule, your student roster, or access to resources? Are you the only teacher for K-8, 6-12, or K-12 school music programs? Or, do you have experience in similar settings and ideas to share that have been successful? Come check out this session designed to provide a platform to share ideas for teachers in various challenging situations for culturally responsive ways to build their programs into integral parts of their school culture and communities.

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Career Paths in the Modern Music Industry: Audio Production, Songwriting, Music Business, Electronic Music, and more!
Dave Walter
Dave Walter
CU Denver’s College of Arts & Media, Director of Enrollment Management

Join CU Denver Music & Entertainment Industry Studies (MEIS) faculty members for an exciting discussion about career options in the modern music industry. There are so many careers options in the modern music industry that many aren't aware of. This session will include information about Music Publishing, Audio Production, Live Sound, Songwriting, Music Law, Artist Management, Electronic Music Production, and more! We will also discuss the degree programs at CU Denver that prepare students for these careers.

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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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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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Copyright Compliance and the Music Classroom
James Weaver
James Weaver
National Federation of High School State Associations, Director of Performing Arts and Sports

Using copyrighted materials is a complicated, but necessary ingredient in music education. This workshop will focus on the background of copyright and the best practices on using copyrighted materials in your classroom. Topics will include fair use, educational exemptions, arrangements, copyright law and commonly asked questions.

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Singing Games Night: Strengthen the Heart of Your School Music Community
Tanya LeJeune
Tanya LeJeune
Jefferson County Public Schools, Music mentor and Kodály Specialist

How can we involve families in music making along side their children? Learn how to host a kindergarten or 1st grade Singing Games Night that will showcase the musical learning and joy happening in your classroom.

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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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Inherently Political: A Conversation Around Activism and Artivism in Concert Music
Omar Thomas
Omar Thomas
University of Texas at Austin, Assistant Professor of Composition

In this session, I will discuss the activism that is at the core of a number of my works, and considerations that should be taken when composing and commissioning such music.

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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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Teachers Matter Too: Recognizing and Reducing Teacher Burnout
David Pope
David Pope
Baldwin Wallace University, Associate Professor of Music Education

Balancing work and home life is difficult for most music teachers. In many instances, music teachers sacrifice their personal well-being and time with their family so they can provide their students with quality experiences. This unhealthy divide was only exasperated during the pandemic. In this session, I will discuss the internal, external, and physical factors that cause teacher burnout, how to recognize the signs of burnout, and strategies for reducing teacher burnout. Attendees will also share their solutions for balancing their work and home lives.

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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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Women Conductors - Creating Community and Support
Jennifer L. Grice
Jennifer L. Grice
Windsor High School, Director of Bands & Orchestra

This session will look at the numbers of women in the band conducting field in high schools in the state of Colorado and higher education wind conductors in the United States. Information will be shared about results from my research entitled: Prominent Women Wind Conductors in Higher Education: Trials, Triumphs, and Recommendations for Improving Gender Equity in the Field.

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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.

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Live Podcast Recording: Why Change? A Podcast for the Creative Generation
Jeff M. Poulin
Jeff M. Poulin
Creative Generation, Managing Director
Ashraf Hasham
Ashraf Hasham
Creative Generation, Campaign Correspondent

The Why Change? podcast brings listeners around the globe to learn how artists, educators, and cultural practitioners can change the world, one community at a time. We believe that young creatives are our world’s greatest asset and recognize that we – as the adults who are dedicated to their creative development – have work to do so they can thrive. Attendees of this session will join podcast co-hosts, Ashraf Hasham and Jeff M. Poulin, and their special guest to learn and laugh while envisioning new futures through the question, “why change?”

Friday, January 28, 2022

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Breaking the Kodaly Norm: Engaging Upper Elementary
Tanya LeJeune
Tanya LeJeune
Jefferson County Public Schools, Music mentor and Kodály Specialist
Carrie Nicholas
Carrie Nicholas
Music Teacher - Kodály specialist

Join ROCKE for strategies and activities that you might not have seen before for engaging your upper elementary students. They are Kodaly inspired but provide variety in your lessons and strategies! We will share activities that utilize technology, playing instruments, projects and more!

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Standing Out: Advice for Landing Your First Job as a Music Educator
David Pope
David Pope
Baldwin Wallace University, Associate Professor of Music Education

Landing your first job after graduation can be a daunting task. This session will reveal strategies to help you successfully navigate the application process, prepare for your interview, and impress the entire search committee.


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Columbine High School - Chamber Orchestra
Tyler Vandermeer
Tyler Vandermeer
Columbine High School, Orchestra and Band Director

This performance is limited to 75 registered attendees, due to Health & Safety Protocols. Be sure to select "attending" (or click the + symbol) for this session to ensure your spot! Note: Additional seating will be made available on a first-come-first-serve basis after the start time of the session.

Presider - Scott Christy, Columbine High School Principal

Concert Host - Michelle Ewer, Tri-M Chair

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Start with Hello - Working with Administrators to Create Vibrant School Music Programs
Angela Schendel Keedy
Angela Schendel Keedy
Music teacher, recovering school administrator, and doctoral student.

Are you happy with your school music program? Is it moving toward your vision of success? None of us creates great programs alone. This clinic will give you strategies to communicate and involve your school administration, techniques help grow your program, and pathways to improve school culture in your building.

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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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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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Keeping It All Together - Organize Your Life Using Google Keep
Shawna Lemons
Shawna Lemons
High Plains School in TSD, K-8 Music Teacher

This session is meant to help ANYONE stay organized throughout the school year both personally and professionally. No matter the grade level, content, school size, or other factors, all of us need to stay focused on our goals. Google Keep is a wonderful tool to help with this, and I would like to share the many ways this technology can work for you. We will focus on understanding why organizing matters, learn about tools to help you stay on track, think of ways to incorporate this in your content, and apply this knowledge to your life right now. Please consider joining this clinic to lighten your load and knock things off of your to-do list.

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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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Tune it or Die: Just intonation for any ensemble
Darin Drown
Darin Drown
Grandview High School, Choir Director

This clinic will demonstrate the differences between equal tempered tuning versus just intonation, how and when to use both, and demonstrate why the overtone series is critical knowledge to help your ensemble tune well.

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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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Diversify Your Curriculum and Instruction Through Community Arts and Cultural Resources
Breanna McCaughey
Breanna McCaughey
Colorado Symphony, Education Coordinator

Trying to juggle equity, diversity, inclusion, culturally responsive instruction, student voice and empowerment, among other values in the classroom and feeling overwhelmed? How do you begin to incorporate so many important ideals so it’s relevant and engaging to students? In this session, we'll talk about how community arts organizations can help you create a curriculum that embraces these practices and how they can support interdisciplinary, diverse, and impactful programming in your classroom.

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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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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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The Big Sing
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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Panel Discussion - Gender and Sexuality in the Music Classroom: How to be an effective Ally for your students
Hannah Judson
Hannah Judson
Westminster High School, Director of Choirs
Coire Geare
Coire Geare
Eaglecrest High School, Orchestra, Mariachi, and Music Theory teacher

In this session, we will discuss the basics of gender and sexuality, use of pronouns and other terms, as well as how to best support students in your school if you are unsure how to approach the topics. We will take time to think critically and discuss how this specifically fits into a music classroom context, and what part we play as music educators in being an example and an ally to queer students. Our panel of educators will share their experiences and also provide opportunities for attendees to ask questions in a safe and welcoming environment.

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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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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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Overcoming Burnout Through Completing the Stress Response Cycle
Megan Lewin
Megan Lewin
Westminster High School, Band Director

Are you currently battling burnout? Or looking to prevent it? In the field of music education, we often wear our stress as a badge of honor, but it is time to take back our mental health and develop habits that bring us fulfillment throughout our careers. In this session you will learn concrete tools to overcome burnout for you and your students based on the research by Dr. Amelia Nagoski, Dr. Emily Nagoski and their book, “Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle.” We cannot change the fact that we face countless stressors every day, but we can control the way we react through mindfulness and community care. You will leave this session prepared to complete your own stress response cycle and leave burnout behind.

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Palisade High School - Tenor/Bass Choir

Presider - Daniel Bollinger, Principal, Palisade High School

Concert Host - Teri Bohl, VMC Secretary

Stan Scott and Matt Doty will receive their 2022 25-year Recognition Awards during this concert. Raisha Quinn will receive her 2021 25-year Recognition Award.

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Axes of tone on brass instruments
Stanley Curtis
Stanley Curtis
Colorado State University, Assistant Professor (trumpet)

Dr. Stanley Curtis, trumpet professor at Colorado State University, will discuss six different ways, or "axes," that tone can be changed on brass instruments. Curtis will discuss each axis in theory and then show how to change each one. Volunteers from the audience, young and old, who play a brass instrument, will be welcomed. The audience will be encouraged to weigh in on each demonstration. Strategies for optimizing tone in a band class will be discussed.

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Colorado Music Teacher Educators Roundtable
Carla Aguilar
Carla Aguilar
Metropolitan State University of Denver, Coordinator of Music Education
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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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Pomona High School - Midnight Vocal Ensemble
Milissa Mills
Milissa Mills
Pomona High School - Midnight Vocal Ensemble, Choir Director

Presider - Jason Parson, Assistant Principal, Pomona High School

Concert Host - Alyssa Miller, VMC Chair-elect

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Century Middle School - Comet Jazz Ensemble
Jared Crump-Bertram
Jared Crump-Bertram
Century Middle School, Band Director

This performance is limited to 75 registered attendees, due to Health & Safety Protocols. Be sure to select "attending" (or click the + symbol) for this session to ensure your spot! Note: Additional seating will be made available on a first-come-first-serve basis after the start time of the session.

Presider - Dave Wiske, retired teacher from Adams 12 District

Concert Host - Michelle Ewer, Tri-M Chair

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Programming to Grow, Inspire and Flourish
Kate Flynn Margrave
Kate Flynn Margrave
Pine Creek High School, Band and Orchestra Director

This session will dive into programming for our ensembles today, taking into account the challenges we have faced in the past year. It will address literature choices that help with the education and mental health of the student, focusing on quality, inspiring works that will help our programs flourish!

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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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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.

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.

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Cheyenne Mountain Junior High School - Symphonic Band
Dan Bell
Dan Bell
The Cheyenne Mountain Junior High School, Director of Bands

Presider - Greg Watkins, Cheyenne Mountain Junior High School Principal

Concert Host - Katie Schrichte, IMC District 7 Representative

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I Have To Teach What? - Popular Music Courses at the Secondary Level
Tom Chapman
Tom Chapman
Lewis-Palmer High School, Director of Bands and Popular Music Studies

Whether a push from administrators, the community, or as a necessary class to fill out FTE, many secondary music educators are being handed popular music courses as part of their teaching loads. Often educators are assigned these courses with little to no curriculum support or training. This session will look at taking these classes and turning them into a robust program of study in popular music in a way that honors why students take these classes, acknowledges their limits as electives, and respects the time and energy of a secondary music educator that is already spread thin. Topics will include courses (guitar, history, and recording and songwriting), curriculum development, assessment, and recruitment and scheduling.

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“I Don't Have Time for One More Thing - Supporting and Incorporating Social Emotional Learning (SEL) into the Secondary Music Classroom”
Julinda Dixon
Julinda Dixon
Lucile Erwin Middle School, Choir/Drama Director
Connie Dewlen
Connie Dewlen
Coal Ridge Middle School, Counselor and former music teacher

So many of us are tired of having to do ONE MORE THING in the music classroom. Here’s a secret...we already do so many AMAZING things. Let’s renew our faith in our ability to help students grow through SEL. Mental health concerns among students and staff are nothing new in our schools and communities, but the concerns and needs have increased after COVID-19 shutdowns and various learning environments. This session will look at ways to incorporate Social Emotional Learning (SEL) into the music classroom and how it can enhance your rehearsals and strengthen the connections of your students. Specific examples will be provided, as well as access to additional resources that are ready to use.

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Columbine High School - Columbine Blue
Phil Newland
Phil Newland
Columbine High School, Vocal Music, Beginning Guitar, Adaptive Music, and AP Music Theory

Presider - Scott Christy, Principal, Columbine High School

Concert Host - Andrew Watson, VMC District 4 Representative


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FTE Challenge: Creative Solutions to Stay Full Time
Andre Wilkins
Andre Wilkins
Salida High School, Director of Music

In this clinic I will demonstrate techniques and strategies to help you teach classes you may not be an expert in. I will show you a basic foundation to get you started. If you are a band director being asked to teach choir, or vice versa this is for you. I will also explore other types of music classes, such as beginning guitar, music theory and independent study to help you stay full time!

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Socioemotional Learning through Music: Ideas for Teaching the Whole Child
Bonnie Jacobi
Bonnie Jacobi
Colorado State University, Associate Professor of Music Education
Laura Beese
Laura Beese
Shepardson Elementary, General Music Teacher

Elementary-age children need socioemotional skills to become both strong musicians and thriving adults and citizens later in life. Even if your school has not adopted free-standing SEL standards, SEL can be integrated into your regular teaching! Come learn how the five SEL core competencies can be taught simultaneously with music standards and help you respond to students with compassion and understanding. We will provide strategies and planning ideas for songs, games, and activities that promote prosocial skills like self-awareness and responsible decision making for your learners.

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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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Cheyenne Mountain High School Symphonic Band
Genice Matzke
Genice Matzke
Cheyenne Mountain High School, Director of Bands

Presider - Carrie Brenner, Cheyenne Mountain High School Principal

Concert Host - Tom Chapman, IMC District 5 Representative

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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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Percussion For the Small School Director
Justin Elks
Justin Elks
Arvada High School, Instrumental Music Director

Are you a small school band director? Do you have limited resources at your disposal? Are you in need of some percussion help? Then this is the clinic for you. We will discuss everything from basic percussion playing techniques to repair on those many instruments. This crash course will give you tons of ideas on how to utilize your percussion equipment in ways you never thought plus bring life back to that broken cymbal stand hiding in the corner.

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5 S.M.A.R.T. Steps to RETAINING Our Beginners
Marcia Neel
Marcia Neel
Music Achievement Council

Would you be surprised to learn that within one short year, 60% of beginning students are no longer playing? You've worked hard to recruit—and even re-recruit—beginners into your instrumental music program so this year, more than ever before, it’s all about RETAINING them! Actionable steps that can be taken by parents, administrators, and the students themselves will make all the difference whether in an urban, suburban or rural setting. In this on-target session, directors of all experience and expertise levels will learn about the role they can play in these 5 S.M.A.R.T. Steps to RETAINING Our Beginners.

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