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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Lesher Middle School - Advanced Chamber Orchestra
Loni Obluda
Loni Obluda
Lesher Middle School, Orchestra Director and CoASTA President

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 - Thomas Dodd, Lesher Middle School Principal

Concert Host - Lindsay Fulcher, CO ASTA President-Elect

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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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Denver School of the Arts Middle School - Orchestra
Enrique Lasansky
Enrique Lasansky
Denver School of the Arts, Director of Orchestras

Presider - Dave Hammond, Denver School of the Arts Director of Bands

Concert Host - Rachel Lavadie, CO ASTA Western Slope 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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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

Friday, January 28, 2022

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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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Orchestra New Music Reading Session

This session 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.


Come join us for the Orchestra New Music Reading Session and preview great new music for string orchestra, grades one-five, with diverse genres and styles represented. Attendees are invited to bring and instrument and join along with the orchestra, or sit and listen.

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There's an APP for That!
James M. Reddan
James M. Reddan
Western Oregon University, Director of Choral Activities & Music Education
Claire Hudkins
Claire Hudkins
Western Oregon University, Director of Vocal Studies & NTT Assistant Professor of Music

Over the past year, whether we have wanted to or not, we have all become far more aware of different apps that we can use with our students for enhancing music learning inside and outside of the classroom. There are literally apps for everything. While there are thousands of apps available, it is easy to get into the weeds looking for apps that are pedagogically sound, useful, cost efficient, and accessible for students from pre-K through college. This session will explore many of the APPs available to music educators using both traditional computers, tablets/iPads, Chromebooks, and smartphones. Many of the APPs are free, readily available, and can inspire your students both in and outside of the classroom!

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Retired/Honor Luncheon
Andrea Meyers
Andrea Meyers
CMEA, Membership Chair

Annual Luncheon! Retired Membership, Past-Presidents, Hall of Fame Members and Inductees, 2021-22 25-Year Award Recipients are invited to join us. Anyone who has registered as a Retired member or non-member or is included in the honor group listed is welcome to attend.  

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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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Fort Collins High School - Symphony Orchestra
John Hermanson
John Hermanson
Fort Collins High School, Director of Orchestras

Presider - Jennifer Roth, Fort Collins High School Assistant Principal

Concert Host - Loni Obluda, CO ASTA President

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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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Mountain Vista High School - Chamber Orchestra
Darren Delaup
Darren Delaup
Mountain Vista High School, Director of Instrumental Music

This reception 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 - Michael Weaver, Mountain Vista High School Principal

Concert Host - Robert Stahley, CO ASTA Denver Metro Representative

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Annual Retired Members Social
Andrea Meyers
Andrea Meyers
CMEA, Membership Chair

Plan ahead to join us Saturday morning for CMEA Retirees and guests! Your CMEA sponsors a delightful array of coffee, tea, and delicious pastries. Special time for inspired and fun discussions. RSVP not required.

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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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Make it Work: Flexible/Adaptable Music Beyond the Pandemic
Angela K. Winter
Angela K. Winter
Adams State University, Professor of Horn and Director of Brass and Bands
Jackie Townsend
Jackie Townsend
Lubbock Christian University, Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music

Many instrumental music programs turned to flexible/adaptable compositions as a tool to maintain programs while facing the many challenged of the past year associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Fortunately, many composers responded to the needs of music organizations by composing works for flexible or adaptable instrumentation. While this music is well suited to meet the challenges of the past year’s hardships, there are many opportunities in flexible/adaptable music beyond the circumstances of the pandemic. This session will focus on how instrumental programs can use these works in a wide variety of teaching and performing situations. Dr.’s Townsend and Winter will offer an overview of the history and recent development in flexible music, a variety of applications, misconceptions about the genre, practical applications, and the genre as a tool to bridge gaps of access and equity.

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