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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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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Making Impact With the Power of Music
Clark Hodge
Clark Hodge
Chase the Music, Executive Director

What if you could give a child battling a critical condition the gift of Hope, Strength, Love and Joy? A gift delivered through the power of music.

Chase the Music makes these gifts possible. Together with composers and performers we make a positive impact with the power of music.

You can be part of creating and delivering these gifts. Chase the Music, an organization focused on giving children battling critical conditions: Hope, Strength, Love, and Joy through the power of music can help you bring original music to a child in need.

Founder, and impresario Clark Hodge talks about the process and impact of having pieces composed and performed for children battling critical conditions. Not only is the impact on the afflicted child, but on the composer, performers and audience. An entertaining presentation on creating and performing original music with a greater purpose.

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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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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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Using Jazz Warmups as Ear Training Exercises
David Von Kampen
David Von Kampen
University of Nebraska, Lecturer of music theory and literature and teaches a variety of music courses and directs the Jazz Singers
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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.

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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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Wellness and Self-Care for Artist’s: Tips for You and Your Students
John McGuire
John McGuire
Colorado State University, Associate Professor of Horn
Andrew Knight
Andrew Knight
Colorado State University, Associate Professor of Music Therapy

Musician’s wellness is an under-researched topic, despite obvious impacts to overall wellbeing. Students, however, are at an age that they can start creating habits to grow an understanding of self-care practices that 1) are specific to musicians and 2) help them to keep making music in search of a career path that is healthy and sustainable.

In this session, presenters will:

  1. Explain the four dimensions of wellness as they relate to musicians: physical, social, emotional, and financial.
  2. Facilitate discussion around the principles of wellness for artists as taught at the university level.
  3. Share resources to apply with students; from a brief rehearsal break to long-term tactics for struggling students.
  4. Lead experiential exercises that offer a reset for CMEA attendees, and provide space to communicate about self-care experiences as they relate to career growth.

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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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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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Creating Your Flute Intonation Prescription
Megan Lanz
Megan Lanz
Colorado State University, Continuing Faculty

This session explores the concepts of how embouchure compression, air volume, mouth/throat shape, and rolling affect intonation on the flute. Once educators know the four main influences of flute intonation, they can more readily empower their flutists with the tools to adjust their intonation based on each student’s individual tendencies. At the conclusion of this session, attendees will come away with the skills to create a "prescription" for each flute student's intonation while maintaining tonal integrity.

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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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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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Boltz Middle School - Symphonic Band
Phuong Nguyen
Phuong Nguyen
Boltz Middle School, Director of Bands

Presider - Josh Richey, Boltz Middle School Principal

Concert Host - Katie Schrichte, IMC District 7 Representative

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CBA Marching Moving into 2022
WL Whaley
WL Whaley
Colorado Bandmasters Association, Chief Judge
Rick Shaw
Rick Shaw
CMEA and CBA Chairman of Marching Affairs, Exhibits Chair

This session will be a review of the successful 2021 CBA marching season as well as a preview of the 2022 season.  Topics from the December 2021 Marching Affairs meeting will be presented in an effort to inform directors as they begin preparation for 2022 programming.

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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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Research Session 1 - Faculty and Doctoral Student Research
H. Ellie Wolfe
H. Ellie Wolfe
Drake University, Assistant Professor of Music Education
Charles Oldenkamp
Charles Oldenkamp
University of Colorado - Boulder, MacFerran Doctoral Fellow in Music Education
Jennifer L. Grice
Jennifer L. Grice
Windsor High School, Director of Bands & Orchestra
Eric Wallace
Eric Wallace
Western Oregon University, Bass trombone performance and musician’s health specialist
Gentry Ragsdale
Gentry Ragsdale
University of Colorado - Boulder

Presider: Dr. James Austin, CMEA Research Chair

Presenters:

Dr. H. Ellie Wolfe (Drake University) and Dr. Lisa Martin (Bowling Green State University) – “Mindfulness Practice in Academia: A Collective Self-Study”

Charles Oldenkamp (University of Colorado Boulder) – “Self-Efficacy in Middle School Jazz Instruction”

Jennifer L. Grice (Windsor High School and the University of Northern Colorado) – “Prominent Women Wind Conductors in Higher Education: Trials, Triumphs, and Recommendations for Improving Gender Equity in the Field”

Dr. Eric Wallace (Western Oregon University) – “Epidemiologic Survey of a Unique Type of Task-Specific Dystonia in Brass Musicians”

Gentry Ragsdale (University of Colorado Boulder) – “A Survey of Texas Music Educators’ Culturally Responsive Teaching Practices”


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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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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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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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Music in the City! An Overview of CU Denver's Contemporary Focused Music Industry Programs
Dave Walter
Dave Walter
CU Denver’s College of Arts & Media, Director of Enrollment Management

Learn about the CU Denver Music & Entertainment Industry Studies (MEIS) Department. This unique department is one of the few contemporary focused music departments in the country. It offers programs in Music Business, Contemporary Music Performance, Recording Arts, and Singer/Songwriter. In Fall 2019 a new performance program in Electronic Digital Instruments was launched. This unique major allows students to study electronic music creation primarily using Ableton Live. Come learn more about this unique department and find out if it is the right college fit for you!

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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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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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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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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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Just Tell Me What I Need to Know! - 4 Things to Make Your Band Sound Better, Guaranteed!
John Pasquale
John Pasquale
University of Michigan, Donald R. Shepherd Associate Professor of Conducting, Director of the University of Michigan Marching and Athletic Bands, Associate Director of University Bands
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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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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 Band Director’s Bag of Tricks: How to Make Your Clarinet Section Sound Bigger and Better
Sheridan Monroe Loyd
Sheridan Monroe Loyd
Montrose High School, Director of Bands

This session will introduce practical and efficient approaches to help your clarinet players sound better immediately, regardless of age or skill level. You will gain the tools to provide incoming band students with a successful instrument tryout experience on the clarinet, and the knowledge to set them up for success in their early years of clarinet playing. I will also discuss what judges look and listen for in honor band auditions and demonstrate methods to help students get over the break, have greater overall technical facility, and develop good tone in the altissimo register.

Andrew Holcombe, session presider

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How to Prepare Your Students for a Musical Marathon
John McGuire
John McGuire
Colorado State University, Associate Professor of Horn

As an avid long-distance runner, Dr. McGuire has logged countless miles on the road, giving him plenty of time to contemplate how training for a race is remarkably similar to preparing for a concert. Hear his strategies for helping students (and even you!) think of and execute long-term goals. Learn how to make race day the easiest and most enjoyable part!

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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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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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Live Audio 101 for Vocal and Instrumental Music
Ryan Unangst
Ryan Unangst
Romeo Music, Technology Specialist

Whether mic'ing a single voice, giving that jazz soloist the extra little push, or amplifying a Marching Band, knowing the ins and outs of your sound system will save you time, and result in a better experience for everyone. In this session, we'll dive into the basics of running sound so your next program can really pop! This crash course will cover how to identify your equipment and get it physically set up, how to choose microphones and gear for your application, and how to achieve a nice, natural sound through sound check.

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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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Research Session 2 - Graduate Student Research
Maddy Cort
Maddy Cort
Colorado State University, Graduate Music Education Student
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Garrett Graves
University of Colorado - Boulder
Kyle Liss
Kyle Liss
Frederick High School and the University of Colorado - Boulder, Director of Orchestras
Christy Go
Christy Go
Aurora Public Schools and the University of Colorado - Boulder, Music Specialist

Research Session 2: Graduate Student Research

Presider: Dr. James Austin, CMEA Research Chair

Presenters:

Maddy Cort (Colorado State University) – “An Investigation of Emerging Music Courses in Colorado Secondary Schools”

Garrett Graves (University of Colorado Boulder) – “How Pre-College Music Mentors Influence Preservice Teacher Identity: A Pilot Study”

Kyle Liss (Frederick High School and the University of Colorado Boulder) – “Teaching for Intonation Accuracy: Techniques and Scaffolding in SVVSD Secondary Orchestra Directors”

Christy Go (Aurora Public Schools and the University of Colorado Boulder) – “Getting Beyond the ‘Pink’ and ‘Blue’: Support for Transgender Students in the K-12 Music Classroom”

Note: The final 15 minutes of this session will be devoted to a discussion of alternative research session formats (paper, paper with discussant, roundtable, poster) to be considered for the 2023 CMEA Clinic Conference. Attendees also may respond to a brief, anonymous questionnaire.  

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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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Dear Band Director: What your bassoon students need you to know about their instrument
Jeffrey McCray
Jeffrey McCray
Metropolitan State University of Denver and Colorado State University, Instructor of Bassoon and Music Theory

This session will provide content and techniques to better teach the fundamentals of bassoon pedagogy to beginning and intermediate bassoon students, including common pitfalls and misconceptions. The session will address posture and holding the bassoon, embouchure, tone production, air velocity and air pressure, intonation, articulation, acceptable and necessary alternate fingerings, vibrato, reeds, and switching students from other instruments.

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Music Ensemble: Inside and Out How to for music clarity in your ensemble
John Pasquale
John Pasquale
University of Michigan, Donald R. Shepherd Associate Professor of Conducting, Director of the University of Michigan Marching and Athletic Bands, Associate Director of University Bands
WL Whaley
WL Whaley
Colorado Bandmasters Association, Chief Judge
Jack Yonce
Jack Yonce
Colorado Bandmasters Association, Chairman of Concert Band Activities
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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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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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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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