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

Thursday, January 27, 2022

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CMEA Conference Registration
William Kohut
William Kohut
CMEA, Executive Director

Pre-registration packets may be picked up during this time. If you have not registered for the conference by January 21st you will need to complete the on-line registration form and either make payment by credit card or by check and come to the on-site registration area. You will be asked to present your invoice and check payment if paying by check.

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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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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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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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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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Arranging with Your Secondary Ensemble
Dylan Fixmer
Dylan Fixmer
Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra, Composer in Residence

Understanding the basic elements of art music (melody, harmony, rhythm, dynamics, tempo, texture, etc.) is an essential part of every musician's education.  The ability to manipulate these elements in creative ways can help solidify knowledge of these elements in ways that simply encountering them in repertoire cannot. At the secondary level, directors often lack the time or resources to give their students creative license over materials played in the classroom.  This session offers classroom-tested strategies for arranging and composing with secondary level ensembles that focus on engaging all students in the creative process while teaching and reinforcing the knowledge of musical elements.

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Magic In The Middle - Building A Successful Middle School Choir
Roger Emerson
Roger Emerson
Arranger, Composer and music teacher

Roger Emerson will demonstrate choral resources that are specifically designed to meet the challenges of Tenor/Basses in the middle school mixed choir setting. Warmups, Rounds, and literature with the tenor/bass in mind will be presented in a reading session format. Adapting scores to meet the needs of the changing voice will also be demonstrated.

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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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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2-Part Choral: Not Just for Kids
Andy Beck
Andy Beck
Alfred Music, Director of Choral Publications

Many middle and high school directors have discovered the effectiveness of singing in just two well-conceived voice parts, but finding texts and topics that are suitable for teen singers can be a challenge. Come sing along as Andy Beck leads us through a complimentary packet of 2-part treble choral repertoire recommended for all ages!

Presider: Marla Sitton, Vocal Council District 7 Representative

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Gonna Sing! New 2-Part Choral Repertoire
Andy Beck
Andy Beck
Alfred Music, Director of Choral Publications

Don't miss this “Sing and Learn” session with Andy Beck. See what’s new for 2-part treble choirs. Learn about the composers, effective vocal tips, creative staging ideas, and more! A complimentary music packet will be given to each director in attendance.

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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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