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

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

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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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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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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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Cherry Creek High School - Jazz Band A
Tim Libby
Tim Libby
Cherry Creek High School, Director of Bands

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 - Ryan Silva, Cherry Creek High School Principal

Concert Host - Andrew Holcombe, IMC District 1 Representative

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Discovering a Treasure Trove of Melodic Games
Amy Abbott
Amy Abbott
Red Hawk Elementary School, Music Teacher - Kodály specialist

Folk music resources are the roots of the Kodály curriculum and literacy skills are one of the many branches. In this session participants will learn some golden treasures to add to their collections. Through the materials presented in this session, melodic  literacy skills will be presented, experienced and explored. Participants will walk away with new song materials as well as music literacy activities to implement in their classroom.

Presider: Paul Maley

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Teaching Melody, it CAN be Fun!
Amy Abbott
Amy Abbott
Red Hawk Elementary School, Music Teacher - Kodály specialist

Teaching melodic elements is so much more daunting than teaching rhythmic elements. Students must establish a solid foundation of listening skills to be successful when learning about melodic elements. In this session, participants will sing, move, play, and read their way through the preparation and practice of a few melodic elements. How to establish a strong foundation to develop the students’ ears will be discussed. Most importantly, FUN teaching strategies will be demonstrated and experienced to ensure student success.

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Journey Around the Globe with Recorder
Darla Meek
Darla Meek
Texas A&M University-Commerce, Lecturer and Music Education Coordinator

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

In this session, Denise will share a sequence for teaching students to play bucket drums or desk drums. Tips for teaching, a sequence of skills, and fun pop song play along options will be included.

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Antelope Trails Elementary School - Handbell Choir
Jenny Hall
Jenny Hall
Antelope Trails Elementary School, Music Teacher - Handbell Choir director

Presider - Laura Cresap, Antelope Trails Elementary School Principal 

Concert Host - Julie Kuhlman, District 4 GMC Representative

Friday, January 28, 2022

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Playful Procedures: Building a Community of Learners through Responsive Classroom - presented by RMC-AOSA
Matthew Stensrud
Matthew Stensrud
Sidwell Friends Lower School, Elementary Music & Movement Teacher

Come discover how consistent routines, a strong classroom community, and opportunities for exploration and play enhance the wonder of Orff Schulwerk and instill the ideals of Responsive Classroom in our music-making.

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Journey Around the Globe with Recorder 2
Darla Meek
Darla Meek
Texas A&M University-Commerce, Lecturer and Music Education Coordinator

Add another dimension to your classroom music making with the soprano recorder, guiding your students beyond simple drill and into the realm of making art with music from a variety of cultures. During this session, we will explore a child-developmental approach that can transform recorder playing into an integral part of the music classroom experience, rather than an isolated unit. With these performance-ready lessons, notes are introduced individually, in sequence, and in a musical context.

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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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West Music Presents: Singing Games for Spring
Denise Gagne
Denise Gagne
Managing editor of Themes & Variations, Preschool music teacher and frequent visitor to elementary school music classrooms

In this session Denise will share singing games for spring that will have your students singing, moving and learning many musical concepts!  These lesson ideas will be great for spring – or for any time of year!   Learn some new games, movement activities, and get many ideas for engaging ways to teach kids music reading, writing, and listening.

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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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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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Using Children's Literature to Teach Melodic Literacy
Darla Meek
Darla Meek
Texas A&M University-Commerce, Lecturer and Music Education Coordinator

When we think about teaching music literacy to elementary-aged children, most music educators’ minds turn to Zoltan Kodály. In this session, children’s literature serves as the inspiration for melodic music reading via the Kodály sequence. Your students will enjoy singing, dancing, playing barred instruments, creative movement, and improvisation as they learn to read music notation.


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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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West Music Presents: Storybooks for Diverse Classrooms
Denise Gagne
Denise Gagne
Managing editor of Themes & Variations, Preschool music teacher and frequent visitor to elementary school music classrooms

It’s a good time to review the storybooks in your classroom, to be sure that all the students in your classes with see themselves in the story.  This session will share lessons for some beautiful storybooks that will have your students singing, playing, moving, reading, writing, creating.  Your students will be inspired to reach for a star!

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Ark Valley Children's Chorale Concert
Kristin Golding-Langston
Kristin Golding-Langston
Ark Valley Children’s Chorale, Choir Director

Presider - Janet Golding

Concert Host - Shannon Glenn, GMC Secretary

Teresa Himel will receive her 2021 25-Year Recognition Award during this concert. 


Saturday, January 29, 2022

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Just Add Kids
Andy Beck
Andy Beck
Alfred Music, Director of Choral Publications

It’s amazing what kids can do when given the right materials! Join clinician Andy Beck to experience the newest 2-part chorals, songbooks, movement ideas, musicals, and other classroom resources—perfect for those energetic young singers of yours! A complimentary music packet will be given to each director in attendance.

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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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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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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.