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

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

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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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Thursday, January 27, 2022

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Minute Fixes: Diagnosing and Adjusting Bassoon Reeds from the Podium
Cayla Bellamy
Cayla Bellamy
Colorado State University, Assistant Professor of Bassoon

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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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Friday, January 28, 2022

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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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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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Saturday, January 29, 2022

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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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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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