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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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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Career Paths in the Modern Music Industry: Audio Production, Songwriting, Music Business, Electronic Music, and more!
Dave Walter
Dave Walter
CU Denver’s College of Arts & Media, Director of Enrollment Management

Join CU Denver Music & Entertainment Industry Studies (MEIS) faculty members for an exciting discussion about career options in the modern music industry. There are so many careers options in the modern music industry that many aren't aware of. This session will include information about Music Publishing, Audio Production, Live Sound, Songwriting, Music Law, Artist Management, Electronic Music Production, and more! We will also discuss the degree programs at CU Denver that prepare students for these careers.

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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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Native American Music into the General and Choral Music Classrooms
Allison Cawthon
Allison Cawthon
Master in Music Education Graduate Student

This presentation will include an introduction to Native American music, culture, differentiation, and history from tribes in the United States, as well as lesson plan ideas, songs, and resources for implementing Indigenous music into the general or choral music space. The audience will also receive critical insight into the lives of First Nations students, and how teachers can make these students feel validated in their classrooms in any age group.

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Friday, January 28, 2022

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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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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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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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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.

Saturday, January 29, 2022

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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.