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

Wednesday, January 26, 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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Welcome and Introductions
Michelle Ewer
Michelle Ewer
Tri-M Chair

Clinic attendees will gain insight into a composer’s creative process, how that influences rehearsal procedure and, ultimately, the improvement of ensemble performance.

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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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Keynote Address: One Person Makes a Difference
Tim Lautzenheiser
Tim Lautzenheiser
Tri-M, Keynote Speaker. Chair National Tri-M

YOU make a difference, I make a difference, we ALL make a difference. The question we must ask ourselves is: WHAT KIND OF DIFFERENCE ARE WE GOING TO MAKE? Tri-M students are postured to have a positive impact on their chapters, their colleagues, their schools and their communities. The ART of MUSIC combined with the POWER of LEADERSHIP is a potent recipe-for-success in every aspect of life. The time is NOW, the LEADER is each and everyone of us!

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Lunch

Grab lunch on your own!

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Team Building 101 - Enhance your classroom culture!
Michael Linert
Michael Linert
Westminster High School, Performing Arts Department Chair & Director of Orchestras, Mariachi, and Guitar

This session will present top tips and strategies for your team building experiences, as well as low or no prep activities that will be ready to go when you return from the 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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Research-based Strategies for Recruitment and Retention in Choir
Seth Pendergast
Seth Pendergast
Colorado State University, Assistant Professor in Music Education
Kaitlin Miles
Kaitlin Miles
Fort Collins High School, Vocal Music Director
Will Ecker
Will Ecker
Fort Collins High School, Choir Director
Julia Dale
Julia Dale
Rock Canyon High School, Director of Vocal Music

Choral music educators are often anxious about enrollment rates in their choir programs. Moreover, the schooling disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic may have deepened these concerns. In this session, we explore practical strategies and research-based concepts for recruitment and retention in the choral classroom. First, we will briefly address the basic social-psychological factors that motivate students to begin and sustain activities in their lives. Second, each of these concepts will be paired with practical recruiting and retention strategies. We will provide attendees with our own tried-and-true strategies as well as a compendium of recruiting strategies sourced from other Colorado choral educators. Third, we will conclude with a brief discussion of what healthy choral participation might look like - and it's not always about having the biggest program in town!

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Formation: Getting the Best Sound and Voice from Your Choir!
James M. Reddan
James M. Reddan
Western Oregon University, Director of Choral Activities & Music Education
Claire Hudkins
Claire Hudkins
Western Oregon University, Director of Vocal Studies & NTT Assistant Professor of Music

Regardless of whether we are singing Mozart, Whitacre, or even Adele, the formation of our ensemble has both positive and negative effects on an ensemble’s sound, vocal quality, vocal health and much more. In this session, we will explore the positive effects of ensemble formation on a variety of different areas including intonation, diction, balance, blend, authenticity, and vocal health from the point of view of ensemble director and private voice instructor. We will also discuss many different ways formation can be used both in the rehearsal and performance enhancing your ensemble’s overall sound, vocal health, and musical experience!

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Rocky Mountain High School - Rocky Mountain Singers
Elizabeth Hohweiler
Elizabeth Hohweiler
Rocky Mountain High School, Choir Director

Presider - Craig Woodall, Principal, Rocky Mountain High School

Concert Host - Marla Sitton, VMC District 7 Representative

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Kinard and Preston Middle Schools - Kinard/Preston Treble Choir
Jean Johnson
Jean Johnson
Preston Middle School, Choir Director
Scott Wheeler
Scott Wheeler
Kinard Core Knowledge Middle School, Choir Director

Presiders - Lindsey Makin, Principal, Kinard Middle School and Amy Schmer, Principal, Preston Middle School

Concert Host - Bryan Kettlewell, VMC District 3 Representative

Friday, January 28, 2022

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The First Three Years
David A. Rickels
David A. Rickels
University of Colorado Boulder, Associate Professor and Chair of Music Education
Hannah Harm
Hannah Harm
Liberty High School, Assistant Director of Bands
Celeste Landy
Celeste Landy
Battle Mountain High School, Instrumental Music Director
Tristan Peterson
Tristan Peterson
Galileo School of Math and Science, Instrumental Music Teacher

The first three years of teaching are an important and often challenging transitional time for all new music teachers entering the profession. This panel discussion will explore the experiences of music teachers currently navigating this early career stage. Panelists Andrea Austin, Hannah Harm, Celeste Landy, and Tristan Peterson will share lessons they have learned in their journey from college to the classroom. Moderator David Rickels will also invite questions from the audience. College students, new teachers, and experienced teachers who mentor new educators will all benefit from this dialogue about experiences in the first three years.

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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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Empowering Treble and Women’s Ensembles and Taking Our Programs Forward
Clelyn Chapin
Clelyn Chapin
Regis University, Director of Choral Activities

In this session, I will discuss ways in which conductors can use treble and women's choirs not only as a place for making music, but also as a place in which singers can be validated and empowered. We will discuss program structure, repertoire selection, developing leadership skills, and other strategies for building up and embracing singers in women’s and treble ensembles. Treble and women's choirs have historically been viewed as the least prestigious ensembles in a given choir program. A number of scholars have highlighted that singers in treble and women's choirs have often felt inferior and undervalued in choral programs, which can have lifelong impacts on singers’ views of their musical and personal self-worth. It is our mission to combat these negative stereotypes through the work that can be done in women’s and treble choirs.

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The Great Unknown: General Music for Middle School
Miranda Garzaniti
Miranda Garzaniti
Colorado Springs Charter Academy, Music Educator

For Middle School, General Music can truly feel like the Great Unknown. With so much to choose from and not knowing where to start, it’s no wonder some educators feel turned around. This session will talk about how you can transform a “music appreciation class” into one that encourages students to create and build their own world of music. You will walk away with some simple ideas that will help your students (and you) get excited to learn.

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What Are My Strengths? An Introduction to Core Reflection for In-Service and Pre-Service Teachers
Margaret Berg
Margaret Berg
University of Colorado, Professor of Music Education and Associate Dean for Graduate Studies

Are you interested in learning about a different way to confront teaching-related challenges? This session is designed to help in-service and pre-service teachers use their character strengths and ideals as the starting point for reflection, thus using professional competencies and unique personal characteristics to respond to obstacles. This hands-on session will engage participants in various role plays designed to introduce participants to facets of core reflection and its application to common teaching challenges.

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