2022 Colorado Music Educators Association Conference 2022 Colorado Music Educators Association 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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Rocky Ford Junior Senior High School - Meloneer Concert Band
Jonathan Colson
Jonathan Colson
Rocky Ford Junior Senior High School, Director of Music

Presider - Cindy Cowan, Rocky Ford High School Principal

Concert Host - Marti Bott, IMC District 6 Representative

John Balderson will receive his 25-year Recognition Award during this concert.

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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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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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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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Help! How do I build a program in a small school?
Katrina Hendrick
Katrina Hendrick
Bruce Randolph Schools - Denver, Music Educator

Do you work in a small school with little control over the class schedule, your student roster, or access to resources? Are you the only teacher for K-8, 6-12, or K-12 school music programs? Or, do you have experience in similar settings and ideas to share that have been successful? Come check out this session designed to provide a platform to share ideas for teachers in various challenging situations for culturally responsive ways to build their programs into integral parts of their school culture and communities.

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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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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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Teachers Matter Too: Recognizing and Reducing Teacher Burnout
David Pope
David Pope
Baldwin Wallace University, Associate Professor of Music Education

Balancing work and home life is difficult for most music teachers. In many instances, music teachers sacrifice their personal well-being and time with their family so they can provide their students with quality experiences. This unhealthy divide was only exasperated during the pandemic. In this session, I will discuss the internal, external, and physical factors that cause teacher burnout, how to recognize the signs of burnout, and strategies for reducing teacher burnout. Attendees will also share their solutions for balancing their work and home lives.

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Friday, January 28, 2022

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Standing Out: Advice for Landing Your First Job as a Music Educator
David Pope
David Pope
Baldwin Wallace University, Associate Professor of Music Education

Landing your first job after graduation can be a daunting task. This session will reveal strategies to help you successfully navigate the application process, prepare for your interview, and impress the entire search committee.


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CBA Marching Moving into 2022
WL Whaley
WL Whaley
Colorado Bandmasters Association, Chief Judge
Rick Shaw
Rick Shaw
CMEA and CBA Chairman of Marching Affairs, Exhibits Chair

This session will be a review of the successful 2021 CBA marching season as well as a preview of the 2022 season.  Topics from the December 2021 Marching Affairs meeting will be presented in an effort to inform directors as they begin preparation for 2022 programming.

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Teaching Music to Students with Trauma
Cayley Buie
Cayley Buie
Adams City High School, Band and Orchestra Director

We all have trauma-- but as education grows and develops, we are finding better ways of helping students to heal from trauma through the classroom interactions we have every day. In this session you will learn what a young brain does when it has experienced trauma, how Adverse Childhood Experiences can be at the root of a lot of frustrating behavior, and the best ways to help students whom you may not have had any clue what to do with before. We will also discuss how a music educator's personal healing from trauma is crucial to helping your students heal from theirs.

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Lewis Palmer High School - Wind Symphony
Tom Chapman
Tom Chapman
Lewis-Palmer High School, Director of Bands and Popular Music Studies

Presider - Bridget O'Connor, Lewis Palmer High School Principal

Concert Host - Karen Bautista, IMC District 8 Representative

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Retired/Honor Luncheon
Andrea Meyers
Andrea Meyers
CMEA, Membership Chair

Annual Luncheon! Retired Membership, Past-Presidents, Hall of Fame Members and Inductees, 2021-22 25-Year Award Recipients are invited to join us. Anyone who has registered as a Retired member or non-member or is included in the honor group listed is welcome to attend.  

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Denver School of the Arts - Middle School Concert Band
Dave Hammond
Dave Hammond
Denver School of the Arts, Band Director

Presider - Enrique Lasansky, Denver School of the Arts Director of Orchestras

Concert Host - Marti Bott, IMC District 6 Representative

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Windsor High School - Jazz Band
Jennifer L. Grice
Jennifer L. Grice
Windsor High School, Director of Bands & Orchestra

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 - Corry Petersen, Poudre High School Director of Bands

Concert Host - Kim Wilson-Paugh, IMC District 2 Representative

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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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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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University of Colorado at Boulder - Wind Symphony
Donald J. McKinney
Donald J. McKinney
University of Colorado Boulder, Director of Bands and Professor of Conducting

Presider - John Davis, University of Colorado at Boulder Dean of the College of Music

Concert Host - Tom Chapman, IMC District 5 Representative

Mark Dorn will receive his 25-year Recognition Award during this concert.

Saturday, January 29, 2022

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Cheyenne Mountain Junior High School - Symphonic Band
Dan Bell
Dan Bell
The Cheyenne Mountain Junior High School, Director of Bands

Presider - Greg Watkins, Cheyenne Mountain Junior High School Principal

Concert Host - Katie Schrichte, IMC District 7 Representative

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Annual Retired Members Social
Andrea Meyers
Andrea Meyers
CMEA, Membership Chair

Plan ahead to join us Saturday morning for CMEA Retirees and guests! Your CMEA sponsors a delightful array of coffee, tea, and delicious pastries. Special time for inspired and fun discussions. RSVP not required.

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Fairview High School - Excalibur
Janice Vlachos
Janice Vlachos
Fairview High School, Choir Director

Presider - Ron Revier, Retired Fairview High School Choir Director

Concert Host - Anna Saks

Dawn Wisdom will receive her 25-year Recognition Award during this concert.

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Cheyenne Mountain High School Symphonic Band
Genice Matzke
Genice Matzke
Cheyenne Mountain High School, Director of Bands

Presider - Carrie Brenner, Cheyenne Mountain High School Principal

Concert Host - Tom Chapman, IMC District 5 Representative

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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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