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

Thursday, January 27, 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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Hearing vs. Listening in Music: How to hear better by knowing what to listen for
Gary J. Lewis
Gary J. Lewis
University of Colorado Boulder, Director of Orchestral Studies

Hearing what exactly is going on in our ensembles is perhaps the most challenging aspect of conducting. In this clinic we will explore ways to broaden our awareness and musical expression, and to hear our groups more effectively, by knowing where to listen and what to listen for.

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Building an Equity Bridge Through Student-Led Chamber Ensembles
Whitney Luther
Whitney Luther
El Sistema Colorado, Executive Director
Jamie Wolf
Jamie Wolf
El Sistema Colorado, Teaching Artist

El Sistema Colorado's mission is to harness the joy of music and ignite the potential in our future leaders through an immersive youth music education program that transcends socioeconomic barriers. We see our equity focus coming to life in two distinct areas: Dismantling white supremacy within the arts environment and facilitating socio-emotional learning with a social justice focus. How does a music program make this shift? Through student-led chamber ensembles designed to give students both voice and choice in their music making experience. We think these small ensembles may be the most efficient and effective way to shift music education to being more student-centered, equitable, and culturally responsive.

Join El Sistema Colorado and Quartet Maravilla as we demonstrate how chamber music can build an equity bridge while preparing students for lives as professional musicians.

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AESco: The "Keys" to Improvisation, Making Piano Easy for Movement-Based Learning!
Gregory Marxen
Gregory Marxen
Aspen View Academy K-8 Charter School, General Music Teacher
Oren Logan
Oren Logan
Olander School for Project-Based Learning, Music Teacher
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Jackline Stokke
Music teacher
Bonnie Jacobi
Bonnie Jacobi
Colorado State University, Associate Professor of Music Education

Improvising music for movement doesn’t need to be scary! Join us for some keyboard games with four AES-certified Eurhythmics teachers. Learn tips and tricks for making improvisation easy and fun and ideas for incorporating movement in your classroom. Participants will walk away with some basic improvisation concepts, melodic inspiration for growing your playing, and some newfound confidence!

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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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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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Boltz Middle School - Embers 8

Presider - Josh Richey, Principal, Boltz Middle School

Concert Host - Tara U'ren, VMC District 2 Representative

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Building a Private Studio
Sarah Off
Sarah Off
University of Northern Colorado, Assistant Professor of Violin and Music Business

Private teaching is a common pursuit for many musicians, but building a private studio from the ground up can sometimes feel like a daunting prospect. In this session we will discuss ways to build a successful and sustainable private studio. Topics covered will include marketing strategies, finance and budget, studio policies, parent/student/teacher relationship building, and more. A troubleshooting open discussion will be provided at the end in order to address specific questions on the topic.

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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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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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Palisade High School - Tenor/Bass Choir

Presider - Daniel Bollinger, Principal, Palisade High School

Concert Host - Teri Bohl, VMC Secretary

Stan Scott and Matt Doty will receive their 2022 25-year Recognition Awards during this concert. Raisha Quinn will receive her 2021 25-year Recognition Award.

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Strategies for Uncovering Musical Meaning & Nuance through Score Study
Brian C. Murray
Brian C. Murray
University of Wyoming, Associate Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor of Music

Intentional score study is an essential component of a conductor’s process. However, finding the time to devote to this task in the hustle and bustle of everyday life can be difficult. In fact, it’s often easier to learn the music along with our ensemble rather than study it meticulously in advance. In so doing, we miss out on the practical and musical benefits of thorough score study. To mitigate this challenge, we will explore strategies for score study that break down this gargantuan task into accomplishable steps that unveil musical nuance for the benefit of conductors and musicians alike.


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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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Live Audio 101 for Vocal and Instrumental Music
Ryan Unangst
Ryan Unangst
Romeo Music, Technology Specialist

Whether mic'ing a single voice, giving that jazz soloist the extra little push, or amplifying a Marching Band, knowing the ins and outs of your sound system will save you time, and result in a better experience for everyone. In this session, we'll dive into the basics of running sound so your next program can really pop! This crash course will cover how to identify your equipment and get it physically set up, how to choose microphones and gear for your application, and how to achieve a nice, natural sound through sound check.

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The Choral Tech-Up: Building foundational techniques and a common language throughout the rehearsal
Brian Winnie
Brian Winnie
Western Illinois University, Director of Choral Activities

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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.  

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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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Stick With It: Baton Technique for the Choral Conductor
Brian C. Murray
Brian C. Murray
University of Wyoming, Associate Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor of Music

Conducting with a baton affords conductors with another tool for gestural communication with their choirs. However, many choral conductors completely avoid using a baton. Conducting with (or without) a baton should be a decision based on various musical and personal factors, not the result of uncomfortability or unfamiliarity. Whether you're out of practice or confident in your stick technique, let’s examine some basic elements of choral conducting with a baton.

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The Choral Tech-Up PART 2: Building foundational techniques and a common language throughout the rehearsal
Brian Winnie
Brian Winnie
Western Illinois University, Director of Choral Activities

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