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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Bow Guides, Wrist Guards, Chapstick? A Guide to Teaching Aids and Their Many Uses
Lindsay Genadek
Lindsay Genadek
Private Strings Teacher

Parents are busy and tired of fighting with their kids, students can't remember everything to practice and as a teacher, you know you can't move on until technique is correct. Sometimes technique feels like an uphill battle and can be very discouraging to students and parents. There are so many teaching aids, common and uncommon, to use to help with this exact scenario and this session will focus on what can be used to help the many different technique pitfalls our students succumb to. These teaching aids help the student focus on what's really fun about learning music: The Music!

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Critical Conversations Through Productive Argumentation
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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Take It Outside! Songs and Games for Outdoors or Large Spaces
Tanya LeJeune
Tanya LeJeune
Jefferson County Public Schools, Music mentor and Kodály Specialist

Come sing and play as we learn 2nd-5th grade songs, games, and dances that work well outside or inside.

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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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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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Making Impact With the Power of Music
Clark Hodge
Clark Hodge
Chase the Music, Executive Director

What if you could give a child battling a critical condition the gift of Hope, Strength, Love and Joy? A gift delivered through the power of music.

Chase the Music makes these gifts possible. Together with composers and performers we make a positive impact with the power of music.

You can be part of creating and delivering these gifts. Chase the Music, an organization focused on giving children battling critical conditions: Hope, Strength, Love, and Joy through the power of music can help you bring original music to a child in need.

Founder, and impresario Clark Hodge talks about the process and impact of having pieces composed and performed for children battling critical conditions. Not only is the impact on the afflicted child, but on the composer, performers and audience. An entertaining presentation on creating and performing original music with a greater purpose.

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Lesher Middle School - Advanced Chamber Orchestra
Loni Obluda
Loni Obluda
Lesher Middle School, Orchestra Director and CoASTA President

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 - Thomas Dodd, Lesher Middle School Principal

Concert Host - Lindsay Fulcher, CO ASTA President-Elect

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Growing Your Viola Garden-From Seeds to Full Bloom!
Margaret Miller
Margaret Miller
Senior Instructor, Viola and Chamber Music

It takes careful nurturing of your viola "seeds" but the rewards of a thriving viola section in all of your ensembles is worth the watering, pruning and reseeding. This session will give directors and teachers strategies for growing a great viola garden, from beginners through high school.

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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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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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Practicum to Student Teaching to Interviews
Michelle Ewer
Michelle Ewer
Tri-M Chair

The time has come to start putting the skills you have been developing into practical applications. This session will cover topics such as choosing a location for practicum, expanding your experiences during student teaching and showcasing your strengths during an interview. Come and explore this journey through the eyes of a public-school teacher and adjunct professor at CU Boulder. Regardless whether or not practicum is right around the corner or still in the future, this session is for you. Feel free to ask questions along the way.

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Teaching Melody, it CAN be Fun!
Amy Abbott
Amy Abbott
Red Hawk Elementary School, Music Teacher - Kodály specialist

Teaching melodic elements is so much more daunting than teaching rhythmic elements. Students must establish a solid foundation of listening skills to be successful when learning about melodic elements. In this session, participants will sing, move, play, and read their way through the preparation and practice of a few melodic elements. How to establish a strong foundation to develop the students’ ears will be discussed. Most importantly, FUN teaching strategies will be demonstrated and experienced to ensure student success.

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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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Metropolitan State University of Denver - Orchestra
Brandon Matthews
Brandon Matthews
Metropolitan State University of Denver, Director of Orchestras and Professor

Concert Host - Leanne Griffey, CO ASTA Secretary

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Exhibits Reception
Rick Shaw
Rick Shaw
CMEA and CBA Chairman of Marching Affairs, Exhibits Chair

Complete your exhibitor signature card and turn it in for a free drink ticket!


Check out the online list of Exhibitors here.

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Live Podcast Recording: Why Change? A Podcast for the Creative Generation
Jeff M. Poulin
Jeff M. Poulin
Creative Generation, Managing Director
Ashraf Hasham
Ashraf Hasham
Creative Generation, Campaign Correspondent

The Why Change? podcast brings listeners around the globe to learn how artists, educators, and cultural practitioners can change the world, one community at a time. We believe that young creatives are our world’s greatest asset and recognize that we – as the adults who are dedicated to their creative development – have work to do so they can thrive. Attendees of this session will join podcast co-hosts, Ashraf Hasham and Jeff M. Poulin, and their special guest to learn and laugh while envisioning new futures through the question, “why change?”

Friday, January 28, 2022

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Bang for Your Buck: How to Choose the Best Beginning String Instruments for Your Program
Christopher Luther
Christopher Luther
Colorado Christian University, Affiliate Professor of Violin and Viola

Curious how to shop for new string instruments for your program? Join Dr. Christopher Luther, violin and viola professor and owner of Luther Strings, for a tour of introductory instruments. Learn to navigate the industry’s leading distributors to make the best choice for your students and your budget.

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Start with Hello - Working with Administrators to Create Vibrant School Music Programs
Angela Schendel Keedy
Angela Schendel Keedy
Music teacher, recovering school administrator, and doctoral student.

Are you happy with your school music program? Is it moving toward your vision of success? None of us creates great programs alone. This clinic will give you strategies to communicate and involve your school administration, techniques help grow your program, and pathways to improve school culture in your building.

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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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Orchestra New Music Reading Session

This session 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.


Come join us for the Orchestra New Music Reading Session and preview great new music for string orchestra, grades one-five, with diverse genres and styles represented. Attendees are invited to bring and instrument and join along with the orchestra, or sit and listen.

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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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Diversify Your Curriculum and Instruction Through Community Arts and Cultural Resources
Breanna McCaughey
Breanna McCaughey
Colorado Symphony, Education Coordinator

Trying to juggle equity, diversity, inclusion, culturally responsive instruction, student voice and empowerment, among other values in the classroom and feeling overwhelmed? How do you begin to incorporate so many important ideals so it’s relevant and engaging to students? In this session, we'll talk about how community arts organizations can help you create a curriculum that embraces these practices and how they can support interdisciplinary, diverse, and impactful programming in your classroom.

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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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Teaching Terrific Tone: Creating a Beautiful Sounding Orchestra
Becky Bush
Becky Bush
Hudsonville Public Schools, Alfred Music, Orchestra Director

Orchestra is a performance-based class, so let’s perform well! Come experience specific strategies for transforming the sound of your orchestra in just one rehearsal! This clinic will be filled with reminders for experienced teachers and is a must-see for young string teachers who need rehearsal ideas ready for Monday!

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Working With Your Administrator
James Weaver
James Weaver
National Federation of High School State Associations, Director of Performing Arts and Sports

Dr. James Weaver has been an administrator at the school, district, state, and national levels, he will use this experience to provide best practices with working with your administrator. Topics will include participation, budgeting, communication, and relationship building.

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Terrific Tips and Rehearsal Strategies for Middle School Orchestra
Becky Bush
Becky Bush
Hudsonville Public Schools, Alfred Music, Orchestra Director

Experience specific strategies for transforming middle school orchestra rehearsals. This clinic will be filled with reminders for experienced teachers and is a must-see for young string teachers. Walk away with effective ideas you can implement on Monday!

Saturday, January 29, 2022

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Mountain Vista High School - Chamber Orchestra
Darren Delaup
Darren Delaup
Mountain Vista High School, Director of Instrumental Music

This reception 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 - Michael Weaver, Mountain Vista High School Principal

Concert Host - Robert Stahley, CO ASTA Denver Metro Representative

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I Have To Teach What? - Popular Music Courses at the Secondary Level
Tom Chapman
Tom Chapman
Lewis-Palmer High School, Director of Bands and Popular Music Studies

Whether a push from administrators, the community, or as a necessary class to fill out FTE, many secondary music educators are being handed popular music courses as part of their teaching loads. Often educators are assigned these courses with little to no curriculum support or training. This session will look at taking these classes and turning them into a robust program of study in popular music in a way that honors why students take these classes, acknowledges their limits as electives, and respects the time and energy of a secondary music educator that is already spread thin. Topics will include courses (guitar, history, and recording and songwriting), curriculum development, assessment, and recruitment and scheduling.

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Sensational String Warm Ups: Skills to Revolutionize Your Orchestra
Becky Bush
Becky Bush
Hudsonville Public Schools, Alfred Music, Orchestra Director

Completely revolutionize your orchestra in the first ten minutes of each rehearsal! Warm ups are easy to implement, fun, and save rehearsal time! A must-see session for middle school and high school orchestra directors.

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5 S.M.A.R.T. Steps to RETAINING Our Beginners
Marcia Neel
Marcia Neel
Music Achievement Council

Would you be surprised to learn that within one short year, 60% of beginning students are no longer playing? You've worked hard to recruit—and even re-recruit—beginners into your instrumental music program so this year, more than ever before, it’s all about RETAINING them! Actionable steps that can be taken by parents, administrators, and the students themselves will make all the difference whether in an urban, suburban or rural setting. In this on-target session, directors of all experience and expertise levels will learn about the role they can play in these 5 S.M.A.R.T. Steps to RETAINING Our Beginners.

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