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

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

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A Composer’s Inspiration and Preparation Behind the Music
Kirk Vogel
Kirk Vogel
Composer, guest conductor, adjudicator and an educator/clinician.

This session will touch on some of the ways I approach writing for an ensemble. Insights into inspiration will lead to discussion about practical concerns involved in writing music: form, tempo, style, key, dynamics, orchestration and articulation/bowing. Musical excerpts will be shown and played (from recordings) to demonstrate certain concepts.

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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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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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The ABC’s of Songwriting Activism: Art + Blues + Compassion = Change
Tara Neeley
Tara Neeley
Graland Country Day School, Music educator

Do you want to create more opportunities for the intersection of activism and active music-making in your classroom? Songwriting can be tricky, but provides rewarding musical experiences and a platform for student agency and activism. Come learn how the blues genre and visual art combine to provide a perfect initial journey for student activist songwriting that is accessible and successful. Participants will leave our session ready to build a blues unit where students own the entire songwriting process. Not only will they write and sing the lyrics, but they will also play recorder, ukulele, and barred instruments, while exploring important music concepts like form, theory, harmony, and music history. We will also discuss songwriting tips and tricks, plus quality resources for introducing a blues unit to your students. Bring a recorder and ukulele to join in our songwriting!

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Thursday, January 27, 2022

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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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Demystifying Jazz Harmony
Kirk Marcy
Kirk Marcy
Edmonds College, Clinician and adjudicator for choral and jazz festivals throughout the country.

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Cherry Creek High School - Jazz Band A
Tim Libby
Tim Libby
Cherry Creek High School, Director of Bands

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 - Ryan Silva, Cherry Creek High School Principal

Concert Host - Andrew Holcombe, IMC District 1 Representative

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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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New and Notable in Music Technology
Ryan Unangst
Ryan Unangst
Romeo Music, Technology Specialist

Educational music technology specialist and consultant Ryan Unangst will provide a wide variety of the latest in music technology that will aid, inspire and motivate your music students’ knowledge and performance success. From smart phone/tablet condenser microphones and podcast kits to the latest in portable and installed sound systems with digital mixers and wireless microphones to the many choices of innovative K-12 and college music labs including piano, music theory and notation and creative music labs for STEAM schools, Mr. Unangst will show you a host of options to suit your needs and budget.

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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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Using Jazz Warmups as Ear Training Exercises
David Von Kampen
David Von Kampen
University of Nebraska, Lecturer of music theory and literature and teaches a variety of music courses and directs the Jazz Singers
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Denver School of the Arts Middle School - Orchestra
Enrique Lasansky
Enrique Lasansky
Denver School of the Arts, Director of Orchestras

Presider - Dave Hammond, Denver School of the Arts Director of Bands

Concert Host - Rachel Lavadie, CO ASTA Western Slope Representative

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Arranging with Your Secondary Ensemble
Dylan Fixmer
Dylan Fixmer
Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra, Composer in Residence

Understanding the basic elements of art music (melody, harmony, rhythm, dynamics, tempo, texture, etc.) is an essential part of every musician's education.  The ability to manipulate these elements in creative ways can help solidify knowledge of these elements in ways that simply encountering them in repertoire cannot. At the secondary level, directors often lack the time or resources to give their students creative license over materials played in the classroom.  This session offers classroom-tested strategies for arranging and composing with secondary level ensembles that focus on engaging all students in the creative process while teaching and reinforcing the knowledge of musical elements.

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Colorado State University - Pueblo - Jazz Ensemble 1
Ryan Van Gilder
Ryan Van Gilder
Colorado State University-Pueblo, Trombone and Assistant Director of Bands

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 - Mark Hudson, Colorado State University - Pueblo Department Chair of Music

Concert Host - Marti Bott, IMC District 6 Representative

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Inherently Political: A Conversation Around Activism and Artivism in Concert Music
Omar Thomas
Omar Thomas
University of Texas at Austin, Assistant Professor of Composition

In this session, I will discuss the activism that is at the core of a number of my works, and considerations that should be taken when composing and commissioning such music.

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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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New Jazz Music Reading Session
Nat Wickham
Nat Wickham
University of Northern Colorado, Professor of Music

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.

This session is sponsored by Music and Arts.

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Friday, January 28, 2022

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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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Keeping It All Together - Organize Your Life Using Google Keep
Shawna Lemons
Shawna Lemons
High Plains School in TSD, K-8 Music Teacher

This session is meant to help ANYONE stay organized throughout the school year both personally and professionally. No matter the grade level, content, school size, or other factors, all of us need to stay focused on our goals. Google Keep is a wonderful tool to help with this, and I would like to share the many ways this technology can work for you. We will focus on understanding why organizing matters, learn about tools to help you stay on track, think of ways to incorporate this in your content, and apply this knowledge to your life right now. Please consider joining this clinic to lighten your load and knock things off of your to-do list.

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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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Tune it or Die: Just intonation for any ensemble
Darin Drown
Darin Drown
Grandview High School, Choir Director

This clinic will demonstrate the differences between equal tempered tuning versus just intonation, how and when to use both, and demonstrate why the overtone series is critical knowledge to help your ensemble tune well.

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Alliance for Music Education Equity: Supporting Music Experiences and Music Educators for Diversity
Ana Luna Uribe-Leteinturier
Ana Luna Uribe-Leteinturier
Alliance for Music Education Equity, Executive Director
Carla Aguilar
Carla Aguilar
Metropolitan State University of Denver, Coordinator of Music Education

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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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Music in the City! An Overview of CU Denver's Contemporary Focused Music Industry Programs
Dave Walter
Dave Walter
CU Denver’s College of Arts & Media, Director of Enrollment Management

Learn about the CU Denver Music & Entertainment Industry Studies (MEIS) Department. This unique department is one of the few contemporary focused music departments in the country. It offers programs in Music Business, Contemporary Music Performance, Recording Arts, and Singer/Songwriter. In Fall 2019 a new performance program in Electronic Digital Instruments was launched. This unique major allows students to study electronic music creation primarily using Ableton Live. Come learn more about this unique department and find out if it is the right college fit for you!

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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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Exploring Timbre in Jazz Singing: Strategies for the Vocal Jazz E
Leila Heil
Leila Heil
University of Colorado Boulder, Associate Professor of Music Education
John Seesholtz
John Seesholtz
University of Colorado, Director of Vocal Pedagogy

Vocal jazz repertoire provides exciting opportunities for exploring a range of vocal timbres in both ensemble singing and solo singing. In this session, we will explore the tools available to singers and directors for achieving a variety of timbres through the shaping of the vocal tract. Through live and recorded audio demonstrations, we will listen to and discuss differences in both acoustical sound and amplified sound resulting from vowel modifications and other changes to resonating spaces.

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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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Overcoming Burnout Through Completing the Stress Response Cycle
Megan Lewin
Megan Lewin
Westminster High School, Band Director

Are you currently battling burnout? Or looking to prevent it? In the field of music education, we often wear our stress as a badge of honor, but it is time to take back our mental health and develop habits that bring us fulfillment throughout our careers. In this session you will learn concrete tools to overcome burnout for you and your students based on the research by Dr. Amelia Nagoski, Dr. Emily Nagoski and their book, “Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle.” We cannot change the fact that we face countless stressors every day, but we can control the way we react through mindfulness and community care. You will leave this session prepared to complete your own stress response cycle and leave burnout behind.

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Axes of tone on brass instruments
Stanley Curtis
Stanley Curtis
Colorado State University, Assistant Professor (trumpet)

Dr. Stanley Curtis, trumpet professor at Colorado State University, will discuss six different ways, or "axes," that tone can be changed on brass instruments. Curtis will discuss each axis in theory and then show how to change each one. Volunteers from the audience, young and old, who play a brass instrument, will be welcomed. The audience will be encouraged to weigh in on each demonstration. Strategies for optimizing tone in a band class will be discussed.

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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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Programming to Grow, Inspire and Flourish
Kate Flynn Margrave
Kate Flynn Margrave
Pine Creek High School, Band and Orchestra Director

This session will dive into programming for our ensembles today, taking into account the challenges we have faced in the past year. It will address literature choices that help with the education and mental health of the student, focusing on quality, inspiring works that will help our programs flourish!

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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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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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Music Ensemble: Inside and Out How to for music clarity in your ensemble
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
WL Whaley
WL Whaley
Colorado Bandmasters Association, Chief Judge
Jack Yonce
Jack Yonce
Colorado Bandmasters Association, Chairman of Concert Band Activities
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Moving to multiple genres of music: increasing student connection, engagement, and musicality
Missy Strong
Missy Strong
Mt Laurel Township Schools, Music Teacher

Movement is integral to true understanding in music - helping students better comprehend expression, form, and other musical concepts. When a student develops movement competence in the early years, the learning is even more powerful and continues into adulthood. Learn how to boldly and joyfully include all genres of music, including Pop, Global, R & B, to your repertoire to meet students where they are and draw them into this crucial (and fun!) component of being musical.

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Honest Conversations About Mental Health
Andrew Holcombe
Andrew Holcombe
Euclid Middle School, Band Teacher/Presenter
Dylan Ford
Dylan Ford
Dakota Ridge High School, Director of Instrumental Music

It can be challenging to talk about how we feel and what we think, especially in our very public roles as music teachers. Our session is a friendly environment to start conversations about improving our mental health in a relatable way as musicians, teachers, and people.

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Make it Work: Flexible/Adaptable Music Beyond the Pandemic
Angela K. Winter
Angela K. Winter
Adams State University, Professor of Horn and Director of Brass and Bands
Jackie Townsend
Jackie Townsend
Lubbock Christian University, Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music

Many instrumental music programs turned to flexible/adaptable compositions as a tool to maintain programs while facing the many challenged of the past year associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Fortunately, many composers responded to the needs of music organizations by composing works for flexible or adaptable instrumentation. While this music is well suited to meet the challenges of the past year’s hardships, there are many opportunities in flexible/adaptable music beyond the circumstances of the pandemic. This session will focus on how instrumental programs can use these works in a wide variety of teaching and performing situations. Dr.’s Townsend and Winter will offer an overview of the history and recent development in flexible music, a variety of applications, misconceptions about the genre, practical applications, and the genre as a tool to bridge gaps of access and equity.

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All-State Jazz Choir Concerts
David Von Kampen
David Von Kampen
University of Nebraska, Lecturer of music theory and literature and teaches a variety of music courses and directs the Jazz Singers
Leila Heil
Leila Heil
University of Colorado Boulder, Associate Professor of Music Education
Kirk Marcy
Kirk Marcy
Edmonds College, Clinician and adjudicator for choral and jazz festivals throughout the country.

Presider - Jeff Peckham - All-State Jazz Choir Chair

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All-State Jazz Band Concerts
Ben Markley
Ben Markley
University of Wyoming, Director of Jazz Studies
Ryan Van Gilder
Ryan Van Gilder
Colorado State University-Pueblo, Trombone and Assistant Director of Bands