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

Thursday, January 27, 2022

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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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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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Discovering a Treasure Trove of Melodic Games
Amy Abbott
Amy Abbott
Red Hawk Elementary School, Music Teacher - Kodály specialist

Folk music resources are the roots of the Kodály curriculum and literacy skills are one of the many branches. In this session participants will learn some golden treasures to add to their collections. Through the materials presented in this session, melodic  literacy skills will be presented, experienced and explored. Participants will walk away with new song materials as well as music literacy activities to implement in their classroom.

Presider: Paul Maley

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Singing Games Night: Strengthen the Heart of Your School Music Community
Tanya LeJeune
Tanya LeJeune
Jefferson County Public Schools, Music mentor and Kodály Specialist

How can we involve families in music making along side their children? Learn how to host a kindergarten or 1st grade Singing Games Night that will showcase the musical learning and joy happening in your classroom.

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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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Native American Music into the General and Choral Music Classrooms
Allison Cawthon
Allison Cawthon
Master in Music Education Graduate Student

This presentation will include an introduction to Native American music, culture, differentiation, and history from tribes in the United States, as well as lesson plan ideas, songs, and resources for implementing Indigenous music into the general or choral music space. The audience will also receive critical insight into the lives of First Nations students, and how teachers can make these students feel validated in their classrooms in any age group.

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Antelope Trails Elementary School - Handbell Choir
Jenny Hall
Jenny Hall
Antelope Trails Elementary School, Music Teacher - Handbell Choir director

Presider - Laura Cresap, Antelope Trails Elementary School Principal 

Concert Host - Julie Kuhlman, District 4 GMC Representative

Friday, January 28, 2022

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Breaking the Kodaly Norm: Engaging Upper Elementary
Tanya LeJeune
Tanya LeJeune
Jefferson County Public Schools, Music mentor and Kodály Specialist
Carrie Nicholas
Carrie Nicholas
Music Teacher - Kodály specialist

Join ROCKE for strategies and activities that you might not have seen before for engaging your upper elementary students. They are Kodaly inspired but provide variety in your lessons and strategies! We will share activities that utilize technology, playing instruments, projects and more!

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Journey Around the Globe with Recorder 2
Darla Meek
Darla Meek
Texas A&M University-Commerce, Lecturer and Music Education Coordinator

Add another dimension to your classroom music making with the soprano recorder, guiding your students beyond simple drill and into the realm of making art with music from a variety of cultures. During this session, we will explore a child-developmental approach that can transform recorder playing into an integral part of the music classroom experience, rather than an isolated unit. With these performance-ready lessons, notes are introduced individually, in sequence, and in a musical context.

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Striking Gold with Rhythmic Literacy Activities
Amy Abbott
Amy Abbott
Red Hawk Elementary School, Music Teacher - Kodály specialist

Folk music resources are the roots of the Kodály curriculum and literacy skills are one of the many branches. In this session participants will learn some golden treasures to add to their collections. Through the materials presented in this session, rhythmic literacy sills will be presented, experienced and explored. Participants will walk away with new song materials as well as much literacy activities to implement in their classroom.

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Teaching Without Words: Exploring Innovative Teaching in Elementary Music - presented by RMC-AOSA
Matthew Stensrud
Matthew Stensrud
Sidwell Friends Lower School, Elementary Music & Movement Teacher

Stop losing your voice, teachers! With instruments, sound cues, body language, unique vocal sounds and more, we can conquer the lost voice. In this session, we will explore classroom procedures, learn a dance, play a xylophone piece, explore unpitched percussion, and more – all with as few words as possible.

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AESco: Manipulative Madness! Creativity in the Music Classroom
Oren Logan
Oren Logan
Olander School for Project-Based Learning, Music Teacher
Gregory Marxen
Gregory Marxen
Aspen View Academy K-8 Charter School, General Music Teacher

Do you need ways to inspire creativity and social interaction in your music class? Get ready to move, bounce, wave, and pull as we explore musical concepts using manipulatives such as scarves, tennis balls, elastics, dowels, and more! Certified Eurhythmics teachers Oren Logan and Gregory Marxen will lead in this active session inspired by the teachings of Émile Jaques-Dalcroze.

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West Music Presents: Singing Games for Spring
Denise Gagne
Denise Gagne
Managing editor of Themes & Variations, Preschool music teacher and frequent visitor to elementary school music classrooms

In this session Denise will share singing games for spring that will have your students singing, moving and learning many musical concepts!  These lesson ideas will be great for spring – or for any time of year!   Learn some new games, movement activities, and get many ideas for engaging ways to teach kids music reading, writing, and listening.

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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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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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A Brain-aligned Approach to Fostering Belonging in the Music Room
Missy Strong
Missy Strong
Mt Laurel Township Schools, Music Teacher

How can we create a safe place where students have agency and feel cared for as they engage musically, socially, and emotionally? Learn what practical insight educational neuroscience has for those seeking to forge authentic connections to students and how these apply specifically to elementary and middle school music classrooms.

Learn how educational neuroscience help teachers create a safe place where students have agency and feel cared for as they engage musically, socially, and emotionally.

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How to Hook 'Em: Using Movement to Refocus and Engage Our Students - presented by RMC-AOSA
Matthew Stensrud
Matthew Stensrud
Sidwell Friends Lower School, Elementary Music & Movement Teacher

From sun salutations to uneven meter to creating drums with our bodies and more, movement is a powerful ‘hook’ to reach even our most challenging students. Explore tried and true ways to effortlessly and playfully move with our students and find entries to creative movement that all students will love.

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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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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.

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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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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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West Music Presents: Potpourri of w
Denise Gagne
Denise Gagne
Managing editor of Themes & Variations, Preschool music teacher and frequent visitor to elementary school music classrooms

How can you have a life when you spend so much time planning your lessons, dealing with student behaviors, assessing and doing report cards?  Teachers spend a ton of time dealing with their students emotional well being, sometimes forgetting to look after their own emotional well being.  This session is full of tips and ideas for making your job easier!

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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.