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

“I Don't Have Time for One More Thing - Supporting and Incorporating Social Emotional Learning (SEL) into the Secondary Music Classroom”

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Broadmoor Hall F

Julinda Dixon
Lucile Erwin Middle School, Choir/Drama Director

Julinda Dixon has been the choir/drama director at Lucile Erwin Middle School in Loveland, Colorado (Thompson School District) since 2012. She holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri and is currently completing her 29th year of teaching. Julinda has taught 6-12 Instrumental Music as well as Elementary/Secondary Vocal Music in Missouri, Arkansas and Colorado. She has directed various musicals and plays while at Lucile Erwin in addition to the 200+ member vocal music program.

While in Arkansas, she was Director of Bands at Lyon College in Batesville. Among her accomplishments are being selected as Co-op Director of the Year, Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, various Festival Coordinator positions, Mentor, Curriculum Writer, Band/Choir Adjudicator, Music Assessment and Design Team Member and various “Division I” Band and Choir large ensemble ratings.

Julinda grew up on the farm in northern Missouri and has logged many hours on the tractor. Now she enjoys thrift store shopping, discovering new music, wood-working projects and eating out. Thank you for the opportunity to present our information today. It is a pleasure and so fun to share this presentation with Connie Dewlen, my friend and colleague.

Connie Dewlen
Coal Ridge Middle School, Counselor and former music teacher

Connie Dewlen is a life-long musician and educator. Connie graduated from CU Boulder in 2006 with a bachelor's degree in music education. She taught middle school choir at Erie Middle School from 2006-2008, and at Westview Middle School from 2008-2020. In 2015, Connie’s 8th Grade Women’s Choir was selected to perform at CMEA. From 2010-2019, Connie ran and facilitated St. Vrain Valley’s Middle School Honor Choir that included 7th and 8th grade students from all middle schools in the district. Connie went back to school in 2018 and graduated from Adam’s State University in 2021 with a master’s degree in secondary counseling. She accepted a one-year middle school counseling position at Timberline PK8 during the 2020-2021 school year and is now permanently a middle school counselor at Coal Ridge Middle School. Connie is a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) and has her LPCC (licensed private counselor candidate) title and is working towards getting her LPC (licensed private counselor) title. Connie and her family enjoy getting to the mountains, whenever possible, and are always up for trying new restaurants and taco trucks! Connie grew up in the St. Vrain Valley School District and loves being able to give back and raise her kids in the district that helped to raise her.


So many of us are tired of having to do ONE MORE THING in the music classroom. Here’s a secret...we already do so many AMAZING things. Let’s renew our faith in our ability to help students grow through SEL. Mental health concerns among students and staff are nothing new in our schools and communities, but the concerns and needs have increased after COVID-19 shutdowns and various learning environments. This session will look at ways to incorporate Social Emotional Learning (SEL) into the music classroom and how it can enhance your rehearsals and strengthen the connections of your students. Specific examples will be provided, as well as access to additional resources that are ready to use.