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

Day 1

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

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CMEA Conference Registration
William Kohut
William Kohut
CMEA, Executive Director

Pre-registration packets may be picked up during this time. If you have not registered for the conference by January 21st you will need to complete the on-line registration form and either make payment by credit card or by check and come to the on-site registration area. You will be asked to present your invoice and check payment if paying by check.

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Welcome and Introductions
Michelle Ewer
Michelle Ewer
Tri-M Chair

Clinic attendees will gain insight into a composer’s creative process, how that influences rehearsal procedure and, ultimately, the improvement of ensemble performance.

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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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How Vocal and String Pedagogies Can Enhance One Another
Michael Linert
Michael Linert
Westminster High School, Performing Arts Department Chair & Director of Orchestras, Mariachi, and Guitar

String teachers tell their students to play like a singer, while voice teachers tell their students to sing like a string player. What does it all mean? Join this session to learn and experience some specific techniques and concepts to improve the string and vocal techniques, musicality, and creativity of your students!

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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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Putting Your Tri-M Service to Work!
Margaret Miller
Margaret Miller
Senior Instructor, Viola and Chamber Music

This session for Tri-M students and their teachers will explore case studies from around the country on the role of musicians in their communities. Bring your ideas for a project to collaborate with your colleagues!  Resources will be provided. We will also cover some basic College application strategies for pursuing a degree in Music.

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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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Keynote Address: One Person Makes a Difference
Tim Lautzenheiser
Tim Lautzenheiser
Tri-M, Keynote Speaker. Chair National Tri-M

YOU make a difference, I make a difference, we ALL make a difference. The question we must ask ourselves is: WHAT KIND OF DIFFERENCE ARE WE GOING TO MAKE? Tri-M students are postured to have a positive impact on their chapters, their colleagues, their schools and their communities. The ART of MUSIC combined with the POWER of LEADERSHIP is a potent recipe-for-success in every aspect of life. The time is NOW, the LEADER is each and everyone of us!

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Lunch

Grab lunch on your own!

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Beyond Tone
Clelyn Chapin
Clelyn Chapin
Regis University, Director of Choral Activities

In this interactive workshop, we will explore possibilities for expressive vocal technique strategies you can use in the choral rehearsal. You will learn how to connect vocal technique to the meaning of your repertoire while enhancing camaraderie and vocal independence in the classroom. You will walk away feeling empowered for your own practice and to support your ensembles. (and it will be fun!)

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Empower Your Students - Teach them How to Conduct!
Jennifer L. Grice
Jennifer L. Grice
Windsor High School, Director of Bands & Orchestra

This session gives you the tools and curriculum to teach your students to conduct in front of the ensemble. Group activities with your band, choir, or orchestra will be provided along with literature and examples in each area of music at varying difficulty levels.

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Leadership for Creative Impact
Jeff M. Poulin
Jeff M. Poulin
Creative Generation, Managing Director

How are you creative? We all know that we inherently possess creativity, and often utilize it in our music making; but how can we employ our creativity to address the challenges in our loves? Based on new research Creative Generation has produced a tool for young people to identify and understand the elements of their creativity – as honed through their music education. Check out this hands-on workshop for learning about and employing your creativity in your community, school, and life. Attendees will explore how they are creative, while crafting tangible next steps for their own leadership as a musician.

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Team Building 101 - Enhance your classroom culture!
Michael Linert
Michael Linert
Westminster High School, Performing Arts Department Chair & Director of Orchestras, Mariachi, and Guitar

This session will present top tips and strategies for your team building experiences, as well as low or no prep activities that will be ready to go when you return from the conference!

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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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Sectional Rehearsal

Students will break into Sections and rehearse Grand Finale.

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Sectional Rehearsal

Students will break into Sections and rehearse Grand Finale.

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Sectional Rehearsal

Students will break into Sections and rehearse Grand Finale.

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Sectional Rehearsal

Students will break into Sections and rehearse Grand Finale.

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Sectional Rehearsal

Students will break into Sections and rehearse Grand Finale

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Final Concert

Students will perform the Grand Finale for Teachers/Chaperones/CMEA Members

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Closing Remarks

Thank yous and Goodbyes

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Colorado Music Adjudication Association Training
Gary Ambrosier
Gary Ambrosier
Colorado Music Adjudicator Association, President
Michelle Ewer
Michelle Ewer
Tri-M Chair

This session is for new music teachers who would like to become adjudicators for Large group and Ensembles. We will cover the large groups adjudication forms and policy in the handbook.

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Colorado Music Adjudication Association Training
Gary Ambrosier
Gary Ambrosier
Colorado Music Adjudicator Association, President
Michelle Ewer
Michelle Ewer
Tri-M Chair

This session is for new music teachers who would like to become adjudicators for Large group and Ensembles. We will cover the large groups adjudication forms and policy in the handbook.

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CMEA Conference Registration
William Kohut
William Kohut
CMEA, Executive Director

Pre-registration packets may be picked up during this time. If you have not registered for the conference by January 21st you will need to complete the on-line registration form and either make payment by credit card or by check and come to the on-site registration area. You will be asked to present your invoice and check payment if paying by check.

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Rehearsal Lab
Robert Sheldon
Robert Sheldon
Composer/Conductor/Clinician

Rehearsal strategies for preparing students. Helpful tools for music teachers in working with ensembles in everyday classroom settings.

Rock Canyon High School Band, under the direction of Zachary Fruits will serve as the demonstration group for this session.

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West Music Presents Movin' and Groovin'
Denise Gagne
Denise Gagne
Managing editor of Themes & Variations, Preschool music teacher and frequent visitor to elementary school music classrooms

In this session, we will sing, move, dance and play no-touch or adapted games and dances.  We’ll have fun reading, writing, improvising and creating because all of these games teach many concepts.

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