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

Day 3

Friday, January 28, 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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ASBDA General Meeting

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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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Playful Procedures: Building a Community of Learners through Responsive Classroom - presented by RMC-AOSA
Matthew Stensrud
Matthew Stensrud
Sidwell Friends Lower School, Elementary Music & Movement Teacher

Come discover how consistent routines, a strong classroom community, and opportunities for exploration and play enhance the wonder of Orff Schulwerk and instill the ideals of Responsive Classroom in our music-making.

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Standing Out: Advice for Landing Your First Job as a Music Educator
David Pope
David Pope
Baldwin Wallace University, Associate Professor of Music Education

Landing your first job after graduation can be a daunting task. This session will reveal strategies to help you successfully navigate the application process, prepare for your interview, and impress the entire search committee.


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The Silent Canon - Repertoire by Composers of African Descent (Part 2)
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

A workshop on Singing Spirituals - History and Performance Practice

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Boltz Middle School - Symphonic Band
Phuong Nguyen
Phuong Nguyen
Boltz Middle School, Director of Bands

Presider - Josh Richey, Boltz Middle School Principal

Concert Host - Katie Schrichte, IMC District 7 Representative

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CBA Marching Moving into 2022
WL Whaley
WL Whaley
Colorado Bandmasters Association, Chief Judge
Rick Shaw
Rick Shaw
CMEA and CBA Chairman of Marching Affairs, Exhibits Chair

This session will be a review of the successful 2021 CBA marching season as well as a preview of the 2022 season.  Topics from the December 2021 Marching Affairs meeting will be presented in an effort to inform directors as they begin preparation for 2022 programming.

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Columbine High School - Chamber Orchestra
Tyler Vandermeer
Tyler Vandermeer
Columbine High School, Orchestra and Band Director

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 - Scott Christy, Columbine High School Principal

Concert Host - Michelle Ewer, Tri-M Chair

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

Listening and responding to music is important for the emotional well being of our students.  In this session, you’ll explore engaging and fun listening activities for all age, from your littles to Middle school.  We’ll move and create movement with scarves, ribbons, cups, plates and more.  We’ll explore form and cultural context.  This session is fun – and will give you many lessons to use in your classes!

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Research Session 1 - Faculty and Doctoral Student Research
H. Ellie Wolfe
H. Ellie Wolfe
Drake University, Assistant Professor of Music Education
Charles Oldenkamp
Charles Oldenkamp
University of Colorado - Boulder, MacFerran Doctoral Fellow in Music Education
Jennifer L. Grice
Jennifer L. Grice
Windsor High School, Director of Bands & Orchestra
Eric Wallace
Eric Wallace
Western Oregon University, Bass trombone performance and musician’s health specialist
Gentry Ragsdale
Gentry Ragsdale
University of Colorado - Boulder

Presider: Dr. James Austin, CMEA Research Chair

Presenters:

Dr. H. Ellie Wolfe (Drake University) and Dr. Lisa Martin (Bowling Green State University) – “Mindfulness Practice in Academia: A Collective Self-Study”

Charles Oldenkamp (University of Colorado Boulder) – “Self-Efficacy in Middle School Jazz Instruction”

Jennifer L. Grice (Windsor High School and the University of Northern Colorado) – “Prominent Women Wind Conductors in Higher Education: Trials, Triumphs, and Recommendations for Improving Gender Equity in the Field”

Dr. Eric Wallace (Western Oregon University) – “Epidemiologic Survey of a Unique Type of Task-Specific Dystonia in Brass Musicians”

Gentry Ragsdale (University of Colorado Boulder) – “A Survey of Texas Music Educators’ Culturally Responsive Teaching Practices”


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The Elephant, The Rider, And The Aliens That Didn't Come
Melanie Trecek-King
Melanie Trecek-King
Massasoit Community College, Associate Professor of Biology and Science Educator and Communicator, Thinking is Power

Why do discussions seem to quickly descend into ideological fights? Why don’t facts change people’s minds? And what will you do when the aliens don’t save you? This session will explore the answers to these questions to help you and your ensembles have more productive and meaningful conversations.

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Rock Canyon High School - Jag Choir
Julia Dale
Julia Dale
Rock Canyon High School, Director of Vocal Music

Presider - Megan Brown, Principal, Rock Canyon High School

Concert Host - Shannon Schell, VMC District 1 Representative

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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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2-Part Choral: Not Just for Kids
Andy Beck
Andy Beck
Alfred Music, Director of Choral Publications

Many middle and high school directors have discovered the effectiveness of singing in just two well-conceived voice parts, but finding texts and topics that are suitable for teen singers can be a challenge. Come sing along as Andy Beck leads us through a complimentary packet of 2-part treble choral repertoire recommended for all ages!

Presider: Marla Sitton, Vocal Council District 7 Representative

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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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New No Contact Fundraising

CFS, the Mattress Fundraiser, has developed several new fundraising opportunities that require no money collection or product distribution. Every type, size and age of group can run any of our new fundraisers! And as always our mattress fundraiser is available and is better than ever! Earn $2,000 - $20,000!

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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 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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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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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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Boltz Middle School - Embers 8

Presider - Josh Richey, Principal, Boltz Middle School

Concert Host - Tara U'ren, VMC District 2 Representative

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Lewis Palmer High School - Wind Symphony
Tom Chapman
Tom Chapman
Lewis-Palmer High School, Director of Bands and Popular Music Studies

Presider - Bridget O'Connor, Lewis Palmer High School Principal

Concert Host - Karen Bautista, IMC District 8 Representative

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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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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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SATB Made Easy: Music for Developing Mixed Choirs
Andy Beck
Andy Beck
Alfred Music, Director of Choral Publications

Whether you're searching for music for your freshman/sophomore voices, small school choir, mixed chorus with limited experience, or just want something quick to learn—this session is for you! Join clinician Andy Beck in reading through a packet of approachable SATB selections that will appeal to developing four-part singers. Learn how to improve your choir's sound and build choral confidence through achievable literature.

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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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There's an APP for That!
James M. Reddan
James M. Reddan
Western Oregon University, Director of Choral Activities & Music Education
Claire Hudkins
Claire Hudkins
Western Oregon University, Director of Vocal Studies & NTT Assistant Professor of Music

Over the past year, whether we have wanted to or not, we have all become far more aware of different apps that we can use with our students for enhancing music learning inside and outside of the classroom. There are literally apps for everything. While there are thousands of apps available, it is easy to get into the weeds looking for apps that are pedagogically sound, useful, cost efficient, and accessible for students from pre-K through college. This session will explore many of the APPs available to music educators using both traditional computers, tablets/iPads, Chromebooks, and smartphones. Many of the APPs are free, readily available, and can inspire your students both in and outside of the classroom!

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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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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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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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Fort Collins High School and Rocky Mountain High School - One Voice - A Treble Choir Collaboration
Kaitlin Miles
Kaitlin Miles
Fort Collins High School, Vocal Music Director
Christopher Thompson
Christopher Thompson
Rocky Mountain High School, Choir Director

Presiders - Tam Smith, Principal, Fort Collins High School and Craig Woodall, Principal Rocky Mountain High School

Concert Host - Bryan Kettlewell, VMC District 3 Representative

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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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Notes from the Composer
Omar Thomas
Omar Thomas
University of Texas at Austin, Assistant Professor of Composition

In this session, I will provide further insight into the creation of, as well as intended performance practices for, some of my most popular works.

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Instant Ukulele Ensemble
Gary Jugert
Gary Jugert
Rocky Mountain Ukulele Orchestra, the Denver Guitar Orchestra, Founder

Join the rush to use ukulele in your classroom with solo and ensemble skills. You'll walk out with skills to play ukulele tablature, arrange music for presentation by your students, and conduct ukulele musicians on the spot. We'll introduce you to the resources available through the Rocky Mountain Ukulele Orchestra.

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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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Retired/Honor Luncheon
Andrea Meyers
Andrea Meyers
CMEA, Membership Chair

Annual Luncheon! Retired Membership, Past-Presidents, Hall of Fame Members and Inductees, 2021-22 25-Year Award Recipients are invited to join us. Anyone who has registered as a Retired member or non-member or is included in the honor group listed is welcome to attend.  

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Denver School of the Arts - Middle School Concert Band
Dave Hammond
Dave Hammond
Denver School of the Arts, Band Director

Presider - Enrique Lasansky, Denver School of the Arts Director of Orchestras

Concert Host - Marti Bott, IMC District 6 Representative

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Including Those We Serve - Engaging Students In Their Success
Tom Chapman
Tom Chapman
Lewis-Palmer High School, Director of Bands and Popular Music Studies

At the heart of every program are the students - we do what we do in schools for their benefit. But, as in every subject, often the process of music education is done to our students and not with them. In this session ideas will be shared on involving students in the conversations and decisions that shape our programs, from the culture and inclusion of our classrooms, to individual and group growth, excellence, and success.

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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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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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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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Being a Culturally Responsive Educator: Starting with a Personal Approach
Carla Aguilar
Carla Aguilar
Metropolitan State University of Denver, Coordinator of Music Education

The call for culturally responsive educators has risen in the last few years. Educators such as Zaretta Hammond (2014) and music educators such as Vicki Lind and Constance McKoy (2016) have championed this call. What does it mean to be a culturally responsive educator? Where can teachers start to understand the aspects of being culturally responsive? The core of being a culturally responsive educator begins with the teacher in the classroom understanding themselves. In this session, we will discuss four personal areas that educators can attend to in order to better understand themselves and how they approach teaching. These areas are privilege, intersectionality, implicit bias, and fragility. Using these areas, we will discuss ways to understand ourselves and how we can best approach teaching from a culturally responsive lens.

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Empowering Treble and Women’s Ensembles and Taking Our Programs Forward
Clelyn Chapin
Clelyn Chapin
Regis University, Director of Choral Activities

In this session, I will discuss ways in which conductors can use treble and women's choirs not only as a place for making music, but also as a place in which singers can be validated and empowered. We will discuss program structure, repertoire selection, developing leadership skills, and other strategies for building up and embracing singers in women’s and treble ensembles. Treble and women's choirs have historically been viewed as the least prestigious ensembles in a given choir program. A number of scholars have highlighted that singers in treble and women's choirs have often felt inferior and undervalued in choral programs, which can have lifelong impacts on singers’ views of their musical and personal self-worth. It is our mission to combat these negative stereotypes through the work that can be done in women’s and treble choirs.

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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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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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Palisade High School - Tenor/Bass Choir

Presider - Daniel Bollinger, Principal, Palisade High School

Concert Host - Teri Bohl, VMC Secretary

Stan Scott and Matt Doty will receive their 2022 25-year Recognition Awards during this concert. Raisha Quinn will receive her 2021 25-year Recognition Award.

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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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Colorado Music Teacher Educators Roundtable
Carla Aguilar
Carla Aguilar
Metropolitan State University of Denver, Coordinator of Music Education
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Strategies for Uncovering Musical Meaning & Nuance through Score Study
Brian C. Murray
Brian C. Murray
University of Wyoming, Associate Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor of Music

Intentional score study is an essential component of a conductor’s process. However, finding the time to devote to this task in the hustle and bustle of everyday life can be difficult. In fact, it’s often easier to learn the music along with our ensemble rather than study it meticulously in advance. In so doing, we miss out on the practical and musical benefits of thorough score study. To mitigate this challenge, we will explore strategies for score study that break down this gargantuan task into accomplishable steps that unveil musical nuance for the benefit of conductors and musicians alike.


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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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Tried and True Pop/Show/Contemporary Acapella
Dawn Wisdom
Dawn Wisdom
Cheyenne Mountain High School, Vocal Music Director
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Using Children's Literature to Teach Melodic Literacy
Darla Meek
Darla Meek
Texas A&M University-Commerce, Lecturer and Music Education Coordinator

When we think about teaching music literacy to elementary-aged children, most music educators’ minds turn to Zoltan Kodály. In this session, children’s literature serves as the inspiration for melodic music reading via the Kodály sequence. Your students will enjoy singing, dancing, playing barred instruments, creative movement, and improvisation as they learn to read music notation.


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Pomona High School - Midnight Vocal Ensemble
Milissa Mills
Milissa Mills
Pomona High School - Midnight Vocal Ensemble, Choir Director

Presider - Jason Parson, Assistant Principal, Pomona High School

Concert Host - Alyssa Miller, VMC Chair-elect

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Fort Collins High School - Symphony Orchestra
John Hermanson
John Hermanson
Fort Collins High School, Director of Orchestras

Presider - Jennifer Roth, Fort Collins High School Assistant Principal

Concert Host - Loni Obluda, CO ASTA President

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Century Middle School - Comet Jazz Ensemble
Jared Crump-Bertram
Jared Crump-Bertram
Century Middle School, Band Director

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 - Dave Wiske, retired teacher from Adams 12 District

Concert Host - Michelle Ewer, Tri-M Chair

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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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The Band Director’s Bag of Tricks: How to Make Your Clarinet Section Sound Bigger and Better
Sheridan Monroe Loyd
Sheridan Monroe Loyd
Montrose High School, Director of Bands

This session will introduce practical and efficient approaches to help your clarinet players sound better immediately, regardless of age or skill level. You will gain the tools to provide incoming band students with a successful instrument tryout experience on the clarinet, and the knowledge to set them up for success in their early years of clarinet playing. I will also discuss what judges look and listen for in honor band auditions and demonstrate methods to help students get over the break, have greater overall technical facility, and develop good tone in the altissimo register.

Andrew Holcombe, session presider

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Fun and Free Technology Platforms and Improv in the Secondary Choral Classroom
Caroline Hesford
Caroline Hesford
Summit High School, Director of Choirs

Do you want to learn how to engage students with technology in your choral classroom and still make it fun? How about making it fun and teaching them improvisation skills at the same time? If so, then this session will be filled with fun and engaging technology platforms, games and ideas for your secondary choral students. We will use Gimkit, Kahoot, Hookpad and Soundtrap so bring your computer, iPad or phone and be ready to learn how to teach theory skills, form, harmonic chord progressions and improvisation while making it fun!

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How to Prepare Your Students for a Musical Marathon
John McGuire
John McGuire
Colorado State University, Associate Professor of Horn

As an avid long-distance runner, Dr. McGuire has logged countless miles on the road, giving him plenty of time to contemplate how training for a race is remarkably similar to preparing for a concert. Hear his strategies for helping students (and even you!) think of and execute long-term goals. Learn how to make race day the easiest and most enjoyable part!

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The Path to Personal and Professional Antiracism: an honest look at my journey so far
Missy Strong
Missy Strong
Mt Laurel Township Schools, Music Teacher

A period of difficult personal & professional reckoning led me to confront my own racism, internal bias, & privilege. As a Filipina-American woman, I was surprised to discover how oblivious I was to the pervasive nature of systemic racism in education, the US, & in myself. Every day I grapple with how to eliminate these in my classroom by doing the hard work of shedding my former “colorblind” philosophy to put on one in which I see, acknowledge, value, & celebrate each student. This has resulted in many necessary challenges to me in my philosophy, practice, & pedagogy, but with each step on the path I know I am moving in the right direction. While my story is imperfect, I hope that sharing it provokes thought & encourages other educators to join me on the journey to create a more equitable, musical, thoughtful, & just world for students, their families, & our communities.

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

It’s a good time to review the storybooks in your classroom, to be sure that all the students in your classes with see themselves in the story.  This session will share lessons for some beautiful storybooks that will have your students singing, playing, moving, reading, writing, creating.  Your students will be inspired to reach for a star!

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What Are My Strengths? An Introduction to Core Reflection for In-Service and Pre-Service Teachers
Margaret Berg
Margaret Berg
University of Colorado, Professor of Music Education and Associate Dean for Graduate Studies

Are you interested in learning about a different way to confront teaching-related challenges? This session is designed to help in-service and pre-service teachers use their character strengths and ideals as the starting point for reflection, thus using professional competencies and unique personal characteristics to respond to obstacles. This hands-on session will engage participants in various role plays designed to introduce participants to facets of core reflection and its application to common teaching challenges.

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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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Eagleview Middle School - Advanced Women's Choir
Wes Sparkes
Wes Sparkes
Eagleview Middle Schoo, Choir Director

Presider - Austina Lee, Choir Director, Air Academy High School

Concert Host - Anna Saks, VMC District 5 Representative

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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!

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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.