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

Day 4

Saturday, January 29, 2022

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Culturally Sustaining Practices Among Music Educators: Commonalities Across Varied Contexts in the United States
Ruth Gurgel
Ruth Gurgel
Kansas State University, Dr. Ruth Gurgel, Associate Professor of Music Education

Based on a two-year long research study, the presenter will share narrative examples highlighting how six music educators incorporated Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy into their varied musical contexts, including choir, orchestra, and elementary music. The researcher will also share qualities of the music educators in the study that transcend their contexts and provide possibilities for translation into new contexts and communities. The music educators in the study had different teaching styles, experiences, musical upbringings and ensembles, yet all maintained strong levels of musical excellence (as defined by their students and communities), cultural competence, and sociopolitical consciousness. Implications include effective ways to integrate principles of Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy and a hopeful trajectory in music classrooms.

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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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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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Cheyenne Mountain Junior High School - Symphonic Band
Dan Bell
Dan Bell
The Cheyenne Mountain Junior High School, Director of Bands

Presider - Greg Watkins, Cheyenne Mountain Junior High School Principal

Concert Host - Katie Schrichte, IMC District 7 Representative

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Mountain Vista High School - Chamber Orchestra
Darren Delaup
Darren Delaup
Mountain Vista High School, Director of Instrumental Music

This reception 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 - Michael Weaver, Mountain Vista High School Principal

Concert Host - Robert Stahley, CO ASTA Denver Metro Representative

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How Long Has it Been? – Ins and Outs of Drum Head Replacement
Peter Hellyer
Peter Hellyer
Denver Percussion, Founder

This hour showcase will discuss the dos and don'ts of replacing drumheads, knowing when it’s time to replace them, and strategies on how to pay for the upkeep.

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I Have To Teach What? - Popular Music Courses at the Secondary Level
Tom Chapman
Tom Chapman
Lewis-Palmer High School, Director of Bands and Popular Music Studies

Whether a push from administrators, the community, or as a necessary class to fill out FTE, many secondary music educators are being handed popular music courses as part of their teaching loads. Often educators are assigned these courses with little to no curriculum support or training. This session will look at taking these classes and turning them into a robust program of study in popular music in a way that honors why students take these classes, acknowledges their limits as electives, and respects the time and energy of a secondary music educator that is already spread thin. Topics will include courses (guitar, history, and recording and songwriting), curriculum development, assessment, and recruitment and scheduling.

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Just Add Kids
Andy Beck
Andy Beck
Alfred Music, Director of Choral Publications

It’s amazing what kids can do when given the right materials! Join clinician Andy Beck to experience the newest 2-part chorals, songbooks, movement ideas, musicals, and other classroom resources—perfect for those energetic young singers of yours! A complimentary music packet will be given to each director in attendance.

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The Choral Tech-Up: Building foundational techniques and a common language throughout the rehearsal
Brian Winnie
Brian Winnie
Western Illinois University, Director of Choral Activities

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“I Don't Have Time for One More Thing - Supporting and Incorporating Social Emotional Learning (SEL) into the Secondary Music Classroom”
Julinda Dixon
Julinda Dixon
Lucile Erwin Middle School, Choir/Drama Director
Connie Dewlen
Connie Dewlen
Coal Ridge Middle School, Counselor and former music teacher

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.

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Research Session 2 - Graduate Student Research
Maddy Cort
Maddy Cort
Colorado State University, Graduate Music Education Student
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Garrett Graves
University of Colorado - Boulder
Kyle Liss
Kyle Liss
Frederick High School and the University of Colorado - Boulder, Director of Orchestras
Christy Go
Christy Go
Aurora Public Schools and the University of Colorado - Boulder, Music Specialist

Research Session 2: Graduate Student Research

Presider: Dr. James Austin, CMEA Research Chair

Presenters:

Maddy Cort (Colorado State University) – “An Investigation of Emerging Music Courses in Colorado Secondary Schools”

Garrett Graves (University of Colorado Boulder) – “How Pre-College Music Mentors Influence Preservice Teacher Identity: A Pilot Study”

Kyle Liss (Frederick High School and the University of Colorado Boulder) – “Teaching for Intonation Accuracy: Techniques and Scaffolding in SVVSD Secondary Orchestra Directors”

Christy Go (Aurora Public Schools and the University of Colorado Boulder) – “Getting Beyond the ‘Pink’ and ‘Blue’: Support for Transgender Students in the K-12 Music Classroom”

Note: The final 15 minutes of this session will be devoted to a discussion of alternative research session formats (paper, paper with discussant, roundtable, poster) to be considered for the 2023 CMEA Clinic Conference. Attendees also may respond to a brief, anonymous questionnaire.  

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Columbine High School - Columbine Blue
Phil Newland
Phil Newland
Columbine High School, Vocal Music, Beginning Guitar, Adaptive Music, and AP Music Theory

Presider - Scott Christy, Principal, Columbine High School

Concert Host - Andrew Watson, VMC District 4 Representative


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Annual Retired Members Social
Andrea Meyers
Andrea Meyers
CMEA, Membership Chair

Plan ahead to join us Saturday morning for CMEA Retirees and guests! Your CMEA sponsors a delightful array of coffee, tea, and delicious pastries. Special time for inspired and fun discussions. RSVP not required.

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Dear Band Director: What your bassoon students need you to know about their instrument
Jeffrey McCray
Jeffrey McCray
Metropolitan State University of Denver and Colorado State University, Instructor of Bassoon and Music Theory

This session will provide content and techniques to better teach the fundamentals of bassoon pedagogy to beginning and intermediate bassoon students, including common pitfalls and misconceptions. The session will address posture and holding the bassoon, embouchure, tone production, air velocity and air pressure, intonation, articulation, acceptable and necessary alternate fingerings, vibrato, reeds, and switching students from other instruments.

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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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Sensational String Warm Ups: Skills to Revolutionize Your Orchestra
Becky Bush
Becky Bush
Hudsonville Public Schools, Alfred Music, Orchestra Director

Completely revolutionize your orchestra in the first ten minutes of each rehearsal! Warm ups are easy to implement, fun, and save rehearsal time! A must-see session for middle school and high school orchestra directors.

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FTE Challenge: Creative Solutions to Stay Full Time
Andre Wilkins
Andre Wilkins
Salida High School, Director of Music

In this clinic I will demonstrate techniques and strategies to help you teach classes you may not be an expert in. I will show you a basic foundation to get you started. If you are a band director being asked to teach choir, or vice versa this is for you. I will also explore other types of music classes, such as beginning guitar, music theory and independent study to help you stay full time!

Looking to dive deeper into the content of the session? Check out these supporting materials:

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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.

Looking to dive deeper into the content of the session? Check out these supporting materials:

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Stick With It: Baton Technique for the Choral Conductor
Brian C. Murray
Brian C. Murray
University of Wyoming, Associate Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor of Music

Conducting with a baton affords conductors with another tool for gestural communication with their choirs. However, many choral conductors completely avoid using a baton. Conducting with (or without) a baton should be a decision based on various musical and personal factors, not the result of uncomfortability or unfamiliarity. Whether you're out of practice or confident in your stick technique, let’s examine some basic elements of choral conducting with a baton.

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Tried and True Tenor SATB Reading Session
Marla Sitton
Marla Sitton
Montezuma-Cortez Middle School and High School, Choir Director
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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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Fairview High School - Excalibur
Janice Vlachos
Janice Vlachos
Fairview High School, Choir Director

Presider - Ron Revier, Retired Fairview High School Choir Director

Concert Host - Anna Saks

Dawn Wisdom will receive her 25-year Recognition Award during this concert.

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Cheyenne Mountain High School Symphonic Band
Genice Matzke
Genice Matzke
Cheyenne Mountain High School, Director of Bands

Presider - Carrie Brenner, Cheyenne Mountain High School Principal

Concert Host - Tom Chapman, IMC District 5 Representative

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What They See Is What You Get
Jamal Duncan
Jamal Duncan
Arizona State University, Associate Director of Bands

Our conducting gestures are the most efficient tools we have to communicate musically with our students. Our gestures are the main influencers of the sound we receive on the podium.

Using the methods of dancer Rudolf Laban and his principles of body movement as a springboard, this session is designed to help educators of all levels think differently about their conducting. This will be a hands-on experiential session that will build upon the Laban method in order to arrive at more effective musical communication.

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Gonna Sing! New 2-Part Choral Repertoire
Andy Beck
Andy Beck
Alfred Music, Director of Choral Publications

Don't miss this “Sing and Learn” session with Andy Beck. See what’s new for 2-part treble choirs. Learn about the composers, effective vocal tips, creative staging ideas, and more! A complimentary music packet will be given to each director in attendance.

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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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The Choral Tech-Up PART 2: Building foundational techniques and a common language throughout the rehearsal
Brian Winnie
Brian Winnie
Western Illinois University, Director of Choral Activities

Looking to dive deeper into the content of the session? Check out these supporting materials:

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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.

Looking to dive deeper into the content of the session? Check out these supporting materials:

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Percussion For the Small School Director
Justin Elks
Justin Elks
Arvada High School, Instrumental Music Director

Are you a small school band director? Do you have limited resources at your disposal? Are you in need of some percussion help? Then this is the clinic for you. We will discuss everything from basic percussion playing techniques to repair on those many instruments. This crash course will give you tons of ideas on how to utilize your percussion equipment in ways you never thought plus bring life back to that broken cymbal stand hiding in the corner.

Looking to dive deeper into the content of the session? Check out these supporting materials:

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5 S.M.A.R.T. Steps to RETAINING Our Beginners
Marcia Neel
Marcia Neel
Music Achievement Council

Would you be surprised to learn that within one short year, 60% of beginning students are no longer playing? You've worked hard to recruit—and even re-recruit—beginners into your instrumental music program so this year, more than ever before, it’s all about RETAINING them! Actionable steps that can be taken by parents, administrators, and the students themselves will make all the difference whether in an urban, suburban or rural setting. In this on-target session, directors of all experience and expertise levels will learn about the role they can play in these 5 S.M.A.R.T. Steps to RETAINING Our Beginners.

Looking to dive deeper into the content of the session? Check out these supporting materials:

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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.

Looking to dive deeper into the content of the session? Check out these supporting materials:

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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