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

DEIA

Thursday, January 27, 2022

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Critical Conversations Through Productive Argumentation
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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He Said, She Said, They Said: Gender Neutrality in the Music Room
Amy Abbott
Amy Abbott
Red Hawk Elementary School, Music Teacher - Kodály specialist

Our ultimate goal, as teachers, is to ensure that our students feel safe, respected and valued members of the class community. Therefore, it’s important to look at various aspects of our classrooms, ensuring that ALL students are seen and respected for who they are as an individual. One prime example of this is gender neutrality. In this session we will explore the importance of gender neutrality in various ways. Participants will discuss the “what, who, where, when” of gender neutrality. The session will have a “hands-on,” or demonstration, approach, focusing on the importance of neutral pronouns and non-gender specific roles in singing games, play parties and other musical repertoire. Attendees will have a chance to explore using gender neutrality within various classroom situations and to discuss how this will make music education more inclusive for all students.

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Building an Equity Bridge Through Student-Led Chamber Ensembles
Whitney Luther
Whitney Luther
El Sistema Colorado, Executive Director
Jamie Wolf
Jamie Wolf
El Sistema Colorado, Teaching Artist

El Sistema Colorado's mission is to harness the joy of music and ignite the potential in our future leaders through an immersive youth music education program that transcends socioeconomic barriers. We see our equity focus coming to life in two distinct areas: Dismantling white supremacy within the arts environment and facilitating socio-emotional learning with a social justice focus. How does a music program make this shift? Through student-led chamber ensembles designed to give students both voice and choice in their music making experience. We think these small ensembles may be the most efficient and effective way to shift music education to being more student-centered, equitable, and culturally responsive.

Join El Sistema Colorado and Quartet Maravilla as we demonstrate how chamber music can build an equity bridge while preparing students for lives as professional musicians.

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The Silent Canon - Repertoire by Composers of African Descent
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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Inherently Political: A Conversation Around Activism and Artivism in Concert Music
Omar Thomas
Omar Thomas
University of Texas at Austin, Assistant Professor of Composition

In this session, I will discuss the activism that is at the core of a number of my works, and considerations that should be taken when composing and commissioning such music.

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Diverse Children's Literature for the Elementary Music Classroom
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Jennifer McIntyre
Once Upon a Mind, Owner

Are you looking for books for your elementary music classroom that feature music and musicians from diverse races, ethnicities, cultures, and both genders? Come find some books that will help add diversity to your music curriculum. Attendees will receive a list of books discussed in this session.


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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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Women Conductors - Creating Community and Support
Jennifer L. Grice
Jennifer L. Grice
Windsor High School, Director of Bands & Orchestra

This session will look at the numbers of women in the band conducting field in high schools in the state of Colorado and higher education wind conductors in the United States. Information will be shared about results from my research entitled: Prominent Women Wind Conductors in Higher Education: Trials, Triumphs, and Recommendations for Improving Gender Equity in the Field.

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Live Podcast Recording: Why Change? A Podcast for the Creative Generation
Jeff M. Poulin
Jeff M. Poulin
Creative Generation, Managing Director
Ashraf Hasham
Ashraf Hasham
Creative Generation, Campaign Correspondent

The Why Change? podcast brings listeners around the globe to learn how artists, educators, and cultural practitioners can change the world, one community at a time. We believe that young creatives are our world’s greatest asset and recognize that we – as the adults who are dedicated to their creative development – have work to do so they can thrive. Attendees of this session will join podcast co-hosts, Ashraf Hasham and Jeff M. Poulin, and their special guest to learn and laugh while envisioning new futures through the question, “why change?”

Friday, January 28, 2022

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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.

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