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

Bartolin Hall E-213/214

Thursday, January 27, 2022

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Research-based Strategies for Recruitment and Retention in Choir
Seth Pendergast
Seth Pendergast
Colorado State University, Assistant Professor in Music Education
Kaitlin Miles
Kaitlin Miles
Fort Collins High School, Vocal Music Director
Will Ecker
Will Ecker
Fort Collins High School, Choir Director
Julia Dale
Julia Dale
Rock Canyon High School, Director of Vocal Music

Choral music educators are often anxious about enrollment rates in their choir programs. Moreover, the schooling disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic may have deepened these concerns. In this session, we explore practical strategies and research-based concepts for recruitment and retention in the choral classroom. First, we will briefly address the basic social-psychological factors that motivate students to begin and sustain activities in their lives. Second, each of these concepts will be paired with practical recruiting and retention strategies. We will provide attendees with our own tried-and-true strategies as well as a compendium of recruiting strategies sourced from other Colorado choral educators. Third, we will conclude with a brief discussion of what healthy choral participation might look like - and it's not always about having the biggest program in town!

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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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Practicum to Student Teaching to Interviews
Michelle Ewer
Michelle Ewer
Tri-M Chair

The time has come to start putting the skills you have been developing into practical applications. This session will cover topics such as choosing a location for practicum, expanding your experiences during student teaching and showcasing your strengths during an interview. Come and explore this journey through the eyes of a public-school teacher and adjunct professor at CU Boulder. Regardless whether or not practicum is right around the corner or still in the future, this session is for you. Feel free to ask questions along the way.

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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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Teachers Matter Too: Recognizing and Reducing Teacher Burnout
David Pope
David Pope
Baldwin Wallace University, Associate Professor of Music Education

Balancing work and home life is difficult for most music teachers. In many instances, music teachers sacrifice their personal well-being and time with their family so they can provide their students with quality experiences. This unhealthy divide was only exasperated during the pandemic. In this session, I will discuss the internal, external, and physical factors that cause teacher burnout, how to recognize the signs of burnout, and strategies for reducing teacher burnout. Attendees will also share their solutions for balancing their work and home lives.

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Friday, January 28, 2022

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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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!

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