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

Broadmoor Hall A

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

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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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The ABC’s of Songwriting Activism: Art + Blues + Compassion = Change
Tara Neeley
Tara Neeley
Graland Country Day School, Music educator

Do you want to create more opportunities for the intersection of activism and active music-making in your classroom? Songwriting can be tricky, but provides rewarding musical experiences and a platform for student agency and activism. Come learn how the blues genre and visual art combine to provide a perfect initial journey for student activist songwriting that is accessible and successful. Participants will leave our session ready to build a blues unit where students own the entire songwriting process. Not only will they write and sing the lyrics, but they will also play recorder, ukulele, and barred instruments, while exploring important music concepts like form, theory, harmony, and music history. We will also discuss songwriting tips and tricks, plus quality resources for introducing a blues unit to your students. Bring a recorder and ukulele to join in our songwriting!

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Sectional Rehearsal

Students will break into Sections and rehearse Grand Finale.

Friday, January 28, 2022

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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.  

Saturday, January 29, 2022

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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.