2023 Conference Session Descriptions

  1. Why Can't My Flute Section Play in Tune?
    Gabe Southard,
    Have you ever wondered why it is so difficult to tune the flute section? Dr. Gabe Southard has been on both sides of the baton as both a professional flutist and conductor and will share his experience in tuning flutes as well as the inherent difficulties with the instrument..
    Band/Jazz, Thursday 3/2/23, 9:00 AM, Emerson

  2. Safe Zone: Creating a Safe Classroom for LGBTQIA+ Students
    Alexandra Robinelli,
    Safe Zone was designed to help individuals learn about, advocate for, and empathize with the LGBTQIA+ community. In this session, educators will learn ways to make their classroom spaces more inviting and accepting for their LGBTQIA+ students. Participants will also engage in activities to help better understand the community and how to handle situations such as students coming out to you..
    General Interest, Thursday 3/2/23, 9:00 AM, Hildreth

  3. Including Students with ADHD and Autism in General Music
    Maria Doreste Velazquez,
    During this session attendees will have the opportunity to explore two inclusion scenarios with students with ADHD and autism. The session is designed with hands-on activities from music literacy games for posture and memory strategies that build concrete accommodations for students with diverse abilities, as well as tips/sequencing that will benefit all learners. The session is open to general, instrumental music and early childhood educators.
    Accessible Music, Thursday 3/2/23, 9:00 AM, Regency 1&2

  4. NAILED IT! How to Ace your Evaluation
    Lauren Saracino,
    Do you feel anxious about observations and conversations with your evaluator? Whether your evaluator has a music background or not, teacher evaluations can be a major source of stress and anxiety. Hear from an evaluator and a music educator about what evaluators look for, and how you can knock it out of the park stress-free year after year! Session Objectives Participants will: *Learn what evaluators look for during classroom observations *Review how to identify quality evidence *Identify the role that content knowledge plays in the evaluation process *Discuss ways to keep the process manageable and stress-free through organization
    General Interest, Thursday 3/2/23, 9:00 AM, Regency 3

  5. Stepping outside the box: student voice and relationship-building in preschool music
    Jenn Dennett,
    As music educators, we are familiar with the importance of relationship-building and allowing for student voice and choice within the classroom -- but these needs are often overlooked when it comes to our youngest learners. This session will present a variety of activities in which our 3- and 4-year-old students are encouraged to share their thoughts, use their imaginations, and make themselves known in the classroom..
    General Interest, Thursday 3/2/23, 9:00 AM, Salem

  6. Culturally Generative Community Building: Music Making with and for Communities
    Brian Gellerstein,
    Music classes are often mired in eurocentrism and singular ideas of what is best. In practice this can lead to the continued artistic regeneration in our classroom. This session will explore the ways that educators might join with communities to make music that is culturally generative—that is, music that comes from the people in the community.
    Innovations, Thursday 3/2/23, 9:00 AM, Thoreau

  7. Revamping Rehearsal: Strategies to Create a Successful Combined 4th and 5th Grade School String Ensemble
    Leigh Schoepflin,
    Learn about the strategies I employed to combine my 4th and 5th grade string players into one elementary school string ensemble. Employing Music Learning Theory (MLT) activities, Paul Rolland Pedagogy, and teamwork opportunities resulted in increased excitement and musical understanding from the students. While combining the beginner 4th and returning 5th graders together in an ensemble started as a necessity based on the pandemic plus school building and concert schedules, the resulting ensemble was rewarding and successful..
    Strings, Thursday 3/2/23, 9:00 AM, Westford 1

  8. You're the DJ: A Popular Music Pathway using MusicFirst
    Meaghan O'Connor-Vince,
    DJ Khalid, Grandmaster Flash, Calvin Harris, Skrillex, King Tubby, and Frankie Knuckles - are from all different genres, but all identity as DJs. The role of the DJ is one of the most important musical elements in the music industry today. Similar to the guitar, the DJ’s turntables can be traced back to different genres and cultures. However, since the turntable isn’t a typical “ensemble” instrument we often overlook its legacy. You.DJ is an online software platform that provides the DJ experience to anyone willing to spin! Dive into creating House, Techno, Hip-Hop, or Dubstep, whatever genre that inspires you! Create music that reflects today's music industry and trends!
    Tech, Thursday 3/2/23, 9:00 AM, Westford 2

  9. Accessible ‘Ukulele Exploration
    Miles Wilcox,
    The ukulele has been called the world's happiest instrument—if you give it a try, you'll understand why! It can also be an incredibly accessible instrument to students with varying abilities. In this session, you will learn about the basics of playing the ‘ukulele, a teaching sequence for providing multiple means of engagement for students of varying levels, and connecting ‘ukulele to your existing curriculum. Participants in this session will leave with knowledge of how to engage beginners through advanced learners, and create adaptations and modifications for students with various disabilities.
    Accessible Music, Thursday 3/2/23, 9:00 AM, Westford 3

  10. High School Choral Reading Session
    Jonathan Eldridge,
    Choral, Thursday 3/2/23, 9:00 AM, Westford 4

  11. Appropriate vs. Aspirational: Finding Literature for the Choir You Have
    Rebecca DeWan,
    Engage with literature of various voicings targeting mixed ensembles that do not have evenly balanced sections. Choirs with "non-traditional" voicings--ranging from middle and high school to community choirs and beyond--need quality, non-SATB literature through which their singers can expand their musicianship and build essential choral skills. Session participants will engage with a repertoire of various voicings that represent the great diversity of mixed ensembles that exist in our communities while exploring a variety of strategies for working with non-traditionally voiced ensembles of all ages..
    Choral, Thursday 3/2/23, 9:00 AM, Whittier

  12. Quick Repair for Instruments
    Leonard's Music,
    Come learn or refresh your technique in the common quick repairs you will need to know as an instrumental teacher.
    General Interest, Thursday 3/2/23, 12:30 PM, Salem

  13. Reaching Students with Disabilities in Private Music Lessons
    Francis Hickey,
    Learn how to adapt your private teaching so that you can better reach students with disabilities and diagnoses. The session will focus on instructional strategies and easy changes that you can make to lesson materials that can help all students of all ages learn and grow as musicians. Many of these strategies and changes can also be applied to classroom and ensemble settings, as well. Participants will leave this session with new tools and techniques to try the very next day in their lessons.
    Accessible Music, Thursday 3/2/23, 12:30 PM, Thoreau

  14. SSA & TTB Choral Reading Session
    Felicia Barber,
    Choral, Thursday 3/2/23, 12:30 PM, Westford 4

  15. Playful Ensemble Rehearsals
    William Kinne,
    We are all hardwired to play from birth. It's how we learn and grow. In this session, we will explore ways to increase student engagement and foster artistic risk-taking in rehearsal by introducing an element of unpredictability into our ensemble rehearsals. Become a more compelling conductor without having to take any time away from your rehearsals. Play like a conductor..
    Band/Jazz, Thursday 3/2/23, 1:30 PM, Emerson

  16. DESE Foundational Skill Progressions in Music
    Jonathan Rappaport,
    Arts|Learning has been contracted to provide skill progressions in each of the five disciplines in the arts. The focus of these is to add concrete content knowledge and skills to the 2019 Arts Curriculum Framework. During Spring, 2022, the progressions for music and visual arts were completed. The presenters will share the two music progressions with the participants and how they may be used for (1) developing your district's music curriculum and (2) application for developing units and lesson plans..
    General Interest, Thursday 3/2/23, 1:30 PM, Hildreth

  17. Come on Out to Play: Creativity Development through Music Activities, Movement Games, and Dances for K-5
    Darla Hanley,
    This hands-on session includes innovative (national standards-based) teaching strategies that promote creativity development in the K-5 music classroom. Participants will experience original music activities, movement games, and dances connected to iconic recordings of yesterday and today (accessible via streaming audio). Playlist and handout provided. Come on out to play!
    General Interest, Thursday 3/2/23, 1:30 PM, Regency 1&2

  18. Hip-Hop in the General Music Classroom
    Erin Hussey,
    In every academic setting, it is critical to entertain our students' passions in pursuit of reaching the largest target audience possible. The general music classroom is far from the exception. Hip-Hop has held its ground as the most popular genre of music in the United States since 2015, and it's about time we recognize its place in music education.
    Innovations, Thursday 3/2/23, 1:30 PM, Regency 3

  19. Student-Driven Notation in the Classroom
    Laura Lamore,
    This session will explore the use of student-driven music notation for use at the middle and high school grade levels. Western Standard Music Notation (WSMN) is the standard form of music notation, however, it does not serve the needs of all students. Facilitating a method of music notation that is created by and for the students can help non?musically inclined students connect to music. It can also help musicians more deeply understand the music that they know. This session will explore the use of student-driven notation and provide methods that teachers can use immediately in their classrooms.
    Innovations, Thursday 3/2/23, 1:30 PM, Salem

  20. Somatic Care for Music Educators
    Stephen Paparo,
    Self-care is important to help music educators prevent burnout, interact more effectively with students, and sustain productive learning environments, however it is often neglected as a part of professional development. This interactive session introduces the Feldenkrais Method® of somatic education as a form of self-care. Participants will experience a Feldenkrais lesson designed to improve internal bodily awareness, reduce tension and stress, foster ease of movement, and cultivate a sense of calm and centeredness. Discover how moving slowly with focused attention and short rest breaks can be incorporated into daily personal and music classroom routines..
    General Interest, Thursday 3/2/23, 1:30 PM, Thoreau

  21. Shifting for Class or Orchestral Violins and Violas
    Ken Culver,
    A series of short, progressive, step by step shifting exercises that can be used in ensemble or individual teaching with emphasis on posture and hand shape. Thanks to Johnson Strings for the use of their instruments for this hands-on workshop session.
    Strings, Thursday 3/2/23, 1:30 PM, Westford 1

  22. Help! I am a K-8 general music teacher and 65% of my students are English Learners!- A Kodály approach to active music-making.
    Susie Petrov,
    "This interactive Kodály-style workshop will focus on songs and games (ie. materials) rationales and successful procedures for teaching with the goal of helping everyone (including you, the teacher!) feel more comfortable singing and singing in languages that are not your home language. Participants will come away with a raft of songs, games and activities designed to foster singing together and singing in languages that are not the home language. Participants will immerse themselves in the activities and discover the universal ways of how children learn. Folks will learn strategies to take this new attitude and the materials into the classroom with confidence. "
    General Music, Thursday 3/2/23, 1:30 PM, Westford 2

  23. Beginning a Band Instrument by Connecting to the Elementary Music Curriculum
    Michael Francis Smith,
    Thanks to the research and methodologies of Kodály, Orff, Gordon, Feierabend, etc., elementary students today have rich music making experiences which lead to both skills and literacy. Building on what student know and can do is the best way for them to begin a band (or string) instrument. Dr. Sandra Nicolucci will remind us of the importance of the spiraling music curriculum and making connections from elementary general music to high school music making. Dr. Michael Francis Smith will explain how the beginning band curriculum can connect to the elementary general music classroom when beginning a band instrument..
    Band/Jazz, Thursday 3/2/23, 1:30 PM, Westford 3

  24. Deciding What To Teach in General Music
    Sandra Nicolucci,
    General Music teachers make decisions about what to teach in the limited amount of time allotted to them. We strive to address state and national standards, advances in technology, and constantly shifting student interests. We develop culturally and historically diverse and inclusive lessons. We wonder if students can retain so much material being taught so thinly. In this session, some Big Ideas relative to choosing and developing deep curriculum content will be shared. These can help General Music curriculum planners make confident selections of important things to teach, reinforce, and "lock in" for students' to use throughout their whole lives.
    General Music, Thursday 3/2/23, 1:30 PM, Westford 4

  25. Fostering Confidence: From Internal Dialogue to the Rehearsal Space
    Tawnya Smith,
    Overly self-conscious thoughts can lead to anxiety and interfere with musical development and success. It is helpful for performers to learn approaches and practices which help them to manage thoughts. However, it is even more essential for teachers to help students develop positive mindsets to facilitate productive practice habits before negative thoughts and behaviors take hold. In this session we discuss research-based strategies for managing fears and turning negative thought patterns into confidence-boosting affirmations and practices..
    Choral, Thursday 3/2/23, 1:30 PM, Whittier

  26. MAJE Middle School Jazz Band Clinic
    Joseph Mulligan,
    Easing anxiety regarding festival participation! Have ever felt your middle school jazz band wasn't ready for a festival? Come learn some time-tested techniques to simplify beginner jazz for both teacher and student at the upper elementary and early middle school levels. You CAN bring your band to a festival every year! In this clinic we will discuss streamlined methods and materials that will enable festival participation for groups as early as year 1! This session will be given by Jeff Benson and is sponsored by MAJE
    Band/Jazz, Thursday 3/2/23, 2:30 PM, Emerson

  27. Exploring Trauma-Informed Music Education
    Rebecca DeWan,
    The impact of trauma is a silent force felt in every community and every school district. This session provides real?world classroom strategies to make your classroom more trauma-informed. Exposure to trauma--such as violence, racism, or a pandemic--can impact students' readiness to learn. Music provides a unique opportunity for trauma?informed practices. This session will examine 1) the brain science of trauma exposure, 2) student behavior and teacher response through a trauma-informed lens, and 3) the importance of self-care for teachers.
    General Interest, Thursday 3/2/23, 2:30 PM, Hildreth

  28. Developing Your Conducting Artistry: Steps Towards Improved Clarity
    Reagan Paras,
    Are you struggling with communicating your musical vision with your students? By refining conducting gestures/techniques, choral directors can effectively communicate the musical intentions within the score. Learn and refine several conducting techniques that will better communicate your musical vision with greater specificity & clarity.
    General Interest, Thursday 3/2/23, 2:30 PM, Regency 1&2

  29. Utilizing Music Technology to Inspire Gen Z Students
    Brooks Holmes,
    Gen Z students are conditioned to "tap & swipe" for their information, motivation and a sense of community. Designing and maintaining digital platforms which organize & distribute information to Gen Z music students has become a crucial element for 21st Century Teaching. This workshop assists educators navigate this challenge. Attendees will receive templates for website & curriculum development plus resources for digital audio & composition software. Topics examined include: Creating Websites for your school ensembles -- How & Why? Essential Software Programs for the Music Teacher Creating virtual performances (post-Covid) for students to "show off" their talents Energizing your ensembles with customized arrangements & listening libraries Organizing the music curriculum with Scope & Sequence Charts
    Tech, Thursday 3/2/23, 2:30 PM, Regency 3

  30. ¡Canta Conmigo! Songs and Singing Games from Guatemala and Nicaragua
    Rachel Gibson,
    Come sing, play, move, create, and experience joy with living music traditions from Central America. Participants will actively engage in repertoire that the presenter learned from teachers, families, and children while living in Guatemala and Nicaragua. These cherished activities allow for musical play, movement, improvisation, and community building. Song research will be presented and field videos will be shared to demonstrate the songs in authentic contexts. ¡Ven a cantar y jugar! Come sing and play!.
    General Music, Thursday 3/2/23, 2:30 PM, Salem

  31. Songwriting is for EVERYONE! Inclusive Creativity through Songwriting
    Melissa Ryan,
    Too often, music teachers see songwriting as a mystical creative act that remains reserved for an elite group of prodigies. But I'm here to tell you: songwriting is for everyone, including you as a music teacher! We might not feel confident in doing it ourselves -- let alone guiding our students in this type of creative process. In this session, we will experience a de-mystified process of songwriting that is inclusive of learners and musicians of all ages, experiences, and abilities. You will leave this session with a renewed confidence in providing creative spaces in your classroom and curriculum through songwriting..
    Composition, Thursday 3/2/23, 2:30 PM, Thoreau

  32. Vibrato for Class or Orchestral Violins and Violas
    Ken Culver,
    A series of short, progressive, step by step vibrato exercises that can be used in ensemble or individual teaching with emphasis on relaxation, joint mobility and finger balance. Thanks to Johnson Strings for the use of their instruments for this hands-on workshop session.
    Strings, Thursday 3/2/23, 2:30 PM, Westford 1

  33. Exploring the Schulwerk with Style...Hairstyle!
    Gerard Stokes,
    Using picture books as inspiration for exploring the schulwerk; we will move, play and create together. Let's enjoy the journey of child centered themes, learning, and exploration to create wonderful moments in your music room.
    General Music, Thursday 3/2/23, 2:30 PM, Westford 2

  34. Circlesongs: Building Musical Community Through Spontaneous Vocal Exploration
    Michael Turner,
    The improvisational approach to singing known as Circlesongs was created by Bobby McFerrin over years of vocal exploration. Together we will immerse ourselves in improvised song, engaging in joyful, communal musical play. We will discover ways in which this creative form can be enjoyed by anyone with a simple desire to sing. A Circlesong can involve any number of willing participants--from solo practice to as large a group as can be gathered in one space. Step into the circle. Then take this wonderful practice back to your school or community. "Every song, every voice has a place in the circle."
    Composition, Thursday 3/2/23, 2:30 PM, Westford 3

  35. Elementary Choral Reading Session
    Matthew Buono,
    Come sing through some selected materials of Elementary Chorus music. We will sing unison and 2-part songs for a broad range of elementary skilled choirs. We are excited to share a variety of great music..
    Choral, Thursday 3/2/23, 2:30 PM, Westford 4

  36. Teaching Music Literacy Through Repertoire in Elementary and Middle School Chorus
    Sara Carson,
    All students have the potential to be successful in Chorus class. Reading a choral score is hard and intimidating for our students, no matter what age level. How can we get our students to understand how to read a choral score in a musical way that empowers them to become independent, lifelong musicians? This session will explore strategies to break down scores for our youngest choristers to our middle level learners in a musical way. Students will learn to find patterns and think like composers. Participants will leave the session with ways to encourage independence in the choral classroom through high quality, developmentally appropriate repertoire..
    Choral, Thursday 3/2/23, 2:30 PM, Whittier

  37. Sing It, Play It: Diverse Repertoire for Beginning Chorus and Band
    Valerie Thomforde,
    Tired of teaching "Hot Cross Buns" and looking for more diverse repertoire? Come to this session for a new set of beginning band repertoire. Kevin Maier and Valerie Thomforde have implemented a new program in Carlisle where students learn folk songs and their associated singing games in chorus, then play the melodies in band. These melodies could also transfer to recorder for the general music educator. This will be a hands-on session, so bring your voices and instruments!.
    Band/Jazz, Thursday 3/2/23, 3:30 PM, Emerson

  38. Saxquest: Get the most out of your saxophonists!
    Clayton Hamilton,
    A clinic that covers an in-depth look at the saxophone set-up, how to fix bad habits, and a guideline of practical exercises to help tone, technique development, and musicality. Time will also be spent on covering tips and tricks to get students crossing over to different saxophones. This clinic is sponsored by The Boston Sax Shop.
    Band/Jazz, Thursday 3/2/23, 3:30 PM, Hildreth

  39. “Good Teaching on Steroids”: Reaching Students with Disabilities in Music Classes, Ensembles, and Studios
    Rhoda Bernard,
    As the learning schemes of our students become increasingly diverse, music educators need new strategies and approaches to help them reach every student in their classes, ensembles, and studios. In this session, you will learn a wide range of strategies, approaches, frameworks, tips, and tools that you can apply right away to help your students with disabilities to participate in meaningful music learning experiences. After this session, you will be able to adapt and modify your teaching, curriculum, assignments, and activities in new ways to better accommodate the learning schemes of every student that you teach. Accessible Music, Thursday 3/2/23, 3:30 PM, Regency 1&2

  40. Google Updates for the Music Educator
    Stephanie Riley,
    Google is an ever changing piece of technology that is undoubtedly a valuable resource to us as teaachers and music teachers. Come learn about some of the newest updates you may have missed, and share your favorites, too!
    Tech, Thursday 3/2/23, 3:30 PM, Regency 3

  41. Can I Just Play? (Do you hear me?)
    Melissa Goetschius,
    Attendees will listen to and examine the stories of five elementary music students who shared what they enjoy about music and what they wish music educators would teach them in their music classes as shared in a research study that investigated how elementary-aged students participate in a Landscape of Music Practice. Their stories highlight the need for creative music practices and the desire to "just play" and explore the musical words in which they inhabit..
    General Music, Thursday 3/2/23, 3:30 PM, Salem

  42. Focal Points: Decentering Whiteness in Music Classrooms
    Brian Gellerstein,
    White supremacy is complex and persists throughout music education in teaching practices, curriculum, and classroom settings. Because it is so ingrained in every aspect of the profession, the decentering of Whiteness cannot occur without intentional interventions. This session will provide a framework for music educators to expose and challenge Whiteness within their classrooms so that teaching and learning can be truly representative of the ever changing communities with whom we work. Innovations, Thursday 3/2/23, 3:30 PM, Thoreau

  43. String Orchestra Reading Session
    Christopher Memoli,
    This reading session will review the newest publications for string orchestra. Come and bring your instrument to sight read everything from beginning orchestra music through advanced literature. A few instruments will be available for use courtesy of Johnson String
    Strings, Thursday 3/2/23, 3:30 PM, Westford 1

  44. A Storytelling Approach to Teaching General Music
    Susan Calkins,
    Composer, author, and music education specialist, Dr. Susan Calkins, presents an interactive session focused on storytelling as a mode of teaching. The session will include strategies for promoting student engagement, collaboration and positive social interactions. She will also elaborate on the ways in which storytelling has influenced her approach to teaching, composing and writing for children. Topics and activities covered in this session include: • Storytelling as a segue into lesson content • Fostering student engagement and creative musical expression through storytelling • Establishing memory paths by weaving musical concepts into stories • Creating original music lessons and activities from literature, folk tales and poems • Storytelling to promote social/emotional learning, inclusivity and conflict resolution • Virtual teaching: creating lessons from stories to engage all types of learners.
    General Music, Thursday 3/2/23, 3:30 PM, Westford 2

  45. From Unison to Two-Part: Developing Independent Part Singing
    Stephen Paparo,
    This interactive session introduces a sequential approach to developing independent part singing for elementary and middle school choirs, based on the Literature Hierarchy by Dr. Judy Bowers. Participants will sing rote songs and published octavos illustrating each step of the developmental process from unison to two-part part singing..
    Choral, Thursday 3/2/23, 3:30 PM, Whittier

  46. Music Literacy: Who Are We Including?
    Sarah Fard,
    This workshop asks music educators to reflect on the practice of traditional staff notation as it relates to cultural relevance and accessibility. This presentation will evaluate the various reasons that standard music notation may be inaccessible to some students, with participants exploring adaptive notation using existing programs, technologies, or simple materials.
    Accessible Music, Friday 3/3/23, 9:00 AM, Concord Amp.

  47. Getting started with UDL for Middle and High School Music Students
    Betsy Pabson,
    Innovations, Friday 3/3/23, 9:00 AM, Hildreth

  48. 24 Ways To Improve Every Rehearsal Through Inspired Teaching!
    Peter Boonshaft,
    This session offers 24 ways you can immediately improve every rehearsal or class using simple techniques and strategies to improve the quality of your ensemble, make any rehearsal more productive and energize the power of your teaching. Useful for conductors of any level and type of ensemble..
    Band/Jazz, Friday 3/3/23, 9:00 AM, Salem

  49. Include Me! Including and Engaging all Students in the Middle/High School Music Classroom
    Abby Casey,
    Teaching every student requires a multitude of skills and a desire to create connections by offering access to the curriculum to all. In this session, teachers will hear about techniques used in a substantially separate class that transferred into the general music curriculum in a middle school setting. After a successful transition from a small class setting to full inclusion using UDL and SEL practices, one teacher not only moved districts and changed teaching environments drastically, but also found that the same theories worked at the high school level as well
    Accessible Music, Friday 3/3/23, 9:00 AM, Thoreau

  50. You're the DJ: A Popular Music Pathway using MusicFirst
    Meaghan O'Connor-Vince,
    DJ Khalid, Grandmaster Flash, Calvin Harris, Skrillex, King Tubby, and Frankie Knuckles - are from all different genres, but all identity as DJs. The role of the DJ is one of the most important musical elements in the music industry today. Similar to the guitar, the DJ’s turntables can be traced back to different genres and cultures. However, since the turntable isn’t a typical “ensemble” instrument we often overlook its legacy. You.DJ is an online software platform that provides the DJ experience to anyone willing to spin! Dive into creating House, Techno, Hip-Hop, or Dubstep, whatever genre that inspires you! Create music that reflects today's music industry and trends!
    Tech, Friday 3/3/23, 9:00 AM, Westford 4

  51. Help! I am a K-8 general music teacher and 65% of my students are English Learners!- A Kodály approach to active music-making.
    Susie Petrov,
    This interactive Kodály-style workshop will focus on songs and games (ie. materials) rationales and successful procedures for teaching with the goal of helping everyone (including you, the teacher!) feel more comfortable singing and singing in languages that are not your home language. Participants will come away with a raft of songs, games and activities designed to foster singing together and singing in languages that are not the home language. Participants will immerse themselves in the activities and discover the universal ways of how children learn. Folks will learn strategies to take this new attitude and the materials into the classroom with confidence.
    General Music, Friday 3/3/23, 9:00 AM, Whittier

  52. Fostering Confidence: From Internal Dialogue to the Rehearsal Space
    Tawnya Smith,
    Overly self-conscious thoughts can lead to anxiety and interfere with musical development and success. It is helpful for performers to learn approaches and practices which help them to manage thoughts. However, it is even more essential for teachers to help students develop positive mindsets to facilitate productive practice habits before negative thoughts and behaviors take hold. In this session we discuss research-based strategies for managing fears and turning negative thought patterns into confidence-boosting affirmations and practices..
    Choral, Friday 3/3/23, 10:30 AM, Concord Amp.

  53. Guitar Educator Roundtable
    Harry Wagg,
    A conversation for guitar educators to share information about their programs, materials used, best practices, etc.; to help build a network of educators teaching guitar classes/ensembles and identify ways to increase opportunities for guitar students in MA..
    Innovations, Friday 3/3/23, 10:30 AM, Hildreth

  54. Preservice Music Educator Dialogue Session
    Kelly Bylica,
    Facilitated by MMEA's Council for Research and Teacher Education, this session will serve as meeting point for preservice music education students attending the conference. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet and dialogue with other preservice teachers, university faculty, and early-career music educators from across the state. Topics including critical issues in music education, applying for teaching jobs, licensing and credentials, and building relationships with students and communities will be addressed. This session will also serve as a precursor to a follow?up workshop offered by the Council for preservice teachers later in the Spring
    General Interest, Friday 3/3/23, 10:30 AM, Salem

  55. Warm-up and Ensemble Development Exercises That Work!
    Peter Boonshaft,
    This session offers specific exercises you can use to develop ensemble performance. These focused warm-ups isolate and target improvement in the areas of balance, blend, intonation, rhythm, rhythmic subdivision, listening, articulation, dynamics, and virtually every aspect of large ensemble playing. Useful for band and orchestra directors of any level: elementary school, middle school, and high school.
    Band/Jazz, Friday 3/3/23, 10:30 AM, Thoreau

  56. One Size Does Not Fit All: Posture for Every Body Type
    Meredith Tashkandi,
    Have you ever looked at page 1 of your method book with the picture of a student holding their instrument, demonstrating "perfect posture?" In reality, very few of our students are actually built or shaped like that student, but this picture reinforces the "one size fits all" posture set-up. In this session, we will discuss a "student-first" approach to posture, one that accommodates all sizes and body types. Topics will include accommodating students as they grow and adjusting their posture accordingly, shoulder rest types and height as it relates to neck height and bust size, and cello/bass endpin length and instrument angle to accommodate different bust sizes, leg lengths, and arm lengths..
    Strings, Friday 3/3/23, 10:30 AM, Westford 4

  57. Hip-Hop in the General Music Classroom
    Erin Hussey,
    In every academic setting, it is critical to entertain our students' passions in pursuit of reaching the largest target audience possible. The general music classroom is far from the exception. Hip-Hop has held its ground as the most popular genre of music in the United States since 2015, and it's about time we recognize its place in music education.
    Innovations, Friday 3/3/23, 10:30 AM, Whittier

  58. Teaching Korean and Chinese Choral Music for HS/Collegiate Singers
    Minji Kim,
    This session intends to introduce composers of two Northeastern Asian countries, South Korea and China, and their choral works accessible for high school and collegiate singers. Some hindrances to teaching Korean and/or Chinese choral music may include the lack of accessible teaching resources for foreign phonetic alphabets and the difficulty of purchasing the music from overseas. In addition to the introduction of selected choral music from South Korea and China, this session aims to provide the direction to find helpful resources for teaching the Korean and Chinese languages.
    Choral, Friday 3/3/23, 11:30 AM, Concord Amp.

  59. Beyond the Ensemble: Developing Meaningful Electives for High School Students
    Rebecca Damiani & Julia Hanna,
    In this session, we will share some strategies that we've used to restructure high school music electives through a lens of anti-racism and student choice. Particular attention will be given to introductory piano and guitar electives, with some discussion of other high school level general music classes. Participants in this session will leave with strategies that are immediately implementable in their classrooms, as well as access to a google drive folder with shared resources.
    Innovations, Friday 3/3/23, 11:30 AM, Hildreth

  60. NAILED IT! How to Ace your Evaluation
    Lauren Saracino,
    Do you feel anxious about observations and conversations with your evaluator? Whether your evaluator has a music background or not, teacher evaluations can be a major source of stress and anxiety. Hear from an evaluator and a music educator about what evaluators look for, and how you can knock it out of the park stress-free year after year! Session Objectives Participants will: *Learn what evaluators look for during classroom observations *Review how to identify quality evidence *Identify the role that content knowledge plays in the evaluation process *Discuss ways to keep the process manageable and stress-free through organization
    General Interest, Friday 3/3/23, 11:30 AM, Westford 4

  61. Consciously Building Community through Programming and Performance
    Rebecca DeWan,
    The longer I taught, the more I valued creating community over having a "perfect" performance. In this session, I explore two presentations that were designed explicitly to promote community among students both in performance and in the rehearsal process. First, an interdisciplinary evening of art, drama, and song titled "Hope Through Adversity" presented in a black-box theater. Second, a 20-minute soundscape that wove multiple songs and separate choirs together with student-captured sounds. Participants will learn about the two concerts from the conceptual, curricular, and logistical standpoints.
    Composition, Friday 3/3/23, 11:30 AM, Whittier

  62. Standing Tall: Addressing Mental Health Through a Choral Collaboration
    Jennifer Kane,
    Dr. Jennifer Kane and Dr. Ellen Gilson Voth describe their partnership as conductor/composer in creating a new choral work to help singers engage with mental health awareness. In the wake of a suicide of a young, close family friend, Dr. Kane sought to commission a new choral work to combat the stigma that surrounds mental illness, which often prevents people from asking for help. Singers in the Handel and Haydn Society Youth Chorale, and their families, wrote and contributed personal texts about the value of life; Dr. Ellen Gilson Voth incorporated these texts into a new work, Standing tall. In this session, Dr. Kane and Dr. Voth share how material was created; how a sensitive topic was handled with young singers; and ideas for similar collaborations. Small groups discussion will focus on ways ensembles can engage in mental health advocacy, empathy, and community building.
    Choral, Friday 3/3/23, 1:00 PM, Concord Amp.

  63. DEIA Rountable
    Tom Westmoreland,
    Join the MMEA Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Access Committee to discuss what this group has been working on over the past year and engage in a thoughtful discussion about the future of our organization.
    Innovations, Friday 3/3/23, 1:00 PM, Hildreth

  64. Refill your cup: An expressive arts self-care session for new educators
    Nicholas Quigley,
    Finding time for self-care can be challenging for new educators with all you are expected to learn and do. In this hands-on session, explore expressive arts activities to help you slow down, take stock, create joy, and reignite your passion for making change. Take these ideas and learn to share them in your classroom to create a safe and sustainable learning environment. Activities will be followed by a debrief and community discussion focused on integrating the expressive arts and music teaching. Example activities may include doodling, breath work, movement, dramatic enactments, and expressive sounding..
    Innovations, Friday 3/3/23, 1:00 PM, Salem

  65. No Open Spaces: Strategies for developing improvisation within large ensemble settings
    Christopher Gagne,
    Given the various demands of large ensemble rehearsals (jazz big bands, concert bands, etc), these settings can all too often provide scarce opportunities to foster improvisational development. Based on experience and research, this session intends to offer an array of strategies for implementing guided improvisational pedagogy within large ensemble rehearsal settings. This session will also offer a survey of methods and materials that can assist educators at any level as they seek new ways to introduce improvisational concepts, as well as foster improvisational development, within their ensembles..
    Band/Jazz, Friday 3/3/23, 1:00 PM, Thoreau

  66. Instrument Maintenance and Repair from the Point of View of the Orchestra Teacher
    Meredith Tashkandi,
    Is one of your class cellos buzzing and you don't know why? Do you have a violin who's E string constantly breaks? In collaboration with members of the Johnson String workshop team, Meredith Tashkandi, a Massachusetts orchestra teacher who worked at Johnson String in quality assurance, will give orchestra teachers practical instrument maintenance and repair tips, including: -What you can fix vs. what to send to the shop -How to assess and prioritize the repair needs in your inventory -Routine maintenance you can perform to prevent those big cost repairs -How to improve the appearance of your older instruments
    Strings, Friday 3/3/23, 1:00 PM, Westford 4

  67. Learn to Jam: Rethinking HS/MS General Music
    James Verdone,
    From bucket drumming to covering Ozzy Osbourne and the Black Eyed Peas songs, Learn to Jam is quickly becoming one of the hottest classes at Marlborough High! How do you engage soon-to-be musicians daily when they do not play an instrument or sing? In this session, participants will take part in the activities that the Learn to Jam students experience daily. I will go over my strategy/philosophy for teaching and classroom management throughout the session. Anyone who attends this session should expect high energy instruction, loud music creation, and a lot of fun!.
    General Music, Friday 3/3/23, 1:00 PM, Whittier

  68. It's Not What You Sing! It's How You Sing It! Evoking the Emotional Response!
    Kevin McDonald,
    Let's move beyond the music elements and the written score in order to bring the music to life for both the singers and the audience. In this session, we will discuss common obstacles that inhibit music expression and provide strategies that may lead to inspired musical interpretations and experiences in music performance..
    Choral, Friday 3/3/23, 2:00 PM, Concord Amp.

  69. Focal Points: Decentering Whiteness in Music Classrooms
    Brian Gellerstein,
    "White supremacy is complex and persists throughout music education in teaching practices, curriculum, and classroom settings. Because it is so ingrained in every aspect of the profession, the decentering of Whiteness cannot occur without intentional interventions. This session will provide a framework for music educators to expose and challenge Whiteness within their classrooms so that teaching and learning can be truly representative of the ever changing communities with whom we work.
    Innovations, Friday 3/3/23, 2:00 PM, Hildreth

  70. Somatic Care for Music Educators
    Stephen Paparo,
    Self-care is important to help music educators prevent burnout, interact more effectively with students, and sustain productive learning environments, however it is often neglected as a part of professional development. This interactive session introduces the Feldenkrais Method® of somatic education as a form of self-care. Participants will experience a Feldenkrais lesson designed to improve internal bodily awareness, reduce tension and stress, foster ease of movement, and cultivate a sense of calm and centeredness. Discover how moving slowly with focused attention and short rest breaks can be incorporated into daily personal and music classroom routines..
    General Interest, Friday 3/3/23, 2:00 PM, Salem

  71. The Jazz Rhythm Section - How to create a solid groove
    Paul Pitts,
    This session will cover the basics of the jazz rhythm section including bass line construction, drum set grooves, piano comping, guitar voicings and ideas for recruiting for the rhythm section. Focus will be on building and improving your rhythm section..
    Band/Jazz, Friday 3/3/23, 2:00 PM, Thoreau

  72. The Ultimate Guide to Modular Synthesis
    Piotr Garbaczonek,
    This clinic will introduce the basic concepts of modular synthesis techniques as well as give an insight into how this knowledge can be utilized in the various types of useful composition and production skills.
    Tech, Friday 3/3/23, 2:00 PM, Westford 4

  73. Can I Just Play? (Do you hear me?)
    Melissa Goetschius,
    Attendees will listen to and examine the stories of five elementary music students who shared what they enjoy about music and what they wish music educators would teach them in their music classes as shared in a research study that investigated how elementary-aged students participate in a Landscape of Music Practice. Their stories highlight the need for creative music practices and the desire to "just play" and explore the musical words in which they inhabit..
    General Music, Friday 3/3/23, 2:00 PM, Whittier

  74. Appropriate vs. Aspirational: Finding Literature for the Choir You Have
    Rebecca DeWan,
    Engage with literature of various voicings targeting mixed ensembles that do not have evenly balanced sections. Choirs with "non-traditional" voicings--ranging from middle and high school to community choirs and beyond--need quality, non-SATB literature through which their singers can expand their musicianship and build essential choral skills. Session participants will engage with a repertoire of various voicings that represent the great diversity of mixed ensembles that exist in our communities while exploring a variety of strategies for working with non-traditionally voiced ensembles of all ages..
    Choral, Friday 3/3/23, 3:00 PM, Concord Amp.

  75. Developing Independent Musicianship in the Choral Setting
    Ruth Debrot,
    Participants will learn how to engage their students in singing activities designed to broaden musical (aural and written) and creative skills. The focus will be on integrating student-centered, collaborative learning strategies into the choral rehearsal to foster musical independence. This will be a practical, hands-on, active, music-making session. Be prepared to create, perform, and respond..
    Composition, Friday 3/3/23, 3:00 PM, Hildreth

  76. Saxquest: Get the most out of your saxophonists!
    Clayton Hamilton,
    "A clinic that covers an in-depth look at the saxophone set-up, how to fix bad habits, and a guideline of practicalexercises to help tone, technique development, and musicality. Time will also be spent on covering tips and tricks toget students crossing over to different saxophones. This clinic is sponsored by The Boston Sax Shop."
    Band/Jazz, Friday 3/3/23, 3:00 PM, Thoreau

  77. Electronic Music production
    Chee-Ping Ho,
    Compose electronic music using classic synthesis techniques. Explores synthesizer basics to produce variety of electronic musical styles and music production.
    Tech, Friday 3/3/23, 3:00 PM, Westford 4

  78. Developing Standards-Based Instructional Units for the K-8 General Music Classroom
    Brian Sheehan,
    The purpose of this session is to develop middle school grade level units that will provide students with multiple opportunities to achieve success in meeting both State and National Standards. We will address the need as well as best practices for a comprehensive process and structure for designing and implementing (1) standards-based curriculum, (2) instruction, and (3) assessment..
    General Music, Friday 3/3/23, 3:00 PM, Whittier

  79. Rebuilding Your Choral Programs: Bigger, Better, and More Resilient
    Reagan Paras,
    Covid-19 allowed educators the time for reflection, innovation, and a sustainable vision for the future. Learn about effective recruitment strategies for all levels, which will guarantee participation growth. Participants will also learn new exciting ways to engage their students from lessons learned during the pandemic.
    Choral, Friday 3/3/23, 4:00 PM, Concord Amp.

  80. Instruments of Change: Using Intersectionality to Transform Music Education Curriculum
    Allyson Rottman,
    The future of music education includes evolution and transformation of both theory and praxis. This research session will examine the connections between student and teacher identity development, power structures in the music classroom, and current curriculum at both k-12 and college levels. This session will also delve into the use of intersectionality as a tool for music curriculum reform..
    Innovations, Friday 3/3/23, 4:00 PM, Hildreth

  81. Music Technology Sharing Session
    Meaghan O'Connor-Vince,
    Come and share tips, tricks, great ideas, curiosities, questions, and more at the music technology sharing session!
    Tech, Friday 3/3/23, 4:00 PM, Salem

  82. Playfully co-teaching composition with Nonviolent Communication and Critical Response Process
    Nicholas Quigley,
    "How do I release control without chaos ensuing?" Learn to share classroom control with students to co-manage a safe, respectful, and expressive creative environment. Explore hands-on activities designed to help you integrate Rosenberg's Nonviolent Communication process to help students solve relational and communication problems, and Lerman's Critical Response Process to help students respectfully share feedback as they refine their musical work and contribute more fully to the creative compositional process. Classroom examples will include play and technology-based music making from an elementary context. We will discuss ways to integrate these ideas into your teaching..
    Composition, Friday 3/3/23, 4:00 PM, Thoreau

  83. Working with What You've Got
    Alicia Winslow,
    As we recover, rebuild, and reimagine what ensembles look like in a post-Covid landscape, join us in a discussion addressing some of the common issues directors are faced with: unbalanced instrumentation, widened ability ranges, scheduling constraints, and more. Practical solutions for developing a program both you and your students can take pride in.
    Strings, Friday 3/3/23, 4:00 PM, Westford 4

  84. Best Buddies and Choir
    Stephanie Riley,
    We all know the organization "Best Buddies" thanks to Tom Brady, regardless of our NFL allegience. This organization has touched the heart of every day students in a way that they wanted to explore how to implement programs for and honor our special learners so that they were sure to have access to all of the programs that they have on a daily basis. With the student leadership, we have added to our "Best Buddies" offering this year by adding chorus into the rotation. This session will dive into what has been working in this inaugural season, how it has been received, and where we're hoping to go from here.
    Accessible Music, Friday 3/3/23, 4:00 PM, Whittier

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