Session Descriptions

Session Descriptions - 2020

  1. Creating Digital Portfolios!
    Brian Sheehan, Malden Public Schools
    Teach students to use Google Sites to create their own digital portfolios. Google sites is easy-to-use, has a free website builder, and is a great way to effectively collect student work samples and curricular materials that illustrate mastery of the standards. Artifacts from the portfolios provide a comprehensive understanding and specific examples of the expectations of high quality instruction. My students have been using them for years! I will provide rubrics and examples from my students’ sites.
    Tech, Thurs 2020, 8:00-9:00, Waterfront 1ABC

  2. Project-Based Learning: Hip-Hop Creation in the Music Classroom
    Rachel Candee, Newton Public Schools; Jarritt Sheel, Berklee College of Music
    In this presentation, participants will engage in discussions around the topics of collaborations, project-based learning, and hip-hop culture in the musicking classroom. We will also unpack a project-based collaborative project involving hip-hop creation/performance that occurred in 2019 between a Berklee Professor and a K-8 Music Teacher in the Greater Boston Area.
    Innov, Thurs 2020, 8:00-9:00, Waterfront 2

  3. What are Orff & Kodály teaching approaches?
    Karin Puffer, Westborough Public Schools; David Piper, Concord Public Schools
    Come sing, move, and play instruments with us! We will highlight the similarities and strengths of the Orff and Kodály teaching approaches, with an eye & ear toward what works for children in our classrooms. How can we use movement to prepare students for pitch and rhythm concepts? How can we use instruments to strengthen audiation and improvisation? Can the same folk songs be used by both approaches? We’ll make music, then discuss the history of each, look at where we are, and pose the question of what a unified and hybrid approach might look like going forward.
    Gen Music, Thurs 2020, 8:00-9:00, Waterfront 3

  4. Need 20/20 Vision? Corrective Lenses for the 21st Century Educator.
    Kirstie Wheeler, Berklee College of Music; Cynthia Grammer, Berklee College of Music
    How do you deliver traditional methods and materials through the lens of a globally connected student? Hindsight always being 20/ can we change our vision to be 20/20 moving forward? As educators, we have the privilege of teaching in a rapidly changing world. We will explore ways to engage our students in the way that they communicate and learn. This interactive session will introduce YEAR 2020 approaches to classroom environments, performances, assignments and assessments.
    Gen Interest, Thurs 2020, 8:00-9:00, Beacon Hill 1

  5. Harmony Handbook: Repertoire and Resources for Children’s Choirs
    Anna Wentlent, MakeMusic
    A treasure trove of choral pedagogy! This step-by-step session explores repertoire designed to take beginners from unison to two-part singing by focusing on the underlying skills necessary for success. Sing echo, round, and partner songs as benchmarks along the way to full harmony. A complimentary music packet will be given to each director in attendance.
    Choral, Thurs 2020, 8:00-9:00, Cambridge Complex

  6. Embouchure Development & Maintenance for Young Brass Players, Brought to You by the Eastman Music Company Tuba Division.
    Jobey Wilson, Eastman Music Co.
    Demonstration of new Eastman tubas, and a lecture by Jobey Wilson describing the daily routine he uses at his brass camps for 11-18 year old students.
    Band/Jazz, Thurs 2020, 8:00-9:00, Back Bay Complex

  7. Supporting Social-Emotional Learning through the Process of Teaching Music
    Jennifer Dennett, Danvers Public Schools
    You are welcome in this session where we will sing, say, move, and play through a lesson with both musical and social-emotional learning objectives. Using the theme “All Are Welcome,” we will experience and create music through singing, speech, body percussion, and playing instruments. We will also practice the SEL competencies of relationship skills (by working in small groups to create compositions) and social awareness (through the theme of “All Are Welcome”). While the process of teaching music is the primary focus, we will explore ways in which our music teaching can support our students’ development of SEL competencies.
    Gen Music, Thurs 2020, 8:00-9:00, Federal Complex

  8. What's New for Middle School Choirs?: A Reading Session
    Brendan Ferrari, Lexington Public Schools
    Come sing through some newer works aimed at middle school choirs. A particular focus will be repertoire that is appropriate for the changing male voice.
    Choral, Thurs 2020, 9:15-10:15, Plaza Ballroom

  9. Make the Connection Between Rehearsal and Home Practice with SmartMusic
    Laura Vaughan, MakeMusic
    We’ve all heard the phrase “practice at home, rehearse at school,” but so much of our teaching actually happens during rehearsal - not only notes and rhythms, but phrasing and articulation too. Ideally, the rehearsal is where musicians put their collective knowledge and efforts together to make the music come alive. Imagine how your rehearsals would be transformed if your students applied the techniques you use in rehearsal in their home practice, including: chunking, slowing down, repetition, gradual tempo increases, and self-evaluation. With new SmartMusic you can demonstrate and set the expectation for home practice - and end up transforming your rehearsals.
    Tech, Thurs 2020, 9:15-10:15, Waterfront 1ABC

  10. A Tuneful Approach to Advanced Shifting
    Gabriel Villasurda, Ann Arbor Public Schools
    Using familiar folk songs and patriotic melodies, teach advanced shifting to your private student or school orchestra. Materials can be used with violin, viola, cello and bass alone or in any combination. This session will demonstrate early preparatory exercises for introducing shifting and teaching strategies for using these materials as part of the regular string orchestra rehearsal. All materials can be downloaded without charge at
    Strings, Thurs 2020, 9:15-10:15, Waterfront 2

  11. Effective Beginnings for the New Percussionist
    Bobby Glynn, Foxborough Public Schools; Donny Albro, Foxboro Public Schools
    In this hands-on session, participants will act as beginner percussionists to learn effective methods for starting this instrument family in elementary and middle school band. Topics include: the unique challenges of percussionists when learning alongside wind instruments; advantages to starting on keyboards instead of drums; correct playing techniques that can be applied to all percussion instruments; audio/video resources to use with beginners; teaching procedures for the absolute beginner; and a successful beginning percussion curriculum. A limited number of typical beginner Bell sets and mallets will be provided.
    Band/Jazz, Thurs 2020, 9:15-10:15, Waterfront 3

  12. Tips for Success: Secrets Revealed from Leading Instrumental Educators to Make Our Job Easier
    Marcia Neel, Music Achievement Council
    Our job has always been multi-faceted but it is becoming even more complex due to the demands of today's challenging educational environment. The Music Achievement Council has responded by providing one of its most valuable resources—the Tips for Success Series FOR teachers BY teachers. This comprehensive collection of user-friendly recommendations provides practical success strategies to help educators stay on top of the many and varied elements of the successful program. This session touches on a number of specific “Tips” in a fun, upbeat presentation with complimentary flash drives containing these and many other materials being provided to all attendees at the conclusion. From beginners to the most experienced music educators, these Tips for Success are a must-have resource!
    Band/Jazz, Thurs 2020, 9:15-10:15, Beacon Hill 1

  13. Funding and Resources for Music Educators in Massachusetts
    Erik Holmgren, Massachusetts Cultural Council; Malka Travaglini,
    This session will detail funding opportunities available from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, which total more than $3 million during this school year. It will also detail the resources created by colleagues through the Music Educator and Teaching Artist (META) Fellowship, a partnership of The Klarman Family Foundation and the Mass Cultural Council.
    Gen Interest, Thurs 2020, 9:15-10:15, Beacon Hill 2&3

  14. Cultural Responsiveness in the Music Classroom
    Anthony Beatrice, Boston Public Schools
    Panelists will give context on why culturally responsive arts education is a concept of particular importance and share specific strategies for successful implementation. Additional focus will be on the intention of song selection.
    Innov, Thurs 2020, 9:15-10:15, Cambridge Complex

  15. Help! I Have Too Many Talented Women! (Tips, Tricks, and Rep for the High School Treble Choir)
    Sarah Labrie, Stoughton Public Schools; Kendra Nutting, Medway Public Schools
    There are many stereotypes that exist about the high school treble choir, mainly that these groups are “second-tier,” or that they consist of “leftover” students who were not good enough to get into the top mixed ensemble. These students deserve to reach their fullest potential, without being treated like a “second-tier” student and musician. This session aims to provide repertoire, rehearsal strategies, and resources, to help ensure that the high school treble choir gets a high quality choral experience, and the same respect and attention from the director and community as their SATB ensemble colleagues. We will discuss how to make a space for our female-identifying singers to feel safe to be, think, feel, and sing in the presence of other women by: Creating a community that fosters positive relationships, programming challenging, appropriate, and meaningful repertoire (Rep that was written for women’s voices, not for a young boychoir, not just “pretty, feminine music,” and not just transcriptions of SATB scores), and empowering our singers, and making sure they have a space where they feel proud to share their voice.
    Choral, Thurs 2020, 9:15-10:15, Back Bay Complex

  16. Getting Started with Adaptive Music - Philosophy, Goals, and Easy Adaptations
    David Aquilina, Waltham Public Schools
    “Getting Started with Adaptive Music - Philosophy, Goals, and Easy Adaptations” is a practical introduction to teaching and adapting General Music for students with Special Needs (including Autism Spectrum Disorders, Cerebral Palsy, and Down Syndrome). Particular attention will be given to strategies useful for all learners, and making adaptations using the materials you already have in your music room without buying specialized technology.
    Gen Music, Thurs 2020, 9:15-10:15, Federal Complex

  17. KEYNOTE: Habits of a SIGNIFICANT Music Educator
    Scott Rush, Dorchester School District Two, SC
    This clinic focuses on how knowledge, communication, physical energy, heart energy (musicianship) and effectiveness create synergy to produce a successful music educator. “Who you are” as an educator is explored in a meaningful way. Participants are encouraged to write program, professional, and personal goals, and a professional mission statement. Every student has a nugget of gold that must be found and cultivated. You can be both successful and significant as a music educator. Success stops at retirement, but musical and personal significance lasts for generations to come.
    MMEA, Thurs 2020, 10:30-11:45, Plaza Ballroom

  18. One Method Book, Many Students: Differentiating Instruction for Beginners
    Laura Vaughan, MakeMusic
    How do you keep students of different levels engaged while they work through their method book? In this session, you’ll learn how to keep beginners engaged and practicing. We’ll discuss using technology to track student progress while also making sure that beginners pace themselves, get opportunities for error free learning, and have access to the supplemental content they need to thrive.
    Tech, Thurs 2020, 12:00-1:00, Waterfront 1ABC

  19. Conducting: Getting Beyond “Watch Me!”
    Gabriel Villasurda, Ann Arbor Public Schools
    Build the ability of your orchestra or band to read and interpret common conducting gestures by including a baton-reading component in the warm- up segment of the daily rehearsal. This session offers a sequential and progressive curriculum for maximizing visual communication and increasing rehearsal efficiency.
    Strings, Thurs 2020, 12:00-1:00, Waterfront 2

  20. Conducting Review for the Elementary and Middle School Teacher
    Emily Ellsworth, Artistic Director of Anima – Young Singers of Greater Chicago
    The more we think of ourselves as artist teachers rather than time keepers, the more we have to give our students. This will be a welcoming, supportive, and non-threatening session for brushing up your conducting skills and using them to bring out greater musicality in your singers. Everything we do in front of a choir impacts the sound returned to us. Effective gesture not only saves us time (and talking) in rehearsal; it is also one of the keys to inspiring artistry in our singers.
    Choral, Thurs 2020, 12:00-1:00, Waterfront 3

  21. Digital Mindfulness Applications for Music Educators
    Sheerin Berte, University of Miami
    Digital mindfulness meditation applications serve as a popular and convenient tool for people to manage and cope with the anxiety and stress in their daily lives. Reported sources of stress for music teachers that may lead to burnout include lack of training, administrative support, and appropriate funding (Kuebel, 2019). In this presentation, I will compare and contrast the features of some of the most popular meditation applications, including Headspace, Calm, Stop Breathe & Think. This presentation will give music teachers an idea of how these different applications may aid them in achieving a greater sense of calm, focus, and a more reflective state of mind. Audience members will take part in several mindfulness meditation activities and note how they feel before and after each activity. Finally, this presentation will end with a discussion about common issues music educators face in their careers, and how the they cope with stress and prevent burnout
    Band/Jazz, Thurs 2020, 12:00-1:00, Beacon Hill 1

  22. Esprit de WHAT?! Establishing a Culture in Your Band Program
    Christopher Noce, Concord Public Schools; Kevin Maier, Carlisle Public Schools
    Are you new to your school? Have you been in your current position for a few years and would like to make some changes? In this session, we will explore some strategies for establishing, changing and/or reinvigorating the culture of your program. Practical, actionable suggestions will be shared for: rehearsal, performance, festival, communication and branding.
    Band/Jazz, Thurs 2020, 12:00-1:00, Beacon Hill 2&3

  23. Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and Music Education
    Scott Edgar, Lake Forest College
    Adolescents encounter a great deal of social and emotional challenges affecting their lives personally, academically, and for musicians, musically. These students, seeking support for these challenges, approach music educators regularly. Music educators and their music programs are in a primed position to provide students this support through a socially rich and emotionally sound environment. Music educators are rarely prepared to offer this support. Social Emotional Learning is intended to help students become socially and emotionally competent. The purpose of this session is to introduce the framework of SEL and to highlight explicit connections to music education.
    Innov, Thurs 2020, 12:00-1:00, Back Bay Complex

  24. Getting to the Heart of Music: Using SEL in the Music Classroom
    Toni Garza,
    Every music teacher knows that music elicits emotion. When emotion is introduced, students are engaged. In this session, teachers will understand how to build an intentional community in the music classroom with social and emotional learning using the subject they already know and love: Music. After all, music is a universal language that connects us all.
    Gen Music, Thurs 2020, 12:00-1:00, Federal Complex

  25. Building Immersive Musical Experiences through the Ecosonic Playground Project
    Elissa Johnson-Green, University of Massachusetts Lowell
    Build and play the EcoSonic Playground Project (ESPP)! The ESPP is an immersive, open-access music education program for children of all ages, learning styles, and communities. Children build large-scale ensemble instruments out of reusable materials and PVC pipe using design thinking, engineering, math, and science skills. The ESPP instruments then become the center of a music education curriculum comprising group improvisation, composition, and conducting. Differentiation is key: The ESPP is flexible and completely adaptable to our partner school/programs. Join us to design, build, and play an ESPP; hear about our existing programs; and learn how to become an ESPP partner.
    Gen Interest, Thurs 2020, 1:15-2:30, Waterfront 2

  26. Critical Listening of Hip-Hop In Music Education
    Jarritt Sheel, Berklee College of Music
    This panel-discussion features members of the hip-hop community in critical dialogue about the breadth of hip-hop culture and it’s impact on music education. We will engage in exercises/activities that highlight important narratives-stories of marginalized groups featured in the music/culture of hip-hop. We will also decode and decipher the musicological elements of Hip-Hop and in doing so, share instructional materials and approaches for music educators.
    Innov, Thurs 2020, 1:15-2:30, Waterfront 3

  27. Teaching Ukulele through Popular Music Education
    Warren Gramm, Little Kids Rock
    This workshop is centered on the belief that all people are musical, demonstrated by leveraging the musical choices of the individual. This is achieved through the performance of modern band music – culturally relevant music of students taught through approximation, music acquisition theory, and social equity. Participants will learn to play ukulele through popular music, focusing on reading through iconographic notation, utilize improvisation, and demonstrate how all people are musical and can enjoy playing through familiar repertoire. Sample lesson plans will be discussed to show how to make the most out of basic musical elements and skills.
    Innov, Thurs 2020, 1:15-2:30, Back Bay Complex

  28. Jump Start Your Clarinet Section
    Rob Patterson, Sponsored by David French Music
    You don’t play Clarinet? That’s ok! This session will be a guide to taking your clarinet section to the next level. I wil cover: -Equipment basics -Understanding the reed and mouthpiece relationship -Embouchure and articulation basics -How to check to make sure the clarinet is in basic working order -What equipment to recommend at different levels -Essential teaching tools: Two small tools with instant impact -Techniques to use for quick results
    Band/Jazz, Thurs 2020, 1:15-2:30, Federal Complex

  29. Rehearsal Techniques for The Jazz Orchestra
    Greg Hopkins, Sponsored by David French Music
    Greg Hopkins will touch on a variety of topics related to successful jazz orchestra rehearsals. How to set up How to correct issues of: Logistical Considerations Set up — sight lines — ease of hearing — variations sight-reading or rehearsing? isolation and connections no lugubrious repetitions no solo sections Musical Concepts: phrasing articulation rhythmic style intonation blend and balance form and improvisation rhythm section considerations With MMEA Approval: To assist in this clinic will be his 18 piece “Berklee Concert Jazz Orchestra”.
    Band/Jazz, Thurs 2020, 2:45-3:45, Plaza Ballroom

  30. Help Students Prepare for Auditions with SmartMusic
    Laura Vaughan, MakeMusic
    Almost all music teachers have had students audition for All Region or All State ensembles, honor groups or college scholarships. Whether or not your students are working with private instructors, you can put a system in place to help them learn their etudes and excerpts, and New SmartMusic can help. In this clinic we will explore how you can create music and upload it into New SmartMusic using MusicXML. We’ll also look at creating graduated assignments to guide the students’ practice. Using these assignments and a system of incentives, you can differentiate instruction and help every student in your class prepare for a positive audition experience.
    Tech, Thurs 2020, 2:45-3:45, Waterfront 1ABC

  31. Habits of a SUCCESSFUL Band Director
    Scott Rush, Dorchester School District Two, SC
    This clinic focuses on the journey from the "components of playing" to music making. Teaching strategies will be the cornerstone of the presentation and they will logically progress from being effective with non-pedagogical issues to going beyond the notes. Non-traditional means of assessment will also be explored.
    MMEA, Thurs 2020, 2:45-3:45, Waterfront 2

  32. Creativity in the Choral Classroom
    Karla McClain, Farmington Public Schools (CT); Connecticut Children's Chorus (Hartt Community Division); Laurel Music Camp
    Tech Thursdays have become my students’ favorite day of choir. They create and innovate on these days, often using our repertoire as inspiration. Student-created criteria put students in charge of their learning, and students are self-directed in their work. We use Soundtrap, Garageband, and to create different kinds of compositions. Come get some new ideas to help choral students be creative!
    Choral, Thurs 2020, 2:45-3:45, Waterfront 3

  33. Curriculum Ideas for the Middle School General Music Class
    Toni Garza,
    In middle school, much attention is devoted to band and choral ensembles, as students begin to focus on their interests and pursue their passions. As music educators, how do we create the same excitement and engagement in the General Music class? This session will give middle school teachers low-cost, engaging techniques and ideas to build an effective general music curriculum from the ground up.
    Gen Music, Thurs 2020, 2:45-3:45, Beacon Hill 1

  34. 10 Years After: Lessons to be Learned from George N. Parks That Matter Today
    Tim Anderson, UMass Amherst
    Prof. George N. Parks was one of the most influential music educators in the state of Massachusetts, as well as nation-wide. In his 33 years as director of the University of Massachusetts Minuteman Marching Band, he influenced generations of music educators. 2020 will mark the 10 year anniversary of his passing. Since a decade has gone by, a panel consisting of current music educators in Massachusetts will discuss how Prof. Parks influenced their teaching, and how they apply his lessons still today. Participating in the panel will be Ted Greely, Sharon Middle School; Cyndi Napierkowski, Salem High School; Gary Bernice, Springfield High School of Science and Technology; and Thom Hannum, UMass Amherst.
    Band/Jazz, Thurs 2020, 2:45-3:45, Beacon Hill 2&3

  35. String Orchestra New Music Reading Session
    Christopher Memoli, Weston Public Schools
    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. Instruments will be available for use courtesy of Johnson String Instrument.
    Strings, Thurs 2020, 2:45-3:45, Cambridge Complex

  36. Social Emotional Learning in Chorus
    Sara Carson, Belmont Public Schools
    As choral music educators we wear many hats each day and constantly have students flowing in and out of our classroom. Middle school singers also wear many hats as they move from class to class in our schools. Singing is extremely personal, especially during middle school when singers are going through their voice change. How can choral music educators connect with each student to ensure they feel safe to develop their personal instrument to its full potential? This session will explore strategies to be used and repertoire that will allow students to connect with each other and the teacher.
    Choral, Thurs 2020, 2:45-3:45, Back Bay Complex

  37. Lullabies, Special People and Shared Experiences: Composing in Early Childhood
    Janice Smith, Queens College CUNY; Michele Kaschub, University of Maine
    Composition projects for children in early childhood that are linked to common experiences. Ways of encouraging invented songs and for creating songs for special occasions in whole class settings.
    Gen Interest, Thurs 2020, 2:45-3:45, Federal Complex

  38. Greg Hopkins Jazz Band Performance
    Greg Hopkins, Sponsored by David French Music
    Band/Jazz, Thurs 2020, 4:00-5:00, Plaza Ballroom

  39. Noteflight and Noteflight Learn
    Brian Rabuse, Central Berkshire Regional School District; Rebecca Hoffmann, Central Berkshire Regional School District
    This session is an overview of Noteflight- a web-based music notation program that works on any computer connected to the internet including smartphones, tablets and Chromebooks. Noteflight Learn is a product that enables educators to organize music classes, and collaborate using shared music notation files, activity templates, audio recording, and syncing media (like YouTube videos) to notation files and scores within Noteflight. This session will also include an overview of Noteflight content libraries- complete band, orchestra and choral arrangements along with piano, guitar and pop music libraries. This session will demonstrate ways that Noteflight can be used in the classroom in many settings and grade levels.
    Tech, Thurs 2020, 4:00-5:00, Waterfront 1ABC

  40. Stations in the Elementary Music Classroom
    Kelly Graeber, Cambridge Public Schools
    Embrace the chaos and learn to implement stations in the music classroom. Your students will practice 21st century skills such as creativity, collaboration, flexibility, technology literacy and social skills all while fostering independent musical learning. Plus stations are super fun! Participants will learn how to create stations to support their own curriculum goals and with their own teaching sequence.
    Gen Music, Thurs 2020, 4:00-5:00, Waterfront 2

  41. Pre-Paration; Harmony in the High-Needs Classroom or Getting Students to the Place Where They Are Ready to Learn Skills and Concepts.
    Susie Petrov, Lynn Public Schools, Kodály Music Institute
    In this workshop, participants will learn to use an arsenal of songs, games and breathing and movement activities to help everyone to be ready to work together to sing in tune and in time and then to be able to perform each musical element before they learn it’s name and how to sight-sing it. Many teachers come in the faculty room wondering why their students don’t really understand the concepts that “we covered” in class. In a Kodály classroom, we help to guarantee that our students can really internalize and use the skills by spending a thorough amount of time preparing the elements that lead to being able to see the score on the page and hear in the head what it sounds like before singing or playing. I have learned through my recent work in an urban, high-needs environment that I need to “Pre-Prepare” my students so that they are relaxed and able to begin our work serenely as a member of the ensemble. One tenet of the Kodály classroom is hands-on music-making. Workshop participants should come ready to breathe, sing, move and play together as we find ways to continue this focused practice in the classroom full of desks and chairs and 30 children.
    Gen Music, Thurs 2020, 4:00-5:00, Waterfront 3

  42. Where Are the Girls in the Jazz Band?
    Lisa Linde, Newton Public Schools
    Women are consistently underrepresented in the jazz field at all levels. We will look into the reasons behind this, including exploring the role women played in the history of jazz, ways that past and current education systems have created current situation, and discuss ideas for Change. Panel discussion with high school, collegiate and professional jazz musicians. Led by Lisa Linde, founder of the nonprofit organization, jazzhers.
    Band/Jazz, Thurs 2020, 4:00-5:00, Beacon Hill 1

  43. Resources for Teaching and Supporting Diverse Learners
    Janet Underhill, Bassoon Instructor
    Displaying and discussion our interactive online platform to assist music educators in teaching diverse learners. Through a survey we have gained feedback and needs of private music teachers, ensemble instructors, and K-12 educators with where they need support in dealing with learning and behavioral needs of their students. The website is a collection of resources, tools, adaptations and good practices as well as a forum for educators to share needs and fine answers.
    Gen Interest, Thurs 2020, 4:00-5:00, Beacon Hill 2&3

  44. String Orchestra New Music Reading Session
    Christopher Memoli, Weston Public Schools
    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. Instruments will be available for use courtesy of Johnson String Instrument.
    Strings, Thurs 2020, 4:00-5:00, Cambridge Complex

  45. Music for SAB Choirs: Secondary-Level Music for Three-Part Mixed Choral Ensembles
    Daniel Fleury, Gloucester Public Schools
    When it comes to choral ensembles with small baritone sections, finding repertoire can be a hassle. I have personally struggled with finding repertoire that is both appropriate and challenging for my 30-member chorale. This session is designed to explore quality compositions written and arranged for three-part mixed ensembles (SAB). We will also discuss some composers that frequently compose and arrange for this type of ensemble. Compositions range in difficulty from middle school to upper high school level and will demonstrate many musical skills that our ensembles should be developing.
    Choral, Thurs 2020, 4:00-5:00, Back Bay Complex

  46. Challenges and Changes in Secondary School General Music Composition
    Janice Smith, Queens College CUNY; Michele Kaschub, University of Maine
    his session will explore some of the common challenges and possible solutions for teaching secondary school composers. It will focus on meeting the composers’ musical and interpersonal needs with real-world, meaningful projects that expand their musical creativity and societal awareness.
    Gen Interest, Thurs 2020, 4:00-5:00, Federal Complex

  47. Concert Band New Music Reading Session
    Catherine Iatesta, Needham Public Schools; Gerry Dolan, Ipswich Public Schools
    This reading session will review the newest publications for concert band. Bring your instrument/mouthpiece to sight read music from beginning band through more advanced literature. A few instruments will be available for use courtesy of David French Music
    Band/Jazz, Fri 2020, 8:00-9:00, Plaza Ballroom

  48. Tech Tools for Using Popular Music in Your Classroom
    Warren Gramm, Little Kids Rock
    This session points educators to the many useful and practical tools found online to utilize popular music in the classroom. Many avenues will be discussed for online resources including the “Jam Zone”, an integral part of the methodology of Little Kids Rock. Found by going to, the Jam Zone features videos for learning songs, taking lessons, and practicing a variety of musical skills. This fluid and comprehensive integration of technology into the music education classroom is a necessity for educators who seek to utilize all that Little Kids Rock and online music technology has to offer students.
    Tech, Fri 2020, 8:00-9:00, Waterfront 1ABC

  49. Establishing a Music and Memory Program
    Robin Mallory, Dracut Public Schools
    Music and Memory is an international program that works with residents in elder care facilities. Music has scientifically been proven to be the last part of the brain that is affected by dementia and Alzheimer's. In this session, you will learn how the Music and Memory program works and its benefits, as well as how to begin a program with your students.
    Gen Interest, Fri 2020, 8:00-9:00, Waterfront 2

  50. Give Me a Break: Tips to Facilitate the Clarinet Break
    Christine Damm, Quincy University
    One of the hardest points in a clarinetist’s development is overcoming the dreaded “clarinet break”. Do not fear – there are some tips and tricks that can help this challenging task become manageable for both the students and band director. This session will cover practical exercises that will make the jump easier for students of all ages.
    Band/Jazz, Fri 2020, 8:00-9:00, Waterfront 3

  51. A Place for Everyone: Creating Inclusive Spaces for the Transgender Student in the Choral Classroom
    Amanda Johnson, Belchertown Public Schools
    This session will examine appropriate terminology, risk statistics for the transgender community, the effects of school climate on transgender students, and vocal considerations of transition. Attendees will learn simple strategies choral music educators can use to create an inclusive classroom where all students can feel welcome to express themselves through choral music.
    Choral, Fri 2020, 8:00-9:00, Beacon Hill 2&3

  52. Developing an Elementary Choral Program for All Singers
    Elisa Haveles, Coventry Public Schools, Coventry, CT
    In this session participants will learn various techniques for engaging all students in an elementary choral program. Participants will learn how to develop a choral program for all students in the upper elementary grades. Logistics, advocacy, student motivation, social and emotional learning, music selection, warm-ups and more will be discussed and presented in this interactive session. Participants will receive a packet of information that can be implemented immediately after attending the conference.
    Choral, Fri 2020, 8:00-9:00, Cambridge Complex

  53. Jazz Rehearsal Game Plan
    The best jazz rehearsals balance ensemble work, improvisation, and the rhythm section. Making all of this happen in a short time period, often outside of the school day, requires a focused and organized approach. This clinic will offer a fresh look at the rehearsal and share strategies and techniques that can be applied to ensembles of all ability levels.
    Band/Jazz, Fri 2020, 8:00-9:00, Back Bay Complex

  54. Four Beginner Composition Projects for Secondary Students
    Janice Smith, Queens College CUNY; Michele Kaschub, University of Maine
    This session will present guidelines and directions for four composition projects that require little to no knowledge of music notation. Sell the Product focuses on the use of music in advertising and has small groups create an ad. Political Ads has the students use the same words but different music to create both a positive and a negative political ad. Head in the Game is a video game creation activity and Word Jazz sets descriptive readings to music. Sample lesson plans will be provided. Ways of encouraging creativity and developing musical skills are emphasized.
    Gen Interest, Fri 2020, 8:00-9:00, Federal Complex

  55. Action and Teacher Research: Three Exemplars
    Jarritt Sheel, Berklee College of Music
    In this panel presentation moderated by Jaritt Sheel, Allyn Phelps of Northborough Public Schools, Alia Jyawook of Francis Parker and Ruth Debrot (Lecturer at Boston University, formerly of Sharon Middle School) will present three successful action research projects. Action research is a form of practice-based research that can be considered on a spectrum with studies ranging formal partnerships between teachers and researchers, to active collaborations involving educational stakeholders including students, to highly structured and systematized teacher reflections. Join us to learn about how educators are innovating through research to shape both curriculum and practice.
    Gen Interest, Fri 2020, 8:00-9:00, Skyline

  56. Keep Them Singing: Engaging Lesson Plans for Upper Elementary School Students
    Christine Morgan, North Reading Public Schools
    Are your 4th and 5th graders too cool for school!? This session will offer tried and true lesson plans and ideas that will make your students eager to participate while also supporting higher order thinking and learning goals. Lessons will include movement activities, singing games, and arrangements for voice and classroom percussion instruments including Orff instruments and/or ukuleles.
    Gen Music, Fri 2020, 8:00-9:00, South End

  57. Concert Band New Music Reading Session
    Catherine Iatesta, Needham Public Schools; Gerry Dolan, Ipswich Public Schools
    This reading session will review the newest publications for concert band. Bring your instrument/mouthpiece to sight read music from beginning band through more advanced literature. A few instruments will be available for use courtesy of David French Music
    Band/Jazz, Fri 2020, 9:15-10:15, Plaza Ballroom

  58. Top Finale Tips for Educators
    Laura Vaughan, MakeMusic
    Creating your scores more quickly gives you more time for other important projects. This clinic will focus on specific ways to improve productivity on the daily score writing tasks music educators do and target specific methods for note entry, quick and efficient editing, creating SmartMusic files, and worksheets - all this while unlearning old habits that can make notation a chore and teaching new methods for creating your scores quickly and easily. We will also show you how to find the resources to help you learn on your own.
    Tech, Fri 2020, 9:15-10:15, Waterfront 1ABC

  59. Advocacy Is Everyday: How to Be an Advocate in Everything You Do
    John Mlynczak, Noteflight, a Hal Leonard Company
    As educators, every action we take each day is an opportunity to advocate for music education. Our impact and stories are the most powerful tools we have to demonstrate the value of music in a child’s life. This session will demonstrate proven and effective strategies for advocating for music education in a positive and powerful way.
    Gen Interest, Fri 2020, 9:15-10:15, Waterfront 2

  60. "What do I do with that drum set kid in jazz band?"
    Jim Felker, Bedford Public Schools
    This session is geared for the non-percussionist music teacher who has no background in teaching drum set for a jazz/rock/pop ensemble. Basic, scaffolded drum set techniques will be covered for varied student experience levels. Several resources will be introduced to attendees to get their students playing the drum set effectively and musically.
    Band/Jazz, Fri 2020, 9:15-10:15, Waterfront 3

  61. Tried and True Techniques: A Roundtable Discussion for String Teachers
    Colleen MacDonald, Weston Public; Whitney Tandon, Wayland Public Schools
    This popular session is being offered for the fourth year in a row to continue the wonderful sharing of tried and true teaching techniques in the string orchestra classroom. We will continue discussion position, bowing and vibrato technique, and classroom management, as well as branch into new areas for sharing such as assessment, repertoire and recruitment. Please come share your ideas with our Massachusetts string community. We have a wealth of knowledge among us!
    Strings, Fri 2020, 9:15-10:15, Beacon Hill 1

  62. Incorporating Ensembles Into Your Classroom Guitar Curriculum
    Michael Christiansen, Utah Sate University
    With over 40 years experience of writing music for and directing guitar ensembles, Mike Christiansen will present traditional and non-traditional ways of incorporating guitar ensembles into the classroom guitar curriculum. Challenges and how to overcome them will be discussed.
    Band/Jazz, Fri 2020, 9:15-10:15, Beacon Hill 2&3

  63. The Choral Warm-Up as Voice Lesson
    Catherine Connor-Moen, Norwood, MA
    Good vocal technique is essential to the development of a healthy and beautiful choral tone - so how do we achieve this if our students are not taking voice lessons? The choral warm-up becomes the group vocal lesson! This session will focus on developing a plan and a "tool box" of warm-up exercises to improve breathing, resonance, range, placement, and vowel color.
    Choral, Fri 2020, 9:15-10:15, Cambridge Complex

  64. Popular Music Education and Modern Band
    Warren Gramm, Little Kids Rock
    While popular music can be a powerful tool for generating interest in music, many teachers steeped in formal learning struggle to apply informal techniques to unfamiliar music. This workshop-demonstration is centered on the belief that all people are musical, demonstrated quickly and in an enjoyable manner for all ages by leveraging the musical choices of the individual. This is achieved through the performance of modern band – culturally relevant music of students taught through approximation, music acquisition theory, and social equity.
    Innov, Fri 2020, 9:15-10:15, Back Bay Complex

  65. Oboes, Bassoons & Reeds?! OH MY!
    Edward Senn, UMass Amherst
    Do you avoid starting players on oboes or bassoons? Do you give double reed parts to your flute and bari sax players, yet still have oboes and bassoons in storage? Do you need a refresher on double reeds? If so, this session is for you! In this session, you’ll get over your double reed fears and learn (a) how to identify students who will succeed on these instrument, (b) how to teach transferrable skills from other instruments, and (c) about the instruments, equipment, costs, and people in the know.
    Band/Jazz, Fri 2020, 9:15-10:15, Federal Complex

  66. Demystifying Voice Problems in Children: Nodules, Polyps, and Cysts--Oh My!
    Karen Thompson, Boston Children's Hospital
    In this panel discussion, we will review normal anatomy, physiology, and development of a child’s voice with a pediatric otolaryngologist. Together, we will explore components of a laryngeal evaluation and common voice problems seen in children. Open discussion regarding the impact of voice problems in your classroom, ensembles, and stage productions is encouraged!
    Choral, Fri 2020, 9:15-10:15, Skyline

  67. The Student Teaching Placement: Creating a Mutually Beneficial Experience
    Daniel Albert, University of Massachusetts Amherst
    The successful integration of a student teacher into a music program can result in powerful learning experiences for K-12 students and provide opportunities for cooperating teachers to improve their craft. We’ll examine effective scaffolding and mentoring strategies that will assist student teachers in creating a meaningful experience, as well as how to utilize members of the school community to help the student teacher develop a comprehensive view of education. Additionally, we’ll explore the importance of common expectations and goals to help ensure a successful experience for all.
    Gen Interest, Fri 2020, 9:15-10:15, South End

  68. Affordable Music Technology in the Classroom
    Chee-Ping Ho, Berklee College of Music
    The purpose of this session is to explore affordable and sustainable music tech tools for the K-12 classroom.
    Tech, Fri 2020, 12:30-1:30, Waterfront 1ABC

  69. Habits of a Musical Wind Ensemble: Sequential Fundamentals that Lead to Music Making
    Scott Rush, Dorchester School District Two, SC
    This clinic will focus on the important role "fundamentals time" plays in the development of outstanding musicians and great sounding ensembles. A comprehensive approach to the warm-up, timing and reading skills, and ensemble resonance will be explored. Key practices in sight-reading through full-ensemble performance will be the cornerstone of student development. Through this process, all roads lead from the "components of playing" to going beyond the notes. Solfege and music making exercises conclude the presentation.
    MMEA, Fri 2020, 12:30-1:30, Waterfront 2

  70. Quality Repertoire for the Young Singer: A Reading Session for Elementary and Middle School Choirs
    Emily Ellsworth, Artistic Director of Anima – Young Singers of Greater Chicago
    We will read through tried-and-true pieces as well as new releases from today’s composers writing skillfully for young choirs. The session will include pointers on what to look for when choosing repertoire for your choir and where to find it.
    Choral, Fri 2020, 12:30-1:30, Waterfront 3

  71. Emergency Repairs for Band Directors
    J. Michael Leonard, Leonards Music
    When you can't wait to have an instrument repaired, fix it yourself! Learn how to do minor repairs in this class. You will be glad you came!
    Band/Jazz, Fri 2020, 12:30-1:30, Beacon Hill 1

  72. Jazz Guitar Is a Four Stringed Instrument
    Alan Vaudreuil, Private Independant School
    A sure-fire how to session explaining how to get your Jazz Ensemble guitarist away from bar chords and introduce coloring chord structures with melodic tensions, as well as beginning simple voice leading through ii-V-I progressions.
    Band/Jazz, Fri 2020, 12:30-1:30, Beacon Hill 2&3

  73. Introducing the New Massachusetts Arts Curriculum Framework!
    Dawn Benski, DESE
    At last they’re here! Brand new state standards for PreK-12 Music Education are ready for use in your curriculum planning for General Music, Instrumental and Choral Music, and specialized music courses. Sandi and Dawn will guide participants through an overview of the format and major components of the new Framework highlighting its foundation in Artistic Literacy; its emphasis on Artistic Intention; its focus on CREATING, PERFORMING, RESPONDING, and CONNECTING practices; and sequenced Content Standards developed for two-grade dyads. This interactive session will help music teachers employ the new standards in short- and long-term curriculum planning, implementation, and assessment. Join us!
    Gen Interest, Fri 2020, 12:30-1:30, Cambridge Complex

  74. Left Hand Flexibility: Breaking the D- Major Straightjacket
    Gabriel Villasurda, Ann Arbor Public Schools
    Build flexibility and accuracy in first and second year mixed string classes by using a five prong approach to learning all the "black keys" on the fingerboard. Prepare your students to play fluently in all keys and modes in the first position with good intonation. Directors: bring instruments to this session
    Strings, Fri 2020, 12:30-1:30, Back Bay Complex

  75. No Wasted Moments! Using Time Productively in Our Music Classrooms
    Sandra Nicolucci, Boston University (retired)
    We music educators often lament the fact that we have too little instructional time during the school year. In addition, we worry about ever-present distractors of student attention with resultant misbehaviors that erode already insufficient teaching time. This session will provide both logical and creative suggestions for efficient and productive use of instructional and transitional time in music classes. Time that is routinely wasted can be gainfully reclaimed for instruction with creative planning and “know how.” Come hear some ideas and learn engaging strategies that enable maximally productive use of time in music classes. Our goal = every moment counts!
    Gen Music, Fri 2020, 12:30-1:30, Federal Complex

  76. Native Songs and Traditions of the Eastern Woodlands
    Heather Moretz, Natick Public Schools
    This session is open to anyone wishing to learn about the rich and beautiful traditions of the Eastern Woodlands Native Nations. Join Heather Moretz, member of the United Native American Cultural Center, as she presents songs, music and cultural traditions unique to the East Coast of North America. Participants can expect to learn songs and simple dances to bring back to the classroom as well as a greater understanding of the rich cultural heritage of the East.
    Gen Interest, Fri 2020, 12:30-1:30, South End

  77. Bucket Drumming Basics: How to Build Your Own Program
    Eytan Wurman, Dedham Public Schools
    In this session participants will learn how to begin incorporating bucket drumming into their general music classrooms. Tips on getting materials, curriculum development, national standards connections, and how to have a lot of fun at the same time!
    Innov, Fri 2020, 1:45-3:00, Waterfront 2

  78. Circlesongs: The Joy of Spontaneous, Collaborative Vocal Music
    Michael Turner, Noble and Greenough School
    More and more people around the world are discovering the wonder, beauty and power of Circlesinging, as first developed by 10-time Grammy Award winner Bobby McFerrin. Together we will explore a variety of approaches to vocal improvisation in an ensemble setting, which can be used for warmups, reinforcement of repertoire or in performance. Whether you’re new to Circlesinging or looking for a refresher, come sing, create, play, express yourself, connect deeply with others. Then take Circlesongs back to your own musical community and share the magic. Suitable for all levels; the only prerequisite is a desire to sing together.
    Choral, Fri 2020, 1:45-3:00, Waterfront 3

  79. A Music Composition Project for Your Middle Schoolers - and You
    Steve Damon, Windham Supervisory District
    We will listen to Ellen Rowe's music, while learning the piece’s back story; sing; compose in the piece’s style; and perform our newly-created compositions. Yes, we will compose our own pieces in the style of her “…And Miles to Go.” Oh ya, we’ll write haiku too. This unit will be loved by your middle school students - and you.
    Innov, Fri 2020, 1:45-3:00, Cambridge Complex

  80. MORE Innovative Uses Of Technology in the Orchestra Rehearsal
    Joseph Brennan, School District of Haverford Township
    Using technology in your rehearsal can make them more effective and engaging. Demonstrated will be: iPad, computer, document camera, tuners/metronomes, and software applications. Various rehearsal applications will be shown throughout the session, for example, learn the benefits of downloading YouTube movies and have students play along in varying tempos with Quicktime 7. Various iPad apps will be reviewed in a quick “rapid-fire” demonstration format. While this session is primarily directed towards orchestra directors, many of the techniques can be applied in band and choral rehearsals.
    Strings, Fri 2020, 1:45-3:00, Back Bay Complex

  81. Pass Me the Jazz!!! Vocal Jazz Repertoire Selection and Reading Session
    Kevin McDonald, Wellesley Public Schools
    Embrace America's music through exploration of vocal jazz repertoire with the Wellesley High School Rice Street Singers! This session will provide suggestions on vocal jazz repertoire selection in various styles including swing, ballad, latin, a cappella, and more. Come listen to performance of vocal jazz charts provided by the Rice Street Singers or take an interactive approach and sing along.
    Choral, Fri 2020, 3:15-4:15, Plaza Ballroom

  82. Music Tech to Go
    Amber Love, Eastman School of Music
    Creating music portably on any device is easier than you think. Any student or instructor can create, record, assess, and share music on any device using free software. This session will equip you with the proper tools for technology in the classroom that you can easily implement into your curriculum right away!
    Tech, Fri 2020, 3:15-4:15, Waterfront 1ABC

  83. Musicianship by Design in the Instrumental Rehearsal
    Matthew Finnegan, Boston College High School
    This session will focus on the development of individual and group musicianship in the rehearsal process. Topics will include:
    --Warm-ups to develop musical skills
    --Repertoire choices to develop understanding of a wide variety of styles, time periods and standard musical conventions
    --How to create a rehearsal plan that includes developing of musical skills as well as technical skills
    --Teaching students how to practice as an individual by using skills learned in rehearsal
    --How to teach musical listening skills in the rehearsal.
    Please bring a question to the session to ask the panel (Michael Mucci, John McLellan, and Aaron Bush) following the presentation.
    Band/Jazz, Fri 2020, 3:15-4:15, Waterfront 2

  84. Introducing the New Massachusetts Arts Curriculum Framework!
    Dawn Benski, DESE
    At last they’re here! Brand new state standards for PreK-12 Music Education are ready for use in your curriculum planning for General Music, Instrumental and Choral Music, and specialized music courses. Sandi and Dawn will guide participants through an overview of the format and major components of the new Framework highlighting its foundation in Artistic Literacy; its emphasis on Artistic Intention; its focus on CREATING, PERFORMING, RESPONDING, and CONNECTING practices; and sequenced Content Standards developed for two-grade dyads. This interactive session will help music teachers employ the new standards in short- and long-term curriculum planning, implementation, and assessment. Join us!
    Gen Interest, Fri 2020, 3:15-4:15, Waterfront 3

  85. Yes, You CAN Arrange That for Your Ensemble!
    John Mlynczak, Noteflight, a Hal Leonard Company
    Copyright can be a scary yet important topic and it is important to understand what you CAN do in order to provide great musical experiences for your students. Arranging music for your ensembles is possible through several programs, which provide legal options for self publishing and arranging. This session will cover self-publishing, arranging existing works, and the dos and don’ts of copyright.
    Gen Interest, Fri 2020, 3:15-4:15, Beacon Hill 1

  86. We All Perform On the Same Stage - Improving the Ensemble Skills Of Your Secondary String Players
    Joseph Brennan, School District of Haverford Township
    Learn ways to improve rhythmic accuracy, intonation, and artistic expression of string players in secondary ensembles. Rehearsal techniques, use of technology, assessments, and chamber groups will be discussed. Many of these rehearsal techniques can also be adapted for other types of instrumental, as well as, vocal ensembles.
    Strings, Fri 2020, 3:15-4:15, Beacon Hill 2&3

  87. Baby Steps: Building a foundation for improvisation with our youngest students
    Jennifer Doiron, CT Region 12
    Improvisation can be intimidating and overwhelming to teach at any age. I will take you through the steps I use to get my students (preK- grade 5) improvising rhythmically, melodically, and harmonically.
    Gen Music, Fri 2020, 3:15-4:15, Cambridge Complex

  88. Techniques and Technology for the Modern Choral Ensemble
    Daniel Rivenburgh, Concord Public Schools
    In this session we will discuss 21st century tools and techniques for secondary choral ensembles. Topics will include social media, Google Classroom, and performing modern/popular music. Whether you have a classroom full of iPads or just a projector and a screen, all attendees will leave with ideas they can apply to their next concert.
    Choral, Fri 2020, 3:15-4:15, Back Bay Complex

  89. Implementation of Social Emotional Learning in Music Education Classrooms: Activities for Personal and Interpersonal Growth
    Scott Edgar, Lake Forest College
    Building on an understanding of social emotional learning (SEL), this session will provide specific activities for implementation in K-12 music classrooms. The purpose of this session is to provide lesson ideas for SEL implementation for all ages and music areas. The activities presented have been designed to augment and enhance traditional music instruction and are aligned with the SEL standards. The activities will be split into three areas: self-awareness and self-management; social awareness and relationship skills; and, responsible decision-making.
    Innov, Fri 2020, 3:15-4:15, Federal Complex

  90. Why You Should Have a Tri-M Chapter
    Stephanie Riley, Dennis-Yarmouth Regional School District
    Tri-M is NAfME's student-based Music Honor Society. Tri-M opens doors for our students in areas of leadership, service, performance, and music consumption. Not to mention the opportunity to explore how music impacts our communities, cultures, and how students can continue music for the rest of their lives -- career musicians or lovers of music. Come hear from Tri-M advisors and Tri-M members alike what a difference Tri-M can make in your program, and in your students' lives.
    MMEA, Fri 2020, 3:15-4:15, Skyline

  91. Air on a G Suite: Google Tools for Music Education
    John Mlynczak, Noteflight, a Hal Leonard Company
    Google Suite for Education provides a range of tools that can be used by music educators to create more creative and productive classrooms. Using these resources allows students to efficiently and effectively learn in a collaborative environment while gaining valuable career skills. This session will provide an overview of essential Google tools for music, present applications in the music classroom, and introduce integrated music software.
    Tech, Fri 2020, 4:30-5:30, Waterfront 1ABC

  92. Beginning Piano in Your School: How to Go About Getting and Implementing in Your Curriculum.
    Stephanie Riley, Dennis-Yarmouth Regional School District
    This session will discuss everything from how to approach your administration about starting a beginning piano class, getting instruments, ideas for curriculum, and where to go once it gets off the ground.
    Gen Interest, Fri 2020, 4:30-5:30, Waterfront 2

  93. Keys to the Kingdom: Building Tone in Young Singers Through Sensation
    Emily Ellsworth, Artistic Director of Anima – Young Singers of Greater Chicago
    Using a demonstration choir of young treble voices, this session will demonstrate multiple ideas for bringing out a beautiful, healthy tone in young singers. Singing is a learned activity, not a "you can or you can't"! Young singers sometimes have little experience with the sensations of healthy singing, and inability to match pitch can be a result. This session focuses on building awareness of physical sensation with a variety of engaging warm-up and rehearsal ideas for creating healthy and beautiful tone.
    Choral, Fri 2020, 4:30-5:30, Waterfront 3

  94. Guitars for Non-Guitarists.
    Harry Wagg, Lynnfield
    This session will explore ways to integrate guitars into your current curriculum, or start a guitar ensemble. The role of the guitarist in different ensembles, navigating common pitfalls, finding the hidden musicians in your building, and managing guitarists of different abilities, will all be discussed. Those with specific questions or success stories and advice are encouraged to attend.
    Band/Jazz, Fri 2020, 4:30-5:30, Beacon Hill 1

  95. Developing Leadership, Assessing, and Inspring your Students through Chamber Music
    Peter Lewis, Quabbin Regional School District
    During this session you will learn about how chamber music can be used to support and assess individual student growth while empowering your students to develop leadership skills, and quite possibly, inspire them to develop a deeper appreciation for the performing arts. You will quickly discover how to facilitate student driven choices for repertoire, that you don’t need a large budget or spend countless extra hours after school to implement a chamber music curriculum and you will hear about the success experienced at Quabbin Regional Middle/High School over the past three years and its effect on our music department.
    Band/Jazz, Fri 2020, 4:30-5:30, Beacon Hill 2&3

  96. Orchestral Bowings, a Common-Sense Compendium
    Gabriel Villasurda, Ann Arbor Public Schools
    Several basic principles of physics come into play when a string player puts bow to string--gravity, balance, friction, leverage. Frozen joints and tense muscles complicate the picture. This session examines what players actually do with the bow. 25 basic orchestral bowings are explained and arranged for presentation to school string classes. Materials and video support are free at on the internet.
    Strings, Fri 2020, 4:30-5:30, Back Bay Complex

  97. And the Beat Goes On: How Marching Band Participation Impacts 9th Grade Transition
    Raymond Dandurand, Springfield, MA
    This session will share the findings of a recently completed doctoral study and present how marching band participation impacts 9th grade transition to include emotional, physical, and behavioral considerations in addition to academic rigor concerns.
    Band/Jazz, Fri 2020, 4:30-5:30, Federal Complex

  98. Young Composers Forum
    Joseph Pondaco, Duxbury High School
    Students whose compositions have been selected for recognition at the conference will have the opportunity to work with professional composer and composition professor Dr. Marti Epstein from Berklee. All students who have been selected to participate will be recognized with certificates at this master class session.
    Gen Interest, Fri 2020, 4:30-5:30, Skyline

  99. Incorporating Yoga in the Elementary Music Classroom: Breathing Exercises, Games, and Literature
    Jessica Penella, Pembroke Public Schools
    Breathing, yoga, and mindfulness are beneficial to all children. It is simple to incorporate kids yoga techniques in the elementary music classroom. Learn breathing games and exercises, yoga games that are intertwined with music, and children's literature that combine yoga and song. Help students alleviate stress and anxiety while having fun singing and responding to music.
    Gen Music, Sat 2020, 8:00-9:00, Waterfront 2

  100. Joyful Recorder
    Cathy Ward, Somerville Public Schools
    Bring your recorder to this hands-on session where you will learn strategies to teach recorder in a joyful, musical way. Recorder instruction can be woven into the curriculum over several years to allow your students to make meaningful connections between the music they play on the recorder and the music notation, singing, and other skills they are learning in music class. Repertoire covered in the session will be folk songs with rhythmic and melodic content appropriate for grades 3-6.
    Gen Music, Sat 2020, 8:00-9:00, Waterfront 3

  101. New Music Educators: Challenges, Successes, and New Ideas
    Nicholas Patrick Quigley, Atlantis Charter School; Ruth Debrot, Boston University
    According to Massachusetts DESE data, 87% of teachers were retained statewide between the 2016-17 and 2017-18 school years. Some less affluent communities reported rates lower than 40%. It is clear that more should be done to support new teachers beyond academic studies and student teaching experiences, because despite training, many music educators face new challenges for the first time as they enter the field. We invite all music educators, especially newcomers, to attend this facilitated, community-based session to share stories and take away new ideas to better serve students, and foster a prolonged, healthy career of service to the profession.
    Gen Interest, Sat 2020, 8:00-9:00, Beacon Hill 2&3

  102. Singers, Arise!
    Anna Wentlent, MakeMusic
    Come join fellow choral directors in song as Andy Beck presents exceptional new literature from Alfred Music. Discover solid concert, contest, and popular repertoire designed to bring out the very best in your mixed choral ensembles. A complimentary music packet will be given to each director in attendance.
    Choral, Sat 2020, 8:00-9:00, Cambridge Complex

  103. Sight Reading Bootcamp: A new 3-step comprehensive approach to ensemble sight reading
    Rachel Jayson, Lexington Public Schools
    Expand the sight reading capacity of your large ensembles! Rachel Jayson will share her comprehensive and analytical approach to sight reading. Framed by pattern recognition, music theory, and time management, this method will help your students broaden the way they think about sheet music and connect those ideas to practical techniques that result in more accurate performance. Educators will also be given examples of sight reading "sets"- pairs and trios of pieces that emphasize the skills that Ms. Jayson's method cultivates.
    Strings, Sat 2020, 8:00-9:00, Back Bay Complex

  104. Teaching: It's More Than Just Teaching
    Daniel Albert, University of Massachusetts Amherst
    The beginning of a career in music education is an exciting time. However, a successful teaching career requires more than preparing lesson plans and presenting concerts. Designed for the early career professional and collegiate music education student, this session includes exploration of skills that are crucial for successful music programs, including how to build relationships with key constituents, budget administration, communication strategies, and points to consider when selecting concert repertoire. Learn proactive strategies that will help you build your program!
    Gen Interest, Sat 2020, 8:00-9:00, Federal Complex

  105. Empowering Student Creativity through 1:1 Music Technology
    Daniel Albert, University of Massachusetts Amherst; Thomas Nasiatka, Windham Southeast School District (VT)
    As the 1:1 model (one school-provided computing device per student) becomes more prevalent in schools, administrators are encouraging and expecting music teachers to incorporate technology into their classes. Software and technological tools provide a modern process for students to listen to and compose music influenced by media that are relevant to their lives. The 1:1 device model offers another way for students to learn about music and tap into their creative potential through a school-wide initiative. Bring your laptops and mobile devices!
    Tech, Sat 2020, 9:15-10:15, Waterfront 1ABC

  106. Adaptive Music Teaching Demo
    Will Houchin, Somerville Public Schools/Berklee College of Music
    It is more and more common for music teachers to be tasked with teaching special, adaptive music classes for special education students. While these classes can be amazing opportunities for these students to receive tailored music instruction that meets their needs as learners, many teachers don't know where to begin with translating what they teach in their general education classes for their students with special needs. This session will feature an interactive demo of an 'Adaptive Music' lesson where participants will engage in lesson activities as students and then unpack the core principles behind them. Teachers will leave with new ideas on how to adapt their own instruction to better suit the needs of all learners.
    Gen Music, Sat 2020, 9:15-10:15, Waterfront 2

  107. Got Band? Got Strings? Let's Start a Symphony Orchestra!- How to Start and Develop a Symphony Orchestra Program in Your School or Community.
    Cami Tedoldi, Foxboro Public Schools
    If you have a band and string program in your town or district, you can also have a symphony orchestra! Symphony Orchestra repertoire opens many opportunities for our student musicians, and will enhance your entire music program. In this session we will discuss how to begin a symphony orchestra in your town or district, starting at the middle school level and continuing to the high school. We will discuss logistics, repertoire selection and rehearsal technique. Band/Jazz, Sat 2020, 9:15-10:15, Waterfront 3

  108. Woodwind and Brass Strategies for String Orchestra Directors
    Tobias Monte, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
    This session will present strategies for string orchestra directors working with woodwind and brass players in a full orchestra setting, or for directors considering the addition of woodwind and brass players to their string orchestras for occasional pieces or concerts. Topics will include: Creating functioning orchestral woodwind and brass sections using your school’s band musicians; techniques for balancing and blending within each of those sections; balancing the woodwind, brass, and string choirs within the ensemble; and substitution strategies for unavailable instruments (double reeds, horns, etc.).
    Strings, Sat 2020, 9:15-10:15, Beacon Hill 2&3

  109. Beginning Ukulele…To Strum Or Not To Strum?
    Ken Trapp, Orange, CT Public Schools
    The goal of this session is to show ways to get students started playing the ukulele in a way that connects to what they already hear. Instead of strumming as a first ukulele experience, students will learn to play songs, harmony and bass parts that they already hear in a linear manner. These linear parts will direct them in understanding when chords need to change. Ideas and activities will be shared that empower students to learn in an authentic manner as early as grade 1. Participants will: Learn to sing and play harmony in a linear manner. Play ukulele bass. Play in chord teams. Play simple chord patterns that students can manage. Learn to work in groups to create arrangements and accompaniments.
    Gen Music, Sat 2020, 9:15-10:15, Cambridge Complex

  110. Innovations Festival
    Tom Westmoreland, Somerville Public Schools
    Innov, Sat 2020, 9:00-11:00, Amphitheater

  111. Culturally Responsive Teaching in Music Technology
    Stefano Marchese, Boston Public Schools
    Culturally Responsive Teaching in Music Technology will answer the questions regarding relevance, validity and impact of using music technology as a culturally responsive teaching tool among students of age 10-14. Finding an effective way to engage middle school students may be challenging. In some cases music teachers struggle finding resources to engage students in grades six through eight. In some other cases, in middle school, students are exposed to music education for the first time, and often teachers struggle to find culturally responsive strategies, to increase the engagement and motivation of students of color or ELL students. In this Masterclass participants will offer a curriculum based on Soundtrap, an online Digital Audio Workstation (DAW).
    Tech, Sat 2020, 10:30-11:30, Waterfront 1ABC

  112. Let's Dance!
    Karin Puffer, Westborough Public Schools
    Want to incorporate more movement in your music classrooms? Come to this session! In this session there will be a mix of creative movement and dance. Experience movement activities, dances and have a great time learning activities that are kid tested and approved!
    Gen Music, Sat 2020, 10:30-11:30, Waterfront 2

  113. Incorporating Popular Music and Dance in Choral Music Education
    Ruth Debrot, Boston University
    Contemporary educators have affirmed the importance of student-centered classrooms, in which students are engaged in collaborative, hands-on activities and where problem solving is a valued tool in curriculum design. Participants will experience alternative approaches to traditional choral pedagogies developed by students. As presenter I will demonstrate the use of popular music in a choral setting. We will discuss inclusive practices, critical thinking, and differentiated learning outcomes in order that all students develop independent musicianship skills.
    Innov, Sat 2020, 10:30-11:30, Waterfront 3

  114. Transforming Arts Peer Mentoring Through Video
    Anthony Beatrice, Boston Public Schools
    This session will focus on the Boston Public Schools Visual and Performing Arts Department pilot of transforming a pre-existing Arts Educator Peer Mentor program to an online format. Participants will learn best practices for filming a class lesson and will be provided with multiple observation tools. Teacher feedback on impact will be discussed.
    Gen Interest, Sat 2020, 10:30-11:30, Beacon Hill 2&3

  115. Advanced Ukulele Techniques for Teachers and Students
    Ken Trapp, Orange, CT Public Schools
    The new National Core Music Standards provide a framework for developing student independence and musical literacy. The spirit of these standards is to build lifelong music learners who can naturally play traditional and non-traditional instruments. The ukulele is a user-friendly instrument that can be played successfully by students from early elementary age through adulthood. This session will offer innovative ways to develop music skills both vocally and instrumentally with a referenced to the ukulele. Differentiated instruction will be emphasized as a way to help insure the success of all students: Play simple to complex finger patterns to familiar songs Play three string chords with an articulated rhythm Play open string melodies Play melodic patterns Students improvise melodic patterns that the teacher echoes Play in Chord Teams Play in three part ukulele choirs Play current pop songs “Havana,” “Senorita,” “Just the Way You Are,” etc.
    Gen Music, Sat 2020, 10:30-11:30, Cambridge Complex

  116. Growing Your Beginning Band by Numbers and Abilities One Day at a Time.
    Rob Lesley, Lesley Ellis School, Private School
    This session is a way to generate ideas and ways to help your struggling beginning band program. Whether you have been handed a flat program or want to bring it into your school for the first time, I have been through a variety of scenarios that I will detail in how I worked with my school districts to bring in new programs and up to 20% growth over three years in some districts.
    Band/Jazz, Sat 2020, 10:30-11:30, Back Bay Complex

  117. A Place for All to Learn: Creating Safe, Inclusive Classrooms for Transgender and Non-Binary Students
    Christina Whittlesey, Chelmsford Public Schools
    Recent research data illustrate that transgender and non-binary students are at extremely high risk for experiencing a wide range of academic, social, and health problems as they attempt to navigate educational systems that were not created with them in mind. Within this context, music educators may want to support these students in their classrooms, but are unsure of how to do so effectively. This session will empower participants to create supportive environments for transgender and non-binary students in K-12 schools by providing educators with an understanding of issues that their transgender and non-binary students face, giving them practical tools with which to support a safe and supportive environment for all students, regardless of gender, and addressing ways that they can implement these tools in their classrooms immediately
    Gen Interest, Sat 2020, 10:30-11:30, Federal Complex

  118. Improvisation: A Creative Path for Developing Musical Skills
    Sarah Tenney, Weston private
    Students who playfully improvise develop a mastery of the musical concepts which they are exploring, and connect deeply to the music they play. This hands-on session will start with a live demonstration of creative music-making and movement with elementary-aged children from the Marimba Magic program at The Rivers School Conservatory. Then, all attendees will be invited to playfully explore simple, but beautiful, improvisation forms which can be used with all ages from K-12 and beyond. These improvisation techniques are based on the work of Music for People, which for 30 years has helped teachers bring the joy of improvising to their classrooms. Teachers will leave ready to lead their students in fun simple improvisation forms, developing creativity and good communication between students.
    Gen Music, Sat 2020, 11:45-12:45, Waterfront 2

  119. The History of Hip-Hop In The Music Classroom
    Meaghan O'Connor-Vince, Barnstable Public Schools
    How to effectively teach students listening skills, analysis and evaluation of music, and the history of basic production techniques presented throughout hip-hop. This presentation provides lessons, resources, rubrics, and general student directions intended to produce tangible and authentic assessments of student learning for each project. Students will take a deep dive into the four elements of hip-hop: MC, DJ, Graffiti and Breakdancing.
    Innov, Sat 2020, 11:45-12:45, Waterfront 3

  120. Universal Design for Learning in the Music Setting: Reaching Every Student in Classes and Rehearsals
    Rhoda Bernard, Berklee College of Music
    It can be challenging for music educators to work effectively with the diverse learning needs of all of their students. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an approach that can you can use to help students better access the curriculum. This session will present the UDL framework and some ways that it can enhance your teaching. You will learn to incorporate UDL principles into your classes and rehearsals so that every student can succeed. You will leave this session with strategies and activities, as well as tools to apply to your teaching, planning, and assessment.
    Gen Interest, Sat 2020, 11:45-12:45, Beacon Hill 2&3

  121. Empowering Your Choral Ensemble through Innovation
    Reagan Paras, Anna Maria College
    The landscape for music education and the traditional ensemble is quickly changing. This session will present progressive and innovative approaches to the choral experience both in the classroom and during performance. By breathing new life into your ensembles, your program will continue to remain vibrant, exciting, and meaningful. I invite you to learn practical strategies that will empower your students.
    Choral, Sat 2020, 11:45-12:45, Cambridge Complex

  122. Vocal Health and Rehabilitation
    Cynthia Kreyling, Peabody Public Schools
    For singing teachers, voice is the tool of the trade, and great demands are placed on the vocal mechanism. Teaching in the cafeteria? Teaching in a shared space? Teaching on a cart? The flexibility expected of general music teachers in elementary schools increases susceptibility for voice disorders. A basic understanding of vocal anatomy and physiology, along with methods of vocal care, can prevent vocal problems and maintain a healthy voice. Vocal rehabilitation techniques for Muscle Tension Dysphonia will also be presented.
    Gen Music, Sat 2020, 11:45-12:45, Back Bay Complex

  123. Beginner Drum Set (Without a Drum Set)
    Greg Lessard, Scituate Public Schools
    This session will cover how to teach beginning drum set as part of an instrumental lesson program. This method only requires each student to have access to a snare drum or possibly only a drum pad. An entire set is not necessary to study the basics of drum set. This course is intended for second year percussion students through more advanced players. It could be developed for general music classes. You do not need to be a percussionist to teach this method.
    Band/Jazz, Sat 2020, 11:45-12:45, Federal Complex

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