Join us as we engage in meaningful workshops that’s sure to provide effective teaching strategies, resources, and knowledge for your content. There will be presenters for early childhood, elementary and secondary choral and instrumental educators. If you are looking for new ways to teach choral, instrumental, or general music, look no further! Register now! You don’t want to miss our 1st annual conference!
When: July 9-10, 2020
Time: 9:00 am – 4:30pm (each day)
Welcome to the 2020 DCMEA Virtual Conference!
July 9-10, 2020
July 9, 2020 Sessions
Welcome from DCMEA President Joshua Krohn: 9:00 – 9:10 AM
Robert Battle - 9:15 – 10:15 AM
“Rethinking Ensembles with Equity and COVID in mind: Decolonizing Ensembles for the Sake of Equity”
NAfME President Mackie Spradley - 9:15 – 10:15 AM
Session Title TBD
Paul Fox – 9:15 - 10:15 AM
“Social Media and Teachers - Boon or Nemesis?”
We will explore the pros and cons of emerging online technology for veteran music teachers, new or pre-service educators, and even retirees. The presentation will touch-on various legal issues, the ethical framework necessary to guide teacher decision-making and the avoidance of unacceptable “appearances or actions,” and precautions for the use of digital communications and social networks. Sample success stories, “exemplars,” and resources for the safe use of tech tools and applications of social media/remote/alternative/distance learning will be shared.
Jamie Hillman - 10:20 – 11:20 AM
Do your students ever walk into your classroom tired and with little motivation? What we, as teacher-conductors, do in the first ten minutes sets the stage for the entire rehearsal. This participatory workshop explores fun, and sometimes challenging, warm ups for all ages that energize the body, awaken the imagination, establish focus, and warm up the voice simultaneously.
Martin Urbach - 10:20 – 11:20 AM
“Liberation Drum Circles: Co-Creating an Activist Music Education with Students”
NAfME Advocacy Chairs Matt Barusch and Tooshar Swain - 11:30 – 12:30 PM
“Diversity, Equity and Inclusion”
Stephen Keys - 11:30 AM
"New Wine in Old Bottles"
Implementing educational technology in a performance-based classroom (band, orchestra, and choir) can be a challenge. This session will show directors useful, practical, and easy ways to infuse technology into their rehearsals. An emphasis will be on using technology for student assessments, to increase student engagement, and to make life easier for the director. Participants are encouraged to bring their devices and follow along with the presenter.
Thomas Kamp - 1:00 – 2:00 PM
“NO RULES NO FEAR JAZZ”
Learn a positive, proactive and powerful way to teach jazz improvisation: any level, any group. Not an improviser? You can still learn how to teach it. Break some rules about teaching jazz and help your students be fearless and creative improvisers.
John Jacobson – 1:00 – 2:00 PM
How does the idea of “owning it” apply to music educators? We, who teach music to children. We, who struggle to juggle scheduling and priority issues with our professions, our friends and our families. We, who get up every morning and charge off to our jobs sometimes, excited, sometimes, not so much so. We, who might wonder if this is what we were placed on this planet to do, especially when our chosen subject matter is often maligned as superfluous or even expendable by others around us. Come, join John Jacobson…..and let’s review!
NAfME’s Eastern Division President Keith Hodgson - 2:15 – 3:15 PM
“Don’t Focus on What You Can’t DO… Focus on What You CAN Do!”
This session will explore various strategies and creative implementation of individual assessment methods for music students. Student Portfolio examples will be presented as one vehicle for assessment, documentation and for motivating and evaluating student growth in a music program.
Rebecca Anderson - 2:15 – 3:15 PM
“Storyteling through Canon”
NoteFlight’s John Mlynczak - 2:15 – 3:15 PM
“Create, Perform, Respond”
NoteFlight’s John Mlynczak - 3:30 – 4:30 PM
“NoteFlight - How to use NoteFlight for Composition and Assessment”
Lillie Fiereabend - 3:30 – 4:30 PM
“Clapping Games from Around the World”
July 10, 2020 Sessions
Margaret Clark, Andrew Lee, Jeanette McCune, James Mitaritonna, Amber Pannocchia, Jeffrey Tribble, Katy Weatherly – 9:00 – 10:00 AM
“Panel Discussion of Music Education in Washington DC”
This discussion will be led by members of the District of Columbia Public School’s Central Office Arts Team, The Kennedy Center, The Musicianship, The Children’s Chorus of Washington, and the DC Strings Workshop. Questions being answered will include:
Robert Battle – 9:00 – 10:00 AM
“ZOOM TEAM ZOOM: Engaging Online Instruction and Engagement”
Lillie Fiereabend - 9:00 – 10:00 AM
“Bridges to the Community”
“Often a single experience will open the young soul to music for a whole lifetime. This experience cannot be left to chance. It is the duty of the school to provide it.” —Zoltan Kodaly, Children’s Choruses, 1929 GIA Publications, Inc. Chicago
Paul Fox - 10:15 – 11:15 AM
“Supercharge the School Musical”
Thomas Kamp - 10:15 – 11:15 AM
“PEDAGOGY PASSACAGLIA a la PIZZA”
Using nothing but pizza metaphors and examples, leaders of traditional ensembles or jazz ensembles can reframe music concepts in a delicious way. Warm-ups, tuning, rhythm, time, balance, rehearsals; get your ingredients together and add heat
Miriam Capellan - 10:15 – 11:15 AM
"Listening to Women: Gender Inclusive Repertoire in Music Classrooms”
John Jacbson - 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
“THE ARTIST WITHIN ME”
Bring your teacher-self to this motivating workshop and begin the joyful process of reintroducing yourself to the true Artist Within You. You will no doubt find that it will make you a more effective teacher too. Whether you have taught for one year or thirty, after this workshop you’ll be ready for thirty more years in two arenas…education and art. Maybe we’ll dance a little too. Pandemic Opportunity for learning with John Jacobson.
NAfME Advocacy Chairs Matt Barusch and Tooshar Swain - 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
“Advocacy and how to advocate and save your program in the COVID-19 reality”
Robert Battle – 1:00 – 2:00 PM
“The Artist As A World Citizen: Creating Opportunities in the Arts that Promote Student Activism”
John Kilkenny - 1:00 – 2:00 PM
“Wind ensembles in the realm of distance learning”
Rebecca Anderson - 2:15 – 3:15 PM
“Storytelling through Canon”
Elizabeth Tracy - 2:15 – 3:15 PM”
“Universal Design and Learning (Online): 5 strategies for better live (and virtual) music teaching”
Little Kids Rock Director of Teaching and Learning and Senior Manager of Teaching and Learning Scott Burstein and Spencer Hale - 2:15 – 3:15 PM
“Popular Music and Modern Band”
This session is an overview of Little Kids Rock’s curriculum and pedagogy: the principles of Modern Band and Music as a Second Language. This hands-on session illustrates Little Kids Rock’s core values of teaching improvisation and composition by creating a supportive environment through student-centered music and instruction, approximation, and scaffolding to develop musical fluency. Come prepared to learn the basics of body-drumming and singing in a popular setting.
NAfME General Music Council Chair Rob Lyda - 3:30 – 4:30 PM
“Into the Unknown: Reimagining general music in the age of COVID”
Music teachers are questioning how to effectively manage and restart music programs after a semester of virtual learning. This session will offer practical suggestions for operating standards based general music programs whether they are face-to-face, virtual, or hybrid.
Colette Hebert - 3:30 – 4:30 PM
"Arts Advocacy from the Classroom to the U.S. Senate"
As a music educator, it is imperative to be vocal and to educate others on why music is important to have in our schools. Music benefits our students and community at large for a plethora of reasons. Learn how to be an advocate for your music program in your school while you work alongside colleagues on cross curricular ideas. Learn how to be an advocate for your program in your community, through learning grant writing skills in order to receive arts funding for your program on the local and national level. Learn how to be vocal in your city, state and country as an advocate voicing your concerns for the future of music education, the benefits music offers and wishes for your program's future successes. Educating those around you who are parents of students in your program, fellow teachers in your building, community members and local (and national) politicians is imperative for growing and maintaining your program and ensures funding. Through this uncertain time of distance learning and through music department cuts, learning how to be an advocate for your program will be beneficial to you and your students. The benefits music has on core academics, brain development and social and emotional growth are important topics to focus on while being an advocate for music in our schools. Learn how to educate your community on the benefits music and your music program has to offer. We will go over all of the ways you can be an advocate for your program in your classroom, your school building itself, in your district, in your community and as a member of the overall music educator national community.