Classroom Music

Summer Conference 2017
Albany, NY  August 13-15, 2017

Headliner: Artie Almeida

Dr. Artie Almeida recently retired after 37 years of teaching.  She was the music specialist at Bear Lake Elementary School in the Orlando, FL area, where she taught 1160 K-5 students.  Her dynamic performing groups have performed for NAfME, AOSA, and on the NBC Today Show.  Look for The Bear Lake Sound in the upcoming music education advocacy documentary “Marching Beyond Halftime”.  Artie was Seminole County Teacher of the Year, Florida Music Educator of the Year, and was also selected as an International Educator 2006 by the Cambridge England Biographical Society.  She was a Teacher of the Year at the school level 6 times and was recently chosen as a University of Central Florida Alumni of the Decade.  She has presented music education clinics in forty-two states and four countries. In addition to her public school teaching duties, Artie is an adjunct professor at the University of Central Florida, teaches applied saxophone lessons and performs on historical winds with the early music ensembles Ars Antiqua and The Halifax Consort.

Early Childhood/Elementary Classroom Music Sessions

Sunday, August 13, 2017

1:00-2:15 Jennifer Cerne-Improvisation in the Early Childhood Classroom

Come and explore fun and exciting ways to improvise rhythmically and tonally in the K-5 general music classroom!

2:30-3:45 Dr. Joseph Loux– “CD in The BAG”: New Adventures for Beginning Recorder

This read through session will focus on recorder basics with an eye to new sheet music publications, teaching note introductions/sequence, recognition and proper intonation on soprano recorder. Bring a soprano recorder (alto and tenor if available) and music stand.  This session will present music appropriate for elementary school, middle school and special learners.

4:00 – 5:15 Laurence Tallman- Teaching Elementary Classroom Concepts Through Native American Songs

Native American songs have so much to offer the classroom outside of cultural immersion! This session will include the teaching of Native American songs from the United States and Canada; exploring the vocal and general music concepts they have to offer.  The power of oral tradition, story-telling with music and teaching by rote will be explored, as well as guidelines for authenticity in performance.  This is a hands-on workshop, so plan on raising your voices fully.

5:30-6:30 Brenda Tremblay and Laurence Tallman– Radio Ga-Ga: The Power of Public Radio in the Music Classroom

Public radio has so much to offer the music teacher! This session will give participants a tour of the many offerings that public radio has to enhance & enrich lesson plans for a more engaging musical experience.  Suggestions for creating lesson plans will be provided, with emphasis on Music In Our Lives and Music Appreciation curriculums.  The power of public radio is yours to harness…come discover its many opportunities and programs!

Monday, August 14, 2017

9:00 – 10:15 Artie Almeida- Mallet Madness and More

Whether you’re a Mallet Madness newbie or master, your students will love these activities. You will appreciate the skills the children develop as well as the joyful attitude they bring to your classroom.  Utilize your mallet instruments to the max with these simple and effective lessons!

10:30 – 11:45 Artie Almeida-Big Bang Theory

This clinic will feature a wide variety of innovative ways to deliver music theory instruction to K-5 students. Moving, singing, playing and unique manipulatives provide the child-friendly materials necessary for success.

10:30 – 11:45 Kimberly Kane-Around the World in 180 Days: A Multicultural Approach to Teaching General Music

Get ready to sing and dance your way around the world! This multicultural session will teach you how to use the globe as a guide for music instruction. Featuring standards based lessons from all seven continents, you will learn successful strategies to help students make valuable connections between music and the world around us.​

2:30- 3:45 Artie Almeida- Kid Stix and Drum Fun

Participants will explore rhythm and form while using drums, crash cans, beat boards and other non-pitched percussion. Music will include classical works, folksongs, marches, pop tunes and more.  Your students will love interacting with these non-traditional instruments and unique lessons.

6:15-7:30 Artie Almeida- Parachutes, Ribbons and Scarves, Oh My!

Prop ‘till you drop with these listening lessons your students will love. Great music by Kabalevsky, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Rossini and others will be brought to life via movement, props, manipulatives and more.  These activities have been all been thoroughly field-tested and are favorites of my Bear Lake K-5 students.  Parachutes, ribbons, stick horses, puppets and stretchy bands are some of the props we will use to interact with the music.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

9:00-10:15 Laurence Tallman- An Introduction to Native American Dance in the Elementary Classroom

Come join in the dance! Native American dance is a wonderful way to teach and reinforce musical concepts, as well as provide a marvelous kinesthetic experience. This session will include the teaching of Native American social dances and from the United States and Canada.  The power of story-telling through dance will be explored, as well as guidelines for authenticity in performance.  This is a very active hands-on workshop, so wear comfortable shoes and plan on dancing and plying instruments as part of the experience!

Middle/High School Classroom Music Sessions

Sunday, August 13, 2017

1:00-2:15 Elise Figa-Digging into Diversity: Reflections for an Inclusive Classroom

Building a vocabulary and repertoire for celebrating diversity in the classroom can pose many questions. “How do we explore cultural representation? In trying to be multi-cultural, do we actually misrepresent? Are we creating anti-bias lessons and inclusive concerts?” A teacher’s journey towards inclusivity in the music classroom.

2:30 – 3:45 Jacqueline McLean-High School Musical: Making Music Theater Accessible and Valuable to ALL Students

The workshop will walk through how to teach musical theatre for ALL students in a way that will allow for cross-curricular opportunities. The workshop will focus on the importance of the history perspective and the how to draw connections between culture change and the reflection in music and theatre. It will also discuss the technology that can be utilized and resources that are helpful when creating lessons that are interactive and interesting to the general and musical learner. A class that is directed for both non-musicians and musicians can be a challenge. Hopefully there will be some ideas and tools that you can take back to your classroom to help you create an excellent curriculum for all

4:00 – 5:15 Catherine Plichta and Nyasha Rhoden- Repairing the Pipeline: Increasing Diversity in the Arts

Our cultural arts organizations often do not represent the communities which they serve. In NYC, the under-representation of musicians of color in professional orchestras, choirs and concert bands is staggering.  As music educators, we can help to repair the broken pipeline and support all of our students by addressing the issues of access and opportunity that contribute to the lack of diversity in our professional music organizations.

5:30-6:30 Brenda Tremblay and Laurence Tallman– Radio Ga-Ga: The Power of Public Radio in the Music Classroom

Public radio has so much to offer the music teacher! This session will give participants a tour of the many offerings that public radio has to enhance & enrich lesson plans for a more engaging musical experience.  Suggestions for creating lesson plans will be provided, with emphasis on Music In Our Lives and Music Appreciation curriculums.  The power of public radio is yours to harness…come discover its many opportunities and programs!

Monday, August 14, 2017

9:00 – 10:15 Danielle Rodgers- Honest Assessment: Using Authentic Techniques to Integrate Purposeful and Meaningful Assessment Into Your Music Classroom

This session will provide an overview of music classroom assessments that may be used to inform teaching, produce timely and effective feedback to lessons, and improve clarity of communication with parents about student progress.

2:30-3:45 Richard Fink the IV-Vocal Health for ANY Music Teacher: The Power of THROGA®

All teachers know how important it is to maintain a healthy voice. This workshop offers THROGA® vocal techniques to assist ANY music teacher in doing just that!  THROGA® is the only vocal methodology in history that has been awarded a full-utility patent for vocal training and health.  Emphasis will be placed on guidelines for healthy speaking and singing maintenance, diagnostic strategies to pinpoint vocal challenges and issues, and strategies to assist in overcoming poor vocal speaking habits and to strengthen positive healthy vocal habits.

6:15-7:30 Anthony Femino- Puttin’ on the Middle School Musical

Participants will explore the many possibilities of edited, middle school-appropriate musicals for grades 5-8/. The workshop will include choosing the right musical, the audition process, rehearsal calendars, the blocking/staging process, where to get costumes, and even dance moves for the non-dancer!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

10:30 – 11:45 Charles Zotique-Creative Composition in the Middle School Classroom

Participants will have an interactive learning experience with composition/musicianship, with an eye toward modeling fun and engaging activities and learning sequences for the MS music classroom. The workshop will focus on how these types of activities build rigor, joy and intrinsic motivation while also fulfilling or surpassing National Standards for Music Education for Grades 6-8.

We welcome session proposal submissions for future conferences!  To download a proposal form, click the link below:

Session Proposal Form

The goals of the CMC are:

  • to promote the importance and value of classroom music in music programs and schools of New York State
  • to serve as a forum for the exchange of ideas and the development of activities
  • to coordinate and support the efforts and activities of classroom music teachers and students
  • to improve the quality, scope and effectiveness of classroom music instruction.

The CMC meets its goals through activities including…

Exemplary classroom music sessions for Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle School, and High School music teachers at Winter Conference and Summer Conferences

Statewide series of Regional Workshops and other inservice opportunities for teachers on important classroom music topics;

Classroom Music PEAK Festivals and other opportunities for New York State students;

Collaborative work with the State Education Department on initiatives related to standards, assessment, and resources for classroom music instruction.

For further information and assistance, please contact the Chairperson, Kerry Mero, or a member of the Classroom Music Committee.

Classroom Music Committee

What Resources are Available from the CMC?

Our newest publication, NY Sings! A Song List For and By New Yorkers, was published in the April 2016 issue of the School Music News.  Click here to read more about it!

Publications:

  • Assessment in Classroom Music
  • Classroom Music PEAK Festival Handbook
  • Conference Workshop Proposal Application Form
  • Consultant services- providing clinicians by area of expertise
  • NY Sings! A Song List For and By New Yorkers

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