Classroom Music

Remote Music Teaching/Learning Resources

In an effort to provide classroom music teachers with some useful resources for remote music teaching/learning during the COVID-19 crisis, the Classroom Music Committee is compiling a list of links.  Many of these links contain additional resource lists.  This document will be updated as new resources are found, so please check back for the most recent version.  If you have other links to recommend, please email them to kmero@boquetvalleycsd.org

Please click the link below for the document  (updated 10/8/20)

Remote-Music-Teaching-Resources-updated Oct 2020

Summer Conference 2020
Albany, NY  August 16-18, 2020

Headliner: Paul Cribari

Matthew Stensrud is an award-winning music educator and currently teaches PK-4 Lower School Music and Movement at Sidwell Friends School in Washington, DC. Previously, Matthew taught kindergarten through fifth grade music for seven years at Annandale Terrace Elementary School, a Title I, high-poverty, highly transient and culturally diverse school in Fairfax County, Virginia and for two years at George Mason Elementary School in Alexandria, VA. He completed his Orff Schulwerk certification at the San Francisco International Orff Course in the summer of 2013, his training in Responsive Classroom in 2011, and is an American Orff Schulwerk Association approved Movement Teacher Trainer. Matthew presents frequently on the successful combination of Orff Schulwerk and Responsive Classroom, has published articles on Responsive Classroom in the music room and contributed to a book for specialists on the incorporation of Responsive Classroom. He received the Spotlight Award from the American Center for Elemental Music and Movement in Summer 2017 and was recognized by his school as Teacher of the Year for the 2016-2017 school year.

Outside the classroom, Matthew is involved in various volunteer roles in the Washington DC Metro area, served as Chair of the Alexandria Commission for the Arts from 2014-2019 and currently is Vice President of the Middle Atlantic Chapter of the American Orff Schulwerk Association. Matthew also serves on the Editorial Board of The Orff Echo, a quarterly scholarly publication of the American Orff Schulwerk Association. He also serves as an education policy advocate for the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development and the National Association for Music Education. Previously, he was a communications intern at The Education Trust. He lives with his husband in Del Ray, Alexandria.

Early Childhood/Elementary Classroom Music Sessions

Sunday, August 16, 2020

1:00-2:15 PM  Using Movement and Play Throughout the Year in Primary Music (Donna Dunn)

Adding a variety of experiences into the music classroom positively benefits student musicality and comprehension.  Using seasons and classroom curriculum as a guide, Dunn will explore ways to incorporate movement within lessons to help demonstrate musical concepts and create a learning environment that fuses music with play.

2:30-3:45 PM  First Steps in Music With Orff-Schulwerk (Craig Knapp)

Come experience joyful activities that follow the eight part workout from John Feierabend’s First Steps in Music (FSM) while integrating the Orff Schulwerk (OS) approach.  Participants will gain an understanding of how the FSM eight part workout is designed to develop singing, beat keeping, and movement skills and how to use OS extensions within the workout.  This workshop is applicable to both the experienced FSM and/or OS teacher as well as the dabbling novice in FSM and or OS.  No First steps in Music or Orff Schulwerk training is necessary to participate in this fun-filled workshop.

4:00-5:15 PM  PK-2 General Music and Special Learners (Kimberly Kane)

Come learn strategies, tips and tricks on how to run a successful general music class for special learners! Routines and procedures for inclusion and self-contained music classes will be shared as well as activities that can successfully engage special learners and provide meaningful musical experiences and responses.

5:30-6:15 PM  Recorder Through the Ages, Grades 3-12 (Donna Basile, Anthony Femino)

Come with your recorders of all sizes and discover the versatility of this fine instrument.  Applications for classroom music, music appreciation and music theory class will be presented, while incorporating a variety of difficulty levels.  In addition, enjoy some consort playing; SATB recorders will be available for loan.

Monday, August 17, 2020

9:00-10:15 AM  Infusion of Responsive Classroom in Orff-Schulwerk (Matthew Stensrud)

With the implementation of Responsive Classroom in elementary schools across the country, music educators can be an influential voice in the successful use of this process based, community driven and exploration centered approach.  Come and learn more about the basics of Responsive Classroom, how it looks in the elementary classroom and why Responsive Classroom is a natural fit in the Schulwerk.  Join us for a session full of playing, speaking, singing, moving and creating!

10:30-11:45 AM Teaching Without Words (Matthew Stensrud)

Stop losing your voice, teachers! With instruments, sound cues, unique vocal sounds, and more, we can conquer the lost voice.  Let’s explore how to present classroom procedures, learn a dance, teach a xylophone piece, and play unpitched percussion-all with as few words as possible.

1:00 PM KEYNOTE ADDRESS

2:30-3:45 PM  How to Hook ‘Em: Enhancing Movement in Upper Elementary (Matthew Stensrud)

Sun salutations, partner rhythm sticks, and sports-themed uneven meter.  For our older elementary students, these ‘hooks’ lead to new and innovative ways to move in upper elementary grades.  We’ll try out a few tips when handling more complex folk dances and find entries to creative movement that will crack even the most challenging students.

6:15–7:30 PM  Exploring Theatre in the Music Classroom (Cristen Salibury)

In this workshop, participants will experience a wide variety of theatre games and exercises adapted for the music classroom.  Explore the use of space, movement, character, improvisation and how these techniques can create well-rounded, creative, energized young musicians.

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

9:00-10:15 AM  Summer Unplugged (Shana Kohler)

Students need to unplug from technology and PLAY again!  Come enjoy a session and learn how to incorporate musical games of play back into kids’ lives, not just the music room.  Bring hand clapping, circle games and personal connection back to your classroom.

Secondary Classroom Music Sessions

Sunday, August 16, 2020

1:00-2:15 PM  Rocking in Middle School: Starting a Modern Band Program (Rachel Sanguinetti)

Guitar, bass, drums, keys, vocals, technology, ukulele…Modern Band is sweeping the music education world with new music and exciting approaches to musical learning. But where do we start? In this session we will explore essentials like acquiring instruments and setting up a space, talk repertoire and lesson plans, and even have a jam session to try it all out!

2:30-3:45 PM Setting the Scene: The Other Side of Musical Theatre in the Classroom (Christian Oliver)

Often we think about musical theatre in regards to being on stage, but what about the big picture? Who creates the vision? How do all the parts come together? This session will show students what it takes to put on a show, including budget, set design, casting, lighting, sound, marketing, and much more. Teachers will learn ways to make musical theater accessible to more students by going through the process that happens off-stage while giving them valuable life-long skills. 

4:00-5:15 PM Folk Dancin’ Fun! (Karin Puffer)

Do you have older general music students who may or may not like to dance?  Are you stuck on how to teach them musically relevant concepts through movement?  Want to engage them in the process? This session will be packed with folk dances geared toward students in grades 5-8.  The dances will be quickly processed and will keep you and your students “on their toes”.

5:30-6:15 PM  Recorder Through the Ages, Grades 3-12 (Donna Basile, Anthony Femino)

Come with your recorders of all sizes and discover the versatility of this fine instrument.  Applications for classroom music, music appreciation and music theory class will be presented, while incorporating a variety of difficulty levels.  In addition, enjoy some consort playing; SATB recorders will be available for loan.

Monday, August 17, 2020

9:00-10:15 AM  Composing in a Box (Danielle Rodgers)

Participants will engage in various compositional activities that are set up for success in the classroom. These will include using manipulatives that lead students to create mathematically and melodically accurate compositions at all levels. “In a box” refers to both manipulatives in a box you can use, as well as giving students a virtual box of predetermined rules and tools which help them to create successful pieces. All students have the ability to compose if we give them the right box!

10:30-11:45 AM Integrating Learners With Disabilities in Inclusive Music Settings (Kelly Surette)

This presentation will offer tools and strategies that not only benefit students with disabilities, but the music classroom as a whole. Through opportunities for student-centered and teacher -based learning,  a multisensory teaching approach, and an emphasis on genuinely connecting to each student through their preferred method of communication, music educators will leave the workshop feeling confident in executing adaptations through which learners with disabilities are both integrated and successful, all while contributing to the music learning experience for all.

2:30-3:45 PM Putting Theory Into Practice: Reshaping Music Theory in the Secondary Classroom Setting (Christian Oliver)

Music Theory is a fundamental part of a well-rounded music education. Yet, we find that the secondary level music theory is usually an elective of its own and sometimes left out of the secondary general music experience. In this session we will explore activities, lessons, and games that introduce students to a hands on approach to music theory, based on the philosophy of sound-before-sight-before-theory. Teachers will learn new ways to make students musically literate while connecting theory to the music they may be already be creating, performing, or responding to in their general music classes. 

6:15–7:30 PM  Exploring Theatre in the Music Classroom (Cristen Salibury)

In this workshop, participants will experience a wide variety of theatre games and exercises adapted for the music classroom.  Explore the use of space, movement, character, improvisation and how these techniques can create well-rounded, creative, energized young musicians.

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

10:30-11:45 AM  Building Community Through African Drumming and Dance (Katherine Gould)

African drumming and dancing builds community, and encourages self-expression in any classroom. Participants will perform the drumming and dance movements for the Ghanaian rhythm Kpanlogo, and leave with materials to bring Kpanlogo to any music classroom. Everyone will get the chance to drum, dance, sing, and build community through music!

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

Call for Proposals revised 2020

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 in-service 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!

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