Classroom Music

Summer Conference 2018
Albany, NY  August 12-14, 2018

Headliner: Dr. Diane Lange

Diane Lange is Professor and Area Coordinator for Music Education at The University of Texas at Arlington where she oversees the music education area and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Early Childhood and Elementary Music Education.

Dr. Lange received her Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music from Central Michigan University and Ph.D. from Michigan State University.  She has presented clinics and workshops at multiple state, national, and international conferences.  She has published Together in Harmony: Combining Orff Schulwerk and Music Learning Theory, Together Again in Harmony: Combining Orff Schulwerk and Music Learning Theory, a chapter on combining Music Learning Theory and Orff Schulwerk that appeared in Music Learning Theory: Theory in Practice and several articles on combining Orff Schulwerk and Music Learning Theory.  Also, she is co-author for Jump Right in:  The Elementary Music Curriculum, Grades Kindergarten and 5.

Early Childhood/Elementary Classroom Music Sessions

Sunday, August 12, 2018

1:00-2:15  Nutcracker for Munchkins (Christa Braunreuther)

Come and discover how to make Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker masterpiece accessible and memorable for students in K-2.  Dances and performance ideas will be shared.

2:30-3:45  Setting the Stage for Success: Managing Movement in Early Childhood General Music (Holley Haynes)

Organized classrooms with routines that are practiced and consistent help to maximize student learning.  Learn ideas on how to structure movement in the early childhood general music classroom so it is rewarding, beneficial, and fun! 

2:30-3:45  Music Students in the Inclusive Classroom (Christina Schaefer)

All children need the ability to express themselves.  This workshop will provide music educators with the tools to engage and encourage all learners to find success through music.  We will focus on recorder instruction for special learners as well as adapting instruments for students with physical disabilities.  Music educators will learn specific strategies to engage and manage the special learners in their classroom.  We will discuss special considerations to assist students on the autistic spectrum find success and joy in musical performance. 

4:00 – 5:15 Are you STEAM’d yet? (Debra Degenhardt)

Take away tips and tools to STEAM up your lessons while sticking to the Core.  Make your program(s) invaluable to your school, your district and your community.  Also included in this workshop will be student-tested (and enjoyed) lessons.  Getting observed?  Your administrators will love how you manage to make academic connections while staying true to the National Core Standards.

5:30-6:30  Crossroads & Pathways: Mapping the Artistic Process  (Kim Kane, Kerry Mero, Kathleen Popow, Laurence Tallman)

Feel lost in a jungle of jargon?  Confused as to where to turn?  This workshop will guide you through the artist’s journey while navigating the learning standards and celebrating the artistic process.  Four “artistic explorers” will share their experiences at four different learning levels.  Come take the journey with us!

Monday, August 13, 2018

9:00 – 10:15  Sprinkle Your Literature Throughout the Years: Combining Orff Schulwerk and Music Learning Theory (Practical Suggestions for Integration)  (Diane Lange)

Music Learning Theory is a theory of how one learns music and can be implemented with any music philosophy or method.  Orff Schulwerk is a process for teaching children music.  Since Orff Schulwerk and Music Learning Theory are not considered methods, they can easily be combined.  This participatory workshop will consist of kindergarten through grade five lesson plans combining Orff Schulwerk and Music Learning Theory.  Participants should be ready to sing, chant, play, move, create, and improvise.

10:30 – 11:45  Sprinkle Your Literature Throughout the Years: Combining Orff Schulwerk and Music Learning Theory (Tonal Focus)  (Diane Lange)

This participatory workshop will consist of kindergarten through grade five lesson plans combining Orff Schulwerk and Music Learning Theory with a tonal focus.  Participants should be ready to sing, chant, play, create, and improvise.

2:30- 3:45 Sprinkle Your Literature Throughout the Years: Combining Orff Schulwerk and Music Learning Theory (Rhythm Focus)  (Diane Lange)

This participatory workshop will consist of kindergarten through grade five lesson plans combining Orff Schulwerk and Music learning Theory with a rhythm focus.  Participants should be ready to sing, chant, play move, create, and improvise.

6:15-7:30 Folk Dance in the Elementary General Music Classroom (Michael Baur)

How to engage your students, get your classes moving, and confidently bring folk dancing to your general music classroom.  Discuss strategies for implementation and learn dances to enhance your curriculum for the upcoming school year.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

9:00-10:15  Recorder Tales and Tips (Donna Basile)

Stories add a bit of fantasy to a lesson and are loved by children.  In this session we will explore how storybooks and storytelling can be used to develop and reinforce recorder technique, review material or serve as a vehicle for creativity.  In addition, tips for teaching recorder will be shared.

Middle/High School Classroom Music Sessions

Sunday, August 12, 2018

1:00-2:15 Toward Meaningful Musical Inquiry: Embracing Project-Based Learning in the General Music Setting (Cara Bernard, Owen Bologna, Rex Sturdevant)

This session will focus on meaningful inquiry through projects in the general music classroom.  While projects can often be considered “busywork”, project-based learning begins with a question to be explored, where students investigate, examine, and respond in authentic ways through musical materials.  We will examine ways to create a driving question to set up the project, and strategies to help teachers differentiate the projects, helping students facilitate different roles and gain a myriad of musical and extra-musical skills.  We will connect this to the Core Arts Standards and the 4C’s of 21st Century Skills, and discuss ways to organize this in terms of curriculum planning.

 

4:00 – 5:15  Inspiring Artistic Literacy in the General Music Setting  (Cara Bernard)

This session will address best practices and strategies for developing artistic literacy in the secondary general music setting.  Participants will consider and demonstrate ways to actively engage students in different musical discourses and roles such as performer, composer, arranger, musicologist and critic.  We will explore techniques for students to engage as independent artists in the classroom, on their own and with others, to create, arrange and make musical decisions through different musical concepts and repertoire.

5:30-6:30  Crossroads & Pathways: Mapping the Artistic Process  (Kim Kane, Kerry Mero, Kathleen Popow, Laurence Tallman)

Feel lost in a jungle of jargon?  Confused as to where to turn?  This workshop will guide you through the artist’s journey while navigating the learning standards and celebrating the artistic process.  Four “artistic explorers” will share their experiences at four different learning levels.  Come take the journey with us!

Monday, August 13, 2018

9:00 – 10:15  The Teacher’s Toolbox: Ideas for New Teachers and Seasoned Veterans Switching Disciplines (Erin Belanger and Kirsten Meyer)

Are you a first year teacher? Or have you been teaching band or strings for several years and now find yourself in the general music classroom? The presenters will offer their musical toolbox: things they wish they would have known when they started, and tips and trips to make your lessons more successful.  This session will focus on how to create fun and engaging lessons by weaving together existing curriculum and adapting assignments from your degree program for practical use in the classroom.  How to incorporate Project-Based Learning and centers at the middle level will also be addressed.

10:30-11:45     Creating Community as a Classroom Ensemble (Madolyn Accola)

In this session, we will investigate how vocal, instrumental and movement activities can be used to unite students in the middle school classroom.  Participants will use body percussion, rhythmic speech, vocal harmonies and instruments to learn and create pieces as a group.  As we delve into topics like mixed meter and functional harmony, we will explore how to transform the physical classroom space into an ensemble-friendly environment.

2:30-3:45 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 items in a box you can use, as well as giving students a virtual box of pre-determined rules and tools which help the to create successful pieces.  All students have the ability to compose if we give them the right box!

6:15-7:30 Reflective Listening: Teaching Students to Become More Effective and Thoughtful Listeners  (Laurence Tallman)

This workshop will provide the high school music educator with strategies to increase both effectiveness and interest in critical listening skills.  Participants will engage in listening activities that utilize these strategies and learn how to incorporate them into their lesson plans to create deeper meaning and understanding of musical concepts  The use of listening journals, listening maps, creative movement, and discussion tactics will be utilized, as well as ways to align these strategies with the new NYS Arts Standards.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

9:00-10:15  Soundscapes: Creating, Exploring and Teaching Musical Concepts Through Sound Exploration Improvisations at the High School Level (Laurence Tallman)

This workshop will explore the creation of Soundscapes (improvisational compositions that create sound exploration environments) as an effective way to teach and develop more meaningful understanding of musical concepts.  Participants will engage in creating original soundscapes, then draw connections to other compositions, as well as learn analysis techniques for effective assessment.  Emphasis will be placed on the artistic process of Creating and how these activities relate to and align with the new NYS Arts Standards.  This workshop is highly participatory, so plan on creating your own soundscape while exploring others!

10:30 – 11:45  Game On: Engaging in Musical Theater Games to Improve Performance (Jacqueline McLean)

This workshop will introduce theatre improvisation games specific to MUSICAL theatre!  This hands-on, highly participatory workshop will focus on the importance of theater improvisations as both a skill-developing tool, and a vital setting for ensemble development and bonding.  In addition, this workshop will provide examples of music theater games and activities that will enrich and improve the musical theater experience for ALL students.  Participants should be  prepared to be fully immersed in each exciting activity!

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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