Classroom Music

Summer Conference 2022
Albany, NY  August 14-16, 2022

Headliner: Matthew Stensrud

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 14, 2022

1:00-2:15 PM  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 Orff music room.  Join us for a session full of playing, speaking, singing, moving and creating!

2:30-3:45 PM  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.  We’ll explore Responsive Classroom ideas silently, learn a folk dance with only sound effects, and play an entire  xylophone piece without any words – come join us on the journey!

4:00-5:15 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 , find entries to creative movement and discuss Responsive Classroom procedures in a way that will ‘hook’  even the most challenging students.

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 15, 2022

9:00-10:15 AM  I Am Musical: Exploring Students’ Musical Selves With Props and Percussion in Early Childhood Music Settings (Joe’l Staples)

In this session, attendees will participate in engaging early childhood music activities that encourage our littles to explore their musical selves as well as percussion instruments from the beginning. Developmentally appropriate practices will be modeled and shared with teachers to successfully integrate into their own classrooms this upcoming school year!

10:30-11:45 AM 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.

1:00 PM KEYNOTE ADDRESS

2:30-3:45 PM  Building a Community of Learners in Your Youngest Musicians (Joe’l Staples)

In this session, participants will explore a variety of strategies they can immediately use to strengthen classroom communities. Even the youngest students can embrace and take ownership of their own musical learning. Teachers will engage in music activities that encourage community building and even develop their own activities that value and honor their mini-musicians!

6:15–7:30 PM  Ukulele Jam (Rob DelGaudio)

Grab your ukulele and join us for a fun-filled hour of singing and strumming!  At this session we’ll play a variety of popular hits and standards.  Ukuleles will be provided or you can bring your own.  All playing levels are welcome.

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

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 14, 2022

1:00-2:15 PM  Four Commonplaces: Reimagining Secondary General Music Curriculum Planning (Renee Duncan)

Bring your own curriculum for this session as we explore the intent and reasoning behind our curricular decisions through four different lenses; context, subject matter, teacher, and learner. Each lens can help us better understand the meaning of what we convey to students and help us diversify our teaching practice.

2:30-3:45 PM Virtual Instrument Design With Scratch and Makey Makey (Joshua Emanuel)

Computer programming is gaining a greater emphasis in school technology classes as more careers require this type of skill. With new approaches and designs for programming languages, creating small programs is easier than ever. One of the key elements in designing a program is sound. Whether it is using sound to enhance a program or designing a program to create sound, learning to code has a place in the music classroom. Scratch is a programming language developed at MIT to teach children to code using visual objects instead of lines of text. By using this free, web-based program, students and teachers can create animations, videos, games, and even musical instruments. This session will be a hands-on tutorial in which participants will use Scratch, Makey Makey, and various conductive materials to create and play instruments. Examples of student work will also be shown to demonstrate the use of these materials in the classroom. Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptops.

4:00-5:15 PM The Trust and Creativity Connection (Allison Russo)

Participants in this hands-on session will explore and experiment with the connection between trust and creativity in all music classrooms. By using a session workbook and discussing with the group, participants will go back to their classrooms with a tangible plan of action to create a more trusting and creative music classroom.

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 15, 2022

9:00-10:15 AM  Beat the Burnout: Refresh and Renew in 2022 (Jen Rafferty)

If you have been feeling frustrated, overwhelmed, stressed or exhausted, it may be due to high levels of burnout. This is not a sustainable way to start this next school year. You deserve more, and you are worthy of living a life that has a healthy work/life blend. You cannot make the impact as a music educator that you desire when you are consistently pouring from an empty vessel. You cannot show up for your students, colleagues, partners, children, pets, or your plants if you are constantly feeling depleted. In learning these 5 practices of beating burnout, you will rediscover your agency in how you choose to show up for yourself and begin to feel empowered as you start again in September.

10:30-11:45 AM TBA (Quinn McClure)

TBA

1:00 PM KEYNOTE ADDRESS

2:30-3:45 PM A Design-Based Approach to Songwriting Curriculum (Joshua Emanuel)

Songwriting pedagogy is not a required part of a music education curriculum in most universities in the United States. However, songwriting is a valuable experience for students and teachers. Through songwriting, students engage in creative processes to develop skills to express themselves musically. The processes involved in the field of design are very similar to the processes involved in the field of music. In designing to solve a problem, the process begins by determining the desired outcome, followed by conducting research on possible solutions, then a repeated cycle of prototyping and revising until the desired outcome is achieved. When teaching songwriting, I have my students follow a similar process of Imagine, Plan, Improvise, Write, Listen, Revise, and Reflect. This session will examine the potential of using a design-based approach in the development and implementation of a songwriting curriculum for a secondary general music class.

6:15–7:30 PM  Ukulele Jam (Rob DelGaudio)

Grab your ukulele and join us for a fun-filled hour of singing and strumming!  At this session we’ll play a variety of popular hits and standards.  Ukuleles will be provided or you can bring your own.  All playing levels are welcome.

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

9:00-10:15 AM  Dancing Through the Balkans in Even and Mixed Meters (Madolyn Accola)

TBA

10:30-11:45 AM  Cultural Music Interpretation: Discovering a Musical Identity (Natasha Henry-Rodrigez)

This session explores the interpretation of cultural music to help students and the community analyze and identify their musical identities. Through a general music curriculum developed by the facilitator, you can experiment with differentiated ways of learning and teaching musical identities, including interpretation, creating, performing, analyzing, and responding to different styles of 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?

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

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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