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2013 Conference Sessions

Invited Speakers
 
Invited Clinicians
 
Complete Session List

Invited Speakers and Their Sessions

Keynote: Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser
Choosing Excellence is Easy: Maintaining it is the Key to Success
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We are all committed to excellence in our teaching; however, the journey offers some interesting twists and turns. We lead our students to quality by constantly improving ourselves. Success begets success.


Dr. Tim Lauzenheiser will also present the following session:
Essential Elements
This clinic, combining proven pedagogy with cutting-edge technology, focuses on positive techniques to develop beginners and retain them as music makers for a lifetime.
 
 

Special guest Christopher Woodside from NAfME will present several sessions on advocacy and will also speak during the General Membership Meeting.

Advocacy Sessions:
Understanding Coalition Building and Messaging for Advocates

An in-depth look at the necessary components for building a successful advocacy coalition and enacting targeted, issue-specific messaging strategies aimed at achieving tangible results. Featuring interactive activities and a discussion of ongoing issues in the field.

Federal Education Policy and the Trickle-Down Effect
A post-election analysis of federal education issues in 2013 and beyond, with a strong focus on arts education funding, teacher evaluation best practices, certification, accountability, and public vs. public charter education. The central theme of this dialogue will be how these issues can impact teachers in Massachusetts now and in the future. NAfME's work with The Music Education Policy Roundtable and many other advocacy coalitions will be discussed, and attendees will be encouraged to participate in a Q&A session.

Groundswell Live: Advocates Fishbowl Discussion
An open dialogue between advocates moderated by NAfME's federal lobbyist, aimed at sharing success stories and failures, swapping strategies, discussing emerging policy resources, and building capacity for future advocacy activities. Featuring a comprehensive review of NAfME's Groundswell website and other advocacy tools.

Additional invited guest clinicians:

Dorothy Straub, Past President
of the National Association for Music Education.

Dorothy Straub and Jeff Albright will present a session entitled
How a non-String Player can Become a Successful String and Orchestra Teacher.

This session will present practical ideas for how and why to become a successful string and orchestra teacher. It is also applicable to choral directors and general music teachers.

Dorothy Straub retired as K-12 Music Coordinator for the Fairfield, Connecticut Public Schools. She served as President of MENC from 1992 to 1994, when the National Standards for Music were developed. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Midwest Clinic. Dorothy taught strings and orchestra at all levels from elementary through high school to the university level. She was the Assistant Music Director and Conductor of the Concert Orchestra of the Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestra and was a violist in both the Greenwich Symphony and Greater Bridgeport Symphony Orchestras. She is active as a string and orchestra clinician and workshop presenter for string education.
Jeff Albright teaches 4th and 5th Grade Orchestra and Strings in Fairfield, Connecticut. He plays viola in the New Haven Civic Orchestra and trumpet in the American Chamber Orchestra. He served as a woodwind and brass coach for the Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestras. Jeff graduated from the Juilliard School with a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Trumpet Performance.

Dr. Juan Tony Guzmán

Conductor, composer, arranger, and music educator from the Dominican Republic. Guzmán is currently director of the jazz program and associate professor of music education at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. He has conducted All-State, honor festivals, recording studio, shows, summer camps choirs, concert bands, jazz bands, and orchestras in several countries during the past thirty years. He has written many arrangements of Caribbean and Latin American music, some of which are published by Boosey & Hawkes and Oxford University Press. Recent clinics and presentations include the Dominican Republic National System of Youth Orchestras, World Choral Symposium, the Music Educators National Conference, Associação de Regentes de Corais do Brasil, The Association of British Choral Directors, the Scottish Association for Music Education, and the Festival 500 in Canada, among others.
Guzmán holds a Ph.D. in Music Education from the Florida State University and a degree in Electromechanical Engineering from the Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra in Santiago, Dominican Republic. Guzmán received a bachelor's degree from Luther College, and a master's degree from Florida State University in music education. While attending Florida State, he also received a certificate in pedagogy of music theory. He frequently serves as a guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator in national and international festivals.

Dr. Guzmán's Sessions:
1. Latin American Choral Music: The Spanish Caribbean.
A lecture-demonstration on the basic styles and performance practices for the interpretation of Caribbean choral music. The central idea is how Caribbean music could be understood as the syncretism of West African and Spanish cultures. The main points are:
1) How the elements of music style -- such as rhythm, melody, harmony, counterpoint, texture, form, and text -- have specific traits in traditional music of the Caribbean.
2) How the understanding of the strong relationship between dance and music is essential for good interpretation of most Caribbean styles.
3) Rhythmic patterns define Caribbean styles, in which percussion instruments and guitar are preponderant.
4) There is a wide variety of Caribbean vocal music genres, and consequently, choral music.
5) Rehearsal techniques incorporating the previous principles.
 


 
The following two sessions will be of interest to directors of
instrumental and vocal ensembles (all levels), and General Music teachers.

2. Afro-Caribbean Percussion Instruments in Vocal and Instrumental Ensembles
(Workshop)
Learn techniques for playing and using congas, bongos, clave, guiro, maracas, cowbells, timbales, and tambora. Demonstration of appropriate piano and guitar accompaniment patterns with corresponding dance steps. The teaching and learning in this session uses an onomatopoeic approach to learn the percussion patterns, without note-reading. However, at the end of the session and for future reference, we provide a handout with notated patterns. Participants in this session should bring some of these instruments to have hands- on experience.
3. Latin American Choral Music: Reading Session
An examination of choral octavos of characteristic styles from the Dominican Republic (pambiche, bolero, merengue), Venezuela (joropo), Argentina (canción), Chile (cueca), Haiti (vaksin), Mexico (mariachi songs), Cuba (son), and Brazil. The choral arrangements for this session are for 1) different combinations of voices and levels (treble, SATB, SAB, a cappella, with piano and instrumental accompaniment), and 2) different characters and tempi. Each piece is introduced with brief comments on style, diction, phrasing, articulation and rehearsal tips. The participants will listen to recorded interpretation by Latin American choirs, and then read the choral arrangements.



4. Latin American Styles and the String Orchestra
Mexican Mariachi, Cuban Charanga, and Argentinean Tango ensembles include bowed string instruments. Their repertoire and styles suits well the school string orchestra. This session explores the basic string techniques required for stylistic interpretation. Intended for the non-string player orchestra conductor.

 
Complete Session List

This list is in chronological order.

 

Thurs 8:00 AM, Skyline
Clinic
Planning Purposeful Curriculum: Anatomy of a General Music Unit, Pt. 1
Clinician(s): Dr. Sandra Nicolucci, Boston University
Presider: April Allegrezza, Milton Public Schools
Do you sometimes feel that your general music lessons drift from topic to topic with no long-range curricular vision or goal in mind? Or are you overwhelmed by the large number of state and national standards when your teaching time is so minimal? To make the most of the limited time allocated for general music instruction, participants will learn about the components of a strong general music unit. Principles from Understanding by Design (Wiggins and McTighe) are adapted to meet the specialized needs of general music teachers. Come and gain confidence with "enduring understandings," "essential guiding questions," unit "recipe cards," and curriculum mapping. Discover how great it feels to be more purposeful in your teaching!

Thurs 9:10 AM, Waterfront 1AB
Commercial Session
What's New in Music Technology
Clinician(s): Jason Panucci, Romeo Music
Presider: John Hagon, Berklee College of Music
An overview of cool new technology gadgets for all music educators! Keep up to date and find out what is now available to help music educators K-12. See the newest digital recorders, video recorders, portable sound systems, wireless innovations in sound, and great practical new additions to the world of technology that enhance the world of the music educator and the music student!

Thurs 9:10 AM, Waterfront 3
Hands-On
Broadening Your Base: From Zero to Mariachi!
Clinician(s): Marcia Neel, Music Education Consultants, Inc.; Jose Hernandez, Sol de Mexico
Presider: Jeff Taylor, Dedham Public Schools
You CAN go "From Zero to Mariachi" in a short time and engage MANY MORE STUDENTS in your school's comprehensive music program. Famed Grammy recording artist, Jose Hernandez, Director of the world-renowned Mariachi Sol de Mexico, and Marcia Neel, former supervisor of the nation's largest mariachi education program in Las Vegas, NV, team up for this exciting, hands-on session. Explore the musical traditions of Mexico and learn how to share these styles with students. Play/sing pieces that can be easily performed by upper elementary through high school ensembles. Instruments are provided courtesy of West Music.

A proud 5th generation mariachi musician, Maestro Hernandez' roots trace back to 1879 to the birthplace of mariachi, Jalisco, Mexico. He is the first mariachi musician to have arranged, composed and conducted for numerous international symphony orchestras. His platinum-selling Mariachi Sol de Mexico became the first mariachi ensemble to be nominated twice for a Grammy. It has been well documented throughout the world that Hernandez and his Mariachi Sol de Mexico are not only responsible for setting a new standard for all mariachi ensembles today, but also for immortalizing this wonderful, passionate music.

Thurs 9:10 AM, Beacon Hill 1
Hands-On
The Heart Map: Sharing Our Stories through Music
Clinician(s): Dr. Sandra Howard, Keene State College
Presider: Leeanne Porta, Pembroke Public Schools
This session will encourage music educators to incorporate an effective cross-curricular activity to foster a positive classroom community and encourage students' self-expression. Participants will create their own Heart Maps and explore ways to expand the activity in order to address all NAfME standards K-12

Thurs 9:10 AM, Cambridge Complex
Hands-On
From "Ah" to "Ah-Ha": A Creative Process for Voice Building
Clinician(s): Dr. Stephen Paparo, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Presider: Dr. Lisa Lehmberg, University of Massachusetts
This interactive session offers a fresh perspective on building vocal technique. Participants will learn a process for developing the essential skills of singing, based on the learning model of the Feldenkrais Method, that will help empower students to make their own creative discoveries about vocal skill building and artistic singing.

Thurs 9:10 AM, Back Bay Complex
Clinic
Methods and Techniques for Recorder Instruction in Instrumental and Vocal/General Classrooms
Clinician(s): Dr. Kathy Liperote, Eastman School of Music
Presider: Rosemary Sears, Somerville Public Schools
What are the activities that prepare students to play, read, improvise, and write music with comprehension, and how should those activities be sequenced? This session focuses on early aural skills development using recorder and ways to link those skills to recorder performance. Discussions and demonstrations will include rote songs, tonal and rhythm patterns and syllables, and beginning improvisation and composition. Student video included.

Thurs 9:10 AM, Federal Complex
Commercial Session
Introduction to Improvisational Singing
Clinician(s): Martin Swinger, Arts Are Essential, Inc.
Presider: Sean Wright, Fabulous School of Music, Beverly
An introduction to inventing vocal music in the moment. Martin Swinger provides simple building blocks for creating exciting improvisations. In a safe and supportive environment, skatting exercises are practiced over a musical "bed." Then simple improvisational forms (See-Saw, Traveling Duo) progress into small ensemble forms (Traveling Trio, Home, Orchestra, Sound Wave, Voicestra). Simple exercises scaffold comfortably into complex and surprisingly satisfying compositions. These exercises transfer easily into the classroom. Students discover individual strengths and develop deep listening skills; they learn to be a dependable ensemble member and music creator directing the entire group.

Thurs 9:10 AM, Skyline
Clinic
Planning Purposeful Curriculum: Anatomy of a General Music Unit, Pt. 2
Clinician(s): Dr. Sandra Nicolucci, Boston University
Presider: April Allegrezza, Milton Public Schools
Do you sometimes feel that your general music lessons drift from topic to topic with no long-range curricular vision or goal in mind? Or are you overwhelmed by the large number of state and national standards when your teaching time is so minimal? To make the most of the limited time allocated for general music instruction, participants will learn about the components of a strong general music unit. Principles from Understanding by Design (Wiggins and McTighe) are adapted to meet the specialized needs of general music teachers. Come and gain confidence with "enduring understandings," "essential guiding questions," unit "recipe cards," and curriculum mapping. Discover how great it feels to be more purposeful in your teaching!

Thurs 11:00 AM, Plaza Ballroom
Lecture
Keynote: Choosing Excellence Is Easy: Maintaining It Is the Key to Success
Clinician(s): Tim Lautzenheiser, Attitude Concepts for Today, Inc.
We are all committed to excellence in our teaching; however, the journey offers some interesting twists and turns. We lead our students to quality by constantly improving ourselves. Success begets success.

Thurs 12:30 PM, Waterfront 1AB
Clinic
Social Networking and Music Composition: Perfect Together
Clinician(s): Dr. Jim Frankel, Music Sales Corp.
Presider: Sean Hagon, NEC School of Continuing Education
Come and see some fantastic new cloud-based composition resources for music educators and their students. An online environment, monitored by educators, can encourage students to post their own compositions for feedback and promotion. Find out how you can get your students composing online. Many low-cost and free resources will be shared.

Thurs 12:30 PM, Waterfront 2
Clinic
Essential Elements
Clinician(s): Tim Lautzenheiser, Attitude Concepts for Today, Inc.
Presider: Dr. David Neves, Needham Public Schools
This clinic, combining proven pedagogy with cutting-edge technology, focuses on positive techniques to develop beginners and retain them as music makers for a lifetime. This session is sponsored by Hal Leonard.

Thurs 12:30 PM, Waterfront 3
Lecture
Latin American Choral Music: The Spanish Caribbean
Clinician(s): Dr. Juan Tony Guzman, Luther College
Presider: Megan Bergeron, Billerica Memorial High School
A lecture-demonstration on the basic styles and performance practices for the interpretation of Caribbean choral music. The central idea is how Caribbean music could be understood as the syncretism of West African and Spanish cultures. The main points are: 1) How the elements of music style -- such as rhythm, melody, harmony, counterpoint, texture, form, and text -- have specific traits in traditional music of the Caribbean. 2) How the understanding of the strong relationship between dance and music is essential for good interpretation of most Caribbean styles. 3) Rhythmic patterns define Caribbean styles, in which percussion instruments and guitar are preponderant. 4) There is a wide variety of Caribbean vocal music genres, and consequently, choral music. 5) Rehearsal techniques incorporating the previous principles.

Thurs 12:30 PM, Beacon Hill 1
Hands-On
Speech Ensembles in the Music Classroom: Meeting All NAfME Standards in One Lesson!
Clinician(s): Dr. Sandra Howard, Keene State College
Presider: Kris Lariviere Hill, Mashpee Public Schools
This session will focus on implementing speech ensembles in the general music curriculum as a means to reinforce each of the NAfME National Standards with K-12 music learners. Attendees will analyze existing speech ensembles, compose, and perform their own speech ensembles. The session will include a discussion on curricular development using this activity and attendees will receive sample speech ensembles and templates to use as handouts in the classroom.

Thurs 12:30 PM, Beacon Hill 2&3
Clinic
Federal Education Policy and the Trickle-Down Effect
Clinician(s): Christopher Woodside, National Association for Music Education
Presider: Dr. Noreen Diamond Burdett, Milton Public Schools
A post-election analysis of federal education issues in 2013 and beyond, with a strong focus on arts education funding, teacher evaluation best practices, certification, accountability, and public vs. public charter education. The central theme of this dialogue will be how these issues can impact teachers in Massachusetts now and in the future. NAfME's work with The Music Education Policy Roundtable and many other advocacy coalitions will be discussed, and attendees will be encouraged to participate in a Q&A session.

Thurs 12:30 PM, Cambridge Complex
Clinic
El Sistema: Every Child Can
Clinician(s): Graciela Briceno, Boston Public Schools
Presider: Christy Whittlesey, Chelmsford Public Schools
Every child can learn to experience music deeply and receive its many benefits. While many educators have heard of El Sistema, the Venezuelan program that uses music instruction as a vehicle for social change, there is still some mystery about how El Sistema functions within our existing music education community. This session explains the mission and fundamental elements of El Sistema, and how every music teacher can incorporate them into his or her teaching practice. El Sistema programs create a musical, community environment, where students help each other through the learning process and grow to understand the values of perseverance, teamwork, and respect.

Thurs 12:30 PM, Back Bay Complex
Hands-On
Musical Games that Teach the Standards
Clinician(s): Steve Damon, A Natural Music School; Joyana Damon, Vernon VT Elem School
Presider: Leeanne Porta, Pembroke Public Schools
The presenter will engage participants in tried and true musical games appropriate for substitute music teachers. The result of implementing these activities will be substitute-supervised music class in which the children are directing themselves in national standards-based games so the music teacher can go to a music professional development day without disrupting anyone's prep time!

Thurs 12:30 PM, Federal Complex
Clinic
Music with a Conscience: Revolution, Conflict and Artistic Freedom
Clinician(s): Libby Allison, Berklee College of Music
Presider: Ruth Debrot, Sharon Public Schools
Middle school students question everything and push limits as far as they can. It is their job to push away from childhood to discover their future. It is often a challenge to engage these students with music that will help them to understand the context of music in their own lives, in their own lifelong learning, and in the lives of others who have come before them. This session will present ideas for curriculum development to engage their "inner revolutionary," as well as alternative classroom techniques for teachers, to encourage music making and to explore repertoire that has been viewed as a tool and/or a balm in change, innovation, and conflict.

Thurs 12:30 PM, Skyline
Lecture
A Mindful of Music: Validating Music Education through Brain Research
Clinician(s): Dr. Dee Hansen, The Hartt School, University of Hartford
Presider: David Jost, Westborough Public Schools
Brain Research is providing music educators with increasingly strong evidence of the links between phonological processing and auditory skill development. This session unveils the converging paths of music learning and reading literacy illuminated by neuroscientists and other brain researchers with fluency and prosody (pitch, stress, rhythm, juncture) as the focus. Extensive resources will be provided for purposes of advocating and educating administrators, parents, and peers.

Thurs 12:30 PM, South End
Lecture
Case Studies of Two Contrasting Senior Citizens' Musical Ensembles
Clinician(s): Dr. Lisa Lehmberg, University of Massachusetts
Presider: Cami Tedoldi, Foxboro High School
Results will be shared from two case studies conducted within the same retirement community in the southeastern United States, sharing the same research purpose and questions, but examining contrasting musical ensembles. The purpose of the studies was to investigate musical group participants' musical histories and learning processes, and the contributions of these to quality of life. The studies were conducted by Lisa Lehmberg, University of Massachusetts and C. Victor Fung, University of South Florida, and will be presented by Lisa Lehmberg. Across case meta-themes and implications will be discussed. Opportunity will be provided for attendees to comment or ask questions.

Thurs 1:45 PM, Plaza Ballroom
Concert Hour

Thurs 1:45 PM, Waterfront 1AB
Lecture
Telematic Performance
Clinician(s): Joshua Emanuel, St. Gregory Barbarigo School
Presider: Sean Hagon, NEC School of Continuing Education
"Telematics" is the interaction between humans and computers. In the summer of 2012, high school students in Anderson, IN played a concert with musicians in Indianapolis, IN. By using the Internet and high-quality video communications software, the musicians were all able to perform together. This session explains the process of organizing and performing telematic music as well as the educational benefits it has for the students.

Thurs 1:45 PM, Waterfront 3
Clinic
Music IS Literacy: Making Connections Between K-5 Music Learning and the Massachusetts Frameworks for Literacy
Clinician(s): Janet Welby, Arlington Public Schools
Presider: Steve Damon, A Natural Music School
Some of the most dramatic changes in public education are taking place now. One trend is the goal of school districts to place a heavy emphasis on literacy; to address the needs of the literate person of the 21st century. This clinic will help you as music teachers make connections between established K-5 music frameworks and the Massachusetts Curriculum Framework for English Language and Literacy. Your students can gain the skills of an expressive, purposeful, and "literate" individual through songs and their stories, listening examples, chants, movement, instrumental accompaniment, and other forms of creation. Bring your imagination and comfortable shoes.

Thurs 1:45 PM, Beacon Hill 2&3
Clinic
How to Successfully Recruit & Retain Instrumental Music Students: A Practical Guide to Recruitment & Retention
Clinician(s): Marcia Neel, Music Education Consultants, Inc.
Presider: Dr. Matthew Finnegan, Boston College High School
Based on "best practices" from highly successful instrumental music educators, the Music Achievement Council has compiled numerous tools that cover every aspect of recruiting and retaining instrumental music students. Because it covers the fundamentals in great detail, this material is perfect for future teachers as well as new and experienced teachers. It not only provides sample forms and letters that are ready-to-use in your recruitment process, but also provides retention ideas that can be implemented at any stage of the school year. At the conclusion of the session, each attendee will receive a complimentary jump drive containing a copy of this newly published, must-have resource.

Thurs 1:45 PM, Cambridge Complex
Commercial Session
Songs For Your Recorder Concert
Clinician(s): Ed Sueta, Macie Publishing Company
Presider: Robert Kirby, Holy Family School, Rockland
Are you looking for recorder arrangements to play at your concert? Come to Ed's session and play songs that are guaranteed to delight both your students and parents. The pieces are available in a new Duet, Trio, and Jazz Concert Series and include an alto part and CD accompaniment. Each participant will receive a complimentary Kingsley Kolor Soprano Recorder and several alto recorders will be given as door prizes. Be sure to attend!

Thurs 1:45 PM, Back Bay Complex
Commercial Session
Scat Singing for Kids
Clinician(s): Sharon Burch, Freddie the Frog Books
Presider: Jim O'Dell, The Boston Conservatory
A fun way to introduce kids to jazz and scat singing. Scat singing is the easiest way for kids to begin developing their jazz chops, but singing nonsense syllables as a soloist can be unnerving. Inhibitions disappear when using a story to introduce kids to scat singing, and then extend the learning with group scatting, flashcard instruction, scatting partners, and classroom rhythm instruments.

Thurs 3:10 PM, Plaza Ballroom
Reading Session
High School Choral Reading Session
Clinician(s): Josh Nannestad, Milford Public Schools
Presider: Kayla Werlin, Longmeadow Public Schools
A variety of choral music for various voicings and levels of choirs will be presented.

Thurs 3:10 PM, Waterfront 1AB
Clinic
SmartMusic in Your Band, Choir, and Orchestra Program
Clinician(s): Leigh Kallestad, MakeMusic, Inc.
Presider: John Hagon, Berklee College of Music
SmartMusic now includes assessable sight-singing methods and instrumental sight-reading exercises in addition to its library of 45 method books, 3,000 concert titles, and 7,000 solo accompaniments. This clinic will demonstrate how you can utilize SmartMusic's practice and assessment capabilities at school and be assigned for home practice through it's online capabilities. Also see SmartMusic's latest mobile application developments.

Thurs 3:10 PM, Waterfront 2
Lecture
Irish Music and the Wind Band: An Examination of Authenticity and Tradition
Clinician(s): Dr. Donald Running, Bridgewater State University; Susan Lindsay, Berklee College of Music
Presider: Dr. Matthew Finnegan, Boston College High School
This session will examine classic and contemporary compositions for wind band that have been borrowed from or influenced by traditional Irish music. We will look at three works and explore 1) what was the original Irish material used in the work, 2) how the original content was preserved in the new medium, and 3) to what extent this is an authentic representation of Irish music. We will also discuss the importance and value of true "authenticity" within the context of a large ensemble educational setting.

Thurs 3:10 PM, Beacon Hill 1
Sharing
Discussion Session for General Music Teachers
Clinician(s): Allyn Phelps, Northboro Public Schools; Dr. Sandra Nicolucci, Boston University
Presider: Heather Kirby, Dedham Public Schools
In this session, general music teachers will discuss important issues relevant to general music K-12.

Thurs 3:10 PM, Cambridge Complex
Lecture
After the Last Concert: Now the Music Can Begin!
Clinician(s): David Fontes, Longmeadow Public Schools
Presider: Dr. Peter Cokkinias, Berklee College of Music
Using ensemble members as student composers and conductors, here is an engaging project idea that keeps them working until the last day. This project allows students to write and conduct their own compositions while their peers rehearse and perform the works. Using technology you already have, notation programs, recording, podcasting, and online tools, students can write, rehearse, record, narrate, and publish their work; all you have to do is guide them.

Thurs 3:10 PM, Back Bay Complex
Lecture
How a Non-String Player Can Become a Successful String and Orchestra Teacher
Clinician(s): Dorothy Straub, Western CT State Univ.; Jeff Albright, Fairfield CT Public Schools
Presider: Christy Whittlesey, Chelmsford Public Schools
This session will present practical ideas for how and why a band director can become a successful string and orchestra teacher. It is also applicable to choral directors and general music teachers.

Thurs 3:10 PM, Federal Complex
Clinic
Sing Your Way through Theory
Clinician(s): Kris Adams, Berklee College of Music
Presider: Jodi Richardson, Chelmsford Public Schools
Kris Adams will present a method for teaching music theory to singers featuring her new book, Sing Your Way Through Theory, A Music Theory Workbook for the Contemporary Singer, in an interactive and fun clinic. This book can be used by singers as a self-study workbook or by private or classroom teachers as a supplement. Many singers are often resistant to learning music theory and find it tedious and unnecessary. Ms. Adams has created a systematic way for singers to grasp music theory progressing all the way from learning the notes to transposing lead sheets that is engaging, active, and, more importantly, relevant to singing. For example: When singers learn the clefs and note names then they will learn what their singing ranges are and how to find them; when singers learn major scales they then can learn the key signatures of songs; when singers learn intervals then they will learn how to transpose songs; and finally, when singers learn how to find their key they can then write up a lead sheet for a song that they want to sing. In this clinic, Ms. Adams will use exercises that are hands on and each step of the way incorporates singing, playing piano, writing, and visualizing the music. Ms. Adams is guaranteed to get participants in the session singing and energized. Teachers will learn a fun method to get singers interested in learning theory and singers will learn theory in a fun and creative way that is relevant to singing.

Thurs 3:10 PM, Skyline
Sharing
Assessing Teacher Performance Using Student Progress
Clinician(s): David Jost, Westborough Public Schools
Presider: Dr. Noreen Diamond Burdett, Milton Public Schools
In the 2013-2014 school year, the new State Supervision and Evaluation model calls for teacher evaluations to include student progress as part of the evaluation. What will this look like in practice? What will your school system do? Come and take a look at some models that are in place already to help prepare for this inevitability. Participants are encouraged to bring samples of assessments in place to share with others.

Thurs 3:10 PM, South End
Lecture
The Boston Conservatory Program for Students on the Autism Spectrum: Lessons Learned and Lessons Given
Clinician(s): Dr. Rhoda Bernard, Boston Conservatory
Presider: Anthony Beatrice, Lowell Public Schools
This session will feature a groundbreaking private instrument lessons program for individuals on the autism spectrum, now in its fifth year. The presenter will discuss lessons learned about autistic individuals, music, and music education from this program.

Thurs 4:20 PM, Plaza Ballroom
Reading Session
Elementary School Choral Reading Session: More Quality Literature That Is Accessible!
Clinician(s): Charlotte Brumit, formerly Newton Public Schools; Martha Holmes, Boston Area Kodaly Educators
Presider: Dr. Catharine Melhorn, Amherst Regional/ ACDA
Our children's choirs deserve to sing literature of high quality that is, at the same time, appropriate, appealing, and accessible to them as newcomers to the choral experience. Given the positive feedback from those who attended our reading session at the 2012 conference (e.g. "I will be able to use so much of this music with my choir!"), we offer a new set of repertoire that meets these same important criteria. The octavos included in the packet represent a wide variety of musical styles and genres that will both inspire our young singers and meet their needs.

Thurs 4:20 PM, Waterfront 1AB
Panel Discussion
Teaching and Learning with Technology: What You Need to Know
Clinician(s): Sean Hagon, NEC School of Continuing Education
Presider: John Hagon, Berklee College of Music
Have a music technology question? This Q & A session will involve a panel of music educators who are leading the way in teaching and learning with music technology in the classroom. The panelists will also have available for demonstration various music technology methods, materials and will discuss with you ways to integrate these into your teaching and student learning experience. iPads, Apps, social media, free Web 2.0 resources, Soundcloud, film music and video game music, e-portfolios, learning management systems, and more are just a few of the tools these educators are currently using. All instrumental, vocal, and general music teachers are encouraged to attend. So bring your questions!

Thurs 4:20 PM, Waterfront 3
Reading Session
MAJE Jazz Reading Session
Clinician(s): Jeffrey Leonard, Lexington Public Schools; Jim O'Dell, The Boston Conservatory
Presider: Steve Conant, Norwood Public Schools
MAJE Big Band reading new jazz compositions. MAJE members and professional musicians will read through a variety of jazz charts grade 2-1/2 to 5.

Thurs 4:20 PM, Beacon Hill 1
Lecture
Choral Continuity: Providing a Seamless Transition for your 6-12 Choral Program
Clinician(s): Christopher Martin, Norwood Public Schools; Ashley Nelson, Norwood Public Schools
Presider: Ruth Debrot, Sharon Public Schools
This session will provide secondary choral educators with ideas and resources for recruiting and retaining students during the middle school to high school transitions. Topics discussed will include leveling within middle school and high school ensembles, mentorships, collaborative opportunities, recruitment methods, and ways to provide open communication within the 6-12 choral music program. An opportunity for questions and sharing will be incorporated into the session.

Thurs 4:20 PM, Beacon Hill 2&3
Panel Discussion
"Newer" Ensemble Directors Helping Our "Newest"
Clinician(s): Michael Keough, King Philip Regional Middle School
Presider: Joshua Wolloff, King Philip Regional North
This panel discussion will address skills and knowledge that choral and instrumental directors never received in formal classes. A perfect choice for pre-service candidates or directors in the first few years.

Thurs 4:20 PM, Back Bay Complex
Clinic
Common Music Assessments -- MA and Beyond!
Clinician(s): Dr. Sandra Doneski, Gordon College
Presider: Faith Lueth, Berklee College of Music
Massachusetts teachers who are participating in the MA/CT common music assessment will share their experiences in using these assessments in their classes.

Thurs 4:20 PM, Federal Complex
Hands-On
Little Improvisers: Teaching the Skills of Improvisation to Our Youngest Students
Clinician(s): Jennifer Doiron, MSAD 35
Presider: Heather Kirby, Dedham Public Schools
Improvisation can be intimidating and overwhelming at any stage, so why spend time on it with early elementary students? It is based on skills that can and must be taught. The more time students have to play with those skills, the more fluent they will become as improvisers. Participants will experience rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic improvisation activities appropriate for early elementary students (preK-grade 3).

Thurs 4:20 PM, South End
Lecture
Choosing Music Education After Another Career
Clinician(s): Dr. Rhoda Bernard, Boston Conservatory
Presider: Dr. Lisa Lehmberg, University of Massachusetts
This session will present a research study of two individuals who became music educators after having had careers in other fields. Their interviews shed light on the ways that nontraditional students and adults might choose to enter the profession.

Thurs 5:30 PM, Cambridge Complex
Meeting
MICCA Meeting
Clinician(s): Joshua Wolloff, King Philip Regional North
Presider: Dr. Matthew Finnegan, Boston College High School
If you direct a musical ensemble, you are a member of MICCA! This meeting will provide answers to your questions and allow you to meet board members.

Thurs 5:30 PM, South End
Meeting
MAJE Meeting
Clinician(s): Steve Conant, Norwood Public Schools
Presider: Steve Conant, Norwood Public Schools
Business Meeting -- all welcome.

Thurs 5:30 PM, North End
Hands-On
Job Forum 1
Clinician(s): David Jost, Westborough Public Schools; Dr. Noreen Diamond Burdett, Milton Public Schools
These sessions are designed to help match employers with highly qualified applicants. School district employers are encouraged to sign up on the AIME bulletin board in the lower lobby for time slots in which they get first chance to meet and greet people looking for a job in their district. Attendees should bring resumes and be ready to be interviewed!

Fri 8:00 AM, Waterfront 1AB
Clinic
SmartMusic for Vocal Educators
Clinician(s): Leigh Kallestad, MakeMusic, Inc.
Presider: Tom Johnson, MakeMusic, Inc.
See how vocal music educators use SmartMusic vocal assessment and sight-singing materials. Explore solo literature, vocal warm-ups, and exercises, and learn how to create your own SmartMusic content using Finale software. Import audio files for practice and assignments.

Fri 8:00 AM, Beacon Hill 1
Sharing
Creating School-Wide Multidisciplinary Projects
Clinician(s): Anthony Beatrice, Lowell Public Schools; John Honer, Pentucket Regional School District
Presider: Eric Linsner, Chelmsford Public Schools
Learn how Pentucket Regional High School has connected the historical significance of its three towns with art, music, video, U.S. history, and English in order to create a meaningful curriculum. This clinic will give you key ideas to help spearhead multidisciplinary projects in your school district. Visit www.pentucketunderground.com to view the school's project from 2011.

Fri 8:00 AM, Beacon Hill 2&3
Lecture
Got the Degree...Got the Job...Am I Ready?
Clinician(s): Karen Forrest, Westborough MA public schools
Presider: Michael Keough, King Philip Regional Middle School
This session will provide collegiate members and our newest members with a sure path to establishing the foundations of good teaching and the building blocks of success.

Fri 8:00 AM, Back Bay Complex
Hospitality
ACDA Bagels and Coffee
Dr. Catharine Melhorn, Amherst Regional/ ACDA
An open invitation from ACDA to join us for coffee and bagels!

Fri 8:00 AM, Skyline
Sharing
Accessing Music Education through Technology
Clinician(s): Harry Wagg, Lynnfield Public Schools
Presider: John Hagon, Berklee College of Music
The proposed session will be an exploration and discussion regarding the use of technologies to inform and educate community members and colleagues about current music education goals and activities. Through the creation of multimedia presentations as a product of interdisciplinary lessons, students are able to take home and share their work in music class much like they are able to take home artwork or materials from their general classrooms. Furthermore, parents, community members, and colleagues are introduced to the goals of current music education standards through the more familiar activities of the general classroom.

Fri 8:00 AM, South End
Lecture
Policy 101
Clinician(s): Lauren Kapalka Richerme, Arizona State University
Presider: Dawn Sykes, Milton Public Schools
This session aims to help teachers understand and engage with recent education policies. First, this session will explore how recent national and state education policies, such a Race to the Top, can impact music classrooms. Next, this session will provide attendees with practical suggestions, including free websites, e-mail lists, and blogs, that can aid them in keeping up-to-date on policy. Finally, this session will assist participants in understanding how they can become more actively involved in policy. Attendees will receive information about constructing effective advocacy language and using online resources to facilitate policy engagement.

Fri 9:15 AM, Plaza Ballroom
MMEA General Meeting, and Address by Christopher Woodside

Fri 10:45 AM, Plaza Ballroom
Clinic
Understanding Coalition Building and Messaging for Advocates
Clinician(s): Christopher Woodside, National Association for Music Education
Presider: Dr. Noreen Diamond Burdett, Milton Public Schools
An in-depth look at the necessary components for building a successful advocacy coalition and enacting targeted, issue-specific messaging strategies aimed at achieving tangible results. Featuring interactive activities and a discussion of ongoing issues in the field.

Fri 10:45 AM, Waterfront 1AB
Clinic
Using SmartMusic Effectively in your Band/Orchestra
Clinician(s): Ben Holste, Penn Hills School District
Presider: John Hagon, Berklee College of Music
Select appropriate literature. Introduce your students to SmartMusic's many instructive features. Creating your own gradebook & making assignments to your entire ensemble in just minutes. Tips for getting started. These are just a few of the many features available in SmartMusic guaranteed to provide instant feedback for your students while providing objective assessment for students, parents & administrators. Proper use of SmartMusic will also save busy directors time. Technology is here to stay. Learning to utilize its many possibilities with today's educational requirements makes SmartMusic a very useful tool for directors at any level.

Fri 10:45 AM, Waterfront 2
Hands-On
Traditional Singing Games and Folk Dances for Children
Clinician(s): Michelle Roderick, Revels, Inc.
Presider: Leigh Spignese, Southborough Public Schools
Children everywhere share a love of play. Many folk games include motions, songs and chants to use in your classrooms. For over 40 years Revels has drawn on the power and magic of this traditional repertoire from all over the world in its Christmas Revels productions and other educational activities throughout the year. This hands-on workshop will be an opportunity to learn simple songs and dances. A small group of Revels children will be on hand to demonstrate the singing games with you. The session will include group discussion and a review of the material learned. Handouts will be provided.

Fri 10:45 AM, Waterfront 3
Hands-On
Afro-Caribbean Percussion Instruments in Vocal and Instrumental Ensembles
Clinician(s): Dr. Juan Tony Guzman, Luther College
Presider: Dr. Dominick Ferrara, Berklee College of Music
Learn techniques for playing and using congas, bongos, clave, guiro, maracas, cowbells, timbales, and tambora. Demonstration of appropriate piano and guitar accompaniment patterns with corresponding dance steps. The teaching and learning in this session uses an onomatopoeic approach to learn the percussion patterns, without note-reading. However, at the end of the session and for future reference, we provide a handout with notated patterns. Participants in this session should bring some of these instruments to have hands-on experience.

Fri 10:45 AM, Beacon Hill 1
Clinic
Developing Musicianship in Beginning and Developing Bands: Success That Lasts a Lifetime!
Clinician(s): Dr. Deborah Sheldon, Temple University/FJH Music
Presider: Donald MacTaggart, Norwood Public Schools
Creating a sound foundation is essential to musical growth. Using Books I and II of Measures of Success, we will target music, sequential techniques, and conceptual tools to help beginning and developing instrumentalists hone musical skills for a lifetime. Emphasis will be on musicianship, assessment, and problem-solving. Retention of students in band programs can be addressed through stellar teaching methods and interesting content that captures the attention of young musicians. This new band method was crafted with an eye towards supplying students and directors with quality material, suggestions to help directors towards exceptional teaching, and tasks that will motivate everyone.

Fri 10:45 AM, Beacon Hill 2&3
Clinic
Who�s Afraid of the Common Core? Making Authentic Connections in General Music, Pt. 1
Clinician(s): Dr. Sandra Nicolucci, Boston University
Presider: David Adams, Gloucester Public Schools
Feeling anxious about the national Common Core Standards that are "huffing and puffing" at your door? Let's get rid of that anxiety! Participants will leave confidently whistling the tune of Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf, having realized that they are either currently addressing some Common Core standards or that they can easily begin to integrate selected Common Core Standards into their general music lessons without sacrificing musical goals. A "walk-through" of a Theme and Variations general music unit will demonstrate that making authentic connections between standards for music, academics, and other arts disciplines can actually strengthen learning and understanding for students. So . . . who's afraid of the Common Core? Not you!

Fri 10:45 AM, Cambridge Complex
Clinic
Get Your Students Composing Music!
Clinician(s): Dr. Kenneth Schaphorst, New England Conservatory
Presider: Jim O'Dell, The Boston Conservatory
Today's technology makes it easier and easier to both compose music and hear the music that you've composed. With music notation programs and digital recording becoming cheaper and more user-friendly, more and more schools are offering classes in music composition as a part of their curriculum. But unfortunately, the instruction is not always able to keep up with the technology. Ken Schaphorst, who received his DMA in composition from Boston University and now chairs the Jazz Studies Department at the New England Conservatory, will discuss ways of introducing your students to simple and effective guidelines in the basics of music composition. He will also discuss how to prepare your students to apply for the annual Robert Ayasse Memorial Composition Contest, administered by the Massachusetts Association for Jazz Education.

Fri 10:45 AM, Back Bay Complex
Lecture
Music of the Muslim World Is Our Music -- Repertoire and Teaching Strategy
Clinician(s): Andre de Quadros, Boston University
Presider: Kayla Werlin, Longmeadow Public Schools
With America's changing demographic and the difficult international situation, there is an urgent need to connect to music of the Muslim world. This music is little understood or known. Thus, this session focuses on repertoire, getting participants to understand the great diaspora of Muslim music by singing a selection of pieces from different social, cultural, and linguistic contexts. A distinction is made between Islamic music and music that is more culturally situated in Muslim culture. Music educators attending the session will leave with practical ideas for performance and strategies for how to locate and teach such repertoire, artistically and responsibly.

Fri 10:45 AM, Federal Complex
Hands-On
Big Sing! An Exploration of the Aural Tradition and its Application to Choirs and Communities
Clinician(s): Christopher G. Keene, Dover-Sherborn Regional Schools
Presider: Ruth Debrot, Sharon Public Schools
This is a "Non-Reading Session," we will sing classic spirituals, folk songs, and beloved melodies together in the aural tradition, learning to share music and build community through group singing. Incorporating the teachings of Nick Page, Ysaye M. Barnwell, Pete Seeger, Alice Parker, and other master songleaders, this workshop will give you a collection of melodies etched in your ear through repeated singings, along with strategies for leading community sings and adapting the repertoire to all ability levels, from unison melodies to 10+ part polyphony. Perfect for combined numbers at multi-grade/ability-level concerts.

Fri 10:45 AM, Skyline
Commercial Session
A Wide World of WebVisits
Clinician(s): Jeanette Morgan, The Lorenz Corporation
Presider: Sarah Houghton, New England Conservatory Preparatory School
Participants in this session will learn about the many approaches that can be taken when utilizing the vast resources available on the World Wide Web. I will share a variety of web-based lessons from my own classroom experiences, as well as other master educators, including Artie Almeida. I will present three WebVisits spanning the music curriculum and the grade levels. Each WebVisit will demonstrate clear curricular goals and allow for participant interaction. Materials and ideas for conducting and creating your own WebVisits will be shared, as will a list of resources. Please bring your laptops. Please note that access to the Internet will be needed for this session.

Fri 10:45 AM, South End
The Urban Educator's Point of View
Clinician(s): Cynthia Grammer, Fall River Public Schools; Dr. Sandra Doneski, Gordon College
Presider: Faith Lueth, Berklee College of Music
Are you an urban educator? Do you want to make a difference? Help us chart the course in cities and towns across Massachusetts.

Fri 12:00 PM, Waterfront 1AB
Clinic
Music Education Online: Tools for Your Music Classroom
Clinician(s): Dr. Jim Frankel, Music Sales Corp.
Presider: Sean Hagon, NEC School of Continuing Education
This session will focus on several commercially available online resources that help integrate technology into music instruction.

Fri 12:00 PM, Waterfront 3
Clinic
High School Guitar: Building a Four-Year Program
Clinician(s): Virginia Boyle, Mt. Hope Rhode Island
Presider: Megan Bergeron, Billerica Memorial High School
Suggestions for developing a four-year high school guitar program include ideas for curriculum development, materials, sample lessons, resources, teaching and assessment strategies, and development of technique and music literacy.

Fri 12:00 PM, Beacon Hill 1
Lecture
Creating Meaningful Musical Experiences through Programming
Clinician(s): Dr. Benjamin Lorenzo, Oklahoma State University
Presider: Thomas Rizzo, North Attleboro
Selecting music for our students to perform is one of the most difficult yet important things we do as educators. The choices we make significantly impact our students' and our own musical development. This session focuses on maintaining a balance of art and craft by defining criteria for selecting quality music, taking into account practical considerations, using repertoire as a vehicle for student growth, and audience engagement. At every level, from middle school to college, there are many factors to consider, and successful orchestration of these elements can lead to memorable experiences for students, teachers, and audiences alike.

Fri 12:00 PM, Beacon Hill 2&3
Clinic
Who's Afraid of the Common Core? Making Authentic Connections in General Music, Pt. 2
Clinician(s): Dr. Sandra Nicolucci, Boston University
Presider: David Adams, Gloucester Public Schools
Feeling anxious about the national Common Core Standards that are "huffing and puffing" at your door? Let's get rid of that anxiety! Participants will leave confidently whistling the tune of Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf, having realized that they are either currently addressing some Common Core standards or that they can easily begin to integrate selected Common Core Standards into their general music lessons without sacrificing musical goals. A "walk-through" of a Theme and Variations general music unit will demonstrate that making authentic connections between standards for music, academics, and other arts disciplines can actually strengthen learning and understanding for students. So . . . who's afraid of the Common Core? Not you!

Fri 12:00 PM, Cambridge Complex
Reading Session
Jazz Choral Arrangements for All Levels
Clinician(s): Sean Landers, Belmont Public Schools; Kevin McDonald, Wellesley Public Schools
Presider: David Jost, Westborough Public Schools
This session will double as a reading session and an informal performance of best practices in the jazz choir idiom. It is the goal of this session to make this important literature appealing and accessible to directors and their ensembles, regardless of previous background or ensemble experience. Reading packets will be provided.

Fri 12:00 PM, Back Bay Complex
Lecture
Building Tonal Literacy in the Classroom and Ensemble Rehearsal
Clinician(s): Michael Driscoll, Brookline Public School
Presider: Ashley Nelson, Norwood Public Schools
Far too often singers and instrumentalists are musically illiterate when they enter performance ensembles and directors aren't sure how to develop elementary skills in a large group setting. Working from the premise that we learn musical skills in much the same order as we do language skills, participants will explore how we "learn" music through hearing and imitating patterns before reading and writing. This session will focus on practical ideas and techniques for developing melodic reading readiness and applying reading skills to literature. Teaching strategies for developing audiation, dictation and aural skills, improvisation, and elementary composition will be presented.

Fri 12:00 PM, Federal Complex
Lecture
Teaching in Prisons Is a Win-Win: Curriculum, Strategies, and Benefits
Clinician(s): Jamie Hillman, Gordon College/Boston University; Andre de Quadros, Boston University
Presider: Dr. Rhoda Bernard, Boston Conservatory
While most music educators understand the philosophies and methods of teaching in schools, work in prisons remains a mystery. The presenters will introduce the choral music program that they have initiated at a medium-high-security prison in Massachusetts. The workshop will focus on goals of the project, philosophy of teaching, choral strategies, repertoire, and the benefits for the music educator, prisoners, and the community at large. The presenters will advocate for the need and relevance of such work in today's society and will share how the lessons learned from working in this environment can be transferred to the traditional classroom.

Fri 12:00 PM, Skyline
Lecture
Music, Language, and the Brain: Can We Teach All Children?
Clinician(s): Dr. Elena Zaretsky, University of Massachusetts Boston
Presider: Jonathan Rappaport, Arts|Learning
What does current brain research say about the connection between music and learning? This presentation will focus on current research in brain - music - language/literacy connections and provide useful suggestions for teaching children with different language and cognitive abilities. It will also give powerful researched-based advocacy ammunition supporting the importance of music in the day-to-day school curriculum. Topics will include: 1. Research regarding how developmental language problems impact reading. 2. How musical training enhances children's ability to develop future literacy acquisition. 3. How children with Autism Spectrum Disorders can benefit from musical training to develop language and social skills.

Fri 1:10 PM, Plaza Ballroom
Concert Hour

Fri 2:40 PM, Plaza Ballroom
Clinic
Latin American Styles and the String Orchestra
Clinician(s): Dr. Juan Tony Guzman, Luther College
Presider: Christy Whittlesey, Chelmsford Public Schools
Mexican Mariachi, Cuban Charanga, and Argentinean Tango ensembles include bowed string instruments. Their repertoire and styles suits well the school string orchestra. This session explores the basic string techniques required for stylistic interpretation. Intended for the non-string player orchestra conductor.

Fri 2:40 PM, Waterfront 1AB
Lecture
Technology that Improves Teaching and Learning
Clinician(s): Daniel Massoth, MakeMusic
Presider: Dan Schmunk, New England Conservatory
Learn how teachers are using SmartMusic technology to easily collect assessment data using sight reading, scales, solos, method books, concert music, and more. Recordings, screenshots and feedback are automatically stored in the cloud and available on any device. Put technology to work for you!

Fri 2:40 PM, Waterfront 2
Clinic
Straight A's for the Developing Musician: Assessment, Accountability, and Achievement
Clinician(s): Dr. Deborah Sheldon, Temple University/FJH Music
Presider: Dr. Matthew Finnegan, Boston College High School
Skills assessment is important for students to understand accomplishments and potential. Parents learn what is gained from band participation; administrators reap valuable data supporting school music. We focus on practical, enjoyable assessment methods to inform creative teaching enhancement and modifications and help the director to determine the most appropriate methods for assessing student achievement in instrumental music learning. With a clear handle on student progress, the path for teaching modification gains clarity. Better teaching ultimately means students are better served and the probability that students choose to continue the band experience grows.

Fri 2:40 PM, Waterfront 3
Clinic
Classical Guitar Ensemble at the High School Level
Clinician(s): Virginia Boyle, Mt. Hope Rhode Island
Presider: Megan Bergeron, Billerica Memorial High School
Discussion and suggestions for the development of a successful high school guitar ensemble will include rehearsal strategies, program development tips, as well as ideas for literature, performance, and assessment.

Fri 2:40 PM, Beacon Hill 1
Clinic
Groundswell Live: Advocates Fishbowl Discussion
Clinician(s): Christopher Woodside, National Association for Music Education
Presider: Dr. Noreen Diamond Burdett, Milton Public Schools
An open dialogue between advocates moderated by NAfME's federal lobbyist, aimed at sharing success stories and failures, swapping strategies, discussing emerging policy resources, and building capacity for future advocacy activities. Featuring a comprehensive review of NAfME's Groundswell website and other advocacy tools.

Fri 2:40 PM, Beacon Hill 2&3
Lecture
Musicians Are Athletes Too! The Orthopedic Hand Problems of the Musician
Clinician(s): Dr. Jennifer Green, Tufts University School of Medicine
Presider: Barbara Green-Glaz, Boston University
Musicians are prone to develop hand and upper extremity problems due to the tendency toward repetitive hand and finger motions, the long practice hours, and the awkward posturing of the upper extremities. Relying on their hands for their livelihood, musicians are pushing their hands and fingers to the extreme, and setting very high self expectations. In turn, musicians have become a very particular population to treat. This session is to illustrate some of the more common hand and upper extremity problems that plague musicians and when and where to seek help from an orthopedic specialist.

Fri 2:40 PM, Cambridge Complex
I'll Bring the Steel Drum and Umbrellas!
Clinician(s): Jefferey Clayton, PanNeubean Steel / The Victor School
Presider: Sara Carson, Waltham Public Schools
This session will offer you an escape into the cool island sounds of the Caribbean. You will learn about the steelpan's history and experience it from its rhythmic origins to more contemporary music styles. This instrument, originally from Trinidad and Tobago, has a valid place in today's music curriculum. The steelpan will captivate your students, even those not yet enrolled in your music class. Both students and faculty will be exposed to the richness of a different culture.

Fri 2:40 PM, Back Bay Complex
Hands-On
Develop Musicianship Skills with Improvisation in Your Choral Rehearsal
Clinician(s): Dr. Stephen Paparo, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Presider: Ashley Nelson, Norwood Public Schools
Improvisation is not just for jazz musicians! Improvisation can be a fun part of your choral rehearsal while building your students' musicianship skills. This interactive session will show you how to teach and incorporate improvisation activities as a part of regular rehearsal that you and your students will enjoy.

Fri 2:40 PM, Federal Complex
Hands-On
Having Fun with the Major Modes in the Classroom: Things You Might Not Have Thought About
Clinician(s): Dr. Felipe Salles, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Presider: Jim O'Dell, The Boston Conservatory
How to turn the major modes, normally a dry theoretical concept, into an applied sound concept to be used in improvisation. This presentation will exam modal properties such as color, chord relationship, and function as well as their relation to the cycle of fifths and symmetry.

Fri 2:40 PM, Skyline
Lecture
Teaching Music in a Globalized World
Clinician(s): Lauren Kapalka Richerme, Arizona State University
Presider: Gary Good, Milton Public Schools
This session will address the question, "How can teachers help their students form musical connections in an increasingly globalized world?" First, recent writings about globalization will be introduced, summarized, and discussed. The concept of cosmopolitanism, which argues for ethics in a globalized world, will also be presented. Next, this session will examine how professional musicians connect with diverse groups of people through technology. Finally, this session will offer music teachers of all levels ideas about how to connect their students with musicians from around the world. Free websites that teachers can use to facilitate such connections will be offered.

Fri 3:50 PM, Plaza Ballroom
Reading Session
Latin American Choral Music: Reading Session
Clinician(s): Dr. Juan Tony Guzman, Luther College
Presider: Rachel Carroll, Wayland Public Schools
An examination of choral octavos of characteristic styles from the Dominican Republic (pambiche, bolero, merengue), Venezuela (joropo), Argentina (canción), Chile (cueca), Haiti (vaksin), Mexico (mariachi songs), Cuba (son), and Brazil. The choral arrangements for this session are for 1) different combinations of voices and levels (treble, SATB, SAB, a cappella, with piano and instrumental accompaniment), and 2) different characters and tempi. Each piece is introduced with brief comments on style, diction, phrasing, articulation, and rehearsal tips. The participants will listen to recorded interpretation by Latin American choirs, and then read the choral arrangements.

Fri 3:50 PM, Waterfront 1AB
Hands-On
E-Portfolios: Doing More With Weebly
Clinician(s): Sean Hagon, NEC School of Continuing Education
Presider: Dan Schmunk, New England Conservatory
E-portfolios are becoming increasingly important in the field of teaching and learning with music technology. This session will be a hands-on, in-depth clinic using free resources available to all teachers and students. Learn how to create a robust e-portfolio environment for you, your students, parents, and your classroom using just a simple website and an internet connection. Techniques and applications discussed will include use of social media, music notation, embedding audio, video, YouTube, Soundcloud, blogs, and more. Participants are encouraged to bring their laptops.

Fri 3:50 PM, Waterfront 3
Clinic
Inside the Jazz Rhythm Section
Clinician(s): Alan Vaudreuil, Worcester Academy; Rick Cain, Berlin-Boylston Regional Schools
Presider: Paul Pitts, Boston Public Schools
How to develop the jazz rhythm section at all levels. Topics will include the role of each instrument, time placement, working together as a section, complementing soloists, interacting with soloists, and stylistic interpretation. Rhythm-section members Al Vaudreuil (guitar), Steve Lajoie (piano), Rick Cain (bass), and a drummer will demonstrate concepts, present valuable info, and address questions. Working together extensively over the past 25 years, these rhythm section professionals will share their knowledge and experience to help educators improve their rhythm sections.

Fri 3:50 PM, Beacon Hill 1
Lecture
Formative Assessment in the Arts: Evaluating Student Growth
Clinician(s): Heather Cote, Westwood
Presider: Dr. Noreen Diamond Burdett, Milton Public Schools
When teachers begin conversations about assessment, the topic can often be met with anxiety. Assessment can be thought of as the way in which we measure student growth over time. When formative assessment is used as a part of instruction, both teacher and student have a measure of progress. Over the past year, the Westwood Performing Arts faculty spent time discussing and developing various assessments as well as reviewing assessment techniques for K-12 general music, theater, and performing ensembles. This session will share some of these assessments and strategies currently being employed in the district.

Fri 3:50 PM, Federal Complex
Clinic
Innovations: Best Practices and Creative Solutions
Clinician(s): Libby Allison, Berklee College of Music; Tom Westmoreland, Lynnfield Public Schools
Presider: Jeff Taylor, Dedham Public Schools
Sometimes, a little creative thinking is necessary for us to facilitate a successful music education for our students. Music educators from across the state will share their progressive and/or alternative ideas for scheduling, curriculum development, and classroom practice. Time will be provided for questions and brain storming, so bring your problems and ideas!

Fri 3:50 PM, Skyline
Lecture
Tune Up Your Advocacy Agenda for 2013
Clinician(s): Jonathan Rappaport, Arts|Learning; Matthew Wilson, MassCreative
Presider: David Jost, Westborough Public Schools
Join with Arts|Learning's Jonathan Rappaport and MassCreative's Matt Wilson to learn about our progressive arts education advocacy agenda for this year in Massachusetts. In this session we will lay out our vision for arts education, the current challenges in music and other arts in public education, our platform to solve these problems and issues, and our campaign to reform how the arts are viewed and supported throughout the state. This is the one session where many voices are needed to help promote a common advocacy agenda. Attend! Listen! Give us feedback! Then -- let your voice be heard!

Fri 5:00 PM, Plaza Ballroom
Reading Session
Expanding the Repertoire: A Fresh Look at Male Chorus Literature and Programming
Clinician(s): Dr. Cameron LaBarr, Lee University
Presider: Kevin McDonald, Wellesley Public Schools
This session will focus on programming and repertoire ideas for male chorus that may typically be overlooked. The following questions will be explored: What repertoire makes a male chorus concert interesting? How does a conductor find the balance between literature that is challenging yet accessible? What pieces help to build an audience (and keep them coming back)? This session is intended for anyone interested in male chorus, either in high school, university, or community settings. Part of this session will include reading through excerpts of little-known, but useful works for male chorus.

Fri 5:00 PM, Waterfront 1AB
Lecture
Composing with Noteflight in the Classroom
Clinician(s): Kevin Coyne, Waltham Public Schools
Presider: John Hagon, Berklee College of Music
Come check out Noteflight, an online music notation program. The program's different features will be shown, as well as ways to incorporate it into the classroom setting.

Fri 5:00 PM, Waterfront 2
Panel Discussion
Do You Hear What We Hear?
Clinician(s): Steve Conant, Norwood Public Schools
Presider: Jim O'Dell, The Boston Conservatory
Seasoned MAJE Festival Judges discuss each jazz ensemble section adjudicated at festival performance (rhythm, trumpet, trombone, and reed, ensemble) and the new MAJE Jazz Festival Adjudication Rubric.

Fri 5:00 PM, Waterfront 3
Hands-On
Madinda Nation! Building and Playing East African Xylophones for the General Music Classroom
Clinician(s): Dr. Thomas Malone, UMass Lowell
Presider: Scott Tarantino, Sharon Public Schools
The "Madinda" is a traditional instrument from Uganda. It is a pentatonic instrument played from two sides at once but multiple players. This hands-on & face-to-face approach is ideal from collaborative, improvisatory, and groove-based music making. Dr. Thomas B. Malone will co-present with traditional Ugandan musician Moses Buyondo for this active and exciting session that will offer ensemble musicing with a traditional foundation, that is ideal for general music classroom. These hand-crafted instruments can be built by students from re-purposed wood -- providing additional links to both sustainability issues as well as the physics/mathematics of sound.

Fri 5:00 PM, Cambridge Complex
Sharing
Community Sing
Clinician(s): Nick Page, Composer/Song Leader
Presider: Kathryn Hayashi, Gordon College
Nick Page has been a frequent guest at MMEA conventions leading us in song, bringing us together as a community and making the songs of America and the world come alive with creativity, compassion, and joy. As part of Nick's sing, he will address the importance of school wide music activities like the all-school sing and instrumental concerts (and both). A hand-out will provide essential resource information to get all-school sings going at your school (plus some sample octavos and music hand-outs). More info on Nick at www.nickmusic.com.

Fri 5:00 PM, Back Bay Complex
Hands-On
Improvisation with Young Choral Singers
Clinician(s): Sarah Houghton, New England Conservatory Preparatory School
Presider: Carol Toth-Forward, East Longmeadow Public Schools
In this session, participants will explore the complexities of designing and implementing research-supported improvisation activities within an all-inclusive choral setting. Following the learning sequence framework of Dr. Edwin Gordon's Music Learning Theory, the presenter will share examples of 1st through 8th grade choral students' tonal, rhythmic, and melodic improvisations. Students from the Children's Choruses at New England Conservatory's Preparatory School will demonstrate some of the activities.

Fri 5:00 PM, Federal Complex
Young Composer Master Class
Clinician(s): Dr. Marti Epstein, Berklee College of Music
Presider: Libby Allison, Berklee College of Music
This session will serve to honor those students who have submitted original music compositions. Selected students will participate in master class style session with a composer/teacher who will review their compositions.

Fri 5:00 PM, Skyline
Clinic
Dress Rehearsal -- For an Interview!!
Clinician(s): Marie Nelson, University of Massachusetts/Dartmouth
Presider: Marie Nelson, University of Massachusetts/Dartmouth
Current UMass/Dartmouth collegiates in Music Education will be "interviewed" for professional positions by a panel of Music Educators and school administrators. Those "candidates" will respond to a series of questions related to the position to which they are "applying." Contemporary issues in public education, of a more general nature, may also be raised, in order to assess the candidates awareness of current trends and concerns. Discussion of strategies and techniques used in interview preparation will follow. Body language, speech and verbal skills, demeanor and personal style, as well as level of confidence will be evaluated and critiqued by the interviewing panel, with comments accepted from the gallery. To close the session, an "Interviewing Handbook" will be given to those prospective music educators' collegiates in the audience.

Fri 5:00 PM, South End
Hands-On
Job Forum 2
Clinician(s): David Jost, Westborough Public Schools; Dr. Noreen Diamond Burdett, Milton Public Schools
These sessions are designed to help match employers with highly qualified applicants. School district employers are encouraged to sign up on the AIME bulletin board in the lower lobby for time slots in which they get first chance to meet and greet people looking for a job in their district. Attendees should bring resumes and be ready to be interviewed!

Sat 8:00 AM, Waterfront 1AB
Clinic
Scanning Sheet Music
Clinician(s): Tom Johnson, MakeMusic, Inc.
Presider: Leigh Kallestad, MakeMusic, Inc.
Whether you need that horn part transposed for alto sax or want to arrange an entirely new band orchestration, this workshop focuses on how to achieve success. Pitfalls and caveats are discussed with emphasis on ease of use and minimizing edits. Five pieces will be scanned, each demonstrating differing issues and their resolution.

Sat 8:00 AM, Cambridge Complex
Hands-On
Addressing All 9 National Standards in Early Childhood and Elementary General Music
Clinician(s): Dr. Valerie Baker, University of Rhode Island
Presider: Rosemary Sears, Somerville Public Schools
This session will focus on methods of addressing all nine National Standards for children ages birth through 9 years old. Examples of assessments and lessons developed by Madeleine Carabo-Cone, a noted general music methodologist will be delivered through audience participation. The Carabo-Cone Approach concentrated on personalizing music notation for young children while giving them numerous kinesthetic experiences and centering on learning music through enactive, iconic, and symbolic modes.

Sat 8:00 AM, Back Bay Complex
Hands-On
Aural Literacy in the Choral Ensemble: Using Solfege to Teach Music as a Language
Clinician(s): Christopher G. Keene, Dover-Sherborn Regional Schools
Presider: Christopher Martin, Norwood Public Schools
Want your singers to "read music" but don't know where to start? Worried that teaching literacy will take away from concert preparation time? Want to get away from note-plunking and rote learning? You will leave this session ready to teach all your singers to be literate musicians. This hands-on workshop will cover the basics of the movable-Do system of solfège (including hand-signs) and how to structure your teaching to mirror the way we learn spoken language. In only a few minutes per rehearsal your singers can begin learning repertoire without piano and develop better leadership, intonation, and understanding.

Sat 9:10 AM, Plaza Ballroom
Reading Session
Middle School Choral Reading Session
Clinician(s): Megan Fitzharris Harlow, Belmont Public School
Presider: Ruth Debrot, Sharon Public Schools
Discover great repertoire for middle school choral ensembles! A wide variety of styles will be explored. The repertoire is appropriate for all types of adolescent choral groups, including treble, changing, and mixed voice ensembles.

Sat 9:10 AM, Waterfront 1AB
Clinic
What Do Notation Programs Offer Music Educators?
Clinician(s): Tom Johnson, MakeMusic, Inc.
Presider: Leigh Kallestad, MakeMusic, Inc.
Learn how notation software can assist music educators in creating the materials they need daily in their music programs. See how your notation program can be used to scan in music, create tests and worksheets, produce rehearsal CD's, generate SmartMusic accompaniments, and much more.

Sat 9:10 AM, Waterfront 2
Commercial Session
Active Assessments for Your Active Classroom
Clinician(s): Jeanette Morgan, The Lorenz Corporation
Presider: David Chace, Easton Public Schools
Participants attending this session will leave with several active and engaging ideas for acquiring information about their students' knowledge and ability in regards to multiple music concepts. Assessment activities will cover singing skills/pitch matching, playing and reading notation, basic understanding of instrumental families, and more. Detailed program notes will outline the intended goal of each activity, the suggested grade levels, and strategies for teaching and implementing the activity. Please bring recorders.

Sat 9:10 AM, Waterfront 3
Commercial Session
Band Director's Resource Manual
Clinician(s): Ed Sueta, Macie Publishing Company
Presider: Dr. Peter Cokkinias, Berklee College of Music
Ed will present the Premier Performance Band Director's Resource Manual. The manual offers page by page suggestions and techniques which Ed successfully used over the course of his thirty years as a band director. The manual contains over twenty instrument outlines which provide concise, practical techniques for setting optimum embouchure and playing position for all woodwind and brass instruments as well as grip and playing techniques for all percussion instruments. A series of rhythm charts for the enhanced development of reading skills and music history and correlated quizzes are also included. Each participant will receive complimentary copies of Premier Performance as well as sample instrument outlines.

Sat 10:20 AM, Plaza Ballroom
Clinic
Trumpet in the Big Band
Clinician(s): Jeff Holmes, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Presider: Brian Cervone, Framingham Public Schools
Playing trumpet in a jazz band poses specific challenges and requirements for young brass players. Concept of sound, articulation, blend, range, listening, tuning, and musical leadership are addressed in this session, and practical applications and techniques will be discussed.

Sat 10:20 AM, Waterfront 1AB
Lecture
Free Technology Resources for the Music Educator
Clinician(s): Kevin Coyne, Waltham Public Schools
Presider: John Hagon, Berklee College of Music
Come check out free resources from the web for use in your classroom. Free notation, composition, ear training, and other programs will be demonstrated in this session.

Sat 10:20 AM, Waterfront 2
Clinic
Hands, Hearts, Minds: Engaging All of It in Band!
Clinician(s): Dr. Deborah Sheldon, Temple University/FJH Music
Presider: Paul Pitts, Boston Public Schools
Emphasizing a holistic approach in band, this session helps you learn to elevate students' experiences as you shape the total band musician. We will open the doors to multi-dimensional techniques that focus on performance, listening, expression, evaluation, and contextual understanding. Exploring how a shift in emphasis towards expression can help directors to re-energize their approach when working with young players, we will explore ways to motivate, teach, and retain beginning and developing band musicians through a variety of procedures that tap into the ears, the mind, the fingers, and the soul.

Sat 10:20 AM, Waterfront 3
Hands-On
Working Together: Creating Integrated Preschool Musical Experiences
Clinician(s): Dr. Sarah McQuarrie, Bridgewater State University
Presider: Joseph Valadez, Waltham Public Schools
Participants will experience singing, playing, listening, and movement activities that correspond with typical preschool general curriculum units as well as popular children's books. The Massachusetts Frameworks: Guide to Preschool Learning will be addressed along with the PreK National Standards for Arts Education.

Sat 10:20 AM, Cambridge Complex
Hands-On
High Sticking -- Zimbabwean Music in Your Classroom?
Clinician(s): Scott Tarantino, Sharon Public Schools; David Ruggiero, Medfield Public Schools
Presider: Ruth Debrot, Sharon Public Schools
Current trends and research in music education tells us that nontraditional ensembles will be an important part of our future. Participants in this workshop will have a hands experience playing Zimbabwean style marimba music. Students from the Tungurura and Dzakanaka marimba ensembles of Sharon and Medfield will demonstrate, instruct, and perform. Background information on the roots of this music will be provided.

Sat 10:20 AM, Back Bay Complex
Commercial Session
Mnemonic's The Tonic (Simple as Singing Your A, B, C's!)
Clinician(s): Martin Swinger, Arts Are Essential, Inc.
Presider: Eric Linsner, Chelmsford Public Schools
Songwriting engages students in creative problem solving, effective language choice, message development, and fact identification. Students learn to review and clarify key information. Our objective is to make reviewing and recalling lessons fun and interactive; fact retention is supported in a way which is easy for our naturally musical brains. Create fun, fact-filled mnemonics your students will love to sing! Participants collaborate, create, and share mnemonic songs. Martin demonstrates the fundamental steps of creating original mnemonic songs based on any curriculum theme or lesson. Facilitate group songwriting in your classroom. Martin's process transfers easily into your classroom at any grade.

Sat 11:30 AM, Plaza Ballroom
Crank Up Your Classroom with QuaverMusic.com!
Clinician(s): Graham Hepburn, QuaverMusic.com; Chris Murphy, QuaverMusic.com
Presider: Eric Linsner, Chelmsford Public Schools
Ignite your kids' imagination with a high-energy mix of creativity and 21st century technology! Learn techniques that bring general music concepts to life for today's kids. Session includes Improv activities, IWB's, Video, Online classrooms and Kids Virtual World. ALL-NEW session presented by Quaver (Graham Hepburn)!

Sat 11:30 AM, Waterfront 2
Clinic
Elementary and Middle School Band...Where Creation and Re-Creation Exist in Harmony
Clinician(s): Dr. Deborah Sheldon, Temple University/FJH Music
Presider: Dr. Matthew Finnegan, Boston College High School
"You want my band kids to compose? Improvise? There's no time! I have a concert to prepare for!" In this session, we will look at methods for incorporating composing and improvisation into the band performance setting to bolster student motivation, performance, and musical growth. This practice reinforces development of students' musical identities as music creators AND re-creators. Directors who incorporate such methods experience re-energizing by adding a novel, creative twist to the traditional practice of re-creation. Students who think and act like composers and improvisers, as well as guidance towards achievable goals, tend to view participation in band as multi-dimensional.

Sat 11:30 AM, Waterfront 3
Hands-On
Modes, Meters, and Movement
Clinician(s): Heather Kirby, Dedham Public Schools
Presider: Allyn Phelps, Northboro Public Schools
Through listening, moving, singing, and chanting, participants will gain an understanding of the benefits of presenting a variety of modes, meters, and movement in developing students' musicianship.

Sat 11:30 AM, Back Bay Complex
Commercial Session
Math, Music, and Popsicle Sticks
Clinician(s): Sharon Burch, Freddie the Frog Books
Presider: Kris Lariviere Hill, Mashpee Public Schools
Struggling to incorporate CORE standards into your music class? It's easy to incorporate CORE Math standards using rhythm patterns, games, and Popsicle sticks. Learn how to sequence singing games, mystery songs, and Popsicle stick lessons to teach math while teaching music. Assessment and interactive whiteboard resources included.