MMEA PD DAY 2020

Manitoba Music Educators’ Association

Tempo: Manitoba Music Educators’ Association Conference 2020

Mennonite Brethren Collegiate Institute
173 Talbot Avenue

Program

8:30-9:20 a.m.
Session One

9:50-10:40 a.m.
Session Two

10:50-12:00 p.m.
Manitoba Music Educators’ Association AGM
Keynote Address – Dr. Adam Jonathan Con

12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
General Luncheon and MBA Luncheon /Annual General Meeting

1:40-2:30 p.m.
Session Three

3:00- 3:50
Session Four

Presenters

Dr. Adam Jonathan Con
Keynote Speaker

Dr. Con is Associate Dean, Head of Music Education, Coordinator of Graduate Choral Conducting, Supervisor for the Accordion Program and conductor of the 170-voice UVIC Chorus at the University of Victoria, Faculty of Fine Arts, School of Music. His invitations to perform, conduct and present workshops include the Foro Coro Americano in Argentina, I Foro Internacional De Educación Musical in Mexico, Podium Choral Conducting Symposium, the Canadian GALA Conference, the Canadian and the American Orff-Schulwerk Conferences, the Manitoba, Alberta, and British Columbia Provincial Music Educator’s Conferences, the British Columbia Choral Federation, the Unitarian Universalist Musicians National American Conference, the Ohio and Georgia State Music Educator’s Conferences and the American Choral Directors Association. Currently, Adam serves as the principal researcher for the historic National 2020 Study on the State of Music Education in Canada.

 

Brian Balmages

Brian is an award-winning composer and conductor. His music has been performed throughout the world, including premieres at the College Band Directors National Conference, the Midwest Clinic, Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. He is a recipient of the A. Austin Harding Award from the American School Band Directors Association and the Distinguished Alumni Award from James Madison University. As a conductor, Mr. Balmages enjoys regular engagements with all-state bands and orchestras as well as international appearances in Canada, Australia and Italy. He is Director of Instrumental Publications for The FJH Music Company and on faculty at Towson University.

 

Chris Judah-Lauder

Chris taught elementary and middle school music for 40 years. She is a regular presenter at state and national conferences in Canada, China and South Korea. She is a Past President of AOSA and was the National Conference Chair for the 2009 and 2017 AOSA Conferences. Chris is currently consulting for title one schools, working directly in the classroom with the music teacher and K-5 students. Chris teaches AOSA-approved Teacher Education Courses at various universities across the United States and has sixteen publications including Drum with a Passion, Games, Groups, and Gems, In the Modes, and Hand Drums on the Move.

 

 

Dinah Lindberg Helgeson

Dinah recently retired from International School Bangkok after nine years as high school choir director and Head of the Fine Arts Division. She is invited as guest conductor, choral clinician, motivational speaker, and artist in residence throughout the USA, Canada, and Asia. In addition to conducting All-State, ACDA and Provincial Honor choirs. Known for her holistic teaching method, Dinah works with the body, mind and spirit of the singer. She engages the “one to one” method of teaching and produces choirs that learn to care, love and trust one another, creating life-changing moments throughout the rehearsal and performance. Born in Montana, Dinah received her Music Education degree from Pacific Lutheran University, and studied with Rodney Eichenberger at the University of Southern California. Lifelong teachers and mentors include Maurice Skones, Richard Nace, Geoffrey Boers, Mary Moore and the late John Trepp.

 

Kerry Marsh

Kerry is a freelance arranger and publisher specializing in music for vocal jazz ensembles. KerryMarsh.com houses a large catalog of music performed regularly around the world. Kerry has previous directed multiple Downbeat Award-winning vocal jazz ensembles at The University of Northern Colorado and Sacramento State. Marsh sings in the vocal quartet Vertical Voices with his wife, Julia Dollison. Working year-round as a clinician for jazz festivals and workshops, Kerry has directed all-state jazz choirs in 16 states. Kerry is a graduate of The University of Kansas and The University of North Texas.

 

Sherryl Sewepagaham

Sherryl is Cree-Dene from northern Alberta and is an experienced Elementary Music Teacher and Music Therapist. She earned her Level III Orff certification and has created Orff-based songs and activities for the K-6 classroom. She has been a Director of two Indigenous children’s choirs in Edmonton. Sherryl is also co-founder of the 2006 Juno-nominated Indigenous women’s trio Asani, and released her solo debut solo album Splashing the Water Loudly in 2014, which received a 2015 Indigenous Music Awards nomination for Best Indigenous Language or Francophone CD. Sherryl is a composer-creator of First Nations songs and Cree choral repertoire and composed the theme song, “Music Alive” and three Indigenous Arts Teacher Guides for the National Arts Centre’s Music Alive Program.

 

8:30-9:20am Session 1

Concert Band Reading Session
Brian Balmages

In this session, composer and editor Brian Balmages reads through a selection of pieces at a variety of grade levels and discusses unique insights into their form, structure, and more. Information will be included to give directors more insight into the composition, editing, and development process of each piece. Teachable moments and pedagogical characteristics will be highlighted.


Jazz Band Presenter
Session TBA

TBA


Modern Sources of Repertoire for Your Jazz Choir
Kerry Marsh

Aided by studio demo recordings, attendees will hear excerpts of charts for a range of jazz choir types. Many gems of jazz choir music are found from self-published arrangers, and these resources will be highlighted in addition to noting the key writers featured by mainstream publishers.


Core Values: Teaching with Poverty in Mind
Joanne Kosheluk and Alexis Silver

Listen in as two nerdy and opinionated band teachers share their perspectives of how their own educational values and lives were changed by teaching in the city’s core area, with the intention of inspiring others to be open to similar experiences. Audience attendees will be invited to share some of their own experiences. In sharing our stories, we all become better.


Musique pour les maternelles: Making Music Fun and Engaging for You and Your Students
Caroline Flett

An engaging, fun and hands on approach specifically for Kindergarten music in French Immersion.


From Classroom to Choir: Music to Challenge your Students
Richard Graham

This is a reading session of free-to-use original choral works written to be technically accessible yet musically challenging for students in Grades 1 to 6. All songs have been written to be very singable and easy to learn, yet give each teacher an opportunity to explore with their students a deeper interpretation of what they are singing.


First Nations Choral Repertoire
Sherryl Sewepagaham

Join Sherryl as she shares original compositions and arrangements in the Cree language for SSA and SATB voices. Sherryl will share the story and cultural meaning behind each song and guide participants through Cree pronunciations. Hand drums and rattles will be provided.

(Repeated at 1:40 p.m.)


Innovative Warm Ups for Choir – Creative Concepts that Improve Choral Sound
Part I – Our Body, Our Vocal Cathedral
Dinah Helgeson

Connecting our body and breath, we begin the process of vocal freedom. Basic vocalizes will give you tools to launch beautiful tone from yourself and your choir.


Beginner Classroom Guitar!
Ric Schulz and Andrew Erickson

Are you new to the guitar or considering starting up a guitar class? Then this session is for you! Ric and Andrew will guide you through the ins and outs of classroom guitar and provide salient resources to help the novice guitar educator successfully implement and maintain a beginner guitar program.


Conducting Gestures: Saito’s Analysis
Wayne Toews

Participants will learn about Hideo Saito’s discoveries after he analyzed conducting gestures and about how to use them. They will have the opportunity to experiment with techniques that empower them to observe their own conducting differently.


Hand Drums & More
Chris Judah-Lauder
Sponsor: St. John’s Music

Explore a hand drum piece integrated with other instruments while creating an opportunity for a sense of competency within small groups.

(Repeated at 1:40 p.m.)

9:20-9:50am – Break
9:50-10:40am – Session 2

Rethink, Rediscover, Refuel: Abandoning the cliché of educational music and bringing inspiration back to the podium
Brian Balgames

It is time to shatter the expectation that Grade 1 music cannot be as compelling as Grade 6 music. What elements do works of art have in common regardless of grade level? How do some composers approach composition with these elements in mind? How can conductors harness this knowledge to make informed repertoire choices? Gain insight into all of these questions and more with an intimate and personal discussion about the compositional process with Brian Balmages and how it informs his repertoire choices as a conductor.


Jazz Band Presenter
Session TBA

TBA


Rehearsal Strategies for Jazz Choirs
Kerry Marsh

Building on the foundations of jazz choir performance practice, this session will address some efficient rehearsal strategies for getting past the notes on the page and developing nuance and clear communication of the great stories told and emotions evoked by vocal jazz music.


Fiddle Tab and Staff Notation – helping students become fluent in both!
Karen Warner

Fiddle tablature (the tab version widely used in Manitoba) is a quick and effective way to get fiddle students playing their first tunes! This session will offer some ways to build on students’ existing knowledge of treble staff notation and increase their facility in reading fiddle tunes written in both types of notation.


Programming Multicultural Music “Authentically” in Choral Music Education
Avonlea Armstrong-Green

This session will explore programming multicultural music in the choral classroom. We will unpack issues such as cultural appropriation versus cultural appreciation, motivations for programming music from a variety of cultures, creating authenticity in a choral classroom, and considerations given to selecting, rehearsing, and performing multicultural music as Canadian educators.


Jazz Improvisation for Beginners (Teachers or Students)
Dan Steinhilber

You will learn a tune that you can use to teach the fundamentals of musical improvisation with any group at your school on Monday morning. You’ll have the opportunity to learn and practice the tune on rhythm section and wind instruments that will be provided at the clinic so that you can be effective when you teach your students the parts. Dan wrote this tune for his Grade 6 (3 months playing experience) jazz band in 2003, so it’ll be a snap for you to learn!


First Nations Orff Songs
Sherryl Sewepagham

Join Sherryl as she combines original First Nations songs with Orff media of speech, song, and instrumentation. Hide drums, rattles, and stick instruments will be infused with songs, games, body percussion, and ostinatos all inside a useful resource mini-booklet.

(Repeated at 3:00 p.m.)


Innovative Warm Ups for Choir – Creative Concepts that Improve Choral Sound
Part II – Our Body, Our Vocal Cathedral, Our Stained Glass Windows
Dinah Helgeson

Our voices are connected and free, and now we begin the process of truly listening to our choirs. Our singers are our mirrors to what is happening in our rehearsals.


Technology in the Music Classroom
Lindsey Collins and Les Chalmers

Exploring the abundance of music software and websites available to music teachers can be quite overwhelming. Les and Lindsey will offer an overview of the technology available for you to use as resources and tools to enhance your music classroom. From simple websites to various apps and audio and MIDI editing software, appropriate tools for all teacher skill sets and applications will be covered. Please bring your iPad or other technology you have available.


Strategies for Engaging Grade 3 Boys in the Singing Process
Melissa Remus Spraggs

Past research has found that a large decline in male attitudes toward singing occurs between Grades 3 and 4. These findings led Spraggs to investigate strategies for engaging Grade 3 boys in the singing process. This session will outline the methodology and findings from this action research study.


Create & Collaborate
Chris Judah-Lauder
Sponsor: St. John’s Music

Experience and create rhythm combinations of quarter, eighth and sixteenth notes creatively integrated with singing, dancing, drumming, body percussion and play. Guidelines are presented for a group project using assessment and student feedback. Final culmination results with all groups participating to create the final form.

(Repeated at 3:00 p.m.)

10:50-12:00 p.m.

Manitoba Music Educators’ Association AGM
Keynote Address- Dr. Adam Con “Better Together: what’s working and what can we do better?”

12:00pm

General Luncheon and MBA Luncheon/Annual General Meeting

12:45-1:30 p.m.

Handbell/Handchime Repertoire and the Techniques Within!
Patsy Andrews-Vert and Morna-June Morrow

This session will explore seasonal school repertoire and the techniques within the music. The session will include music from Beginning to Level 2 repertoire.

1:40-2;30pm – Session 3

If You PLAY Something, SAY Something!
Brian Balmages

Everyone agrees on the importance of playing musically. But HOW is this accomplished? What does it even mean to play musically? Getting the ensemble to understand its role in breathing life into a phrase is one of the most critical elements in any rehearsal or performance. Explore the difference between true musicality and the concept of “choreographed musicianship” as Balmages turns the audience into a performing ensemble that will experience the three levels of musicianship. No instruments needed – just bring an open mind and an open heart. Band, string and choir directors all welcome!


Jazz Band Presenter
Session TBA

TBA


Anatomy of a Chord: Jazz Theory Basics for Jazz Choir Directors
Kerry Marsh

In this session, we will work on (and sing!) what makes a “jazz chord” a “jazz chord”, and in the process, we will explore some of the language of jazz theory and how it will apply to the kinds of music you’ll likely program for your vocal jazz ensemble.


Developing and Sustaining String Orchestra in Schools
Andrea Bell

Looking to enhance your school music program with a full string orchestra? Andrea will discuss strategies on teaching string technique, choosing repertoire, and working with varied ages and levels of players. Andrea has taught the string orchestra program at Westgate Mennonite Collegiate, and has conducted the Winnipeg Youth Concert Orchestra for over two decades.


Resources to Enrich Performance Classes
Wayne Toews

In this session Wayne presents resources and ideas that will help students in performance classes become better performers by expanding their knowledge and understanding of music in many dimensions. Designed to fit the schedule without requiring much teacher preparation, the material focuses on comprehensive musicianship with a focus on Canadian composers and performers.

Assume Nothing – Teach Everything!
Karen Tole-Henderson

Early years music classes (K-2) can be full of joy with amazing music making when students are taught everything that they need for success. Routines and clear expectations are the key! Teaching students how to “be” in your music classroom is the biggest goal. How do we make a circle? Teach it! How do we use our singing voice? Teach it! All expectations should be clearly taught, practiced and then practiced again and again and again. When students know what you want – they will rise to your expectations!


First Nations Choral Repertoire
Sherryl Sewepagaham

Join Sherryl as she shares original compositions and arrangements in the Cree language for SSA and SATB voices. Sherryl will share the story and cultural meaning behind each song and guide participants through Cree pronunciations. Hand drums and rattles will be provided.

(Repeat of 8:30 a.m.)


All Music Must Dance – Connecting the Breath and Freeing the Heart
Part I – Building a Group Sound Through Individual Talent
Dinah Helgeson

Using the “One on One” approach to build confidence and a climate of “trust”, we discover the gift within each singer.


Walking the Bass
Steve Hamilton

In this session, Steve will give you all the information you need to successfully start a student on the Double Bass. Technique, bowing, bass line construction and more. With almost 40 years of private instruction teaching middle and high school bassists, Steve will give educators a booklet that will give straight ahead, nonsense information to take the mystery out of this part of your music program.


Middle Years Concert Band – “Surviving and Thriving”
Tyler Yip and Matt Careless

For those new to teaching band in the middle years get ready to enter the craziest, busiest, but most rewarding career. Come hear some ideas that you can try Monday morning! Matt and Tyler will share some helpful suggestions including getting your kids started, how to build meaningful relationships, and tips for self-care.


Hand Drums & More
Chris Judah-Lauder
Sponsor: St. John’s Music

Explore a hand drum piece integrated with other instruments while creating an opportunity for a sense of competency within small groups.

(Repeat of 8:30 a.m.)

2:30-3:00pm – Break
3:00-3:50pm – Session 4

Getting Tuned In: Developing Superior Intonation in Your Band
Brian Balmages

Good intonation is one of the most important foundations of music. Getting the ensemble to understand pitch tendencies, relationships, timbres, and more is crucial to developing a strong, clear ensemble voice. This clinic will use a lab band to focus on exercises that help develop ensemble pitch awareness while also exploring ensemble phrasing as part of a daily routine.


Jazz Band Presenter
Session TBA

TBA


I Don’t Scat Sing, So…How Do I Teach It?
Kerry Marsh

This session will provide basic instruction in scatting along with pedagogical tips and educational resources for further development, and by the end you will have a sense of how this language works and how it can be a part of your students’ progress toward deeper musical understanding in all genres.


CMEA/ACME: Supporting Manitoba Music Educators
Dr. Francine Morin

The Canadian Music Educators’ Association/l’Association canadienne des musiciens éducateurs is our professional association that nurtures a vital music learning community throughout Canada. Learn about what the CMEA/ACME is doing to unite members as it works to advance music teaching and learning through publications, advocacy, collaborative initiatives, applied research, and more.


Inspiring Wellness and Performance: Mindfulness for Choral and Vocal Jazz Students and Teachers
Rose van der Hooft

Rose offers a guided practice for teachers of school vocal programs, and short mindfulness practices to incorporate into choral/vocal jazz classes. Discover how breath can inspire personal wellness for teachers and students, and cultivate awareness for improved mental focus, singing technique, communication and confidence in performance.


Music Healed Me
Connor Derraugh

A multi-media presentation that documents the journey of aspiring 15 year old musician Connor Derraugh, and how the power of music guided him through the challenges of a traumatic brain hemorrhage to his University of Manitoba Jazz Studies graduation.


First Nations Orff Songs
Sherryl Sewepagham

Join Sherryl as she combines original First Nations songs with Orff media of speech, song, and instrumentation. Hide drums, rattles, and stick instruments will be infused with songs, games, body percussion, and ostinatos all inside a useful resource mini-booklet.

(Repeat of 9:50 a.m.)


All Music Must Dance – Connecting the Breath and Freeing the Heart
Part II – Vocal Transformation of the Whole Musician
Dinah Helgeson

Our journey, our conducting gestures and the transformation when discovering the hidden treasure in each of our singers creates “Power in Music”.


Guitar and Distance Learning
Jordan Laidlaw and Patrick Lemoine

The guitar is an easily accessible instrument to promote music-making at home. This session will explore various technologies and music literacies to support students’ learning, both introductory and advanced. Whether you wish to support a student in your ensemble, or facilitate a guitar program, this session may benefit you.


Bag of Tricks: How many teaching and learning strategies are in your bag?
Richard Cangro

This engaging session for ensemble directors and classroom teachers will provide information and model several practical music learning strategies that will help teachers and teacher-candidates address effective teaching and learning, as well as expand their teaching repertoire.


Create & Collaborate
Chris Judah-Lauder
Sponsor: St. John’s Music

Experience and create rhythm combinations of quarter, eighth and sixteenth notes creatively integrated with singing, dancing, drumming, body percussion and play. Guidelines are presented for a group project using assessment and student feedback.  Final culmination results with all groups participating to create the final form.

(Repeat of 9:50 a.m.)

Conference Information

Conference Chairperson
Judy Giesbrecht
Phone: 204-669-2223
Email: dhgiesbrecht@shaw.ca

Registration Information
Danessa Poiron
Phone: 204-471-1226
Email: manitobamusicconference@gmail.com

Industry Information
Meaghan Walker
Phone: 204-599-2022
Email: tempo.industry@gmail.com

Registration

 Register online at www.mymmea.ca
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https://memberlink.mbteach.org/Event.axd?e=1061