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Thursday, January 20 (6:00 PM, via Zoom)
Presenter: Jacob Kohut
The Professional Balancing Act: Teaching Effectively with a Portfolio Career
The picture of a soldier teaching band in a humvee might look like extraordinary dedication to both country and music education, but “doing it all” is what music educators do. Join Dr. Jacob Kohut (aka Sergeant Kohut) on an exploration into “The Professional Balancing Act.” Learn tips and tricks on finding flow in one’s work, match quality with a portfolio career, and a guide for energy maximization. Theory meets practice in this engaging presentation of stories from the field, actionable advice, and activities designed to surface a better, balanced self.
Dr. Jacob Kohut is a band teacher, composer, and bassoonist/saxophonist. Dr. Kohut gained fame in 2021 for teaching his band students from his humvee in the wake of the January 6th attacks on the Capitol in DC. He has spoken as an advocate for the arts on the Today Show, NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, and 360 with Andersen Cooper. He has also spoken on the topic of Professional/Life Balance at several universities, the Virginia Music Educators Association, the National Association for Music Education, and the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic. He is published with Claude T. Smith Publishing.
Thursday, February 17 (6:00 PM, via Zoom)
Presenter: Julia Shaw
Culturally Responsive Music Pedagogy: Learning from Students’ Experiences
This session will focus on culturally responsive pedagogy (CRP), an approach to teaching that builds on students’ culturally informed knowledge, strengths, and prior experiences while also expanding their intellectual, cultural, and musical horizons. Perspectives of an ethnically diverse group of students, gleaned through a three-year program of research, will be foregrounded as we explore ways to:
- Approach music instruction in a way that is culturally relevant to particular learners and communities
- Design curricula with premises of CRP in mind
- Bolster the cultural validity of rehearsal experiences and performances
- Foster connections between music and students’ cultural identities
- Encourage musical involvement as a conduit for social action
Julia Shaw, PhD, is Associate Professor of Music at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and conducts the Chamber Choir of the Indiana University Children’s Choir. Her previous positions have included Ohio State University, Chicago Children’s Choir, Indianapolis Children’s Choir, and Zionsville Community Schools. Dr. Shaw is the author of Culturally Responsive Choral Music Education: What Teachers Can Learn From Nine Students’ Experiences in Three Choirs (Routledge, 2019), and is frequently invited to present on culturally responsive pedagogy, socio-cultural issues in music education, and urban music education. Her publications appear in the Journal of Research in Music Education, Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, Music Education Research, Arts Education Policy Review, Choral Journal, and Music Educators Journal.
Thursday, March 10 (6:00 PM, via Zoom)
Presenter: Derrick Fox
Diversity and Inclusion in Action: Fostering Inclusive Music Spaces
Unpacking the bias in our curriculum and in ourselves is a difficult process but a necessary journey in creating and fostering an inclusive choral community. In this presentation, Dr. Derrick Fox will present concepts that help you acknowledge your biases (personal and curricular) with the hopes that you will identify practices that may minoritize and marginalize singers in your ensembles or classrooms, outline methods that support the affirmation of varied lived experiences represented in your ensembles and offer action steps that break the cycle of oppression and support diversity equity, inclusion, access, and belonging.
Dr. Derrick Fox is Distinguished Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities (University of Nebraska at Omaha). He has conducted and presented across the US and internationally. His works are published by Hal Leonard and Brilee Music. Dr. Fox’s book Yes You Can: A Band Director’s Guide to Teaching Choirs, is published by Carl Fischer. The Derrick Fox Choral Series publishes works by marginalized composers. Dr. Fox created the Professional Choral Collective to create learning activities for music educators during the COVID-19 pandemic. He partnered with the Country Music Association Foundation to create the Unified Voices for Music Education Initiative.
Thursday, March 31 (6:00 PM, In-Person and via Zoom)
Presenter: Tiffany English
Discovering Orff Schulwerk
The Orff Schulwerk approach is based on the pedagogical work of Carl Orff and Gunild Keetman. Exploration, imitation, improvisation, and composition are the hallmarks of the Schulwerk. Orff Schulwerk is based on the traditional music and folklore of each country in which it is used. This active approach to music making allows the child to make musical decisions that allow personal choice and expression. Participants will experience, explore, improvise, and create through the Orff media of singing, saying, dancing, and playing.
Tiffany English is the music specialist at Sugar Hill Elementary School in Gwinnett County, Georgia. She holds multiple degrees from the University of Georgia and Piedmont College. Her education also includes post-Level III Orff Schulwerk teacher education and Level I Kodály training. Tiffany has served the American Orff-Schulwerk Association as Region IV representative on the National Board of Trustees, vice president and president of AOSA, chair of the Professional Development Committee, president of the Atlanta Area Orff Chapter, and co-chair for the 2014 and 2021 AOSA Professional Development Conferences. Tiffany has been named the Teacher of the Year three times in her career and was honored as the Gwinnett County Teacher of the Year in 2007. She presents at numerous conferences and workshops throughout the United States and is a frequent honor chorus clinician. Tiffany has mentored 15 student teachers in her career and frequently hosts elementary music education methods course observations in her classroom. She was awarded the Athens P-20 Collaborative Mentor Award from the Georgia Colleges of Teacher Education in 2021. She is currently serving on the Board of Advisors for the International Orff-Schulwerk Forum Salzburg.
Thursday, April 21 (6:00 PM, via Zoom)
Presenter: Marjorie LoPresti
Creating Music with Soundtrap
Back by Popular Demand! Let’s create music in a student-friendly online environment! Soundtrap is an online digital audio workstation (DAW) with an intuitive graphical interface and built-in collaboration tools. Standards-based music learning objectives will be at the forefront of this session, with software skills integrated into the learning process. Topics will cover composition and arranging lessons to reinforce core music skills for grades 4-12. All concepts, strategies, and lesson ideas presented in this session are transferable to other DAWs such as Bandlab, Soundation, GarageBand, and Protools.
Marjorie LoPresti is Adjunct Professor for Music Education Technology at Rutgers University and Digital Content Manager for MusicFirst. She has over thirty years’ experience teaching elementary and secondary general/vocal music, piano, music technology, theory, and composition. Marj was named New Jersey Master Music Teacher and received the TI:ME Music Technology Teacher of the Year Award based on her deep knowledge of instructional design, curriculum development, technology integration, brain-based learning, and standards-based assessment. A frequent clinician at educational conferences, Marj holds degrees in Music Education and Educational Technology, and is co-author of Practical Music Education Technology, Oxford University Press.
Thursday, September 30 (6:00 PM, via Zoom)
Presenter: Markus Detterbeck
“Songs, Activities & Games in Music Teaching: Creative and Logical Structure”
How can we gradually develop and reinforce our pupils’ musical abilities? How can we integrate the principles of a structured musical education into our teaching in a way that is both sensible and enjoyable? With the aid of materials that have proved their worth in practice, discover how music teaching can apply new ideas and be oriented towards practice: a logical sequence of learning steps leads to the development and reinforcement of your pupils’ musical abilities. The models presented will range from stimulating start-ups through rhythm games to cognitive contents (portraits of composers, the study of instruments…), but in every case have been developed from actual practice. During this workshop you will gain insight into, 1) stimulating start-ups and rhythm games, 2) materials and tips for vocal and instrumental music-making in class groups, 3) a variety of innovative suggestions for your teaching that will give you and your pupils new and systematic access to music, 4) tips and suggestions as to how you can profitably integrate the new media into your teaching, and 5) tips on methods you can use in your teaching.
Dr. Markus Detterbeck trained at the Academy in Würzburg as a music teacher in grammar schools; he studied the conducting with Professor Jörg Straube. Even as an undergraduate student, he was in charge of numerous choirs and was frequently invited to lead workshops and continuing education events. In 1999 he was awarded a grant by the German board for International Academic Exchanges to enter the PhD program at the University of Natal in Durban (South Africa). While in South Africa, he taught at a number of schools and as lecturer in choral conducting in the music department of the University of Natal. He has since been a music teacher at the Old Electoral Grammar School in Bensheim, where he was entrusted with leading the Choral teaching and the youth choir. As a freelancing artist, he is now in great demand as an expert speaker and guest conductor in many European countries and worldwide (including Belgium, Denmark, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Poland, Slovenia, Argentina, Mexico). He is winner of multiple awards (for example at the German Choir Competition) and has made numerous contributions to various specialist publications. His main research interests focus on the field of preparatory choir training.
Thursday, October 14 (6:00 PM, via Zoom)
Presenter: Brandi Waller-Pace and Christopher Mena
“Intro to Decolonizing and Antiracist Approaches in the Music Classroom”
Direct conversations surrounding the marginalization of Black, Brown, Indigenous, and Asian experiences, practices, and traditions hold an important place in music education training. In this workshop, attendees will learn vocabulary foundational to Decolonizing the Music Room’s decolonizing and antiracist approaches as well as explore identity and positionality as it relates to teaching practice.
Brandi Waller-Pace is the Founder and Executive Director of Decolonizing the Music Room. She taught elementary music for ten years in Fort Worth, Texas where she served as a mentor teacher, wrote lower elementary music curriculum, and was awarded the 2018 Bayard Friedman Chair for Teaching Excellence in Performance Arts. Brandi holds a B.M. and M.M. in Jazz Studies from Howard University and is pursuing a PhD in Music Education at the University of North Texas. She is fully certified in Orff Schulwerk and has completed Kodály level and Music Learning Theory levels I and II. An educational equity advocate, she has been a member of the Fort Worth ISD racial equity committee since 2018 and in 2019 completed a Campus Voices Fellowship with Leadership ISD, focusing on achieving equity in the public school system. Brandi is an active musician and performs various styles, most often jazz and early American Roots music. She presents on topics such as decolonizing and anti racist philosophies in music education, the Black history of early American music, and incorporating jazz into the elementary classroom.
Christopher Mena is a presenter and content co-creator for Decolonizing the Music Room. He is currently a PhD candidate in Music Education at the University of Washington, Seattle and an orchestra/guitar teacher in Seattle. His dissertation research is focused on cultural straddling and the historical impact of education policy on Mexican American access to music education. Mr. Mena has also published widely in various journals and volumes as well as engaged in international work in music education. His most recent project being a four year summer residency to assist in developing a teaching artist program in the country of Myanmar. In addition to his scholarly work, he has worked as a consultant for various arts organizations and school districts.
Thursday, November 4 (6:00 PM, via Zoom)
Presenter: Psyche Loui
“Why Does Music Move Us?”
Music can draw out strong emotions, tune large crowds, and inspire acts of creativity. In this session, we will explore recent research in the psychology and neuroscience of music that investigates why we have evolved to have music in our lives, and how we can use music to optimize the structure and function of our brain networks.
Psyche Loui is the Associate Professor of Creativity and Creative Practice in the Department of Music at Northeastern University. She graduated from University of California, Berkeley with her PhD in Psychology, and attended Duke University as an undergraduate with degrees in Psychology and Music. In the MIND (Music, Imaging, and Neural Dynamics) lab, Dr. Loui studies the neuroscience of music perception and cognition, tackling questions such as: What gives people the chills when they are moved by a piece of music? How does connectivity in the brain enable or disrupt music perception? Can music be used to help those with neurological and psychiatric disorders? Dr. Loui’s work has received multiple grants from the Grammy foundation, a young investigator award from the Positive Neuroscience Institute, and a Career award from the National Science Foundation, and has been featured by the Associated Press, New York Times, Boston Globe, BBC, CNN, the Scientist magazine, and other news outlets.
Thursday, November 18 (6:00 PM, via Zoom)
Presenter: Matthias Philipzen
“Talk, Move, & Play — Drumming as Music Education”
This workshop will be focused on how percussion can used for both learning and teaching in music classrooms of all types. The workshop will follow several steps: 1) learning of a simple rhythm language based on vocalized syllables, 2) transfer of the rhythm language through movement and body percussion, 3) adaptation of the elements of body percussion to instruments like Cajons, Guiros, Maracas, Cowbells, Shakers, and Claves, 4) guidance for creating simple percussion ensembles of two and three parts, and 5) using authentic rhythms to accompany (play along with) genres such as pop, hip-hop, Latin, and jazz.
Matthias Philipzen is a Drummer/Percussionist, and Lecturer at the Conservatory of Music Würzburg. Matthias is widely known as a master artist on the Cajon. He is the author of numerous instructional books centered on percussion, including many focused on the use of percussion in general music classrooms. Matthias has recorded numerous albums, has performed around the world, and has authored several instructional videos for teachers. Matthias was a residency artist for Georgia State University in Spring 2019 where he led a variety of workshops around Atlanta, including at Drew Charter School and at The Children’s School.
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