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example of creative problem solving. Our conference is now called the Illinois Music Education Conference. How many times have you had to explain to your administrators why you needed to attend the All-State Conference? He/ she might say, “You teach elementary/ junior high. What is there for you at this conference?” Now you won’t have to explain. T is is, and always has been a professional development conference. Now the name refl ects that.


In our eff orts to model a creative approach to music teacher issues, the Illinois Music Education Conference may look diff erent to you this year. We will try new approaches and will be open to learning from our mistakes. We are off ering more sessions than ever in an attempt to cover many diff erent areas of focus in the music


classroom. T e sessions should be smaller with more hands-on participation. T ere will be something for everyone. Several sessions are being repeated. T is should help in making choices for those popular sessions you don’t want to miss. On T ursday, we are off ering introduction courses. Come fi nd out what Orff , Kodaly, and Dalcroze are all about. If you already have an idea, come just to get new activities. If you are a band or orchestra director and suddenly fi nd yourself teaching general music, don’t panic. Come learn some great approaches for teaching music to young children. Besides adding many sessions, we have lengthened our day on Saturday to accommodate those who are not allowed leave for professional development on a school day. If you have decided in the past that there’s nothing going on in Peoria for you, I encourage you to give it another


try. Let us be a partner in boosting your creativity this year.


Start planning ahead now to attend the conference in January. You won’t be sorry. As of this issue, we have scheduled 25 wonderful sessions, including four ses- sions by Will Schmid on drumming and guitar and three by Cristi Cary Miller on Orff , Kodaly, Dalcroze, & Assessment. She will also be doing a reading session for the Choral division. You don’t want to miss this conference. Please see the winter edition of the Illinois Music Educator for more detailed information regarding the conference. Until then, have a great year! Make it positive and be creative!


Donna Zawatski JEM Division Vice-President djhumph@ilstu.edu


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