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Northrop High School Jazz Band #1 - Jason Witzigreuter


ACPL / Theater


The Northrop High School jazz program has existed for nearly 40 years. Three auditioned extra-curricular big bands and two jazz combos provide students with many exciting opportunities to experience and learn about jazz. Jazz Band #1 performs at numerous jazz festivals throughout the Midwest and is often named a Top Honor band. Every year Northrop High School hosts the Barry A. Ashton Jazz Festival, which provides a performance venue for middle and high school jazz programs, and brings in jazz clinicians to work with the students. Many of the Northrop jazz students take private lessons, spend time in small ensembles refining their musical skills, and their dedication to musical experience is continually recognized through their hard work and outstanding performances.


Practical Tips for Improving Your Jazz Rhythm Section - Matt Pivec GWCC Harrison D&E


Use of simple, yet effective, techniques can greatly improve the sound of your jazz rhythm section. This session will begin with a discussion of specific techniques as they relate to each instrument including basic voicing principles and composing rhythms for piano/guitar, bass line construction and time-feel for bass, and composing rhythms and coordination for drums. It will then transition to a discussion on how each member can function better within the rhythm section as a whole. The session will conclude with suggestions for relevant recordings, books, and electronic resources. Sponsored by Butler University


Recorder with Guitar and Drum - Jim Solomon Strategies for Teaching Adolescent Learners in General Music - Kevin W. Gerrity ACPL / ABC


Recorder, guitar, and drum – what a combination they make! Learn kid-tested playable pieces appropriate for upper elementary and middle school. Sponsored by West Music and Alfred Publishing


GWCC Harrison B


This session will address research-based teaching strategies that tend to work well to engage adolescent learners. While these strategies can be applied to both performance-based and general music classrooms at the secondary level, they are presented here specifically for general music purposes. Specific strategies to be explored will include activity-, problem-, and standards-based learning, as well as structured socialization, authentic projects, and various assessment strategies.


Teamwork in Student Teaching: The Key to Success - Penny Dimmick Understanding Intellectual Giftedness in the Music Classroom - Alice Hammel GWCC Gallery


This session considers the preparation for and participation in the student teaching experience from all aspects. It will feature a panel of student teachers, cooperating teachers, and university supervisors.


GWCC Harrison A


How do students who are intellectually gifted differ from those who are “bright”, “smart”, or “average”? How does intellectual giftedness differ from musical giftedness, and how can we create a musical environment that challenges and nurtures students who are intellectually gifted?


1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. “Do, Re, Mi”: Solfege Warm-ups for Choral Ensembles - Duane Karna


GWCC Gallery


Using Curwen hand signs, participants will be introduced to choral warm-ups that utilize the movable do solfege syllables (do, re, mi, fa, sol, la , ti, do’). Various warm-ups, all in solfege, will be shared with the audience and are intended for all levels of choral expertise. Some warm-ups will be simple enough for elementary children to accomplish and others will be much more difficult, intended for high school and college/university level. Several solfege games will also be played, with the focus again including easy to difficult exercises.


Comparing Two Approaches to Music Notation: a Side-by-Side Look at Sibelius and Finale - Ken Johnson & Joel Helton


GWCC Jefferson A


This session takes an objective look at the two notation software programs and compares the way each one completes certain tasks and projects. We will also take a look at how files created in each program are exported from and imported into workable documents such as publishable scores and parts, and creating audio recordings.


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2012 IMEA Professional Development Conference


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