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Junior Jazz for the General Music Classroom - Steve Zegree


GWCC Calhoun


Jazz is an idiom that is uniquely American. Teach it to kids? You bet! Join Steve Zegree as he shares tips, suggestions, warm-ups and music to teach your students all about jazz – its history, its styles, how to play and sing it – in a way that will make all your students true scat cats! Sample music packet provided. Sponsored by Hal Leonard


Preparing for Your Teacher Evaluation: Tools You Can Use - Marie Palmer GWCC Harrison D & E


The IMEA task force on teacher evaluation is preparing documents and other resources to aid teachers in taking a proactive role in their evaluations. These resources will reflect the national recommendations regarding creating, performing and responding. The goal of the task force is to present our work to the state DOE, to share with administrators, and to provide resources for teachers to use in their development of Student Learning Objectives. Members of the task force will be presenting this information and will update IMEA members on any new information coming from the state DOE and NAfME.


Singing to Read and Reading to Sing: Early Literacy in Early Childhood - Peggy D. Bennett


Young children can “fall in love” with reading. Singing, playing, imagining, and simple notation are springboards for early literacy and confidence with notation. Video clips of preschool children’s participation will accompany each activity.


4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Assessment Strategies for the General Music Teacher - Pamela Pierson


GWCC Harrison A


Are you frustrated by the expectation to grade hundreds of students whom you see only once or twice a week? Trying to figure out how to manage an effective grading system? This session will help you find answers to those questions and provide strategies for incorporating manageable assessment strategies into the general music classroom. Using technology, singing games and manipulatives, participants will experience authentic assessment activities and discover one method of tracking a child’s musical development K-5 and beyond. With practical insight, Pamela Pierson will share her expertise in the development and use of assessment strategies for the elementary-aged child.


Ball State University Symphony Band - Shawn Vondran GWCC Hall C


The BSU Symphony Band is comprised of approximately 65 undergraduate and graduate students who have attained an exceptional level of musical proficiency. The ensemble is primarily comprised of music majors, although students from other academic disciplines are represented within the ensemble. The group is committed to the highest musical standards and performs traditional repertoire as well as contemporary works for the wind band medium. The Symphony Band is designed to present students with the opportunity to enhance their musicianship within the context of a large ensemble. Whereas repertoire provides the artistic rationale for an ensemble, the Symphony Band performs music on the basis of its artistic merit. Each student is engaged with music that demands technical and artistic integrity.


Developing the Melodic Jazz Improviser - Natalie L. Boeyink GWCC Harrison D&E


This session will focus on three strategies for developing melodic creativity in jazz improvisers, whether a beginner or a more experienced player. Emphasis will be placed on techniques that expand student vocabulary beyond chord/ scale relationships and bebop patterns, including drawing inspiration from the melody, rhythmic transformation and development, and cultivating mood. The session will include specific printed musical and listening examples, as well as demonstration.


How to Organize a Successful Area Band Festival - Betsy Graves & Joyce Kim-Rohrer GWCC Harrison B


This session will show you how to plan an area band festival with up to 235 students while working together with up to seven schools and their band directors. The discussion will focus on the planning aspects of finances, facilities, choosing the right date, music selection, finding the best guest conductor, meal planning, and an optional honor jazz band performance. The session will discuss how to obtain a commission for your festival with the option of the actual composer as the guest conductor for the day. Details will also be discussed about chair placement, percussion assignments, rehearsing schedule, t-shirts, and working with boosters to publicize the event. The clinicians just completed the 23rd


year of hosting the “Festival of Bands”. 24 2012 IMEA Professional Development Conference ACPL/ABC


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