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Friday, October 19 - 2018
Session 1: 8:30am - 9:30am
Whistler A: Scott Jones Disability as a Transgressive Agent in the Music Classroom As a chorister/conductor with a disability, I have found that my presence in the choral sphere has been met with physical and social barriers, and is at odds with, even disruptive to, the traditional choral setting. This session will analyze the music classroom through the lens of physical disability, using a composite of personal experiences to highlight how the choral classroom, and the discourse it carries, excludes individuals with physical exceptionalities. The session will explore ways in which we can be more supportive to singers with disabilities and highlight how we may combat these forms of exclusion.
Whistler B: Pam Hetrick Fall Celebrations Inspired By Orff Today’s session will include a sampling of Fall Celebrations, including Rosh Hashanah, Thanksgiving, Halloween, and the Winter Solstice. Using the media of speech, singing, instruments, movement, and dance, we will play and move our way through autumn and the BC Curriculum. Please bring recorders.
Whistler C: Long & McQuade Elementary Choral Reading Session This Session will have elementary level choral octavos for the first 75 participants. Out of consideration for others, if you are not intending on staying in the reading session, please do not take materials from those who are.
Fraser: Murray Creed - Presented in partnership with Yamaha Canada Music Drum Set Rhythms Helping band instructors to know what to ask of their students with regard to stylistic drum set rhythms. Is it Brazilian or Afro Cuban? Is it Swing or is it a Shuffle. I'll explain the differences and how to teach simple versions so that the teachers/students can feel confident about laying a solid rhythmic foundation for their band.
Birkenhead/Capilano: Malcolm Aiken Latin Jazz Concepts for Big Band Exploring tips and techniques for transforming your jazz band into a high-powered Cuban dance orchestra! Drawing from extensive experience working with latin jazz groups and improvisation concepts of some of Cuba's top artists, the workshop will focus on how to approach a variety of styles including salsa, rumba, cumbia, son montuno, cha cha cha and more. Incorporating a latin percussion section into your band combined with the punchy-layered approach to the brass and wind section will have your audiences dancing in their chairs!
Thompson: Carrie Tennant Programming an Engaging Choral Concert This session will focus on programming. How can we create concert programs that inspire our singers, our audiences, and ourselves? Carrie will talk about her programming process, share some of her favourite repertoire resources, and discuss things to look for and things to to avoid when picking new music for young people. Participants will be asked to sing through some repertoire examples, and will receive a list of tried and true and NEW repertoire.
Lillooet: Coalition for Music Education in British Columbia (CMEBC) Annual General Meeting All members of the CMEBC in good standing are invited to attend and participate in this Annual General Meeting.
Upper Theatre Lobby 1: Nancy DiNovo The Bow Hold: Rethinking "Rabbit Ears" A simple hands-on approach to a relaxed bow hold and exercises with the bow alone to encourage greater security and freedom of movement in the bow arm. ABCs of tone production will include simple principles for encouraging the best sound out of your students. *Participants will have the opportunity to experience these techniques themselves. Please bring your instruments! Upper Theatre Lobby 2: Chris Leeson "Gamify" Your Music Program For Better Assessment And Motivation Gamification is the use of game mechanics, such as points, badges, and ranks, in non-game environments. This concept has begun to gain familiarity in some education circles, but has yet to become well known among music teachers. In this clinic, Chris Leeson will share his experiences gamifying his music program for the past seven years. Discussion and sharing will ensure that everyone leaves with some new ideas to try
Session 2: 10:00am - 11:00am
Whistler A: Steve Smith - Presented in partnership with Hal Leonard Not Tuned at the Factory: Helping Your Students Become Self-Correcting Intonation Machines (Presented recently at 2017 Midwest Clinic) Intonation is a topic that every musician and ensemble must address. There are many approaches and techniques, but how do you know what works best for your ensemble? This clinic will discuss many practical techniques and strategies for intonation at an individual and ensemble level. Whistler B: Jennica Alpaugh Primary Movement In The Classroom In this session, explore the connection between storytelling and movement. We will use the resource “Movement stories for children” as a jumping off point. *There will be extension opportunities for intermediate students also provided.*
Whistler C: Long & McQuade High School Choral Reading Session This Session will have high school level choral octavos for the first 75 participants. Out of consideration for others, if you are not intending on staying in the reading session, please do not take materials from those who are.
Fraser: Craig Thomson - Presented in partnership with Yamaha Canada Music Getting The Best Sound From Your Saxophone Section The saxophone is one of those instruments where you can get away with having a weak embouchure for a long time. It’s one of the easiest wind instruments to start playing, and it’s also an easy instrument to sound mediocre on. The rest of your ensemble tends to get a stronger embouchure and a bigger sound just by virtue of the parts they’re made to play year after year. The result is that your saxophone section gets drowned out, or when they do play at a loud enough dynamic level, their tone quality suffers. Just like every other instrument, there are specific exercises and techniques that students and directors should use every day to make their saxophone sound more powerful and mature as the years go on! Any workshop participants who play saxophone (or who have a saxophone) are encouraged to bring their instruments to this session and participate actively!
Birkenhead/Capilano: Mark Follett Teaching Jazz Band For "Non-Jazzers" So, you weren’t in jazz band in high school or university and you’ve inherited or want to start a jazz band program. But, you don’t know where to begin! In this session, Mark will share ideas, resources and strategies to help music educators without a jazz background start, maintain, and grow their school jazz program. Recruiting strategies, instrumentation options, repertoire selection and the first days of improvisation are some of the topics this session will touch on to help give you a plan of attack to build a vibrant jazz program as part of a complete musical experience for your students.
Thompson: Dr. David von Kampen Singing With Big Ears: Vocal Jazz Warmups for the Entire Choral Program Jazz choir warmups aren't just for warming up the voice - they should also be ear training practice that prepares singers to hear and sing complex harmony. In this session, conductors will get ideas for warmups that can improve musicianship and sight reading for any singing ensemble.
Lillooet: Christine Bourne and Ryan Phelps Bringing Broadway to the Elementary School Musical theatre is a very exciting and engaging way to incorporate music, acting, and visual arts into your classroom or music programs. Ryan and Christine are both music teachers in the Burnaby School District and use the Broadway Junior programs in their schools to engage students in musical theatre. They will offer different perspectives on how they prepare, cast, rehearse, and present their shows using students from Kindergarten through Grade 7 for both small and large scale in-school productions as well as larger rented theater performances.
Upper Theatre Lobby 1: Nancy DiNovo The Left Hand: Finding Balance For Beginners Topics include using ergonomically sound set-ups to maximize comfort and ease in playing by finding the optimum position for each player, shaping the left hand, developing effective finger action, introducing shifting and vibrato. *Participants will have the opportunity to experience these techniques themselves. Please bring your instruments!
Upper Theatre Lobby 2: Dr. Richard Cangro Profound Music Learning: Lasting Musicianship Are your students able to make music without you? Will your students enjoy and participate in music after graduation? Desired skills of the 21st century describe ways of learning that require students to have opportunities to interact for deep learning. This session will reflect on current teaching paradigms, and provide practical instructional strategies for encouraging critical thinking and student interaction that will provide a foundation for developing independent learners and life-long music-makers.
Session 3: 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Whistler A: Steve Smith - Presented in partnership with Hal Leonard Teaching Students to Teach Themselves: Guiding students to positive self-correction (Presented recently at 2018 Texas Music Educators Convention) What if your students had the same or higher standards for themselves as you do? This clinic offers helpful ideas on how to get students to think on a higher musical level and contribute more to their ensemble. Methods to get students to invest in their own music education and raise their personal standards can make teaching music more fun and rewarding for everyone involved.
Whistler B: Nick Urquhart Converting Electric Bass to Upright Bass This session is designed to give teachers insights and inspirations on adding double bass to their ensembles and give teachers some fundamental knowledge about double bass to improve their instruction. Designed for Band and Strings teachers, we will look at: Moving your electric bass or cello players over to double bass Basic and intermediate need to knows about technique Hands on teaching methods Understanding bass sizing, bow choice, accessories, part assignment Questions relevant to your classrooms
Whistler C: Erick Lichte Working and Developing the Male Voice in a Choral Setting Erick Lichte, Artistic Director of Chor Leoni Men's Choir, will discuss his process of developing and working with male voices in a choral setting with live demonstrations by members of Chor Leoni. Topics will span working with changing and aging voices, as well as what to look for in choral literature. A question and answer period will lead to dialogue about what it takes to get men to sing and to sing their best.
Fraser: Neil Yorke-Slader - Presented in partnership with Musicfest Canada The "Icing On The Cake" Take your jazz ensemble to the next level How do you put the "icing on the cake" with your jazz ensemble? How do you take them that final 20%? Neil will demonstrate a few key fundamentals that will ensure your jazz ensemble plays with consistency of style and musicality. Contemporary rehearsal techniques should develop student curiosity, experimentation, and decision-making in their journey towards musical excellence. Although Neil will demonstrate these techniques using a school jazz ensemble, these techniques are equally applicable in a concert band or choral setting. Teaching in the 21st century is about collaboration with students, learning together, and recognizing elements such as student engagement, the personalization of student learning, and creative thinking as tools to optimize student success. No longer can an ensemble director simply utilize students as artisans to create musical performances based on his/her own artistry.
Birkenhead/Capilano: Janet Nordstrand Handbells and Handchimes: A How To Guide in 60 Minutes or Less! Handbells and Handchimes are beautiful additions to the elementary Music classroom. They are a wonderful way to highlight our students in concerts and assemblies. In this session come and learn how to use a choir approach to teaching older primary or intermediate students. Repertoire and assessment ideas will be shared and resources available for you to get started.
Thompson: Dr. David von Kampen Getting Ahead of Your Clinician: Things I Say Over and Over When I Adjudicate Jazz Choirs Last spring, I adjudicated more than 60 vocal jazz ensembles at 5 different festivals in 5 different states. In this session, I’ll talk about the most common mistakes these ensembles make and how to fix them before your group gets onstage.
Lillooet: Dawn Haylett Kids Just Wanna Have Fun! In this session, we follow children's natural desire to play, by starting with a Japanese children's game. Tapping into the focus and energy the game elicits, we will embark on a musical journey to Japan, where we will encounter poetry, drama, song, movement and instruments. Bring your soprano recorder, if available.
Upper Theatre Lobby 1: Michael Beauclerc - Presented in partnership with Yamaha Canada Music Recruit, Retain, Reach Out. Learn how a marching percussion/marching band program in your school can help revive, grow, and support your music program. Educator and author Michael Beauclerc will speak and provide examples and testimonies of how a drumline can strengthen and even save your entire music program.
Upper Theatre Lobby 2: Nancy Darby and Marcie Ellison Outerbridge – Presented in Partnership with Ellison Travel and Tour Ltd. Travel Insurance Basics: Taking your music students safely around the world Understanding the basics of travel insurance will help you to protect your students, parents and school board when planning trips in BC, within Canada/US or overseas. Using actual school insurance claim situations Marcie and Nancy will cover topics such as trip interruption and cancellation, medical emergencies, lost or damaged baggage/instruments, weather related claims, risk management and more! Tips for what to communicate to parents and your board about insurance and how to make sure musical instruments are covered properly will also be reviewed.