Pending any unforeseen circumstances, this schedule grid is now set as of October 10, 2019.
Friday, October 25 - 2019
Session 1: 8:30am - 9:30am
Laura Harrison - Get Them to Love Jazz Theory It is absolutely possible to get your students to love jazz theory! Laura will be bring charts that her choirs are doing this semester and will show you one of many possible approaches to teach jazz theory that is not only the basics, but is using these basics in a song. There are plenty of fun ways to get your students involved in jazz theory. She will also explain some basic jazz voicings that are usually written in vocal jazz charts. Be prepared to come and sing! You are the choir that will be experimenting with jazz theory!
Daya Aceituno - Energize your performances with authentic Afro-Cuban rhythms Latin rhythm instruments can bring new life and sound to the music you perform with your band or choir. Daya Aceituno will guide you through the use of the basic instruments while using a live “demo” band. You will get some “hands-on” experience with claves, maracas and guiros while learning how you can “fit” these into your music.
Kevin Hamlin - Beginning Band: Start Them Right! When beginning to learn an instrument, the first few weeks are critical for developing proper technique and habits. This session will provide very practical solutions for the teacher to directly employ in their class; solutions that will look at each instrument and what is necessary to give your students the best start possible. After the session, you’ll leave with a wealth of practical solutions that have been developed and refined over many years. Your bands will improve greatly, as will your enrolment/retention
Helen Van Spronsen - Write it Down! Activities to Develop Music Literacy. Elementary music lessons often consist of many fun games and songs. Learn how to incorporate a number of quick writing activities that use those fun songs to develop music literacy. Participants will be using "Listen..Think...Write!' the dry erase book of templates that Helen developed to enhance her own students' music literacy skills.
Long & McQuade - Secondary Choral Reading Clinic Come sing the latest and greatest offerings in new choral music. Complimentary music packs to the first 50 participants.
Steven Johnston – Practical Tips for Getting Your String Bassists Playing and Swinging! This session will include tips on proper usage of the hands, body weight, and posture while playing the bass. We will also go over note choice and how to play them!
Alex Shapiro - The e-Frontier: Electroacoustic Music, Multimedia, Education, and Audiences in the Digital World Digital tools play an increasingly vital role in music education and performance. Composer Alex Shapiro will discuss the creation and production of electroacoustic band and choral works, and the ways online technology enhances the rehearsal and performance space. Additionally, discussion of multimedia, and the extensive use of social networks by composers, publishers, band directors, and students, will highlight the way the digital world can build excitement and attendance. This dynamic and focused presentation offers practical information that every ensemble director can put to immediate use.
Brian Anderson - Developing Tone and Tuning in Young String Orchestras Developing tone and tuning is a common challenge with teaching young string orchestras. In this clinic, strategies for developing tone and tuning in young string orchestras will be presented through live musical demonstrations to show that the familiar sound of an out-of-tune, quiet string orchestra does not need to be so familiar. Comparisons between teaching band and strings tone and tuning will be given for instrumental teachers that are less experience with strings. This clinic will give any level of string teacher, especially those that work with elementary and middle school-level ensembles, practical ideas for how to approach tone and tuning to take back to their schools.
Larry Dureski - Things that Loosen, Bend, or Break: Solving Common Woodwind Instrument Problems Sometimes, the simplest fix on a woodwind instrument that is keeping a student from playing at their best can be the most difficult to find. This practical workshop addresses common situations that arise in your woodwind section, and how to deal with them. Diagnostic techniques with no tools or simple tools and repairs that can be done at school will be demonstrated. Learn the difference between a problem that can be remedied with items in a desk drawer and a situation that requires a call to a technician. Find out what should be in the desk drawer. Please bring your woodwind concerns to this session
Session 2: 10:00am - 11:00am
Brian Tate - Choral Roots and Rhythms: From African to Gospel with Brian Tate School choirs can’t seem to get enough of music with African and gospel-inspired rhythms! This exciting and powerful music calls for a very different approach than traditional choral music. Drawing from his studies with African, Cuban, and African-American musicians, Brian shares valuable tips on how to teach, sing, and perform these styles of choral music with authenticity and confidence. Participants will become a “demo” choir, learning techniques such as tonal colour, scooping, “blue” notes, modified vowels, diphthongs, soloist techniques, movement and rhythm, and more. Come and get your groove on!
Hans Verhoeven & Ryan Oliver – Jazz Improvisation Concepts for the Beginner Jazz Band This is a workshop presenting ideas and approaches for beginner jazz students. Topics covered include repertoire selection, improvisation and phrasing concepts, rehearsing the band, the importance of the jazz tradition and most of all having fun with jazz music! Attendees are welcome to bring their instruments and participate.
Kevin Hamlin - Boosting Retention Up Into the 90% Range Year over Year! There’s an entirely secret world surrounding counting, practice techniques, and note identification that’s happening with your students; a secret world that you may not even know about! This session provides you with a wealth of practical solutions based on over 30 years of experience, solutions that have proven to be the BIGGEST single most important factor in boosting retention rates up into the 90% range year over year and ensure that your students can advance grade to grade with complete confidence and enthusiasm.
Evie Ladin - Body Music: Hambone Hambone is an African-American tradition in Body Music. Go more in depth with story, song, and accessible polyrhythmic patterns, using only your human instrument.
Long & McQuade - Elementary Choral Reading Clinic Come sing the latest and greatest offerings in new choral music. Complimentary music packs to the first 50 participants.
Bob Rebagliati – Observations From a Veteran Jazz Adjudicator Over many years of school jazz ensemble adjudication, I have heard many excellent young jazz musicians; obviously a result of the hard work of their directors. I have also noted that there are a number of issues, common to many bands, which could be addressed. This clinic will address those issues and present solutions for the directors' consideration. Bring your questions.
Zoli Virag - Web Resources for Teaching Music Composition This presentation will highlight online resources with purposes ranging from exploring sound production and creating layered rhythmic and melodic patterns to creating full compositions with multi-track sequencers. Not limited to only Apple devices, these browser-based online tools and resources are available and accessible on any device connected to the Internet. Highly recommended for general music teachers at all levels, Zoltan will guide you through web-apps suitable for teaching the basic elements of music, which are equally appropriate in elementary music as well as introductory material for composition courses in secondary classes. We will also touch upon web-based DAWs that offer a full music production suite meant for composing, recording and mixing and mastering.
Tony Leong - All Strings Attached A comprehensive workshop aimed at supporting 21st century string orchestras. Clinic will cover approaches to routines, rehearsal technique, repertoire selection, technology, simple DYI repair, maintenance, student engagement, differentiated instruction and assessment & evaluation.
Larry Dureski - Solving that Pain in the Brass: Dealing with Common Brass Instrument Problems Brass instruments can be virtually trouble-free until there is trouble with brass instruments. Parts that should move or come apart that do not and air that should flow through that does not are only the beginning. Explore trouble-shooting techniques and adjustments that will make you look like the expert in your classroom. Learning the difference between a situation that can be solved at your desk and one that requires a technician will be easier on your time and repair budget in the long run. This session will also address Band class teaching strategies that will help prevent bent or dented metal. Any brass-related repair or maintenance questions will be most welcome!
Session 3: 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Dawn Pemberton - SING! STOMP! CLAP! Singing, Rhythm, and Body Percussion Clap your hands, stomp your feet and raise your voice! Discover the joy of creative expression, music and rhythm while using one of the world’s first instruments . . . the human body. Together we will groove and “la la la” our way through co-operative, fun and funky a cappella songs, steps and rhythms from around the world that can be used in the classroom, with all ages and all ensembles. Guaranteed you will leave energized, inspired and hungry for more!
Hans Verhoeven – Secrets of Swing: Unlocking the Rhythmic Vitality of Jazz Drummer and educator Hans Verhoeven presents a simple, organic and physicalized method for feeling, hearing and playing the cadence of swing. Because humans come with a binary, two-hands-two-feet physical design, people who grow up without lots of exposure to music and dance from a young age can get tripped up by triplets. By presenting simple physical, dance-like exercises, as well as visual representations and playlists for listening to triplet-oriented music, this workshop hopes to provide a foundation for young and old alike to begin performing and IMPROVISING in swing styles in an authentic, personal and meaningful way.
Dr Steven Capaldo - Diversity and Inclusivity in Programming Ensemble Repertoire with special guest, composer Jodie Blackshaw This session is designed to offer participants an opportunity to explore diversity and inclusivity in planning and programming music for their ensemble from a wide range of composers including female composers and composers who identify as belonging to a minority group. As conductors of ensembles in educational settings, we are expected to find and program repertoire for our groups that are to be rehearsed and performed during the year. While ensemble conductors are educated and experienced to have knowledge of familiar and commonly heard repertoire for their genre, finding a greater diversity of works with a greater representation of composers can often present challenges. In an interactive format, participants will engage in discussions and undertake activities aimed at helping them deepen their knowledge and understanding of the issues around diversity and inclusivity in programming ensemble repertoire and develop ideas and skills to support their own learning in programming new, diverse and inclusive music.
Yolanda Lehton - Bucket Drumming Ensembles Bucket Drumming is Awesome! It is so powerful, fun and engaging for students and they love it! This session, Bucket Drumming Ensembles is geared towards the upper intermediate and middle school level classroom with the use of a layered approach to learning and playing drumming music. We will explore ways to get started, material choices, adaptations, warm-up exercises and even games as well as sample some repertoire. If you are new to bucket drumming or your would like some different materials to try this is the session for you.
Brian Tate - Beyond the Beat! A Masterclass for Choral Conductors Expand your range of gestures, rehearse more effectively and joyfully, and watch your choirs grow in confidence and skill. Join acclaimed choral conductor Brian Tate in a unique, embodied, and holistic approach to choral conducting. With participants forming an ad hoc workshop choir, you’ll experience dramatic growth as you learn new techniques to enhance your conducting. Everyone learns from everyone else in a safe and joyful environment!
Ryan Oliver – Approaches to Developing Tone and Technique on the Saxophone This workshop will present some of Ryan Oliver's approaches to developing sound and ability in saxophone students. Topics covered include embouchure and air support, tone development, approaches to technique and supplementary repertoire for saxophonists of all levels. Attendees are welcome to bring their saxophones and participate!
Michael Kurpjuweit - Ukulele: Tips, Tricks and Resources September - Sing & Strum. October - Introduce plucking melodies in the key of C. November - Composing Project. After several years of playing and teaching, these are my best pieces of advice for playing and teaching ukulele to get results. NOTE: Delegates should bring their own ukulele.
Lauren Vissel - Maximizing The Potential of the Small Ensemble This session will provide insight for band directors dealing with instrumentation issues in their concert ensembles. Topics to be discussed: How do you know what ideal instrumentation is for your band program? How can you provide your students with a meaningful experience and quality repertoire with limited instrumentation? How do you achieve beautiful balance and blend without "proper" instrumentation?