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Saturday, October 26 - 2019
Session 4: 8:30am - 9:30am
Andrew Balfour - Indigenous Choral Music and How to Approach It This is a session focused on the topic of performing Indigenous choral music, and subject matter. In this session we will talk about protocol, the steps we need to take when approaching Indigenous subjects, cultural appropriation, language and the importance of reaching out to the Indigenous community.
Dan Craven – Jazz Combos: How do I...? Jazz combos offer students a place to develop and stretch their jazz muscles. Your musicians learn improvisation, independence, teamwork, confidence, and other skills that improve everyone's experience, including your own as their teacher. This session will touch minimally on “Why” we want jazz combos, and will otherwise focus primarily on the “Hows”. Topics will include: starting combos, and motivating students to want them; rehearsing combos, and how this differs from running a jazz band; jazz improvisation tactics, whether you yourself improvise or not; recommended resources and how to use them; and ideas on developing your jazz combos into a teaching block, so both you and your students get credit for your efforts. A student combo will be present to demonstrate concepts, and questions will be welcome. This session is suitable for those who would like to start a Combo program and are seeking guidance, already have combos and are looking for new ideas, or have great ideas and experiences to add to the discussion.
Alex Shapiro - Activism of the Musical Heart: Raising Awareness by Connecting All Those Dots Via a multimedia slide deck presentation, attendees will discover inspiring ways to engage students and audiences in social and environmental activism. In the rehearsal room, musical works composed with consciousness-raising intent offer powerful, non-divisive ways to discuss topics like climate change, pollution, and equity issues. In performance, the pairing of music and sometimes visuals as well, helps these messages reach the hearts of our audiences. The students on stage are the future stewards of our planet: music can raise awareness and begin conversations that can ultimately effect change, one household at a time.
Michael Kurpjuweit - Technolog(why): What I Find Useful After 10 Years Create your own resources for Orff, choir, ukulele, or band class using notation software, the Microsoft office suite and other programs most school boards have on their staff laptops. Then take a little play session with iPad and some student projects for looping/composing for those of us lucky enough to have devices available. NOTE: Delegates please bring their own device (laptop/ipad/phone) with something like garage band or Loopy installed, and headphones. Depending on their project, they might want an instrument of any kind. A limited supply of devices and instruments will be available.
Frances Roberts - Developing Musicianship in the Choir Rehearsal This session addresses development of musicianship in the choral rehearsal setting. Building listening skills, solfa and music literacy while learning choral repertoire. After thirty years of trial and error in my choral classes I have found some ways to increase the learning and understanding while still keeping the joy of singing primary in my classes. We will sing, hand sign listen and write together. Trying to maximize what little rehearsal time you have to get ready for that next concert you want to be building transferable skills that will keep your students moving forward as a musician and you happier as the teacher.
Daya Aceituno - Latin rhythm and choreography Daya Aceituno is well known in Havana for her “Banda Boyeros” with its energetic music and choreography. In this “hands-on” workshop you will have the opportunity to learn and play basic latin percussion instruments (guiro, clave, maracas) and learn some latin dance steps for the musicians in your band (Cha, Cha, Cha - Mambo - Rhumba)
Jody Stark - From Motown to 12-Tone: Project Learning in the Music Class In this session, participants will explore project learning as a way to deepen students' musical understanding and skills in the music classroom. In addition to discussing principles for quality project learning experiences, participants will try out several projects for elementary-aged students including musical mapping, song-writing from a model, 12-tone composition, and recreating a Motown performance. Connections to the BC Arts Curriculum and assessment will also be discussed.
Djana Ihas - Teaching Playing Techniques to Beginning/Intermediate String Students through Rote Exercises The purpose of this participatory educational session is to provide string teachers with rote exercises for the development of basic playing techniques including foundations, left-hand techniques, and right-hand techniques. These exercises can be used in heterogeneous and homogeneous orchestra classes as well as in private lessons and they are applicable to all four bowed string instruments. The exercises are derived from well-established string pedagogy approaches for teaching beginning and intermediate string students including Applebaum, Bornoff, Havas, Kievman, Rolland, Suzuki, and Sasshmannshaus. Participants will receive detailed handouts that can be immediately used in their teaching practices
Session 5: 9:45am - 10:45am
Nicholle Andrews - How Body Mapping Can Improve Gesture and Vocal Production Designed to bring awareness to tension habits, this body mapping presentation will focus on breathing and balance for conductors through lecture, discussion, and group activities. Body mapping trains us to replace our faulty body maps with correct maps in order to rely on our skeletal structure to support our weight and allow for effortless movement. The resulting ease can offer conductors a wider diversity of ensemble tone color, a better control of dynamic range, arm freedom and therefore freer gesture, stronger endurance, and better clarity and speed of articulation. Attendees will explore how, when we move in accordance with our anatomy, our gesture and performances gain a depth of expression that is communicated directly to our ensemble, and in turn, our audiences.
Johannes Wallmann – Comping for Jazz Pianists, Guitarists, Drummers, and Everyone Else! "Comping" is the partially improvised rhythmic and harmonic accompaniment in a jazz ensemble that is most often the role of pianists, guitarists and drummers. Charts published for the educational market often include fully-notated comping parts of inconsistent quality, and even well-written comping realizations remove opportunities for dialogue and spontaneity that are crucial for an engaging jazz performance. This session will demonstrate and explore standard comping roles and techniques for rhythmic section instruments - how to turn chord symbols and slashes into authentic jazz comping - and will reframe the role of comping from "accompanying" to "complementing" to allow any instrument to become a comping instrument. The demonstration will include a small group of student performers.
Charlotte Diamond - "Jump In And Sing" The Song Is Just The Beginning Sometimes we need to let go of our inhibitions and “Jump in and Sing!” The children love the sound of your voice because you are their teacher. Start your day with songs that move as well as teach language. Singing adds joy, a love of word play and curriculum development to every classroom. By interpreting the words through visuals, gesture, movement and sign language, the ideas are easily understood and retained. Singing together also builds a spirit of community and cooperation. Learning a second language opens doors to our multi-cultural world. Songs help to build our communication skills. Drawing on her background in the teaching of languages (English, French and Spanish) and music, Charlotte will demonstrate in her PRIZE Method: The use of Props (Puppets), Rhythm (Movement), Imagination, Zipper Songs and Echo Songs, which can be effective with all age groups. Songs such as “May There Always Be Sunshine”, “I am a Pizza” (Je suis une pizza), “Each of us is a Flower” and “Octopus” (Slippery Fish) provide language patterns that allow the students to create their own song variations. New songs will be introduced from Charlotte’s latest CD’s, “24 Carrot Diamond – The Best of Charlotte Diamond” and “Diamonds by the Sea”. Be prepared to take away ideas that you can use immediately with your children. The song is just the beginning! Participation, questions and discussion are encouraged. Visit: www.charlottediamond.com for more information
Evie Ladin - Dancing With Others Basic skills for dancing solo in a group, with a partner, and connected to a group. Two step, Electric Slide, Square Dance - successful methods and skills for partnering and general dance.
Jeff Saunders - The Possibilities of Cloud Based Recording With the increased attention to contemporary music and composition/production courses in our provincial curriculum there is an impetus for music educators to incorporate more modern technologies in their practice. Learn about a cloud-based DAW called Soundtrap that will allow your students to record from home and collaborate with fellow musicians all in real time.
Pat Kostek - “Thumbs Up”, the Basics of Playing Clarinet Have you ever wished your clarinet section could play with a richer, darker tone and more dynamic range? Do articulated passages sound heavy and sluggish? Is going over the break like scaling Mt. Everest? This clinic will focus on the basic concepts of clarinet teaching by offering concrete tools, practical techniques and fun strategies for building a strong clarinet section. Optional: Bring a clarinet mouthpiece, medium strength reed (and a clarinet if you have one!) for hands on experience.
Kate Smith - SongWorks in French: Alouette and Beyond If asked to sing a French Canadian song, which would you choose? For many, the song "Alouette" would spring to mind. Can you hear this rollicking melody? Thought to be a song sung by the early voyageurs as they paddled their canoes, this well known song has become almost the anthem of Quebec and other French Canadian communities. It is a standard in French immersion classrooms. In this session, Kate will present a variety of active and energetic songs and song games in French including a delightful nest game in which the young alouette or skylark learns to fly. Activities which reflect a love of French music,language and culture, will be suitable for a range of ages from early primary to late intermediate. Materials can be adapted to suit both General Music instruction and French immersion classes. Although singing will be in French, the workshop will be given in English. This presentation will also demonstrate SongWorks principles and practices in a non English cultural setting. How might these simple French language songs and games serve as a springboard for melodic and rhythmic study, for an exploration of form, for a broadening of cultural and historical perspectives and an appreciation of the beauty and strength of another language?
Anita Prest & Scott Goble - Study on Indigenizing Choral Music Education "Fostering intercultural understanding in B.C. music classes with Indigenous languages and musics" Following on the British Columbia (BC) Ministry of Education’s 2015 mandate requiring the embedding of local Indigenous knowledge, pedagogy, and worldviews into K–12 curricula in all subjects, we undertook a study of the ways in which some public school music educators in BC have worked with Indigenous community members to successfully facilitate the embedding of local Indigenous knowledge in their K-12 music classes and schools. Among other findings, we learned how the languages and musical practices of European-Americans differ from those of Indigenous peoples and reflect their respective worldviews, and how attending to those differences in music classes can help to foster intercultural understanding. In this session, we will discuss how a people’s “language habits” can influence their perceptions and present examples of ways some B.C. music teachers are presently supporting the revitalization of Indigenous languages and musics—and thus embedding Indigenous worldviews—in their classes.
Session 6: 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Jonathan Krueger - Teach Your Choir to Fish! Pressure to perform can sometimes make music teachers feel that there is not enough time in class to do everything that they wish. This sense of urgency can often lead them to make pedagogical choices that seem “efficient”, but in the end quick fixes are not best practice when it comes to student development. The old saying about giving a person a fish or teaching a person to fish really fits well here. Come and see how you can help students develop mastery of rhythm, intervals, key signatures, and other complex theory concepts meant to support sight-singing using just minutes per rehearsal. By using a systematic approach, one can equip their students with an impressive list of musical skills in a surprisingly short period of time. All it takes is consistency, and a plan.
Bill Clark - Improvisation for All: From Core Music Purposeful Play to the High School Jazz Solo! In this workshop you will be introduced to games, lessons, units, warm ups and strategies that allow students to become comfortable with the concept of creating their own music on the spot, as individuals or an ensemble. Mr. Clark has extensive experience teaching improvisation from K-12 and will demonstrate how implementing elements of improvisation can be used to support purposeful play in the elementary music curriculum while also addressing the risk taking, collaboration and self growth involved in learning to improvise in the High School Jazz Band setting. Students and teachers will learn fun ways to approach improvisation as a vehicle for continuous personal exploration and growth throughout the curriculum. Please bring instruments if you have them!
Dominique Bernath - The Art of Playing Percussion: Hitting vs Humanizing This clinic will focus on developing/changing mindsets of young concert band/orchestral percussionists from cacophony to creativity through simple techniques, postures, and gear choices even when choices are limited. Through sparking imagination on the part of the players, they become more resourceful, proud of their accomplishments, and actively-contributing members of the ensemble. This has a trickle-down effect into every aspect of their lives as well. So often, the percussion section is regarded as a "musicality-free-zone" by the students who choose to play it. My goal will be to equip the educators on how to encourage and inspire their percussionists to become thoughtful, contemplative musicians and teach them to care about every note they deliver.
Evie Ladin - Body Music Around the World Body Music - clapping, stepping, snapping, singing - is the oldest music on the planet. Explore how traditional and contemporary cultures around the world use their human instrument to make music.
Lawrence Wu - Sound System Demystified: A Masterclass on Sound Reinforcement for Vocal Ensemble Directors What microphones do we use? What about monitors? What is the best way to set the sound system up? The answer to these types of questions lies in understanding what the ensemble needs from the sound system in order to perform within the acoustics of the venue. By identifying the critical parameters, sound reinforcement requirements can be addressed as objective decisions. In this masterclass, we will illustrate how the setup and operation of a sound system starts with understanding the performance parameters required by the ensemble. We will examine how stage layout, system components, and console configuration including live recording options are derived in pre-production planning using readily available online resources to inform decisions on the production.
Johannes Wallmann – Jazz Piano Basics for Music Educators This fast-paced, one-hour introduction to jazz piano covers basic skills music educators can use to accompany their jazz students, ensemble sections, or vocal jazz ensembles in lessons or rehearsals, and to coach their jazz ensembles’ student pianists. The clinic will cover an introduction to chord symbols (with a suggested teaching method to avoid a common confusion between the meanings of “maj” and “min” in chord symbols) and to using chord symbols to create authentic sounding jazz chord voicings, bass lines, and comping rhythms. The session clinician, pianist Johannes Wallmann, leads the jazz studies program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he teaches an annual jazz piano class for music education students.
Jody Stark - Design Learning, Technology, and Creative Process: A Sound Design Project In this session, participants will be introduced to a process for developing students’ capacities to create that can be used as a basis for design learning in the arts. Participants will walk through a model sound design project using Pierre Gosselin’s theory for creation as a framework and will also have the chance to explore several iPad applications (many of which are also available for computer). The four apps that will be introduced are: DM1, a drum machine that students can use to create beats and various forms, iDensity, a granular synthesizer that allows students to manipulate samples and create sound effects, Fonofone, a Canadian sound creation and group performance application designed especially for children, and Garageband, which allows students to create melodies and to put it all together. All of these apps can be used for working with students of various ages. Bring your iPad and headphones (or just headphones). Participants may want to download one or more of these applications ahead of time in order to explore how they work in the session. All are available in the App Store for under $10. (Please note: iPad not required to attend).
Djana Ihas - Teaching Right-Hand Playing Techniques to String Students of Levels: A to Z The purpose of this participatory educational session is to provide participants with exercises for teaching right-hand techniques from the beginning through intermediate to advanced levels of playing. For easier comprehension, the exercises are organized and will be explained/demonstrated in three subcategories: (a) Bow Hold Steps & Bow Hold Exercises, (b) Whole & Straight Bow Exercises, (c) Bow Strokes, (c) Bowing Patterns, and (d) Tone Production. Exercises are derived from several well-known beginning/intermediate and advanced string pedagogy approaches for violin and viola, but they can easily be adapted for cello and double bass. Participants will receive detailed handouts that can be immediately used in their teaching practices.
Session 7: 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Laura Harrison - Vocal Jazz Improvisation: Where to Begin Laura is bringing her premier choir, NiteCap, to be your accompanist for this session! You will be improvising with NiteCap using the tools that she will teach you in our session. Rudimentary concepts are all it takes to get started… so we will start at the beginning.
Bob Rebagliati – Trouble Shooting the Rhythm Section In trouble shooting the rhythm section over the years, I have noticed that there are some basic issues preventing the rhythm section from really integrating into and supporting the band. These issues are frequently common between bands. There is no doubt that with more knowledge of rhythm section basics, jazz band directors will be able to better integrate and musically inform the 'band within the band'. This clinic will review important basics of all five instruments in the rhythm section: piano, bass, drum set, guitar and auxiliary percussion. Bring your questions.
Dominique Bernath - Who's afraid of the Big Bad Timpani? This clinic will focus on two major aspects of the timpani: performance technique and basic maintenance and troubleshooting.More often than not, music educators have had zero to minimal instruction on timpani technique, and haven’t yet realized the instrument’s full potential in the concert band. My goals are to provide the teachers with proper technique, tips and tricks for producing good tone, and inspiring a renewed interest in using timpani to augment the sound of the band. The second part relates to maintenance. My most common service call is to fix timpani, and often the problems can be resolved with a few turns of a key. Q&A to follow.
Helen Van Spronsen - Prepare, Preset, Practice (Assess)! Prepare, Present, Practice. Kodaly teachers have long been taught this mantra. Helen will present a number of songs and activities that will demonstrate the many stages of introducing a new musical concept to elementary musicians, and will also reveal why the 'assess' is in brackets!
Jeff Saunders - Basic PA Setup and Sound Design For Teachers We've all been there. It's time to set up for a concert, or your classroom at the beginning of the year, and you find yourself face-to-face with a tangled mass of stereo cable, a mixing board with too many knobs and the dreaded microphone feedback. What does PA even stand for anyway? This session will help simplify the process, provide setup advice and basic theory of sound amplification.
Missy Haynes - The KAIROS Blanket Exercise The KAIROS Blanket Exercise is a workshop that explores the nation-to-nation relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada. Blankets arranged on the floor represent land and participants are invited to step into the roles of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. The workshop helps people to understand how the colonization of this land impacts those who were here long before settlers arrived. It engages people’s minds and hearts in understanding why the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples is often broken and how we can take action together. Please note that this is a powerful hands-on workshop that will be done in an oral tradition.
Yolanda Lehton - Drums Alive for Music Teachers Using rhythm as the source of inspiration to discover a new group fitness experience Drums Alive® combines the benefits of a traditional physical fitness program with the brain affected benefits of music and rhythm. Drums Alive® is a program that fosters a healthy balance physically, mentally, emotionally and socially! This session is an introduction to the fun and music class potential of the Drums Alive DRUMTASTIC program. This program can be taught at any grade level however this session will focus on some of the fun options for a K-7 music classroom. Bring your running shoes to participate in this whole body, whole mind music experience.