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Thursday, October 12
 

8:45am PDT

Music Educators - Music Education for All!
Come to our session for all music educators, featuring our CMEA State President, Scott Hedgecock. We will have an amazing time for collaboration together, and discuss leadership and advocacy across California.

Speakers
avatar for Scott Hedgecock

Scott Hedgecock

President, California Music Educators Association (CMEA)
Scott Hedgecock, CMEA President, is in his twelfth year of leadership service to CMEA, having served in his section in various roles, as a Section President, and as CMEA Vice President. Mr. Hedgecock also served for ten years on the board of the Southern California Vocal Association... Read More →


Thursday October 12, 2017 8:45am - 10:00am PDT
Casa del Prado Room 103 1650 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101

10:15am PDT

Demystifying the Bow Markings and Bowing the Parts
Bow markings and bowing the parts is vital to the interpretation of the music. This session will give the orchestra teacher a basic knowledge on how to interpret the various bow markings and how to bow the parts to suit their interpretation.

Speakers
AJ

Albert Jeung

Orchestra Teacher, Aliso Niguel High School
Albert Jeung is the Director of Orchestras at Aliso Niguel High School, Aliso Viejo, CA in the Capistrano Unified School District. The school possesses one of the largest and most extensive high school orchestra programs in the state of California consisting of five string orchestras... Read More →
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Amy Villanova

Coordinator, Instrumental Music, Canyon Crest Academy
Amy Villanova is the Coordinator of the Envision Instrumental Music Program at Canyon Crest. She directs the Wind Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra and Jazz Band as well as assists with the Instrumental Music Conservatory. She is bringing with her the CCA Orchestra to serve... Read More →



Thursday October 12, 2017 10:15am - 11:15am PDT
Casa del Prado Room 207 1650 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
  MUSIC, Music

10:15am PDT

Helping Students with Special Needs Find Success in Music
Learn support strategies for students with disabilities so that your program can be truly inclusive.

Speakers
avatar for Amy Cruz

Amy Cruz

VAPA Special Ed Resource Teacher/Band Director, Bonita Vista Middle School
Amy Cruz started her teaching career 20 years ago after getting a music education degree from New York University and a Masters degree from Queens College. She has always been an advocate for making the arts accessible to all students. Two years ago, she developed a curriculum for... Read More →



Thursday October 12, 2017 10:15am - 11:15am PDT
Casa del Prado Room 204 1650 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
  MUSIC, Music

10:15am PDT

Music Technology For ALL Students(CTE/AME)

How to add music technology to your program. An overview of software, hardware and projects that will get students writing and recording their own  original music regardless of their previous music experience. 

Speakers
MA

Matt Armstrong

Director San Marcos High School, San Marcos HS Music Dept
Mr. Armstrong began teaching at San Marcos High School in 2004 and in 2015 accepted the position of Visual and Performing Arts Coordinator for San Marcos Unified. Named San Marcos High School Teacher of the Year, and San Marcos Unified Teacher of the year in 2013, Music Educator of... Read More →



Thursday October 12, 2017 10:15am - 11:15am PDT
San Diego History Center Conference Room 1649 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101 Suite #3

10:15am PDT

Orff-Schulwerk, STEAM and you: Making Connections
Join members of San Diego American Orff Schulwerk Association as they present active ways to engage your elementary students of all ages to sing, say, move, and play your way in creative music and movement activities including STEAM connections.

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Beeson

Michelle Beeson

Ocean Air STEAM+ Music Teacher, Del Mar Union School District
.BA in Music; MA in Church Music; Credential Music Teacher for 11 years (Del Mar, CA); Teaching all ages music 30 years in IL, IN , OK, CA ; President San Diego AOSA
avatar for ondrya leavitt

ondrya leavitt

facilitator/presenter, hilltop drive elementary school
Ondrya Leavitt has been involved in Music since 1994. She holds a B.A. in Music Theory/Piano Performance, an M.A.T from Chapman University, and Orff Schulwerk Levels training I-III. Ondrya has taught elementary students in the areas of Band, Choir, and for the past 4 years, full time... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Marakovits

Jennifer Marakovits

Elementary Music Teacher, Mueller Charter
Mrs. Jennifer Marakovits teaches general music, choral, and instrumental ensembles at Mueller Charter School of the Chula Vista Elementary School District. Mrs. Marakovits has a Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester, New York concentrating... Read More →
avatar for Crystal Pridmore

Crystal Pridmore

Music Teacher, Chula Vista ESD
Crystal Pridmore has been teaching music for 10 years as a private voice instructor, secondary choir director, early childhood music specialist, and PreK-8 general music teacher. She currently runs the general music, choral, and strings program for PreK-6th grade students at Finney... Read More →



Thursday October 12, 2017 10:15am - 11:15am PDT
Casa del Prado Room 206 1650 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101

10:15am PDT

Sight-Singing Tips, Techniques, and Technology
Explore methodology for teaching sight-singing, including a look at CMEA/SCVA festival sight-singing rubrics and materials.

Speakers
avatar for Maureen Blinn

Maureen Blinn

Music Director, Gaspar de Portola Middle School
Maureen Blinn is a San Diego transplant by way of New Jersey, where she began teaching music 13 years ago. She earned her Bachelor of Music from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University where she studied Piano Performance and Music Education. She has also done graduate... Read More →
avatar for Cassandra Brown

Cassandra Brown

Music Teacher, San Diego Unified School District
Music (CMEA-SBS)
avatar for Sara Freese

Sara Freese

Director of Choral Music, CPMA Middle School, San Diego Unified School District
Sara Spafford Freese is Director of Choral Music at Creative Performing Media Arts Magnet Middle School where over three hundred students are enrolled in choral music. The sequential program that Mrs. Freese built at CPMA offers four levels of choir and a 6th Grade Exploratory Music... Read More →


Thursday October 12, 2017 10:15am - 11:15am PDT
Casa del Prado Room 103 1650 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101

10:15am PDT

Teaching Percussionists: Essentials! for the 21st Century
This session will focus on essential snare drum and mallet percussion fundamentals (grip, stroke, etc) that you may not have learned in your percussion methods class, including an emphasis on skills and concepts in alignment with the demands of the 21st century. The session will include live performance and demonstration, as well as hands-on interaction.

Speakers
avatar for David Whitman

David Whitman

Lecturer of Percussion and Studio Artist Faculty, San Diego State University
Trained as a well-rounded percussionist in the orchestra, as a jazz musician on the bandstand, and as an artist under the tutelage of great teachers like Joe Morello and Dave King, Dr. Whitman brings a passion and deep respect for the music to the audiences whenever he performs. Praised... Read More →


Thursday October 12, 2017 10:15am - 11:15am PDT
Casa del Prado Room 205 1650 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
  MUSIC, Music

11:30am PDT

Encouraging Vocal Creativity Through Jazz
How can you meet educational standards for improvisation and creativity while inspiring your vocalists to not just be musical consumers, but creators? This hands-on session will get you singing and give you lots of ideas!

Speakers
avatar for Matt Falker

Matt Falker

Piano / Vocal Jazz Professor, MiraCosta College
I am professor of vocal jazz, jazz and classical piano. I am a member of ACDA and JEN and attend conferences regularly. I am primary arranger and bass vocalist for the pro vocal jazz group "True North" - truenorthquartet.com


Thursday October 12, 2017 11:30am - 12:30pm PDT
Casa del Prado Room 103 1650 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
  MUSIC, Music

11:30am PDT

Including All Students through Music
We all know that music is engaging, rewarding and fun. For special learners, music can be a powerful tool for learning and including all students. This experiential workshop will present some of the challenges that special learners face in the classroom and to successfully include them in classroom experiences. Case examples, videos, resources and tools will be presented.

Speakers
avatar for Julie Guy

Julie Guy

Co-Founder/Vice-President/Music Therapist, The Music Therapy Center of CA & Banding Together
Julie graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s of Music Degree in flute performance from Central Washington University and a Master’s in Music Therapy from Western Michigan University. She has received training from the Center for Biomedical Training as a neurologic music therapy... Read More →
avatar for Angela Neve

Angela Neve

President, The Music Therapy Center of California
Ms. Neve is a board-certified neurologic music therapist, songwriter and co-owner of The Music Therapy Center of California. She received her degree in Music Education/Music Therapy from Wartburg College, and master’s degree in neurologic music therapy from Colorado State University... Read More →



Thursday October 12, 2017 11:30am - 12:30pm PDT
Casa del Prado Room 204 1650 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101

11:30am PDT

Incorporate Composition in Band and Orchestra now!
The National Core Standards in Music emphasize a creative approach to traditional school band and orchestra classes. This session will demonstrate creative teaching ideas, lesson plans, and inspirational approaches to help you bring composing and improvising to your middle school or high school band or orchestra students. These creative ideas may also be adapted to any level and any type of music class!

Speakers
AK

Alexander Koops

Director of Undergraduate Music Education, Azusa Pacific University
Dr. Alexander Koops joined the music faculty at Azusa Pacific University in August 2001 and is currently Director of Undergraduate Music Education, and Associate Director of Bands. He holds a D.M.A. in Music Education from the University of Southern California, with minors in theory... Read More →


Thursday October 12, 2017 11:30am - 12:30pm PDT
Casa del Prado Room 205 1650 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101

11:30am PDT

Ready, Set .... Festival!
Festival time is drawing near! Learn how to harness imagination and context to take your good festival performance to great - all while providing a better overall education experience for your students. Professional Conductor Dana Zimbric coaches two student orchestras on their festival repertoire, to demonstrate how fine tuning these skills can elevate your program.

Speakers
avatar for Cassandra Brown

Cassandra Brown

Music Teacher, San Diego Unified School District
Music (CMEA-SBS)
avatar for Zachary Christy

Zachary Christy

Orchestra Director, Poway Unified School District
Zachary Christy received his Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Point Loma Nazarene University, and is currently completing a Master of Arts in Teaching from PLNU. Zachary has performed across the country with several ensembles, including the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle... Read More →
avatar for Dana Zimbric

Dana Zimbric

Artistic Director and Conductor, Classics 4 Kids
A champion for music education, Dana Zimbric is an award-winning conductor and educator who has served as the Artistic Director of Classics 4 Kids and Conductor of the Classics Philharmonic Orchestra for the past fifteen seasons.In addition to her work with Classics 4 Kids, Ms. Zimbric... Read More →


Thursday October 12, 2017 11:30am - 12:30pm PDT
Casa del Prado Room 207 1650 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101

11:30am PDT

String Band — Teaching Kids to Sing AND Play
A string band is an old-time music ensemble made up of chordophones, a forerunner of bluegrass and country music bands. Building such a group in elementary schools around ukuleles allows students to learn how to accompany themselves while singing. In the process they develop an independent sense of pitch, harmony and rhythm — especially swing. String bands are also an unsurpassed way to introduce children to classic songs from the folk, country, rock and jazz catalog. This is a hands-on session, so be ready to sing AND play.

Please bring a ukulele with you to the session if possible. Other instruments will be provided.

Speakers
avatar for Richard Lawton

Richard Lawton

General Music Instructor/CMEA General Music Rep, Roscomare Road Elementary School, Los Angeles & CMEA
Richard Lawton is the General Music Representative for the California Music Educators Association and for the Southwestern Section of CMEA and the K-5 general music teacher at Roscomare Road Elementary School in Los Angeles. Richard is president of the Los Angeles Chapter of the American... Read More →


Thursday October 12, 2017 11:30am - 12:30pm PDT
Casa del Prado Room 206 1650 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101

12:30pm PDT

CMEA-SBS Collegiate Lunch
Pre-professional collegiate students come together to eat lunch, network, and learn more about how CMEA-SBS can support their exciting journey into the music teaching profession.

Speakers
avatar for John Dally

John Dally

Associate Professor of Music, Point Loma Nazarene University
John is a Southern California native. He received a BA in Music Education from Point Loma Nazarene University and his Master of Music from Sam Houston State University (ABC). After teaching music for eight years in the San Diego Unified School District, John joined the music faculty... Read More →


Thursday October 12, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm PDT
Casa del Prado Room 103 1650 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101

1:30pm PDT

Barbershop Harmony; Yes You Can
Music teachers say they can't teach barbershop harmony because (1) they don't know how, (2) it's complicated, (3)they were never taught how, etc. Now is your chance to hear from a peer that knows how it works and why students get excited to sing those harmonies.

Speakers
PG

Paul Girard

Youth In Harmony Chairman, Pacific Coast Harmony, Barbershop Harmony Society
Paul Girard was a Naval oFficer and government contractor in technical fields. When he retired, he continued singing barbershop harmony, which he took up late in life after experiencing the close harmonies. He found a calling in helping youth find the joys of barbershop harmony, fostering... Read More →
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Barbara Toombs

Choral Teacher, Marston Middle School, SDUSD
Barbara Toombs has a BA in MU ED (vocal/instrumental) from SDSU and a teaching certificate from National U. She has been teaching for 25 years. She encouraged her students to attend several barbershop workshops and was delighted by their enthusiasm and the skills they learned. She... Read More →



Thursday October 12, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
Casa del Prado Room 103 1650 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101

1:30pm PDT

Developing Empathy and Understanding Through World Music
This session will focus on utilizing music as a lens through which students view the historical and cultural connections of people around the world and within our own communities to help develop empathy and understanding. Participants will collaborate to create a unique performance by the end of the session!

Speakers
avatar for Aaron Bryan

Aaron Bryan

Visual & Performing Arts Program Manager, Fresno County Superintendent of Schools
Aaron Bryan serves as the Director of Visual & Performing Arts Department at the office of the Fresno County Superintendent of Schools. Aaron is also an adjunct faculty member for the School of Education at Fresno Pacific University. He holds a BA in Music Education from Fresno Pacific... Read More →
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Nomsa Burkhardt

Center for World Music artist-teacher Nomsa Burkhardt is an extraordinary dancer, folk singer and percussionist of Zulu heritage, born in Soweto, South Africa. She spent most of her formative years in KwaZulu, Natal, a region famous for its rich Zulu heritage and culture. There, she... Read More →
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Monica Emery

Executive Director, Center for World Music
Born in New Jersey, where she was raised by her Chinese father and Filipino mother, Monica experienced a wide variety of cultural practices growing up. Traditional Chinese and Filipino dance provided her a way to connect with the cultural roots of her family as well as the opportunity... Read More →
avatar for Jonathan Parker

Jonathan Parker

World Music in the Schools Program Director, Center for World Music
A musician and folklorist, Jonathan Parker plays a wide variety of musical instruments, including the fiddle, tin whistle, mandolin, and the säckpipa and gaita gallega (bagpipes of Sweden and Spain). As a founding board member of the non-profit organization San Diego Folk Heritage... Read More →
avatar for Stefanie Schmitz

Stefanie Schmitz

Teaching Artist, Center for World Music
Stefanie Schmitz has been a part of the San Diego music scene since 2001. Her love affair with Brazilian music began when she enrolled in a samba drumming class at UCSD. Performing traditional Brazilian folk music on clarinet, in 2009 she formed San Diego’s first choro group called... Read More →


Thursday October 12, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
Casa del Prado Room 204 1650 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101

1:30pm PDT

Maintaining your String Instruments (to help eliminate repairs)
Putting on a string correctly, lubricating the pegs, nut, bridge & saddle, checking the bridge, sound post & tailpiece are in correct placement for optimum resonance, how best to clean off rosin, when is it time to re-hair the bow, tightening/loosening issues of the bow screw, checking balance for the bow, why do I need winding & a leather "grip" for the bow, checking for cracks.

Please bring a violin to this session.

Speakers
CW

Charlie Wolf

Charles Wolf is a retired Music Educator after 35 years teaching Band, Orchestra, & Jazz in the classroom. Charles has been honored to guest conduct Orchestras & Bands since being retired and especially misses teaching eager students that are found in music classes. He's been recipient... Read More →


Thursday October 12, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
Casa del Prado Room 205 1650 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101

1:30pm PDT

Swing and Democracy: Musical Negotiation Through Time
Investigate the roots of Jazz as we trace its lineage and understand its implications within a musical ensemble.

Speakers
JR

John Reynolds

Teacher, San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts
Dr. John Reynolds is a highly sought trumpeter in Southern California, adept in performing many styles of music. John holds a Doctorate in Musical Arts from the University of Southern California as well as degrees from San Diego State University and Point Loma Nazarene University... Read More →


Thursday October 12, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
Casa del Prado Room 207 1650 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101

1:30pm PDT

Teaching the Blues in the Orff Classroom
Emphasizing fundamental blues elements such as call and response, swing, and the minor third allows students to identify these elements in everything from church sermons to rock and roll and to use them confidently in music-making. We will explore strategies for teaching these elements using Orff classroom resources — barred instruments, recorders, ukuleles, singing and movement.

Please bring a ukulele with you to the session if possible. Other instruments will be provided. 

Speakers
avatar for Richard Lawton

Richard Lawton

General Music Instructor/CMEA General Music Rep, Roscomare Road Elementary School, Los Angeles & CMEA
Richard Lawton is the General Music Representative for the California Music Educators Association and for the Southwestern Section of CMEA and the K-5 general music teacher at Roscomare Road Elementary School in Los Angeles. Richard is president of the Los Angeles Chapter of the American... Read More →


Thursday October 12, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
Casa del Prado Room 206 1650 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101