Jan
26
9:00am 9:00am

MMC - Small Movers, Big Ideas: Active Music Making in Lower Elementary

Presented with Kristin Vogt Moore at the Michigan Music Conference

As with many foundational concepts, purposeful and creative movement can and should begin at the onset of music education. In this session, participants will engage with practical considerations for incorporating movement in the primary grades. Session participants will be led in activities specifically targeted toward building confidence and inspiring every child to express musicianship through movement. Specific attention will be given to appropriate sequencing of movement concepts.

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Jan
26
3:00pm 3:00pm

MMC - Small Movers, Big Ideas: Active Music Making in Upper Elementary

Presented with Kristin Vogt Moore at the Michigan Music Conference

This session will exhibit strategies to demonstrate understanding, foster independent musicianship, and cultivate creativity through quality movement experiences. In this session, participants will explore practical applications for sequencing musical concepts through movement in the upper elementary grades. Although movement activities at this stage of music learning still incorporate exploration and vocabulary building, appropriate extensions provide space for student agency and creativity.

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Nov
7
1:00pm 1:00pm

Look to Books! Inspiring Creativity Through Children's Literature

In this session, attendees will experience the many ways children's literature can be incorporated into the elementary general music classroom.  Familiar books are used as jumping off points for everything from lesson planning to program planning.  Lesson ideas incorporate free exploration, naming and practicing of musical elements, and creative extensions.  Special attention will be given to scaffolding from concept knowledge into framework for improvisation and composition across different mediums, with emphasis on movement and barred instruments.

Conference of the Ontario Music Educator's Association and the Canadian Music Industry Education Committee, November 5-7, 2015.

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Nov
6
2:45pm 2:45pm

Take Action! Strategies for Applying Action Research in the Music Classroom

presented with Jennifer Blackwell & Nicholas Roseth

Music teachers are often isolated specialists who must learn to evaluate their own teaching critically, and enact changes to benefit their students. Using Action Research principles (reflect, plan, act, and observe), we will provide real-world examples for improving practice in several teaching contexts. While encouraging reflective, dynamic, and flexible teaching, such strategies also help in preparing for teacher evaluations, lesson planning, and tracking student progress.

Grounded in realistic expectations for today’s teachers, we suggest strategies for making small changes that produce major results. This workshop is intended for K-12 teachers, studio teachers, community music facilitators, and anyone interested in systematically reflecting on their teaching to enact positive change.

Conference of the Ontario Music Educator's Association and the Canadian Music Industry Education Committee, November 5-7, 2015.

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