Pre-Conference Sessions

Pre-Conference:  January 12, 2017 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

2 great opportunities

10:00 to 4:00
Guitar for your Classroom

This series of pre-conference workshops will progressively build upon one another, allowing educators of all levels to participate at a time in the day that best fits their skill level.  Starting with beginners, this workshop will focus on the basics and fundamentals early in the morning.  By afternoon, educators with an intermediate to experienced skill set will be able to join in, learning additional tips and gaining resources that will help them implement guitar teaching into their classrooms.

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10:00 to 10:50
When In Doubt, Move About: Incorporating Movement to Enhance Musicality in the Choral Classroom

Jennifer Sengin

As choral directors, we are always looking for ways to engage our singers in the rehearsal process. Movement provides singers the opportunity to physically experience the music. Whether singers are drawing a phrase, stepping notation, or simply combining a gesture to engage in musical expressivity, there are many ways to physically connect to the repertoire. This workshop will provide participants with the opportunity to explore and experience movement techniques, which enliven the learning process. The goal of this active workshop is to empower directors to consider using these strategies in their own choral rehearsals.

11:00 to 4:00
Meaningful Movement: Dalcroze Eurhythmics for All

This experiential workshop will be offer movement activities for introductory, beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels of K-12 students for both the general music and ensemble classrooms.  Rooted in the philosophy of Jaques-Dalcroze, students will increase concentration, rhythmic integrity, expressivity, and social interaction.  This workshop will also address rhythmic solfège, piano improvisation, and assessment for expressive movement.  Teachers will be able to view videos of students in action, and discuss the benefits and challenges of creating a culture of movement in their practice. 

The philosophy of Dalcroze respects the child and the potential each one holds.  It is an approach that satisfies our music education goals but more importantly, the needs of our children. “It is the job of education to bring out the child’s musical nature.” – Jaques-Dalcroze

No prior experience in the Dalcroze approach is necessary.