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ENL Students in Music
Oct
26
10:00 AM10:00

ENL Students in Music

Presented by Leonore Nelson & Debbie Degenhardt


La Idioma, Die Sprache, La Langue of Music (by Leonore Nelson)

This session will examine how the music classroom can be used as a space to promote language learning for all students. We will explore music activities in a variety of languages and identify strategies to help our students navigate new languages. Through this lens, we will then explore how these strategies can be used regularly in the music classroom to reinforce English language learning.

Teach it, Speak it, Spell it, Sing it! Teaching
English Language Learners without Sacrificing your Curricular Goals! (by Debbie Degenhardt)

Learning a language is a lot easier when materials taught are relevant to the child. Maximize the Joy of Learning with these fun, engaging song activities which not only reinforce and enhance your English Speakers’ skills, they put your ENL kids on the fast track to success! Lessons consisting of cross curricular activities, including samples from Debbie’s Literacy Through Music Curriculum, and original STEAM activities (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Math) are kid-tested, with thorough, yet easy to follow lesson plans. Your administrators and colleagues will be thrilled with these additions to your classroom!


Leonore Nelson has worked as a singer, music teacher and choir director both in the United States and abroad. For the past ten years, she has taught music in New York City schools at both the elementary and middle school level. She is a strong advocate that all students, regardless of zip code or economic status, should receive music education and has founded music programs at two New York City schools, an elementary school in the South Bronx and a middle school in Washington Heights. She is the co-founder of the NYC Music Educators Collective and City Music Educator’s Festival: Uptown. Leonore is very interested in language and spent several years living in Berlin, Germany where she studied German and taught English to both adults and children. She currently works at MS 319 Maria Teresa, a bilingual middle school in Washington Heights, where she has experience designing music instruction for various levels of ELL students. Leonore received a B.M. in Voice Performance from Umass, Amherst, an M.A. in Music Education from Columbia Teachers College, and studied briefly at the Kodaly Institute in Kecskemet, Hungary. She is currently working on her Advanced Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership from SUNY Stony Brook. In addition to education, Leonore sings semi-professionally with the NYC based choral collective C4, performing modern choral music written in the last 25 years.

Ms. Degenhardt is a General Music, Choral and Orchestral teacher for Merrimac Elementary School (K-5) in the Sachem Central School District. She earned her Bachelors in Music Education from SUNY Fredonia and her Masters in Jazz/Commercial Performance from Manhattan School of Music. She has achieved Master Level status in Orff-Schulwerk training, and Level 3 training in World Music Drumming. She has presented on the Local, State, National and International levels, having presented in Osaka and Tsuda, Japan where she worked with Elementary School children and Adults. She is a Past President of the Long Island Chapter of the American Orff-Schulwerk Assoc. (LIAOSA), and has served as an All-County Co- Chair for the Suffolk County Music Educators’ Assoc. (SCMEA). On a National Level, she served as a Local Co-Chair for Signage for the AOSA National Conference in Atlantic City, NJ and served on the Conference Committee for the National Conference in Ft. Worth, TX. In addition to her teaching duties in the Sachem School District, she has served as Choral Director, Assistant Choral Director and Assistant Band Director of their Elementary Music Festival (an All-District event in Sachem). She is also a composer/lyricist/performer of cross-curricular music, with some of her original work appearing on iTunes, Spotify, CD Baby and other online services. She is now a Doctoral Candidate majoring in Music Education at Five Towns College, located in Dix Hills, NY.


This workshop satisfies 4 hours of CTLE Credit (forms available at Workshop)

  • Pre-registration cost for current MEANYC members is $15 online and $20 at door.

  • Cost for non-members is $25.

  • Collegiate members can register for free.

  • MEANYC professional members get one free workshop each school year. If you are a member and haven’t claimed your one free workshop, please visit your member dashboard and fill out the form.

  • Registration is non-refundable.


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Culturally Responsive Teaching in Music
Nov
23
10:00 AM10:00

Culturally Responsive Teaching in Music

Presented by Dr. Penny Prince & Dr. Lisa DeLorenzo


Tackling Social Justice through the Arts (by Dr. Penny Prince)

Drama, improvisation, and music are great vehicles for getting students to consider social justice themes. This is an interactive workshop touching on topics such as: LGBT sensitivity, mass incarceration, tolerance, and bullying. Come prepared to participate and have fun with Dr. Penny Prince from Lehman College, CUNY.

Making Music Relevant (by Dr. Lisa DeLorenzo)

There are many ways to connect music teaching with events happening all around us. Urban students, in particular, need to find relevance with music and the world in which they live. This interactive session will involve hands-on strategies that include themes of democracy, social justice, and cultural responsiveness. In addition, these strategies will focus on helping students become active change-agents in their community through music.


Dr. Penny Prince is a Professor of Music Education and Music Graduate Coordinator at Lehman College. She began her career as a pianist, and a teacher in music schools, private and public schools. She loves composing and writing lyrics, and has been producing original collaborative musicals for the past 30 years, now at Lehman College. Dr. Prince has found musical theatre to be the best vehicle to explore the multiple intelligences and to nurture social justice. Dr. Prince’s awards include MEANYC honoree, ASCAP Plus for 15 years, the Bronx Recognizes Its Own award, and grants for her musical productions.

Dr. Lisa DeLorenzo is Professor of Music Education and Graduate Coordinator of Music Education at the John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University, NJ. Her teaching experience includes both suburban and urban settings from K – university. Dr. DeLorenzo has published 3 books on teaching music for democracy and social justice. Her most recent book, Teaching Music: The Urban Experience was released in April. She has published many articles for leading music education journals. In addition, she is a clinician and a keynote speaker on urban education, democracy and social justice in music education at national, state and local venues.


This workshop satisfies 4 hours of CTLE Credit (forms available at Workshop)

  • Pre-registration cost for current MEANYC members is $15 online and $20 at door.

  • Cost for non-members is $25.

  • Collegiate members can register for free.

  • MEANYC professional members get one free workshop each school year. If you are a member and haven’t claimed your one free workshop, please visit your member dashboard and fill out the form.

  • Registration is non-refundable.


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Music Technology
Feb
29
10:00 AM10:00

Music Technology

Presented by Ethan Hein & Joshua Emanuel


An Art Class For Music (by Ethan Hein)

Computers and mobile devices make it possible for students to create good- sounding recordings, even at the novice level. This workshop will explore what it means to teach music as an art class. What hardware and software do you need? What styles and genres of music can you support? How do you structure project-based lessons? What can you do on a budget of zero? What resources are available online? We will talk through the tools and issues, and listen to samples of student work.

Incorporating Technology in Your Music Curriculum
(by Joshua Emanuel)

This session will be a lecture/presentation on techniques to incorporate technology into a school music curriculum. It will highlight specific technologies used to enhance student learning as they apply to music creation, performance, recording, and practice. Examples of student work will be shown to further the understanding of the participants. Technologies discussed will be accessible to teachers at varying degrees of technological experience and cost. This session will apply to instrumental, choral, and general music programs.


Ethan Hein is a Doctoral Fellow in music education at New York University, and an adjunct professor of music technology at NYU, Montclair State University, and the New School. As a founding member of the NYU Music Experience Design Lab, Ethan has taken a leadership role in the development of online tools for music learning and expression, most notably the Groove Pizza. Together with Will Kuhn, he is the co-author of Electronic Music School: Empowering Student Creativity, forthcoming from Oxford University Press. He maintains an influential blog at ethanhein.com.

Joshua Emanuel is a music educator, percussionist, music technology specialist, and composer from Suffern, NY. He received his B.M. in music education from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam and his M.S. in music technology from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, and has taught students ranging from kindergarten to undergraduate music majors. Joshua’s work focuses on the use of technology in music education as a tool to allow students to create and experience music. As a presenter, Joshua’s work has been shared at conferences across the United States and around the world. Joshua currently teaches middle school general music at Nanuet Public Schools in Nanuet, NY. He is also pursuing his PhD in Music Education at New York University.


This workshop satisfies 4 hours of CTLE Credit (forms available at Workshop)

  • Pre-registration cost for current MEANYC members is $15 online and $20 at door.

  • Cost for non-members is $25.

  • Collegiate members can register for free.

  • MEANYC professional members get one free workshop each school year. If you are a member and haven’t claimed your one free workshop, please visit your member dashboard and fill out the form.

  • Registration is non-refundable.


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Instrumental Music
Mar
7
10:00 AM10:00

Instrumental Music

Presented by Jennifer Schecter & Kris Gilbert


Beginning Band 101: Tips and Tricks for Starting Beginners in Large Ensemble Settings (by Jennifer Schecter)

Starting beginners properly is paramount to the success of a band program. This can be quite challenging here in New York City, as beginners are most often started in large ensemble settings, with mixed instrumentation. Ms. Schecter will share a multitude of strategies that were designed for teaching beginners in such situations. Topics will include: instrument selection, embouchure formation, basic sound production, instrument set-up, the role of solfege, and letter-name singing and the gradual introduction of method books. The session will culminate with a brief reading session covering a few staples of beginning band repertoire.

Please bring an instrument!

Composition Games for the Modern Band Classroom (Band and Orchestra too!) (by Kris Gilbert)

Bring an instrument! All instruments are welcome as this will be a hands-on workshop focusing on how to incorporate composition into your classroom through the Modern Band/Popular Music lens. Ideas and projects will be tested and shared so that you can feel confident to try composition with your students “on Monday morning.” All participants will receive reproducibles that they can use immediately.


Ms. Jennifer Schecter has directed the instrumental music program at Marie Curie Middle School 158 since 2004. Under her tenure, the MS 158 Band has been called upon to perform for former DOE chancellor Dennis D. Walcott and was honored with a special visit by singer/songwriter Josh Groban, who came to MS 158 to donate instruments and hear the band play. The band has achieved numerous gold, and gold with distinction, ratings at NYSSMA level III - and was featured at the 2018 Borough Arts Festival. An avid grant writer, Ms. Schecter has amassed over 500,000 dollars in grants for musical instruments, as well as materials and facility upgrades for the Arts Department. Schecter’s leadership activities at MS 158 include coordinating the College Access for All Assembly and the Band Buddies Music Mentoring Program. One of Ms. Schecter’s fervent passions is to inspire other educators to build successful music programs in New York City Schools. Ms. Schecter has taken on twenty student teachers and has mentored young band directors all over Queens. She currently serves as a mentor through the NAfME mentoring program. Schecter has presented workshops on urban music education in: Columbus OH, Chicago, IL and Rochester, NY. She has been recognized as a Big Apple Awards Finalist in 2017 and 2019. As a Big Apple Ambassador, Schecter initiated the District 26 Music Professional Learning Committee where she facilitates professional learning activities for music teachers in the district. She also coordinated the first ever District 26 Night of Music, which involved over 300 students in grades 1-8, representing 12 schools across the district. Schecter is a DOE Music Professional Development Facilitator and recently served on the Music Standards Writing Team and the Chancellor’s Strategic Arts Planning Committee. Ms. Schecter is the associate conductor of the Queens Borough Wide Band program and has recently conducted regional band festivals in Nassau and Rockland counties. Additionally, she teaches music education courses at CUNY Hunter and Queens colleges. In her spare time, Ms. Schecter plays French horn in the Brooklyn Wind Symphony, is an active black belt member of her Taekwondo school, is a wife to a middle school social studies teacher and is a mom to a vibrant five-year-old named Mikayla.

Kris Gilbert received her Bachelor's of Music Education from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam and her Masters of Music in Composition from Binghamton University. She has been teaching for 22 years in upstate NY, with her last 20 years in the Whitney Point Central School District. She has taught high school band, marching band, jazz band, AP theory, Music Technology, General Music and Modern Band. Kris is an active clinician and has presented at NAfME All-National, NAfME All-Eastern, Little Kids Rock Modern Band Summit in Colorado, NYSSMA All-State, OMEA All-State, TMEA All-State, and TNMEA All-State. In addition to teaching, Kris is a music director for several local theater companies in the Binghamton, NY area, where she has music directed over 135 shows. She is an active conductor/composer/arranger and recently was awarded a commission with the Binghamton Community Orchestra that was performed in May 2018.


This workshop satisfies 4 hours of CTLE Credit (forms available at Workshop)

  • Pre-registration cost for current MEANYC members is $15 online and $20 at door.

  • Cost for non-members is $25.

  • Collegiate members can register for free.

  • MEANYC professional members get one free workshop each school year. If you are a member and haven’t claimed your one free workshop, please visit your member dashboard and fill out the form.

  • Registration is non-refundable.


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Special Learners
May
2
10:00 AM10:00

Special Learners

With Keynote Address by Dr. Elise Sobol

Presented by Katherine Stock & Sarah Fard


Music: A Safe Haven for Focused Learning in Special Education
(by Dr. Elise Sobol)

Teaching Tools for Inclusive Music (by Katherine Stock)

In this session, participants will learn tools and techniques to help their students with disabilities reach their full musical potential. We will discuss general guidelines for reading IEPs and for understanding the content. We will practice and discuss modifications, accommodations and adaptations within the music classroom. This workshop will help you to bring out the musician in all students with all abilities.

Music Literacy: Who Are We Including? (by Sarah Fard)

Music literacy remains a staple of music education. In fact, it rests at the core of the National Standards. Most higher learning institutes require music literacy as well, focusing on reading and writing music in standard music notation. However, studies suggest that standard music notation is not intuitive to most people (Tan, Wakefield, & Jeffries, 2009). In addition, musicians with disabilities such as dyslexia, dyscalculia, autism, amongst others, might find standard notation as a barrier to music making (McCord, 2006). In the inclusive music class, music educators will find that they must accommodate or modify in order to include all musicians in curricular goals. This presentation will explore the various reasons that standard music notation may need to be adapted for our students. Participants will evaluate existing adapted forms of notation, as well as new ways to invent notations specific to each student’s needs.


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Elise Sobol, Ed.D. Director of Music Education at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development is an educator/pianist who has made unique contributions to the fields of culturally relevant and inclusive teaching. Author of An Attitude and Approach for Teaching Music to Special Learners (Pentland Press, USA 2001, first edition, and MENC/Rowman & Littlefield Education, second edition, 2008, third edition, 2017), numerous journal articles, contributing author to city, state, and national education publications, Dr. Sobol has received recognition for her work as a leader in the field of teaching music to special learners. One of the National Honor Roll of Outstanding American Teachers, Professor Sobol is included in distinguished biographical publications such as Marquis’ Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in the World, Two Thousand Notable American Women, and the International Dictionary of Distinguished Leadership. A three time Grammy® nominated music educator, she was recently added to the roster of Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement inductees for 2018. In September, 2017, Dr. Sobol was appointed Visiting Associate Professor of Music Education at New York University. She retired in June 2016 from teaching high school music for students with developmental disabilities including autism spectrum disorders at the Rosemary Kennedy School, Wantagh, LI bringing thirty years of PK- 12 experience teaching in regular and special education settings to her new position at NYU. At the University she serves on the Teacher Education Council and the Neuro- diversity Task Force. She teaches Music for Exceptional Children, Student Teaching in Elementary and Secondary Schools, is responsible for field placements and supervision and advisement from undergraduate through doctoral programs. She is Founder/Director of the Continuing Education in Music Program (C.E.M.) an inclusive music education opportunity for adult learners at NYU’s Washington Square campus. Outside the university and since 1993, Dr. Sobol was appointed the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Chairperson of Music for Special Learners continually serving as an important resource for educators. Professor Sobol additionally serves as an Advisory Board member of the Berklee Institute for Arts Education and Special Needs, Boston, MA and Music Educators Association of New York City. She continues as Co-Chair of the Portfolio Committee for the New York State Regents Blue Ribbon Commission on the Arts helping to develop the 4 + 1 Arts Pathway. Active as an international clinician, Professor Sobol has brought her interactive style of facilitative instruction to participants throughout the Americas, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Asia. Topics draw upon her extensive research and experience teaching students with social, emotional behavioral, developmental, and learning disabilities with titles such as “Building Bridges for Learning with Music,” “Cultivating Cognition with Musical Interventions,” “Reaching Higher with Music in Education,” “Music for Milestones,” “Rehearsal Techniques for Successful Inclusion Practices in Music Performance,” and “Music-Assisted Learning for Students on the Autism Spectrum.” Her dissertation research “Autism Research: Music Aptitude’s effect on developmental/academic gains for students with significant cognitive/language delays” provided cutting edge data for higher education. The research can be accessed through St. John’s University ProQuest Dissertations and Theses, 127. Contact elise.sobol@nyu.edu for more information.

Katherine Stock is a graduate of the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College with a Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance and a Masters in Music Education. Katherine is a freelance percussionist, drummer and recording artist in New York City. She has been working with students with disabilities for ten years within District 75 of the NYCDOE. She is currently teaching music at P721Q, the John F. Kennedy Jr. School in Queens, NY. In her ten years with District 75, Katherine has directed and co-directed more than 30 performances including musicals, concerts and other multi-disciplinary performances. In addition to previously presenting and assisting other music teachers in adapting their curriculum for students with disabilities, Ms. Stock has worked closely with Little Kids Rock, the NYCDOE Arts Office and District 75 to provide adaptations for students with disabilities. In 2017, Ms. Stock contributed to writing the music portion of the Arts and Students with Disabilities Online Resource Compendium with the Office of Arts and Special Projects within the NYCDOE. Katherine is a member of the Steering Committee and the Arts Values Working Group for the Arts for All Abilities Consortium.


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Sarah Fard is a music educator with Medford Public Schools, MA, who teaches guitar and music technology courses at the high school levels. She also coordinates and manages the Berklee collegiate chapter of United Sound, bringing adaptive band lessons to beginner adult students. In addition, she serves as an educational consultant to the Berklee Institute for Arts Education and Special Needs for their Saturday lessons program. She holds a BM (University of New Hampshire) and Masters (Boston University) in Music Education, and a Graduate Certificate in Music and Autism from the Boston Conservatory at Berklee. An avid music lover, Sarah also loves performing regularly in the New England area.


This workshop satisfies 4 hours of CTLE Credit (forms available at Workshop)

  • Pre-registration cost for current MEANYC members is $15 online and $20 at door.

  • Cost for non-members is $25.

  • Collegiate members can register for free.

  • MEANYC professional members get one free workshop each school year. If you are a member and haven’t claimed your one free workshop, please visit your member dashboard and fill out the form.

  • Registration is non-refundable.


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Let's Make Music!
Sep
14
10:00 AM10:00

Let's Make Music!

Presented by Rocco Oppedisano & Gina Costanza


Learning and Reinforcing Musical Concepts Through Movement and Play (by Rocco Oppedisano)

Research has repeatedly shown that children need opportunities to move in class. Movement and play are an essential foundation for emotional and social development. The body is also a tool for learning. There is a connection between memory and movement, which has been evident in my nearly 13 years of teaching. Children who experience and explore musical concepts through the senses (visual, aural, kinesthetic) are more likely to retain what that is, because they have built a relationship with that concept with their bodies. So in this workshop, get ready to move! This workshop will provide participants music games, movement, and songs for grades Pre-K to 5 that my students have loved year after year. Each of the activities will either present, reinforce, or practice musical concepts. Suggestions and recommendations will also include how to differentiate and modify activities for each participant's classroom setup.

Recorder Jamboree (by Gina Costanza)

Getting a little tired of “Hot Cross Buns”? This session is for you! Participants will get to explore new, kid-tested materials, and come away with assessment strategies and ready-to-use activities for beginning and intermediate recorder. Activities will also include singing, improvisations, and Orff/barred instrument accompaniment. Feel free to bring your own recorder or borrow one for the session. Join us at the jamboree!


Rocco Oppedisano (www.mromusic.com) is the general music/vocal music teacher at Public School 261 in the Boerum Hill section of Brooklyn, New York. He started there in September 2007 but has been working for the Department of Education since 2006. Rocco is also an Adjunct Lecturer at the Conservatory of Music at Brooklyn College (CUNY) where he has taught the course Music In The Elementary School. He has a B.A. in Music from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College (CUNY) and an M.A. in Music Education from Brooklyn College (CUNY). Rocco is trained in the Kodály method, receiving his training from New York University, and from the Kodály Institute in Kecskemet, Hungary. In 2019, Rocco also completed his Orff Level 1 Certification. He is currently a member of the NYCCAOSA (Orff) Chapter and also has served on the local boards of the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) and the Kodály Organization of New York (KONY), where he is still currently a member. Rocco also co-facilitates professional developments in New York City twice a year where he meets with other music teachers to share best practices.


Gina has spent the last 14 years teaching general music and chorus to students in grades Pre-K through 12 in public, private, and charter schools. She received her Bachelor's in Music Education from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, a Master’s in Music Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and is certified in Orff Level 1. This fall she will be graduating with a Master’s in School Building Leadership from City College of New York. She has presented workshops at the NYSSMA Winter Conference and at the 2015 NAfME Regional Conference. In 2015, she co-founded the Music Educators Collective and the City Music Educators Festival. Last year, served as the Recording Secretary and Social Media Chair of MEANYC. She is currently the President-Elect of MEANYC.


This workshop satisfies 4 hours of CTLE Credit (forms available at Workshop)

  • Pre-registration cost for current MEANYC members is $15 online and $20 at door.

  • Cost for non-members is $25.

  • Collegiate members can register for free.

  • MEANYC professional members get one free workshop each school year. If you are a member and haven’t claimed your one free workshop, please visit your member dashboard and fill out the form.

  • Registration is non-refundable.


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Swing into Spring with Stories, Games and Jazz for Kids (that anyone can do!)
Apr
6
10:00 AM10:00

Swing into Spring with Stories, Games and Jazz for Kids (that anyone can do!)

Presented by Sharon Burch, Author of the Freddie the Frog series and
the Jazz for Young People lessons from Jazz at Lincoln Center.


Shortcuts and teaching tips to save you time while keeping kids engaged and bouncing out the door with a swingin’ beat

Everyone that registers ahead of time will receive a FREE Freddie the Frog and the Thump in the Night storybook and Freddie the Frog plush toy, plus FREE step-by-step lesson slides used that day.


10:00am-11:00am Stress-free Teaching and having Fun!
Experience how a puppet, stories, singing, movement and interactive games transforms your teaching experience. You'll feel guilty that you get paid to play all day! Sharon Burch, music specialist and creator of the Freddie the Frog books, will share strategies that make teaching music easy and fun!

11:00am-12:00pm Music, Math, and Popsicle Sticks
Learn how to sequence singing games, mystery songs, and Popsicle stick lessons to teach math while teaching music making the mental cogs turn while having fun! Kids learn and they don't even know it! Easy assessment included.

1:00pm-2:00pm Scat Singing for Kids with the 12-Bar Blues
Introduce kids to jazz through scat singing for the classroom or choral setting. Scat singing is the easiest way for kids to begin developing their jazz chops, but singing non-sense syllables as a soloist can be unnerving. Inhibitions disappear when using a Freddie the Frog story to introduce kids to scat singing, and then extend the learning with 12 steps including group echo scatting, flashcard instruction, scatting partners, and classroom rhythm instruments. Simplify for kindergarten or use all 12 steps for an introduction to scat singing for middle school or high school choirs.

2:00pm-3:00pm Jazz for Young People - Now What?
So now you have the Jazz for Young People Volume 1 Teacher's Guide, now what? An education consultant for JALC, Sharon will lead you through interactive lessons from Wynton Marsalis’s Jazz for Young People resource, making it easy to do with your students the next day! The interactive jazz lessons are created with the content of Wynton Marsalis and Jazz At Lincoln Center (JALC) recordings. Students play pitched and unpitched instruments along with great jazz standards of New Orleans jazz and the recordings of JALC artists. Designed for teachers who may or may not be trained in America’s art form, making jazz accessible to everyone. Interactive jazz theory incorporating 21st Century Skills. Grades 2-8 general music and used by directors of beginning jazz ensembles at every level.


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Sharon Burch serves as an elementary education consultant for Jazz At Lincoln Center and chairs the Jazz Education Network (JEN) Education Committee, receiving the President’s Service Award. She is a National Board Certified Teacher in Early and Middle Childhood Music, a certified teacher with the International Piano Teaching Foundation, and holds a master’s degree as a Professional Educator. She’s the bestselling author of the Freddie the Frog Book series, teaching resources, musicals and jazz education teaching strategies for the classroom setting.


This workshop satisfies 4 hours of CTLE Credit (forms available at Workshop)

Payment and Cost: Workshop is $15.00 with advance online registration (PayPal) at meanyc.org $20.00 at the door if you prefer to pay cash or credit card. Advance registration entitles you to pay $15.00 at the door. Walk-ins pay $20.00. MEANYC members get one free workshop. No fee for college students.

*Please check with security for the room number.

**Registration is nonrefundable**

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Afro-Latin Rhythms in Band and General Music
Mar
16
10:00 AM10:00

Afro-Latin Rhythms in Band and General Music

Presented by Graham Johnson


Afro-Latin rhythms are part of the foundation for jazz, rock and pop music. This workshop will demonstrate how you can teach Afro-Latin rhythms to give your ensemble a strong rhythmic foundation and explore connections between different cultures. Afro-Latin rhythms lend themselves well to ensembles that include students with a wide range of skills because the parts that students play can be differentiated and scaffolded, presenting opportunities for peer coaching. I will teach applications for rhythms from salsa, bossa nova, samba, swing, 6/8 Bembe, bolero, bachata and merengue. Session participants will gain a variety of tools for practicing rhythms and planning lessons for ensembles playing various kinds of rock, pop, Latin or jazz music on various instruments. Participants will also learn how to orchestrate these rhythms for a percussion section and use these rhythms for comping and soloing on chordal and melodic instruments. Please bring an instrument to this workshop. All instruments are welcome!


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Graham Johnson is a music teacher at Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School (WHEELS) in Manhattan. He is leading the expansion of the WHEELS music program as the school grows to include Pre-K through 12th grade. He has taught elementary, middle and high school band and general music classes, as well as special education, for ten years. He plays piano with jazz groups in New York City, where he has also had the opportunity to study with top musicians on the Latin music scene. He studied economics, music theory and jazz piano at Oberlin College, and received an MS in Education


This workshop satisfies 3 hours of CTLE Credit (forms available at Workshop)

Payment and Cost: Workshop is $15.00 with advance online registration (PayPal) at meanyc.org $20.00 at the door if you prefer to pay cash or credit card. Advance registration entitles you to pay $15.00 at the door. Walk-ins pay $20.00. MEANYC members get one free workshop. No fee for college students. 

*Please check with security for the room number.

**Registration is nonrefundable**

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"Computers, iPads, and Chromebooks. Oh My!" and "Getting The Full Picture: Assessing Your Music Students Online with MusicFirst"
Nov
3
10:00 AM10:00

"Computers, iPads, and Chromebooks. Oh My!" and "Getting The Full Picture: Assessing Your Music Students Online with MusicFirst"

2 Sessions presented by Barbara Freedman and Jim Frankel


Session I: Computers, iPads, and Chromebooks. Oh My!
Barbara Freedman
Bringing the 21st century into your classroom need not be a mystery or a chore. Get the low down on how each device works, what works for each device, and what you can use for free right out of the box in your classroom. Not just for the teacher getting started with technology, topics covered will include hardware and software choices for different grade levels specifically for the music classroom. Attendees will be able to understand their device better and what the options are for their device and the limitations of their device. Some suggestions will be given for each device for teachers to use to create materials for their classroom and for students to use to create music.

Session II: Getting The Full Picture: Assessing Your Music Students Online with MusicFirst
Jim Frankel
In this session we will discuss challenges that teachers are facing with assessment, performance preparation, and grading based on his own experience as well as the experience of the teachers in the session. He will then demonstrate the benefits of the MusicFirst Online Classroom and integrated software tools and explore how cloud-based technology can facilitate a more efficient music classroom. Teachers will see the Online Classroom, it’s functions, and capabilities from the perspective of a teacher creating assignments as well as a student completing their assignments. Teachers will be given login credentials to complete demo work on their own devices.


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Named the 2012 National TI:ME Technology Teacher of the Year, Barbara Freedman is a former NYC public school music teacher and has been teaching Electronic Music & Audio Engineering at Greenwich High School in Connecticut since 2001. She is the author of the book “Teaching Music Through Composition: A Curriculum Using Technology” published by Oxford University Press. Barbara is a technology trainer, professional development leader, and consultant to schools and districts seeking to create technology labs and integrate technology into curricula. Barbara has served on the music technology education advisory boards for MusicFirst, Spotify, and the International Baccalaureate Organization and is the Co-President of the Connecticut Chapter of TI:ME. She holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Music in Performance from Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music, City University of New York and Professional Studies Diploma from the Mannes College of Music. She studied conducting at the Hartt School of Music, Westminster Choir College, and The Juilliard School and is completing her Ph.D. in Learning Technologies at the University of North Texas. Barbara performs regularly with the Ridgefield and Bridgeport Symphonies and is a freelance musician in the NY Metropolitan area. Best known as a music technology educator and trainer, Barbara’s motto, “Teach music. The technology will follow.” has become the rallying cry for music technology teachers around the world.

 

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Dr. Jim Frankel is the Head of Digital Education for the Music Sales Group, and Director of MusicFirst. Previously, he was the Managing Director of SoundTree, and before that he was the instrumental and general music teacher for 15 years in New Jersey Public Schools. Jim is a widely published author in various state, national and international journals of music education. He is the author of The Teachers Guide to Music, Media & Copyright Law, co-author of YouTube in Music Education, contributing author for Critical Issues in Music Education and co-author of Making Music with GarageBand & Mixcraft. In addition to his writing, Jim is a highly sought-after clinician and keynote speaker in the local, national and international music education community. He is on the Board of Directors for TI:ME, NJMEA and is the past president of ATMI.


This workshop satisfies 4 hours of CTLE Credit (forms available at Workshop)

Payment and Cost: Workshop is $15.00 with advance online registration (PayPal) at meanyc.org $20.00 at the door if you prefer to pay cash or credit card. Advance registration entitles you to pay $15.00 at the door. Walk-ins pay $20.00. MEANYC members get one free workshop. No fee for college students. 

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**Registration is nonrefundable**

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Computing Devices in the Music Classroom: On Your Desk, In Your Bag, or In Your Pocket - Registration

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Strategies for Recruiting Students into the Choral Classroom and Choral Reading Session
Sep
22
10:00 AM10:00

Strategies for Recruiting Students into the Choral Classroom and Choral Reading Session

Presented by Sara Shikowitz


Session I - Strategies for Recruiting Students into the Choral Classroom
In this interactive workshop, we will explore innovative ways to recruit students into the
chorus classroom. We will also discuss various engaging activities to implement into
your teaching that will motivate and inspire your students to continue their participation
in the chorus/music classroom.

Session II -Choral Reading Session
Participants will have the opportunity to start their school year off right with new
materials! We will spend time sight-reading through repertoire to help you plan your
future performances.


Sara Shikowitz is a proud music educator working in the New York City
Department of Education. She serves as the choral director at Halsey Junior
High School 157 in Rego Park, Queens. She teaches the grade six chorus,
grade seven and eight chorus, select chorus, show choir, and intergenerational
choir. The choral program includes over 300 students. Her select chorus has
received a “gold with distinction” rating at NYSSMA for three years in a row,
and was selected to perform in the Queens Borough Arts Festival. Ms.
Shikowitz is also the music director for the spring musicals. In addition to
working at Halsey, Ms. Shikowitz is a NYSSMA adjudicator for both solo and
major performances, and a consultant for off-broadway children’s musicals.
Ms. Shikowitz taught as an adjunct professor of music education at Queens
College, and conducted the Middle School All-County Festival for SCMEA.
Sara received her Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from Ithaca College
and received her Master's Degree in Music Education from Queens College


This workshop satisfies 4 hours of CTLE Credit (forms available at Workshop)

Payment and Cost: Workshop is $15.00 with advance online registration (PayPal) at meanyc.org $20.00 at the door if you prefer to pay cash or credit card. Advance registration entitles you to pay $15.00 at the door. Walk-ins pay $20.00. MEANYC members get one free workshop. No fee for college students. 

*Please check with security for the room number.

**Registration is nonrefundable**

Click here for a PDF of the flyer.


Choral Workshop Registration

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Choral Workshop Student Registration/Annual Free Workshop Registration

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Mar
3
10:00 AM10:00

Successful Inclusion Models in Music Education

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2 Workshops
(each workshop will be 2 hours long-you attend both)
presented by Adam Goldberg and Brian Wagner

There will be an hour lunch (feel free to bring a snack)

**Please bring an iPad if possible** (tablets are a 2nd option)

Workshop I-Music Making Environments Designed for All
presented by Adam Goldberg

Workshop II-Engaging All Learners: Tools and Techniques to Reach Different Types of Learners in the Music Classroom
presented by Brian Wagner

This workshop satisfies 4 hours of CTLE Credit

All workshops are $15.00 with pre-registration, and $20.00 at the door
MEANYC members get one free workshop
College Students no fee

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Jan
6
9:30 PM21:30

Successful Inclusion Models in Music Education (Cancelled)

Dear MEANYC membership and Workshop Attendees,

Due to the inclement weather, we feel it best to cancel the Saturday, January 6, 2018 Successful Inclusion Models in Music Education workshop.
As much as we'd love to have this event, we want all of you to be safe and not traveling in the cold and icy weather. 

If you paid for the workshop by check, your money will be refunded. If you paid through Paypal you need to request a refund through Paypal online.

We will let you know if the workshop is rescheduled.

Stay warm.
Sharon

MEANYC in collaboration with NYU Steinhardt Music Education is happy to announce our next workshop: 

Successful Inclusion Models in Music Education

Workshop I-Music Making Environments Designed for All
presented by Adam Goldberg

Workshop II-Engaging All Learners:
Tools and Techniques to Reach Different Types of Learners in the Music Classroom
presented by Brian Wagner

Please bring an iPad if possible (tablets are a 2nd option)
Refreshments provided

This workshop satisfies 4 hours of CTLE credit.

$15 in advance, $20 at the door/MEANYC members get 1 free workshop, College students-no fee. Click on PayPal button to pay in advance.

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Nov
19
9:00 AM09:00

A Complete Tune-Up of your Conducting Technique: Choral Conducting Tips for Your Classroom Needs

A Complete Tune-Up of your Conducting Technique:
Choral Conducting Tips for Your Classroom Needs

Presented by Harold Rosenbaum
Saturday, November 19, 2016
9am-1pm

This action packed workshop will focus on conducting and rehearsal technique as well as practical musical concerns.  We begin by sharpening your physical technique; the single most needed area of improvement for conductors on all levels.  Next we move on to rehearsal technique, covering such things as how best to give pitches, how to teach parts most effectively, where to place the piano, and when to introduce more subtle concepts such as phrasing, diction, and dynamics and pitch integrity into the rehearsal process.  Come with scores you have worked on, are working on, or might work on in the future, and ask questions, such as how to approach and release a fermata, when to subdivide, choosing between giving cues and cutoffs, what to do with the left hand when not being used, and anything else which you are concerned about.  You will leave inspired and filled with creative ideas of your own

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Nov
13
9:00 AM09:00

Putumayo Kids

A Workshop by Putumayo World Music

The Putumayo Kids workshop uses the Putumayo Kids World Curriculum and rhythm exercises to foster teamwork and communication in the classroom. Activities will include call & response techniques, attention-getting tools and arts & crafts while keeping a global theme in mind. As one of the leading children’s record labels, Putumayo Kids is committed to introducing children to other cultures through music from around the world.

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Oct
28
4:30 PM16:30

Let’s Talk About Inclusion: Conceptions and Misconceptions

Presented by Elise S. Sobol

Special education students can play a vital part in enriching your music program and school community. The presenter will share her experience and teacher training to address curriculum issues specific to inclusion programs and English Language Learners, K-12. These techniques will help you maintain high performance standards. Teachers will be given handouts that can be referenced throughout the school year.

Elise S.Sobol is a popular clinician for staff development in school districts. Her extensive biography can be found in several Who’s Who publications. She serves as the NYSSMA Music for Special Learners Chairperson. She is an adjunct professor on the Music Education faculties at NYU and C.W. Post/Long Island University and is a full time Music in Special Education teacher at the Nassau BOCES Rosemary Kennedy School for students with autism and developmental disabilities. She is the author of An Attitude and Approach for Teaching Music to Special Learners and has been named one of America’s National Honor Roll of Outstanding Teachers. Ms. Sobel is also known for her international programs “Enrich Each Day the Musical Way”, “Bridges for Learning with Music” and “Reaching Higher with Music in Education”.

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Mar
4
4:30 PM16:30

The Song is You - Presented by Susan Gregory

Students who sing together in school settings are more relaxed, more alert, more able to concentrate, more confident learners. How can we facilitate students' singing in ways that produce positive results for their over-all academic progress? How may we include "nonsingers" in musical activities? Workshop participants will learn about and practice ways that singing may enliven psyche and soma. In this workshop, participating by observing is as valued as participating by singing - so, come one, come all!

Susan Gregory is a singing teacher and a Gestalt therapist, author of numerous articles on singing and psychology, workshop facilitator in the U.S., Europe, South America and Australia, and a former teacher for the NYC Board of Education. In addition, she has been a soloist with the New York City Opera.

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