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Keynote Speakers

STEPHEN BULLA began his musical instruction at age six, growing up in a musical household where his father played tuba and his mother played piano. He eventually graduated Magna Cum Laude from Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he studied trombone with Phil Wilson and Composition/Arranging with Herb Pomeroy.

In 1980 he won an audition for the position of Staff Arranger to “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band and Chamber Orchestra in Washington DC. For the next thirty years he would provide musical scores for myriad White House events, beginning with the Reagan era until 2010.

Working alongside film score legend John Williams he has transcribed music from “Star Wars”, “Catch Me If You Can”, and “Close Encounters” for performances by the Marine Band with the composer conducting. He has also scored music for the Discovery Channel (“Wings of the Luftwaffe” and “Century of Flight”) and PBS television series “In Performance At The White House.” Here artists including Sarah Vaughan, The Manhattan Transfer, Mel Torme, Doc Severinsen, Nell Carter, Shirley Jones, Larry Gatlin, and Jordan Sparks performed his arrangements.

His commissioned concert works are performed and recorded internationally. The Dutch, British, Swiss and New Zealand Brass Band Championship organizations have all commissioned test pieces from his pen. According to a recent ASCAP survey his music has been used on the following television programs: CSI Miami, Cold Case, Jag, Joan of Arcadia, Without A Trace, Guiding Light, Ren and Stimpy, 48 Hours, 60 Minutes, and Survivor.

One of many career highlights to date was a commission from the Library of Congress to complete and orchestrate the last known manuscript march of John Philip Sousa. That music with a recording is available free from the Library’s web site.

For fifteen years he conducted the National Capital Band (Washington DC), producing several CDs and touring Australia, New Zealand, Russia, and Scandinavia while directing this ensemble. He presently serves as artistic director and principal conductor for New England Brass Band and Brass Of The Potomac. Both of these fine ensembles are non-profit organizations providing music for community events, arts programs, and educational outreach in local public schools.

Stephen Bulla is a member of ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers) and has received that organization’s Performance Award annually since 1984. He travels often as a guest conductor for All-State band events around the country.

 

MELANIE DEMORE Born in the Bronx, raised in Anchorage, folks moved all five kids to San Antonio, finished school, got out of Texas, kinda got off on being the only Black folk singer in Taos, N.M, then decided to get back into the mix, took all her stuff and moved to Oakland where she’s been for the last 21 years. Every town Melanie traveled became her teacher and an opportunity to hone her craft as a songwriter, troubadour, and an emissary of tolerance, kindness, and harmony through the sound of her golden voice. She’s traveled the world, was a founding member of the Grammy nominated vocal ensemble Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir, and is constantly amazed by her life. But nothing is closer to her heart than bringing people together wherever she is to experience the healing power of music. Whether she’s performing solo, leading stick pounding workshops, doing residencies with choirs all over the country or teaching Sound Awareness to sixth graders, baby boomers, or senior citizens, one thing is certain: her mission is to make sure you unlock the key to experiencing yourself in all your glory and return home with the very same excitement and passion for living that she herself has. When she comes your way, her energy will charge the very air you breathe like a meteor shower, so get ready to rise up! With a solid education in music composition, this accomplished songwriter, composer, choral conductor and former Sister of the Cloth, has a level of understanding as to the pure intention of Music that comes to only a very few in each generation. Life for Melanie DeMore is for the seeking and sharing of light, joy, and deep love for what moves you. If you haven’t heard her yet, rest assured there is only one woman on this Planet whose voice is as deep, resonant, mesmerizing, comforting, and downright jaw-dropping in its power and sensuality as hers is. She has been a formidable presence onstage at such noted venues as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, international folk music festivals from Europe to Cuba to New Zealand. She has shared the stage with some of the world’s most notable musicians and political activists from Gloria Steinem, Odetta, Pete Seeger, and Judy Collins to Ed Asner, Holly Near, Ronnie Gilbert, and Ani Di Franco. She has been credited with launching and inspiring the careers of many of her students over the years, including Skyblaze/Sony recording artist Goapele. She’s the songwriter’s songwriter, the composer’s composer.

Call for Papers - OMEA/CMIEC Research Sessions

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DEADLINE NOW EXTENDED TO JULY 1, 2021.
With the move to an online conference, here are a few changes:

 

1. Projects will be selected early this summer and ONLINE PRESENTATIONS will be required by September 1, 2021.

 

2. PRESENTATIONS will be posted to the Conference App – and all conference participants can check them out!

 

3.SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2021 – Participants will gather online for Q & A / Discussion – which Dr. Jane Saunders will moderate.

 

4. Questions will be submitted beforehand – discussion and Q & A responses will be posted after the session.
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Workshop Schedule

Workshop Descriptions
SESSION 1 PRESENTER DESCRIPTION BIO AREA
Music Technology Solutions For All Ages John Mlynczak Hal Leonard offers a wide range of solutions for teaching music with technology. Noteflight Learn and SoundCheck, Essential Elements interactive, and EE Music Class are all amazing solutions to engage students, in addition to thousands of publications and online content offerings. This session will showcase solutions with practical examples of how to integrate into your teaching. John Mlynczak is Vice President of Music Education & Technology at Hal Leonard, and Past-president of the Technology Institute of Music Educators. John also teaches Graduate courses at VanderCook College and is a Google Level-2 Certified Educator. Mr. Mlynczak is Advocacy Chair for the Massachusetts MEA, and holds degrees in music education, performance, and educational leadership. ALL
Music Rehearsal Concepts: Rehearsing a Phrase to Excellence Richard Saucedo This information-packed clinic will take attendees through the process of rehearsing a phrase until it reaches the excellence level. Starting with ‘isolating skills’ like melody and rhythm, and then unifying articulation, style and musicianship, see how a phrase can come to life in a piece of music. In his 31 years at Carmel High School, Richard Saucedo’s concert bands were multiple Indiana State Champions and were twice named National Champions at BOA Grand Nationals, having finished in the top ten 17 times. Saucedo was inducted into the Music for All Hall of Fame in 2015. I/S
Expanding the Musical Canon: Achieving Equity and Diversity through a Critical Examination of the String Repertoire Andrew Kizas This workshop focuses on string repertoire written by composers from a cross-section of cultures, ethnicities, time periods, genre, gender, and backgrounds. We will examine how we can work towards a more inclusive and equitable representation of the music that we feature in our string programs. Dr. Andrew Kizas, Director of the Regional Strings Program, and Cross-Curricular Head of School Success, at Port Credit Secondary School, is a former Associate Conductor of the Mississauga Symphony Youth Orchestra, and the Mississauga Youth Orchestra. Currently, he serves as first violinist with the Mississauga Symphony Orchestra. I/S
Crazy for Classics! Chris Marti This workshop will focus on fun and engaging ways to introduce great classical pieces to your students. Balls, scarves, plates, parachutes, oh my! Full and detailed handouts will be provided. Chris is an award-winning teacher who specializes in Early Childhood Music Education. She is founder of the DoReMi Music School in Mississauga, and is past president of the Early Childhood Music Association of Ontario. P
Black Creation and Culture: The Sounds of Hip Hop and R & B Darren Hamilton This workshop will explore pedagogical approaches for integrating Hip Hop and R & B into the music curriculum. Practical strategies and experiences will be shared from a recently implemented integrated arts course (music and visual arts) in Black Creation and Culture. Required resources and equipment will also be covered. Darren Hamilton teaches secondary school music in the Peel District School Board. He is a doctoral candidate in music education at the University of Toronto with research interests in equity, diverse curriculum and formal gospel music education. When not teaching, he enjoys conducting the Waterloo Region Mass Choir. ALL
Snare drum basics, and way beyond! Michael Beauclerc Michael Beauclerc will break down the fundamentals of snare drumming in a very simple, casual, and easy to reteach fashion. From basic grips and strokes to buzz rolls, flams, and so much more. Bring your sticks and pad and join in! Michael Beauclerc is a drummer, percussionist, composer, and author in Canada. He is the Executive Director of the Canadian Drumline Association, and author of “The Mad Practice Pad” and “Developing Modern Drumlines”. Michael is an Artist for Yamaha, Vic Firth, Sabian, and REMO. I/S
Creating and Re-Creating in the Junior Grades Catherine West Students learn repertoire as a part of their music education, a process of re-creation. Students also create their own music, through improvisation and composition. In this active workshop we’ll use recreations of repertoire as the springboard for creating music. Come prepared to sing, move, listen and play the Orff way! Orff Specialist Catherine West has an international reputation as an elementary music instructor, clinician, author and consultant. She coordinates music AQ and Orff courses at the Royal Conservatory of Music, where she provides leadership for Smart Start, a research program investigating music and cognitive skill development in young children. J
Composing in the Classroom Carolyn Neumann VanderBurgh This session will demonstrate some easy composition projects based on activities that can be incorporated into any music program. Participants are encouraged to bring some of their own (short) composition project ideas to share with the group. Be prepared to actively participate and demonstrate your composer-self! In the classroom, Carolyn is an elementary school teacher for the Waterloo Region District School Board and a sessional instructor at Wilfrid Laurier University for the Faculty of Music teaching courses in music education and choral techniques. She conducts the Inter-Mennonite Children’s Choir and the Wilfrid Laurier University Concert Choir. J
Rebuilding Your Program: Breaking Down Barriers to Music Literacy Jenna Ross David Ross Have students struggling to read music? Challenged with learning gaps? Multi-level classes? Program retention? Want to tackle more challenging music/sight-reading? We will cover: which students struggle; why; who hides it well (even from veteran teachers!); and how to approach music literacy equitably, meaningfully, and with excellence through performance/composition. Jenna Ross has taught for the Toronto District School Board since 2012. A graduate of the University of Toronto Faculty of Music, she has worked in multiple diverse neighbourhoods in both K-8 and middle schools. Her teaching experience includes: K-5 vocal and Orff; 6-8 instrumental strings; and 4-8 instrumental band. David Ross has been a teacher with the Toronto District School Board since 2014. He is a graduate of the Western University Faculty of Music, and has taught grades 7-12 in six different music programs all over the city of Toronto as an LTO and as a contract teacher. ALL
Nikamoh: First Nations Songs Sherryl Sewepagaham This interactive workshop will focus on First Nations songs, games, and activities for K-9 students. Participants will learn traditional stories and teachings accompanied by traditional instruments (if in person), as well as explore a traditional singing style. Handouts will be provided. Sherryl Sewepagaham is a Cree-Dene music educator, music therapist, composer, and traditional singer. Sherryl holds a Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Music Therapy and incorporates First Nations songs and activities in her work in education. She is also a 2006 Juno-nominated artist with the Indigenous women’s trio, Asani. FDKT/P/J/I
Basic Rhythms from Across the African Continent Altaf Vellani Experience the basic rhythms of North East , South and West Africa. Altaf loves to spread the N.E.W.S. of African Rhythms! This session will strengthen your knowledge of the range of music from the African Continent and their application to many styles of music. Altaf is a percussionist for the 21st century. He is fluent in many rhythms and instruments from the African Continent. He has a CD book entitled ” African Grooves for the Drumset”. He has toured the globe, performing in Pop &, Reggae Bands, and countless world musicians. ??
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Music and Technology in the Modern Bandroom: Teaching Composition, Arranging, and Production with GarageBand Colin Story & Mackenzie Longpre We present two new curriculum modules which will complement and supplement the existing Ontario high school music curriculum. The modules focus on composition, arranging, and production using the recording software GarageBand. Our accessible, easy-to-follow program provides educators with a fun and meaningful way to engage students in modern music creation. Colin Story (BMus, MA) is a musician and writer based in Toronto, with a diverse range of experiences as a performer, producer, and teacher. He has played at major venues across Canada, taught at the Royal Conservatory, appeared on numerous albums, and twice been an artist-in-residence at the Banff Centre. Mackenzie Longpré is a Toronto-based drummer, composer, recording artist, producer, and audio engineer. He is an honours graduate from the University of Toronto with a bachelor’s degree in Jazz Performance. Mackenzie has been teaching percussion at Upper Canada College since 2006, all while maintaining a busy touring and recording schedule. I/S
New and Recent Release Band Music Session: Teachable and Adaptable Repertoire Shashi Ramu A forum-style narrated session, using scores and performance recordings for 15-20 titles of New and Recent release repertoire for Concert Band from various publishers in the industry. Each piece will be discussed and included for its teachable moments and possible class/rehearsal/performance venues. Shashi Ramu is a trombone player of 35 years. He currently maintains the SR Low Brass studio, a private teaching and sectional coaching/educational support business. Shashi has devoted his life to supporting music educators.. His area of specialization continues to be repertoire programming and library building for band and string programs. I/S
Feeder School Connections through Mass Band Tim Gordon Seth McNall Making connections with your elementary feeder schools is tough. Many High School programs rely on strong elementary feeder schools, so why not work together? Here are a few suggestions to make those connections stronger, from both the elementary and secondary perspectives. Tim Gordon is a High School music teacher at Central Elgin C.I in St. Thomas, Ontario. Tim has been teaching music for 20 years in two different school boards and at many different schools with various sized programs. Seth McNall is an active trombone player in Southwestern Ontario and performs regularly with many different groups. Seth is also an elementary teacher with the TVDSB at Locke’s P.S in St. Thomas, Ontario. Seth got his schooling from Western, McGill and the University of Southern California. I
Play, Sing, Compose, Improvise, Repeat! Undertaking the Creative Process Davide Garofalo This workshop will examine some ideas teachers can provide for their students to collaborate and discover the Creative Process. By focusing on creating and incorporating music software, students can develop a better understanding of the Elements of Music and how to incorporate them in composition, performance and improvisation. Davide is a music teacher, conductor and Department Head of Arts & Technology at Bishop Allen Academy (TCDSB. He was awarded the 2020 Dr. Ji?m Saraco Staff Leadership Award. Prior to teaching, Davide worked as a freelance musician. He is a graduate of Humber College, McGill and the University of WIndsor I/S
The Power of One – A Quest for Freedom Gena Norbury Henry’s Freedom Box will generate this unbelievable but true story of a slave who mailed himself to freedom. Using integrated arts, students will develop reading comprehension strategies while recognizing what is truly valuable, make decisions about how they treat others and the world around them. Activities will include: drama (corridor of voices), dance (verb chance), music creation, freedom wall and gallery walk. Gena is an Education Champion award winner and passionate music education advocate who served on both the OMEA and CMEA boards. Now retired, Gena devotes her time to the KSO board, Chalk Talk updates (Recorder) and creating the Con Brio Series K-6 for Spiritoso Music along with her husband, Kevin, in Port Rowan. J
Ukulele World Tour James Hill Born in Madeira, raised in Hawaii and embraced around the globe, the ukulele is a traveller by nature. In this hands-on workshop, Ukulele in the Classroom author James Hill shows you how to take your students on a world tour full of musical fun! One of the foremost ukulele players and teachers of his generation, James Hill is the author of The Ukulele Way and co-author of Ukulele in the Classroom. He is also a Canadian Folk Music Award winner, JUNO nominee, and founder of popular online learning website Uketropolis.com. J
Hand Drumming techniques and beyond … Doug Sole An interactive hand drumming workshop designed to empower your students to be the leaders of today and tomorrow. Facilitation and leadership ideas designed for both you and your students to engage rhythmical ideas supporting Values Centered leadership and healthy community behaviors. Doug Sole is an author, public speaker and educator who co-owns Soul Drums. His passion for inspiring community spirit is anchored through his past relationship with the late Babatunde Olatunji. He has led corporate team building events for Federal , Provincial Government sectors and many educational institutes. COMMUNITY
Social Justice in the Music Class Andy Luck Music can be a conduit for teaching social justice, and social-justice can be a conduit for teaching musical concepts. Participate in several lessons and activities that explore a range of musical concepts while also engaging with issues ranging from Access to Clean Drinking Water, to Anti-Black Racism and Oppression. Andy Luck is a Toronto based music educator teaching with the TDSB, and the Royal Conservatory of Music. Drawing from a wide range of musical and educational experiences, he continues to develop a range of fun and engaging activities for teaching music in a diverse and ever changing world. J
Advocacy Action: Supporting Music Education in Canadian Contexts Post-Pandemic Eric Favaro Lynn Tucker The pandemic has been disruptive but it has also inspired opportunities, critical thinking, and new trajectories supported by our collective resolve to ensure music-making for every child in Canadian schools. Join us for a conversation that builds on our past efforts while charting new courses for advocacy and policy-related efforts post-pandemic.

Dr. Eric Favaro is a passionate education advocate devoted to ensuring that all students in all schools have access to quality music education. Now retired, Eric continues to play a key role in arts initiatives across Canada, is Chair of the Coalition for Music Education and an advisor for the Canadian Network for Arts and Learning. Lynn Tucker is Associate Professor, Teaching Stream at the University of Toronto Scarborough. She is President of the Ontario Band Association, Co-Editor of Canadian Winds, and Board Member of the Coalition for Music Education. Lynn’s dedication to fostering accessible music making opportunities was recognized with the 2015 CMEA Excellence in Leadership Award. ALL
Open Your Jazz Ears! Jim Lewis Listening is important! This clinic will examine a variety of practical approaches and structured exercises to develop listening skills, including suggestions and guided examples in order to improve the quality of student Jazz skills and performance. Jim Lewis is currently an Associate Professor, Teaching Stream at The University of Toronto, and Jazz Area Chair. Jim is a JUNO Award nominee, (2015 – Bristles) and has performed with many of Canada’s most creative jazz improvisers, adjudicated festivals, and presented Workshops across the country. I/S
Make It Work: Buckets, Small Ensembles and Steel Drums, OH MY! Jennifer Cresswell This session will explore the challenges of engaging all learners in a diverse music classroom using drumming and composition, steel drums, and small ensemble. It will focus on the need for and diverse representation, and the challenges presented by split grades, mixed ability levels, setbacks, virtual classrooms. Jennifer Cresswell graduated from UofT and OISE, and is a tuba player and retired military musician. She has taught since 2005, directing an array of musically-diverse ensembles. She has taught musical theatre, guitar, vocal and instrumental music, and currently directs the choir and concert bands at Ajax High School. I/S
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Animating a Composition John Touchette In this workshop, we will examine how to use chrome music lab, various DAWs and Wick Editor to create music and an interactive animation. The programs examined are available on all platforms, therefore bring your own device. Johnny has been teaching public school music for a decade. His progressive methods has led him to pursue further studies of vernacular music at Western University, where he is currently a PhD Student. His research consists of music technology, non-traditional music and inclusiveness. I
Musical Diversity: Integrating Gospel Music into the Music Classroom Darren Hamilton For decades, gospel music has influenced several musical genres and popular music performances. This workshop will explore strategies for engaging students in rote learning and ear training while teaching the cultural contexts and historical impacts of gospel music on society. Repertoire selection resources will be provided. Come prepared to sing! Darren Hamilton teaches secondary school music in the Peel District School Board. He is a doctoral candidate in music education at the University of Toronto with research interests in equity, diverse curriculum and formal gospel music education. When not teaching, he enjoys conducting the Waterloo Region Mass Choir. ALL
Songs for Humanity , Diversity through Music Waleed Abdulhamid Mary Lou Sicoly In this interactive workshop , participants will work with various pitched and non-pitched percussion instruments while singing through a repertoire of songs that address our living and changing culture. Waleed Abdulhamid is an African Canadian multi-instrumentalist, composer, vocalist, film producer and master percussionist. Since arriving from the Sudan in 1992, awards include two DORA awards and a Canadian Film Board of Excellence Award. Waleed is a professor and faculty member of the Music Degree Program at Humber College. Mary Lou Sicoly is a former music consultant for the TCDSB. Awards include 1999 Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence , CARAS (Juno) award (2000)for innovation in education,Juno nomination for Best Children’s Album (2002).Workshops include Elementary , Faculty of Ed., the Arctic (Strings Across The Sky) and the U.S. J/I
How Might We Make a Difference in the World? Jocelyn Kervin “How might we… ?” Design Thinking is the latest concept to make its way from the business world into the classroom. Learn how Design Thinking can be used to connect the Music classroom to the greater global community, through entrepreneurial design and the integration of current social justice challenges. Jocelyn Kervin is a Digital Literacy Consultant (DLC) with the York Region DSB, where she supports educators with the implementation of modern learning tools and strategies. Jocelyn taught Music in secondary and elementary schools. Jocelyn is active as a workshop presenter, performer, and a music and technology education advocate. I/S
Higher – Faster – Stronger Sound! Cynda Fleming Achieving overall excellence with your trumpet section is possible at any level! Cynda Fleming will present an “Olympic” training program for building range, speed, and sound with your trumpet students without sacrificing the quality of their tone. A trumpet-based seminar that is applicable to all brass instruments. Cynda Fleming is a professional trumpet player in the Toronto area with over 25 years of experience teaching and conducting. She has completed two Master of Music degrees, one in performance, and one in music education, and is currently a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate at the University of Toronto. I/S
Optimizing Your Percussion Students Adam Caringi Christopher Goncalves This clinic is tailored towards classroom Music teachers who want insight into processes, and methodologies, to make their percussionists as functional, and effective as possible. The clinicians will demonstrate exercises, discuss concepts, and answer questions that will allow classroom Music teachers to optimize the skills and talents of their classroom percussionists. Adam Caringi teaches Instrumental Music, Jazz Band, and Percussion in the Toronto Catholic District School Board. He has taught/arranged/composed percussion music for various ensembles,
and developed a curriculum for the Arts Music Percussion (AMP) course. Christopher Goncalves is a graduate of York Universities Music and Education program, currently teaching string and instrumental music. He has taught music from Kindergarten to Grade 12 and has led various music ensembles.
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Project Reaction Sandie Heckel Victoria Simpson Wondering how to help students get beyond the initial response to music that’s new to them? “Hate it…It’s OK… Meh…” Project Reaction is a fresh and comprehensive inquiry project exploring the Critical Analysis Process through the popular phenomenon of YouTube Reaction Videos. Suitable for both in classroom and online learning. Sandie Heckel teaches Music at Brock University’s Faculty of Education and holds a Master’s in Music Ed from Western U. She recently retired from K – 8 Music in Niagara. Her interests are, informal/personalized music learning and generalist teachers’ musical self-efficacy. Sandie co-founded an online networking community, Music Your Way. Victoria Simpson is a grade 7-12 Music teacher at Master’s College in Calgary. She teaches popular music using personalized instructional techniques with a focus on small groups and solo performances. Her students have access to music technology including a professional recording studio. Victoria co-founded the music teaching community, Music Your Way. I/S
It’s Never Too Late to Learn Mary Thornton This workshop is about working with adult learners and their quest to become musicians. It is a chance they never had as children/teens and it is inspirational to watch their development. They will have experiences they can take into their own classrooms. It is another opportunity to advocate for music. This is a real story that needs to be told. Mary Thornton: BAMusic, BEd, MEd Mary has taught at all educational levels. She directs the Nipissing University Eddie Band, and is a professor, adjudicator, and workshop organizer/presenter. She feels that each child and adult is entitled to and must receive a strong education in music to produce a well-rounded student/person. COMMUNITY
Individualized Learning Opportunities For All John Mlynczak Whether you are teaching online, in person, or both, the focus should be on individualized learning opportunities. We now have the opportunity to engage students and structure our curriculum in a way that supports the individual student. This session will provide a detailed overview of how to focus on individualized learning. John Mlynczak is Vice President of Music Education & Technology at Hal Leonard, and Past-president of the Technology Institute of Music Educators. John also teaches Graduate courses at VanderCook College and is a Google Level-2 Certified Educator. Mr. Mlynczak is Advocacy Chair for the Massachusetts MEA, and holds degrees in music education, performance, and educational leadership. ALL
Wait, I need to conduct the school’s jazz band? Allan Gaumond Not a jazzer, or have limited experience in jazz, but have to direct your school’s jazz band? This workshop will help you to create the most ideal set up for your jazz band, cover best practices, and provide strategies to ensure your students have the best learning experience possible. Allan currently directs the Hamilton All Star Jazz Band, a community jazz ensemble for exceptional young musicians. He is also the Director of Arts at Hillfield Strathallan College in Hamilton, where he teaches instrumental music and directs the College’s jazz ensembles. I/S
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Hype Up Your Music Class with HyperDocs! Jocelyn Kervin Gavin Foster HyperDocs are student-driven, inquiry-based activities that invite students to show what they know in creative digital formats. HyperDocs package pedagogy and collaboration to engage learners in critical thinking and innovation. Participants will learn to build these interactive documents, and will be provided with examples and templates perfect for Music class! Jocelyn Kervin is a Digital Literacy Consultant (DLC) with the York Region DSB, where she supports educators with the implementation of modern learning tools and strategies. Jocelyn taught Music in secondary and elementary schools. Jocelyn is active as a workshop presenter, performer, and a music and technology education advocate. Gavin has worked in Ontario, Quebec, South America. He has taught preK-12 in public and private education systems. Gavin’s passion is music. Computers have been a hobby of his since the age of 6. Thrilled to be presenting at OMEA, Gavin is excited to collaborate with fellow educators. J/I/S
Unlocking Creativity Through Focused Repetition Richard Saucedo Saucedo will explore possibilities for maximizing the potential of repetitions within your rehearsal by blurring the line between warm-up and music-making. Learn to make the most of your reps so that your students will go from playing notes on a page to making meaningful music quickly and efficiently. In his 31 years at Carmel High School, Richard Saucedo’s concert bands were multiple Indiana State Champions and were twice named National Champions at BOA Grand Nationals, having finished in the top ten 17 times. Saucedo was inducted into the Music for All Hall of Fame in 2015. I/S
Games and Warm-Ups to Encourage Social Cohesion in the Elementary String Classroom Vanessa Mio As string educators, we strive to create a classroom culture where our students experience belonging, teamwork, increased self-efficacy, and cultural inclusion. In this session, a variety of successfully implemented warm-ups and games will be discussed, in addition to innovative ways to create a sense of community in the intermediate/senior string classroom through collective goals. Dr. Vanessa Mio is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Windsor, and Director of the Windsor String Academy and String Project programs. She completed a Doctor of Philosophy (Windsor), in addition to a MMus, BMus, and Performance Diploma from Indiana University, where she studied with Mimi Zweig. I
More than just a Beat: Integrating Percussion into Choral Music Jamie Drake Zimfira Poloz Choir and percussion are a natural fit, but often their inherent possibilities are under-utilized. Jamie Drake and Zimfira Poloz will demonstrate how to integrate percussion into choral music to achieve the highest level of artistry. They will discuss basic techniques, improvisation/part creation, and the importance of collaborative practice. Described as “incredibly musical” and as having an “impeccable sense of time and feel”, Dr. Jamie Drake is a percussionist, drummer, composer/arranger and educator who performs regularly with TorQ Percussion Quartet, Hamilton Children’s Choir, Musical Stage Company, and many others. He released his first solo percussion album, “Night” in 2014. Zimfira Poloz is globally recognized as an expert in choral artistry for young voices. Under her direction, the Hamilton Children’s Choir has transformed into one of the most acclaimed youth choral programs in the world. Her curated Canadian choral collection can be found with Cypress Choral Music: The Zimfira Collection. I/S
The Danger of a Single Song Lauren Simmons Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche tells us of “The Danger of a Single Story”. In the music classroom, there can be danger to a “single song”. This workshop will explore how we ca access student voice, expand our own perceptions of what makes “good music”, help students use inquiry to explore new musics, and help our students see their lived experiences reflected in our classrooms. Lauren Simmons has taught music in the TDSB for over 15 years. She is the ACL for Equity, Global Competencies, Literacy and Numeracy at Leaside High School. She has presented at OMEA since 2009, was Co-Chair of Vibrations 2012, has written for The Recorder, and has been on OSSTF provincial committees for over a decade. I/S
Everyone Can Drum! Michael Beauclerc Drumming is a part of every culture on our planet. In this workshop, learn simple ways to incorporate drumming fun with your entire class. Discover hand and stick techniques, fun games and grooves, as well as how to adapt to the instrumentation available. Michael Beauclerc is a drummer, percussionist, composer, and author in Canada. He is the Executive Director of the Canadian Drumline Association, and author of “The Mad Practice Pad” and “Developing Modern Drumlines”. Michael is an Artist for Yamaha, Vic Firth, Sabian, and REMO. P/J/I
From Motown to 12-Tone: Project learning for grades 4-12 Jody Stark This session explores project learning as a way to deepen students’ musical understanding and skills. Participants will walk through several projects including musical mapping, song-writing, 12-tone composition, and recreating a Motown performance. Connections to Ontario curriculum, assessment and adaptations to online and blended learning environments will also be briefly discussed. Jody Stark is an Assistant Professor at the University of Manitoba where she teaches elementary music education, creativity and technology, culture, and Kodály pedagogy. Dr. Stark is also the director of the U of M’s Orff-Schulwerk and Kodály programs, and is currently the president of the Kodály Society of Canada. J/I/S
Asking Questions: Strategies for Rehearsal Katie Tremblay Leslie Stewart Rose Asking questions often considered the foundation of teaching; however, research suggests that music educators infrequently draw upon this strategy in their classrooms/rehearsals. The workshop will: explore how different types of questions prompt different types of thinking, examine powerful questions, and consider how to frame a question to engage all students. Katie Tremblay has been an elementary music teacher with the Durham District School Board for 10 years. She currently teaches in the School of Education for Trent University. Katie completed her PhD at UofT/OISE and her research areas include curriculum and pedagogy, music education and Indigenous education.
Leslie Stewart Rose is a professor at Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. Her research and teaching is related to teacher education, arts education, and play, games & learning.
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Kanata: Contemporary Indigenous Artists and their Music Sherryl Sewepagaham Nick Godsoe Co-led by Sherryl Sewepagaham and Nick Godsoe, this session will introduce music educators to a new, free MusiCounts Learn resource for grades 7-12 that explores music of Buffy Sainte Marie, Jeremy Dutcher, and Snotty Nose Rez Kids and how indigenous identities and traditions are represented in different musical genres. Sherryl Sewepagaham is a Cree-Dene music educator, music therapist, composer, and traditional singer. Sherryl holds a Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Music Therapy and incorporates First Nations songs and activities in her work in education. She is also a 2006 Juno-nominated artist with the Indigenous women’s trio, Asani. Nick Godsoe is the Manager of Programs and Education with MusiCounts, Canada’s music education charity. Nick holds a Master of Arts in Musicology from the University of Toronto, as well as a Bachelor of Music in tuba performance from Mount Allison University. I/S
Program Development Through Community Integrated Arts Projects Dawn Ellis-Mobbs Miranda Blazey Learn how to enhance performance opportunities using Integrated Arts practices while developing meaningful relationships with community partners. This workshop will help give music teachers the tools needed to set up a Community Integrated Arts project within their school community and will be facilitated by both a Music and Visual Arts Specialist. Dawn Ellis-Mobbs is an experienced music educator, musician and community arts advocate with a demonstrated history of working in the education industry both in classroom and non-traditional settings. Dawn has a strong history of developing community partners and partnerships to enhance the learning environment for students across a K – 12 setting. Miranda Blazey is an experienced visual arts educator. She has served with the Ontario Arts Education Association for 6 years and currently serves as the Vice-President. She is the Visual Arts additional qualifications Instructional Leader at York University. Miranda is currently a seconded Course Instructor with the Faculty of Education at York University. I/S
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Retaining the Tech-Savvy Generation John Mlynczak With our newfound skillsets of integrating technology in our courses, we are engaging students in ways never before thought of. This session will discuss current trends in student behaviors online, model lessons that empower student learning using technology, and provide a range of solutions for utilizing technology to increase student engagement and retention. John Mlynczak is Vice President of Music Education & Technology at Hal Leonard, and Past-president of the Technology Institute of Music Educators. John also teaches Graduate courses at VanderCook College and is a Google Level-2 Certified Educator. Mr. Mlynczak is Advocacy Chair for the Massachusetts MEA, and holds degrees in music education, performance, and educational leadership. ALL
Building Musical Efficacy: Moving Between the Elementary and Instrumental Music Experience Angela Mantie Joy Reeve Many general elementary music programs provide opportunities for
creation and composition. When moving into specialized music
classes, such as band and orchestra, these experiences can be
diminished. This workshop offers a means to scaffold the general to a
band/strings music experience using Orff teaching principals as the
entry point.
Dr. Angela Mantie is a music educator with over 20 years experience in both Canada and the U.S. Her expertise includes K-12 music curriculum development, assessment, and culturally relevant teaching pedagogy/practices. Alongside teaching full time at Bayview Glen, Angela is a conductor with the Toronto Youth Wind Orchestra. Author/Clinician/Professor Joy Reeve is known for her creativity and expertise in the Orff approach across Canada. She has taught in schools throughout the Toronto area, teaching Orff, choral and strings. As faculty at the Royal Conservatory of Music, Joy has taught hundreds of teachers in the Orff Levels courses. J/I
What’s Possible Now? The Post-Pandemic Choir Sarah Morrison Sara Joy During the pandemic, we have been challenged to re-imagine everything about choir including how we rehearse, interact, and perform. We have adapted, shifted, and created new ways to continue with our choral ensembles. This workshop aims to address our collective learning from the pandemic in the choral music field as well as how we might move forward in creative ways with a focus on both musicianship and the importance of connection. Dr. Sarah Morrison is the Artistic Director of the Oakville Choir for Children and Youth, the Director of Learning, Teaching, and Research at Appleby College, and is an adjunct faculty at Queen’s University in the Faculty of Education. Sarah is passionate about empowering, mentoring, coaching, and building leadership and community through music education. Sara Joy teaches vocal and instrumental music at Appleby College and is part of the artistic team for the Oakville Choir for Children and Youth. Sara sits on the Kodály Society of Ontario’s Board of Directors and she is currently pursuing a PhD in Music Education through the University of Toronto. ALL
Including All Learners Emma DeVooght Teachers will be introduced to a variety of tools and activities to help differentiate the music classroom for all types of learners. Teachers will explore accommodation options for learners in the elementary music classroom including ASD, ODD, DD, MID, ELL, Mental Health, Physical Disabilities and many more. Emma DeVooght is a Music Teacher at Wilton Grove P.S. in London Ontario. Emma works with students with varying needs and builds an inclusive community through music. Emma’s experience as a Learning Support Teacher brings her a unique perspective on supporting the needs of every student. With a growing population of English Language Learners in her school Emma continues to work to develop tools that are necessary for some and beneficial for all. J/I
Just Orffin’ Around – Sing, Play, Move, Create Synthia MacEachern Unify your music program and simplify your lesson planning process with spiral instruction. Synthia MacEachern, will introduce you to spiral instruction the Orff way. We will sing, play, move, and create at the primary level. Participants will leave with lesson plans, jamboard links, and the joy of making music together. Synthia MacEachern is a Primary Orff music specialist on Prince Edward Island, She completed her Orff Levels Training through Carl Orff Canada, and has studied with Joe Berarducci, Debra Gieblehaus-Maloney, Doug Goodkin, and other celebrated Orff Educators. She is the owner/resource creator for Just Orffin’ Around. P
“By Students, For Students”: Building Community and Identity as a Pre-Service Music Educator Kevin Vuong Delicia Raveenthrarajan Our lives as pre-service music educators are full of unknowns, opportunity and growth. This workshop is designed as a networking space for future music educators, rooted in the exploration of a variety of topics in and around our undergraduate/pre-service careers, enroute to leading the classrooms of tomorrow. Kevin is a conductor-educator working with school and community groups, a Music Director for numerous musical theatre productions, and a freelance clarinetist. He is a Master of Teaching candidate at OISE in Intermediate/Secondary Instrumental Music, and recently completed his Bachelor of Music (Music Education) at the University of Toronto. Delicia is a choral conductor at Sistema Toronto and is pursuing her education at the University of Toronto, double majoring in Music and Mental Health Studies. Her passions include the intersections of music education, equity, mental health, and advocacy. Delicia is also the OMEA Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Director. I/S
Putting the Polish on Your Jazz Ensemble Jules Estrin A guide to putting the final touches on your jazz ensemble before festival or performance time. A discussion on the use of dynamics, articulation and other concepts to Put The Polish on your ensemble.   S
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Building Community and Engagement with Google Tools in the Music Classroom Jocelyn Kervin Looking for creative ways to build community and increase engagement in your music classroom? We’ll explore Google Jamboard, Slides, and Forms for fun ways to leverage digital tools to build activities for all learners. Participants will take away a variety of templates and activities that can be used on Monday! Jocelyn Kervin is a Digital Literacy Consultant (DLC) with the York Region DSB, where she supports educators with the implementation of modern learning tools and strategies. Jocelyn taught Music in secondary and elementary schools. Jocelyn is active as a workshop presenter, performer, and a music and technology education advocate. ALL
A Kindergarten ‘Kaper’ Melinda Metzger Jane Wamsley Your students as composers; counting, moving, expressing emotions or learning outside! These are some of the exciting resources from the OMEA website that will have your kindergarten students moving, singing, chanting, listening, playing instruments and exploring picture books. Experience ideas for teaching the FDK musical concepts and elements while enhancing students’ literacy and numeracy skills. Jane Wamsley is an OMEA Board Member, retired from mom DSB as a Music Teacher, Consultant and Arts Coordinator, a Sessional Instructor in Teacher Education at Brock University, a Church Musician, an accompanist, and a clinician. She has been a writer of curriculum resources for OMEA, Ministry of Education, ETFO and orchestras. Melinda Metzger teaches Kindergarten to Grade Six Music for the Waterloo Region District School Board. She has a music degree in Voice Performance as well as her Music Specialist and Kodaly training. She teaches private voice, piano lessons, and is a church musician. Melinda is passionate about sharing her love of music education with others. KDGT
The First Five Years Mitchell Mcintyre This workshop is an overview of what I have learned within my first five years of teaching. The purpose is to help new teachers develop strategies that will benefit them in their first few years. The focus will be on: band, community, supporting learners, and building your music program. Mitch McIntyre is a secondary school music educator working at Sudbury Secondary School. Currently, Mitch teaches grades 9-12 band and guitar and has also taught vocal music. Mitch did his music training at York University in jazz performance and has his B. Ed from Queens University. S
CHAMBER MUSIC – The Secret Ingredient to Better Large Ensemble Skills and Better Students for Virtual and In-Person Learning Daniel Hasznos Osvaldo Gomes dos Santos Chamber Music is the secret ingredient to teaching large ensemble skills in both virtual and in-person settings. To alleviate the challenges currently facing many music programs we must develop efficient ways to instill the necessary fundamental, interpersonal, and communication skills crucial to ensure that we maintain and evolve musical excellence. Dr. Daniel Hasznos is a clarinetist, educator, and conductor. He holds degrees from Florida State University and the University of Toronto. He has taught music at all levels – elementary, secondary and university. He is the co-founder of Duo Demel (Flute & Clarinet) chamber ensemble with Dr. Gomes. Dr. Osvaldo Gomes is an active flautist and conductor. He holds degrees from the Universidade de Santa Maria, Florida State University, DePaul University, and the University of Sydney. Dr. Gomes is currently the diretor of the Sydney Flute Choir, Flute Tree Ensembles, and flute instructor at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. I/S
Teaching songwriting to beginner musicians Liz Parker-Cook This workshop will share experiences of re-designing vocal music as a songwriting course with beginner musicians. It will focus on practical ways you can teach songwriting including writing lyrics, writing using online software, musical genres and writing a song. You’ll leave with practical resources and ideas for beginners. Liz Parker-Cook has been teaching Instrumental and Vocal music with the TDSB for 13 years. She is a proud graduate of the MA in Community Music at WLU and an exhausted parent of 3 children with whom she has spent WAY too much time this year. I/S
Igniting Student Engagement through Emotional Intelligence: Facing Fears and Feelings Lyndsay Promane Successful teachers understand the significance of connection, but many forget to recognize the student’s emotional intelligence. This workshop will offer strategies to empower students by engaging all parts of them. It will give students confidence to take risks, recognize anxiety, and have practiced transferable skills to use beyond the classroom. Lyndsay Promane (she/her) is an active performer, educator, mentor, and speaker based out of Toronto. She is a Dora Mavor Moore nominated artist and a member of the Canadian Opera Company chorus. Lyndsay has been a staff member of the Holy Trinity School since 2017. www.lyndsaypromane.com J/I
Basic Applications of Afro-Cuban and Afro-Brazilian Hand Drumming in Group Settings Doug Sole This session will introduce you to the important rhythmic structures in both Afro-Cuban hand drumming, and the basic rhythms of Brazilian style drumming. Conga, djembe, bell patterns, cascara, and surdo parts will be demonstrated and how you can apply them in a group setting. Doug Sole is an author, public speaker and educator who co-owns Soul Drums. His passion for inspiring community spirit is anchored through his past relationship with the late Babatunde Olatunji. He has led corporate team building events for Federal , Provincial Government sectors and many educational institutes. ALL
More than a Song: Teaching Musical Concepts through Popular Music Andy Luck Popular music is the folk music of our time. Using the Orff Approach, – including the often dreaded soprano recorder – attendees will work through a variety of arrangements of popular music highlighting the process of planning for, arranging, teaching, performing, and assessing musical understanding with Popular Music and Media. Andy Luck is a Toronto based music educator teaching with the TDSB, and the Royal Conservatory of Music. Drawing from a wide range of musical and educational experiences, he continues to develop a range of fun and engaging activities for teaching music in a diverse and ever changing world. J
Kick Start Your Fundraising – Ideas, Tips and Tricks Lisa Michaels Peter VanDuzer The amount of funds most music teachers get to run their music program is so small, it seems crazy and impossible. Fundraising may be your only answer. Learn some new ideas and strategies from those who have helped raise tens of thousands of dollars for music programs. Lisa Michaels co-founded Bandology in 2017. She is passionate about the value of music and its benefits, having seen its impact on her own children. In addition to serving as Executive Director of Bandology, Lisa has spent two decades running her own businesses as a marketing consultant and serial entrepreneur. Peter VanDuzer has been actively engaged in the greater music community for many years and co-founded Bandology in 2017. In his current day job, Peter manages a national home improvement store and has been volunteering for children since 1985, including with the Lawson Foundation. I/S
Generation Z Rehearsal Techniques Neil Yorke-Slader Generation Z students are social and self-directed. They want to be heard, and desire flexible training. This challenges the traditional conductor/student model. Neil will work with a jazz ensemble and utilize questioning techniques that give students ownership, making them integral to the musical decision-making rather than tools of the conductor. Neil taught elementary and secondary instrumental music for 17 years. Over 50 of his jazz ensemble compositions are available worldwide through J.W. Pepper. Neil was the inaugural winner of the Tommy Banks Most Outstanding Canadian Jazz Director Award in 2018, and is an OMEA Honourary Life Member. I/S
Building a Viable Path: Music Career Education Nick Godsoe Mark Reid Now more than ever, is it essential that students understand that performance is just one of many viable career paths in music. From music streaming, to songwriting, to artist management: MusiCounts is working with professionals in 16 areas of the industry to create free, interactive teaching materials geared towards secondary educators. This session will discuss how to effectively leverage this content, and offer students a relevant and practical perspective on non-performance music careers. Nick Godsoe is the Manager of Programs and Education with MusiCounts, Canada’s music education charity. Nick holds a Master of Arts in Music from the University of Toronto, as well as a Bachelor of Music in tuba performance from Mount Allison University. Mark Reid is a leading Canadian educator, combining professional volunteerism, innovative practice, and global collaboration to model modern approaches to teaching. Mr. Reid’s career includes classroom teaching in both public and independent schools, curriculum development for the British Columbia Ministry of Education, and coaching colleagues in educational technology implementation across BC. Mark has previously served as President of the BCMEA and CMEA. He has spoken at events in the UAE, Thailand, the US, Canada, Germany, and the Philippines. Mark is currently a District Resource Teacher for Career Education in Vancouver, BC. S
Teaching Guitar Authentically: A Path to Promote Lifelong Learning Steve Giddings Whether you’re new to teaching group guitar, or have experience teaching guitar in school, there is something for everybody. Bring a guitar and play along as we explore the unique educational properties of the guitar, how to keep the learning authentic to the instrument, and ways to approach it in a classroom with only a few guitars. Steve is a grade 1 to 6 music teacher in Montague PEI and a regular columnist in the CME Journal where he writes on topics including popular music education and creativity. He is author of the award-winning book, Rock Coach, and Creative Musicking. His website and blog, StevesMusicRoom.com, is a comprehensive resource for music educators of any experience level. I