Pre-Conference Sessions

Pre-Conference Sessions

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Technology Pre-Conference

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Additional fee for this session; fee does not include lunch

 

A selection of practical and hands-on sessions relevant to all levels of instruction and
tech proficiency. Attendees are encouraged to BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) and your
real-world questions for some instant answers and creative networking solutions. This
year’s Pre-Conference will feature sessions in the morning, a round table discussion for
your questions and hands-on “Make and Take” opportunities in the afternoon. Clock hours
are available.

 

 

Elementary General Music Workshop

Presented by: Doug Goodkin

Thursday, January 25, 2018, 9:00am – 4:00pm Additional fee for this session; fee does not include lunch

Additional fee for this session; fee does not include lunch

What is at the center of music education? What sets the Orff approach apart from merely creating musicians who know how to play instruments? Drawing from over four decades of teaching children in one school and working with all kinds of people throughout the world, Doug will share his vision of what lies at the heart of the matter: a pedagogy that trains the body, awakens the senses, cultivates the mind, unleashes the imagination and opens the heart, all within the circle of a musical community. Come prepared to play, sing and dance your way into a feeling of belonging, of connection, of challenge, of determination to work yet harder to help children create a world worthy of our humanitarian promise.

 

 

Every Child Can! An Introduction to Suzuki Method and Philosophy

Presented by: Wendy Azrak

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Additional fee for this session; fee does not include lunch

 

This is a six-hour course designed by the Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA), which serves as an introduction to Dr. Suzuki’s philosophy and its application in Suzuki education. It is intended for parents and educators and is a prerequisite for Suzuki Teacher Training in all instruments. This course is not instrument specific. The Suzuki Method is used in the study of: violin, viola, cello, bass, harp, piano, flute, guitar, recorder, and pre-school education. There are no auditions or requirements to take this course. A fast-paced, engaging and inspiring program, “Every Child Can” includes new view materials and SAA-developed courseware. Each participant will be provided useful reference materials for later study. The SAA-accredited course will run with a minimum of 10 attendees. Participants must be 18 years of age and must stay for the entire workshop.

 

 

40th Annual Conducting Symposium

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Additional fee for session; fee does not include lunch

 

Conducting Symposiums have been offered to Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association (MSBOA) members since 1975. For the 10th year, the Symposium will be held as a pre-conference event. Participants are recorded as they conduct traditional band and orchestral repertoire followed by live comments from respected and experienced conductors.

Chosen participants gain valuable insight into the art of conducting. New teachers and seasoned professionals alike can benefit from this unique, hands-on program. Up to 20 wind and 15 string conductors will have time in front of an ensemble. Conductors will be selected based upon the time available, total number of requests submitted, and the order of receipt of applications. Those selected to conduct will be notified in advance and will be asked to select one movement from a conducting medium (winds or strings) to be announced at a later time.  Spots to conduct do fill up quickly.

Questions can be directed to Mark Stice, MSBOA Conducting Symposium Chair, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. SCE-Clock Hours are available for both participants and observers.

 

 

 

MSBOA/MASTA Teacher Orchestra Rehearsal & Conducting Symposium Strings

Presented by: Joel Schut

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Registration Required. Free to MMC attendees; fee does not include lunch

 

Looking to recharge your musicianship, rehearsal strategies, and conducting techniques through an active participatory session?  Join us for the annual MMC Teachers Orchestra where we will be joined by clinician Alan MacNair for a great afternoon of music making with. After an opening session remembering what it is like to be a “student” again, the Teachers Orchestra will serve as the demonstration/lab group for the Conducting Symposium, giving participants the opportunity to learn and observe techniques from several conductors.  The Teacher Orchestra experience will culminate in a Friday night performance for students, family, and friends! (Bowed parts will be emailed after registration is received. Please prepare in advance so that the day can maximize its focus on the musical and pedagogical aspects of the works. This year we are featuring the ASTA Competition winner on the concert program (unaccompanied). Additionally, after taking into account participant feedback, we will be moving to an afternoon schedule making the morning available for full participation in the conducting symposium or other conference sessions. SB-CEU’s are available through the MMC for participation in this ensemble.)

Schedule:
Thursday, January 25, 2018
12:00-12:30pm – Check in, warm-up, socialize
12:30-2:30 – Rehearsal Laboratory with clinician Soo Han
2:30-4:00 – Lab Orchestra for String Conducting Symposium + program run through

Friday, January 26, 2018
7:00 p.m. Feature Performance (Concert dress: Men – black shirt and pants, no coat and tie, Women - all black)

Registration must be made through the MMC website.  There is no fee to participate in the Teachers Orchestra other than regular conference registration. There is a fee for participation in the conducting symposium. The current schedule makes for easy participation between the conducting symposium and teachers orchestra. Questions contact Joel Schut.

Registration must be made through the MMC website.

Looking forward to a great day of music, learning and fun! Feel free to contact with questions!

Joel Schut
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8th Annual Research Symposium

Presented by: MMEA

Thursday, January 25, 2018

The research symposium is a preconference session that serves as a forum for researchers to present new studies in music education. The symposium will include full research presentations, a panel discussion, and/or discussions of current works in progress. Individuals are invited to submit proposals for (a) presentation of unpublished research papers or (b) round table discussions of works in progress. Please direct inquiries to Cory Micheel-Mays at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

MSVMA Choral Conducting Symposium

Presented by: MSVMA

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Additional fee for this session; fee does not include lunch

This pre-conference event will allow participants to conduct traditional choral repertoire with a featured rehearsal ensemble, and receive live feedback and instruction from a guest clinician. Teachers have the opportunity to apply as either a Conductor or as an Observer (reduced fee). College students may apply as an Observer. Both new and experienced choral conductors can benefit from observing or conducting. In 2018, our guest clinician will be Dr. Jerry Blackstone.

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