MMEA – Elementary General Music Pre-Conference
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Presented by: Denise Gagne
Additional fee for this session; fee does not include lunch

Dance, Drum, Sing, Clap

Super Fun Folk Dances: In this session, you’ll learn folk dances from around the world that kids love!!! You’ll learn about world instruments, cultures and most of all, have fun dancing! Dances will be included from South America, Mexico, Britain, France, Germany, and from Canada.

Buckets of Fun: Do you ever want to hit something? In this session Denise will share many lessons and strategies for using bucket drums, Beat Boards and Rhthm instruments to get kids creating, reading, and performing. Classroom management strategies for use with instruments that are really effective will be shared. Your handout will include songs, stories, lesson ideas.

Stories that Sing: Making Music with Storybooks In this session, you’ll have fun bringing stories to life using songs, sound effects, instruments, and dramatization. You’ll discover storybooks to help teach many concepts in your music classes. You’ll create accompaniments for some of the children’s favorite story books and explore some story apps. These lessons are very engaging for your students!

Rocking Music Reading: Teaching children to read and write music should be fun! In this session you’ll play floor staff games to teach letter names, play rhythm relay, rhythm race and more to teach rhythms, and you’ll have fun playing melodies with Boomwhackers.

Hand Clap Games to Play, Create, Assess: Hand clap games are engaging for your students and fun to play and teach. In this session, Denise will share some favorite hand clap games, and ways to use them to get kids playing instruments, creating and learning to read/write music. She’ll share ways to modify the games for special students so all can enjoy participating. This is a fun session that all will enjoy!


42nd Annual MSBOA Conducting Symposium
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Additional fee for this session; fee does not include lunch

Conducting Symposiums have been offered to Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association (MSBOA) members since 1975. The Symposium is held as a pre-conference event. Participants are videotaped as they conduct traditional band and orchestral repertoire followed by live comments from respected and experienced conductors, including Dr. David Thornton and Dr. Arris Golden from Michigan State University and Matthew Aubin of the Jackson Symphony. Our featured rehearsal ensembles this year are the Michigan State University Symphony Band and the MSBOA/MASTA Teacher Orchestra.


MSVMA Choral Conducting Symposium
9:00 am – 11:00 am
Additional fee for this session; fee does not include lunch

20-minute sessions with six participant conductors, focusing on conducting and rehearsal technique. 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. Our guest clinician is Dr. Brandon Johnson from Eastern Michigan University.


Meeting of the Minds - MSVMA Headliner Panel
11:00 am - 11:45 am

Come for a Q&A regarding choral music in this interactive format. Our expert panel will include both our headliner and active vocal music Michigan educators.​


Technology Pre-Conference
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
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. Clock hours are available:

  • FlipGrid is Fantastic! Spend More Time Teaching, and Less Time Listening to Playing Tests
    9:00 am - 9:45 am
  • Tech for Sharing, Communicating, and Assessing 10:00 am - 10:45 am
  • Accessibility: Technology Compliance for the Music Classroom 10:00 am - 10:45 am
  • Discussion: The 4 C’s of Digital Learning 11:00 am - 11:45 am
  • Top Finale Tips for Educators 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
  • Playing with Power: Gamification in the Band Room 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
  • Practical Tech for Ensemble Teachers 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
  • Digital Do Re Mi: The Remix 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
  • What’s Better? Flipgrid, Google Classroom, Charms, Screencastify 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
  • Proven Technology Integration for Secondary Music Education 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm