Workshops for Educators & Performers

Let’s Get Moving!
Incorporating Movement in the Elementary Music Classroom
1.5 - 3 hour workshop for Elementary Music Educators

Learn how to implement cultural and creative movement in your music curriculum as a means of building community, promoting leadership, and engaging personalized arts instruction.

Folk dancing with Klein ISD elementary music teachers at an in-service event, 2018.

Folk dancing with Klein ISD elementary music teachers at an in-service event, 2018.

 

Music educators will learn how to:

  • Sequence and model dances and movement activities for all ages, with special emphasis on grades K-6.

  • Incorporate dance and movement vocabulary in their music instruction.

  • Include movement as an integral part of the music curriculum throughout the school year.

  • Communicate curricular values of movement and dance to their administrators.

  • Create cross-curricular connections between the music room and the general classroom



 

Classroom Management for Fine Arts & “Specials”
1-2 hour workshop for Educators who teach Music, Art, Library, PE, and Computer

If only it were this easy.....

If only it were this easy.....

From the very first day of class, those who teach art, music, library, and PE set the environment and expectations for learning with their students.  Teaching every student in the building every week is a unique challenge that fine arts and “specials” teachers must meet with poise, excitement, and a commitment to excellence for every student.

This workshop will help teachers:

  • Identify the unique challenges for classroom management that are not shared with grade-level classroom teachers.

  • Clarify the purpose of routines and procedures for the “specials” classroom.

  • Set up students for listening and follow-through success.

  • Hand over ownership of the class’s success to the students on the first day of school.

  • Understand the need and effectiveness of swift and clear consequences when they are needed.


 

Yoga for Choirs (and their Directors)
No Stretch Pants Necessary!
1- 3 hour workshop for Middle School and High School Directors

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Yoga is a worldwide phenomenon and commonplace in Western and traditional cultures, known widely for its health benefits both physiologically and for reducing stress.  Yoga can also benefit your choir singers, who often bring their fatigue, bad habits, and daily stress into the rehearsal room, the practice room, and their own private lessons.

Choral Directors will learn how to:

  • Incorporate safe stretches and body shapes into your warm-ups to help free students of tension and focus their minds for the rehearsal session.

  • Use simple everyday items to help students begin to vocalize safely and gently.

  • Lead simple yogic stretches in ways that are appropriate for a mixed gender school choir setting.

  • Practice optimal vocal health yourself in order to maximize your effectiveness for the entire school year.

 


Music Literacy in the Elementary Choral Rehearsal
Learning to Read Music in After-School Choir
1.5 - 3 hour workshop for Elementary Music Educators

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After-school choir can be the perfect extension to the work of a superior classroom music education for upper elementary students. Designed for elementary music educators who have curricular or extra-curricular choir duties, this workshop shares tools to use in the rehearsal to help your students in grades 3-6 apply their classroom music skills to “real” children’s repertoire that they can learn to read themselves!

Music educators will learn how to:

  • Choose “musically nutritious” children’s choir repertoire.

  • Develop warm-ups based on the chosen repertoire.

  • Analyze the choral score and develop a teaching plan for repertoire selections.

  • Include activities and games that make the rehearsal move while teaching music-reading skills to students.

  • Foster independence and ownership of the ensemble among student members.

  • Incorporate known classroom songs and games to reinforce musical elements in the choir’s repertoire.

  • Include rote teaching in appropriate places, while continuing to scaffold literacy.