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MMEA Conference

September 25, 2016

September 30

The Maine Chapter (American Orff- Schulwerk Association) with MMEA (Maine Music Educators Association) are proud to present:

Jonathan Rappaport & Charlyn Bethel

 Flavors of Kodály and Weikart:

Surefire songs, dances, games, and part songs

Sessions to include:

Introduction to the Kodály Concept

A Baker’s Dozen–13 Ways to Teach a New Song

The Sequential Development of Part Work

Teaching Movement and Dance Using Education Through Movement

Friday, September 30, 2016, 9 AM – 3:30 PM at Le Club Calumet – Augusta, ME (334 West River Road Augusta). Credit: 1.5 CEUs from the University of Southern Maine with a paper and lesson plan ($12. charge must be sent to USM at a later date – info at workshop).

For a registration form or more information please contact Nancy Cash-Cobb mainemmeagmpk5vp@gmail.com or call her at 446-1762, Windham Primary Sch00l.

Learn about this internationally-renowned approach to teaching students of all ages in a child-developmental approach of learning music through the human voice, movement, sight-reading, and comprehensive musical understanding. The process of learning is key, with careful preparation, presentation, and practice of all elements, concepts and skills. Covered will be choice of musical materials, sequencing, tools of Kodály teaching (hand signs, solfa, rhythm syllables, letter names), and learning a variety of classroom tested, successful song material.

A Baker’s Dozen–13 Ways to Teach a New Song

presented by Jonathan

Successful learning of a wide variety of song material is critical for the success of the general music classroom at all grade levels. Learn 13 ways of teaching songs that intrigue students, keep them focused, and offer variety to the routines of teaching songs. Songs presented will be time-tested, successful songs useful in a variety of elementary grades.

The Sequential Development of Part Work

presented by Jonathan

Developing part-singing skills takes time and careful sequencing for children to gain confidence, ability, and proficiency. This workshop examines part-work development in a successful sequence of learning. It will include a variety of part music suitable for young voices, including rounds, canons, partner songs, part songs, and folk song arrangements.

Teaching Movement and Dance Using Education Through Movement

presented by Charlyn

This session will outline how to build a movement foundation for your students. Education Through Movement is a process that has analyzed locomotor and non-locomotor movements, which helps the teacher start with what is easiest and progress into more challenging movement sequences that are used in simple folk dances. Topics will include ways of engaging learners to move creatively, the prerequisites to teaching dance, and then practical application to some actual folk dances. Wear comfortable shoes and expect to have some fun!

Jonathan C. Rappaport is Executive Director of Arts|Learning (Medfield, MA), a statewide non-profit organization that advocates for and promotes arts education and systemic education reform, and the Co-Founder/Director emeritus of the Kodály Music Institute, Southborough, MA, (founded 1998) where he teaches conducting and advanced pedagogy and materials analysis.  He was formerly Head of School, Conservatory Lab Charter School (Brighton, MA), and the Performing Arts Liaison of the Worcester (MA) Public Schools.

Jonathan is a conductor, educator, composer, pianist, singer, author, and consultant for school systems.  He has served as the choral director of numerous schools, children’s festival honor choirs, churches, synagogues, and community choral groups. Rappaport has published 18 choral works and 5 books, and is the recipient of awards for his work advocating for the arts in public schools from the MA Music Educators, the MA Alliance for Arts Education, the New England Theatre Conference, and the MA Art Educators Association.  He has taught music, trained teachers nationally, presented at national and state conferences in over a dozen states, and directed choruses for 45 years.

Charlyn Bethell has been using Kodály Methodology in her Concord Public Schools K-5 classes for 28 years. She has been teaching at the Kodály Music Institute since its inception (1998) and presently teaches Pedagogy and Materials to Level II students in that program. She has given workshops for the Organization of American Kodály Educators, the MA Music Educators Assn, and the Boston Area Kodály Educators. Charlyn is the Music Director of her UU church in Watertown and she is a freelance oboist in the Boston area. She is the adjunct oboe teacher at Phillips Andover Academy and she plays regularly with Solar Winds Quintet and Kaleidoscope Chamber Ensemble. She has performed with Monadnock Music, the Rhode Island Philharmonic, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, Emmanuel Music, New Hampshire Symphony, and the Opera Company of Boston. She was a founding member of the New Art Winds (woodwind quintet), which made its New York debut in Carnegie Recital Hall in 1985. She has recorded for CRI.

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Maine Motif

August 26, 2016

Congratulations to Heidi!

Screen Shot 2016-08-25 at 9.10.42 AMMusic teacher and editor Heidi Anderson has created “Maine Motif”,  a wonderful magazine for the Maine Music Educators Association. You can access it by CLICKING HERE. After checking it out, let Heidi or president and Maine Arts Leadership Initiative Teacher Leader Sue Barre know what you think. The organization is celebrating their centennial – if not already a member, consider joining. Below is Sue’s back to school message re-printed by permission from Maine Motif.

Greetings Fellow Music Educators:

Sue Barre

Sue Barre

Welcome to a new school year! It is that exciting time, a time of firsts. The first class, the first rehearsal, the first football game. In my household it is the first time I will send one of my children to college. Amidst the firsts there is the familiar: breaking out the pep band folders, singing through a familiar warm up, recognizing a familiar tune. At my house the familiar routine, particularly for my daughter, is the annual school supply and school clothes shopping spree.

I challenge you to work to enjoy the firsts. Note how excited those students are in class. Relish the conversation with a senior who is asking for a recommendation or the kindergartener who is so excited to be in your class. For many of us our jobs are getting bigger, the days are seeming longer, and/or some of us (myself included) the hair is becoming more gray.

The work you are doing is very important. You are changing lives. You are creating lifelong advocates and consumers of music. You may even be creating lifelong performers. Through this beautiful craft of teaching music we are also teaching the lifelong skills of communication, collegiality, and goal setting to name a few.

In each of our schools we can feel like islands, often being the only music teacher. MMEA can be the mainland for you. Take advantage of this publication; take a look at our website. We are working hard to keep the calendars up to date and useful to all.

Lastly, help us celebrate our centennial! The events will happen all year long. Beginning with the membership campaign, the first one hundred new or lapsed members (3 years or more lapsed) will only pay $100 for membership fee – saving you $30 (that’s a lot of cups of coffee). To take advantage PRINT the application from the NAfME website and send it and your payment to our executive director Sam Moore-Young.

I am grateful to be part of this board and value the opportunity to represent you as music educators of the State of Maine. Please do not hesitate to contact me or any board member, with your questions or concerns. In an effort to make it easier to reach board members we have updated email addresses to align with the position.

For example, my new email is mainemmeapresident@gmail.com. Please see the website for an up to date list of emails. Together we are stronger than one, do not hesitate to ask the questions that are on your mind. We are here to serve you, the members of the Maine Music Educators Association.

Musically,
Sue Barre, President of MMEA

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Congrats MMEA!

May 19, 2015

All-State Conference

Virgil Bozeman, (Richmond Middle/High School), Rob Westerberg (York High School), Allysa Anderson (Camden-Rockport Middle School)

Virgil Bozeman, MAAI Teacher Leader Phase 5 (Richmond Middle/High School), Rob Westerberg, MAAI Leadership Team (York High School), Allysa Anderson MAAI Teacher Leader Phase 1,2,5 (Camden-Rockport Middle School)

Last Friday I had the chance to catch up with many Maine music educators at the Maine Music Educators Association (MMEA) conference at USM Gorham. It was a beautiful day on the campus and I was so thrilled to see old friends and meet music educators that I didn’t know before attending. I bumped into several Maine Arts Assessment Initiative (MAAI) Teacher Leaders, some presenting. I know that there were many other music teachers attending that I didn’t see. (I wish I could be there for all three days!) Along with conversations with teachers I also had a chance to pop into the rehearsal sessions of the Band in Warren Hill Gym, the Mixed Choir in the First Parish Church (across from campus), the Treble Choir in the Recital Hall, Corthell Hall, and the Orchestra in Corthell Hall. For those of  you who couldn’t be there I took a couple of videos of the student rehearsals. (embedded below)

What did I learn?

  • The number of participants overall attending the conference was up – and several new MMEA members
  • Treble Choir was a new addition this year and is very successful
  • Students are amazing; kind and well prepared AND wonderful to listen to
  • Conference and student schedules well organized and providing opportunities to meet the needs of both groups
  • Teachers are experiencing similar challenges at their schools and welcome the opportunity to come together with their colleagues from across the state to learn from each other
  • The planners of the conference and All-State festival are fully committed to creating a successful event
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Mixed Choir rehearsing

I noticed that there were more younger teachers and with that goes lots of energy and eagerness to learn! Some teachers said that they were not on the Maine Arts Education list-serv which means they are not part of the statewide community that is connected by the list-serv. Please be sure and send me your email and let your colleagues know about the list-serv so they can be part of the visual and performing arts community. By being a member you receive Tuesday morning Arts Ed Updates.

A note from MMEA President-Elect, Sue Barre, confirmed what I guessed from being in rehearsals on Friday: “We had a wonderful day of music making yesterday, all four ensembles were top notch!”

Thank you to those who took advantage of the learning opportunity that MMEA affords at the annual conference. And more importantly CONGRATULATIONS and a HUGE THANK YOU to the conference and All-State planners. I know it is no small task! Your lights are shining brightly!

Mixed Choir rehearsing, First Parish Church

Mixed Choir rehearsing, First Parish Church

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Shoulder massages during a break from Mixed Choir rehearsal

The Mixed Choir singing Hallelujah by Beethoven.

The Band performing a segment of the Olympic Fanfare by John Williams.

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All-State Music Conference

April 20, 2015

Maine Music Educators Association

Screen Shot 2015-04-14 at 2.05.21 PMThere is one month until the All State Festival and In Service Conference being held at USM, Gorham campus on May 14 and 15, 2015. The Maine Music Educators invite you to join them and promise that there is something for everyone!

The following highlights are important to note

  • 5 workshops with Christi Carey Miller of Hal Leonard
  • Key note by Peter Boonshaft
  • NAfME Eastern Division President Robert Frampton
  • Exhibits Crawl
  • President’s Reception
  • Workshops about online auditions
  • Director’s Chorus

Click Here for the Registration Form!  Registration (pre-register by April 30, 2015)

Call for a hotel reservation today Best Western Merry Manor (207) 774-6151

Thank you to Sue Barre and Sam Moore- Young who are the conference co-chairs. If you have questions please email them at sbarre@aos92.org or yeomoore1954@gmail.com.  Thanks also to Kristin Thomas who is doing an AMAZING job on the festival side of things.

In addition the conference highlights include the following

  • Performances by the Navy Band Thursday night and the Director’s Chorus and Maine Rock Orchestra Friday night.
  • Maine Music Educator of the Year and Outstanding Administrator will be announced at the President’s Reception.
  • York Treble Choir and Chamber Singers performing
  • Brunswick Concert Band performing
  • Over 60 workshops including 2 workshops by Maine Arts Assessment Initiative Leadership Team member and York High School choral director Rob Westerberg about assessment – Keeping it real and painless :-)!

I hope to see you there on May 14 or 15!!

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MMEA Jazz Festival

January 15, 2015

Intense, Exciting, Fascinating

IMG_1529I was so impressed when I visited Scarborough High School last Friday. The 2015 All State Jazz Festival was taking place. The students were engaged and enjoying the learning opportunity. The teachers were focused on a variety of topics including Proficiency-Based Education conversations, and the school was a beautiful setting for the event!

IMG_1534We all know that, for the most part, all the students who were there was because they’ve worked hard. For many of them, they have been intensely working for several years. We also know that for some they’ve are fairly new in the jazz arena and this opportunity provided all of them a chance to expand and build on their knowledge and past experiences in the music world.

Maine Music Educators Association president, Pam Kinsey, said: “The festival was an inaugural year of the Treble Choir at Jazz All State. These two groups, along with three instrumental groups, gave FANTASTIC performances and are to be commended, along with their guest conductors and their home music teachers for a truly inspiring weekend of music making. Congratulations to all!!”

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Below is a clip of rehearsal with the Treble choir.

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Day 2: Summit on Arts Ed

August 4, 2014

Another worthwhile day at the Summit provided by the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative – a program of the Maine Arts Commission

LisaThe Day 2 schedule at the Summit on Arts Education at USM, Portland allowed participants the opportunity to attend sessions on technology, integration, advocacy, and sessions with like-grade level and discipline on Proficiency and the Student-centered classroom.

In addition, throughout the morning participants had the chance to learn more about teaching artists, arts organizations and higher education.

Representatives from the following arts organizations and institutions participated: From the Bow Seat, Lesley University, Lincoln Street Center and Northland Village Foundation, Maine Department of Education, Maine Art Education Association, Maine Music Educators Association, Maine College of Art, New England Institute for Teacher Education, Portland Ovations, Portland Museum of Art, Portland Symphony Orchestra, UMaine Music Ed Department, and UMaine Art Ed Department.

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Rose Kue, Director of Education & Community Engagement, Portland Symphony Orchestra

Teams and individuals started work on an Individual (or team) Action Plan so they could hit the ground running when returning to their schools/districts. The Phase 5 Maine Arts Assessment Initiative (MAAI) Teacher Leader’s Individual Action Plans focus on the workshops they plan to provide during the 2014-15 school year.

Maine Art Education Association secretary and MAAI teacher leader, Lisa Ingraham, provided the “chair” template so teachers could use their creativity to contribute to the wall of chairs. Lisa and her colleague Jim Small from Madison School District are seen in this post in front of the growing wall of chairs.

It was the second day of the Summit on Arts Education filled with high quality professional development. The 90 participants went away having learned a great deal, and with new questions about their understanding of teaching, learning, and assessment in arts education.

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Participants “movin” with teaching artist, Stephanie McGary

 

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Jeff Poulin, Arts Education Program Coordinator from the Americans for the Arts located in Washington, D.C. provided information on Arts Advocacy

Photos taken by Kevin Facer, Roger Fuller, and Argy Nestor

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