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Thursday, July 27
 

4:00pm

Conference Check-In and Dinner
Welcome to Modern Band Rockfest 2017! Check in for the conference opens at 4:00pm. Dinner will be from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at Corbett Dining Hall.

Thursday July 27, 2017 4:00pm - 8:00pm
The Pavilion 620 W Plum Street, Fort Collins, CO
 
Friday, July 28
 

7:00am

Breakfast
Friday July 28, 2017 7:00am - 9:00am
Corbett Dining Hall

9:00am

Late Conference Check-In
Missed check-in and dinner last night? You can pick up your nametag, conference program and other goodies before our opening keynote!

Friday July 28, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
Outside Ballroom C/D

9:30am

Welcome Keynote with Dave Wish
We're excited to kick off Modern Band Rockfest 2017- get ready to rock!

Speakers
avatar for David Wish

David Wish

CEO, Founder, Little Kids Rock
Fueled by his belief that we are all innately musical, Dave Wish founded and serves as Chief Executive Officer of Little Kids Rock, a nonprofit organization that funds and runs one of the largest, free instrumental music programs in US public schools today. Little Kids Rock is al... Read More →


Friday July 28, 2017 9:30am - 10:00am
Ballroom C/D

10:30am

Breaking it Down - Next Steps for Song Charts
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Have you struggled to bring your kids to the next level musically, getting past the basic skeleton of the Little Kids Rock charts?  This session will take you on a musical journey to enhance the whole band experience.  Participants will work on each instrument part by listening, using inversions and more complex chords, soloing, watching YouTube tutorial videos, and getting students involved in the process of creating their own musical pathways.  This session is geared towards teachers who want to learn the skills necessary to scaffold unfamiliar songs to create a truly student-centered classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Braeden Henderson

Braeden Henderson

Teacher Events Manager, Little Kids Rock
Braeden graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in ethnomusicology. He has since gone on to teach music in groups at a Boys and Girls Club in Los Angeles, and in private lessons to kids and adults in their homes. He is also a veteran of the LA indie music scene, having sung and played gu... Read More →
avatar for Lauren Schwartz

Lauren Schwartz

Music Teacher, Visitacion Valley MS
Lauren has been a music therapist since 1992 (Masters in Music Therapy from NYU) and has been the music teacher at the Visitacaion Valley Middle School in San Francisco for the past 4 years. Lauren has worked with Little Kids Rock for 4 years and runs modern band programs for gr... Read More →


Friday July 28, 2017 10:30am - 12:00pm
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10:30am

Creating a Strong Foundation: Drums & Bass
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Like a building, a band needs a strong foundation with which to build on. This musical foundation can typically be heard in the interplay between the drum and bass parts within a song. This session will give participants the opportunity to explore how the drummer and bassist can work together to create a solid foundation. By adapting and approximating a few basic drum rhythms, expanding our knowledge of bass techniques, and improving our ability to comfortably move around the neck of the bass guitar, nearly any song is within our, or our students’ grasp. Through continuous hands-on participation and through the use of several popular songs, we will discover how to create this strong foundation as well as become more confident drummers and bassists.

Speakers
avatar for Sean Moats

Sean Moats

Music Teacher, Kingswood Elementary School
avatar for Juan Rios

Juan Rios

Music Teacher, Cannella Elementary


Friday July 28, 2017 10:30am - 12:00pm
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10:30am

District Arts Supervisors Meeting
Friday July 28, 2017 10:30am - 12:00pm
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10:30am

Guitar Games
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No More “Drill and Kill” chord changing exercises. Bring the excitement to your classroom with chord changing and composition games such as the train, four chord tap, Speed Racer, Simon Says Chords, Tic Tac Chords, Mega Tic Tac, and Mad Lib Blues. These games are perfect for the beginning guitarists of any age. At the completion of the workshop, participants will be armed with a whole new repertoire of guitar games to play to encourage even the most hesitant and stubborn of rockers to succeed.

Speakers
avatar for Beth Poquette Drews

Beth Poquette Drews

Music Teacher, L.V. Stockard Middle School
Beth Poquette Drews is a 15 year veteran of the Dallas ISD where she teaches orchestra, guitar, modern band, and Mariachi. She presented at Rockfest 2014 and 2015 on Viva Mariachi for Beginners and was excited to be back at Rockfest 2016 for an encore presentation of Viva Mariach... Read More →


Friday July 28, 2017 10:30am - 12:00pm
Ballroom B

10:30am

Higher Ed Workshop
Friday July 28, 2017 10:30am - 12:00pm
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10:30am

How do we get there? Creating a Scope and Sequence
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This workshop will help connect modern band concepts with the traditional general music classroom. How do we link modern band what we’re already teaching our students from K-5 and then connect it to their middle school learning? From Kindergarten through 5th grade there are standards and lessons that can be directly applied to the modern band practice. Participants will leave with ideas and examples for primary K-2, intermediate 3-5, and connections to middle school. We’ll share ideas and ways that our lessons and standards can lead into a spiralized modern band experience for our students. From the very foundation of beat to the layering of different parts, and solo singing, traditional state and national standards can be used to develop modern band techniques and practice when organized thoughtfully and intentionally.

Speakers
avatar for Lauren Maxwell

Lauren Maxwell

Lauren has been the General Music teacher at Swansea Elementary in Denver for the | past 4 years. She attended Metropolitan State University of Denver and was | awarded her Bachelors in Music Education with an emphasis in Percussion in 2013. | She was trained in by Little Kids Ro... Read More →


Friday July 28, 2017 10:30am - 12:00pm
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10:30am

It's a Rap for Good!: HipHop for Positive Classroom Culture
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One of the most popular requests from educators are tools not only to understand hip hop, but how it can be introduced and utilized in a positive way to the young people. The purpose of this workshop is to help our teachers get a better understanding of hip hop music's important voice in education and to identify the positive artists, producers and sounds. In this session, you will be introduced to writing techniques, improvisation activities, and access to an array of artists, playlists and songs that support a "classroom friendly" learning environment.

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Friday July 28, 2017 10:30am - 12:00pm
Ballroom C/D

10:30am

MB Principles for Traditional Ensembles
Limited Capacity seats available

During this session participants will learn a simple system for communicating melodic material that avoids the complications of traditional notation that stymie many young students. We will then practice techniques for group and individual improvisation so that students’ first notes are connected to creative expression and interaction. Just like soloing on the guitar, students can fully participate in a jam on music that they like using any instrument even with limited prior knowledge. Finally we will share ideas for creating student-ready materials and recordings so that our session materials can be used for any music you choose. While this session focuses on teachers of beginning instrumentalists who want to give the modern band experience to all students, it also applies to those who wish to add horns to their modern band. 

Speakers
avatar for Joe Campbell

Joe Campbell

Joe Campbell teaches K-12 music at a small rural school in Nezperce Idaho.  He has a Masters in Music Education from the University of Minnesota Duluth, and Bachelors of Music Theory and History from the University of Idaho.  As a Master’s student, his research was focused on the inclusion of popular music into the music education curriculum... Read More →
avatar for Zach Harris

Zach Harris

Zach Harris teaches high school orchestra at both Helena High and Capital High Schools in Helena MT.  Previous to this position he has taught k-5 general music, middle school band, orchestra, and choir, and 5-12 Band; along with teaching k-8 music and music therapy at a residential school for E.D... Read More →


Friday July 28, 2017 10:30am - 12:00pm
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10:30am

Modern Band 101 for New Teachers
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MB 101 is a hands on workshop which serves as an introduction to Modern Band and the Music as a Second Language pedagogy.  This session covers the basic core values of Little Kids Rock; how we teach improvisation and composition by getting our students into a comfort zone.  We do that by using student centered instruction, approximation, and scaffolding.  These are all basic tenets of Music as a Second Language.  Participants are introduced to the instruments of Modern Band and will learn the basics of guitar, keyboard, drums, vocals, bass, and technology.  Participants will also use their new musical skills to compose and perform an original song.

Friday July 28, 2017 10:30am - 5:00pm
North Ballroom

12:15pm

Modern Band Brainstorm Lunch
Eat and discuss Modern Band methods and ideas at your table. Little Kids Rock will provide the questions...you give us your answers!

Friday July 28, 2017 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Ballroom C/D

1:30pm

Behind the Mixer...Not just for Control Freaks
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Behind the mixer places the teacher and or student squarely behind a mixing board with a modern band in need of playing through a house sound system. There are many challenges that range from how to connect to how to set the EQ on the channel to carve out space for all the instruments and vocals to share the system and share your audience's ear. This can all be done behind the board if you know how to operate it. The session will begin with baby steps of connectivity, dispel fear and fully explain all the knobs and sliders, discuss and experiment with when and how to use aux channels or send and returns, and wrap up with EQ settings for a variety of instruments and voices.

Speakers
avatar for Dann Shea

Dann Shea

Music Teacher, Tampa Bay Boulevard Elementary
Dann joined Little Kids Rock in 2008 as a teacher when the Tampa chapter was launched. He has since helped grow that chapter into one of Little Kids Rock’s largest, and in 2012, he joined Little Kids Rock’s staff as the Regional Program Director for Tampa. He has his Masters in M... Read More →


Friday July 28, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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1:30pm

Listen Hear - Learning to play by ear
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Listen, Hear, Play is based on recent research by Lucy Green in the UK that looked at applying informal approaches based on popular music pedagogies in one to one instrumental lessons. Her findings ask whether we spend enough time supporting our students with learning music by ear and what the implications might be if we dig a little deeper into how we learn aurally. This practical workshop will help you to discover your preferred aural learning style and devise strategies to support your kids with how to become successful aural learners. Classroom workshopping is a whole class approach to large group music-making, composing and improvising. Grounded in non-formal teaching pedagogies, musical ideas and development originate from within the group with the teacher as musical leader helping to shape and develop the music as it evolves. Classroom workshopping scaffolds kids through from instrumental skills-building to writing their own music by increasing confidence to try out ideas and create an ethos where it's OK if it doesn't sound perfect straight away.


Speakers
avatar for Anna Gower

Anna Gower

Trinity College / Musical Futures
Anna has a strong commitment to classroom music and the development of sustainable and innovative approaches to classroom music in England and now overseas, working Canada, the USA and Australia to strengthen and support Musical Futures work as it expands internationally. As a former Musical Futures Champion Teacher, Advanced Skills teacher, Head of music and now as Head of Programmes for Musical Futures, she is committed to working to engage learners of all ages with school music. Her main passion is to drive the development of ideas and resources for supporting music provision for students both inside and outside of the classroom and ways that these can be shared and developed online by teachers wherever they are working... Read More →
avatar for Ken Owen

Ken Owen

Director, Musical Futures International
Ken Owen has combined a career working in Music Education and the MusicIndustry in diverse roles that include performance and teaching (Primary, Secondary,Tertiary).Ken is a Director of Musical Futures Australia and is the Head of Training andPrograms, leading the team of mentors... Read More →


Friday July 28, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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1:30pm

Making Wood Sing: Advanced Strumming for Acoustic Guitar
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Take your guitar strumming to the next level. Rock is full of iconic acoustic guitar riffs that YOU CAN PLAY! Kendall will help you transform the strumming basics into tasty grooves you can use to get your kids’ creative juices flowing. In this workshop, you will: learn to play loud and proud, get the lowdown on how to “cheat” at chords, transcribe strumming patterns, be your own drummer and bass player without looking like Burt from Mary Poppins and leave with all the tolls you need to sound like an acoustic guitar DEMIGOD. This is meant for more advanced guitar noobies. You will have more fun if you can move between first position chords reasonably quickly however, anyone interested in learning teaching methods that help students put the drive in a song using only wood and steel is welcome.
Kendall Alderman is a music teacher from New Haven CT and a professional guitarist. His guitar case has been inextricably attached to his right arm for nigh on 48 years.

Speakers
avatar for Kendall Alderman

Kendall Alderman

Guitar & Digital Fine Arts Teacher, Wilbur Cross HS, New Haven Public Schools
I love guitar, sax, camping, hiking, paddling, reading and making everyone play music, even just a little bit. I think that the story preservation in the oral tradition probably was reinforced by singing. Humans have been making music for over 40,000 years, so I consider it a lif... Read More →


Friday July 28, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Ballroom B

1:30pm

Modern Drum Set Basics from Set-up to Stage
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Back by popular demand!  Unpacking a drum set is just the beginning!  In this session Glen Caruba & Peter Wolff from Pearl Drums, will take you through the process of proper set-up, tuning, placement, and tricks of the trade to make your drum set, and hand drums look and sound the best it can be.  Get your bass drum to “thump”, make your snare drum “pop” and your congas sound like Santana!  All of this will ultimately lead to more inspired musicians at any level.  They will also cover some basic grooves, and will guarantee that even with no drumming experience you can be playing a beat in just a few minutes.

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Friday July 28, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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1:30pm

Stairway to Heaven: Scaffolding Lessons
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Do your students always want to play songs that seem above their level of musicianship? Do you have students with different skill levels in the same ensemble? This session will teach you how to scaffold and differentiate songs to accommodate all students! We’ll play through multiple pieces of music and go over multiple ways each part can be played. Participants leave with the tools to create their own arrangements for the classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Fuller

Sarah Fuller

Music Teacher, Belvedere Middle School
Sarah Fuller has been a Little Kids Rock teacher for 12 years.  A graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles (Bachelor of Arts, - Music) and Walden University (Master of Science, Education), Sarah has been teaching music for over 17 years.  She has experience teachin... Read More →


Friday July 28, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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1:30pm

This is How We Do It - One Approach to MB
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Participants will observe and experience an abbreviated process for teaching a song to Modern Band students from song selection to performance. Student performers and attendees will have fun making music together, and participants will gain ideas and strategies they can apply to their Modern Band classrooms. 


Speakers
avatar for Melissa Flail

Melissa Flail

Music Teacher, Cache La Poudre Elementary
Melissa Flail, Doctor of Musical Arts, has been teaching elementary music at Cache La Poudre Elementary school in Fort Collins for the past five years. She has been a Little Kids Rock teacher for three years and currently serves as Fort Collins Regional Program Coordinator. H... Read More →


Friday July 28, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Ballroom C/D

3:15pm

Modern Band: Helping Districts Build Music Programs as Diverse as the Students They Serve
Speakers
avatar for Michael Blakeslee

Michael Blakeslee

Executive Director, National Association for Music Education (NAfME)
Michael Blakeslee is Executive Director of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). He received B.A.s in music and psychology and an M.A. in music composition from the University of Virginia, where he managed the electronic music lab. He has taught at institutions in... Read More →


Friday July 28, 2017 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Ballroom C/D

5:00pm

Dinner at the Dining Hall
Friday July 28, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
TBA

7:00pm

Teacher Kickoff Jam hosted by Bohemian Foundation
Due to space restrictions, this reception is open to teachers only. Please add to your schedule if you plan to attend.

Friday July 28, 2017 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Fort Collins Armory
 
Saturday, July 29
 

7:00am

Breakfast
Saturday July 29, 2017 7:00am - 9:00am
Corbett Dining Hall

9:00am

Adapting LKR Charts and Arrangements
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In this session, I will focus on how to adapt current Little Kids Rock charts that are available online as well as create and arrange your own using the “Build Your Own” method on the LKR website. I will also help teachers adapt and arrange music for students with disabilities. I will help teachers to further understand some disabilities and needs as well as how to engage and bring out the best musicians in all students. I think the greatest need that I will be able to address in this session is to help teachers understand for who, why, how and when to modify charts or instruments and offer assistance or adaptations. We will have discussions, work through specific classroom issues, and work in groups to create two different versions of the same song; one for advanced learners, and one for earlier learners. There will be plenty more opportunity to play and perform previously made charts and arrangements that I will already have prepared on my PowerPoint.

Speakers
avatar for Katherine Stock

Katherine Stock

Music Teacher, P721Q
Percussionist, music teacher at a High School for Students with Disabilities and ELL-SWDs.


Saturday July 29, 2017 9:00am - 10:30am
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9:00am

Harmonica and Guitar? (Two-note Solo to Blues Scale in 5 Easy Lessons)
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“We’re on a mission from God…” to teach you how to play blues solos! This is a two-part session encompassing guitar and harmonica. Part I is aimed at helping intermediate level guitar players build on rudimentary single-note improvisation that they already know. The unit can be broken into five easy lessons that show Little Kids Rock educators that teaching the full blues scale is a very easy technique when cut into short single-concept lessons rather than one big challenging unit. Part II will focus on incorporating harmonica to your Modern Band class. We'll spend time learning the difference between first position and second position (cross harp), as well as a few techniques like tremolo, tongue-blocking, and bending. Each person who signs up for this session will receive a diatonic harmonica in the key of C. By the end of this two part unit, everyone will get the chance to play guitar and harmonica solos with a live band playing the 12 bar blues.

Speakers
avatar for Rodney Dittmar

Rodney Dittmar

Music Teacher, Seagoville High School
Rodney Dittmar has been teaching Modern Band and Guitar as an elective class since 2000. In that time, the program has grown from 8 students to 300 between the middle and high schools. He holds a Master of Music degree from Texas A&M-Commerce. Rodney has been involved wit... Read More →
avatar for Keith Hejna

Keith Hejna

Senior Manager of Donor Relations, Little Kids Rock
Keith joined Little Kids Rock in April 2009 as an intern and steadily climbed the ranks, now managing the organization’s communications, marketing and branding. Keith heads up Little Kids Rock’s media and artist relations efforts while implementing the communications plan to help spread the word that kids all over the country are rocking... Read More →


Saturday July 29, 2017 9:00am - 10:30am
Ballroom B

9:00am

LKR Keyboard Level 2
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This workshop will start focus on the three-tiered system of Little Kids Rock's keyboard curriculum, starting with some basics from post-workshop. Teachers will use jam cards, new play-a-long charts, and current songs to explore further ways to incorporate keyboard into your Modern Band. Learn how to take basic comping patterns and spice them up, teaching your students about basic inversions, and using composition and improvisation to unlock their creative side. This workshop is geared for those that are comfortable with the basics of the LKR curriculum and jam cards but are looking for new ideas on how to get your students playing.

Speakers
avatar for Mary Claxton

Mary Claxton

I play the drums and sing in a soul band. | I love (in no particular order): The Beatles, Queen, Lauryn Hill, The Alabama Shakes, Ella Fitzgerald, Arcade Fire, Sergio Mendes, Laura Mvula & Beck. And lots of others. Music's real neat.
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Ulises Soto

Music Teacher, P.S. 32X The Belmont School


Saturday July 29, 2017 9:00am - 10:30am
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9:00am

Modern Band, Advocacy, Diversity, and Other Issues in Music Education

NAfME Executive Director Mike Blakeslee will address and discuss many of the current issues in music education, from advocating for your students, working with peers towards achieving diversity, and how Modern Band can be a tool for engaging students as well as a strong component of a balanced, standards-based school program.  This session will include Q&A and discussion with the audience to collaborate on ways to help make sure every student succeeds.

 


Speakers
avatar for Michael Blakeslee

Michael Blakeslee

Executive Director, National Association for Music Education (NAfME)
Michael Blakeslee is Executive Director of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). He received B.A.s in music and psychology and an M.A. in music composition from the University of Virginia, where he managed the electronic music lab. He has taught at institutions in... Read More →


Saturday July 29, 2017 9:00am - 10:30am
Ballroom C/D

9:00am

Spicing up your Rhythm Section II
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You ask your students who is interested in becoming the class drummer. Chances are, more than one hand will be raised, but you may not have more than one drum set. How do you keep the excitement for all of these students? Diversify your instrumentation and musical genre! This workshop will build off the last year's popular workshop, Spicing Up Your Rhythm Section: Latin Percussion. Participants will not only be able to jam with other teachers learning new skills on cajons, congas, and other auxiliary percussion, but also learn how to effectively implement them into your student-centered repertoire. We will be guiding you on how to differentiate instruction on these instruments, therefore this session is welcome to participants from very beginner to advanced playing! ¡Vaya!

Speakers
avatar for Joe Panganiban

Joe Panganiban

Regional Program Director, Chicago, Little Kids Rock
Joe joined the Little Kids Rock team as the Regional Program Manager for Chicago in 2014 and has taught in the Chicago Public School District since 2012. Prior to teaching in Chicago, Joe has had the opportunity to teach and perform in a wide variety of settings from preschool through the collegiate level and from the Midwest to the international stage. He spent some time in New South Wales, Australia working with students as well as community members in band, orchestral, and choral ensembles. State-side, Joe has worked with several bands as a percussion instructor, arranger, and clinician. He has the opportunity to work with several award-winning high school marching bands in Iowa serving as the drumline instructor for Prairie High School, Mediapolis High School, and Williamsburg High School as well as later assuming the role as the assistant band director for the Maine West High School Marching Band in Illinois. He has received a... Read More →
avatar for Charly Schwartz

Charly Schwartz

Chief Operating Officer, Little Kids Rock • Verona, NJ
Charly joined Amp Up NYC in February 2014 as its director, and was named Little Kids Rock’s Chief Operating Officer in June 2014. Charly brings over twenty years of experience in team leadership, operational management, marketing and youth development to Amp Up NYC. Most recently, prior to joining Amp Up NYC, Charly served as the Chief Operating Officer at America SCORES, a nonprofit organization that uses sports and creative expression to engage, empower and inspire thousands of at-risk public school youth in low income communities around the country. Prior to America SCORES he served as a Vice President at LeadDog Marketing Group, an award-winning marketing company he helped found in 1999. At LeadDog, he shepherded the infrastructural development of the company as it quickly grew in revenue, clients, services and employees, directing various operational functions along with supervising both administrative and account teams. While at LeadDog, Charly also served as an adjunct professor at NYU. Before moving to New York in 2000, Charly was the Director of Operations at a promotion agency in Atlanta, Georgia, and a Producer for the 1996 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games and other major sporting events, including the MLB All-Star Game. His professional career began in the area of informal education, serving as a regional Assistant Director, Senior Advisor and Program Director for a national Jewish youth organization, where Charly primarily worked with elementary school and high school students. | | As a first-generation Cuban-American... Read More →


Saturday July 29, 2017 9:00am - 10:30am
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9:00am

Teaching Style through Popular Music
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The mini curriculum presented in this session will help students develop a greater understanding of style and put them in the drivers seat to make their own arrangements. Participants will complete assignments in whole-class and small-group settings to identify and outline qualities of the musical elements that define various styles including pop, jazz, reggae, rock, techno, and folk. Participants will then create arrangements of John Legend’s “All of Me” in different styles than the original.
Using the lesson ideas presented, students will be able to solve the overarching musical problem “How does one arrange and/or write music within a particular style?” while developing their playing abilities as individuals and within an ensemble setting. Through these lessons both teacher and learner will experience the social constructivist model of teaching and learning through listening, creating, and performing. Come learn about learner agency, learner choice, and creative assessment while creating your own stylistic arrangements!

Speakers
avatar for Amanda Jones

Amanda Jones

Music Teacher
Amanda Jones has spend the past three years teaching Grades 5-8 general music and chorus in Harlem, NYC. She received her Bachelors of Music Education from Penn State University in 2013 and is currently finishing her Masters of Music Education at Kent State University. This is he... Read More →


Saturday July 29, 2017 9:00am - 10:30am
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9:00am

Your Students Want to Write Songs
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SONGWRITERS WANTED! This workshop will explore the concept of songwriting and incorporating Common Core State Standards through the use of film and LKR resources. We will begin with a short (5min.) silent film that tackles relevant student issues of identity. The facilitators will walk you through the process of analyzing the film and determining the theme in order to complete the verses and chorus and eventually create a masterpiece that be performed for years to come. A song from the LKR library will be used to provide the chord progression that will accompany the lyrics. A songwriting template will be provided as a guide in the songwriting process, which can later be omitted if the students feel comfortable to write their own song. You will get into groups where ideas will be discussed and as a culminating task, you will perform in front of your peers the song you have created. This exercise is aimed at intermediate to advanced learners, but methods of incorporating beginners as well as students with special needs will be discussed. This activity is intended for the Middle to High School level. This exercise not only tackles the Common Core State Standards, but also integrates collaboration, cooperation, stage presence, and creative writing

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avatar for Michael Finn

Michael Finn

Music Teacher, Marshall High
On the path to attaining his dream job of teaching learning disabled students at a large urban public high school, Mike Finn spent his 20s traveling the country, playing bass in a touring rock band. He shared stages with artists such as Willie Nelson, ZZ Top, Tom Petty, and Joe E... Read More →


Saturday July 29, 2017 9:00am - 10:30am
North Ballroom

10:45am

Afro-Latin Rhythms in MB
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Afro-Latin rhythms are part of the foundation for rock rhythms. This workshop will demonstrate how you can teach Afro-Latin rhythms using Modern Band concepts to give your ensemble a strong rhythmic foundation as well as a means for exploring and drawing connections between different cultures. Afro-Latin rhythms lend themselves well to ensembles that include students with a wide range of skills because the parts that students play can be differentiated and scaffolded, presenting opportunities for peer coaching. I will teach applications for rhythms from salsa, bossa nova, samba, and 6/8 Bembe. Session participants will gain a variety of tools for practicing these rhythms and planning lessons for ensembles playing various kinds of rock, pop, Latin or jazz music on various instruments. Participants will also learn how to orchestrate these rhythms for a percussion section and draw rhythmic inspiration for comping and soloing on chordal and melodic instruments.

Speakers
avatar for Graham Johnson

Graham Johnson

Music Teacher, MS 348 Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School
Graham Johnson is a music teacher at Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School (WHEELS) in Manhattan. He is overseeing the expansion of the WHEELS music program as the school grows to include Pre-K through 12th  grade. He has taught elementary, middle and high school ban... Read More →


Saturday July 29, 2017 10:45am - 12:15pm
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10:45am

BASSically For Beginners: Improve Your Groove
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Though a relatively young instrument, the electric bass transcends the spectrum of genres--whether it’s rock, blues, reggae, pop, hip-hop, jazz, metal, or country, you can count on a bass player being present in the band. In fact, every great band has a great bass player, and almost every catchy song has a bumpin’ bassline. In this session, we will explore why that is the case and how we can incorporate bass playing into our Modern Band classrooms. The goal of this session is to bring out everyone’s inner bassist. To do so, we will focus on simple approaches to getting started, fundamental aspects of building a good bassline, and tips/tricks to make you and your students sound like bona fide groove machines.

Speakers
avatar for Mike Sanowitz

Mike Sanowitz

Training Operations Manager, Little Kids Rock • Verona, NJ
Mike joined Little Kids Rock as an intern in 2014. Nowadays, he works as the Training Operations Manager, helping teachers get Modern Band programs started in their classrooms all across the Nation. Mike graduated from Berklee College of Music in 2014 with a Bachelors of Music... Read More →


Saturday July 29, 2017 10:45am - 12:15pm
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10:45am

Integrating Fun with State Standards
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This session will focus on how the LKR curriculum can be integrated into an existing county's curriculum to meet state/district adopted standards.
Teachers will be able to incorporate music vocabulary into lessons through authentic performance. This session will focus on how to connect the "fun" of LKR with the academic requirements of the state or district.

Speakers
avatar for Juan Rios

Juan Rios

Music Teacher, Cannella Elementary
avatar for Joey Willoughby

Joey Willoughby

Music Teacher, Riverview Elementary School
Joey Willoughby is the music teacher at Riverview Elementary School in Riverview, Florida. He has taught in Hillsborough County for 22 years and serves as a curriculum trainer for the district.  Joey has been involved with Little Kids Rock since 2010 and credits LKR for teaching him to play... Read More →


Saturday July 29, 2017 10:45am - 12:15pm
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10:45am

Intermediate Ukulele
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The ukulele can do anything the guitar can do! This presentation is geared towards teachers who are already comfortable with ukulele and want to learn more ways to involve this instrument in their classes. We will explore more advanced chords: barre chords, power chords, and uncommon open chords (some of which are a lot easier than they would be on guitar). Time will be spent on solos and riffs, including how to convert guitar riffs to ukulele. By the end, session participants will be familiar with common ukulele keys and chord progressions. The goal is for attendees to be able to incorporate uke in their existing Modern Band program or even run a class based on ukulele instead of guitar.

Speakers
avatar for Tony Corallo

Tony Corallo

Teacher, Park Western Place Elementary
I am a third grade teacher in Los Angeles. I have been teaching for 20 years, nine with Little Kids Rock. I was part of the very first modern band training. I teach classes emphasizing guitar/ukulele to my third graders and after-school fifth graders. I have been teaching ukulele... Read More →


Saturday July 29, 2017 10:45am - 12:15pm
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10:45am

Mayhem into Melody: Classroom Management for MB
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We’ve all had those days where rehearsals look like heavy metal mosh pits gone wrong. Tame your most extreme rockers with tried and true techniques to turn your class into a harmonious ensemble of music makers that still can rock out. Participants will learn and practice methods for managing student behavior, managing equipment, and how to move large groups of students from the warm up room to the stage. These methods are great for middle school and elementary school classrooms.

Speakers
avatar for Beth Poquette Drews

Beth Poquette Drews

Music Teacher, L.V. Stockard Middle School
Beth Poquette Drews is a 15 year veteran of the Dallas ISD where she teaches orchestra, guitar, modern band, and Mariachi. She presented at Rockfest 2014 and 2015 on Viva Mariachi for Beginners and was excited to be back at Rockfest 2016 for an encore presentation of Viva Mariach... Read More →


Saturday July 29, 2017 10:45am - 12:15pm
North Ballroom

10:45am

Teach Your Modern Band to Shred!!!
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So you’ve always dreamed about being able to stand out in the spotlight and play that wicked guitar solo with the band.
In our workshop today, you will acquire all the necessary skills required to propel you towards Rock Guitar God Stardom.
We shall provide you with the vital tools, tips and techniques to get you to the place you have always dreamed of.

Speakers
avatar for Brett Green

Brett Green

Director of Guitar Studies, Grover Cleveland High School
My Name is Brett Green. I am determined in continuing both the development of my craft as well as nurturing the artistic talent of others as I also simultaneously write and play my own music while teaching at a greater New York City High School on a daily basis. My level of ener... Read More →


Saturday July 29, 2017 10:45am - 12:15pm
Ballroom B

10:45am

Twist and Shout: Movement in Modern Band Class
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Looking for ways to get your Modern Band students to move around during their performances? Do you want to find a way to include students who may not want to play an instrument but want to be included? "Twist and Shout!: Movement in Modern Band" will supply you with some tips and takeaways to get your students moving comfortably in no time! In this session, we will break down the different sections of the body with options for easy, exciting, and clean movement. By the end, session participants will not only have a fun movement game to take back and use with their students but they will also feel empowered to lead their Modern Band students to amp up their performance and shake things up in the classroom!

Speakers
avatar for Lauren Kirk

Lauren Kirk

Program Services Manager, Little Kids Rock
Lauren joined Little Kids Rock as the Program Assistant in February 2012. Now, as the Program Manager, Lauren works with the teacher services team to makes sure Little Kids Rock teachers have everything they need to run a rockin’ program at their school. | Lauren graduated from Rutgers University in 2011 with a Bachelor of the Arts in American Studies and Dance. During her time at Rutgers she managed the New Jersey Folk Festival and was a dancer with Insurgo Stage Project, a local Modern dance company. Lauren is also a dance teacher in hip hop, ballet, and jazz for children ages 9-18. When... Read More →


Saturday July 29, 2017 10:45am - 12:15pm
Ballroom C/D

12:30pm

Modern Band and Statewide Music Education Initiatives
Speakers
avatar for David Wish

David Wish

CEO, Founder, Little Kids Rock
Fueled by his belief that we are all innately musical, Dave Wish founded and serves as Chief Executive Officer of Little Kids Rock, a nonprofit organization that funds and runs one of the largest, free instrumental music programs in US public schools today. Little Kids Rock is al... Read More →


Saturday July 29, 2017 12:30pm - 1:00pm
Ballroom C/D

1:05pm

Funding Modern Band
Speakers
avatar for David Wish

David Wish

CEO, Founder, Little Kids Rock
Fueled by his belief that we are all innately musical, Dave Wish founded and serves as Chief Executive Officer of Little Kids Rock, a nonprofit organization that funds and runs one of the largest, free instrumental music programs in US public schools today. Little Kids Rock is al... Read More →


Saturday July 29, 2017 1:05pm - 1:15pm
Ballroom C/D

1:20pm

Networking Lunch
Saturday July 29, 2017 1:20pm - 2:10pm
TBA

2:10pm

Leading A Large Jam Session (with surprise guests!)
Join your fellow Modern Band educators and a special guest as they cover what it takes to run a large and inclusive jam session for your kids. Bring a guitar, uke, harp, horn or grab whatever instrument you like from the back of the room. This is NOT to be missed!

Speakers
avatar for David Wish

David Wish

CEO, Founder, Little Kids Rock
Fueled by his belief that we are all innately musical, Dave Wish founded and serves as Chief Executive Officer of Little Kids Rock, a nonprofit organization that funds and runs one of the largest, free instrumental music programs in US public schools today. Little Kids Rock is al... Read More →


Saturday July 29, 2017 2:10pm - 2:40pm
Ballroom C/D

2:45pm

Artist Panel
Join three legendary musicians as they discuss what has inspired them in their careers and the musicians and educators that influenced them. Will include a special performance!

Speakers
avatar for Liberty DeVitto

Liberty DeVitto

Legendary Drummer & Recording Artist (Billy Joel)
DeVitto’s life was changed forever on February 9, 1964, the night he saw The Beatles on TV. The camera showed girls screaming and crying at the band’s performance, and the young DeVitto thought, “What a great way to meet girls!” In November of 1968, Liberty was on the roa... Read More →
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Stuart Hamm

Bass Virtuoso (Steve Vai, Joe Satriani)
Through his innovative work as a solo artist and his contributions as a sideman to Joe Satriani and Steve Vai, Stuart Hamm has firmly established himself as one of the most influential electric bassists of the past half-century. Extending the non-traditional function of the electric bass previously revolutionized by Jaco Pastorius and Stanley Clarke in the 1970s, Hamm helped to reshape the contemporary concept of the bass guitar as an unaccompanied instrument with the utilization of polyphonic, two-handed tapping, slapping and popping techniques, chords, and harmonics. He was the first bassist to have a Signature Model Electric Bass with Fender, and has designed sounds and gear for the Hartke, Washburn, Zoom and Korg musical corporations. As one of... Read More →
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Alex Skolnick

Guitar Virtuoso (Testament, Alex Skolnick Trio)
Alex Skolnick is well known for defying expectations, first by becoming – as an early member of Testament – one of the emerging thrash metal movement’s few lead guitar virtuosos (alongside Megadeth’s Marty Friedman) to achieve respect outside the genre. Within a few years... Read More →


Saturday July 29, 2017 2:45pm - 3:30pm
Ballroom C/D

3:45pm

Bass with Stuart Hamm
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Through his innovative work as a solo artist and his contributions as a sideman to Joe Satriani and Steve Vai, Stuart Hamm has firmly established himself as one of the most influential electric bassists of the past half-century. Extending the non-traditional function of the electric bass previously revolutionized by Jaco Pastorius and Stanley Clarke in the 1970s, Hamm helped to reshape the contemporary concept of the bass guitar as an unaccompanied instrument with the utilization of polyphonic, two-handed tapping, slapping and popping techniques, chords, and harmonics.As an educator, Hamm has released multiple best selling instructional courses and taught at the Berklee School of Music, Blue Bear School of Music and served as Bass Program Chair at Musicians Institute.

Speakers
avatar for Stuart Hamm

Stuart Hamm

Bass Virtuoso (Steve Vai, Joe Satriani)
Through his innovative work as a solo artist and his contributions as a sideman to Joe Satriani and Steve Vai, Stuart Hamm has firmly established himself as one of the most influential electric bassists of the past half-century. Extending the non-traditional function of the electric bass previously revolutionized by Jaco Pastorius and Stanley Clarke in the 1970s, Hamm helped to reshape the contemporary concept of the bass guitar as an unaccompanied instrument with the utilization of polyphonic, two-handed tapping, slapping and popping techniques, chords, and harmonics. He was the first bassist to have a Signature Model Electric Bass with Fender, and has designed sounds and gear for the Hartke, Washburn, Zoom and Korg musical corporations. As one of... Read More →


Saturday July 29, 2017 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Ballroom B

3:45pm

Drums with Liberty DeVitto
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DeVitto’s life was changed forever on February 9, 1964, the night he saw The Beatles on TV. The camera showed girls screaming and crying at the band’s performance, and the young DeVitto thought, “What a great way to meet girls!”. The band Topper was formed featuring Liberty on drums, Doug Stegmeyer on bass, Russell Javors on guitar and vocals, and Howie Emerson on guitar. With the addition of sax player Richie Cannata and the replacement of Emerson with David Brown in 1978, Topper became Billy Joel’s band. Liberty resides in Brooklyn, New York and loves what he was born to do—play drums. Liberty’s years on tour and experiences with numerous artists brings insight to The Sessions along with his gift of communications skills and motivational speaking.

Speakers
avatar for Liberty DeVitto

Liberty DeVitto

Legendary Drummer & Recording Artist (Billy Joel)
DeVitto’s life was changed forever on February 9, 1964, the night he saw The Beatles on TV. The camera showed girls screaming and crying at the band’s performance, and the young DeVitto thought, “What a great way to meet girls!” In November of 1968, Liberty was on the roa... Read More →


Saturday July 29, 2017 3:45pm - 4:45pm
North Ballroom

3:45pm

Guitar with Alex Skolnick
Limited Capacity seats available

Alex Skolnick is well known for defying expectations, first by becoming – as an early member of Testament – one of the emerging thrash metal movement’s few lead guitar virtuosos (alongside Megadeth’s Marty Friedman) to achieve respect outside the genre. Within a few years, Alex would trade his native Berkeley for Brooklyn, earn a BfA in jazz from The New School and become a New York improvisor of multiple styles. Whether shredding loudly with Testament and other hard music projects or delicately improvising and accompanying the world’s great instrumentalists, Skolnick has found his own niche as a guitarist.

Speakers
avatar for Alex Skolnick

Alex Skolnick

Guitar Virtuoso (Testament, Alex Skolnick Trio)
Alex Skolnick is well known for defying expectations, first by becoming – as an early member of Testament – one of the emerging thrash metal movement’s few lead guitar virtuosos (alongside Megadeth’s Marty Friedman) to achieve respect outside the genre. Within a few years... Read More →


Saturday July 29, 2017 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Ballroom C/D

5:15pm

Building Character and Community Through Drum Circle
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Peak Rhythms’ Jon Crowder will lead attendees through an ever-evolving Drum Circle, demonstrating how this format can be used to build relationships and self-esteem. Afterward, he will reveal the techniques utilized so teachers can bring this unique ensemble format home to their students!

Special note: The Drum Circle overlaps with dinner, so you won't be able add both to your schedule. However, you can still attend the picnic dinner without signing up. Please sign up for the Drum Circle if you'd like to attend!

Speakers
avatar for Jon Crowder

Jon Crowder

President/Founder, Peak Rhythms
Hey! If you build it, they will drum! We energize, unite, and uplift people, teams, student groups, and communities thru fun, interactive group drumming and music making programs for team building, leadership development, cultural appreciation, wellness, community building, and... Read More →


Saturday July 29, 2017 5:15pm - 7:00pm
UCA Instrument Rehearsal Hall

6:00pm

6:30pm

Picnic Dinner at the UCA (sched.com sign up not required to attend)
Enjoy a live music and a picnic dinner outside at the University Center for the Arts.

Saturday July 29, 2017 6:30pm - 8:30pm
University Center for the Arts

8:30pm

Bowling and Jam
Bowling is back by popular demand! The night will take place at Chipper's Lanes, 830 North College Avenue, Fort Collins. There will also be an opprotunity to jam and provide a soundtrack for the night.

Saturday July 29, 2017 8:30pm - 11:30pm
Chipper's Lanes
 
Sunday, July 30
 

7:00am

Breakfast
Sunday July 30, 2017 7:00am - 9:00am
Corbett Dining Hall

9:00am

Get On the Good Foot - MB Facilitation
Limited Capacity full
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Watch Session Recording

Session Evaluation


Is your Modern Band constantly falling off beat? Are you facing challenges in making your jam sessions engaging to your students? This breakout will focus on how to solve these very common issues. During the session we will cover crucial topics such as how to build a steady groove with all of your students, layering in instrument sections, keeping the jam interesting by carving out solo sections, improvising song arrangements, and call & response strategies. A jam session will look and sound differently depending on your age group so this session will focus specifically on Middle and High school aged students. By the end of the workshop, you will feel empowered and be ready to run super fun jam sessions with your kiddos that will keep them wanting more!

Speakers
avatar for Tony Sauza

Tony Sauza

Regional Program Director for LA County, Little Kids Rock
Tony taught music in Los Angeles for 8 years before joining the Little Kids Rock team. He is now the Los Angeles County Regional Program Director where he is supporting teachers in developing their programs across the southern California area. Tony has been working with Little Ki... Read More →


Sunday July 30, 2017 9:00am - 10:30am
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9:00am

It's a Rap for Good!: HipHop for Positive Classroom Culture
Limited Capacity full
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One of the most popular requests from educators are tools not only to understand hip hop, but how it can be introduced and utilized in a positive way to the young people. The purpose of this workshop is to help our teachers get a better understanding of hip hop music's important voice in education and to identify the positive artists, producers and sounds. In this session, you will be introduced to writing techniques, improvisation activities, and access to an array of artists, playlists and songs that support a "classroom friendly" learning environment.

Speakers

Sunday July 30, 2017 9:00am - 10:30am
North Ballroom

9:00am

Next Steps on the Guitar - Another Perspective
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Now that your students have mastered the basic open chords and pentatonic scale, where do you go next?  Come join Esteemed Guitar Educator Glen McCarthy, Director of Teaching Guitar Workshops and professor at George Mason University as he shows some of the unique approaches to guitar that he has taught to thousands of participants throughout the globe.  This presentation will discuss new chords, styles, and scales to keep your students excited to learn and progressing through skills while having fun.

Speakers
avatar for Glen McCarthy

Glen McCarthy

Teaching Guitar Workshops Director, George Mason University
For over 20 years, Glen McCarthy has taught class guitar, required of all music education majors and guitar pedagogy at George Mason University. He has been a guest lecturer, clinician and adjudicator at festivals, conferences and workshops both nationally and internationally. He... Read More →


Sunday July 30, 2017 9:00am - 10:30am
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9:00am

Rockin' the Primary Years
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Rockin’ the Primary Years explores lessons and activities that start in kindergarten and grow with your students through the elementary years. We share resources and techniques for teachers to help their students build a rockin’ foundation for Modern Band.

From song writing with “Banana Splits “ for lower elementary students, to putting together a band for upper elementary students, this session allows teachers to experience and experiment with methods they can use in their classrooms and clubs. We explore age appropriate, obtainable goals that will prepare students for middle school and high school Modern Band.

We include new and fun ideas that help teach improvisation, composition, vocals, music theory, instrumental, and playing popular songs. We rock up traditional nursery rhymes and children’s favorites as well. This workshop has teachers doing, creating, and having fun!

Speakers
avatar for Diane Harris

Diane Harris

Music Teacher, Eduardo Mata Elementary School
 My favorite bands are The Beatles, Eagles, The Rolling Stones, and Stevie Ray Vaughn. I rock out on many instruments; mostly tenor sax, flute, and guitar. I love rock and roll! My teaching tip: If it ain't fun, don't bother! Diane Harris has been teaching music for over 2... Read More →


Sunday July 30, 2017 9:00am - 10:30am
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9:00am

Special Drum Session TBD!
Limited Capacity filling up

Speakers
avatar for Liberty DeVitto

Liberty DeVitto

Legendary Drummer & Recording Artist (Billy Joel)
DeVitto’s life was changed forever on February 9, 1964, the night he saw The Beatles on TV. The camera showed girls screaming and crying at the band’s performance, and the young DeVitto thought, “What a great way to meet girls!” In November of 1968, Liberty was on the roa... Read More →
avatar for David Wish

David Wish

CEO, Founder, Little Kids Rock
Fueled by his belief that we are all innately musical, Dave Wish founded and serves as Chief Executive Officer of Little Kids Rock, a nonprofit organization that funds and runs one of the largest, free instrumental music programs in US public schools today. Little Kids Rock is al... Read More →


Sunday July 30, 2017 9:00am - 10:30am
Ballroom C/D

9:00am

Yes, You Can Shred Too! Lead Guitar for Beginners
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Have you always wanted to take a guitar solo but not sure where to start? Wondering what comes after the two/four note solos taught in our Modern Band 101 workshop? This session will review the basic pentatonic scale that’s hanging in your classrooms and also discover some easy additional shapes to build upon (hey, because we all want options!) Join us in this safe environment to practice basic rockstar techniques such as bending, slides, vibrato...and how to hold your own in any jam session!

Speakers
avatar for Miranda Altman

Miranda Altman

Director of Program Operations, Little Kids Rock • Verona, NJ
Miranda joined Little Kids Rock as the Program Manager in April 2009, and has since been promoted to Director of Program Operations, ensuring that all Little Kids Rock teachers have everything they need to bring a first-rate music education to their students. She spends her efforts encouraging teachers to build their local Little Kids Rock communities, managing the... Read More →


Sunday July 30, 2017 9:00am - 10:30am
Ballroom B

10:45am

Modern Band at Home and Around the World
Each panel participant will discuss Modern Band through the lens of their past experiences as teachers, higher ed. leaders, and heads of music organizations. The panel will include participants, from the UK, Canada, and the USA, and will explore current trends regarding Modern Band in the classroom. This Modern Band 360 panel will allow the teachers to better understand the role that Modern Band has played, and will continue to play, in reshaping music education.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Gareth Dylan Smith

Gareth Dylan Smith

Drummer and Educator
Gareth Dylan Smith is a drummer and educator from London, England. He learned to play in concert bands and a Boys’ Brigade marching band before training at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. He cut his teeth on the UK’s rock, jazz and musical theatre scenes, performi... Read More →
avatar for Ruth Wright

Ruth Wright

Professor of Music Education, Western University, Canada
Dr. Ruth Wright is Professor of Music Education in the Don Wright Faculty of Music at Western University in Canada. She has served as Chair of Music Education and Assistant Dean of Research at this university. Her 2010 book Sociology and Music Education, Ashgate Press, is a frequ... Read More →


Sunday July 30, 2017 10:45am - 11:45am
Ballroom C/D

12:00pm

Poster Sessions and Lunch
Join us for lunch as your fellow teachers and Little Kids Rock partners showcase rockin' resources and techniques for your classroom

Sunday July 30, 2017 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Ballroom B

1:45pm

A Riff a Day 2: Now for All Instruments!
Limited Capacity full
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Who doesn't want to impress their friends with their knowledge of a ton of cool popular songs? This workshop takes the concept of learning the most famous riffs and uses them to build a sequential curriculum for skill building, using one a day for the entirety of a semester for guitar, bass, piano, and even drums!!! We will start from the most basic memorable riffs and build on them to look at concepts of style, phrasing, and articulation. We will work on progressive real world examples of how important instrument specific techniques and theory intersect to create the most recognizable songs of the popular music canon! By the end, session participants will not only have a fun way of building skills, but an impressive collection of riffs to play that can get them excited to practice alone and in groups!

Speakers
avatar for Scott Burstein

Scott Burstein

Director of Teaching and Learning, Little Kids Rock • Los Angeles
Scott taught music in the Los Angeles public school system for twelve years before joining the Little Kids Rock team as full-time Los Angeles County Regional Program Director in 2012. His duties include teacher outreach, training, professional development, special events, and curriculum. He was first introduced to Little Kids Rock in 2004 at one of their first trainings and has been involved ever since. | Scott received his degree from University of California, Santa Barbara, studied and taught music theory at the doctoral level at the Eastman School of Music, and is currently working on his dissertation in Music Education at the University of Southern California. While primarily a guitarist, Scott has played a variety of instruments as a performer in the fields of classical music, jazz, mariachi, and salsa music and has taught music theory, marching band, concert band, guitar, rock band, jazz band, mariachi ensemble, and keyboards. He misses working directly with his students but loves working with fellow educators and helping them reach their students through Little Kids Rock... Read More →
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Spencer Hale

Technology Education Manager, Little Kids Rock
Spencer develops music technology curriculum and learning resources for Little Kids Rock and the teachers and students we serve.


Sunday July 30, 2017 1:45pm - 3:15pm
North Ballroom

1:45pm

Alternative Drumming(Bucket Drumming 101)
Limited Capacity full
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This session will explore alternate forms of percussion to drum set including bucket drumming, shakers, cajons, and djembes. The bucket drumming portion of the session will cover why to teach bucket drumming, practical ideas and routines for doing so, and a number of group activities to do with bucket drums. A portion of the session will be devoted to exploring other percussion instruments so teachers leave feeling confident in some of the typical ways these instruments are played and used. Knowing that many teachers already do bucket drumming in their classrooms, time will be allocated for attendees to volunteer to share any of the activities they use in their classroom so everyone leaves with even more resources.

In addition, teachers will be show the merits of bucket drumming through the lens of adapting lessons back to the standard drum kit. Time will be taken after the bucket drumming section to transform the buckets into “”mini kits,” consisting of two buckets a piece. Attendees will then rotate on and off of the bucket kits, taught the basic back beat, and given the opportunity to solo over other guests in the circle.

Lastly, A section on triplets in the context of drum fills and improvisation will round out the session. Teachers will be prompted with examples of triplet fills in order to add more color, and expression into their playing. A presentation on the “Triplet Chart” will be given in order to give students and teachers alike the access to attempting triplet fills. Improvisation will be pushed heavily; teachers will be encouraged to come up with their own fills using the chart for iconic representation of their own creation.

Speakers
avatar for Ian Cummings

Ian Cummings

Recording Studio Teacher, Wiliamsburg Charter High School
Ian Cummings is a music educator and musician living in New York City. Currently, Ian is the Recording Studio Teacher at Williamsburg Charter High School. Previously, Ian taught music production and modern band at Eagle Academy for Young Men II in the Brownsville neighborhood of... Read More →
avatar for Adam Korner

Adam Korner

Program Services Coordinator, Little Kids Rock
Adam is a recent graduate of Rutgers University with a BA in American Studies and has been working with the Programs department of Little Kids Rock for the past year. For the company he is Lauren Kirk's right hand man and deals directly with teacher relations, so please say hi! H... Read More →


Sunday July 30, 2017 1:45pm - 3:15pm
Ballroom C/D

1:45pm

Clearing the Purple Haze: One Song for Everyone
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Do you have trouble reaching students at different ability levels in one class?  The beginners struggling to keep up while the advanced students get bored?  Then this session is for you!  We will work on scaffolding songs to work with multiple layers of difficulty. We will begin by playing Purple Haze with just 3 easy chords, then add in complex chords, more challenging rhythms, lead lines, solos, and riffs. By the end of the session, participants will have the skills to create differentiated parts for their students to better accommodate different skill levels.

Speakers
avatar for Bill Singer

Bill Singer

Lead Rock Star, Wright Charter School
Bill Singer was one of the first teachers to join LKR, way back in 2001.  He’s been hotsing an after-school rock band for 16 years.  When he’s not rocking out with the kids, he’s busy teaching 6th grade at Wright Charter School in Santa Rosa, CA.


Sunday July 30, 2017 1:45pm - 3:15pm
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1:45pm

Creating Charts, Changing Keys, and Finding Tabs
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Technology in the modern band classroom can enliven your instruction and support student learning. Wouldn’t it be great if, at the touch of a button, you could show a video, project a song chart, or change the key of a song to make it easier to play? This session will explore resources already available to you, both through Little Kids Rock and on the Internet, as well as show how to make your own resources and song charts using applications such as PowerPoint and Word. We will explore websites such as Ultimate Guitar for songs/chords, and will use Audacity to change the key of a song. Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop, although it isn’t required.

Speakers
avatar for Tony Corallo

Tony Corallo

Teacher, Park Western Place Elementary
I am a third grade teacher in Los Angeles. I have been teaching for 20 years, nine with Little Kids Rock. I was part of the very first modern band training. I teach classes emphasizing guitar/ukulele to my third graders and after-school fifth graders. I have been teaching ukulele... Read More →


Sunday July 30, 2017 1:45pm - 3:15pm
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1:45pm

Using Choreography in Your MB Program
Limited Capacity seats available

Watch Session Recording

Participants in this workshop will learn both simple and challenging choreography they can reteach to their students to enhance performances and stage presence. During the session, you’ll learn fun choreography to move your students beyond the basics of stepping side to side and pumping their fists in the air. We will cover movement for the singers (including using the mic stands), the guitars, and even the keyboards and drums. This workshop is applicable to teachers of both classroom ensembles and after school ensembles. Tips on how to teach choreography and how to foster student choreographers will be covered as well. Finally, this presentation will cover ways to encourage students to self-evaluate and improve their stage presence. At the end of the workshop, you’ll have some basic choreography in 4/4 meter that can be used for most of your students’ songs. Participants should wear comfortable clothes and come prepared to move!

Speakers
avatar for Anne Gray

Anne Gray

Music Teacher, Franklin Fine Arts Center
Anne Gray is a K-8 general music and choir teacher at Franklin Fine Arts Center in Chicago.  After doing rock band for 8 years as an after school program, she joined the Little Kids Rock community two years ago and is now a Modern Band junkie.  Anne double majored in dance education and music education and brings her dance background into everything she... Read More →


Sunday July 30, 2017 1:45pm - 3:15pm
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1:45pm

While my Guitar Gently Weeps - Guitar Maintenance
Limited Capacity full
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Session Evaluation

Who can fix your Little Kids Rock guitars when they need a little “tender loving care”? You can!
This session is a “hands-on” workshop which will give you the basic skills to maintain and repair your guitars. The session starts with how to clean and restring guitars (nylon acoustic, steel-string acoustic, and electric), and progresses into neck adjustment, repairing separated acoustic tops and neck joints, changing tuning heads, troubleshooting electronics, and basic soldering techniques. We want a broken instrument fixed and in a student’s hands as quickly as possible, and you can fix it!

Speakers
avatar for Rodney Dittmar

Rodney Dittmar

Music Teacher, Seagoville High School
Rodney Dittmar has been teaching Modern Band and Guitar as an elective class since 2000. In that time, the program has grown from 8 students to 300 between the middle and high schools. He holds a Master of Music degree from Texas A&M-Commerce. Rodney has been involved wit... Read More →


Sunday July 30, 2017 1:45pm - 3:15pm
Ballroom B

3:30pm

Adding pBone to your MB ensemble
Limited Capacity full
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Watch Session Recording

Quickly add a horn section to your modern rock band by attending this session! The forces combine to bring you the maker of the pBone and method from a Chicago classroom, where pBones delight hundreds of students each week. You will learn proper technique of a pBone, while using the modern band method to quickly give access to your students so they can rock in no time. Plus, play along tracks will be available so you can quickly understand how to implement the horn into current little kids rock song charts. So try something new or brush up on your old horn chops cause you’ll be rocking in no time on pBone.

Speakers
avatar for Melisa Rutkelis

Melisa Rutkelis

Music Teacher, Mark Twain Elementary School
Melisa has been teaching music for 7 years. Her degrees are both in Music Education with an emphasis in instrumental music. She attended Western Michigan University for her undergrad and VanderCook College of Music for her masters. She has taught in both urban and rural settings... Read More →


Sunday July 30, 2017 3:30pm - 5:00pm
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3:30pm

Learning to Groove
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Learning to Groove is a drum kit pedagogy resource designed and developed by professional drummer and drum kit educator, Dr Gareth Dylan Smith. Rockfest workshop attendees will be provided with knowledge and materials to use Learning to Groove with their students. Additional resources are available through correspondence with the presenter. Once the concept of Learning to Groove is understood, it can be applied in practice for a lifetime of technical and creative development in composition, songwriting, and improvisation.

This workshop session provides valuable tools for teachers to help them work with intermediate to more advanced drummers. The Learning to Groove materials presented and demonstrated, work for players of a wide range of abilities, once drummers have acquired the skill to play a steady rhythm at the kit using kick, snare and hi-hat. The presenter will demonstrate one primary drum kit rhythm pattern that can be used across Modern Band styles from rock, pop, country, funk, and soul to a range of contemporary EDM subgenres. Variations on this pattern will be shown along with explanation of how to derive further permutations. Supplementary to the patterns at the core of Learning to Groove are the 8th Note Treatments and 16th Note Treatments. These Treatments will be applied to the Primary Pattern, with guidance on how to develop them for further application in performance and other creative contexts. Learning to Groove welcomes and rewards student-centered learning and approximation, with a focus on helping drummers to develop their sound, creativity, and groove.

Speakers
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Gareth Dylan Smith

Drummer and Educator
Gareth Dylan Smith is a drummer and educator from London, England. He learned to play in concert bands and a Boys’ Brigade marching band before training at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. He cut his teeth on the UK’s rock, jazz and musical theatre scenes, performi... Read More →


Sunday July 30, 2017 3:30pm - 5:00pm
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3:30pm

Teaching Guitar through Single String Tablature
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In this workshop, you will learn an innovative way of teaching guitar to beginner
students. A big focus of this method is a form of guitar pedagogy developed by John Henry
Sheridan, called Single String Tablature. This is what I use for my first unit of starting students
on guitar. If you have ever taught chords to students, you are familiar with some of the common
struggles (fret buzzing, difficulty identifying strings and frets, confusing string numbers for fret
numbers, lack of developed rhythm, and many more hardships for the beginner guitarist).
Teaching Single String Tablature for the first crucial 6 weeks of the beginner guitarist's journey
drastically improves the aforementioned struggles. By the time students start chords, they have a
great understanding of the mechanics of the instrument. So what is Single String Tablature? It is
a series of warm-ups, drills, vocabulary, and most importantly, a vast repertoire of single string
melodies, represented on a one-line tab staff. Most of the repertoire consists of original
compositions by John Henry Sheridan, containing lyrics and embedded guitar concepts. In the
workshop, I will share much of this repertoire, and some of the formulaic methods for teaching
these pieces. This includes teaching by rote by having students learn to chant the lyrics, slowly
replacing the lyrics with fret numbers, and finally applying the fret chant to any string of the
guitar. This creates great concert repertoire, while preparing students to awesomely learn
chords!

Speakers
avatar for Ronnie Nissinboim

Ronnie Nissinboim

Music Teacher, The Young Women's Leadership School of Brooklyn
Ronnie Nissinboim has been teaching at the Young Women's Leadership School of Brooklyn for four years.  The school had no prior music program, so Ronnie created one.  He now has a full Modern Band and Guitar program, and also teaches a Modern Percussion course in the form of bu... Read More →


Sunday July 30, 2017 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Ballroom B

3:30pm

Tech and Uke
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Ukuleles are a hot trend in education right now! This session will focus on how you can easily and quickly get your students playing to the songs that they know and love. We will jam along with classics and current trending songs as well as learn how to create dynamic play-along tutorials by using Little Kids Rock Materials, GarageBand, iMovie and YouTube. Jamming to songs that your students know, and exposing them to music that they don’t know is a great way to expand their listening skills and musical experiences. Utilizing play-alongs is a great way to get your whole class jamming together or even in small groups. Better yet - as they become better players - they too could create their own tutorials! Step-by-step instructions and tutorials will be shared so that you can start creating your own tutorials when you arrive home. Don’t have ukes at your school? That’s ok! The same concepts can be applied to all Modern Band instruments. Bring a uke if you have one!

Speakers
avatar for Kris Gilbert

Kris Gilbert

Instrumental Music, Music Tech & General Music, Whitney Point Central School District
Kris Gilbert received her Bachelor's of Music Education from the Crane School of Music @ SUNY Potsdam and her Masters of Music in Composition from Binghamton University.  She has been teaching for 20 years in upstate NY, with her last 18 years in the Whitney Point Central School... Read More →


Sunday July 30, 2017 3:30pm - 5:00pm
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3:30pm

Whole Class Workshopping and Improvisation
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Classroom workshopping is a whole class approach to large group music-making, composing and improvising. Grounded in non-formal teaching pedagogies, musical ideas and development originate from within the group with the teacher as musical leader helping to shape and develop the music as it evolves. Classroom workshopping scaffolds kids through from instrumental skills-building to writing their own music by increasing confidence to try out ideas and create an ethos where it's OK if it doesn't sound perfect straight away.

Speakers
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Anna Gower

Trinity College / Musical Futures
Anna has a strong commitment to classroom music and the development of sustainable and innovative approaches to classroom music in England and now overseas, working Canada, the USA and Australia to strengthen and support Musical Futures work as it expands internationally. As a former Musical Futures Champion Teacher, Advanced Skills teacher, Head of music and now as Head of Programmes for Musical Futures, she is committed to working to engage learners of all ages with school music. Her main passion is to drive the development of ideas and resources for supporting music provision for students both inside and outside of the classroom and ways that these can be shared and developed online by teachers wherever they are working... Read More →


Sunday July 30, 2017 3:30pm - 5:00pm
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3:30pm

You only THINK you can't sing!
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Are you having trouble unlocking the full potential of your students’ vocal talents? Do you struggle to feel comfortable singing in front of others? This breakout will focus on giving you tools and strategies that will make singing and vocalizing in your classroom a fun and engaging experience for everyone. During the session we will cover topics such as, vocal improvisation, call & response techniques, scaffolding and approximation, vocal riffing, harmonizing and superhuman effects for your voice! When it comes to singing, each grade level carries a different set of challenges so time will be spent discussing the differences between a 3rd grade Mick Jagger and a young adult version of Adele. By the end of the workshop, you will have a new set of strategies and ideas that will make singing a much more desired activity for you and your kiddos!

Speakers
avatar for Maddy Posner

Maddy Posner

Executive Assistant, Little Kids Rock
Madeline joined Little Kids Rock in January 2014. Maddy works closely with Executive Director, David Wish in support of his passion to provide rockin’ music programs to children nationwide. She is the first point of contact between David, outside contacts and LKR staff. Prior to joining the Little Kids Rock team, Maddy already had an extensive background and passion for music and the music education industry. She worked for School of Rock, LLC for four years and was involved in all aspects of the company. She was also a performer and toured as a background singer in the International rock band... Read More →
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Tony Sauza

Regional Program Director for LA County, Little Kids Rock
Tony taught music in Los Angeles for 8 years before joining the Little Kids Rock team. He is now the Los Angeles County Regional Program Director where he is supporting teachers in developing their programs across the southern California area. Tony has been working with Little Ki... Read More →


Sunday July 30, 2017 3:30pm - 5:00pm
North Ballroom

5:15pm

Time to Jam!
Sunday July 30, 2017 5:15pm - 6:30pm
TBA

7:00pm

Celebratory Cookout!
Enjoy a night of food, raffle prizes, and jamming with your colleagues! Rain or shine, this event will be a great way to spend your last night at Rockfest!

Sunday July 30, 2017 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Courtyard between Alpine and Pinon
 
Monday, July 31
 

7:00am

Breakfast
Monday July 31, 2017 7:00am - 9:00am
Corbett Dining Hall

9:30am

Assessing the Big Picture in the Modern Band Class
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Teachers will immerse themselves in the viewpoint of their students. We will go through a modern band lesson and discuss assessment techniques throughout the rehearsal.
Teachers will be able to walk away feeling more confident in creating data from the class which they will use to inform future lesson planning. They will learn how to find out from their students what they need and want indirectly through discussion and questioning techniques.

Speakers
avatar for Arturo Fuerte

Arturo Fuerte

General Music, Willard Elementary School
Things you might want to include in your profile: Favorite rockstar / band, Top teaching tip, Instruments you rock on.


Monday July 31, 2017 9:30am - 11:00am
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9:30am

Every Song is a Humanities Class: Enriching Music Education Through Social Context
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When we hear a song we love, our minds are flooded with information. Our musical brains go to work plucking out a chord progression and our emotional selves search of some meaning in the lyrics. But any song with a place in our lives also comes with context. In this session, we will explore how the popular music we love can lead to rich, engaging classroom activities across the disciplines. Using multimedia from collaborations with PBS Soundbreaking, Dave Grohl’s Sonic Highways HBO series, Ron Howard’s The Beatles: Eight Days A Week documentary, and Jack White and T-Bone Burnett’s American Epic, we will consider the educational value and classroom impact of contextualizing music within time and place.

Speakers
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Bill Carbone

The Rock and Roll Forever Foundation


Monday July 31, 2017 9:30am - 11:00am
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9:30am

Groove Your Class Off - Drum Kit Rhythms etc.
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All the best songs are built around the coolest grooves. This practical workshop, complete with video resources breaks down drum kit patterns and rhythms from world musics using classroom percussion to explore how different grooves are constructed and how they can be used as the foundation for composing your own music. Resources include play-along graphics for students and teacher to follow.

Develop understanding of the nuances of accent to bring your classroom performances to life in ways students will love. Groove Your Class Off is the perfect launch pad for classroom band and improvisation

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Monday July 31, 2017 9:30am - 11:00am
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9:30am

Infusing Modern Band in Alternative Ensembles
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For the last three years, I have infused modern band into my orchestras, concert bands, symphony, and choir. Nyasha has done the same with her Steel-Pan ensemble. We want to show music teachers who might be just starting out on their journey with modern band, or who have additional ensembles how to integrate modern band into these already established programs. By doing this, we hope to encourage teachers to work with the programs they are already successfully running, and include modern band instrumentation and methods in these ensembles to create rich musical experiences for students. 

 

In our session we will show you how to: 

1) Adapt modern band for their ensembles. 

2) Arrange modern band repertoire for alternative ensembles. 

3) Incorporate modern band teaching strategies into these ensembles. 

4) Include alternative instrumentation into the modern band setting.


Speakers
avatar for Catherine Plichta

Catherine Plichta

NYC DOE, Park Place Community Middle School M.S. 266 • New York
Catherine Plichta is a graduate of New York University and is the founder of the music program at MS 266. As a teacher in the NYC Department of Education for the last eight years and a quarterfinalist in the 2016 and 2017 Grammy Awards for Music Education, she has worked to brin... Read More →
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Nyasha Rhoden

Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Nyasha Rhoden is a professional flutist, pianist, steelpanist and music educator. From African-Caribbean parentage, Nyasha has performed with several top class musicians, steelband orchestras and New York Steelband Panorama champions, wind ensembles and music... Read More →


Monday July 31, 2017 9:30am - 11:00am
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9:30am

Just Play!
Participants will 'Just Play' during this practical music making session. 
Just Play is a skills building approach designed to engage all teachers in making music with their classes. The resources and approach is designed to allow all teachers who have a little or a lot of musical expertise to teach their classes using a hands on approach to enable children to develop their musical skills.
This practical music making approach, that has been developed by Musical Futures, is aimed at students aged between 8-14 and involve some practical music making as a whole class on a variety of different instruments, using music that pupils recognise and engage with. 
During this session, participants will get a taster of how this approach allows students to develop different instrumental skills such as; reading different musical notations, improving rhythm and timing, building confidence as a performer and musician, technique on a range of different instruments, working as part of a large ensemble, improving listening skills and most of all, how fun Just Play is! 

Speakers
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Lucy Dalton

Music Teacher at Fred Longworth High School, Manchester, UK and Musical Futures Champion Teacher


Monday July 31, 2017 9:30am - 11:00am
Ballroom C/D

9:30am

Power Chords
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The participant will be able to utilize the power chord in various forms to accompany an ensemble.
How will I know they’ve learned it – The participant performs an accompaniment using new power chord forms learned for the purposes of sharing or teaching. The participant can make a decision as to which form of the power chord to use for the purpose of teaching or accompaniment. The participant will understand how the power chord is an extension of the barre chord, and how it provides a foundation for bassists to begin outlining chord progressions.

Speakers
avatar for Junar Ortega

Junar Ortega

Elementary School General Music Teacher, Sherman Independent School District


Monday July 31, 2017 9:30am - 11:00am
Ballroom B

9:30am

Young Songwriters Symposium: A Project Overview
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Watch Session Recording

The Young Songwriters Symposium is an annual project funded by the Hillsborough County Elementary Music Educators Council. The goal of the project is to guide students through the songwriting process from creating lyrics and melody all the way through to song recording and performance. Although the songwriting process is presented to students through several hands-on activities over an eight week period of after school meetings, all of the components of the project can be adapted for use in the music classroom. Participants will experience many of these activities in a hand-on environment that they can take back to their own schools for use in class or as part of a larger songwriting project.

Speakers
avatar for Sean Moats

Sean Moats

Music Teacher, Kingswood Elementary School
avatar for Joey Willoughby

Joey Willoughby

Music Teacher, Riverview Elementary School
Joey Willoughby is the music teacher at Riverview Elementary School in Riverview, Florida. He has taught in Hillsborough County for 22 years and serves as a curriculum trainer for the district.  Joey has been involved with Little Kids Rock since 2010 and credits LKR for teaching him to play... Read More →


Monday July 31, 2017 9:30am - 11:00am
North Ballroom

11:30am

Closing Jam and Finale
Speakers
avatar for David Wish

David Wish

CEO, Founder, Little Kids Rock
Fueled by his belief that we are all innately musical, Dave Wish founded and serves as Chief Executive Officer of Little Kids Rock, a nonprofit organization that funds and runs one of the largest, free instrumental music programs in US public schools today. Little Kids Rock is al... Read More →


Monday July 31, 2017 11:30am - 12:15pm
Ballroom C/D

12:15pm

Lunch to Go
Monday July 31, 2017 12:15pm - 1:00pm
TBA

1:00pm

Bus Transportation to Airport (must book and pay in advance) FULL
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Charter Bus: The 1:00pm bus on 7/31 is full. We recommend using Green Ride to get to the airport.

Reserve your spot on the 5:30pm bus today: http://www.littlekidsrock.org/modernbandrockfest/bus-reservation/

Monday July 31, 2017 1:00pm - 1:15pm
West Plum Street outside of Pinon Hall

5:30pm

Bus Transportation to Airport (must book and pay in advance)
Charter Bus: We will be offering the convenience of airport charter buses to get to DEN at the end of the conference on 7/31. Reserve your spot today: http://www.littlekidsrock.org/modernbandrockfest/bus-reservation/

Monday July 31, 2017 5:30pm - 5:45pm
West Plum Street outside of Pinon Hall