We have presented Professional Development Sessions at the Tempo Music Conference, Da Capo Music Conference, the Canadian Music Educators Association National Conference, and many school divisions.
We would love to have the opportunity to present sessions for your music educators! Music educators love to hear immediately applicable ideas from professionals "in the trenches".
Sample sessions that we have presented are listed below, but we are happy to discuss constructing sessions to fit your needs.
Great Charts for Young Jazz Ensemble
Tips and tricks for getting your beginning jazz ensemble off to a great start. Topics covered include ideas for selecting the band, establishing a positive culture in your ensemble, introducing jazz styles (including swing and Latin styles), 'tried and true' repertoire suggestions and ideas for introducing improvisation to beginners.
What They Play Determines Whether They Stay: Choosing Repertoire That Aids in Retention and Satisfies the Curriculum
This session includes an overview of what types of pieces may help you reach your goals in the band program, and will investigate the important link between repertoire choices and student retention. Also included are suggestions for specific repertoire (Grade 0.5-5)
A New Type of Leader
There are many kinds of leaders and many ideas of what constitutes leadership in our classes. This session will investigate our pre-conceived ideas about leadership and present some challenging questions about who our leaders are, the role we want our leaders to play and what we are doing to nurture these different types of leaders.
This session can be tailored for educators or for students.
Programming, Pace and Product: How Choosing the Right Repertoire Can Get Your Band Off to a Great Start
This session will present a variety of ideas and considerations for choosing literature that will help you achieve your music and curricular goals. Topics covered include considerations when selecting a method book, and the importance of programming various composers, styles and tonalities to help develop musical literacy. Repertoire suggestions will be provided (Grades 0.5-5)
Getting Your Students to Fall in Love...With Band Music!
Strategies for helping students develop a passionate connection to band music. Content includes meeting students where they are at developmentally, using social experiences to connect students to the music and each other, and the importance of student voice as a reason to get your students to start a love affair with band music.
The Numbers Game: Strategies for Developing and Maintaining a Thriving Band Program
This session focuses on Ideas to help promote the retention of music students in our band program. Topics include some reasons for students not continuing to study music in our schools, and ideas to resolve these issues and help enrolment increase in your music program.