Nova Scotia Music Educators Association

Teaching Music: This is why we do it!



When: Friday, Oct. 26, 2018
Where: Dartmouth South Academy
111 Prince Arthur Avenue
(see map below)
Contact: Donalda Westcott / Keli Brewer
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Conference Fees

Conference Fee $100.00
Retirees / Substitutes $50.00
Students $40.00

As per NSTU Operational Procedure 14(e)(iii): receipts of payment and attendance will not be distributed until the conference has concluded.


Double Tree Hotel
101 Wyse Road
Dartmouth, N.S.  902-463-1100
(book by September 25, 2018 to get the NSMEA rate) (block code MEA of NS Music Educators)


Friday, October 26, 2018

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Registration
9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Network / Exhibitors
9:45 a.m. - 10:35 a.m. Session A
Welcome & Award Presentations
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Session B
11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch
12:30 p.m. NSMEA - AGM
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Session C
2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. Session D
3:15 p.m. - 4:00 pm 
Exhibits Remain Open  


Session B:  10:30 a.m. - 11:30 p.m. 

B1: Beginning and Early Trumpet Workshop.
Joe Cormier

Beginning and Early Trumpet Workshop. (Many ideas will apply to all Brasses.)
Step by Step instruction in Starting your new Trumpet Student. Emphasis on Tone, Air, Lip slurs, articulation, Posture, Hand Position, Technique, and a variety of helpful hints to aid in the development of your early and middle school brass player. Will also include instrument care, maintenance, troubleshooting, proper use of tuning slides and mutes, as well as ideas on advanced articulation (including double and triple tonguing), and advanced Lip building and flexibility studies for your high school player.

B2: Singing Games and Inner Ear Training in the Elementary Music Classroom
Nelle Callanan

Singing games can be effective and efficient tools for teaching fundamental musical concepts. They are also free, and can be lots of fun! In this session, we will explore the value of singing games in lower and upper elementary classrooms, and discuss strategies for developing singing games for your own students. We will also address some strategies, games, and activities to develop inner ear training - a skill that will help students in all their musical endeavours. Please come ready to participate and play!

B3: Bring Acadian Culture to Life in the Elementary Classroom
Susan Greaves

This session is designed to incorporate Acadian culture into the classroom through songs, movement, activities and dance with "classroom ready" ideas. The songs are chosen to learn the language as well as to meet music outcomes. The songs are also chosen with language that will not be too difficult and overwhelming for the English speaking teacher.

B4: Intro to Restorative Approach in NS Classrooms
Lara Fawthrop

Musical Independence and Leadership through a Restorative Approach; Taking the pressure off of YOU.

B5: So You Think You Can Square Dance
Danielle Levangie

This session will be a hands on approach for beginners to learn some Cape Breton square sets. To start off we will begin with some step dancing, so you will have the jig and reel steps you will need for the square sets. Next we will go to the west side of the island and learn the West Mabou set, and then move on to Sydney and learn their set. Bring a good pair of dancing shoes/sneakers, comfortable clothing and be prepared to dance.

B6: Choral Reading Session
Krista Vincent & Heather Frase

This session will focus on vocal music that is accessible for elementary school choirs and will include advocacy information from the recent Choral Canada Census.

B7: Drums Alive
Nancy White

Music and movement through cardio drumming.  Both phys.ed. music outcomes are addressed as we count beats, explore tempos and use exercise balls and drum sticks to achieve a great work out!

B8: Yoga for Conductors
Melissa Doiron

Conducting and a choir, orchestra or band is physically demanding on our bodies. Yogi/conductor Melissa Doiron will take you through stretches for before, during and after the conducting process. Emphasis will be on preventative maintenance and strengthening muscles needed to conduct for prolonged duration. She will also give you tips on how to mentally prepare yourself and your students for public performances. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own mat, there will be a few mats available for those that need one.

B11:  Percussion Fundamentals
Mark Adam
A session covering beginning to advanced percussion techniques covering all aspects of the percussion section.Helpful for new as well as experienced teachers.

B Sessions 10:30 - 12:00 (90 Minute Session)

* B9: Percussion Parade
Artie Almeida

Kids love percussion instruments and you’ll love these lessons that focus on steady beat, rhythmic subdivision, form and timbre. Body percussion, non-pitched percussion, drums, kick balls and found sounds will be utilized in unique lessons and routines for K-5 children.

B Sessions 10:30 - 12:30 ( 120 Minute Session)

* B10: Travelling Kindness Rocks
Ginger Le Boutilier

A Travelling Kindness Rocks dotting event is a fun-filled activity, wellness and the beginning of many relaxing, creative sessions for friends, family, and co-workers. With our pattern process and participants dotting the same mandala, it can also be a symbol of unity.

Session C:  1:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m.

C1: Put Away the Method Book: Comprehensive Music Literacy Through Collaborative Learning
Paul Hutten

Instrument-specific activities that develop collaborative learning in beginning band classes.

C2: Scores at the Back of Your File Cabinet
Melissa Doiron

Do you have a band score at the back of your file cabinet you have never played? Let’s make a band and play through the scores to see if they are worth keeping, donating or tossing. Join conductor Melissa Doiron and play through the old (or new) band selections you have always wondered about. Participants can either conduct it themselves or allow conductor Melissa Doiron to conduct it for you while you listen. Bring any band piece, your instrument, and play through all repertoire (no grade level limitation). 

C3: Parachutes, Ribbons and Scarves, Oh My!
Artie Almeida

Prop ‘til you drop with these listening lessons your students will love. Great music by Kabalevsky, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Rossini and others will be brought to life via movement, props, manipulatives and more.  These activities have all been thoroughly field-tested and are favorites of my students. Parachutes, ribbons, scarves, puppets and stretchy bands are some of the props we will use to interact with the music.

C4: Hip Hop Dance
Brittany Haan

Meeting movement outcomes with culturally relevant pedagogy.

C5: The Safe Space: Teaching and Travelling with LGBTQ+ Youth
Allison Penwell

Music rooms are often a refuge for students who can sometimes feel overwhelmed by their school environment. This session will focus on not only creating a safe space for LGBTQ+ youth, but also involve a discussion surrounding travelling with all youth. Participants are encouraged to bring their stories - we're hoping to start a conversation that could lead to some important policy considerations.

C6: Rock Bands in the Elementary and Intermediate School Settings (Grades 4 - 9)
Steve Giddings

Come on up and play! This practical workshop brings you into my classroom and provides inspiration and practical tips for starting or advancing your own rock band at your school. No previous rock music experience required. You will leave with a list of resources and even a song to get you started so you can implement what you learned the next school day!

C7: Drums Alive (repeat of B7)
Nancy White

Music and movement through cardio drumming.  Both phys.ed. music outcomes are addressed as we count beats, explore tempos and use exercise balls and drum sticks to achieve a great work out!

C8: Music Advocacy Through Performance- the value of special projects
Nathan Beeler

We will explore designing special projects both around curriculum and community needs, goals and expectations. How can we use our performances to advocate for the value of music education?

Sessions C:  1:00 - 2:30 (90 Minute Session)

* C9: Fiddles and Spoons
Denise Wilson & Kelly Slade

Theme-agination is a partnership created by Denise Wilson and Kelly Slade in which they develop complete units of instruction focused on a specific theme and based on elementary music curriculum outcomes.  In their latest unit, Denise and Kelly focus on the “ostinato” concept and explore Acadian music.  Join them as they sing, dance, tap and play their way to a better understanding of Adadian history.  Participants will finish up by creating their own Tintamarre – an Acadian street parade!

Sessions C:  1:00 - 3:00 ( 120 Minute Session)

* C10: Travelling Kindness Rocks
Ginger Le Boutilier

A Travelling Kindness Rocks dotting event is a fun-filled activity, wellness and the beginning of many relaxing, creative sessions for friends, family, and co-workers. With our pattern process and participants dotting the same mandala, it can also be a symbol of unity.

Sessions D:   2:15 - 3:15 (60 Minutes)

D1: Singing in Schools:Building the Foundation for Lifelong Music Involvement
Krista Vincent & Heather Fraser

Session description to follow

D2: Beginning Band: Learner-centered pre-instrument music literacy
Paul Hutten

Activities that explore the fundamentals of standard notation, no instruments required.  Session

D3: Sing! Sing! Sing!
Artie Almeida

Explore lessons and games that will have your children singing joyfully, while addressing pitch, audiation, diction, form, melodic direction and intervals. Lessons will be activated with jungle animals, aliens, a singing scarf, and silly syllable bags.

D4: Digital Audio Workshop: Music Production Lessons for Grades 4 to 9
Brittany Haan

Participants will learn basics of websites such as Audacity, LoopLabs, SoundTrap and YouDJ.

D5: Royal Recorders – a new recorder program that doesn't include Hot Cross Buns!
Donna Rhodenizer

Introducing a sequential, 13-level program for teaching recorders. Highly motivational, with rewards for individual songs and the chance to become a Royal Recorder Knight. Original songs, familiar folk tunes, fiddle tunes and a variety of other genres ensure musical choices and challenges for beginner to advanced recorder players. Simple melodies are transformed using accompaniment tracks in a variety of styles including disco, Baroque, rock and roll, bluegrass and many more. Accompaniments are created for class practice as well as for use in performances.  Students will have fun learning recorder skills and there is not one single hot cross bun in sight! Participants of this session need to bring a soprano recorder and be prepared to rock, boogie, disco, waltz, flamenco and just plain have fun playing the recorder!

D6: Advocacy or Failure: Your Choice
Terrance Hill

We must all become advocates for our instrumental/choral music  programmes, now so more than ever. Let’s look at some down to earth practical and perhaps unorthodox ways to survive and thrive. Bring a notebook, open mind, and sense of humour. We will share ideas.

D7: Acadian and Cajun Music
Patrice Boulianne

Session description to follow

D8: Guitar In The School Jazz Band - Who Is Freddie Green?
Kenneth Davidson

Without a doubt, in the mind of any jazz guitarist today, Freddie Green stands out as the legendary rhythm guitar player of the last century, particularly with the Count Basie Orchestra. Someone once said that Freddie’s sense of time was likened to an atomic clock.  In this session we will see how the young guitarist comes to realize the synergy created within the rhythm section of the jazz band. Exploring the potential of three and four-note chord forms, Freddie Green's style is surprisingly quick and easy to learn. Yet mastery will require patience as a smooth and detached sound is developed over time within the singularity of any strong rhythm section. We will also have a close look at solo and improvisational methods by kick-starting the process with some typical licks and fills that can be used against the basic tonal areas within a jazz tune. Bring your guitar along; this jam session should be fun! 

D9:  Low Brass Pedagogy
Bob Nicholson
Observe the masterful Bob Nicolson working with low brass players of various levels of experience. You'll leave this session with lots of new low brass tools for your teaching toolbox.

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