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Spring 2019 Saturday Seminars

Popular Music Pedagogy: Modern Band in the Classroom

Saturday, February 2, 2019   8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
$95 (includes lunch on campus)

Presenter - Dr. Bryan Powell, Assistant Professor of Music Education and Music Technology, Montclair State University


This interactive workshop serves as an introduction to implementing and maintaining Modern Band programs at all levels. Participants will become familiar with the fundamental playing and teaching techniques for all Modern Band instruments including guitar, keyboard, drums, vocals, hip hop, ukulele and bass. This student-centered approach provides instant music-making experiences by utilizing improvisational activities, recreating familiar popular music selections, and creating new compositions based on style/genre interests. Participants use their new pedagogical knowledge and instrumental skill set to perform original songs they create during the workshop. The goal of this course is to inspire music educators to leverage the cultural capital of their students and provide a music education experience as diverse as the students they teach.

Ukulele: Four Strings, Unlimited Possibilities!

Saturday, February 16, 2019  8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (Morning Session)
$50 (or combine with afternoon session for $95 total, including lunch)

Presenters - Dr. Sangmi Kang, Assistant Professor of Music Education, Westminster Choir College; Dr. Janet Cape, Associate Professor and Chair of Music Education, Westminster Choir College


Are you looking for a way to shake up your ukulele classes or to introduce ukulele into your curriculum? This session will explore a variety of teaching strategies that your students will find irresistible! From improvising along with picture books to covering popular music and incorporating iPad instruments, teachers of all levels will come away with strategies for tapping into students’ creativity and connecting to music they love!

Express Yourself: Infusing Beatboxing into Your Music Classroom

Saturday, February 16, 2019  1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Afternoon Session)
$50 (or combine with morning session for $95 total, including lunch)

Presenters - Amanda Newell and Chris Celiz


Beatboxing is a dynamic method of self-expression that is becoming more and more popular. But do you know a lip roll from a California Roll? In this highly interactive session, facilitators Amanda Newell and Chris Celiz will explore beatboxing from a critical perspective and demonstrate the techniques and games they use in the classroom to help students use beatbox sounds to tap into creative wells of expression. Instead of learning from YouTube clips, your students will be able to turn to their music educator - YOU!

Chris Celiz is a member of The Beatbox House, a collective of World Champion beatboxers who are rebranding the art as a new form of music and pushing the boundaries of what's possible with the human voice. Amanda Newell is a music educator who brought The Beatbox House to school with her and who watched their work transform her students.

Choral Multi-tasking: Vocal Technique, Ear Training, Repertoire, and More

Saturday, March 9, 2019  8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
$95 (includes lunch on campus)

Presenter - Dr. Jason Vodicka, Assistant Professor of Music Education, Westminster Choir College


Singing requires coordinated use of the voice, the ear, and the intellect. This seminar explores the ways that choral singing is truly a multi-task and how we might shape our rehearsals to better help our singers sing, read, and perform. Topics for the day will include teaching vocal technique through the choral warm-up, teaching audiation skills, selecting repertoire, and singer-centered rehearsal techniques.

Making Music with Makey Makey

Saturday, March 30, 2019  8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
$125 (includes a take home Makey Makey, other materials, and lunch on campus)

Facilitator - Dr. Janet Cape, Associate Professor and Chair of Music Education, Westminster Choir College


Are your students creative, inventive, and imaginative? Of course they are! Help them develop these skills as they engage with music in a totally different way. Makey Makey is an easy-to-use invention kit that connects everyday objects to any computer, enabling users to create their own instruments, make interactive posters and artwork, and more! For some musical examples, click here.

Participants in this session will tinker, build, program, play, and come away with an understanding of how to use the Makey Makey as a tool for music learning and teaching.

Note: Session fee includes the cost of materials plus a Makey Makey to take home.

Sing, Play, and Dance Around the World

Saturday, April 6, 2019  8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
$95 (includes lunch on campus)

Presenter - Dr. Sangmi Kang, Assistant Professor of Music Education, Westminster Choir College


This session focuses on world music pedagogy and will enable teachers of elementary and secondary general music to introduce a variety of activities related to singing, accompanying, playing, and songwriting. We will strive to create nearly authentic sounds of each world music piece using accessible classroom instruments, hand-made instruments, and with the aid of technology. These authentic sounds demonstrate cultural and musical differences and will broaden your students’ musical experiences.

Discover Your Beautiful Speaking Voice – Power, Health, and Resonance 
A Workshop for Singers, Teachers, and other Professional Voice Users

Saturday, April 6, 2019 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
$50 (includes lunch on campus)

Presenter - Diane Gaary


You speak far more than you sing. Do you like the way your speaking voice sounds and feels? Does it have the stamina and power you need to speak for hours a day? If you’re a singer, does your speaking voice use support your singing health?

This workshop is designed for educators, singers and singing teachers who are looking for practical methods to translate the sensations of the healthy singing voice to the speaking voice. In this experiential workshop, participants will use familiar events to access and recognize the kinesthetic vibratory sensations inherent in a healthy resonant speaking voice.

Schedule for the Day: 

  • Participants will learn how to access the pleasurable feeling of healthy resonance in the speaking voice.
  • Participants will learn strategies to release tensions in their bodies and access the structural and breath use that supports a healthy speaking voice.
  • These tools will then be directly applied to everyday speaking and teaching situations, and also to text work.