Grade Level: Middle School (6-8)

Rehearsing Full Orchestras with Confidence

While attending the American String Teachers Association National Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico, a clinic was presented over having Full Orchestras at the middle and high school level. Knowing that this is a conversation had among both administration and teachers alike, sharing key points from the presentation seemed beneficial to all who are interested. Dr.…
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Orchestra- ASTA Convention

One of the sessions I attended was titled, “Help! I keep running out of bow! Strategies for Teaching Slow Music in the string orchestra classroom,” presented by Molly K. Baugh from the University of Michigan. Besides being a solid engaging presenter, Molly had lots of great tips and ideas to share. As teachers, we need…
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Dyslexia Knowledge and in Music

I attended the American String Teacher Association National Convention March 6th-9th.   One of the many sessions I attended was on Dyslexia.  It was a general knowledge about dyslexia and then went into details about how it affects music teaching.  Dyslexia has been a new topic that the state of Missouri has been trying to spread…
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Student Creation with Augmented & Virtual Reality

FETC 2019 Description: Learn skills such as animating student created VR content, annotating 360 images, 3D modeling, and student help stations or tutorials using a variety of AR tools. Lastly, explore how 360 cameras such as Theta 360, Nikon KeyMission, and Google Cardboard camera can be creatively integrated in the classroom. The increase in accessibility of…
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Digital Portfolios-From Google to Bulbapp

From FETC 2019: Come see how simple and helpful it is to create a Digital Portfolio using Bulbapp. These portfolios are student-owned, allowing the students to take pride in their work. Bulbapp allows the use of text, images, embedded video, and other multimedia to make the portfolio both unique and professional. All subject areas now…
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Learning Transformed: 8 Keys to Designing Tomorrow’s Schools, Today

FETC Session description: With the vast disparities of inequity that have existed for centuries, all that is known about how students learn, and the predictions regarding the world that our students will face tomorrow, utilizing a traditional, one-size-fits-all approach to teaching and learning is educational malpractice. Built upon the foundation of leadership and school culture, a…
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Intonation workshop

Here is some great information about tuning and how to improve the intonation of your ensembles.   https://www.dropbox.com/sh/2cpm5gculivquwr/AAB6NaMZufguLm-c_BpRVHrha?dl=0&preview=4+-+EEi+Update+Flyer+Digital.pdf https://www.dropbox.com/sh/2cpm5gculivquwr/AAB6NaMZufguLm-c_BpRVHrha?dl=0&preview=3+-+EEi+Brochure+sm.pdf https://www.dropbox.com/sh/2cpm5gculivquwr/AAB6NaMZufguLm-c_BpRVHrha?dl=0&preview=2+-+Smith+Tuning+Clinic+Supplemental.pdf https://www.dropbox.com/sh/2cpm5gculivquwr/AAB6NaMZufguLm-c_BpRVHrha?dl=0&preview=1+-+Smith+Intonation+Handout.pdf

Motivating the Musical Mind (Midwest 2018)

Dr. Andrew Poor presented this clinic at Midwest in 2018.  I have interacted with him in the context of DCI in the past.  He is a brilliant educator and musician, and offered a great deal of helpful information in his clinic and handout, linked below.  Included in the handout are web links to several documents…
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Band – Beginning Horn Students Handout (Midwest 2018)

Here is a handout from a clinic I attended at Midwest in 2018 regarding the first days of instruction for beginning horn students.  This represents a well-crafted, methodical approach to the instrument with young students.  There is some good ‘food for thought’ contained within the document. Day_One_Handout_F_HORN_FINAL_2018.original.1544556824

STEM to STEAM Presentation

Katie Fisher and Aaron Money presented at the State Education Agency Directors for Arts Education National Conference in September. The presentation spoke to resources that Liberty School District has for Arts Integration and STEAM. https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/10Engx0ya1_EduUfp8ONbGnq4B2hIQmS0s30B_NF7iDM/edit?usp=sharing