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Interludes

Interludes provide Academy participants with the opportunity to receive cross-disciplinary training. Every afternoon from Monday to Thursday, a variety of workshops are offered in each TAA content discipline. Participants may attend any workshop in any area to learn more about a familiar topic or to explore something new.

General Interest Interludes
Story Exchange: Building Empathy and Community
Presenter: 
Amanda Roche
 
 
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Wednesday
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Thursday
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Narrative 4 has used its Story Exchange narrative programs to help students across the globe learn to find their own voice and agency while listening and valuing the voices of others. This interactive workshop will model the Story Exchange person narrative process and invite participants to share a short story of their own.
Arts Leadership and Administration Interludes
Tennessee State of the Arts Study
Presenter: 
Tiffany Kerns
Todd Shipley
 
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Tricia Williams
Wednesday
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Participants in this session will meet Tiffany Kerns, Todd Shipley, and Tricia Williams for an update on the Tennessee State of the Arts Study. This will be a great opportunity to meet the driving forces behind this first-of-its kind statewide arts education landscape analysis. The session will include an open discussion based on preliminary key findings and explore ways that the study’s results can be used for policymaking, district planning, development of resources and support systems, and investment or philanthropic activities.
Music Related Interludes
Create, Move, and Play: A Poetic Informance
Presenter: 
Candace and Elijah Adams
 
 
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Monday
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In this session, poetry, movement, play, and instruments will be combined into one “informance.” Participants will learn how easy and beneficial this concept can be in their elementary music classrooms. Through the practice of informance, an amazing number of ideas are generated, and the final form of a piece is always a surprise.
Academy Chorale
Presenter: 
Sandra Babb
 
 
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Tuesday
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Thursday
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Please come and join other participants as the Academy Chorale prepares a program of music to be performed at the Academy luncheon on Friday. The Academy Chorale performs under the direction of Sandra Babb, the Academy’s secondary choral instructor.
Re-igniting the Spark—Helping Post-pandemic Students Rediscover their Passion for the Arts
Presenter: 
Brenda Gregory
 
 
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Monday
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Young artists have faced innumerable obstacles during the recent pandemic. For many students, virtual learning, social isolation, and lack of routine have extinguished much of the fire and passion for performing. Participants in this session will explore ways to rekindle the desire for artistic expression—in their students as well as themselves.
Why Can’t They Just Sit Still and Listen? Myths and Realities of ADHD
Presenter: 
Alice Hammel
 
 
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Wednesday
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Students with ADHD often struggle to be understood in the arts classroom. This interlude will offer information and strategies to use when teaching students who struggle with paying attention. The session will also investigate some myths about students with ADHD and ways that teachers can support them.
EXTRA! EXTRA! Read All About It! Getting Your Ideas Into Print
Presenter: 
Corin Overland
 
 
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Wednesday
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This session is for anyone who has ever wanted to put their ideas into print and turn them into a column, essay, or published academic article. In this interlude, instructor Corin Overland will introduce participants to the world of writing and publishing, including tips for how to hone ideas and finesse writing to meet the needs of a specific audience. Additionally, the session will cover ways to avoid some of the most problematic issues seen by editors. The techniques that will be shared are ones that everyone—from complete beginners to seasoned authors—can use.
Purposeful Movement for the Singing Classroom
Presenter: 
Kay Piña
 
 
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Wednesday
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This workshop will explore purposeful movement for the singing classroom. Participants will engage in a purposeful movement lesson with singing at the center of the activity. At the close of the session, participants will leave with a classroom-ready lesson.
Using Folk Dance to Foster Community and Social Engagement
Presenter: 
Julia Heath Reynolds
 
 
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Monday
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Although folk dance is commonly used in the elementary music classroom, it is not used as often as it could be to develop social engagement in secondary classrooms. Folk dance is an enjoyable and artful way to encourage active participation in a wide variety of curricula. This interlude will share multiple folk dances and show how these dances can help students and community members of all ages actively participate in music classes.
The Magical Drum
Presenter: 
Matthew Stensrud
 
 
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Wednesday
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In this interlude, participants will turn their bodies into drums and then harness the true magic of hand drums through sound, body, and dance. Activities in the session will unpack the power and drama that is drum-playing.
Representing Cultural Diversity in Arts Classes
Presenter: 
Lois U. Wiggins
 
 
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Wednesday
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This session will provide resources for developing a comprehensive, culturally sensitive curriculum for arts classes.
Theatre And Dance Related Interludes
The Play’s the Thing
Presenter: 
Katie Bruno
 
 
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Tuesday
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Thursday
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Join Nashville Shakespeare Festival educators to learn and practice strategies for getting students fully engaged in Shakespeare’s texts. This collaborative workshop will focus on the element of play by stepping into the moment with an actor’s approach. This workshop is designed for participants who teach grades five through twelve.
Shakespeare Interrupted!
Presenter: 
Denice Hicks
 
 
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Tuesday
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Thursday
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In this interlude, the Nashville Shakespeare Festival will share a fresh take on how to present the Bard’s plays in schools. With a focus on the Nashville Shakes’s 2023 touring versions of Macbeth and The Tempest, the session will include discussion about how and why these plays should be kept in action. This workshop is designed for participants who teach grades five through twelve.
Exploring Rhythm and Rhyme
Presenter: 
Faith Hillis
 
 
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Monday
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Wednesday
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Through the use of non-verbal and poetry-based arts strategies, participants will explore group activities that encourage connection and self-expression among students and adult learners.
New Elementary and Middle School Scripts from TRW—Theatre Rights Worldwide!
Presenter: 
Jim Hoare
 
 
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Wednesday
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In this session, free musical scripts will be distributed to all participants. Both Young@Part, (TRW’s Broadway musicals for middle schools) and Younger@Part (for elementary schools) will be introduced, along with new TRW plays, including Shakespeare Young@Part. Licensing expert Jim Hoare will describe the many advantages and possibilities for producing a Young@Part show. Titles that will be reviewed include The Addams Family, All Shook Up, Spamalot, Miss Nelson is Missing, The Wind in the Willows, We Will Rock You, and How I Became a Pirate. During the workshop, questions and concerns about the theatrical licensing process will also be addressed.
New High School Edition Scripts from TRW—Theatre Rights Worldwide!
Presenter: 
Jim Hoare
 
 
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Thursday
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In this session, free musical scripts will be distributed to all participants and TRW Plays will be introduced. Approved changes, creative casting suggestions (the importance of using more girls), low-tech production resources, props, sets, SFX, accompaniment tracks, and projections will be discussed. School editions for The Prom, All Shook Up, Bright Star, Beehive, The Addams Family, Spamalot, Ring of Fire, and We Will Rock You will be introduced. During the workshop, questions and concerns about the theatrical licensing process will also be addressed.
Social Dance for All Students
Presenter: 
Colleen Hughes
 
 
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Colleen Hughes will show how social dance can be a joyful and affirming experience for all students. Lace up those saddle shoes and get ready to swing in a class that emphasizes agency, consent, and fun!
Roll the Dice
Presenter: 
Kendra Kahl
 
 
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Monday
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Wednesday
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This session will explore the fun of aleatory storytelling. Participants will work with Story Cubes and other dice tools to start and continue narratives. What will happen next? Only the dice and the imagination can tell!
Moving, Grooving, and Feeling Good
Presenter: 
Mila Parrish
 
 
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Monday
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Wednesday
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In this session, Mila Parrish will address posture, alignment, core strength, breath, and relaxation. Participants will investigate breathing techniques, movement exercises, and other simple, enjoyable ways to bring movement into the classroom and into daily life.
Making a Story Your Own
Presenter: 
Susan Ramsay
 
 
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Tuesday
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Folk tales from around the world are public domain and belong to everyone. However, learning a folk tale from a recording or a book can result in a version of the tale as it was recorded, instead of how the teller created it. In this session, participants will take the outline of a folk tale and learn how to craft it into their own unique version of the story.
Haunted Storytelling
Presenter: 
Susan Ramsay
 
 
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Thursday
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Many children and adults enjoy listening to stories that are frightening. Stories that involve a protagonist in a scary situation can shave a positive theme overall, and they can even help listeners face their fears in a safe environment. In this interlude, participants will hear examples of folk tales that have frightening elements, hear suggestions for how to choose and tell such stories, and talk about the guidelines for sharing these types of stories in the classroom.
45-Minute Film School
Presenter: 
Marcelo Tesón
 
 
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Monday
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In this interlude, Marcelo Tesón will teach useful film theory basics. He will explain how to tell a story through visual and dramatic construction and how teachers can use tools that students already have to create short film projects that punch way above their weight class.
One Weird Trick for Filmmaking Success
Presenter: 
Marcelo Tesón
 
 
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Wednesday
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In this session, Marcelo Tesón will demonstrate the fundamental building block of cinema that can be the foundation for anyone who wants to get involved in filmmaking. Despite its discovery more than a hundred years ago, it is a trick that is glossed over in most film schools.
Critical Response Process: A Creative and Supportive Process for Feedback
Presenter: 
Daniel Bird Tobin
 
 
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Monday
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Wednesday
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This session is for anyone who has ever had difficulty offering or receiving feedback about a creative endeavor. Participants will learn Liz Lerman and John Borstel’s Critical Response Process, a method that fosters the exchange of productive, healthy feedback for givers and recipients alike.
Visual Art Related Interludes
One Sheet Wonders: Make a Book from a Single Sheet of Paper
Presenter: 
Lesley Patterson-Marx
 
 
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Monday
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Wednesday
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In this interlude, participants will learn how to make several different folded book structures—each made from a single sheet of paper that is either 8.5 by 11 inches, or 11 by 17 inches in size.
Please check back regularly for updates and information about the 2022 Tennessee Arts Academy.
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