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Music Sessions

The three music areas of the Tennessee Arts Academy encompass the broad spectrum of choral, instrumental, and general music.  Instructors from around the country use their expertise to help participants enhance their skills and renew their enthusiasm for teaching.  In addition to the music sessions, all participants attend performances, musings, special events and other activities, with plenty of time built in for networking and reflection.

Tennessee Arts Academy 2022 Music Core Classes
Elementary/Lower Middle Music
Focus Areas: Arts Integration, Creative Drama, and Movement
Arts Integration, Creative Drama, and Movement is the focus area for the K – 6 elementary/lower middle theatre sessions. Each day participants will take classes in three areas of study that are especially designed for classroom generalist teachers, librarians, special education, physical education and gifted teachers. Arts Integration will help facilitate the learning process in traditional subject areas. Creative drama will focus on improvisational and non-performance aspects of theatre. A final daily class in movement and dance will be offered. All elementary theatre participants will attend all three classes.

Daily Core Classes

Participants will follow either the vocal or instrumental track and attend two of the three classes listed below each day.
All Means All: Teaching Students with Disabilities in our Elementary Music Classrooms
Alice Hammel
All students deserve a music education. This includes students with disabilities and differences. These sessions will be active and participatory, and teachers will leave with new ideas for teaching young students. The techniques shared will apply to both inclusive classrooms and various formats of self-contained classrooms.
Building a Space for Purposeful Movement in the Active Music Classroom
Kay Piña
This workshop will explore purposeful movement for the general music classroom. Participants will engage in quick reaction games, movement exploration, movement activities, and singing-based movement activities. Each class will focus on how to use purposeful movement activities in the active music classroom, including how to assist students with special needs.
A Playful Process: Building Creativity and Community in the Music Room
Matthew Stensrud
In this session, Matthew Stensrud will share how consistent routines, a strong classroom community, and exploration and play can be used to enhance the wonder of elementary music and help foster a responsive classroom. Starting with an Orff-Schulwerk mindset, participants will explore the xylophone and other instruments while learning many dances and creative movement activities. They will participate in the creation of body percussion and rhythmic compositions and also discover how literature, music, and art can help them learn more about themselves and their students.
Upper Middle/Secondary Music
The upper middle/secondary theatre sessions (7 – 12) include unique sessions each year in at least three of the following areas: acting, directing, improvisation, criticism, movement, playwriting and technical theatre. Instructors from around the country provide stimulating class sessions that reflect a mix of stage and performance techniques coupled with current trends and the latest research in arts education.

Daily Core Classes

Every day, participants will attend each of the classes listed below.
Empowering All People to Sing
Sandra Babb
This course will examine best practices in creating a choral community while building vocal tone, nurturing musical independence, and elevating the artistry of developing singers. Using science-based vocal pedagogy, the class will examine various methods of vocal production, including those used in gospel, jazz, musical theater, and contemporary commercial and classical vocal music. Participants will explore ways to diversify vocal styles and repertoire offerings that will help them include everyone in their choral programs. The instructor will also show how to build critical listening and thinking opportunities into the rehearsal setting.
Teaching Music in the Twenty-first Century: Teaching with the Old, the New, the Borrowed, and the Blues
Corin Overland
Music, like all art, evolves and changes over time. New sounds, preferences, innovative technologies, and creative performance styles are constantly being developed. For music teachers, it can be daunting to include new forms of music in their classrooms. The purpose of these sessions is to provide ways to integrate contemporary music making into daily teaching practices, including improvisation, songwriting, technology, and modern notational styles. The overarching goal is not to replace traditional approaches like solfege or takadimi; or to abandon tried-and-true performance idioms like madrigals, marching band, or string orchestras. Rather, it is to provide a framework through which the old, new, borrowed (and blues!) can be combined in mutually beneficial ways to maximize the strengths of each.
Blueprint: Designing Efficient Instrumental Music Classes for Maximum Student Achievement
Lois U. Wiggins
These sessions will focus on how educators can design musical classrooms that encourage students to reach their highest potential. Topics covered will include authentic assessments, classroom management and communication, musical literacy and musicianship, program enhancements, and teacher survival skills. The strategies shared are ones that can be used with all young musicians-from beginner to advanced.
Please check back regularly for updates and information about the 2022 Tennessee Arts Academy.