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Trio Track

Trio Track provides participants a daily multidisciplinary experience in three distinct arts areas. Each day Trio Track participants will attend pre-designated classes in music, theatre and dance, and visual art. Participants will attend the same core class in each content area for the entire week, allowing complete immersion in one topic for each arts discipline. In addition to the Trio Track sessions, all participants attend performances, musings, interludes, and special events, with plenty of time built in for networking and reflection.

Tennessee Arts Academy 2022 Trio Track Core Classes
Elementary/Lower Middle Trio Track
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

Every day, participants will attend each of the classes listed below.
Music
Theatre/Arts Integration
: Trio Track
A Playful Process: Building Creativity and Community in the Music Room
Instructor:
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.
Music
Theatre/Arts Integration
: Trio Track
Make Drama Count! Embodying Math and Science Curriculum
Instructor:
Kendra Kahl
In drama-based learning, students pursue their curiosities and use embodied engagement to explore possibilities. This participatory workshop will offer practical lessons, activities, and techniques for infusing creative drama into the math and science curriculum.
Music
Theatre/Arts Integration
: Trio Track
Activating Dialogue and Encouraging Engagement
Instructor:
Faith Hillis
This participatory workshop is an opportunity for educators to gather in community to explore the power of learning in and through the arts. Together, the instructor and group will explore active and creative teaching methodologies and strategies that are designed to foster personal expression and creative thinking in the classroom.
Music
Theatre/ArtsIntegration
Visual Art
: Trio Track
Music
Art and The Unknown: Connecting To Wonder and Mystery through Creative Play
Instructor:
Lesley Patterson-Marx
In this session, participants will engage in several experimental, playful art-making processes that are accessible to people of diverse skill levels, ages, and physical abilities. Through cyanotype printing on fabric, gelli plate printing, Japanese paper marbling, and intuitive stitching, students will find delight in the unexpected. These experiments will be incorporated into the creation of a soft cover, hand bound book that is perfect for recording creative ideas, dreams, and more.
Upper Middle/Secondary Trio Track
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.
Music
: Trio Track
Teaching Music in the Twenty-first Century: Teaching with the Old, the New, the Borrowed, and the Blues
Instructor:
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.
Theatre
: Trio Track
Outside In: Performing Emotions Through Rasaboxes
Instructor:
Daniel Bird Tobin
Using movement and the body, Rasaboxes allow performers, directors, and all artists to explore emotions and character from a different perspective than the Stanislavskian approach. In these introductory sessions, Daniel Bird Tobin will share a sequence of exercises that will help students of all ages to quickly build emotionally-rich and physically-alive performances.
Visual Art
: Trio Track
Art and The Unknown: Connecting To Wonder and Mystery through Creative Play
Instructor:
Lesley Patterson-Marx
In this session, participants will engage in several experimental, playful art-making processes that are accessible to people of diverse skill levels, ages, and physical abilities. Through cyanotype printing on fabric, gelli plate printing, Japanese paper marbling, and intuitive stitching, students will find delight in the unexpected. These experiments will be incorporated into the creation of a soft cover, hand bound book that is perfect for recording creative ideas, dreams, and more.
Please check back regularly for updates and information about the 2022 Tennessee Arts Academy.
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