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The Virtual Academy

This area of the Tennessee Arts Academy website is reserved for those times when the TAA has classes or an entire session presented in a virtual setting.

Welcome to the Virtual Academy

The Tennessee Arts Academy is the nation’s premier professional development institute for arts education. A program of the Tennessee Department of Education, the Academy has been held annually since 1986 on the campus of Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee! This page will serve as the starting point whenever there is a need to conduct virtual TAA programming. Information will be provided here on when and how to access the virtual site. Please feel free to contact the TAA office by email (taa@belmont.edu) or by phone (615-460-5451) if you desire further information.

2022 TAA Virtual Winter Retreat

TAA Winter Retreat Participants: You will soon receive instructions from the TAA office on setting up your account. The above login will not be active until your account has been established.
Schedules
Morning Core Classes
 Arts Leadership and Administration
Please click on the name of the instructor to access his or her bio.
How to Sustain Existing Arts Learning and Envision More
Instructors:
Dru DavisonAmanda Galbraith
Presenter:
Robert Morrison
9 AM–10:30 AM and 10:45 AM–12:15 PM
Leaders from schools and districts, arts community organizations, and higher education institutions will collaborate to define strategies that will sustain existing successful arts learning and envision additional arts learning opportunities. Participants will leverage diverse perspectives in the arts education ecosystem to develop resources that can be shared with decision makers. These resources will supply them with knowledge about the benefits of arts education and empower them to remain supporters of arts education.
Music Core Classes
Please click on the name of the instructor to access his or her bio.
Creating Magic with Instrumental Ensembles: Preparation, Communication, and Performance
Instructor:
Gary Hill
 Instrumental
Music
Upper Middle/Secondary
 Vocal
 Instrumental
9 AM–10:30 AM and 10:45 AM–12:15 PM
The teacher-conductors we most admire seem to create magic with their ensembles, no matter the performance level of their group, the context they are working in, or the repertoire they are playing. While there are many effective ways of achieving such consistent and spellbinding outcomes, the overall process always entails a cycle of thorough preparation, efficient and inspiring communication, and the ability to draw the best from the musicians in an ensemble. This core session will encompass ideas for improving personal preparation, communicating with ensembles, and leading performances.
Repertoire is the Key to Everything: Negotiating New Times and Finding New Opportunities
Instructor:
Mark Rohwer
 Instrumental
Music
Upper Middle/Secondary
 Vocal
 Instrumental
9 AM–10:30 AM and 10:45 AM–12:15 PM
In choral music and singing, the repertoire chosen for the year is the textbook, and it impacts every aspect of teaching and student learning. During Arts Academy sessions in 2020, repertoire was explored: including how to find it, how to use it, and new ways of thinking about it. For these sessions, participants will explore the ways in which obligations for finding quality repertoire have expanded, and how to meet those new expectations. There will also be discussion about the ways that choral performances are evolving into conceptual events, including ideas for multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary connections. The group will also explore (and commiserate about) where a multi-year pandemic has left music education, and discuss the path forward.
Oh...We're Halfway There!
Instructor:
Natasha Thurmon
 Instrumental
Music
Elementary/Lower Middle
 Vocal
 Instrumental
9 AM–10:30 AM and 10:45 AM–12:15 PM
Who knew that this year would be as challenging, or even harder, than last year? In this session, participants will discuss practical solutions to prevent teacher burnout, and receive useful lessons and materials that can be immediately implemented in the elementary general music classroom.
Theatre and Dance Core Classes
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Community Building and Connection in the Classroom
Instructor:
Rachel Hamilton
Theatre and Dance
Elementary/Lower Middle
 :Arts Integration, Creative Drama and Movement.
9 AM–10:30 AM and 10:45 AM–12:15 PM
After two years in this pandemic, our students are still lacking opportunities for real connection with others. Creative drama games and techniques can enhance some of the social-emotional learning needs of young people. In this session participants will explore how to use drama to strengthen a classroom community, build empathy and understanding, and allow students the space to form strong connections with educators and fellow learners.
Inner Monologue in Acting
Instructor:
Rob Roznowski
Theatre and Dance
Upper Middle/Secondary
 :Arts Integration, Creative Drama and Movement.
9 AM–10:30 AM
In this workshop, participants will learn how to harnesses the ways they think in order to transform their thoughts to the thoughts of a character.
The Introverted Actor
Instructor:
Rob Roznowski
Theatre and Dance
Upper Middle/Secondary
 :Arts Integration, Creative Drama and Movement.
10:45 AM–12:15 PM
In this workshop, participants will explore temperament-inclusive ways to approach the teaching of acting. Sometimes trying to get a student out of their shell is not what the introvert needs.
Visual Art Core Classes
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Chiaroscuro: A Value Study
Instructor:
Gary Chapman
Visual Art
Upper Middle/Secondary
9 AM–10:30 AM and 10:45 AM–12:15 PM
This workshop will cover the terminology and properties of light and shadow, chiaroscuro, and create a value study illustrating full range of light, shadow and a range of edges. This value study workshop is the second assignment out of a total of twelve in Gary Chapman’s university beginning painting class. Participants will need one tube of Burnt Sienna oil paint, some linseed oil, mineral spirits, a range of small brushes, rags, a few Q-tips, a substrate of choice about nine by twelve inches, (a canvas, panel, gessoed board or gessoed heavy paper). In addition, bring a baby food jar with lid which will hold 75% mineral spirits and 25% linseed oil.
Cut, Fold and Repeat: Pop-Up Basics with Matthew Reinhart
Instructor:
Matthew Reinhart
Visual Art
Elementary/Lower Middle
9 AM–10:30 AM and 10:45 AM–12:15 PM
Learn the basics of paper engineering in order to make art projects that really POP! Making pop-ups is a great way to exercise creativity along with problem-solving abilities. Participants in this session should bring a ruler, a pencil, scissors, one-sided transparent tape, double-sided tape, and something to color with (markers, crayons or colored pencils) and be ready to make three-dimensional paper art.
Interludes
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Arts Leadership and Administration
 (Arts Integration, Creative Drama and Movement)
 Related Interlude
Sunglasses or Scarf: A Conversation about the Climate of Arts Education
Presenter
Brad Foust
This interactive session will explore the current educational climate from the perspective of a district arts education leader. Topics will include arts program visibility, the impact of leadership changes, curriculum decisions, and funding.
Music
 (Arts Integration, Creative Drama and Movement)
 Related Interlude
Improvisation in You
Presenter
Otto Gross
In this session participants will explore basic principles of music improvisation and how those principles might apply to areas outside of music. Body percussion, found sounds, chants, and singing activities will be explored, which will inspire both teaching and performing!
Music
 (Arts Integration, Creative Drama and Movement)
 Related Interlude
Special Education Law: Music Educators’ Rights and Responsibilities
Presenter
Kimberly  Van Weelden
More than forty-five years after the passage of PL 94-142, music educators are still learning how to include and successfully work with students who have disabilities. This session will discuss teachers’ rights and responsibilities within current special education law and help them understand how to be successful…and be in compliance!
Theatre and Dance
 (Arts Integration, Creative Drama and Movement)
 Related Interlude
Story Telling Basics
Presenter
Andrew McMasters
There are a million different types of stories and unlimited ways to tell a story. This workshop will provide a simple structure that will show how basic communication can involve story, and how to use a story structure to help create new theater games, exercises, and devised work. Participants will explore the way that story works, seven-line story structures, and exercises for creating new work.
Theatre and Dance
 (Arts Integration, Creative Drama and Movement)
 Related Interlude
Scaffolding for Agency in Dramatic Arts Lessons
Presenter
Leah Towle
This session will provide sample exercises and side coaching strategies that will facilitate students’ creative autonomy, and provide support for the common difficult situations that occur in theatre-based arts integration. Participants will walk away with mini lessons that prepare students to make creative choices and engage in core content through dramatic play.
Visual Art
 (Arts Integration, Creative Drama and Movement)
 Related Interlude
Cutting Snowflakes
Presenter
Gary Chapman
This session is a brief introduction to an obsessive compulsive focus on creating highly detailed and original snowflakes. Participants will need a few sheets of regular, photocopy paper and sharp scissors.
Visual Art
 (Arts Integration, Creative Drama and Movement)
 Related Interlude
Cut, Fold and Repeat: More Pop-Up Basics with Matthew Reinhart
Presenter
Matthew Reinhart
Making pop-ups is a great way to exercise creativity along with problem-solving abilities. Instructor Matthew Reinhart offers up some additional ways to make art projects POP! Participants in this session should bring a ruler, a pencil, scissors, one-sided transparent tape, double-sided tape, and something to color with (markers, crayons or colored pencils) and be ready to make three-dimensional paper art.
Please check back regularly as we continue to add Interludes for Virtual Winter Retreat
Panel Discussion

Tennessee Arts Academy Leadership Forum
"The Relevance of Arts Education in the New Normal"

Moderated by Dan Lawson, PhD.

Five noted education leaders from across the state of Tennessee will share their thoughts and provide insight on what is on the horizon for K-12 schools and the arts. The group will be moderated by Dr. Dan Lawson from Lee University.

Panelists include Ted Horrell, Lakeland School System Superintendent; Sean Impeartrice, Clarksville Montgomery County Schools Chief Academic Officer; Jill K. Levine, Chattanooga High School – Center for Creative Arts Principal; James Wells, Tennessee Art Education Association President; and Mark White, Education Administration Standing Committee Chair, House of Representatives, Tennessee State Legislature.
Performance

Romeo and Juliet:
Who’s Responsible for the Adults?

Tennessee Shakespeare Company

Why are we teaching Shakespeare’s play in high school? He tells us how the play will end in the opening sonnet, he repeats every action of the play in the closing speech, and five children end up dead on stage. And it starts off as a comedy.  There are no villains. Indeed, everyone is responsible for tragedy, including the adults. What would happen if the children were heard? Tennessee Shakespeare Company presents a performance element from its nationally-acclaimed Romeo and Juliet Project — a four-part residency in scores of schools that annually raises grades, increases compassion, inspires reading, and reduces teen violence. But what can it do for parents and teachers? TSC Project Director Stephanie Shine and company actors perform and inquire from the Tabor Stage in Memphis.

About Tennessee Shakespeare Company
Tennessee Shakespeare Company is the first and only professional, not-for-profit theatre and education organization in Memphis dedicated to live, diverse performances of William Shakespeare’s plays, as well as works of social significance by classical, Southern, and modern playwrights/composers; and to providing innovative education, training, and outreach programming.
Networking & Collaboration


The purpose of the networking and collaboration session is to provide space for Academy participants in each content area to reflect and act on learning they have received from the TAA Winter Retreat classes, from past Academy experiences, and from their own school and classroom environment. Participants will work collaboratively to share teaching strategies, strengthen professional networks, and synthesize and connect learning with existing and newly created professional goals. A TAA facilitator will guide the session.
TAA Virtual Winter Retreat Sponsors
The Tennessee Arts Academy Virtual Winter Retreat is made possible through a generous grant provided by the Tennessee Arts Commission. Please click here to learn more about the Tennessee Arts Commission and about the Tennessee Speciality License Plate Program.
Special thanks to the Tennessee Arts Academy Foundation for their generous support of the Tennessee Arts Academy Virtual Winter Retreat and their ongoing support for TAA throughout the year. Please click here to learn more about the Tennessee Arts Academy Foundation.
Tennessee Arts Academy • Tennessee Arts Academy Foundation
615-460-5451 • 1900 Belmont Blvd. • Nashville, TN 37212 • taa@belmont.edu
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