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Crescendo: Workshop Descriptions


CRESCENDO February 24, 2017: Workshops

Welcome! Registration & Coffee
8:30-9:00
Get settled for the day ahead by enjoying coffee and treats. 


Keynote Address 
9:15-10:00
All attendees will be welcomed with this keynote presentation by Maestro Bramwell Tovey, followed by a VSO Chamber Players Woodwind Quintet performance.
Christie Reside, flute
Beth Orson, oboe
Jenny Jonquil, clarinet
Gwen Seaton, bassoon
Dave Haskins, french horn


Secondary Choral Clinic
Jim Sparks: Tenets of embodied singing; a naturalistic approach to skill and communication
10:15-11:30
Based on recent literature from neurobiological studies into how we perceive, process, and produce singing, Jim will present some pedagogical practices for choir directors that can be efficient and relevant for skill and communication.


Instrumental Techniques I with VSO Musicians
10:15-11:30 
Presented by VSO musicians, these sessions will review techniques, strategies, and creative ways to teach woodwind, brass, percussion, and string instruments. From playing fundamentals and effective teaching tools, to common teaching challenges and how to fix them, these sessions will be incredibly useful, as you learn from masters on each instrument, and have time for questions and discussion. Choose from: Flute, Clarinet, French Horn, Trumpet, Cello, Bass, and Percussion. 


ELEMENTARY CHORAL CLINIC
Sandra Meister: Ready, Set, Sing!
10:15-11:30 
Our music classes and elementary choral rehearsals can incorporate many components of the revised curriculum.  During this interactive session, Sandra and a Grade 4/5 class from her school, will demonstrate strategies and techniques for promoting age-appropriate, healthy singing in young voices. 


Open Rehearsal: Vancouver Symphony Orchestra 
*10:00-11:15 
The Orpheum Annex is all yours during the morning of Crescendo, as you listen to the VSO rehearse Bramwell Tovey’s Fugitive Voices and Anna Höstman’s Nuyamł-ił Kulhulmx- Singing the Earth. Conducted by Bramwell Tovey, both pieces feature mezzo-soprano Marion Newman. 


(OPTIONAL SESSION DURING LUNCH) 

bC'S MUSIC EDUCATION STRATEGY AND THE NEW CURRICULUM:
A lunchtime roundtable discussion with Mark Reid
11:30-12:30


INSTRUMENTAL TECHNIQUES II WITH VSO MUSICIANS
12:30-1:45
Presented by VSO musicians, these sessions will review techniques, strategies, and creative ways to teach woodwind, brass, percussion, and string instruments. From playing fundamentals and effective teaching tools, to common teaching challenges and how to fix them, these sessions will be incredibly useful, as you learn from masters on each instrument, and have time for questions and discussion. Choose from: Oboe, Saxophone, Bassoon, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, Violin, and Viola. 


FIRST NATIONS PERSPECTIVES IN MUSIC TEACHING
A roundtable discussion with Kwagiulth and Stó:lo First Nations mezzo-soprano Marion Newman. 
12:30-1:45
This session will focus on ideas, tools, and resources for effectively and authentically connecting school music education with indigenous ways of knowing and being, content, and practices. Delegates who register for this session will have the opportunity to submit questions and proposed topics of discussion ahead of time. These submissions will be organized into a session outline that will be distributed before Crescendo so that we can maximize our time with Marion.


Elementary Music Share Session 
12:30-1:45
An opportunity to chat with your colleagues and fellow elementary music teachers in order to troubleshoot challenges and share ideas. Bring discussion topics!


SECONDARY CHORAL SHARE SESSION
12:30-1:45
An opportunity to chat with your colleagues and fellow secondary choral teachers in order to troubleshoot challenges and share ideas. Bring discussion topics!


ELEMENTARY MUSIC CLINIC
Marcelline Moody: Tell Me A Story
2:00-3:15 

A workshop exploring drama and story-telling in a musical context including:

- lead-up improvisation games with voices, movement and instruments
- story building;
- accompanying stories with voice, instrumental play and movement

Wear comfortable clothing and be prepared to move!


Orchestra clinic 
Jonathan Girard: Conducting Fundamentals
2:00-3:15 

This session will focus on educators who want to improve their conducting technique. We will focus on the technical, musical and psychological fundamentals that lead to a deeper level of communication between conductor and the ensemble. Refining conducting technique improves rehearsal efficiency and musicality, and can help to maximize students' potential.

Participants will explore ways to:
- Improve clarity of gesture and beat.
- Learn how to link the musical mind and the baton.
- Learn how to really control tempo and assess an ensemble's tempo.
- Build musical leadership from the podium.


Elementary and Secondary Band Clinic 
Chris Bianco: Basic Techniques for Band
2:00-3:15 
Dr. Bianco will take attendees through a “day in the life” of a Band Rehearsal.
Points of discussion will include: Before the Rehearsal, Warm-up, Tuning, Articulation, Rhythm and Pulse, and Expression.


secondary Choral Clinic 
Morna Edmundson: Listening Skills That Enable Better Ensemble Singing 
2:00-3:15 
Morna Edmundson will lead the group through exercises and repertoire examples that help singers improve their ability to listen beyond their own voice.  The goal is a cohesive, focused, and well-tuned ensemble sound


Jazz Clinic
Jodi Proznick: Beginning Improvisation 
2:00-3:15 
Come and explore improvisation in a fun and welcoming environment where Jodi will offer improvisation exercises and games that you can introduce into your classroom environment. You will also learn some basic concepts of improvisation including the mental, melodic, and harmonic processes that contribute to the instinctive skills that an improviser puts to use when taking a solo and/or creating melodies.


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