Crescendo Professional Development Symposium Schedule

SCHEDULE – FEBRUARY 22, 2019

8:30-9:00
Welcome!
Registration & Coffee

9:00-9:45
Keynote Address
VSO Brass Quintet and special guest Champian Fulton

Join the fabulous VSO Brass Quintet and New York City-based jazz pianist and vocalist, Champian Fulton for an energizing, uplifting start to our day!


 

10:00-11:15: SESSION ONE

Instrumental Techniques I with VSO Musicians

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.

Secondary Choral Clinic
Fiona Blackburn: Building Your Singers’ Technique Through Quality Repertoire

Your rehearsal time is precious. Therefore, your students’ acquisition of a healthy vocal technique can be taught simultaneously, as they learn their pieces -through repertoire carefully chosen to build their voices. Fiona will guide you through a process of what to look for in repertoire that will both intrigue your students and elevate their vocal skills. You will leave the session having tried numerous techniques; and you will receive plenty of great titles to bring to your classroom.

Elementary Clinic
Pam Hetrick: Inspired by Orff: Mallet Play

Good mallet technique can be quickly established with young students, with early experiences focused on play. Balloons will be provided.

VSO Open Rehearsal
The Resounding Earth: William Rowson, conductor

Including Pulitzer Prize winning composer Henry Brant’s luxuriantly beautiful On the Nature of Things, world premières of works by JUNO®-award winning composers Jordan Nobles and Jocelyn Morlock, and music from Antoine Brumel’s monumental Earthquake Mass.


 

11:30-12:30: SESSION TWO

Indigenous Education in the Music Classroom: Tools and Techniques
Chastity Davis, Gordon Powell, Colleen Sheridan, Janet Wade, Alia Yeates, presenters

Led by an exceptional panel of talented educators, this session will focus on specific strategies, tools, and resources for indigenous education in the music classroom. From repertoire, to teaching units, to collaborations, to professional development opportunities, the objective for this session is for teachers to leave feeling informed, supported, and able to include indigenous content and ways of learning into their music classes.

Jazz Clinic
Champian Fulton: Jazz Band Rehearsal Techniques

In this session, we will illuminate and discuss the fundamentals of directing and rehearsing the school Jazz band. This includes how to address each section of the band (trombones, trumpets, rhythm section etc.), as well as big band fundamentals and some discussion of the Jazz language. We will also discuss
Jazz improvising (soloing) and Jazz style.


12:30-1:15 LUNCH
Optional Session: Music Education in BC – a collaborative discussion on progress and next steps
Adam Con & Christin Reardon MacLellan, presenters

Join Adam and Christin over lunch to learn about several new music education advocacy and policy initiatives and to participate in a conversation about our collective goals, challenges, and ideas.


 

1:15-2:30: SESSION THREE

Instrumental Techniques II with VSO Musicians

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.

Elementary Share Session

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

An opportunity to chat with your colleagues and fellow secondary choral teachers in order to troubleshoot challenges and share ideas. Bring discussion topics!


 

2:30-3:30: SESSION FOUR

Band Clinic
Christin Reardon MacLellan: Irresistible, Educational, Game-Changing Repertoire

Repertoire is our most powerful day to day teaching tool. It defines an ensemble’s journey as well as its destination. It serves as our textbook, but also as our motivator, story-teller, and vehicle for understanding. This session will offer a comprehensive strategy for concert band programming that highlights diverse, interesting, and educational repertoire at all levels. We will explore a variety of composers and titles that will challenge and excite you and your students, and that will promise to play a primary role in reaching your ensemble’s goals.

Secondary Choral Clinic
Dr. Adam Jonathan Con: Choral Conducting Masterclass

Ten gestures you can use with your singers and in your conducting to make huge changes to the sound of your choir. Fix issues of breath support, tone, intonation, dynamics, tempo and phrasing to save time and get to the music.  This masterclass is for beginning, intermediate and advanced choral conductors and instrumental conductors wanting to know more about keys to unlocking the choral experience.

Elementary Clinic
Jeanette Gallant: Global Perspectives in Indigenous Music: Music and the Land

This session will look at how music serves to express a connection to the land in various Indigenous communities around the world. By comparing similarities in the worldviews of Indigenous peoples globally, teachers will gain a greater understanding of how to approach and implement learning objectives recommended in the new curriculum and better prepare for classroom visits with local culture bearers.