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 Wednesday, November 14
 
7:15 AM - 8:00 AM    Registration Open: BBS
Registration is open for BBS.
 
8:00 AM - 9:45 AM    Barbershop Rehearsal
 
8:15 AM - 9:30 AM    Shaping the Future of A Cappella In Nebraska

Pop A Cappella music is quickly becoming more than just a trend...students, teachers, and professional musicians across the country are discovering the impact that it has on audiences and the value that it brings to music programs and singing organizations. Combined with the roots of madrigal, contemporary, barbershop, and glee style a cappella, we have the makings of an amazing genre of music that we can promote in schools across Nebraska. However, while we have well organized festivals for show choirs, jazz choirs, and even barbershop, we have little in terms of organized opportunities for the overall A Cappella community in Nebraska. This meeting is meant to allow music teachers who have a passion for any style of cappella singing, both large and small group, to meet, greet, and discuss the possibility of a contest/festival that would celebrate the art. Please come and be a part of the pioneering of a new and exciting movement for A Cappella in Nebraska!

 
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM    Registration Open: Tri-M
Registration for Tri-M from 9:30am-12:00noon.
 
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM    TRI-M: Round Table Discussion: What to Expect When You are a College Musician/Student
Tri-M Symposium Session
 
10:15 AM - 12:00 PM    Barbershop Rehearsal
 
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM    Middle Level Chorus Round Table
This group will discuss the current format of the middle level barbershop chorus and look to the future as far as what directors would like to see to increase participation and get the best experience possible for the students.
 
11:05 AM - 12:00 PM    TRI-M: Any Age Advocacy

Earn your As in the Any Age Advocacy session! Develop strategies and your personal narrative or story to effectively advocate for music in the schools and in your community. Discover opportunities for music advocacy. Learn some facts that will help you prioritize music needs within our state and learn strategies to effective communicate these needs to local and state leaders.

 
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM    Collegiate Symposium: Welcome & General Meeting
 
12:00 PM - 12:55 PM    Tri-M Lunch
 
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM    Barbershop Lunch
 
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM    Collegiate: Becoming a Leader or Maintaining Status Quo: How are You Doing?
As a college music education major, you have many responsibilities and obligations, including lessons, ensembles, music coursework, field experience, not to mention university and community service, as well as maintaining a personal life. But how do you know which experiences are developing the resume you desire, and more importantly, the kind of person you want to be? Are you intentionally choosing activities that will cultivate leadership skills, attitudes, and dispositions that will make you an effective person? This session will focus on ways of thinking about how to most effectively spend your time in college. I will use the frameworks of “Growth versus Fixed Mindset” as well as “Grit” to help you think critically about how to choose beneficial collegiate experiences that will help you become an effective leader in the field of music education and in life.
 
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM    Collegiate: Getting That Job!
Every college music education major wants to land the perfect job. How can you separate yourself from the many candidates also searching for their perfect job? This session will explore the process of searching, applying, and interviewing to achieve the job you want. Attendees will gain tips and strategies for all stages of the job search process, web resources, and sample interview questions. Participants will also participate in small group activities for interview question practice. Learn how to use preparation to your advantage, so you can get that job you want!
 
12:45 PM - 7:15 PM    Registration Open: Conference
Conference Registration is open in the Embassy Suites.
 
1:00 PM - 1:55 PM    TRI-M: Develop Your Leadership Skills by Discovering Your Unique Gifts

Are great leaders born or can someone be nurtured into leadership?  What types of personalities make great leaders?  What types of unique gifts can you bring to a leadership role?  This session will focus on how gender, personality and a willingness to serve play roles in developing leadership skills and will provide some resources for you to begin your journey of self discovery.

 
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM    Barbershop Rehearsal
 
1:45 PM - 2:45 PM    Collegiate: Becoming a Leader or Maintaining Status Quo: How are You Doing?
As a college music education major, you have many responsibilities and obligations, including lessons, ensembles, music coursework, field experience, not to mention university and community service, as well as maintaining a personal life. But how do you know which experiences are developing the resume you desire, and more importantly, the kind of person you want to be? Are you intentionally choosing activities that will cultivate leadership skills, attitudes, and dispositions that will make you an effective person? This session will focus on ways of thinking about how to most effectively spend your time in college. I will use the frameworks of “Growth versus Fixed Mindset” as well as “Grit” to help you think critically about how to choose beneficial collegiate experiences that will help you become an effective leader in the field of music education and in life.
 
1:45 PM - 2:45 PM    Collegiate: Getting That Job!
Every college music education major wants to land the perfect job. How can you separate yourself from the many candidates also searching for their perfect job? This session will explore the process of searching, applying, and interviewing to achieve the job you want. Attendees will gain tips and strategies for all stages of the job search process, web resources, and sample interview questions. Participants will also participate in small group activities for interview question practice. Learn how to use preparation to your advantage, so you can get that job you want!
 
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM    NCDA Executive Board Meeting
Private meeting / invite only.
 
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM    NSBA Executive Board Meeting
Private group meeting / invite only.
 
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM    Barbershop Dress Rehearsal
 
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM    College Symposium Keynote: Talent vs. Skill - The neuroscience of skill acquisition
A fun, activity-based clinic about the myth of talent and truth of skill. Learn how to create efficient learning environments with intention and focus to bring your skills (or ones you want to create) to a world class level.
 
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM    Exhibits OPEN
Exhibit hall opens.
 
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM    Barbershop Concert
 
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM    Collegiate Symposium: Collegiate Recital
 
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM    Collegiate Symposium: Advisor's Meeting & Open Discussion
Collegiate Advisor's Meeting & open discussion for higher ed faculty
 
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM    Collegiate Symposium: Social & Networking
Collegiate Social & Networking after Recital
 
6:15 PM - 7:15 PM    Discussion Forum Auditions
 
6:15 PM - 7:15 PM    NSAA Discussion Forum
Discussion Forum NSAA
 
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM    Collegiate Symposium: Meeting for Presidents of College Chapters
Collegiate Meeting for Presidents of College Chapters
 
7:30 PM - 8:45 PM    NMEA Annual Business Meeting
 
 Thursday, November 15
 
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM    NMEA Past Presidents Meeting
For NMEA Past Presidents Only
 
7:00 AM - 3:30 PM    Registration Open: Conference
Conference Registration is open in the Embassy Suites.
 
8:00 AM - 10:30 AM    Storage for Middle Level, Omaha Symphony, & Millard North Orchestra
 
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM    All-State Band Rehearsals
 
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM    All-State Chorus
 
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM    All-State Jazz Band
 
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM    All-State Orchestra
 
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM    "It's Just the Way I Learn!" Inclusion from the Perspective of a Student with Visual Impairment
This session will describe the inclusive experience of a student with visual impairment in his secondary band setting. Information obtained from students with visual impairments who have experienced active participation in school music ensembles may provide much needed insight into instructional strategies that could improve inclusivity. Many music educators feel that they lack adequate resources and training in including students with visual impairments. Therefore, a deeper understanding of the experience of participating in secondary performing ensembles from the viewpoints of students can help guide the efforts of those involved in their music education.
 
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM    Connected Students and General Music They'll “Like!”
Create general music lessons with topics that engage today's device dependent students. Develop standards based learning activities and assessments with online applications that promote an accessible and device friendly classroom. Students of all backgrounds and learning styles will embrace the variety of modern music content that incorporates curriculum based music standards. Through the use of music technology resources, Middle and High School learners will develop a new perspective on the relationship between all genres of contemporary music and their daily lives.
 
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM    Creativity in the Choral Classroom
Music educators have a great responsibility to see to the musical growth and development of the students in their care. Successfully integrating each process of the NAfME National Standards into ensemble experiences can seem like a daunting task for practitioners. This is especially true when we consider the performance expectations placed on so many programs by external forces. However, if we shift our focus to the process of learning by engaging students in Creating, Performing, and Responding, we will come to see that students are more invested in the learning experience, resulting in greater musical independence and an overall more engaging musical experience. This session will focus on the Creating process of the National Standards within a choral ensemble and how teachers might effectively integrate new and innovative ideas into their curriculum.
 
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM    Guitar: Barre Chords.....Don't be Scurred!
A step-by-step approach to teaching Barre Chords (the classroom guitar teacher's dreaded enemy) using music and ways to "trick" students into practicing Barre Chords to help make it fun and effective! Bring your guitars and we'll practice together!
 
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM    Reading Session for Middle Level/Jr.High Orchestra
Reading session of six middle selections performed by a demo group with three guest conductors.

Literature:
Sea Venture by Todd Parrish (Grade 1) - E minor, 4/4 time. Zou-san by Keiko Yamada (Grade 1.5) - G major, 3/4 time. Aspen Glow by Susan Day (Grade 1.5) - G major, 3/4 time. Four Asian Folk Songs arr. by Bud Caputo (Grade 2) - Starts in G major, F major, D major, E minor, D minor, A minor, 4/4 3/4 & 2/4 time. Music from La La Land (Grade 2.5) - Starts in A minor, D minor, C major, 3/4 & 2/2 time. Variations on a Well Known Sea Chantey (Grade 3) - Starts in D dorian, E dorian, 2/2 & 4/4 time.
 
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM    Sound Health - Creation and Sustainability of a Community Engagement Program
The benefits of live music in health care facilities for patients and visitors are well documented and include diminished levels of anxiety, stress, and depression as well as reduced blood pressure. Sound Health, a partnership between the University of Nebraska at Omaha School of Music and area health care facilities, enriches the healthcare environment for patients, families, health care providers and staff through live music while providing music students with an opportunity for service learning and professional performing experience. The goals of Sound Health are to contribute to a healing environment; to give music students service learning opportunities; and to break down the “fourth wall” barriers, connecting musicians to their audiences and vice versa. Since its inception, Sound Health has provided over 100 performances by over 100 musicians for thousands of patients, staff, and visitors. This talk will explore how to jump start a similar program, funding ideas, and partnerships.
 
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM    United We Stand: Helping Students Succeed in the General Music Classroom
We all have seen students struggle when working with other students, who are left out, or exclude themselves from activities. When doing activities in your classroom, how do your struggling students handle your procedures and routines? In this session, we will define and focus on the use of cooperative learning and executive functioning as strategies to help struggling students participate with more success in the general music classroom.
 
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM    Up Close and Personal with SmartMusic: An Introduction
Whether you want to teach notes and rhythms more easily, have students learn new repertoire, improve practice, or provide individualized feedback, New SmartMusic can help. The new web-based SmartMusic will work on any device that uses the Chrome browser and is connected to the internet. This opens the door for thousands of students in 1:1 programs, allowing access to the platform and personalized learning. In this clinic you’ll learn about the features in New SmartMusic and how it’s now accessible to more students. Features include: Immediate feedback in real time, easy looping for practice, automatic reflow of music on screen, importing new content with MusicXML files, a built-in music notation editor, badges to reward student practice, and more.
 
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM    Vocal Development Techniques for Middle Level Voices
Middle Level students can be difficult to manage, and helping them through the voice change can be equally as difficult. This session will explore tips and tricks for developing middle level voices that I have learned these past four years teaching middle school vocal music. I would like to present different warm-up techniques, ear training exercises, tips for working through the voice change, etc.
 
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM    Exhibits OPEN
Exhibits are open on Thursday, November 15, from 9:00am to 12:00pm and again from 1:00pm to 5:00pm
 
9:15 AM - 10:15 AM    Harmony Bridge with Michael Levine of the Dallas Brass

Started in 2016 as a way to get the power of music more readily in the hands of students, Harmony Bridge seeks to build a bridge between the musical knowledge of middle school and high school instrumental students and the community, especially the people living in retirement homes, through chamber music. Drawing on his many years as a professional musician and leader of the Dallas Brass Quintet Michael Levine has put together a program that helps the school music teacher enhance their teaching in the classroom using a three-tiered system of flexible chamber ensemble music that can be used in thousands of ways. Nathan LeFeber, Kearney High School Director of Bands is the first program implementing this system in Nebraska and, along with Michael, shares tips on how to get this started in your program.

 
9:15 AM - 10:15 AM    Reading Session for Middle Level/Jr.High Choir
Reading session of 6 middle selections performed by a demo group with three guest conductors.

Literature:

Pop A Cappella Charts / JW Pepper #... Happy Together - SATB Arranged by Audrey Snyder / 10517201. Hooked On A Feeling – SATB & Mark James/arr. Jon Nicholas – Barb - Vocal Jazz Charts / 10765773. Boogie Down - SA(T)B & Al Jarreau, Arranged Paris Rutherfor / 10517088. I Wish You Love - SAB Arr. Kirby Shaw / 10605814.

Choral Music Suggestions / JW Pepper #... A Day Of Joyful Singing - 3 Pt mix By Donald Moore / 10586915. 3 A Cappella Latin Settings - 3ptMix By Jerry Estes / 10512811. I Loved All Lovely Things - SATB Andrea Ramsey / 10186954. In Winter - Three Part Mixed Victor C. Johnson & Sing We and Chant It - Three Part Mixed Thomas Morley, arr. Russell Robinson & Kalinka - Three Part Mixed Audrey Snyder & Winter Troika Ride-Three Part Mixed Cari Christi Miller / 10351516, 1861459, 10364618, 10011749. How Can I Keep From Singing- 3 part mixed arr. Greg Gilpin / 3298161. "Keep Your Lamps- 3 part mixed arr. Victor C. Johnson Ning Wendete- 3 part mixed arr. Greg Gilpin & Sansa Kroma- SAB with treble descant Felicia Sandler & Blue Skies- 3 part mixed with divisi arr. Roger Emerson / 10028791, 10503346, 1991991, 3276862. O Occhi Manza Mia- 3 part mixed Orlando di Lasso, arr. Russell Robinson / 3300919

 
9:15 AM - 10:15 AM    Easily Create Your Music Assignments with the New SmartMusic Notation Program
The Teacher Version of New SmartMusic now has its own built-in web-based notation program, so you can quickly create exercises and assign them out to your students. Learn how easy it is for you to import, compose, arrange, edit, and transpose your music. Topics include: Importing and editing a MusicXML file; setting up a new score; entering notes with or without a MIDI keyboard; adding dynamics, markings, lyrics; and how to send out assignments to your students.
 
9:15 AM - 10:15 AM    Explicit Instruction in the Elementary Music Classroom
The focus of this session will be the use of explicit instruction and engagement strategies to enhance instruction in the elementary music classroom. A variety of strategies across the grade levels and strands of the music standards will be presented during this session. Specific topics to be addressed include rhythmic notation, vocabulary instruction, and reading and writing within the content area.
 
9:15 AM - 10:15 AM    Guitar Round Table
Guitar instructors are invited to join a meeting of the minds to plan steps to take to create a Nebraska State Guitar Association as well as to share ideas on successful practices, curriculum and instructional materials.
 
9:15 AM - 10:15 AM    Making up the Difference: Remediation and Differentiation in the Elementary Music Room.
By 3 years old all children should be able to sing on pitch, keep a beat and audiate music in their head. Yet more and more children are coming to our Kindergarten classrooms without these skills. Additionally, as many as 30-50% of children are neurally diverse, from ADHD to Spectrum disorders. They either lag in skills due to their conditions or possess powerful latent skills, yet to be discovered. Like all disciplines, success early on leads to greater engagement, higher level learning and retention in music programs. Research is also showing that meaningful music interventions may have significant levels of impact on other areas of learning. In this session we will share research, methodology and lessons that will help bring your young learners to tempo.
 
9:15 AM - 10:15 AM    Not Mine, But Ours: Getting Students to Own Their Program
Is apathy present in your ensemble, and morale and responsibility lacking as well? Would you like to excite those students and improve the quality of performance while working half as hard? This presentation will explore several ways to increase student participation and build dedication to the program. Topics covered include "Making Athletic Band Serve Your Program, Not the Other Way Around", "Building a Reliable Leadership Team", "Streamline Your Curriculum for Efficiency", and "Fostering a Zest for Life through Music Performance".
 
9:15 AM - 10:15 AM    Retirees Gather to Answer YOUR Questions
This session will be an open discussion with retired music educators. We will be getting together to help provide some possible answers to challenges being faced by active music educators. Bring your questions. We may not have exact answers, but perhaps someone has faced the same challenge before and can offer some insight into some possible solutions.
 
9:15 AM - 10:15 AM    VOCAL JAZZ ISN'T SCARY (And Why Your Music Program Needs It!)
Vocal jazz is a growing element of Nebraska's music programs, yet many choral and instrumental directors shy away from starting one of these ensembles. In this session, we will discuss how offering a vocal jazz ensemble at your school can strengthen musicianship for singers and instrumentalists throughout the music program. We will discuss how to approach pedagogical concepts such as singing jazz harmonies, achieving a jazz/pop sound while maintaining proper vocal technique, and why instrumental directors can be uniquely suited to lead vocal jazz. We will also introduce resources that any music teacher can use, including jazz-oriented rhythmic and harmonic warm-ups (great for any choir, or instrumentalists) and where to find vocal jazz repertoire at various levels.
 
10:30 AM - 10:55 AM    Doane Choir
For more than a century, the Doane Choir has inspired audiences with its performances of music in all styles. Since 1989 the choir has embarked on eight international tours on four continents, including their May 2018 South Africa tour. The choir has also given concerts at many of the most prestigious musical cathedrals in Europe, including St. Mark’s Cathedral in Venice and the Thomaskirche in Leipzig, Germany. In the past decade, the Doane Choir has performed a number of choral-orchestral works with area orchestras, including the Omaha Symphony and Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra. They have also frequently collaborated with the choirs of Abendmusik, at First Plymouth Church in Lincoln. The Doane Choir has appeared several times at state and regional conventions of NAFME and ACDA, and has worked with such noted guest conductors and artists as Eph Ely, William Hatcher, Kyle Ketelsen, Weston Noble, Alice Parker, Jake Runestad, and Eric Whitacre.
 
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM    Millard North High School Chamber Orchestra
The Millard North High School Chamber Orchestra is a 50-piece string ensemble that represents our overall program of 190 students. Members of this ensemble consistently earn Superior + ratings at contest, and perform a wide variety of repertoire, encompassing works from classical, jazz, world music, modern, and rock traditions.
 
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM    Nebraska Trombone Ensemble
The Nebraska Trombone Ensemble is comprised of trombone majors ranging from freshmen to doctoral students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The group has performed at the International Trombone Workshop, The Siouxland Trombone Festival and the Nebraska Music Educators Association convention. The NTE performs every semester in Lincoln at Westminster Presbyterian Church and frequently performs concerts in the service of the community.
 
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM    UNO Concert Choir
The Concert Choir is an auditioned ensemble made up of students from all majors. In addition to campus and local performances, the UNO Concert Choir has performed large masterworks with the Omaha Symphony and made several international tours including the countries of Lithuania, Sweden, Germany, the Czech Republic, Romania, Moldova, Russia, Finland, and the Baltics. The Concert Choir returned from a very successful tour of Holland, Brussels, and Germany in May of 2007 and was in New York to perform in Carnegie Hall in May of 2011. The choir returned to Lithuania in the Spring of 2018. During this trip, they performed at several cultural centers, schools, and historical sites throughout Lithuania and appeared on the national Lithuanian morning show Labas Rytas, Lietuva (Good Morning, Lithuania).
 
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM    Collegiate Luncheons
 
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM    Exhibits OPEN
Exhibits are open on Thursday, November 15, from 9:00am to 12:00pm and again from 1:00pm to 5:00pm
 
1:15 PM - 2:15 PM    Educator as Maestro - Omaha Symphony - Session #1
Educator as Maestro - Omaha Symphony
 
1:15 PM - 3:30 PM    Storage for Omaha Symphony
 
1:15 PM - 2:15 PM    First Year Sur-THRIVE-al Panel
According to author Matthew Johnson, "If you look at books for new teachers, a trend emerges: Dozens of them, including four of the five best sellers on Amazon at the moment, include some form of the word survive in the title [...] Outside of books for doomsday preppers or outdoorsmen, no other genre uses 'survive' so liberally." The message is daunting: your first year is something to be endured, not a positive experience to be proud of, or - dare we say it - enjoyed. This session presents a panel of educators who not only survived their first year, but took the steps to make the most of it. Panelists will answer audience questions (submitted electronically), but will also share what they struggled with during their first year, what college didn't teach them, and most importantly, how they kept mentally healthy AND growth-minded. The only rules - HONESTY and POSITIVITY.
 
1:15 PM - 2:15 PM    Get Started with Finale Basics
Learn how easy it is to compose, arrange, edit, transpose, play, and print your music with Finale. Topics include: Setting up a score; templates; tool palettes, entering notes with or without a MIDI keyboard; adding dynamics, expressions, lyrics, repeats and endings; playing back your score; key and instrument transposition and much more. We’ll also cover page layout, printing parts, exporting to audio, sharing your music with others, and music education resources that are included in the software (worksheets, flash cards and public domain repertoire).
 
1:15 PM - 2:15 PM    Instrument Repair for the Busy Band Director
Give band directors with limited access to a music store repair a chance to either repair minor problems, diagnose problems, and know when not to attempt a repair. I will show and demonstrate inexpensive tools to have around to do minor repairs to both save time and money for students and the school.
 
1:15 PM - 2:15 PM    Physical Well Being of the Music Teacher
In today's world, teachers often neglect their physical well being. With time constraints and stressful deadlines, we often forget about taking care of ourselves. Through physical activity and healthy diet teachers can stay motivated, have more energy, stay less stressed and feel healthier. All these benefits will create a better you, and in return create a better music education for our students. This session will address such issues and put in place a plan to get teachers up and moving toward a better lifestyle.
 
1:15 PM - 2:15 PM    Sensory Tools For The Music Classroom - Make And Take
This session will allow educators to learn about multiple sensory tools, when and why they might be needed, and how they can be effectively used. The session will also include strategies that require no pre-made items. Teachers will get to make the products and take them home to their classrooms! The session will focus on creating appropriate tools for helping students in the music classroom with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and general anxiety and anger.
 
1:15 PM - 2:15 PM    The Magic of Manipulatives in the General Music Classroom
This session will present techniques for incorporating developmentally appropriate music manipulatives and folk songs to promote foundational music literacy. Participants will sing, play, move, explore, and create, using a variety of manipulatives, props and children’s books. Audio and/or Video clips of children in action will be included.
 
1:15 PM - 2:15 PM    The Process Journal: Fostering Engagement, Independence, and Writing in the Choral Curriculum
The Process Journal was created to fulfill a requirement in the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program, and it is now used across the OPS district in middle and high school choral programs. In the journal, students keep track of their vocal progress, set goals, write reflections, take notes, develop music theory and sight reading skills, and compose, all in one place. Engage the Nebraska State Standards for creating and responding to music in intentional ways. Streamline your teaching and engage students in taking an active role in their learning process. Learn about the Process Journal and how to use it in your classroom to support metacognition, promote writing, and raise student achievement.
 
1:15 PM - 2:15 PM    What Makes a Good Improvised Jazz Solo and How Do You Teach It?
When it comes to teaching and learning jazz improvisation, everyone has a different opinion. Throughout the history of jazz, musicians have improvised solos in a variety of ways. Traditional jazz musicians often based solos off of the melody, while others play to the chord changes. Some musicians might be “lick” players, while other simply play what they hear in their head. With so many different approaches to improvisation it often makes it difficult to find clarity in setting goals for soloing. In this session we will examine the various aspects of jazz improvisation, how to teach them, and develop an idea for what makes a good improvised jazz solo.
 
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM    Educator as Maestro - Omaha Symphony - Session #2
In this conducting masterclass, you will have the opportunity to watch and learn along with your peers as they conduct the Omaha Symphony with Music Director Thomas Wilkins. The session will focus on conducting technique, communication skills, and musicianship - in a real-life laboratory setting with a professional orchestra. Using repertoire from participating teachers' classrooms, this session aims to turn every educator into a maestro.
 
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM    Round Table Discussion for General Music Teachers
 
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM    Flute Fallacies: A Tutorial for Non-Flutist Band Directors
In this dynamic and informative clinic session, UNO's Professor of Flute, Dr. Christine Beard will tackle many of the standard questions with which band directors often struggle when trying to teach proper flute technique. Avoid the numerous, common misconceptions and (albeit well-intended) pedagogical "shortcuts" that often result in student frustration due to incorrect fundamentals. Appropriate for band directors and music teachers of all levels, this will be a great refresher course for flutists, too! Topics covered will include: Embouchure, hand position/posture, breathing/air, articulation, vibrato, rhythm, intonation, dynamics, flute brands and equipment, and upgrading; with additional insight on helpful teaching tools, pedagogical flute websites, and more!
 
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM    Gender Inclusivity in the Music Classroom
When considering the formal structure of many performing ensembles that begin to form in junior high and high school, issues regarding gender and adolescent development may not be getting the necessary attention and accommodation they require. This session focuses on presenting past and present trends regarding gender and gender stereotypes in music classrooms. An overview of terminology and recommendations for how teachers might create a more gender inclusive classroom will also be included. Staying abreast of the current trends in music education encourages teachers to adopt classroom practices that favor inclusion in all forms, and helps to promote a sense of shared community.
 
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM    Panel Discussion on the Best Practices of Hosting Student Teachers, or, How to be a Successful Cooperating Teacher
I wanted to gather some experienced teachers across numerous levels and share best practices regarding hosting student teachers. In talking with a colleague, we thought that there's nothing that really prepares you for this experience in college, being that you are there for your own degree. I have a panel selected that has vast amounts of experience hosting student teachers, and that cover all areas that could possibly be assigned: MS Vocal, HS Vocal, MS/HS Strings, HS Band, MS Band, & Elem Music. 
 
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM    Self-Talk for Musicians
This session will address self-talk, the means through which we talk (and think) to ourselves about our current circumstances. Self-talk reflects how we feel and what we believe about those circumstances; it can be used to beneficially manipulate our responses to those circumstances. Self-talk can be an essential tool as we practice. We will discuss how to shape constructive self-talk within ourselves and our students. Modeling self-talk that emphasizes the doer’s ability to achieve a successful performance, regardless of the current state of the task, helps us and our students realize that one’s reaction to one’s playing is not necessarily indicative of the playing itself. We will create mental space between the player’s performance in the moment, the player’s assessment of that performance’s quality, and the player’s emotional response to both phenomena, in order to treat all three as objectively as possible, and thereby learn from them.
 
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM    Teaching Music Beyond the Page
In our band classrooms, we are experts at teaching performance skills and preparing high quality performances. If we are to truly teach musicians, however, educators must also think beyond performance in the ways that we prepare our students in a comprehensive and complete manner. This session will demonstrate strategies for identifying and selecting concert band literature that can serve as a foundation for teaching listening, singing, creativity, analysis, context, and other skills that enhance students' ability to become independent musicians. The strategies employed in this session will be applicable to all grade levels working with any level of band literature. The presentation will include examples of scores and audio recordings, as well as recommended literature.
 
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM    Top 10 Finale Time Saving Tips
Over the past few years, many time-saving shortcuts have been added to Finale. Learning to use these shortcuts to your advantage will help you to work more efficiently and quickly. We’ll begin by transforming how you add articulations, expressions, rehearsal marks, layers, codas, endings and percussion notation. Then we’ll speed up other tasks with the use of the Repitch and Selection Tools, Score Manager, Linked Parts, transposition shortcuts, playback sounds and much more. If you’d like to get more done with Finale in less time, this clinic is for you!
 
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM    Working with a Choral Accompanist: Leave the Mystery Behind!
One of the most important factors in the success of a choir is the communication and relationship between the conductor and pianist. Any breakdown in this can cause unneeded losses of valuable time during rehearsal. This session aims to demystify the needs and wants of a choral accompanist. Topics to be discussed will include: 1. How much time in advance to supply music to the pianist 2. What types of notes and information to supply before the first rehearsal to the pianist 3. Specific words and language to use during rehearsal when addressing the pianist 4. "The Jump" from playing parts to accompaniment: when is the right time? 5. Piano solo preludes, interludes, and outros: to conduct or not to conduct? 6. An examination of specific musical examples which will vary the answers to topics 1-5
 
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM    Arie Armonie
Arie Armonie is the Varsity Select Women’s Choir at Bellevue West High School. The choir was created in the fall of 2008 and consists of women in grades 10 -12. The ensemble focuses on performance and technical aspects of choral music. This choir performs a wide variety of classical and contemporary choral pieces Arie Armonie has consistently earned Superior ratings at District Music Contest. In addition to regular school concerts they have performed the National Anthem for Offut Air Force events, as well as varsity school basketball games and recently Lancers Hockey. They have performed in the UNL Women’s Festival Concert for the past 6 years, and Choir Day at the Holland Center for the past two years. Arie Armonie would be very proud to be one of the first to represent women's high school choirs on this convention
 
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM    Lincoln Southeast High School Percussion Ensemble
The percussion ensemble at LSE is comprised of students grades 9-12. Percussionists in the LSE band program register for one of three concert bands in the spring and are often pulled out of full ensemble for the development of fundamentals on various percussion instruments, as well as the preparation of percussion ensemble literature. Percussionists at LSE also fulfill all expectations and musical requirements within a traditional concert band setting.
 
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM    UNO Jazz Combo I
Jazz Combo I is a composer’s workshop and only performs original compositions or arrangements. The group has performed in Lithuania, Latvia, China, and Japan, and has won awards in many jazz festivals including the North Texas State Jazz Festival, the University of Northern Colorado Jazz Festival, the Kansas University Jazz Festival, the International Association of Jazz Educators Regional Conference in Chicago, and the Great Plains Jazz Festival. Jazz Combo I recently won the Omaha Performing Arts Combo Competition for the fourth year in a row, and as a result, they have had private masterclasses with and performed as the opening act for Terence Blanchard, Dee Dee Bridgewater, and The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra. The group has also participated in masterclasses and/or performed with Delfeayo Marsalis, Eric Marienthal, Donny McCaslin, Randy Brecker, James Carter, the San Francisco Jazz Collective, Jon Faddis, Chris Potter, Dave Pietro, and Peter Erskine.
 
4:30 PM - 5:00 PM    Blair Concert Choir
The Blair Choir is comprised of 225 members in five curricular ensembles and 2 extra curricular show choirs. Recent highlights for the program include the Omaha Chamber Singers Collaborative concert (2009), the Bellevue Choral Invitational (2009, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018), as well as sharing the stage with members of the Omaha Symphony and Opera Omaha as a part of the annual Choral Collaborative concert at the Holland Performing Arts Center (2008, 2010, 2012, 2017) and again this year performing Orff’s Carmina Burana. Director Dan Hutsell is in his 14th year at Blair. Accompanist Jan Mount is completing her 12th year as the foundation for the Blair choirs.
 
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM    NMEA Awards Banquet
 
 Friday, November 16
 
7:00 AM - 7:50 AM    Phi Beta Mu Meeting
 
7:00 AM - 7:50 AM    Prayer Breakfast
 
7:00 AM - 12:00 PM    Registration Open: Conference
Conference Registration is open in the Embassy Suites.
 
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM    NCDA Meeting
 
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM    All-State Band Rehearsals
 
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM    All-State Chorus
 
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM    All-State Jazz Band
 
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM    All-State Orchestra
 
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM    5 Ways to Engage Hard-to-Reach Students
Explore the intersection of technology and popular music as powerful tools for increasing engagement and retention in upper elementary and middle grade students. Participants will learn strategies for incorporating modern music, songwriting, digital composition, and much more! You’ll walk away ready to meet your students where they are, using the music and devices already in their possession to address age-appropriate concepts and skills while inspiring a connection to music that will last a lifetime.
 
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM    Access in Music: Technology in K-12 Music Instruction for ALL Students
Accessible technology is available for music students with exceptional learning needs. When combined with Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles, resources designed for creating, performing, and responding can enhance teaching and learning in music classrooms. Participants will be led through sample activities that support ALL students in music.
 
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM    Beyond Scales: A Language Approach to Beginning Improvisation
Teaching improvisation in a large ensemble setting can be challenging for directors who do not possess an extensive understanding of the performance and pedagogical approaches common in the Jazz idiom. This session will address the above issue by offering educators an approach that emphasizes listening to and engaging in improvisation rather than focusing primarily on chord analysis and music theory. Participants will generate practical strategies to incorporate improvisation into their regular rehearsals, apply improvisational “vocabulary” to simple chord progressions, and identify targeted listening examples that illustrate key improvisational concepts. While the examples offered will be geared toward entry-level improvisation students, these concepts can be expanded upon for intermediate and advanced players.
 
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM    PBiS in the Music Room!
The suggested ratio of positive to negative comments in an effective educational setting is 4:1. How often do we give out 4 positives when rehearsing a difficult passage before we focus on that one negative? Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBiS) is a behavioral support system being used in many school districts around our state and it can do wonders for the music classroom if implemented correctly. This session will share successful strategies to making your school and classroom expectations a part of your normal rehearsal or general music routine. Even if your school isn't a PBiS school, there are easy classroom management strategies suggested by PBiS that can be implemented into any music room. Come to this session ready to think about how your routine and classroom management POSITIVELY affects the quality of your students' learning!
 
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM    Sound Decisions for Middle Level Band

Selection of middle level music of the highest quality for young, developing musicians should be of paramount interest. The middle level band is blessed with a vast repertoire. This musical feast can present challenges to both the veteran teacher and those who are just beginning their career. The clinic feature four outstanding band directors: Joann Couton, recently retired from Bishop Neuman High School, Shelly Gerdes from Southern Public Schools, Tom Jaworski, recently retired from Adams Central Public Schools and Stan Johnson from Shickley. They will share with attendees a couple of their favorite meritorious repetoire for middle level (grade .05 to grade 2). Their favorite works will be performed by the Doane University Concert Band at the session. Participants will leave with dozens of suggestions from a broad range of composers and compositions.

 
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM    Teaching the "Wire Choir" Orchestra directing for non-string playing teachers and more
Some great directors/teachers of string players have started out as non-string players. You do not have to be a violin virtuoso to be a great orchestra teacher, but you must understand the basic principles of string playing. In this session, we will explore the nuts and bolts and hear of some of my tricks of years of teaching and directing Orchestras. We will talk about physical actions needed to produce a “Mature Sound” from your group. Fundamental that will be covered are: • Developing a “Mature Sound” with a good tone, volume, vibrato, and articulation in your ensemble • Shifting and vibrato • Correct instrument set up • Body Posture and Instrument Positions; • Left and Right Hand Positions • Basic and Intermediate Bowing techniques This session will be geared towards non-string players directing string students, but welcomes all strings teachers.
 
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM    The Multi-Functioning Performing Ensemble: Incorporating Technology and Music Theory into Performing Ensembles
This session will show you how to incorporate technology into your performing ensembles as a vehicle to teach music theory. Our 3-tier music theory knowledge-based spiral curriculum is adaptable to your program and we will demonstrate how to incorporate this curriculum within your performing ensembles WITHOUT losing precious rehearsal time. We will show you how to provide student progress data to your administration through assessing individual students for understanding in both written and online formats.
 
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM    Unlocking Creativity in Music Technology
I would love to share units of my Music Technology curriculum that I've created over the years. 1) Students need to be introduced to the software 2) Students need to understand how music functions 3) Students need guidance through the creative process 4) Students need "success" criteria so they can tell when they've achieved the goal Core principles come from the Elements of Art, a commonly used list of the main elements used to analyze and create visual art. Tools Used: GarageBand (focus), FL Studio, LMMS, Ableton, and Audiotools (midi keyboard not required). Results at Lincoln High School: LHS offers 5 sections (25 students each) of Music Technology each year. Students have been accepted to Berklee College of Music in Boston, Belmont School of Music in Nashville, and Full Sail University in Orlando. Majors include composition, recording arts, and sound engineering.
 
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM    Wholistic Rhythm - Cut the Learning Curve 50 to 90%!
This is a thorough explanation of how to teach our system so that every student, K-12, can easily understand what is on the paper and how to play it correctly! The traditional approach can be confusing to students and a new approach shows it doesn't have to be! The session will rid the question, “How does it go?” from classrooms! This approach works from day one in general music classes all the way through college. Participants will gain new insights into how to teach our system cohesively from the ground up.
 
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM    Exhibits OPEN
Exhibits are open on Thursday, November 15, from 9:00am to 12:00pm and again from 1:00pm to 5:00pm
 
9:15 AM - 10:15 AM    NCDA Reading Session
 
9:15 AM - 10:15 AM    A Trumpeter's Dilemma: Matching the Player to the Mouthpiece.
This session is intended for band directors looking to develop awareness of common mistakes made in trumpet instruction. We will be looking to explore the fallacy of the "one size fits all" approach to mouthpiece selection, and the wide ranging set of physical attributes we encounter when matching the player to the mouthpiece.
 
9:15 AM - 10:15 AM    Beyond the Program Notes: Incorporating Diversity and Inclusion into the Large Ensemble
Students in marginalized groups can often feel they do not have a place in the large ensemble setting because they may not see themselves reflected in the literature or composers. Of course, we want all students to feel included in the ensemble classroom, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexuality, socioeconomic status, or ability. This session will provide strategies to equip music educators to be intentionally inclusive of all students in their ensembles. Topics to be discussed include strategies for class discourse and projects, as well as student involvement in the entire concert preparation process, such as program notes, guest speakers, and benefit/theme concerts. We will provide specific lists of composers traditionally underrepresented in the Western canon and pieces that lend themselves to discussions of diversity and inclusion. Join us for this important conversation to learn how to more intentionally incorporate diversity and inclusion into your secondary ensemble classroom.
 
9:15 AM - 10:15 AM    Building A Culture of Community in your Music Ensemble
Experiencing difficulty in "onboarding" your new musicians or encouraging positive collaboration within your ensemble? You are not alone. Many ensemble directors find it difficult to encourage participant buy-in, whether you are beginning your career, or you have a long teaching record. This session will explore the possible reasons why community building can be an effective way of unifying your ensemble, building your program, and encouraging positive relationships between you and your musicians. Methods and exercises will be provided for immediate implementation. Re-discover the joy and enthusiasm of what community building can do for your ensemble!
 
9:15 AM - 10:15 AM    Crawling Bass Lines - Learning How to Walk Jazz Bass Lines
Do you have a talented middle school bassist that is ready to create their own bass line? Is your high school jazz band improving, but your bass player doesn't know how to walk a bass line when the notes are not provided? Are you a euphonium player that isn't getting any gigs and is now learning jazz bass to play in a trio?
When private lesson bass teachers are limited, you'll need a resource. Learn an easy approach for teaching beginning, intermediate, and advanced bass players how to walk bass lines in the jazz band. This approach has been used by Jason Lenz in private lessons from ages 11 to 24. In this session, you will learn the anatomy and patterns of the electric bass, how to play and teach the construction of a jazz bass lines, and walk away with free resources for you and your students.
 
9:15 AM - 10:15 AM    Fitting the Square Peg into the Round Hole without Cutting Corners or Compromising your Lesson
"How to write a lesson plan that makes your administrator happy and fulfills your district’s requirements even when your administrator knows nothing about music." In this session we will look at ways to tweak the wording of your lesson plans or even rehearsal plans so that they meet the requirements for your district by doing the things that you’re already doing. We know that excellent teaching is going on in music classrooms across the state; but suddenly when it’s time for an observation or a walk through, you’re not getting the feedback that you wanted or thought that you deserved. This session will show you ways to write your lesson plans in a way that highlights things you are already doing and aligns them with state and national standards so that they jump off the page and your administrator knows what to look for.
 
9:15 AM - 10:15 AM    Incorporating STEAM Bots into General Music Curriculum
Are you interested in how to incorporate STEAM lessons into your general music curriculum? In this session you will gain ideas for reinforcing musical concepts and increasing student engagement with the use of robots. Through hands-on demonstration, you will also learn about ways to supplement musical instruction with exciting, student-friendly technology. Prairie STEM will be on hand to show you how you can work together to put the A in STEAM.
 
9:15 AM - 10:15 AM    Snap! The Job's A Game!
"In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun. You find the fun, and snap! The job's a game!" This session will offer a hands-on, high energy experience complete with lots of freebies. You will leave this session armed with 30+ engaging games that can be customized to use with any age level or content area. The session includes a mixture of high and low tech. options to make them suitable to for any situation. These are concrete strategies, many of which come with free resources so that you can implement them into your classroom tomorrow. Come rummage through Sarah Consbruck's Mary Poppins bag of student engagement tools!
 
9:15 AM - 10:15 AM    Teaching Strings: Tips for the Non-String Educator
Attendees will learn practical ways to teach and reinforce healthy playing technique and how to play with artistry from day one through high school. This session is appropriate for non-string educators who teach orchestra classes as well as string educators who would like to compare notes. We will discuss strategies for beginning, intermediate, and advanced string orchestra classes.
 
9:15 AM - 10:15 AM    The Art of Pacing: In Preparation, Rehearsal, and Performance
The word "pacing" means many things to music teachers. As a noun, we think about pacing as something we create and monitor in rehearsal. In performance, we think about pacing our ensembles through a piece of music or a whole program. Professionally and personally, we pace ourselves through the school year and throughout our careers. Drawing our attention to pacing helps optimize one of our most treasured resources - our time. The pacing of rehearsals steers our preparation for performances, affects the degree to which our goals for students and ourselves are met, and impacts our students’ (and our) enthusiasm for music. Pacing does not just happen in rehearsal, however; the roots of effective pacing also lie in our musical and organizational planning. This clinic will investigate pacing in preparation, rehearsal, and performance, and the clinician will share tips for pacing rehearsals that excite student interest and use time effectively.
 
10:30 AM - 11:20 AM    NE-ASTA Meeting
 
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM    Bluffs Middle School 8th Grade Concert Band
The Bluffs Middle School 8th Grade Band is open to all 8th-grade students and meets daily for 45 minutes. The band members participate in marching band at the beginning of the school year and perform at the Old West Weekend Parade and the Veteran’s Day Parade. The band presents three concerts throughout the school year, performs at the Western Nebraska Middle-Level Solo and Large Ensemble Contest and at the Music in the Parks Festival at Elitch Gardens in Denver, Colorado. The Bluffs Middle School 8th Grade Band, under the direction of Mr. Koch, has performed for NSBA Convention in 2000 and 2016 and for NMEA Convention in 2002. They have also been the demonstration group for the Middle Level Reading Session at NMEA Conventions in 2005 and 2013.
 
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM    UNL University Chorale
University Chorale, a non-auditioned group comprised of students from throughout the University, performs a varied repertoire of soprano/alto literature. Through the study and performance of diverse musical expressions that represent a variety of historical and cultural perspectives, students participating in University Chorale develop the knowledge, skills, interests, values, and attitudes associated with individual and ensemble musicianship and artistry. The ensemble seeks to enhance individuals’ skills in singing, listening, and application of related artistic skills. In a broader sense, University Chorale serves composers, performers and listeners by presenting choral performances of the highest quality possible. Primarily dedicated to the performance of high-quality treble literature, University Chorale also performs larger mixed chorus works with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Omaha Symphony Orchestras. They have been invited to sing for state, regional, and national meetings of the American Choral Directors Association and the National Association for Music Education.
 
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM    Ars Nova
Ars Nova is one of 9 choirs at Lincoln Southeast High School and was one of the first established vocal jazz choirs in the state of Nebraska. Consisting of 12 juniors and seniors, Ars Nova rehearses daily and performs approximately 35 times throughout the school year at concerts, festivals, and community performances. Ars Nova participates annually at the NCDA Vocal Jazz Festival in Columbus, NE. Ars Nova has been fortunate to work with clinicians Vijay Singh, Kerry Marsh, Julia Dollison, Rosanna Eckert, and Jennifer Barnes. Ars Nova has also participated in the Greeley Jazz Festival and the SWCC Vocal Jazz Festival in Creston, IA. Singers from Ars Nova have been consistently selected for the annual NCDA Vocal Jazz Festival and was a featured group at the TEDx Lincoln event in 2013. Ars Nova is directed by Melissa Noonan and accompanied by Julie Eschliman.
 
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM    Waverly Singers
Waverly Singers is made up of singers grade 9-12. They have performed for the State Capitol, the Holland Arts Center and with the Nebraska Wesleyan University Choir. They have scored superior ratings at District Music Contest consistently for over ten years.
 
11:30 AM - 12:15 PM    All-State Band: Final Rehearsal
 
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM    President's Meeting
 
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM    College Choral Directors Luncheon
 
12:30 PM - 1:15 PM    All-State Orchestra: Final Rehearsal
 
1:15 PM - 1:45 PM    All-State Chorus Meets
 
1:45 PM - 2:30 PM    All-State Chorus: Final Rehearsal
 
3:00 PM - 3:45 PM    All-State Jazz Band: Set-Up & Final Rehearsal
 
4:30 PM - 7:00 PM    All-State Jazz Band & Chorus: Final Concert
 
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM    All-State Orchestra & Band: Final Concert




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