Michigan Music Conference 2018

Michigan Music Conference 2018

January 25–28, 2018

DeVos Place
303 Monroe Ave NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
United States

The purpose of the Michigan Music Conference is to provide relevant professional development and vibrant musical experiences that support music education for educators and their students.

Multiple clinics and workshops are presented by master teachers and leaders from across the United States with opportunities for meaningful and relevant re-certification points. The conference also affords networking opportunities with fellow music teachers from across the state.

For more information, visit michiganmusicconference.org.

Clinic Details

Thursday, January 25

10:00 AM – 10:45 AM

DeVos - River Overlook AB

Finale 101: Learn the Essentials to Get You Going

Ted Scalzo

Learn how easy it is to compose, arrange, edit, transpose, listen to and print your music with Finale. Topics include: Setting up a score, note entry with or without a MIDI keyboard, entering dynamics, markings and lyrics, key and instrument transposition, basic page layout, printing parts, exporting to audio and tips on sharing your music with others. Learn about the 100’s of ready-to-use music education resources included in the software.

Thursday, January 25

11:00 AM – 11:45 AM

DeVos - River Overlook AB

Exploring Finale Worksheets

Ted Scalzo

This clinic explores the extensive ready-made educator approved content found in Finale Worksheets and its use in the classroom. Topics include flashcards, theory, ear training, fingerings, terminology, musical games, general music and how to create your own worksheet from “scratch”. Learn how to edit and customize Finale Worksheets to your area of teaching. In addition, explore Finale Repertoire public domain songs for instrumental, piano and vocal.

Friday, January 26

9:00 AM – 9:45 AM

Amway - Thornapple

You Have Finale Version 25, But Are You Using It Like Finale 2000?

Ted Scalzo

Are you using the latest time saving tools in Finale? Learn how to update older files to take advantage of features added since 2000. Learn to quickly enter articulations, expressions, repeats, endings, lyrics and rehearsal marks. Use the Selection tool and contextual menus to edit faster. Learn about Finale’s linked parts! Choose from 1,000s of ready-made worksheets to use in your classroom. Create practice files and assignments for SmartMusic classic or the new web-based SmartMusic.

Friday, January 26

1:00 PM – 1:45 PM

Amway - Atrium

Teaching Intonation Creatively In The String Orchestra

Kirk D. Moss, PhD

Teaching Intonation Creatively for String Orchestra is a demonstration of very specific strategies to refine intonation in string orchestra or private studio settings. Participants will form a lab orchestra to experience innovative techniques and exercises within an expressive and musical context. Bring an instrument!

Friday, January 26

2:00 PM – 2:45 PM

Amway - Thornapple

Repertoire Selection, Practice and Sight-Reading Made Easy with the New SmartMusic

Ted Scalzo

The New SmartMusic is a web-based platform that continues the tradition of our classic product while expanding access and reducing price. Come discover the immense library of titles available in the platform and how to improve your ensemble & student’s performance by practicing with accompaniment, repetition loops, music on screen and immediate feedback. Instant sight-reading will let you and your students know where they are and what they need to do to improve.

Saturday, January 27

9:00 AM – 9:45 AM

Amway - Thornapple

Using New SmartMusic to Drive Formative Assessment With Deliberate Practice

Ted Scalzo

The Deliberate Practice Model has four pillars: specific goals, expert instruction, focused practice and immediate feedback. Teachers that use SmartMusic to send assignments quickly learn what students know and what needs more work. Come to this session to learn how Michigan music educators are using SmartMusic on computers, Chromebooks and iPads to guide student practice and fulfill Student Learning Objectives, while easily reporting and sharing quantitative student data.

Saturday, January 27

10:00 AM – 10:45 AM

Amway - Atrium

Teaching String Techniques Has Never Been So Easy

Kirk D. Moss, PhD

Gain ideas on how to improve the sound of your middle or high school string ensemble through the use of exercises that develop and expand technique. Bring an instrument for this action-packed session.

Clinician Details

Kirk D. Moss, PhD
Ted Scalzo

Ted Scalzo

Ted Scalzo is a music educator, having conducted wind ensembles, jazz and marching bands, instrumental lessons and advanced music composition. Throughout his career in the public schools, he has been an advocate of using technology to enhance and improve student and teacher instructional needs. Mr. Scalzo and his students were featured on the cover of School Band & Orchestra magazine and the accompanying article outlined how he employed technology both in the classroom and in the concert arena. He is now retired from Bay Shore Schools and Hofstra University. Ted is currently a Higher Ed Consultant and clinician for MakeMusic, living in San Antonio Texas performing with several big bands in the area.

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