I’m excited to announce I will be presenting a session at the New York State School Music Association Winter Conference this December. My session titled “Popular music composition starters for your classroom” will give music teachers a chance to add composition to their curriculum in a fun, accessible way for students.
This session will provide insight into how I use composition with my 8th grade general music classes within the framework of my American Popular Music curriculum. Students create their own folk songs, blues, rockabilly songs, rhythm and blues, 70s bass lines, raps and other compositions in my class now it’s your turn to use it with your students.
The best part of all of these composition projects is that they reinforce everything else we are doing in my classes. They help my students practice performing without drilling and killing. We get to listen to musical examples with a purpose and discuss key points from the music that they also need to include. And we are creating, performing, and responding around the same unified topic. It’s a win all around!
If you would like to attend, it will be from 8:15 to 9:15 a.m. on Friday, December 4th in Rochester, NY. Here is the NYSSMA website.
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