Music Educator Showcase

Music Educator Showcase

 Sunday, January 28

11:05 a.m.
Yes! You Really CAN Have a Harp in Your Program
Moderator: Eric Ebel. Speaker: Melissa Irwin, Rees Harps Inc.
Lightweight, affordable, quality harps have changed the universe of where harps can reasonably go and what they can now do. Among the easiest of all strings to play, harps are accessible and easily incorporated into your existing program. Learn how music educators worldwide are using harps to energize and expand musical offerings.

11:10 a.m.
What I Learned from My Music Teachers; Priceless Phrases and Habits from Those I Respect the Most
Moderator: Eric Ebel. Speaker: Dr. Robert C. Berry, San Bernardino Valley College
Years of student participation at UCLA, San Jose State and Claremont Graduate University, along with thirty-one years as a music teacher informs Dr. Berry's humorous, touching and always genuine insights into other 1st-8th grades music teacher techniques in: assigning grades, running rehearsals and performances, and establishing guidelines for working in a school.

11:15 a.m.
Drumming Up Success with K-12 Students
Moderator: Eric Ebel. Speaker: Dr. Craig Woodson, Percussion Marketing Council
The Percussion Marketing Council brings drumming to educators through International Drum Month's first-drumming experiences, Vans Warped Tour's summer programs, Drums Across America's year around Lesson Tent, Percussion in the Schools' programs with professional drummers and Drum Set in the Classroom's school programs for hundreds teachers and thousands of students annually.

11:20 a.m.
Create a 'Buzz' in School
Moderator: Eric Ebel. Speaker: Matt Pope, Warwick Music Ltd
pBuzz is the new award-winning beginner brass instrument from the makers of the best-selling pBone and pTrumpet. It enables students to get their first access to buzzing in a simple and effective way and is the perfect musical instrument to sit alongside ukulele, recorder, and Boomwhackers in the elementary classroom.

11:25 a.m.
What Does it Mean To Be an Artist in the 21st Century?
Moderator: Eric Ebel. Speaker: Arin Canbolat, The New School College of Performing Arts
In 1919, a group of visionaries designed a new kind of university, one where creativity could be fearless and world changing. The New School was born. Today the College of Performing Arts houses three schools where students work across disciplines and train like artists to become a force of new artistry.

11:30 a.m.
Save the Guitar!
Moderator: Eric Ebel. Speaker: Rusty Shaffer, Guitar Tunes
The Fretlight Guitar has revolutionized the future of learning to play guitar. This new guitar learning system has moved the guitar industry towards a digital, instant-gratification generation of player, making learning guitar easy and convenient. Join us to discover how the Fretlight Guitar and the Guitar Tunes app are helping to save the guitar.

11:35 a.m.
Using the Arts to Decrease Deficiencies and Increase Healthy Relationships in Low-income Communities
Moderator: Eric Ebel. Speaker: Tyra Hawthorne, Heartbeat Music & Performing Arts Academy
The foundation of Heartbeat Music and Performing Arts Academy is college-focused curriculum. The academy uses the arts to encourage better grades and support families. Their day-to-day operations have proven that when parents support and see the value in what children are doing, children gain awareness and confidence.

11:40 a.m.
Instant Bow Holds! Meet Things 4 Strings® Accessories for the Orchestra Classroom or Private Strings Studio
Moderator: Eric Ebel. Speaker: Ruth Brons, Things 4 Strings ® LLC
Things 4 Strings® accessories are teacher designed, tested and approved as the gentlest and fastest way for beginners to learn the bow hold. The relaxed and effective instant bow hold will optimize your instruction time and speed progress for your students! Bow Hold Buddies® for Violin/Viola and CelloPhant® for Cello/(French-style bow) Bass.

11:45 a.m.
Networking Session
At the end of each hour, a 15-minute networking segment will follow the presentation segment, allowing attendees and presenters to exchange information.

12:05 p.m.
Alfred Music, Your Partner in Professional Development
Moderator: Eric Ebel. Speaker: Alex Ordonez, Alfred Music
Alfred Music is passionate about helping music educators focus on building teacher effectiveness, student growth, and best practices in pedagogy. Learn of opportunities available to you and your school's music program from Alfred Music as your partner in professional development.

12:10 p.m.
Using Tech for Creative Classroom Collaboration
Moderator: Eric Ebel. Speaker: Meng Ru Kuok, BandLab
Music tech has incredible potential in the classroom and beyond to help students unlock their musical creativity and collaborate on projects! BandLab is a free cross platform DAW for making music online. Find out more on how you can unleash creative tech in the classroom - with BandLab and its new class and assignment features.

12:15 p.m.
New Product for Educators: Musical Dominoes
Moderator: Eric Ebel. Speaker: Debbie Knight, The Music Gifts Company 

Use this 28-piece game to teach music theory; some knowledge required to play successfully. Includes full instructions and music terminology.

12:20 p.m.
But What If I Don't Play An Instrument?
Moderator: Eric Ebel. Speaker: Corey Fournier, Roland Corporation U.S.
With a few simple tools, teachers can engage both traditional and non-traditional students in a blended, inclusive environment that builds fundamental music skills, spawns collaboration, and fuels creativity.

12:25 p.m.
Composing for Student Success
Moderator: Eric Ebel. Speaker: Christopher Schroeder, Conservatory Lab Charter School 
At Conservatory Lab, all students (pk-8) engage in student-driven composition projects that connect with academic learning and align with Common Core State Standards. This interactive session provides educators and curriculum designers with tips that demystify the process and offers tools that they can implement in their classrooms right away.

12:30 p.m.
Debut of The ONE Piano Hi-Lite
Moderator: Eric Ebel. Speaker: Ashley Wang, The ONE Smart Piano
The ONE Piano Hi-Lite is the first-ever piano strip that transforms any 88-key piano or keyboard into an interactive, digital instrument that teaches users how to play in minutes. The technology is compatible with Synthesia and MIDI files, and also has an AI component.

12:35 p.m.
Fender Play: The Easiest Way to Learn Guitar
Moderator: Eric Ebel. Speaker: Matt Lake, Fender Digital
Fender Play is an online guitar learning platform from the greatest name in guitars. It’s designed to get you playing in minutes. Practice anywhere, anytime as Fender Play guides you through hundreds of skills using bite-sized lessons. Play the songs you love while you learn. Anyone can play!

12:40 p.m.
Playing For Change Foundation: Using Music Education to Create Positive Change
Moderator: Eric Ebel. Speaker: William Aura, Playing For Change Foundation

Playing For Change Foundation is a nonprofit organization that establishes free music education programs for children in impoverished areas around the world. Learn about how creating a safe space for children to express themselves creatively has effected positive change upon the students and the local communities, while creatively building social media awareness.

12:45 p.m.
Networking Session
At the end of each hour, a 15-minute networking segment will follow the presentation segment, allowing attendees and presenters to exchange information.

Sunday, January 28, 2018 - 11:00am to Monday, January 29, 2018 - 12:59pm
NAMM Member Center