NAMM Foundation Learning Lounge

All Learning Lounge Sessions take place in Anaheim Hilton, Level 2, California Ballroom

Thursday, January 19, 2012

11 a.m.–11:45 a.m.
Generation Next Welcome Reception
Breakout Session for Returning Students
Panel: Industry Upstarts and Entrepreneurs
Panelists include members of the NAMM Young Professionals and Jim Normandy, Normandy Guitars

Gen Nexters are encouraged to attend this session and learn from up-and-comers who think outside of the box. Hear from owners that have been successful in the short time their companies have been established and what constitutes a "Young Professional"—it could be you within the next few years! Panelist will discuss how and why they started their companies, successes they have had and challenges they have faced along the way as a startup company in our industry.

Breakout Session for First-Time Students
Panel: Let Us Introduce You!
Panelists include Dr. Ted Piechocinski, Indiana State University; Professor Daniel Cronk, Ferris State University and former NAMM President's Innovation Award Recipient

Making the most of your NAMM Show experience is a science in itself. With more than 1,500 exhibitors and 90,000 attendees, the show floor can be overwhelming. However, there are many who have been there and have advice on how to get what you need while you are here. First-time attendees of the Generation Next program will hear from faculty members and former Generation Next attendees. The focus of this session is to offer tips and advice for successfully navigating the show floor, making connections and post-show follow up..

12 p.m.–12:45 p.m.
Panel: Do You Have What It Takes?
Panelists include Mark Goff, Paige's Music and NAMM Executive Committee Treasurer; Tom Weir, Sound City Studios; Christina Holthe, Yamaha Corporation and Courtney Blankenship, Western Illinois University

What does it take to work for a NAMM Member company? What can you expect at interviews, and how do you prepare? Join HR directors from NAMM Member companies as they discuss what they are looking for in employees, the importance of a "work culture" and fit, and how you can make a lasting impression at your interview. Faculty member Courtney Blankenship moderates this session, bringing together theory and real-life advice.

1 p.m.–2 p.m.
Panel: Speed Interviewing
Interviewers include Tom Weir, Sound City Studios; Christina Holthe, Yamaha Corporation; Norma Villegas, Yamaha Corporation and Courtney Blankenship, Western Illinois University

You have one minute to make the impression of your life—how do you answer the interviewer’s questions? Do you even know what they will ask—and why? Take advantage of our "Speed Interviewing" session to help break the ice before you head into your real interviews for your first job. Students will visit multiple stations and be asked questions that can determine a hiring decision. Feedback will be provided at the end of the session, and students will receive an interview guide to help prepare them for post-college interviews. Your future starts here!

Friday, January 20, 2012

11 a.m.–11:45 a.m.
Session: Making the Most of Your NAMM Experience by "Taking the Lead"
Presented by Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser, Attitude Concepts for Today, Inc.

Being a part of the NAMM Show environment will be a great benefit to your future, but taking initiative can catapult you to the front of the pack. It’s all about connecting with people, reaching out, taking the initiative and making the most of each and every moment. Now is the time to step forward and open your mind of opportunities that can reward your personal and professional journey.

12 p.m.–12:45 p.m.
Panel: A Little Something for Everything
Panelists include Dick Boak, C.F. Martin Guitars and NAMM Board Member; Moe Paulsen, Spoiled by Technology and David Wish, Little Kids Rock

All students are encouraged to attend this session that digs into diverse segments of the music products industry. Broaden your career horizons as we spotlight artist relations, manufacturer representative and non-profit sectors. This truly is an industry where there is something for everyone. The possibilities are endless.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

9:00 a.m. Doors Open

9:30 a.m.–10 a.m.
Music Education Days Welcome Breakfast Featuring the 2011 National Show Choir Champions, Brea Olinda High School Show Choir
Sponsored by the NAMM Foundation and the National Show Choir Championships

10 a.m.–10:30 a.m.
Keynote: "One Is Too Small a Number to Achieve Something Great"
Presented by Marcia Neel

What makes a successful music program? It’s the custodian who sets up chairs for the open house performance, the engineer who turns on the lights in the football stadium, the counselor who helps to finagle a student schedule in order for him to participate, the parent who agrees to meet you at the venue with extra uniform pieces, the dealer who is always there to provide an extra reed or needed string, the principal who agrees to introduce your ensemble at the concert and everyone else in-between. Reaching out is the only way to achieve something great. We must all work together as one team and surround ourselves with those who care to help us achieve our goal—to guarantee success for every student in the music program.

10:30 a.m.–11:15 a.m.
Session: "A Place In the Choir"
Presented by John Jacobson, aka Mr. "Double Dream Hands"

Based on A Place In the Choir, his book of inspirational and heart-warming stories of teachers, students, parents and others, John Jacobson reassures us that there is a place for all in the beautiful choir that is humanity. Whether or not you have ever sung a note or danced a step, after attending his session, you will feel like doing both in recognition of your very own "Place In The Choir."

Sponsored by the Hal Leonard Corporation

11:15 a.m.–12 p.m.
Session: "How to Successfully Recruit and Retain Instrumental Music Students"
Presented by Marcia Neel

Founded on "best practices" from highly successful instrumental music educators, the Music Achievement Council has compiled several tools that cover every aspect of recruiting and retaining instrumental music students. Because it covers the fundamentals in great detail, this information is great for new teachers, young teachers or experienced teachers. It not only provides sample forms and letters that are ready-to-use, but also shares ideas that can be implemented at any stage of the school year. This session touches on a number of specific recruitment and retention strategies in a fun, upbeat presentation, and complimentary copies of the entire collection will be provided to all attendees at the conclusion.

Sponsored by NAMM and the Music Achievement Council

12 p.m.–1 p.m.
Apps for Music Educators
Session: "Must Have Music Apps for Music Educators"
Presented by Dr. Jim Frankel

These are exciting times. Musicians everywhere are finding new apps for music making each day—and they keep on coming. Music companies the world over are trying to figure out how to deal with this paradigm shift, and many have already produced both apps and hardware peripheral devices to facilitate music making and music education. This session provides music educators with ideas on how to incorporate some of these apps and hardware peripherals, and provides resources that will help them find even more.

4 p.m.
The Crane Institute for Music Business Presents the Sandy Feldstein Industry Roundtable

The Sandy Feldstein Music Industry Roundtable provides a moderated interactive forum where leaders in the music products industry will participate in a public Q&A forum on trends and their impact on music education. In addition, the roundtable provides an opportunity for audience questions and responses from a blue ribbon group of industry leaders.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

9:00 a.m. Doors Open

9:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m.
Music Education Days Welcome Breakfast Featuring the World-Renowned Canadian Brass Quintet

"These are the men who put brass music on the map: with their unbeatable blend of virtuosity, spontaneity and humor, they brighten the rosters of concert halls, international festivals and orchestra series throughout the world. Their numerous recordings, frequent television appearances and tireless efforts in the realm of music education have resulted in vast new audiences for the art of the Canadian Brass." – Washington Post

Sponsored by the NAMM Foundation and Conn-Selmer Inc.

10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
Session: "Music Makes The Difference"
Presented by Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser

There is no substitute or replacement for music making as it relates to the positive growth and development of the human mind, body and spirit. Participation in music avails the musician to the infinite journey of creative expression connecting to a language (music) that is understood, communicated and appreciated by all of mankind around the globe. More importantly, music is a place for everyone. Breakthrough research continues to point to "the study of music" as a key factor in the positive growth and development of every young person. We have harvested a rich crop of compelling data supporting what we have intuitively suspected all along: Music makes the difference. Join teacher/clinician/author Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser for this inspiring session.

11:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
Live Interview with Composer Legend Sammy Nestico
Presented by Dan Del Fiorentino, Historian, NAMM's Oral History Program

Spanning over six decades, Sammy Nestico's extensive career writing and arranging for some of the most famous entertainers of the 20th century makes for extraordinary stories. Working with Quincy Jones, Count Basie, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Johnny Mercer, Marvin Hamlisch, Toni Tenille, Sara Vaughan, Marvin Gaye, Presidents of the United States and an endless list of others is a remarkable achievement by itself, but he is most proud of the nearly 600 numbers published and performed by school ensembles around the world. Don't miss this rare opportunity to meet a true music legend.

12:15 p.m.–1 p.m.
Canadian Brass Ensemble Clinic
Featuring the Canadian Brass and a local student ensemble

Experience this intimate master class and share how students learn and accelerate their awareness and perception for music-and life-while working with Canadian Brass Artists.