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Monday, July 18
 

1:00pm

Conference Check-In and Dinner (6:00pm-7:30pm)
Limited Capacity seats available

Welcome to Modern Band Rockfest 2016! Check in for the conference at the Pavilion and join us for a meal at the Fort Collins Hilton. Transport from campus to the Hilton and back will be provided.

Monday July 18, 2016 1:00pm - 8:00pm
The Pavilion West Plum St, Fort Collins, CO
 
Tuesday, July 19
 

8:30am

Breakfast
Tuesday July 19, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
Corbett Dining Hall

9:00am

Late Conference Check-In
Missed check-in and dinner last night? You can pick up your nametag, conference program and other goodies before our opening keynote!

Tuesday July 19, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am
Ballroom B/C

10:00am

Opening Keynote
We're excited to kick off Modern Band Rockfest 2016- get ready to rock!

Speakers
avatar for David Wish

David Wish

CEO, Founder, Little Kids Rock
Fueled by his belief that we are all innately musical, Dave Wish founded and serves as Chief Executive Officer of Little Kids Rock, a nonprofit organization that funds and runs one of the largest, free instrumental music programs in US public schools today. Little Kids Rock is also a leading provider of free instruments and curriculum. Dave has initiated and managed the launch of campaigns to restore and revitalize music... Read More →


Tuesday July 19, 2016 10:00am - 10:30am
Ballroom B/C

11:00am

A Riff a Day: Skill Building on Guitar through the Repertoire
Limited Capacity full

Who doesn't want to impress their friends with their knowledge of a ton of cool popular songs on guitar? This workshop takes the concept of learning the most famous riffs and uses them to build a sequential curriculum for skill building, using one a day for the entirety of a semester. We will start from the most basic memorable riffs and build on them to look at concepts of style, phrasing, and articulation. We will work on progressive real world examples of how bends, slurs, palm-muting, and scales all intersect to create the most recognizable songs of the popular music canon! By the end, session participants will not only have a fun way of building guitar skills, but an impressive collection of riffs to play! While this workshop will begin with easy guitar riffs, it will progress through intermediate level skills.

Speakers
avatar for Scott Burstein

Scott Burstein

Director of Training, Little Kids Rock • Los Angeles
Scott taught music in the Los Angeles public school system for twelve years before joining the Little Kids Rock team as full-time Los Angeles County Regional Program Director in 2012. His duties include teacher outreach, training, professional development, special events, and curriculum. He was first introduced to Little Kids Rock in 2004 at one of their first trainings and has been involved ever since. | Scott received his degree from... Read More →


Tuesday July 19, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm
Ballroom B/C

11:00am

Basses (Re)Loaded I
Limited Capacity filling up

The bass is the heart and soul of the modern band, a solid foundation to any song, and learning to play the bass is easy and fun!

In this session, participants will learn basic and intermediate techniques (including slap bass), read and perform bass charts, and compose bass lines in an exciting bass jam format. Teachers will gain valuable and practical insights into the world of bass playing that they can take back to the classroom and enhance their students’ ability.
Whether you are new to bass, looking to brush up on your technique, or just want to take your students’ bass skills to the next level, you won’t want to miss this breakout session!

Speakers
avatar for Alex Ramirez

Alex Ramirez

Director of Instrumental Music, Pacoima Middle School
Alex is the Director of Instrumental Music at Pacoima Middle School and has been teaching for LAUSD since 2004. Alex is an alumnus of the acclaimed Hamilton Music Academy in Los Angeles and performed with his jazz combo in some of LA’s legendary jazz clubs. Alex went on to earn his BA degree in music from Pepperdine University, while attending on a full music scholarship. As a musician and composer Alex has been influenced by the... Read More →


Tuesday July 19, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm
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11:00am

Breaking It Down Part by Part: Successful Modern Band Techniques
Limited Capacity filling up

Do you ever find yourself watching great LKR teacher videos and wonder how to get your students from Point A to stage ready rockin’ performers? This session will take you through my step-by-step process for getting all students succeeding, turning blank stares to smiles, turning messy rhythms and ruptured chords to awesome renditions of their favorite songs. We will explore the process of modern band from song selection through performance, by watching videos, having conversations, and playing music together. Be prepared to learn and share!

Speakers
avatar for Lauren Schwartz

Lauren Schwartz

Music Teacher, Visitacion Valley MS
Lauren has been a music therapist since 1992 (Masters in Music Therapy from NYU) and has been the music teacher at the Visitacaion Valley Middle School in San Francisco for the past 4 years. Lauren has worked with Little Kids Rock for 4 years and runs modern band programs for grades 6 - 8. Lauren fully believes in the power of music and has watched it transform lives.


Tuesday July 19, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm
North Ballroom

11:00am

Elementary Students 'Come Together' in a Modern Band
Limited Capacity filling up

Lessons that are sequential and build on students’ musical skills will make the Little Kids Rock curriculum even more effective in your classroom. This presentation is geared towards teachers who are just starting out their modern band program at the elementary school level. The first part of the presentation focuses on setting goals and strategies for the first weeks of your Little Kids Rock program, including routines for classroom management, setting up your classroom and equipment, and how to introduce the first modern band song. Next, we will focus on the first chord changes and suggestions on songs that can be played using one to three chords. We will also discuss how to run a successful jam session with your students and how to differentiate instruction so that all levels can have a musical experience. Finally, we will focus on advanced skills for your students such as introducing guitar tabs, improvising, and power chords. Attendees of this workshop will leave with a better understanding on how to use the LKR resources to establish their LKR music program in an elementary classroom as well as knowledge on how to adapt their lessons to their students needs.


Speakers
avatar for Jose Vergara

Jose Vergara

Music Teacher, Miramonte Elementary
Jose Vergara is currently a 5th grade general education teacher with 15 years of experience. Since 2009 Jose Vergara has volunteered countless hours to run the after-school Modern Band program at Miramonte Elementary School. His Little Kids Rock students have performed at the annual NAMM conference in Anaheim, CA and have been featured in numerous local media pieces. Jose is a recipient of the Platinum Apple Award by the United Teachers Los... Read More →


Tuesday July 19, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm
Ballroom D

11:00am

Including Special Needs Learners in Your Modern Band
Limited Capacity seats available

This breakout will address inclusion of special learners in the music classroom by providing information and strategies for music educators. Topics will include I.D.E.A., Inclusion, Response to Intervention, Universal Design for Learning, and practical/teacher-tested strategies to engage and involve all the learners in the modern band class.

Speakers
avatar for Vivian Gonzalez

Vivian Gonzalez

Music Teacher, South Miami K-8 Center
I am the music magnet and general music teacher at South Miami K-8 Center. I teach steel drums, string orchestra, choir, handbells and modern band. My passions are elementary music education and inclusion of special learners in the music classroom. I listen to many different genres of music. My current playlist includes Pinchas Zuckerman, Tony Bennett, Ella Fitzgerald, Shinedown, 2015 Panorama, Milk Carton Kids, Katy Perry and Lady... Read More →


Tuesday July 19, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm
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11:00am

Jump on the Drums! Beginning Drum Kit Made Easy
Limited Capacity filling up

Do you ever find the thought of teaching drums to beginners daunting? Do your students struggle to coordinate their hands, feet, and brain, while keeping track of right, left, and tempo? This workshop provides ways to quickly teach the backbeat, make drumming accessible to all learners, and incorporate other music standards and activities in the fun of drumming. Come and learn the “Pink Stick/Blue Stick” method of color coding the backbeat while reinforcing the task-orally, aurally, and kinesthetically. Learn ways to break up the backbeat while reinforcing musical concepts like note names. Take a shot at creating drum fills and internalizing the rhythm of the backbeat. No drum kit? No problem—we have adaptations for those situations, too! While this workshop is geared toward beginners, any teacher can use these concepts with students who are beginning or struggling to Jump on the Drums!

Speakers
avatar for Melissa Flail

Melissa Flail

Music Teacher, Cache La Poudre Elementary
Melissa Flail, Doctor of Musical Arts, has been teaching elementary music at Cache La Poudre Elementary school in Fort Collins for the past five years. She has been a Little Kids Rock teacher for three years and currently serves as Fort Collins Regional Program Coordinator. Her previous teaching experience includes junior high and high school choir and drama. Melissa is excited to present and attend sessions at Rockfest!
avatar for Donna Turner

Donna Turner

Music Teacher, Riffenburgh Elementary


Tuesday July 19, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm
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11:00am

Modern Band 101 Training for New Teachers
Haven't attended a Little Kids Rock training yet? This full-day workshop is a prerequisite for attending the remaining Rockfest breakout sessions.

 MB 101 is a hands on workshop which serves as an introduction to Modern Band and the Music as a Second Language pedagogy.  This session covers the basic core values of Little Kids Rock; how we teach improvisation and composition by getting our students into a comfort zone.  We do that by using student centered instruction, approximation, and scaffolding.  These are all basic tenets of Music as a Second Language.  Participants are introduced to the instruments of Modern Band and will learn the basics of guitar, keyboard, drums, vocals, bass, and technology.  Participants will also use their new musical skills to compose and perform an original song.

Tuesday July 19, 2016 11:00am - 5:00pm
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12:30pm

Poster Sessions and Lunch
Join us for lunch as your fellow teachers and Little Kids Rock partners showcase rockin' resources and techniques for your classroom

Tuesday July 19, 2016 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Ballroom B/C

2:00pm

What's New With Little Kids Rock Curriculum
In this session, Little Kids Rock staff and friends will show you some of the new learning experiences and teaching tools they've been working on, and invite you to participate! Some of the highlights are the use of tablets and phones as part of your band, cool new apps, integrating music history and cultural context into your program, and a demo of the new curriculum website, the JamZone!

Speakers
avatar for Spencer Hale

Spencer Hale

Music Teacher, Highbridge Green School
Performer and educator Spencer C Hale has been teaching public school music in New | York City for three years. Over the past two years, he has built a growing online library | of video resources for music students and educators alike. His Youtube channel | (Youtube.com/SpencerCHale) has over a 150 music education videos, from lessons | and software demos to play-a- long tracks. He is pumped to be joining to team at Little | Kids Rock this year... Read More →
avatar for Gary Heimbauer

Gary Heimbauer

Director of Curriculum, Little Kids Rock • Verona, NJ
Gary taught at Day Jams Music Camp and the School of Rock in Roslyn, NY from 2006-2010 while earning his certification to teach in New York City public schools. From 2011-2014, he was an Elementary Modern Band and General Music teacher at P.S.317 in Rockaway, Queens. In 2015, he completed his Masters Degree in Music Education at Columbia University, Teachers College. Gary is also an active performing musician, currently playing with his New... Read More →
avatar for Nadine Levitt

Nadine Levitt

CEO and Founder, Wurrly
Nadine is a Swiss born, German, Kiwi, US transplant, wine collector, mom of two toddlers and holds several patents in the fitness and technology sector. A professional opera singer and songwriter who has performed extensively all over the United States, and the world, Nadine has shared the stage with David Foster, Roger Daltry, Christina Perri, and Steven Tyler to name but a few. In 2013 she founded a label & publishing company (Feel Like A... Read More →
avatar for Erik Tarkiainen

Erik Tarkiainen

Vice President Global Marketing, HARMAN
Erik Tarkiainen joined HARMAN as the Vice President, Global Marketing for the Professional Division in June 2014. Erik is responsible for driving the global marketing strategy and execution of marketing initiatives across the Professional Division. He is a seasoned marketing and product management leader with more than 24 years of experience holding senior roles with Professional Audio and Consumer companies, including Bose, Cakewalk, iZotope... Read More →
avatar for Warren Zanes

Warren Zanes

Rock & Roll Forever Foundation
Dr. Warren Zanes joined The Rock and Roll Forever Foundation as executive director after several years as Vice President of Education and Public Programs at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. At the Rock Hall he rebuilt the K-12 programming, launched a new distance learning project, and served as a visiting professor at Case Western Reserve University, in addition to producing public programs featuring artists from Aretha Franklin to... Read More →


Tuesday July 19, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Ballroom B/C

3:15pm

District Supervisors Meeting (District Supervisors Only)
This session will provide an opportunity for District Arts Supervisors to network and share the work that they are doing to incorporate Modern Band into their school district's music program.  

Speakers
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Scott Shuler

Arts education presenter/consultant | | Arts education presenter/consultant Scott C. Shuler formerly served as Connecticut’s Arts Education specialist as well as a school district assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, college professor, K-12 instrumental and general music teacher, and church choir director. Dr. Shuler helped write America’s first National Music Standards in 1994; co-chaired writing the National Core... Read More →


Tuesday July 19, 2016 3:15pm - 4:45pm
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3:15pm

Drumset Cymbal Basics: Selection, Set-up, Care and Teaching Resources
SABIAN’s session will assist band director attendees in getting off the ground with knowledge about drumset and cymbals. Joe Bergamini, SABIAN Education Consultant and pro drummer, will discuss the basics of teaching your students to begin to play in the most common rock and jazz styles used in school band situations—including quick tips to get a drum student to sound good right away, and how to properly set up your cymbals in the drumset. Nick Petrella, SABIAN Director of Education, will explain the basics of selecting cymbals, their anatomy and sound, and how to use and care for them in the classroom environment.

Dr. Petrella and Mr. Bergamini will also be available to take related questions from band directors on topics related to their programs: Dr. Petrella has composed for and performed with symphonies worldwide, while Mr. Bergamini has performed in over a dozen Broadway productions.

Speakers
avatar for Joe Bergamini

Joe Bergamini

Education Consultant - Pro Drummer, SABIAN
Joe Bergamini maintains a diverse career as a drumming performer and educator. Enjoying various styles of playing, he is most well-known for his progressive rock drumming in the bands Happy the Man and 4Front. Joe is a fixture on the New York scene, and has performed in the Broadway productions of Movin’ Out, Jersey Boys, Rock of Ages, In the Heights, Beautiful (The Carole King Musical), Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, Jesus Christ... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Nick Petrella

Dr. Nick Petrella

Director of Education, SABIAN
Nick Petrella is the Director of Education for Sabian Ltd., and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Percussion at the University of Missouri - Kansas City Conservatory of Music. As a performer he has commissioned and premiered over a dozen compositions and has many solo and chamber music performances to his credit. Nick has played with several large ensembles including the Kansas City Symphony, the Fort Worth Symphony, Fort Worth/Dallas Ballet... Read More →


Tuesday July 19, 2016 3:15pm - 4:45pm
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3:15pm

Higher Ed Workshop (Higher ed attendees only)
This session is for higher ed. partners to meet and discuss how Modern Band is currently being incorporated in colleges and universities across the country, and how Little Kids Rock can partner with higher ed institutions to create materials with and for pre-service music teacher educators.

Tuesday July 19, 2016 3:15pm - 4:45pm
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3:15pm

Rock and Roll Forever Foundation - Putting Music in Context
Limited Capacity seats available

The Rock and Roll Forever Foundation has produced a series of interdisciplinary lesson plans that “contextualize” select songs drawn from the Little Kids Rock songbook. These sample plans enable music teachers to situate songs such as “Hound Dog” or “Chain of Fools”--historically, geographically and socially.  

Taking the RRFF approach, music educators can enrich their students’ performance experiences. The songs come to life in new ways. As the students play, histories reverberate. More importantly, by contextualizing music, the songs can become the “interdisciplinary” object of study that connects a student’s life across classrooms. By its nature, music is tied to social studies, to language arts, to media studies and more. Approached in this way, music can be studied . . . as it is lived.

This breakout session will offer participants a glimpse into the RRFF/LKR collaboration and demonstrate methods with which any teacher can develop a holistic approach to music instruction.

Speakers
avatar for Warren Zanes

Warren Zanes

Rock & Roll Forever Foundation
Dr. Warren Zanes joined The Rock and Roll Forever Foundation as executive director after several years as Vice President of Education and Public Programs at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. At the Rock Hall he rebuilt the K-12 programming, launched a new distance learning project, and served as a visiting professor at Case Western Reserve University, in addition to producing public programs featuring artists from Aretha Franklin to... Read More →


Tuesday July 19, 2016 3:15pm - 4:45pm
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3:15pm

Rocking in the General Music Classroom
Limited Capacity full

This workshop will demonstrate how to use Modern Band methods in the elementary to middle school general music classroom, blending both modern and traditional music, from pop songs to folk songs. The goal is for teachers to be able to integrate Modern Band materials and methods (music, instruments, etc.) into a general music curriculum, while still adhering to state and national standards. Using traditional general music instruments, modern band instruments, manipulatives and more, teachers can rock out in their general music classroom.

Speakers
avatar for David Hendricks

David Hendricks

Music Teacher, Oak Grove Elementary
David Hendricks is a music teacher at Oak Grove Elementary School in Tampa. He has taught in Hillsborough County for over 20 years. He holds a Bachelors in music education from the University of South Florida. His rock band students have performed at various venues throughout Tampa Bay. He has presented guitar workshops for FEMEA District 3, the 2014 FMEA Professional Development Conference and LKR Rockfest 2014 and 15, and he delivered a... Read More →


Tuesday July 19, 2016 3:15pm - 4:45pm
North Ballroom

3:15pm

Take the Lead: Using Riffs to Play the Blues
Limited Capacity filling up

Speakers
avatar for Jim Broadstreet

Jim Broadstreet

Teacher, Highland School
Jim has been teaching LKR guitar and Modern Band classes for over 10 years. He is presently Program Outreach Coordinator for the San Francisco Bay Area. Jim loves playing guitar and first learned to play folk and finger-picking styles while in college. However, the real first love instrument is the trumpet! He loves blowing on the old New Orleans jazz standards in the tradition of Louis Armstrong. | | Jim loves getting kids involved in... Read More →


Tuesday July 19, 2016 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Ballroom B/C

3:15pm

Viva Mariachi
Limited Capacity seats available

Mariachi is an exciting and engaging style of music but can be intimidating to teach if you have no experience with the genre. This workshop will make Mariachi accessible to you and your students one step at a time. We will start with building the armonia that consists of guitar, vihuela, and guitarron (or bass). Next we will add in some earthy vocals and some gritos. The third layer will bring in the violin where we will learn some basic riffs even for the novice violinist. Finally we will put it all together and learn stage presence for the young Mariachi ensemble. When the workshop is complete, participants should feel more comfortable having the skills and tools to start a Mariachi program at their school.

Speakers
avatar for Beth Poquette Drews

Beth Poquette Drews

Music Teacher, L.V. Stockard Middle School
Beth Poquette Drews is a 14 year veteran of the Dallas ISD where she teaches orchestra, guitar, modern band, and Mariachi. She presented at Rockfest 2014 and 2015 on Viva Mariachi for Beginners and is excited to be back at Rockfest 2016 for an encore presentation of Viva Mariachi for Beginners and new this year The Guitar Games.


Tuesday July 19, 2016 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Ballroom D

3:15pm

Voice for the People - with Mr. G
Limited Capacity full

Breaking down barriers -step by step- in a fun, engaging, and meaningful approach for vocal instruction. Helping that solo singer or ensemble develop the confidence, poise, and self-esteem to do the best and give it their all is critical for an engaging performance. Learn the following: 1.Effective, positive, supportive classroom management for all grade levels. 2. How to put together an awesome show choir to accompany your Modern Band. 3. How to create a diverse and welcoming class culture to serve all learning styles. 4. Most importantly, being able to creatively express one's self through the performance of music!

Speakers
avatar for David Greenbaum (Mr G)

David Greenbaum (Mr G)

Music & Drama Instructor, Master Teacher, Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA), San Francisco Unified School District


Tuesday July 19, 2016 3:15pm - 4:45pm
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5:00pm

Dinner at the Dining Hall
Tuesday July 19, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
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7:00pm

Welcome Reception Hosted by Bohemian Foundation (Separate RSVP Required - See Link in Description)
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The Welcome Reception, hosted by Bohemian Foundation, will take place at the historic Fort Collins Armory We'll have dessert, drinks and lots of jamming-including regional teacher bands taking the stage!

We are currently at max capacity for the event but your name has been placed on the waitlist and we will let you know if a space opens for you. We will be hosting another social activity during this time (Tuesday evening) and will let you know when we have the details!

Click here to be added to the waitlist for this event and we will let you know if a space opens for you.

Tickets are limited to registered conference participants only at one per person. You must be atleast 21 years of age to attend.

Transportation will be provided from CSU to and from the Armory! 

Tuesday July 19, 2016 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Fort Collins Armory 314 East Mountain Ave. Fort Collins, CO 80521
 
Wednesday, July 20
 

7:30am

Breakfast
Wednesday July 20, 2016 7:30am - 8:30am
Corbett Dining Hall

9:00am

Modern Band 360: A District + Higher Ed Perspective
Limited Capacity seats available

Each panel participant will discuss Modern Band through the lens of their past experiences as teachers, higher ed. leaders, and arts supervisors. The panel will explore current trends regarding Modern Band in the classroom, and will discuss the future of Modern Band in their school districts and universities. This "past, present, and future of Modern Band" panel will allow the teachers to better understand the role that Modern Band has played, and will continue to play, in reshaping American music education.


Moderators
avatar for Bryan Powell

Bryan Powell

Director of Programs, Amp Up NYC, Little Kids Rock • New York
Dr. Powell joined Amp Up NYC in 2014 as the Director of Programs. Bryan is a musician and music educator with elementary, secondary, and college teaching experience. Dr. Powell is an adjunct professor of music and education who teaches at Hunter College and Bergen Community College and also facilitates online Masters and Doctoral level courses for Boston University. Additionally, Bryan is a leader of the Association for Popular Music Education... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Hal Abeles

Hal Abeles

Professor of Music and Music Education, Teachers College, Columbia University
Dr. Harold Abeles is a Professor of Music and Music Education at Teachers College, Columbia University where he serves as the Co-director of the Center for Arts Education Research. He has written numerous articles and books on music education. He is the co-author of the Foundations of Music Education and the co-editor of Critical Issues in Music Education: Contemporary Theory and Practice. His research has focused on the evaluation of... Read More →
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Elaine Thomas

Director in the Visual and Performing Arts Department, Dallas Independent School Distric
Elaine Thomas is a Director in the Visual and Performing Arts Department for the Dallas Independent School District. Prior to becoming a director, she was the Instructional Specialist for Elementary Fine Arts and an elementary music teacher in Dallas ISD for 35 years. She graduated from the University of North Texas in 1970 with a Bachelor of Music Education and in 1997 from Dallas Baptist University with a Masters of Educational... Read More →
avatar for Chad West

Chad West

Assistant Professor of Music Education, Ithaca College
Dr. West is Assistant Professor of music education at Ithaca College. His degrees are from University of Michigan (Ph.D.), University of Georgia (M.M.Ed.), and Arizona State University (B.M.). He was a public school band director and has performed as a trumpeter for Princess Cruise Lines and for numerous light operas and community ensembles. He serves as a clinician for school honor bands throughout NY and as an adjudicator. His research has been... Read More →


Wednesday July 20, 2016 9:00am - 9:45am
Ballroom B/C

10:15am

Basses (Re)Loaded I
Limited Capacity full


The bass is the heart and soul of the modern band, a solid foundation to any song, and learning to play the bass is easy and fun!

In this session, participants will learn basic and intermediate techniques (including slap bass), read and perform bass charts, and compose bass lines in an exciting bass jam format. Teachers will gain valuable and practical insights into the world of bass playing that they can take back to the classroom and enhance their students’ ability.
Whether you are new to bass, looking to brush up on your technique, or just want to take your students’ bass skills to the next level, you won’t want to miss this breakout session!

Speakers
avatar for Alex Ramirez

Alex Ramirez

Director of Instrumental Music, Pacoima Middle School
Alex is the Director of Instrumental Music at Pacoima Middle School and has been teaching for LAUSD since 2004. Alex is an alumnus of the acclaimed Hamilton Music Academy in Los Angeles and performed with his jazz combo in some of LA’s legendary jazz clubs. Alex went on to earn his BA degree in music from Pepperdine University, while attending on a full music scholarship. As a musician and composer Alex has been influenced by the... Read More →


Wednesday July 20, 2016 10:15am - 11:45am
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10:15am

Groove Your Class Off - Modern Band outside the US
Limited Capacity seats available

Get your classroom rocking and experience new ideas from the perspective of your learners, playing music together as a group. Musical Futures takes you on a whistle-stop tour of new ideas that build on the foundations of the LKR Modern Band programme. Tried and tested in the UK and Australia, GYCO builds from whole class percussion to collaborative composing to unpicking approaches to informal learning that can be applied to any classroom situation.

Speakers
avatar for Anna Gower

Anna Gower

Head of Programmes, Musical Futures
Anna has a strong commitment to classroom music and the development of sustainable and innovative approaches to classroom music in England and now overseas, working Canada, the USA and Australia to strengthen and support Musical Futures work as it expands internationally. As a former Musical Futures Champion Teacher, Advanced Skills teacher, Head of music and now as Head of Programmes for Musical Futures, she is committed to working to... Read More →
avatar for Ken Owen

Ken Owen

Director, Musical Futures Australia
Ken Owen has combined a career working in Music Education and the Music | Industry in diverse roles that include performance and teaching (Primary, Secondary, | Tertiary). | | Ken is a Director of Musical Futures Australia and is the Head of Training and | Programs, leading the team of mentors that provide Professional Learning to teachers | in Australia. | | Musical Futures Australia is a partner with Little Kids Rock USA.


Wednesday July 20, 2016 10:15am - 11:45am
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10:15am

Mind Blowing Music Theory and Awesome Musicianship
Limited Capacity full

This interactive workshop will present an approach and practice techniques for teaching theory and musicianship in a popular music context. Whether for focused theory and musicianship classes or for integrating this learning into the flow of student ensemble practice, songwriting and instrumental lessons, a deeper understanding of how the music they like works will inspire and empower your students to feel more immersed in their music and more creatively free. Music theory is mind blowing when learned as a treasure map and cookbook of expressive devices rather than a set of rules. Aural skills practiced with pop music repertoire and challenging musicianship games become a springboard for student success when learning new songs and improvising. 

Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Patterson

Jonathan Patterson

Lecturer, Composition/Theory and Analysis, USC Thornton School of Music
A native of Portland, Oregon, Jonathan “Capital” Patterson has been featured on over 25 recordings from rock to hip-hop to Brazilian jazz, alongside artists such asAmerican Idol’s Crystal Bowersox, Del the Funky Homosapien, Airto Moreira, Paulo Calasans, Marco Bosco, Swing Out Sister, Cosiner, DJ Nozawa, DJ Akakabe, Otmaro Ruiz, Hussain Jiffry, Ken Okulolo, Kenneth Nash, Ken Ishii, Shing02 and more. Capital’s original... Read More →


Wednesday July 20, 2016 10:15am - 11:45am
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10:15am

Rockin' pBone with LKR
Limited Capacity seats available

pBones are an awesome way to incorporate traditional band instruments into modern band

lessons for any level of player. This workshop will teach you the skills needed to use pBone in

your modern band classroom or rock band. You will learn the how to quickly make your students

pBone players, and how to easily write parts to play these instruments in any of your current

lessons. You will learn a quick way of notation, techniques for proper playing, and walk away

with new skills to teach your students. Teachers can join this class even if they’ve never picked

up a brass (or plastic in this case) instrument or be a trombone extraordinaire and still learn new

ways of teaching pBone using the modern band method.

Speakers
avatar for Melisa Rutkelis

Melisa Rutkelis

Music Teacher, Mark Twain Elementary School
Melisa has been teaching music for 7 years. Her degrees are both in Music Education with an emphasis in instrumental music. She attended Western Michigan University for her undergrad and VanderCook College of Music for her masters. She has taught in both urban and rural settings throughout the course of her career. She currently teaches over 1,000 students a week in general music K-5, rock band, two concert bands, choir, and the director of... Read More →


Wednesday July 20, 2016 10:15am - 11:45am
North Ballroom

10:15am

Rocking in the General Music Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

This workshop will demonstrate how to use Modern Band methods in the elementary to middle school general music classroom, blending both modern and traditional music, from pop songs to folk songs. The goal is for teachers to be able to integrate Modern Band materials and methods (music, instruments, etc.) into a general music curriculum, while still adhering to state and national standards. Using traditional general music instruments, modern band instruments, manipulatives and more, teachers can rock out in their general music classroom.

Speakers
avatar for David Hendricks

David Hendricks

Music Teacher, Oak Grove Elementary
David Hendricks is a music teacher at Oak Grove Elementary School in Tampa. He has taught in Hillsborough County for over 20 years. He holds a Bachelors in music education from the University of South Florida. His rock band students have performed at various venues throughout Tampa Bay. He has presented guitar workshops for FEMEA District 3, the 2014 FMEA Professional Development Conference and LKR Rockfest 2014 and 15, and he delivered a... Read More →


Wednesday July 20, 2016 10:15am - 11:45am
Ballroom D

10:15am

When Our Powers Combine - Using Tech Tools to Create Student Play-a-longs.
Limited Capacity full

As much as we’d all love another teacher in the class, the Rolling Stones remind us, “(we) can’t always get what (we) want.” However, we can make our lives easier so we can have more time to help our students by creating engaging play-a-long tracks to use in the classroom! This workshop will provide tools to help students understand form, hear meter and chord changes, and find their way when lost in a song. Topics include editing out inappropriate lyrics, transpose recordings, and making our lives easier by helping to engage our students with technology that enhances their learning and musical experience.

Speakers
avatar for Spencer Hale

Spencer Hale

Music Teacher, Highbridge Green School
Performer and educator Spencer C Hale has been teaching public school music in New | York City for three years. Over the past two years, he has built a growing online library | of video resources for music students and educators alike. His Youtube channel | (Youtube.com/SpencerCHale) has over a 150 music education videos, from lessons | and software demos to play-a- long tracks. He is pumped to be joining to team at Little | Kids Rock this year... Read More →


Wednesday July 20, 2016 10:15am - 11:45am
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12:00pm

Lunch
Wednesday July 20, 2016 12:00pm - 12:45pm
TBA

1:00pm

Add a Pinch of Salt -Tweaking Your Plan
Limited Capacity seats available

Participate in four short lessons with a helpful discussion on how to enhance it to address all components of our 2014 National Music Standards. You're already creating amazing lesson plans in Performing, Creating, and Responding but may just need a few steps to get maximum results. Final product - students become independent performers, creators, and responders to music!

Speakers
avatar for Damien Dimas

Damien Dimas

Director, Modern Bands, Thomas Jefferson High School, Dallas ISD
I always envisioned myself waving a baton in front of a traditional symphonic or concert band. It's what I did as a musician. But, outside of the band hall, I played guitar for my dad, and around the clubs in Chicago. I've been playing guitar, bass and drums in bands much like the ones we teach since I was 13. My dad began teaching me the blues since I was 8. The first song I learned in its in entirety was Brown Sugar by ZZ Top when I was 10... Read More →
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Denese Odegaard

President-Elect, NAfME
Denese Odegaard, National Association for Music Education (NAfME) President (June 2016), is currently the Fargo (North Dakota) Public Schools Performing Arts Curriculum Specialist, and has taught orchestra for 33 years.  National service includes service as a board member on both the American String Teachers Association Board (ASTA) and the NAfME Board. While on the ASTA Board, she was chair of the Committee on School Orchestra and Strings... Read More →
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Junar Ortega

Elementary School General Music Teacher, Sherman Independent School District
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William Whiting

Mckitrick Elementary • Tampa


Wednesday July 20, 2016 1:00pm - 2:30pm
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1:00pm

BASSically for Beginners: Improve Your Groove
Limited Capacity full

Though a relatively young instrument, the electric bass transcends the spectrum of genres--whether it’s rock, blues, reggae, pop, hip-hop, jazz, metal, or country, you can count on a bass player being present in the band. In fact, every great band has a great bass player, and almost every catchy song has a bumpin’ bassline. In this session, we will explore why that is the case and how we can incorporate bass playing into our Modern Band classrooms. The goal of this session is to bring out everyone’s inner bassist. To do so, we will focus on simple approaches to getting started, fundamental aspects of building a good bassline, and tips/tricks to make you and your students sound like bonafide groove machines.

Speakers
avatar for Mike Sanowitz

Mike Sanowitz

Program Coordinator, Little Kids Rock • Verona, NJ
Mike joined Little Kids Rock as an intern in 2014. Since then, he has become the Program Coordinator, helping teachers get everything they need to keep their programs rocking. Mike graduated from Berklee College of Music in 2014 with a Bachelors of Music in Professional Music Studies and Electric Bass. In his free time, he likes to gig, record, and jam around the tri-state area.


Wednesday July 20, 2016 1:00pm - 2:30pm
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1:00pm

Get On the Good Foot - Building a Jam Session for Secondary Schools
Limited Capacity seats available

Is your Modern Band constantly falling off beat? Are you facing challenges in making your jam sessions engaging to your students? This breakout will focus on how to solve these very common issues. During the session we will cover crucial topics such as how to build a steady groove with all of your students, layering in instrument sections, keeping the jam interesting by carving out solo sections, improvising song arrangements, and call & response strategies. A jam session will look and sound differently depending on your age group so this session will focus specifically on Middle and High school aged students. By the end of the workshop, you will feel empowered and be ready to run super fun jam sessions with your kiddos that will keep them wanting more!

Speakers
avatar for Tony Sauza

Tony Sauza

Regional Program Director for LA County, Little Kids Rock
Tony taught music in Los Angeles for 8 years before joining the Little Kids Rock team. He is now the Los Angeles County Regional Program Director where he is supporting teachers in developing their programs across the southern California area. Tony has been working with Little Kids Rock since 2007 and is a firm believer in recreational music making and music therapy. | Tony received his bachelor’s degree from UCLA in Ethnomusicology with a... Read More →


Wednesday July 20, 2016 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Ballroom D

1:00pm

Give em Something to Talk About: Perspectives on Stage Presence
Limited Capacity seats available


One of the most important things to remember about performance is that no one cares how you sound if you don't look awesome doing it! This workshop will focus on how to put together the most rocking stage show you can with your students. Five Experienced Little Kids Rock teachers and performers will give their personal insights and exercises on how turn your students from lifeless lumps of clay to rock 'n' roll dynamos! Come prepared to strut your stuff! This workshop is suitable for all levels.

Speakers
avatar for Scott Burstein

Scott Burstein

Director of Training, Little Kids Rock • Los Angeles
Scott taught music in the Los Angeles public school system for twelve years before joining the Little Kids Rock team as full-time Los Angeles County Regional Program Director in 2012. His duties include teacher outreach, training, professional development, special events, and curriculum. He was first introduced to Little Kids Rock in 2004 at one of their first trainings and has been involved ever since. | Scott received his degree from... Read More →
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Mary Claxton

K-12 Music Teacher, Polaris Expeditionary Learning School (K-8) • Poudre
I play the drums and sing in a soul band. | I love (in no particular order): The Beatles, Queen, Lauryn Hill, The Alabama Shakes, Ella Fitzgerald, Arcade Fire, Sergio Mendes, Laura Mvula & Beck. And lots of others. Music's real neat.
avatar for David Greenbaum (Mr G)

David Greenbaum (Mr G)

Music & Drama Instructor, Master Teacher, Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA), San Francisco Unified School District
avatar for Donna Turner

Donna Turner

Music Teacher, Riffenburgh Elementary
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Jose Vergara

Music Teacher, Miramonte Elementary
Jose Vergara is currently a 5th grade general education teacher with 15 years of experience. Since 2009 Jose Vergara has volunteered countless hours to run the after-school Modern Band program at Miramonte Elementary School. His Little Kids Rock students have performed at the annual NAMM conference in Anaheim, CA and have been featured in numerous local media pieces. Jose is a recipient of the Platinum Apple Award by the United Teachers Los... Read More →


Wednesday July 20, 2016 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Ballroom B/C

1:00pm

Modern Drum Set Basics from Set-up to Stage
Limited Capacity filling up

Unpacking a drum set is just the beginning! In this session Jerry Goldenson and Glen Caruba, from Pearl Drums, will take you through the process of proper set-up, tuning, placement, and tricks of the trade to make your drum set look and sound the best it can be. A great sounding kit which looks and feels good, will ultimately lead to more inspired musicians at any level. They will also cover some basic Rock grooves, and will guarantee that even with no drumming experience you can be playing a beat in just a few minutes.

Speakers
GC

Glen Caruba

National Director of Sales, Pearl
Glen Caruba is one of the most in-demand percussionists in the Nashville scene as well as the National Director of Sales for Pearl Drums – the world’s leading manufacturer of Drums and Percussion.  He has recorded or performed with artists such as Jimmy Buffett, Max Carl, Lynda Carter, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Sara Evans, Steve Forbert, Glenn Frey, Vern Gosdin, Jack Jezero, Denny Jiosa, John Jorgensen, Toby Keith, Hal Ketchum, Tom... Read More →
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Jerry Goldenson

Vice-President of Sales, Pearl
Jerry Goldenson is currently Vice-President of Sales for Pearl Corporation, one of the world’s largest manufacturers and distributors of drum and percussion instruments. Jerry is a lifelong musician, since the ripe old age of twelve, with 38 years of professional playing experience! Leaving behind aspirations to pursue his Law degree, Jerry left college with a Master’s in Business Economics to follow his passion for music in a variety... Read More →


Wednesday July 20, 2016 1:00pm - 2:30pm
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1:00pm

Rockin’ the Primary Years: Lessons and Activities for Young Students
Limited Capacity full

Don’t you want even your youngest elementary school kids rockin’? We will share resources and techniques to help your students build a rockin’ foundation for Modern Band as well as for a General Music curriculum. 

From “Gettin’ on Down with Mama Goose”, to song writing with “Banana Splits”, we will have a rockin’ good time all while doing lessons that you can share with your youngest of students! We will include new and fun ideas that help teach improvisation, composition, vocals, music theory, and more. Rockin’ the Primary Years has you doing, creating, and having fun with hands on lessons that intuitively build from kindergarten through the elementary years. All levels are welcome!

Speakers
avatar for Diane Harris

Diane Harris

Music Teacher, Eduardo Mata Elementary School
 My favorite bands are The Beatles, Eagles, The Rolling Stones, and Stevie Ray Vaughn. I rock out on many instruments; mostly tenor sax, flute, and guitar. I love rock and roll! My teaching tip: If it ain't fun, don't bother! | | |  Diane Harris has been teaching music for over 20 years and has been performing in | rock n' roll bands for even longer.  She is adept on saxophone, flute, guitar... Read More →
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Michelle Vallejo

Music Teacher, Eduardo Mata Elementary School
Hi everyone! I’ve been teaching General Music in Dallas Independent School District since | 2013. Before that I taught music in Manassas, Virginia. It wasn’t until moving to Dallas that I | discovered Little Kids Rock. I was trained in 2014 and have greatly enjoyed incorporating | Modern Band into my music classroom. As a classically trained musician and clarinet player, I am having a blast learning Modern Band instruments... Read More →


Wednesday July 20, 2016 1:00pm - 2:30pm
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1:00pm

While My Guitar Gently Weeps - Guitar Maintenence
Limited Capacity seats available

Who can fix your Little Kids Rock guitars when they need a little “tender loving care”? You can!
This session is a “hands-on” workshop which will give you the basic skills to maintain and repair your guitars. The session starts with how to clean and restring guitars (nylon acoustic, steel-string acoustic, and electric), and progresses into neck adjustment, repairing separated acoustic tops and neck joints, changing tuning heads, troubleshooting electronics, and basic soldering techniques. We want a broken instrument fixed and in a student’s hands as quickly as possible, and you can fix it!

Speakers
avatar for Rodney Dittmar

Rodney Dittmar

Music Teacher, Seagoville High School
Rodney Dittmar has been teaching Modern Band and Guitar as an elective class since 2000. In that time, the program has grown from 8 students to 300 between the two schools. He holds a Master of Music degree from Texas A&M-Commerce. Rodney has been involved with Little Kids Rock since January of 2008, and is extremely proud to be the Dallas Regional Program Coordinator. This is his third time presenting at Rockfest. His primary instrument... Read More →


Wednesday July 20, 2016 1:00pm - 2:30pm
North Ballroom

3:00pm

Further Explorations into LKR's Vocal Curriculum
Limited Capacity filling up

Speakers
avatar for Steve Danielsson

Steve Danielsson

Regional Program Director, NYC, Little Kids Rock
Steve was a music teacher in New York City for six years before working for Amp Up NYC. After working as a lead trainer for Little Kids Rock and Amp Up NYC, he joined the team full time as the Training Manager helping to bring Modern Band to students all throughout the five boroughs.Steve received his degree in Music Education from Berklee College of Music and earned his Master of Arts in Music Education from Teachers College, Columbia... Read More →


Wednesday July 20, 2016 3:00pm - 4:30pm
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3:00pm

Guitar Games
Limited Capacity full

No More “Drill and Kill” chord changing exercises. Bring the excitement to your classroom with chord changing and composition games such as the train, four chord tap, Speed Racer, Simon Says Chords, Tic Tac Chords, Mega Tic Tac, and Mad Lib Blues. These games are perfect for the beginning guitarists of any age. At the completion of the workshop, participants will be armed with a whole new repertoire of guitar games to play to encourage even the most hesitant and stubborn of rockers to succeed.

Speakers
avatar for Beth Poquette Drews

Beth Poquette Drews

Music Teacher, L.V. Stockard Middle School
Beth Poquette Drews is a 14 year veteran of the Dallas ISD where she teaches orchestra, guitar, modern band, and Mariachi. She presented at Rockfest 2014 and 2015 on Viva Mariachi for Beginners and is excited to be back at Rockfest 2016 for an encore presentation of Viva Mariachi for Beginners and new this year The Guitar Games.


Wednesday July 20, 2016 3:00pm - 4:30pm
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3:00pm

Keyboard for The Stuck Pianist and/or the Guitarist Who Wishes They Could Rock the Keys like they Rock The Strings
Limited Capacity seats available

Are you a piano player but only when there is sheet music in front of you? Have you ever wished you could "figure songs out by ear?" Are you a guitar player that can just play a zillion songs and figure out a zillion more on guitar but feel fumble fingered on the piano?

This class is for YOU.

Dave will break down:
1) Comping
2) Voice leading
3) Improvising & Composing
4) Pedagogy
5) Other things that SOUND intimidation but are so painfully easy that even Dave can do them!!

Speakers
avatar for David Wish

David Wish

CEO, Founder, Little Kids Rock
Fueled by his belief that we are all innately musical, Dave Wish founded and serves as Chief Executive Officer of Little Kids Rock, a nonprofit organization that funds and runs one of the largest, free instrumental music programs in US public schools today. Little Kids Rock is also a leading provider of free instruments and curriculum. Dave has initiated and managed the launch of campaigns to restore and revitalize music... Read More →


Wednesday July 20, 2016 3:00pm - 4:30pm
North Ballroom

3:00pm

You Could Lay Lay 2! (Ukulele in your Modern Band!)
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Introducing the Ukulele into your Modern Band and/or General Music classes will add yet another layer of fun, point of entry for learning musical skills, and tool which your students can use to communicate and become part of the music making community in your classroom.  This workshop will demonstrate how to design and prepare units of study, set up the logistics and expectations in your room, create visual tools for learning (manipulatives), create assessments, and of course, get your students music making with ukuleles in a jiffy!  By the end, session participants will have a solid understanding on how to start a ukulele program that fits their students need, including video footage of elementary and secondary school students at work with ukuleles, sample units, and lesson plans.  All skill levels welcome!

Speakers
avatar for Martin Urbach

Martin Urbach

Music Teacher, P94M @188
"Percussionist Martin (pronounced mar-TEEN) Urbach is a Latino Immigrant, education activist and advocate for young children. His work in the classroom is based on creating safe spaces for young students to fall in love with music and to promote social justice through music making. | He holds a BA in jazz performance from the University of New Orleans, a MA in jazz arts from the Manhattan School of Music and an Advanced Certificate in Music... Read More →


Wednesday July 20, 2016 3:00pm - 4:30pm
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3:00pm

Your Students Want to Write Songs!
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A great song can bring out all the chord-strumming, riff-playing, keyboarding, drum-pounding, bass-lining, music skills that students have learned. This workshop will explore the concept of songwriting both as a venue to showcase those skills and vehicle to build them. We will start with an overview of the three major chords in a key and their relative minors. We will quickly break out into groups that will write and share songs and parts of songs written in a process that adds new chords and concepts at each turn. By the end, participants will not only have a bag full of songwriting assignments to bring back to their students (the blues, the I, IV, V, vi progression, the six chords of the key, the IV major to IV minor, Dr. Seuss, the time signature, the minor key) but will have written a couple of songs in the process! This workshop is aimed at intermediate and advanced learners, but methods of incorporating beginners will be discussed.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Finn

Michael Finn

Music Teacher, Marshall High
On the path to attaining his dream job of teaching learning disabled students at a large urban public high school, Mike Finn spent his 20s traveling the country, playing bass in a touring rock band. He shared stages with artists such as Willie Nelson, ZZ Top, Tom Petty, and Joe Ely. Eventually he settled in the Silverlake neighborhood of Los Angeles and today is a Resource Teacher and the Special Education Department Chair at John Marshall High... Read More →
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Tony Sauza

Regional Program Director for LA County, Little Kids Rock
Tony taught music in Los Angeles for 8 years before joining the Little Kids Rock team. He is now the Los Angeles County Regional Program Director where he is supporting teachers in developing their programs across the southern California area. Tony has been working with Little Kids Rock since 2007 and is a firm believer in recreational music making and music therapy. | Tony received his bachelor’s degree from UCLA in Ethnomusicology with a... Read More →


Wednesday July 20, 2016 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Ballroom D

5:00pm

Dinner at Dining Hall
Wednesday July 20, 2016 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Corbett Dining Hall

6:00pm

Higher Ed, District Arts Administrators & Music Education Advocates Dinner
For higher ed and arts adminstration attendees only

Wednesday July 20, 2016 6:00pm - 8:00pm
The Music District 639 S. College Avenue, Fort Collins

6:30pm

Campfire Drum Circle (The Pavilion) & Open Jam Session (the dorms)
Wednesday July 20, 2016 6:30pm - 8:30pm
The Pavilion West Plum St, Fort Collins, CO

8:00pm

Transportation to Downtown Fort Collins
Looking for a night out in downtown Fort Collins? There will be buses running from the dorms to downtown for your convience. Times TBD.

Wednesday July 20, 2016 8:00pm - 11:00pm
TBA
 
Thursday, July 21
 

7:30am

Breakfast
Thursday July 21, 2016 7:30am - 8:30am
Corbett Dining Hall

9:00am

Artist Panel: Musicians Share Their Inspiration
Join special guest artists Carmine Appice (Heavy Rock Drummer, Vanilla Fudge), Paula Fuga (Ukulele Player, Singer/Songwriter), Brian Hardgroove (Record Producer, Multi-Instrumentalist, on hiatus from Public Enemy), Christine Ohlman (Vocalist, Songwriter, Musicologist), and Joe Robinson (Virtuoso Guitarist, Singer/Songwriter) as they share their inspirations and take your questions. Moderated by Rick DeJonge (Composer/Arranger), The Sessions.

Speakers
avatar for Carmine Appice

Carmine Appice

Heavy Rock Drummer (Vanilla Fudge)
As drummer for Vanilla Fudge, Carmine Appice set the grooves for the groundbreaking band’s 1967 psychedelic debut, inadvertently inventing Stoner Rock in the process. The Fudge had no precedent. The band was totally unique. Post-Fudge, Bogert and Appice formed Cactus (seen as an influence on King’s X and Van Halen). Post-Cactus, the rhythm section found Grammy-winning Guitar Hero Jeff Beck to form the first supergroup: Beck, Bogert... Read More →
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Paula Fuga

Praised for her originality in song composition and ability to stir the deepest emotions with spellbinding and soulful vocals, Paula Fuga has established herself as one of Hawai’i’s most respected live performers. At an early age, she faced the vulnerabilities of living homeless on the beach, seeing the destruction of drugs and violence. Despite having overcome such adversity quite successfully, she is... Read More →
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Brian Hardgroove

Record Producer, Multi-Instrumentalist
Hardgroove is a record producer, multi-instrumentalist and is on hiatus from the legendary hip-hop group Public Enemy. His productions include the extraordinary talents of Chuck D (Public Enemy), Steven Tyler & Joe Perry (Aerosmith), Burning Spear, Marc Anthony, Supertramp and The Fine Arts Militia. Hardgroove’s most cherished work is his production of two of China’s premier punk rock bands Demerit and Brain Failure.
avatar for Christine Ohlman

Christine Ohlman

"The Beehive Queen”, Vocalist, Songwriter & Musicologist (Long-Time Vocalist Saturday Night Live Band)
“I’ve come here tonight to set your souls on fire,” she’ll tell an audience. And she will. | | Long-time Saturday Night Live Band’s vocalist (since 1992), Christine’s legendary voice and stage presence (known as “The Beehive Queen” for her towering blonde hairdo) have most recently been featured on: Five national Top 10 lists for her 2010 The Deep End Top Americana vocalist on Alternate... Read More →
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Joe Robinson

Virtuoso Guitarist, Singer/Songwriter
Twenty­four year old Joe Robinson is considered uniquely gifted as a virtuoso guitarist and singer/songwriter. Hailing from backwoods Temagog, on the mid north coast of NSW, Australia his six­string ability and compositional insight have already earned him a worldwide following. Based in Nashville, TN since 2010, Joe has toured China, Japan, Europe, Canada, Australia & New Zealand, defining himself as a budding world visionary. He... Read More →


Thursday July 21, 2016 9:00am - 9:45am
Ballroom B/C

10:15am

Basses (Re)Loaded II
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for Alex Ramirez

Alex Ramirez

Director of Instrumental Music, Pacoima Middle School
Alex is the Director of Instrumental Music at Pacoima Middle School and has been teaching for LAUSD since 2004. Alex is an alumnus of the acclaimed Hamilton Music Academy in Los Angeles and performed with his jazz combo in some of LA’s legendary jazz clubs. Alex went on to earn his BA degree in music from Pepperdine University, while attending on a full music scholarship. As a musician and composer Alex has been influenced by the... Read More →


Thursday July 21, 2016 10:15am - 11:45am
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10:15am

Creating Song Charts, Changing Keys, and Finding Tabs
Limited Capacity full

Technology in the modern band classroom can enliven your instruction and support student learning.  Wouldn’t it be great if, at the touch of a button, you could show a video, project a song chart, or change the key of a song to make it easier to play?  This session will explore resources already available to you, both through Little Kids Rock and on the Internet, as well as show how to make your own resources and song charts using applications such as PowerPoint and Word. We will explore websites such as Ultimate Guitar for songs/chords, and will use Audacity to change the key of a song.  Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop, although it isn’t required.

Speakers
avatar for Julie Corallo

Julie Corallo

Music Teacher, Crestwood Street Elementary School
I've been teaching music since 1995, and I still love what I do! I adore teaching modern band. I'm grateful to LKR and its community for being there for me. My main area of expertise is choir and general music. When I'm not planning my next lesson, I like to read, hang out with the family, and go for hikes with my two dogs.
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Tony Corallo

Teacher, Park Western Place Elementary
I am a third grade teacher in Los Angeles. I have been teaching for 18 years, seven with Little Kids Rock. I was part of the first modern band training sponsored by Dr. Phil (he's really tall). I teach classes emphasizing guitar, ukulele, or keyboard (thanks to Rockfest last year). I have been teaching ukulele for five years, and I love it! It is a great introductory instrument. I love most modern music from rock to rap to pop to punk.


Thursday July 21, 2016 10:15am - 11:45am
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10:15am

LKR Keyboard Level 2
Limited Capacity seats available

This workshop will start focus on the three-tiered system of Little Kids Rock's keyboard curriculum, starting with some basics from post-workshop. Teachers will use jam cards, new play-a-long charts, and current songs to explore further ways to incorporate keyboard into your Modern Band. Learn how to take basic comping patterns and spice them up, teaching your students about basic inversions, and using composition and improvisation to unlock their creative side. This workshop is geared for those that are comfortable with the basics of the LKR curriculum and jam cards but are looking for new ideas on how to get your students playing.

Speakers
avatar for Tony Sauza

Tony Sauza

Regional Program Director for LA County, Little Kids Rock
Tony taught music in Los Angeles for 8 years before joining the Little Kids Rock team. He is now the Los Angeles County Regional Program Director where he is supporting teachers in developing their programs across the southern California area. Tony has been working with Little Kids Rock since 2007 and is a firm believer in recreational music making and music therapy. | Tony received his bachelor’s degree from UCLA in Ethnomusicology with a... Read More →


Thursday July 21, 2016 10:15am - 11:45am
North Ballroom

10:15am

Modern Drum Set Basics from Set-up to Stage
Limited Capacity filling up

Unpacking a drum set is just the beginning! In this session Jerry Goldenson and Glen Caruba, from Pearl Drums, will take you through the process of proper set-up, tuning, placement, and tricks of the trade to make your drum set look and sound the best it can be. A great sounding kit which looks and feels good, will ultimately lead to more inspired musicians at any level. They will also cover some basic Rock grooves, and will guarantee that even with no drumming experience you can be playing a beat in just a few minutes.

Speakers
GC

Glen Caruba

National Director of Sales, Pearl
Glen Caruba is one of the most in-demand percussionists in the Nashville scene as well as the National Director of Sales for Pearl Drums – the world’s leading manufacturer of Drums and Percussion.  He has recorded or performed with artists such as Jimmy Buffett, Max Carl, Lynda Carter, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Sara Evans, Steve Forbert, Glenn Frey, Vern Gosdin, Jack Jezero, Denny Jiosa, John Jorgensen, Toby Keith, Hal Ketchum, Tom... Read More →
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Jerry Goldenson

Vice-President of Sales, Pearl
Jerry Goldenson is currently Vice-President of Sales for Pearl Corporation, one of the world’s largest manufacturers and distributors of drum and percussion instruments. Jerry is a lifelong musician, since the ripe old age of twelve, with 38 years of professional playing experience! Leaving behind aspirations to pursue his Law degree, Jerry left college with a Master’s in Business Economics to follow his passion for music in a variety... Read More →


Thursday July 21, 2016 10:15am - 11:45am
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10:15am

Twist and Shout!: Movement In Modern Band
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Looking for ways to get your Modern Band students to move around during their performances? Do you want to find a way to include students who may not want to play an instrument but want to be involved? "Twist and Shout!: Movement in Modern Band" will supply you with some tips and takeaways to get your students moving comfortably in no time! In this session, we will break down the different sections of the body with options for easy, exciting, and clean movement. By the end, session participants will not only have a fun movement game to take back and use with their students but they will also feel empowered to lead their Modern Band students to amp up their performance and shake things up!

Speakers
avatar for Lauren Kirk

Lauren Kirk

Program Manager, Little Kids Rock
Lauren joined Little Kids Rock as the Program Assistant in February 2012. Now, as the Program Manager, Lauren works with the teacher services team to makes sure Little Kids Rock teachers have everything they need to run a rockin’ program at their school. | Lauren graduated from Rutgers University in 2011 with a Bachelor of the Arts in American Studies and Dance. During her time at Rutgers she managed the New Jersey Folk Festival and was a... Read More →


Thursday July 21, 2016 10:15am - 11:45am
Ballroom B/C

10:15am

Yes, You Can Shred Too! Lead Guitar for Beginners
Limited Capacity full

Have you always wanted to take a guitar solo but not sure where to start? Wondering what comes after the two/four note solos taught in our Modern Band 101 workshop? This session willl review the basic pentatonic scale that’s hanging in your classrooms and also discover some easy additional shapes to build upon (hey, because we all want options!) Join us in this safe environment to practice basic rockstar techniques such as bending, slides, vibrato...and how to hold your own in any jam session!

Speakers
avatar for Miranda Altman

Miranda Altman

Director of Program Operations, Little Kids Rock • Verona, NJ
Miranda joined Little Kids Rock as the Program Manager in April 2009, and has since been promoted to Director of Program Operations, ensuring that all Little Kids Rock teachers have everything they need to bring a first-rate music education to their students. She spends her efforts encouraging teachers to build their local Little Kids Rock communities, managing the organization’s instrument distribution and tracking key program metrics... Read More →


Thursday July 21, 2016 10:15am - 11:45am
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12:00pm

Poster Sessions and Lunch
Thursday July 21, 2016 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Ballroom B/C

1:30pm

Guest Artist: Brian Hardgroove
Limited Capacity full

Speakers
avatar for Brian Hardgroove

Brian Hardgroove

Record Producer, Multi-Instrumentalist
Hardgroove is a record producer, multi-instrumentalist and is on hiatus from the legendary hip-hop group Public Enemy. His productions include the extraordinary talents of Chuck D (Public Enemy), Steven Tyler & Joe Perry (Aerosmith), Burning Spear, Marc Anthony, Supertramp and The Fine Arts Militia. Hardgroove’s most cherished work is his production of two of China’s premier punk rock bands Demerit and Brain Failure.


Thursday July 21, 2016 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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1:30pm

Guest Artist: Carmine Appice
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for Carmine Appice

Carmine Appice

Heavy Rock Drummer (Vanilla Fudge)
As drummer for Vanilla Fudge, Carmine Appice set the grooves for the groundbreaking band’s 1967 psychedelic debut, inadvertently inventing Stoner Rock in the process. The Fudge had no precedent. The band was totally unique. Post-Fudge, Bogert and Appice formed Cactus (seen as an influence on King’s X and Van Halen). Post-Cactus, the rhythm section found Grammy-winning Guitar Hero Jeff Beck to form the first supergroup: Beck, Bogert... Read More →


Thursday July 21, 2016 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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1:30pm

Guest Artist: Guitar Secrets of Songwriting, Improv, and Accompaniment with Joe Robinson
Limited Capacity full

A strong foundation in guitar playing is a combination of simple technical basics, finding the joy of playing, committing songs to muscle memory, and practicing with or without the instrument, all leading to learning songs that you want to play and having fun doing so!  This workshop will focus on many of those skills as well as applying them to songwriting, improvisation, and accompaniment.  We will use simple songwriting tools to create interesting ways of making music, building up courage to solo through having clearly outlined tools in your musical shed, and how to make others sound good through great accompaniment skills, one of the more overlooked parts of being a popular musician.  Remember,  ‘a good musician can make any instrument sound good' so lets work on the best skills for having an enjoyable time playing.

Speakers
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Joe Robinson

Virtuoso Guitarist, Singer/Songwriter
Twenty­four year old Joe Robinson is considered uniquely gifted as a virtuoso guitarist and singer/songwriter. Hailing from backwoods Temagog, on the mid north coast of NSW, Australia his six­string ability and compositional insight have already earned him a worldwide following. Based in Nashville, TN since 2010, Joe has toured China, Japan, Europe, Canada, Australia & New Zealand, defining himself as a budding world visionary. He... Read More →


Thursday July 21, 2016 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Ballroom D

1:30pm

Guest Artist: Live From New York!: Christine Ohlman on Vocals
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Speakers
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Christine Ohlman

"The Beehive Queen”, Vocalist, Songwriter & Musicologist (Long-Time Vocalist Saturday Night Live Band)
“I’ve come here tonight to set your souls on fire,” she’ll tell an audience. And she will. | | Long-time Saturday Night Live Band’s vocalist (since 1992), Christine’s legendary voice and stage presence (known as “The Beehive Queen” for her towering blonde hairdo) have most recently been featured on: Five national Top 10 lists for her 2010 The Deep End Top Americana vocalist on Alternate... Read More →


Thursday July 21, 2016 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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1:30pm

Guest Artist: Ukulele with Paula Fuga
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Speakers
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Paula Fuga

Praised for her originality in song composition and ability to stir the deepest emotions with spellbinding and soulful vocals, Paula Fuga has established herself as one of Hawai’i’s most respected live performers. At an early age, she faced the vulnerabilities of living homeless on the beach, seeing the destruction of drugs and violence. Despite having overcome such adversity quite successfully, she is... Read More →


Thursday July 21, 2016 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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3:15pm

...And Songwriting For All
Limited Capacity seats available

From lyric generating activities, to melody creation, to composing guitar riffs, teachers will get hands-on experience in all areas of the songwriting process. Relationship to standards and varying degrees of differentiation will also be addressed. The breakout will begin with shorter songwriting activities that get participants actively creating the various parts of a song and will continue with a focus on complete song creation. It will wrap up with the sharing of music that was created by participants during this breakout.

Speakers
avatar for Sean Moats

Sean Moats

Music Teacher, Kingswood Elementary School
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Dann Shea

Music Teacher, Tampa Bay Boulevard Elementary
Dann joined Little Kids Rock in 2008 as a teacher when the Tampa chapter was launched. He has since helped grow that chapter into one of Little Kids Rock’s largest, and in 2012, he joined Little Kids Rock’s staff as the Regional Program Director for Tampa. He has his Masters in Music Education from the University of South Florida and teaches general music at Tampa Bay Blvd. Elementary. He frequently teaches through the use of todays... Read More →


Thursday July 21, 2016 3:15pm - 4:45pm
North Ballroom

3:15pm

Elementary Students 'Come Together' in a Modern Band
Limited Capacity seats available

Lessons that are sequential and build on students’ musical skills will make the Little Kids Rock curriculum even more effective in your classroom. This presentation is geared towards teachers who are just starting out their modern band program at the elementary school level. The first part of the presentation focuses on setting goals and strategies for the first weeks of your Little Kids Rock program, including routines for classroom management, setting up your classroom and equipment, and how to introduce the first modern band song. Next, we will focus on the first chord changes and suggestions on songs that can be played using one to three chords. We will also discuss how to run a successful jam session with your students and how to differentiate instruction so that all levels can have a musical experience. Finally, we will focus on advanced skills for your students such as introducing guitar tabs, improvising, and power chords. Attendees of this workshop will leave with a better understanding on how to use the LKR resources to establish their LKR music program in an elementary classroom as well as knowledge on how to adapt their lessons to their students needs.

Speakers
avatar for Jose Vergara

Jose Vergara

Music Teacher, Miramonte Elementary
Jose Vergara is currently a 5th grade general education teacher with 15 years of experience. Since 2009 Jose Vergara has volunteered countless hours to run the after-school Modern Band program at Miramonte Elementary School. His Little Kids Rock students have performed at the annual NAMM conference in Anaheim, CA and have been featured in numerous local media pieces. Jose is a recipient of the Platinum Apple Award by the United Teachers Los... Read More →


Thursday July 21, 2016 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Ballroom D

3:15pm

Spicing Up Your Rhythm Section II: Diversifying Percussion in Modern Band
Limited Capacity full

You ask your students who is interested in becoming the class drummer. Chances are, more than one hand will be raised, but you may not have more than one drum set. How do you keep the excitement for all of these students? Diversify your instrumentation and musical genre! This workshop will build off the last year's popular workshop, Spicing Up Your Rhythm Section: Latin Percussion. Participants will not only be able to jam with other teachers learning new skills on cajons, congas, and other auxiliary percussion, but also learn how to effectively implement them into your student-centered repertoire. We will be guiding you on how to differentiate instruction on these instruments, therefore this session is welcome to participants from very beginner to advanced playing! ¡Vaya!

Speakers
avatar for Joe Panganiban

Joe Panganiban

Chicago Regional Program Director, Little Kids Rock
Joe has joined the Little Kids Rock team as the Regional Program Manager for Chicago in 2014 and has taught in the Chicago Public School District since 2012. Prior to teaching in Chicago, Joe has had the opportunity to teach and perform in a wide variety of settings from preschool through the collegiate level and from the Midwest to the international stage. He spent some time in New South Wales, Australia working with students as well as... Read More →
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Charly Schwartz

Chief Operating Officer, Little Kids Rock • Verona, NJ
Charly joined Amp Up NYC in February 2014 as its director, and was named Little Kids Rock’s Chief Operating Officer in June 2014. Charly brings over twenty years of experience in team leadership, operational management, marketing and youth development to Amp Up NYC. Most recently, prior to joining Amp Up NYC, Charly served as the Chief Operating Officer at America SCORES, a nonprofit organization that uses sports and creative expression... Read More →


Thursday July 21, 2016 3:15pm - 4:45pm
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3:15pm

Taking it to the Next Level: A Performance Clinic
Limited Capacity seats available

How do you get your students to level up all aspects of their performance game, from musical quality, stage presence, and ensemble playing? This clinic is designed to show how one veteran Little Kids Rock teacher and clinician works with student ensembles to take their performance to the next level. A few different student ensembles from Fort Collins, varying in size, grade, and experience, will perform for the audience. Afterwards, the clinician will walk through the ways they can work on aspects of performance and musicality to work on individual and ensemble skills. While this clinic is primarily observational for the audience, there will be time for Q&A with the clinician, teachers, and groups. This workshop is suitable for all levels.

Speakers
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Scott Burstein

Director of Training, Little Kids Rock • Los Angeles
Scott taught music in the Los Angeles public school system for twelve years before joining the Little Kids Rock team as full-time Los Angeles County Regional Program Director in 2012. His duties include teacher outreach, training, professional development, special events, and curriculum. He was first introduced to Little Kids Rock in 2004 at one of their first trainings and has been involved ever since. | Scott received his degree from... Read More →


Thursday July 21, 2016 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Ballroom B/C

3:15pm

Teaching Guitar Through Single String Tablature
Limited Capacity full

In this workshop, you will learn an innovative way of teaching guitar to beginner students. A big focus of this method is a form of guitar pedagogy developed by John Henry Sheridan, called Single String Tablature. This is what I use for my first unit of starting students on guitar. Any teacher that has taught chords to students is familiar with some of the common struggles like fret buzz, difficulty identifying strings and frets, confusing string numbers for fret numbers, lack of developed rhythm, and many more hardships for the beginner guitarist. An approach that teaches single string tablature at first can drastically improve the aforementioned struggles, making sure that by the time students start chords, they have a great understanding of the mechanics of the instrument. This workshop is a series of warm-ups, drills, vocabulary, and most importantly, a vast repertoire of single string melodies, represented on a one-line tab staff. Most of the repertoire consists of original compositions by John Henry Sheridan, containing lyrics and embedded guitar concepts. In the workshop, I will share much of this repertoire, and some of the formulaic methods for teaching these pieces. This includes teaching by rote by having students learn to chant the lyrics, slowly replacing the lyrics with fret numbers, and finally applying the fret chant to any string of the guitar. This creates great concert repertoire, while preparing students to awesomely learn chords!

Speakers
avatar for Ronnie Nissinboim

Ronnie Nissinboim

Music Teacher, The Young Women's Leadership School of Brooklyn
Ronnie Nissinboim has been teaching at the Young Women's Leadership School of | Brooklyn for three years.  The school had no prior music program, so Ronnie created | one.  He now has a full Modern Band and Guitar program, and also teaches a Modern | Percussion course in the form of bucket drumming.  Teaching a full guitar program, in | which all students learn guitar, has allowed Ronnie to focus greatly on developing guitar... Read More →


Thursday July 21, 2016 3:15pm - 4:45pm
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3:15pm

Workshop Model and Modern Band for All Instruments
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Modern Band concepts can help you create amazing lesson plans and boost student achievement for long-term music goals! This workshop will demonstrate how you can apply Modern Band skills to build  goals and “workshop model” lesson plans for any music class or ensemble. We will review the basics of lesson planning, improvise together as we experience a workshop model lesson plan in action, and demonstrate how they can be used in your classroom. By the end, session participants will have a variety of tools for planning lessons for all kinds of classes, including lessons teaching improvisation and composition. All skill levels welcome!

Speakers
avatar for Graham Johnson

Graham Johnson

Music Teacher, MS 348 Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School
Graham Johnson is a music teacher at Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School(WHEELS) in Manhattan. He is overseeing the expansion of the WHEELS music program as the school grows to include Pre-K through 12th  grade. He has taught middle and high school band and general music classes, as well as special education, for eight years.
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Martin Urbach

Music Teacher, P94M @188
"Percussionist Martin (pronounced mar-TEEN) Urbach is a Latino Immigrant, education activist and advocate for young children. His work in the classroom is based on creating safe spaces for young students to fall in love with music and to promote social justice through music making. | He holds a BA in jazz performance from the University of New Orleans, a MA in jazz arts from the Manhattan School of Music and an Advanced Certificate in Music... Read More →


Thursday July 21, 2016 3:15pm - 4:45pm
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4:45pm

Time to Jam!
We'll be offering six different structured jam sessions simultaneously that all attendees and abilities are invited to participate in! Each session will be focused on a different genre, style or level and will be fluid to allow participants to cycle through different ones if desired! 

Blues Jam Session with Gary heimbauer in 382
iPad Jam Session with Spencer Hale in 376/378
Help! It's my first jam session! with Tony Sauza in Ballroom D
Four Chord Jam with Steve Danielsson in the North Ballroom
Ukulele Jam Session with Meghan Baker in 386
Intermediate Jam with Steve Underhill in Ballroom B/C



Thursday July 21, 2016 4:45pm - 6:00pm
TBA

7:00pm

Cookout
Enjoy a night of food, raffle prizes, and jamming with your colleagues! Rain or shine, this event will be a great way to spend your last night at Rockfest!

Thursday July 21, 2016 7:00pm - 9:00pm
TBA
 
Friday, July 22
 

7:30am

Breakfast
Friday July 22, 2016 7:30am - 8:30am
Corbett Dining Hall

9:00am

Creating a Strong Foundation: Drums and Bass
Limited Capacity full

Like a building, a band needs a strong foundation with which to build on. This musical foundation can typically be heard in the interplay between the drum and bass parts within a song. This session will give participants the opportunity to explore how the drummer and bassist can work together to create a solid foundation. By adapting and approximating a few basic drum rhythms, expanding our knowledge of bass techniques, and improving our ability to comfortably move around the neck of the bass guitar, nearly any song is within our, or our students’ grasp. Through continuous hands-on participation and through the use of several popular songs, we will discover how to create this strong foundation as well as become more confident drummers and bassists.

Speakers
avatar for Sean Moats

Sean Moats

Music Teacher, Kingswood Elementary School
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Juan Rios

Music Teacher, Cannella Elementary


Friday July 22, 2016 9:00am - 10:30am
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9:00am

District Partners + Higher Ed Session (Higher Ed and District Arts Supervisor Attendees Only)
This session for Higher Ed and District Arts Supervisor attendees will allow an opportunity for participants to reflect on some key themes from the the conference as well as discuss research interests and potential future collaborations.  

Friday July 22, 2016 9:00am - 10:30am
North Ballroom

9:00am

Further Explorations into LKR's Vocal Curriculum
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for Steve Danielsson

Steve Danielsson

Regional Program Director, NYC, Little Kids Rock
Steve was a music teacher in New York City for six years before working for Amp Up NYC. After working as a lead trainer for Little Kids Rock and Amp Up NYC, he joined the team full time as the Training Manager helping to bring Modern Band to students all throughout the five boroughs.Steve received his degree in Music Education from Berklee College of Music and earned his Master of Arts in Music Education from Teachers College, Columbia... Read More →


Friday July 22, 2016 9:00am - 10:30am
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9:00am

Get On the Good Foot - Building a Jam Session for Elementary School
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Is your Modern Band constantly falling off beat?  Are you facing challenges in making your jam sessions engaging to your students?  This breakout will focus on how to solve these very common issues.  During the session we will cover crucial topics such as how to build a steady groove with all of your students, layering in instrument sections, keeping the jam interesting by carving out solo sections, improvising song arrangements, and call & response strategies.  A jam session will look and sound differently depending on your age group so this session will focus specifically on Middle and High school aged students.  By the end of the workshop, you will feel empowered and be ready to run super fun jam sessions with your kiddos that will keep them wanting more!  

Speakers
avatar for Tony Sauza

Tony Sauza

Regional Program Director for LA County, Little Kids Rock
Tony taught music in Los Angeles for 8 years before joining the Little Kids Rock team. He is now the Los Angeles County Regional Program Director where he is supporting teachers in developing their programs across the southern California area. Tony has been working with Little Kids Rock since 2007 and is a firm believer in recreational music making and music therapy. | Tony received his bachelor’s degree from UCLA in Ethnomusicology with a... Read More →


Friday July 22, 2016 9:00am - 10:30am
Ballroom D

9:00am

Modern Band Best Practices Discussion Group
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This session is an opportunity for you to share your biggest successes, most persistent struggles, and discuss them with your peers. Rockfest is always full of great presentations but each and every attendee has so much valuable experience and insight to share. This session will feature facilitated small group discussions of Modern Band teacher best practices. Teachers will be grouped according to topic and grade level, given discussion questions, and will then share highlights of their conversations with the larger group. Come out to find solutions to some of your most vexing problems and offer assistance to other LKR teachers around the country!

Speakers
avatar for Gary Heimbauer

Gary Heimbauer

Director of Curriculum, Little Kids Rock • Verona, NJ
Gary taught at Day Jams Music Camp and the School of Rock in Roslyn, NY from 2006-2010 while earning his certification to teach in New York City public schools. From 2011-2014, he was an Elementary Modern Band and General Music teacher at P.S.317 in Rockaway, Queens. In 2015, he completed his Masters Degree in Music Education at Columbia University, Teachers College. Gary is also an active performing musician, currently playing with his New... Read More →


Friday July 22, 2016 9:00am - 10:30am
Ballroom B/C

9:00am

Using the World's Best Solos to Learn Style, Scales, and Riffs for Lead Guitar
Limited Capacity seats available

Using approximation to learn how to improvise is a great tool for creativity, but enhancing it by looking at the most memorable solos is a great way to take your playing to the next level. This workshop will look at some of the most famous guitar solos and examine their content to learn the style, scales, and riffs that stood the test of time. Participants will work on the basics of guitar skills such as bends, slurs, slides, as well as see how scales are actually used in solos. Repertoire selections will utilize the solos of Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Metallica, and Santana, to name a few. This workshop is geared towards intermediate and advanced players.

Speakers
avatar for Scott Burstein

Scott Burstein

Director of Training, Little Kids Rock • Los Angeles
Scott taught music in the Los Angeles public school system for twelve years before joining the Little Kids Rock team as full-time Los Angeles County Regional Program Director in 2012. His duties include teacher outreach, training, professional development, special events, and curriculum. He was first introduced to Little Kids Rock in 2004 at one of their first trainings and has been involved ever since. | Scott received his degree from... Read More →


Friday July 22, 2016 9:00am - 10:30am
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9:00am

You Could Lay Lay 2! (Ukulele in your Modern Band!)
Limited Capacity full

Introducing the Ukulele into your Modern Band and/or General Music classes will add yet another layer of fun, point of entry for learning musical skills, and tool which your students can use to communicate and become part of the music making community in your classroom.  This workshop will demonstrate how to design and prepare units of study, set up the logistics and expectations in your room, create visual tools for learning (manipulatives), create assessments, and of course, get your students music making with ukuleles in a jiffy!  By the end, session participants will have a solid understanding on how to start a ukulele program that fits their students need, including video footage of elementary and secondary school students at work with ukuleles, sample units, and lesson plans.  All skill levels welcome!

Speakers
avatar for Martin Urbach

Martin Urbach

Music Teacher, P94M @188
"Percussionist Martin (pronounced mar-TEEN) Urbach is a Latino Immigrant, education activist and advocate for young children. His work in the classroom is based on creating safe spaces for young students to fall in love with music and to promote social justice through music making. | He holds a BA in jazz performance from the University of New Orleans, a MA in jazz arts from the Manhattan School of Music and an Advanced Certificate in Music... Read More →


Friday July 22, 2016 9:00am - 10:30am
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11:00am

Building Large Scale Modern Band Programs: Teacher Discussion Panel
Panel presentation from four current Little Kids Rock teachers who run large scale Modern Band programs in their districts. This will include an open conversation on how they are able to reach so many students with their program as well as  lessons and video demonstrations. 

Friday July 22, 2016 11:00am - 11:45am
Ballroom B/C

11:45am

12:30pm

Lunch To Go
Friday July 22, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
TBA