HMEA Conference

February 18-19, 2017


Location: University of Hawai`i, Manoa, Music Department

HMEA In-Service Conference

Registration closed.

General & Choral Music


Michael Chandler

Putting it all Together: Creativity & Literacy in Elementary Music

Creativity and literacy aren't mutually exclusive! Participants in this session will explore both through the elements of music while singing, playing instruments, and moving.


Cari Earnhart

Unveiling the Mystery: Understanding Arabic Choral Music

East meets West as we explore performance practice and the accessibility of Arabic Choral music for the Western conductor.

Gabriel Arnold    

Effective Band Director Rehearsal Techniques

The instrumental rehearsal techniques clinic will guide band directors through daily routines that are researched based solutions to improve any ensemble’s clarity of sound.


Jim Frankel

Online Practice, Performance, Creativity, and Assessment with MusicFirst

An overview of the MusicFirst Online Classroom, 11 cloud-based software applications for music education, online content collections and more, for enhancing the K-12 music curriculum.

Karen Kennedy

"Idol" Worship: American Pop Stars Meet Pergolesi
This session focuses on vocal issues stemming from “pop” production and how to mitigate them in the choral classroom through prescriptive and reactive exercises.







Kumu Carolee Nishi

Come and Learn a Traditional Hula... Kahiko and Auana

Participants will learn how hula is connected to Hawaiian culture.


Barry Green   

The Inner Game of Music

The Inner Game lecture-demonstration is about overcoming mental obstacles to performance, practicing and teaching through the master techniques of Awareness, Commitment and Trust.    


Anna’s Gift
Anna’s Gift, the Way of Passion, is the second episode of the emotional journey of a gifted concert bassist who is longing for love and fire in her music and her life.


Takuma Itoh

Composing Music Together

Overview of a composition workshop in which students contribute small musical ideas, and witnesses a composition being created from the beginning to the end.


Amanda Lippert   

Theme and Variations

Using examples from my teaching, I will demonstrate how I maintain the integrity of my music curriculum and meet the demands of thematic curricula used in my school.






Chet-Yeng Loong

Charming the Little Ones with Great Repertoire

Demonstrating fun but authentic, quality music materials for early childhood and lower elementary settings.

Bruce Pearson

Teaching Band with Excellence

Teaching beginning, middle school, and high school band can be exciting, rewarding …and challenging.  This very practical clinic will assist the band director by demonstrating “best practices” for engaging students, crafting a purposeful warmup, and rehearsal techniques that develop outstanding bands from the students’ very first lesson to inspiring performances.

Russ Sperling

Music Education for All—Towards Full Inclusion

This session will feature real-life stories and discussion of what it feels like to be “the other” in various settings. We will discuss how this influences self and how we can provide both better models and fuller inclusion for our students and within our profession.

Mary Schmelzer   

Preheating the Oven:  Preparation Phase (Kodaly Kitchen) and Enactive Phase (Orff Kitchen)

This session will look at ways that melodic and rhythmic concepts are experienced in the elementary music classroom prior to being made conscious.


Jim Yancey

Successfully Using Guitar in a Music Program

Begin with a 45 min. performance. (Maryvale and Punahou). Session that follows would be based on how we built our programs and maintain/and recruit. Alignment of state standards as well.   

Joseph Stepec

String Success in the 21st Century Classroom 

The session will discuss basic string techniques and how they might be disseminated to a large group of students. Methodology will be discussed as it applies to common string repertoire.



Christopher Sweeney   

Fixing Problems with Your Brass Students

Clinic designed to specifically help non-brass teachers identify and fix common problems in students playing brass instruments.

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HMEA Mission Statement

The aims and purposes of HMEA shall be: (a) to develop and promote music and music education throughout the state of Hawai`i and (b) to promote mutual cooperation and good will among its members.

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