HMEA In-Service Conference

January 19 - 20, 2019

"Creative Music Teaching in

the 21st Century Classrooms"

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

HMEA In-Service Conference

Registration is closed.

Keynote Speakers

Samuel Tsugawa, D.M.A.


Western Division, National Association for Music Education


Keynote Address:

  • Why Teach Music: Multiple Choice, or Multiple Ways of Learning?
  • Roundtable Discussion: E kūkā e pili ana i ke mele: Let's Chat About Music

Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser

Vice President of Education, Conn-Selmer, Inc.



Keynote Address:

  • The Joy of Inspired Teaching
  • The Crucial Role the Teacher Plays in Music Learning

General & Choral Music


Darin Au

  • How the Guitar Will Save the World

Guitar students have fun learning melodic and harmonic concepts while playing solo and in ensembles.  They compose, improvise, transpose, transcribe, lead and accompany.  The guitar could be your everything in your music curriculum. 


John Crever

  • Growing Tuneful, Beatful, Artful Children the Feierabend Way, Part 1: Singing

John Feierabend, leading researcher on music and movement development, believes that all people are musical and we can grow an early learner's Tuneful pre-music-literacy skills.


  • Meeting Music Literacy Standards with Conversational Solfege: Rhythmic

 This session will break down Feierabend's 12-step approach to rhythmic music reading for developing fun filled, active music literacy lessons.


Jennifer Blackwell

  • Common Problems (and Solutions) for Teaching Clarinet and Saxophone

This session will include common problems in learning to play clarinet and saxophone, as well as specific tips and strategies for improving student performance.  



Adam Kehl

  • From Traffic Cop to Musical Maestro: Using Laban Movement Analysis and Free Movement Score Study Techniques to Expand your Conducting Gestures and Enhance Ensemble Rehearsals

This clinic delves into Laban Movement Analysis to provide attendees a simple, easily applicable method to greatly expand their repertoire of musical conducting gestures, broaden their musical influence over their ensembles, and enhance their rehearsal efficiency.  


Catherine Dwinal

  • Applying 21st Century Skills in the Music Room

21st Century learners are digital natives.  The skills they are required to learn now are a different set of skills they needed to learn before because we are in a new digital age.   From new ways to communicate and collaborate to other venues of practicing leadership and responsibility.  How can music teachers intertwine technology with traditional music practices while helping students practice these skills that they need to learn to be successful?  Let's take the program Quaver Music as our tool and share and brainstorm activities that we can do in the music room.  Participants will walk away with new ideas and motivation regarding 21st-century skills in the music room.  

Chet-Yeng Loong

  • Early Childhood Music Demo Class

For this session, two- to four-year-old will participate in an hour music class. At the end, there will be a 15-minute QA session. A rich mixture of different cultures of folk and traditional rhymes, songs, singing games, stories, as well as composed music, movement activities, and the playing of instruments will be presented in this demo class.

Jace Saplan

  • Unplugging Generation Z: Navigating Changing Voices and Mindsets in 2019

This session unplugs the brains of tech-savvy Generation Z(ers) and provides music educators with contemporary culturally-responsive techniques that aid our Generation Z(ers) through their changing voices in updated tech-friendly ways.


Darin Au

  • The Maestro of Robot Musicians 

Explore the world of robot musicians as a single artist creates fulfilling music through the use of technology.  Loopers and AI software instruments are powerful creation tools that cannot be ignored by today's music educators.  



Chad Zullinger

  • Makerspace for Music >> Creating on Chromebooks

Discover how to make music online using the recording and collaboration studio Soundtrap.  Students can create, record and arrange msuic that is accessible on any device at any time!  Come ready to reimagine the classroom with practical and innovative ideas using Chromebooks to enhance your students learning experiences.  


  • Google Classroom for Music Classrooms

Come to this session and learn how to utilize Google Classroom to organize and design innovative learning experiences for our music students.

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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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