Nola Nahulu - Room 118
Nola A. Nahulu is a prolific conductor, educator, and clinician with over four decades of contributions to the choral field in Hawai’i and the promotion of Hawaiian music. Her conducting work has included music education and children’s ensembles, community choruses and glee clubs, church choirs, the Hawaiian Chorus at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, and serving as director of the Honolulu Symphony Chorus and Hawai’i Opera Theatre Chorus. Choruses under her direction have toured nationally and internationally, as well as hosted numerous choruses from all over the world.
Rehearsing with Trust, Connection, and Joy from the Podium
Dr. Pippin - Room 36
We all work to help our ensembles perform at their highest potential. In working toward this goal, we are sometimes guilty of sacrificing the most meaningful part of the ensemble experience: human connection, mutual trust between musicians and directors, and seeking joy through meaningful music-making together. This session will provide an exploration of methods in engaging with our students in a way that creates a more collaborative rehearsal environment, building a culture of trust, connection, and joy through rehearsal gesture and conducting technique while teaching music and preparing for high-level performances.
Silly Sounds - Vocal Exploration
Holly Pippin - Room 201
This fun session will explore a variety of silly, slide-y, hoot-y, bubbly, whoopty-doo props, puppets, toys, flashcards, and other visual aids to discover new ways to engage students in vocal exploration at the beginning and throughout general music classes or choral rehearsals. This interactive and participatory session will include tips for overcoming shyness, encouraging naysayers, finding head voice, increasing range, and championing self-expression, all while helping students develop confidence. Your young musicians will become more confident leaders, conductors, supporters, and encouragers of others’ voices and identities, and have a whole lot of silly-sound-making fun!
And what do you get out of it? This is a perfect opportunity for implementing new strategies and routines for your classroom, practicing effective behavior management, completing individual assessment, and offering opportunities for creativity and improvisation to your students. Students will leave music eager for their turn to explore their voices and share their silly sounds next time! Be prepared to explore your voice and create your own silly sounds - participation is highly encouraged! Activities appropriate for grades K through 6th will be included and teachers will have the opportunity to make-and-take a vocal exploration prop.
Target behaviors for this session include, conducting (leading) others, solo-singing, performing, improvising, using head voice, dynamics, and extended range, and active listening/response. These warm-up activities can serve all four NCAS standards categories: Create, Perform, Respond, and Connect.
Unlocking the Potential Recruitment Strategies to Increase Class Size
Dr. Barclift - Room 36
There are various reasons why music class sizes are shrinking. Scheduling challenges, equipment shortages, and a worldwide pandemic are somewhat to blame. Is it possible to combat these challenges and flip the script? Yes! With intentional recruitment through increased visibility and awareness of the music opportunities in your school community, you can advocate and augment your program population. During this session, participants will learn various recruitment strategies they can personalize and implement in their music program. Regardless of the student age and music specialization you teach, you will leave with a plan to encourage higher enrollment, participation, and potential growth in your music program.
O`ahu Music Educators: Where We Are and Where We Could Be
Dr. Lippert - Room 201
Recently, I spoke to 18 elementary music educators from around O'ahu (teaching in public, private, and independent schools) about the way music educators are prepared, the supports and challenges they have in their positions, and the role of culture in general music classrooms. Looking at supports and challenges, I gathered information about teaching loads, administrative supports, budgets, schedules, the impacts of COVID-19, professional isolation, and more. Within discussions about the role of culture, I heard about the roles of Hawaiian music, world music, and traditional Western repertoire. I will share the findings of my study and give participants a chance to talk about how we can best support each other in our professional music educator community.
Teaching Classroom Guitar for Music Educators
Darin Au - Room 36
Classroom guitar is becoming increasingly popular in schools across the United States. Students enrolled in guitar are students who normally would not choose band/orchestra/choir. Because of this, offering classroom guitar increases student participation in music programs. How does a music educator teach or design a guitar curriculum which aligns with the goals and philosophies of your school’s music programs? In this session, discussion and demonstration will go beyond strumming chords and venture into cultivating high-performing large and small ensembles students will be excited about. Our student performers will be present to perform and answer your questions.
HMEA Mission Statement
The aims and purposes of HMEA shall be: (a) to develop and promote music and music education throughout the state of Hawaii and (b) to promote mutual cooperation and good will among its members.
HMEA Mission Statement
The aims and purposes of HMEA shall be: (a) to develop and promote music and music education throughout the
state of Hawaii and (b) to promote mutual cooperation and good will among its members.