With keen insight into teaching improvisation to middle schoolers, Dr. Grennor will share innovative strategies and materials that will help music educators overcome the common challenges of getting their students to improvise confidently and melodically. This workshop will provide techniques for incorporating jazz improvisation as a regular part of every jazz band rehearsal. This session will provide the music educator with new ideas and free materials that will help your students solo like a pro! Participants are encouraged to bring their instrument.
Poster Session Title: Effects of Instrumental and Choral Music Instruction on Achievement in Mathematics and English-Language Arts
Presented at the NAFME Eastern Division Biennial In-Service Conference, Atlantic City, NJ, April 6, 2017
The purpose of the research study was to determine the extent to which participation within music instruction related to increased mathematics and English-language arts achievement and the extent to which music students were actually demonstrating achievement in mathematics and English-language arts.
Session Title: More Than Just Minutes: Teaching Band & Orchestra Students to Practice Effectively!
Presented at the NJMEA Summer Workshop IX, College of NJ, August 2, 2016
Traditionally, music teachers have required students to record the amount of time a student practices each week on a practice chart, but how many of our students really know how to practice for success? Whether you are struggling with the time honored question of how to get your students to practice –or frustrated when the results of their efforts are less than acceptable -this session will give you some ideas for inspiring students to practice effectively. In this session, we’ll examine how to model appropriate practice behaviors that will motivate and support your students on their journey to becoming life-long lovers and practitioners of music. The discussion will include: developing a vocabulary of practice skills, models of appropriate practice strategies, creating effective practice cards and assignments that get results, and increasing intrinsic student self-motivation to practice.