MMEA (Virtual) In-service workshop/conference

Finding Joy: The Power of Music!
January 27, 2021 – February 2, 2021
ONLINE – Through the MMEA Website








wednesday, january 27

Conference Pre-Sessions

 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm  Conference Pre-Session 1  Traci Bolton


How to Teach Guitar Like a Pro in 5 Easy Steps

 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm  Conference Pre-Session 2 Karen Howard


Children’s Singing Games from Ghana, East Africa

 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm  Conference Pre-Session 3 Karen Howard


Children’s Singing Games from Tanzania, West Africa

 7:00 pm  Conference Opening Chris Sprague

 Kickoff for the 2021 MMEA Virtual In-Service Workshop Conference

 7:15pm – 8:00pm  Keynote Address  Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser

 Teaching On-and-Off the Podium:  The Importance of Role Modeling

 8:15 pm – 9:05 pm  Choral Session  Dr. Brad Holmes

A Practical Approach to Variety In Sound

 8:15 pm – 9:05 pm  Elementary Session  Karen Howard

World Music Pedagogy in the Elementary Classroom

 8:15 pm – 9:05 pm  Orchestra Session  Dr. Laurie Williams

Gaming the Classroom:  Keeping Students Engaged & On Their Toes Through Meaningful Activities, Pacing & Rehearsal Strategies

 8:15 pm – 9:05 pm  Band Session  Dr. Jeffrey Barudin

Five Easy Steps for a Superior Percussion Section


Thursday, january 28


 6:00 pm – 6:50 pm  General Music Session Julie Karlson/Amy Hill

Mental Health 101: Strategies for Students

 7:00 pm – 7:50 pm  Jazz Session   Ronnie Rios

 Jazz Education For ALL!

 7:00 pm – 7:50 pm  General Music Session  Karen Howard

Creating an Anti-Racist Elementary Music Curriculum

7:00 pm – 7:50 pm   College/University Session  Dr. Armand Hall

A Roadmap to Ensemble Students Owning Creativity and Musical Choice

 7:30pm – 8:20pm   Choral Session  Patrick Dell/Melynda Lamb

Choral Classroom Sight Reading Factory Best Practices

 7:30pm – 8:20pm   Orchestra Session  Dr. Robert Pippin

Expressive Gesture from Your Musician’s Perspective: What Ensembles Really Want and Need, and How Conductors Miss the Mark

 7:30pm – 8:20pm   Technology Session  Mike Orlander

Easy Assessment on Any Device

 8:00 pm – 8:50 pm   Elementary Session  Katie Schisler

Transitions: Where the Magic Happens

 8:00 pm – 8:50 pm   Band Session  Dr. Christopher Brandt

It’s Just Intonation – Strategies for Improving Ensemble Intonation


friday, january 29


 9:00 am – 9:45 am    General Session  Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser

Sharing the Value of Music

 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm    General Session Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser

Sharing the Value of Music

 7:00 pm – 7:50 pm   Equity Session  Robert Battle

The Healed Arts Classroom: Deep Breaths into A New Normal

 7:00 pm – 7:50 pm   Band Session  Dr. Christopher Kaatz

A Practical Method for Developing Expressive Conducting

 8:00 pm – 8:50 pm   Advancing Music Education Session  Beth Davey

From Music Education to Global Change: Empowering PK-12 Learners to Civically Engage with Global Issues

 8:00 pm – 8:50 pm   MIOSM Session  Elizabeth Tummons

Paint Me a Story: Diverse Picture Books in the Music Classroom

 8:00 pm – 8:50 pm   Multicultural Session  Dr. Adrianna Marshall

Diversify Your Music Program

8:00 pm – 8:50 pm   Technology Session  Mike Orlander 

Music Software Integrations for Google Classroom

 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm MMEA Session  Chris Sprague

Virtual Mixer


saturday, january 30


 9:00 am – 12:00 pm   MMEA Mentoring Sessions  Steve Litwiller

Continuing Education Sessions for Missouri’s Young Music Educators

 9:00 am – 9:50 am   Jazz Session Chris Becker

MOAJE Reading Session

 9:00 am – 9:50 am   Choral Session Susan LaBarr

Choral Reading Session: Advanced Middle School Through College

 9:00 am – 9:50 am  General Music Session Dr. Kiana Williams

Music Class is LIT: Lessons in Creative Teaching for the General Music Class

 9:00 am – 9:50 am  Retired Members Coffee Buddy Hannaford

Enjoy the Camaraderie With Fellow Retired Music Educators

 10:00 am – 10:50 am  Band Session Nolan Jager Loyde

Leadership and Sustainability

 10:00 am – 10:50 am  SMTE Session Scott Edgar

Music Education and Social Emotional Learning: Now More Than Ever

10:00 am – 10:50 am  Elementary Session James Eldreth

Jazz Up Your Classroom: Sing, Say, Dance and Play – with Jazz!

 11:00 am – 11:50 am   MSHSAA UPDATE  Davine Davis

Annual Update From the Missouri State High School Activities Association

 11:00 am – 11:50 am Technology Session Anthony Pursell

2020 MMEA Electronic Music Composition Contest Award Presentation

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm  NAfME-C Session Mark Lawley, Susan Fox, Juliana Beatie

Panel Discussion: What Every Future Educator Should Know

 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm  MMEA Research Session Wendy Sims

Research Poster Session

 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

 University Receptions



Receptions for Missouri’s University Music Programs –



sunday, january 31


 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Affiliate Meetings  

MBA……………Paul Fliege

MCDA………..Shephen Rew

MOAJE……….Grant Maledy

  • 7:00 pm – 7:30 pm – Business Meeting
  • 7:30 pm – 8:00 pm – FOCUS on FUNdamentals…..Laruen Sevian

MoASTA……….Andy Johnston

  • Meet the Conductor: Sey Ahn


monday, february 1


 7:00 pm – 7:50 pm Jazz Session Derek Limback

////Slashin’ Away////

 7:00 pm – 7:50 pm Elementary Session Joan Eckroth-Riley Wendy Van Gent

Creating & Improvising in the Music Classroom: Orff and MLT – A Meeting of the Minds

 7:00 pm – 7:50 pm Orchestra Session Matt McGrory

Double Bass Codification, or Lack Thereof: How Can I Expand My Double Bass Players’ Options?

7:00 pm – 7:50 pm Technology Session Renee Tarczon

Jump Into Music Technology Without Drowning

7:00 pm – 7:50 pm College/University Session Dr. Jackie Skara

Speaking Up and Playing Out: How to Advocate for You and Your Program

 8:00 pm – 8:50 pm Band Session Dr. Katy Strickland/Dr. Elise Hepworth

Buying In: How to Foster a Culture of Commitment and Positivity in our Ensembles, Community, and Profession

 8:00 pm – 8:50 pm Choral Session Dr. Patrick Dill

Rethinking Rhythm

 8:00 pm – 8:50 pm Elementary Session Maria Ellis

Bringing Joy in a Virtual Choir


tuesday, february 2


 7:00 pm – 7:50 pm Advancing Music Education Session Cara Bernard

“But That Doesn’t Work in Music!”: A Guide for Productive Dialogue and Growth in Teacher Evaluation

 7:00 pm – 7:50 pm Technology Session Ted Scalzo

A Rhythm a Day Teaches Students To Play

 7:00 pm – 7:50 pm Equity Session James Melton

I thought music was the great equalizer

7:00 pm – 7:50 pm Orchestra Session Chris Livesay

Nurturing Musical Creativity in Beginning Instrumental Instruction

 7:30 pm – 8:20 pm SMTE Panelist Discussion Dr. Adrianna Marshall/Dr. Daniel Hellman

Experiences of Missouri Music Educators: A Panel Discussion on Race and Diversity in Music Education

 8:00 pm – 8:50 pm Choral Session Lorraine Smith/Dr. Erin Steep

Mental Health First Aid Kit: Practical Ways to Support All Students

 8:00 pm – 8:50 pm Elementary Session Rene’ Spencer

Jump Ropes, Bouncing, and Clapping Games (Bringing the Games of the Playground Back to Life)

 8:00 pm – 8:50 pm MoASTA Business Meeting Andy Johnston

Annual Business Meeting for the MoASTA


wednesday, february 3


 6:45 pm – 8:50 pm Second General Session Chris Sprague

  • 2022-2024 MMEA Candidate Introductions
  • Special Guest Speaker (Eric Whitacre
  • MMEA Hall of Fame Award Presentation
  • Close of Conference


2022 MMEA In-Service Workshop/Conference

January 26-29, 2022

Tan-Tar-A Conference Center