On October 14, over 120 participants of the Annual Music Educators’ Symposium filed into the Massry Recital Hall on the College of St. Rose campus anxious to hear the keynote and performance of singer/songwriter Tom Chapin.
The three time Grammy winner did not disappoint. Through voice and song Tom conveyed the importance of music in the elementary school classroom. He discussed how music can support curriculum and turn memorization into something fun and exciting.
The keynote set the tone for the rest of the program as participants moved about St. Rose’s cutting-edge Massry Center for the Arts.
Music educators and St. Rose music majors, many with their instruments in tow, took advantage of many high quality workshops that highlighted music’s role in education.
Many workshops were instrument focused while some workshops, like Brian Mooney’s GarageBand and Midi in the Classroom were focused on digital production. Here participants learned the fundamentals of working and recording with this popular software.
Symposium favorite Deborah Keogh and her colleague Lori Hershenhart focused their session on music advocacy. They discussed strategies to keep administrators, Board of Education members and the general community aware and supportive of school district music programs.
Participants gathered after the morning session to lunch in St. Joseph’s Auditorium where people were discussing the early part of the program and what was to come.
After lunch, participants went on to take part in two afternoon sessions with workshops including instrument repair, music literacy and composition and choral and concert theory reading.
Participant evaluations confirmed the symposium to be very positive, informative and worthwhile.