PMEA Music Conference Live-blog Schedule:

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If you are not able to come to the #PMEA11 music conference there are two ways that you can be a part of it and LEARN from it (from a distance!):

1. Join us on Twitter by following the #pmea11 AND #pmea Hashtag this week

2. Become immersed in the Live-blog experience!  Please see the schedule below:

PMEA Live-Blog Session Schedule

All of the sessions that we will be live-blogging at PMEA 2011 are listed below. Simply click on the session title to be taken directly to that live-blog. If you just want to browse the different live-blogs, use the buttons below!


Thursday (4/14)


  • Advocacy in Action: Winning Tomorrow’s Battles Today,
  • Conducting Technique for Music Educator,
  • The Power of Performance. . . It’s Showtime,
  • Selecting a Music Theory Textbook: A Guide for High School Teachers

11:00 – 12:00

  • All Aboard! Techniques for Anchoring Literacy in the Beginning Choral Rehearsal,
  • Performance Practice in the Music Curriculum,
  • Teaching Improvisation Using What You Already Know,
  • Teaching with Technology in the 21st Century Music Classroom,
  • The Ten Habits of Highly Effective Scat Singers

12:30 – 1:30

  • Beyond the Book: Making Music Visible,
  • Creating Your Own Acoustic Guitar Lab from Scratch,
  • Cutting Edge Teaching Strategies: Cool Ideas for a Cool Era,
  • New Directions for the Male Changing Voice
  • How Can We Meet the Complex Learning Needs of Students in a Standards Based Environment

2:00 – 3:00

  • Choral Techniques for Young Choirs,
  • Jazz Workshop for Music Educators,
  • Play! Dance! Sing! Music of the Masters for the Elementary Classroom,
  • Raising the E.E.Q. of Your Ensemble
  • Using SmartMusic 2011 in Your Music Program

3:30 – 4:30

  • A MultiSensory Approach to Teaching Music to MS Students with Autism
  • Advocacy through Evidence
  • Digital Audio for Beginners: Essential Tips for Teachers and Their Students,
  • Listening Journals in Middle School Music,
  • Vocal Health 101: Speaking and Singing Voice for Music Educators

Friday (4/15)

8:30 – 9:30

  • Classroom and Behavior Management with Children with Special Needs in Inclusion Settings
  • Orff Schulwerk: A Winning Way,
  • Preparing Your Students for College Auditions and Interviews,
  • Vocal Improvisation; and I’m Not Talking Jazz
  • Innovative Uses of Technology in the Secondary Strings Rehearsal

9:45 – 10:45

  • The Composers Circle: Composition Instruction in Elementary General Music
  • Here Comes Treble! What’s New for Two-Part Choirs
  • M.U.S.I.C.: Don’t Burn Out
  • Transfer of Learning: Students Can Perform the Sforzando Every Time
  • You Want Me to do What?!? Creating an Urban General Music Program

11:15 – 12:15

  • Advocating for Music Education from the School Board Level
  • Bringing the World to an Urban Classroom K-5
  • Quality Tried and True: Choral Repertoire for Singers of All Ages
  • Sense of Community and Social Intelligence Within Music Classrooms and Ensembles
  • Successful Cooperating Teacher Relationships: Student Teacher Perspective

2:45 – 3:45

  • How to be a Proactive Advocate for your Music Program
  • Inclusion! Rethinking Success in the Music Classroom
  • Promethean Boards for the Elementary General Music Classroom
  • The Well-Rounded Choir: Something for Everyone
  • Utilizing Technology in Percussion Instruction

4:15 – 5:15

  • Counting What Really Counts with Performance Assessment
  • Going Global: Google Earth as a Tool for Teaching World Music
  • Percussion Skills They Don’t Teach You in School
  • The Choral Rehearsal: Process to Product


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