|Wintergrass Teacher Workshop -- 8 Clock Hours
|Wintergrass Teacher’s Workshop
“Innovative Ways to Motivate Students and Increase Learning: Harnessing the Power of American Roots Music and Dance”
Date/Time: Friday, February 24, 2012
8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Check-In.
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Workshop
Location: Wintergrass - www.acousticsound.org (253) 428-8056
Cedar Ballroom (2nd Floor)
Bellevue Hyatt, 900 Bellevue Way, N.E., Bellevue, Washington 98004
Fee: $75 (register online at http://www.acousticsound.org/wg_teachers.htm) if paid by February 18; $85 after February 17 or at the door. Includes workshop registration fee, one-day Wintergrass pass for Friday ($55 value), Discover Bluegrass: Exploring American Roots Music educational DVD with lesson plans, a certificate of workshop attendance to verify 8 clock hours for Washington state continuing education requirements, CD’s, magazine from Bluegrass Unlimited, and other material.
NOTE: At the end of this workshop, Washington teachers will need to write a check for $16 to the Seattle Public School District and complete the In-Service Registration form in order to have the clock hours processed for Classification/Compensation.
Attendees: Elementary and middle school level teachers, special education teachers, administrators, curriculum specialists, home schooling parents, librarians, college students majoring in education and association leaders interested in starting local Bluegrass in the Schools programs. High school and college educators have also attended the workshops, and have found them to be very interesting and worthwhile.
Description: A fun, interesting and innovative way to motivate and teach students! This interactive, “hands-on” seminar will provide educational information on American roots music, share teaching and motivation approaches using music and dance, and provide lesson plans and resources for utilizing bluegrass/Americana music in the classroom. Discover strategies to increase student motivation to learn, provide cultural awareness, promote music appreciation and engage students with different learning abilities and diverse backgrounds.
The course will include sessions on motivational theory and practice in an educational setting, brain research, using bluegrass/Americana music to connect with learners, an overview of bluegrass music history, utilizing bluegrass to meet educational performance standards, case studies for cross-discipline learning, learning to play a song on an instrument (attendees will choose from banjo, mandolin or guitar), interactive instruction on using dance movement to increase learning, interaction with music students at the Wintergrass Youth Academy, and private live bluegrass/Americana music performances by top national artists.
To register, go to the Wintergrass Web Site at
For questions about the Workshop contact:
- Trisha Tubbs at (206) 915-6766 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tom Petersen at (206) 546-4865 or email email@example.com
For info on Wintergrass, go to: http://www.wintergrass.com
For info on the IBMA Bluegrass in the Schools program, please go to: http://ibma.org/node/23 and http://www.bluegrassfoundation.org/Programs/BluegrassInTheSchools
Course Schedule – “Innovative Ways to Motivate Students and Increase Learning: Harnessing the Power of American Roots Music and Dance”
8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Sign in, coffee, refreshments, course material, order lunch (optional)
8:30 a.m. – 8:40 a.m. Welcome, Introductory Remarks – Trisha Tubbs (Workshop Co-Director)
8:40 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. General Overview: “Innovative Ways to Motivate Students and Increase Learning: Harnessing the Power of American Roots Music and Dance”
Using brain research and motivation theory to motivate students and increase learning. - Tom Kopp, PhD (Professor, School of Education, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio)
9:30 a.m. – 9:40 a.m. Break. Snacks and beverages provided.
9:40 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Bluegrass in the Schools program, materials, resources and DVD. Participatory lesson demonstrations – Tom Kopp, and Tom Petersen (Workshop Co-Director and Kenmore Junior High School history teacher)
11:00 a.m. – 11:20 a.m. Wintergrass Youth Academy Overview - Beth Fortune (Wintergrass Education Director, ASTA Eclectic Styles Committee Chair & Washington Middle School Orchestra and Choir Director) & Renata Bratt, PhD & Eclectic Styles educator
11:20 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Break and travel time to Wintergrass Youth Academy
11:30 a.m. – Noon Concert (Frank Sollivan and Dirty Kitchen) and Q&A
Noon – 1:00 p.m. Lunch [On your own. Many lunch options within 2 block radius.] Open forum lunch discussion with Tom Petersen, Tom Kopp and Nancy Cardwell (IBMA Special Events Director and International Bluegrass Music Museum Board Member)
1:00 p.m. – 1:50 p.m. Award winning lesson plans: Weaving music into any subject to inspire creativity, engage students and increase learning. Understanding diversity through musical heritage. Utilizing American roots music to meet educational standards – Tom Petersen, Tom Kopp and Nancy Cardwell
1:50 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Break. Snacks and beverages provided.
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Learn to play an instrument! Bluegrass Instrument instruction:
Banjo Al Price
Guitar Gary Davidson
Mandolin Terry O’Brien
Including: The songs you can play in class tomorrow!
3:00 p.m. – 3:40 p.m. Using traditional dancing in the classroom - The Moore Family
3:40 p.m. - 3:50 p.m. Break. Snacks and beverages provided.
3:50 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Band Performance and Q & A
4:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Q&A - Tom Kopp, Tom Petersen, Trisha Tubbs, and Nancy Cardwell
Contacts and Additional Resources – Trisha Tubbs
Evaluations & Complete Paperwork for Clock Hours Credit
Enjoy the rest of the day/evening at the concerts, vendor booths and hallway jams!!!
NOTE: If you purchased a Wintergrass weekend pass, you’re welcome to observe the Wintergrass Youth Orchestra Invitational on Saturday (rehearsal) and Sunday (performance).
Many Thanks to Our Workshop Sponsors and Donors
Acoustic Sound (Wintergrass) www.acousticsound.org
The Foundation for Bluegrass Music www.bluegrassfoundation.org
International Bluegrass Music Association www.ibma.org
Wintergrass Youth Academy www.acousticsound.org/youth.html
Bluegrass Unlimited www.bluegrassmusic.com
Rural Rhythm Records www.ruralrhythm.com
Dusty Strings Acoustic Music Shop www.dustystrings.com
Nechville Musical Products www.nechville.com
Ted Brown Music www.tedbrownmusic.com
Miami University, Oxford, Ohio www.miami.muohio.edu
Washington State Essential Academic Learning Requirements (EALRs)
“Innovative Ways to Motivate Students and Increase Learning: Harnessing the Power of American Roots Music and Dance” directly addresses the following Washington State Essential Academic Learning Requirements (EALRs):
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