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TMEA 2017 Elementary Music Grant

TEXAS ELEMENTARY INSTRUCTORS:
Get up to $800 in Pender’s products with a TMEA Grant!

As an Approved Vendor for the TMEA Elementary Instructional Support Program, Pender’s sales staff is ready and available to help you submit your grant request for up to $800 per campus. Your grant will go further with a 10% Pender’s discount plus free shipping on all qualifying TMEA grant materials!

Simple action steps for your grant

1) Shop the Pender’s Elementary Catalog or peruse our Elementary and General Classroom Music categories.

2) Select up to $800 in Pender’s products. ($888 really — don’t forget the 10% Pender’s discount!)

3) Fill out your Grant Order Form and click send. We will reply with your proposal (quote).

4) Finish and submit your grant application through TMEA

Grant application period: Oct. 15 to Nov. 15, 2017. Get TMEA details.

Pender’s Joy of Singing

Joy of Singing and Pender's Sacred Music Session


JOIN PENDER’S MUSIC CO. THIS SUMMER FOR JOY OF SINGING, JOY OF WORSHIP, AND PENDER’S CHURCH MUSIC SESSIONS

Lewisville Convention Center at the Hilton Garden Inn
785 SH 121 • Lewisville, TX 75067
Friday, July 7 – Saturday, July 8
Graduate credit offered.*


2017 EVENT SCHEDULE & REGISTRATION:

Friday, July 7

The Joy of Singing: Middle/High School Choir & Movement
9:00 am – 4:00 pm $55
Courtesy of Hal Leonard: the most popular reading session in the nation. It’s the best of the best for school choirs. 2-Part, 3-Part Mixed, SAB, and SATB music and movement for middle school and high school groups. PLUS: 2 spotlight topic sessions**
Clinicians: John Jacobson, Mac Huff, Greg Gilpin, Roger Emerson, Cristi Miller
REGISTER FOR JOY OF SINGING: MIDDLE/HIGH SCHOOL NOW

The Joy of Singing: Elementary Choir Music & Movement
9:00 am – 4:00 pm $55
Classroom materials and beginning choir music featuring nationally known composers and arrangers. Unison, 2-Part and 3-Part Mixed music and movement for young, developing choirs. PLUS: 2 spotlight topic sessions**
Clinicians: John Jacobson, Mac Huff, Greg Gilpin, Roger Emerson, Cristi Miller
REGISTER FOR JOY OF SINGING: ELEMENTARY NOW


Saturday, July 8

The Joy of Singing: Classroom Resources
9:00 am – 4:00 pm $55
Collections, activities, movement and musicals for the general music classroom
PLUS: 2 spotlight topic sessions**

Clinicians: John Jacobson, Roger Emerson, Cristi Miller, Greg Gilpin
REGISTER FOR JOY OF SINGING: CLASSROOM RESOURCES NOW

Joy of Worship & Pender’s Sacred Choral Session (presented together)
9:00 am – 4:00 pm $55
Hal Leonard Joy of Worship presents choral music in a variety of voicings for every sacred setting. Varying from traditional to contemporary worship styles, this session provides a multitude of choral resources for beautifying your worship. Something for every church!

Pender’s Sacred Choral Session is a multi-publisher church choral music reading session including music from Lorenz, Hope, Alfred, and Soundforth.

Clinicians: Joseph Martin, Brad Nix, Heather Sorenson, Bradley Ellingboe, and Patti Drennan
REGISTER FOR JOY OF WORSHIP/PENDER’S SACRED NOW


All Attendees Receive:

  • Morning coffee & light lunch
  • Complimentary music packets***
  • 10% discount on all items purchased at workshop
    ***Music packets of most of the music presented. Prices and workshop details subject to change.

JOY OF SINGING HOTELS:

Hilton Garden Inn Dallas Lewisville (workshop site)
785 SH 121 Bypass | Lewisville TX 75067
972-459-4600
Rate: $129/night
Group Code: PENDB
Booking Deadline: June 14
Book online now

Joy of Singing sessions feature new music from: Hal Leonard | Shawnee Press | Boosey & Hawkes | G. Schirmer Caldwell & Ivory | DeHaske | Fred Bock Music Company | Pavane Publishing

VanderCook College of Music
*VanderCook College of Music will allow attendees of Joy of Singing 1 hour of graduate credit. To be eligible, a student must have a degree in a music-related discipline. Any exceptions must be approved directly by VanderCook College of Music. To earn the credit, a student must attend two full days of Joy of Singing workshops. Students must also complete and submit the assigned project within two weeks after the completion of workshops: a lesson plan for at least one selected choral piece from the Joy of Singing workshops that you attend. A template will be provided for the lesson plan. Tuition: $320, due in full with VanderCook College of Music registration. Get more information here or contact Patrick Benson, Director of Continuing and Online Education at pbenson@vandercook.edu or 312-788-1139.

**Spotlight topic sessions are 30-minute “mini-clinics” by presenters on a topic relevant to the age group focused on that day.

Those categories with “movement” specified will have John Jacobson choreography demonstrations integrated into the session, as time allows. Access to John Jacobson choreography videos and notes for 20 new songs is included in the registration fee for all school sessions.

TMEA Clinic/Convention

Use of the TMEA logo and name does not imply TMEA endorsement or sponsorship of the company or product.

Use of the TMEA logo and name does not imply TMEA endorsement or sponsorship of the company or product.

It must be convention season! We’ll be setting up 48 booth spaces at the TMEA Clinic/Convention at the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center in San Antonio. The convention will takes place February 11-13 and is the largest of its kind in the nation, with over 26,000 attendees. Come by to check out our stock of sheet music and related materials from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday and Friday or from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Let Pender’s save you valuable time by placing your order with us in advance, and picking it up at the conference! Build a wish-list on our website or email your list to orders@penders.com. Be sure to let us know that you would like to pick up the items during the TMEA convention on any order or PO sent for this purpose, and we’ll have your materials ready when you arrive. We suggest sending us your purchase order or list by Monday, January 25th to ensure a complete fill of your requested items.

Brain Waves Stay Tuned to Early Lessons – NYTimes.com

New York Times Blog:

When children learn to play a musical instrument, they strengthen a range of auditory skills. Recent studies suggest that these benefits extend all through life, at least for those who continue to be engaged with music.

Read on… Brain Waves Stay Tuned to Early Lessons – NYTimes.com.

The Literary Essay & Its Similarity to Sheet Music

What is an essay? When you look up the word ‘essay’ in a dictionary or online, it’s actually somewhat fascinating how the definition and description about it is so similar to what you would assume you’d find when looking up the definition and description of ‘sheet music.’ It’s quite uncanny, really. With a simple word change here or there, or a twist of phrase, what can be said about an essay can be said about a piece of sheet music, or a music composition. Wait. What was that? A music ‘composition?’ Isn’t ‘composition’ a synonym for ‘essay?’ Well, there you go.

You see, according to Wikipedia, an essay is “a piece of writing which is often written from an author’s personal point of view.” That’s pretty much what a piece of sheet music is supposed to be, too. The best music is sheet music that is written from the composer’s point of view.

According to About.com, “Essays are brief, non-fiction compositions that describe, clarify, argue, or analyze a subject.” Wow. [Sheet] music is much the same.  A music composition should come from the heart and be honest and true. And certainly there’s no one out there that would argue that music is not a descriptive medium. Additionally, what serious, upper-level music student hasn’t been required at times to analyze a piece of sheet music? And let’s not forget the element of clarity that music can bring to just about any situation. Hence, the existence of love songs, silly songs, sad songs, children’s songs, love gone wrong songs, and more. Music makes going through everyday life better.

The primary definition of essay at Dictionary.com states that it is “a short [literary] composition on a particular theme or subject, usually in prose and generally analytic, speculative, or interpretive. Again, wow. Sheet music primarily begins with a theme, and certainly music can be very regimented and analytical, yet its speculative elements and how it is interpreted are big components, too. It’s all relative to the composer and the listener, of course, and it’s different for everyone. But that’s exactly why music has such value. Sheet music is limitless.

Essays are an important educational tool as well, and can be written in various forms and styles, like compare and contrast, cause and effect, descriptive, narrative — the list goes on. To wit, sheet music takes on many forms and styles, too. Some we understand, and some we don’t. And therein lies part of the mystery of it all. Whether sheet music is written in an analytical style, or whether it is written in a myriad of contrasts, it really doesn’t matter. What matters is that the creative endeavor was entered into at all. The process of writing a piece of sheet music includes forming an introduction, developing a body, and a conclusion. Wait. What was that? Introduction…body…conclusion. Sounds like the three primary elements of a good essay.

Enter the Morty Manus “What Music Means to Me” Essay Competition. Deadline is March 25th.

Elementary Music & Reading: A Perfect Christmas Combo

Now that Halloween has passed, thoughts move on to the holidays of fall and winter: Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year’s. And of course, it’s a natural progression that gift-giving (and buying) become high-priority items on many to-do lists.

As an elementary music educator, if you want to encourage the young ones in your life outside of the elementary music classroom to value not only music, but reading as well, there’s no better combination than a beautifully illustrated picture book with an accompanying CD that can be read and listened to over and over again.  Studies show that arts education directly correlates with improvements in children’s reading abilities.

It’s best to begin early, and while your elementary music classroom is a great place to encourage music and reading, it’s always nice to think beyond the school setting and the elementary music classroom itself. Get parents involved. Even if a child can’t read, the parent reading to them is a huge stepping stone to developing that child into a lifelong reader.

Lifelong readers become lifelong learners. According to the Children’s Reading Foundation “Without the ability to read, excellence in…school and beyond is unattainable.” That’s a pretty powerful statement, right? We think so, too, and if there’s ever a way to bring music, reading, and lifelong learning into the same equation, we’re all for it.  Consider a music [education] picture book/CD for all those little learners on your Holiday gift list!
For more great book/CD ideas, browse the latest edition of our Pender’s Music Co. Elementary Music catalog curriculum section.

 

Remembering the Santa Maria

Columbus Day has been celebrated all over the world in one form or another, since the colonial period, when European nation states established colonies on other continents. It was during the 400th anniversary of the United States observing and celebrating Columbus Day (1892) that teachers, preachers, poets and politicians really began using Columbus Day as an overall catalyst in teaching the ideals of patriotism to the masses.

War effort support and national loyalty to one’s country were popular themes that were used to encompass the celebration. Perhaps you made it a point to do something special and patriotic in your classroom last week, leading up to this day (since many schools were closed today); or maybe you’ll consider doing something in the coming days.

It’s always nice to remember where we came from, to reflect upon the sweet journeys of our lives, and to be thankful and proud of what we have, and what we’ve accomplished, either as individuals or collectively – as a classroom, a school, a state, a nation, a people.

Happy Columbus Day!

NEW Freddie the Frog: Beyond the Books | Finally Here!

NEW Teacher’s Book!

[The information below is taken from Sharon’s e-newsletter announcement that the long-awaited book, Freddie the Frog: Beyond the Books is finally in print. Get one now, for the beginning of your school year!]

From Sharon: How do I teach music beyond the Freddie the Frog storybooks?

The storybooks are just the introduction and the connection to Freddie.  Then, the learning really begins with Freddie introducing games, songs, and activities that always build on the foundation of the stories. Kids want to learn anything that Freddie thinks is fun!

The NEW Teacher’s Book outlines the 14 sequential lessons that I developed to teach music concepts, utilizing the storybooks and far beyond. The lessons include when and at what grade levels to introduce each book, how to introduce and review key concepts.  Plus, extension lessons that reinforce the learning.

It comes with a CD-Rom that includes:

Reproducible Student Flashcards

25 Coloring Pages

3 Interactive Whiteboard Lesson flipcharts/PPT files

Freddie the Frog® ClipArt

Assessment Report Sheet

Assessment Teacher Files

Available NOW

Sharon

Freddie the Frog®

-The Mascot of Music Education.

via NEW Freddie the Frog TEACHER’S BOOK is here!.

Other books and supplements in the Freddie Series:

Arranging Pop Tunes for Choir

For Choral Cache Thursday, here’s an article that was recently written for “Ledger Lines,” an e-newsletter that is produced by Alfred Publishing. It’s written by Michael Spresser, one of Alfred’s choral editors:

Arranging Today’s Pop Chorals
By Michael Spresser
Alfred Pop & Lawson-Gould Editor

In the history of choral music, the arranging of popular music is still a relatively new phenomenon. Some of the earliest arrangements of popular songs of the day were developed in the 1930s, when Fred Waring and his Pennsylvanians became one of the first ensembles known for singing ‘pop’ music. As you know, many of today’s current top pop songs are lyrically inappropriate, lack a strong melody, or the melody simply isn’t conducive to choral harmony.What does Alfred look for in a current pop choral arrangement? Many of the same things that are found in any successful choral composition:

– Does the melody stay within an appropriate range and tessitura for developing voices?

– Does the arranger use the best voice-leading possible? In other words, do the parts move in a way that help a singer experience success?

– Does the arrangement allow for proper and healthy vocal technique?

– Does the arrangement replicate the sound of the original while allowing for solid choral harmony?

– Does the arrangement encourage the building of listening skills and the teaching of basic musical concepts?

– Does the accompaniment enhance, while still supporting, the choral parts?

– Is the arrangement rhythmically accurate (true to the original), without being difficult to read?

– Does the arrangement allow solo opportunities where appropriate?

All of these questions, and more, are considered when we select our current pop arrangements. Arrangements that maintain choral integrity while also maintaining the style of the original are [some of the hallmarks] of Alfred publications.

Check out some of their newest releases that were featured at our recent choral reading session event, Sing-a-bration!


*Content used by permission of Alfred Publishing Company.

Elementary Music Resources

Dr. Vicky V. Johnson, Assistant Professor and Area Coordinator at Tarleton State University (Stephenville, TX), has compiled a comprehensive website of music resources, including some valuable elementary music links. Here is one of them, which is sourced from the TMEA website, on tips for new teachers:

Teaching Resources

As part of our commitment to excellence in music education for all students, TMEA supports its members through a myriad of professional development opportunities. TMEA sponsors Region workshops with grant funding, hosts the annual clinic/convention that offers hundreds of hours of professional development opportunities, partners in a mentoring network for teachers, provides pedagogical resources through its monthly magazine, and offers additional resources through this website.

Teaching the Fine Arts TEKS

The backbone of fine arts instruction in Texas, the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills TEKS, help educators structure instruction around what students should know and be able to do by the end of each grade level in art, dance, music, and theatre. The Center for Educator Development in Fine Arts CEDFA supports fine arts teachers in implementing the Fine Arts TEKS. This network began as a cadre of educators and administrators trained by CEDFA to provide professional development workshops specifically targeted on TEKS implementation. CEDFA offers resources through its website and hosts statewide fine arts summits that focus on teaching strategies aligned with the TEKS. The CEDFA Summits serve as the only venue for educators from all four fine arts disciplines to meet and discuss relevant issues such as assessment and integration of the arts with other academic disciplines.

Fine Arts TEKS

TAC Chapter 117