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Drumming in the elementary classroom workshop will include drumming skills in tone production and proper playing techniques. You will learn to construct formats for improvisation by identifying the elements of Question / Answer and Call / Response exercises and develop improvisational skills. You will learn to analyze an ensemble to discover relationships within the musical score, and how to modify World Music Drumming Ensembles with songs, movement, and for programs in your school. This workshop also will incorporate children’s books with several ways to illustrate literature with sound and drumming ensembles called “Sound Stories”.

Course Schedule (15 Contact Hours)
Friday: 5pm – 9pm
Saturday: 8am –5pm (1 hour break)
(5pm – 8pm Group Reflection (credit only)
(We understand teachers may be late arriving to Friday start time because of contract obligations)

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icon Drumming In Elementary School Brochure May 2015

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The Midwest Children’s Choir Festival, sponsored by the Ames Children’s Choirs, is still accepting applications for select Iowa singers in Grades 5-7 (unchanged voices).  Each choir director may select up to 10 singers to participate in the festival mass choir.  Dr. Sandra Snow will serve as the festival clinician and will conduct the mass choir in Stephens Auditorium in Ames on April 24, 2015.  For more information and registration forms, contact Shon Stephenson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 515-290-1422.

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Please consider taking the following survey to help us understand how our profession is changing. Results will be available through IMEA at the 2015 Conference.

The State of Music Education in Iowa Public Schools

How have our jobs changed in the last 25 years?

Music teachers in K-12 public schools are eligible to participate in this study.

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We are writing to invite you and members of the Iowa MEA to join us at the 5th International Symposium on Assessment in Music Education, Connecting Practice, Measurement, and Evaluation, to be held February 18-21, 2015 at the Williamsburg Lodge and Conference Center in historic Williamsburg, Virginia. This event is endorsed by the National Association for Music Education and the International Society for Music Education.

Read more: 5th International Symposium on Assessment in Music Education

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2015 Annual Professional Development Conference

Nov. 19-21, 2015
Scheman Building
Iowa State University, Ames, IA