NYSCAME Professional Development Series

NYSCAME/Suffolk is an approved Sponsor of Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) pursuant to Section 80-6 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education.

 

2018-2019 NYSCAME Professional Development Workshops

Pease note that the locations are subject to change
All workshops are from 4pm-6pm

 

  • September 25, 2018 – Music Literacy in the Elementary Chorus Rehearsal
    • Craig B. Knapp
    • Hauppauge Middle School
  • October 22, 2018 –Read the Music, Not the Notes
    • Malcolm Gilbert
    • Bay Shore Middle School
  • October 23, 2018 –The New NYSSMA Manual Revisions in the Instrumental Jazz Requirements
    • Kevin Bayen
    • Hauppauge High School
  • November 14, 2018 – Folk Dancing Fun: Sure-Fire Dances Your Elementary Students Will Love!
    • Craig B. Knapp
    • West Islip High School
  • December 4, 2018 – Jazz and the American Popular Songbook
    • Rich Iacona and Madeline Kole
    • The Jazz Loft, Stony Brook
  • February 6, 2019 – Feldenkrais for Musicians
    • Stephen Gorgone
    • Middle Country
  • February 7, 2019 – Teaching Snare, Mallets, and Timpani in the School Curriculum
    • Dr. Stephen Paysen
    • Three Village School District – Ward Melville High School
  • March 6, 2019 – Ukulele… seriously?
    • Adam Wilbur
    • Longwood
  • March 11, 2019 – Building and Maintaining a Music Program in a Small School
    • Dustin Ramirez
    • The Stony Brook School

 

 Workshop Descriptions

 

September 25, 2018 – Music Literacy in the Elementary Chorus Rehearsal

Craig B. Knapp

Hauppauge Middle School

 

One of the challenges that elementary choral directors often face is building in quality time for music literacy during rehearsals. Rehearsal time is limited and we often find ourselves focusing on the preparation and demands of upcoming performances. This workshop will guide participants through a series of activities, warm-ups and techniques, all implementing Conversational Solfege. Attendees will be guided through various games including, “Forbidden Pattern,” “Human Piano,” “Simon,” “Lower the Curtain,” and “Solfege Wars.” These carefully sequenced games help to create a positive choral rehearsal climate that will enable students to joyfully assimilate the skills necessary to be musically literate. Techniques applicable for all levels of choral instruction.

Craig B. Knapp is a graduate of the Crane School of Music and has been teaching Classroom Music and Chorus, grades 3 through 5, in the Rocky Point School District since 1998. With his innovative and energetic approach to music education, Mr. Knapp directs the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra of New York’s Children’s Treble Choirs. Craig is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Hofstra University. He is also the director of the Early Childhood Community Music Program at Stony Brook University, where he instructs children in Pre-K through 3rd grade. Craig is the co-author of the book, “First Steps in Music with Orff Schulwerk: Sing, Say, Dance, Play.”

 

October 22, 2018 –Read the Music, Not the Notes

Malcolm Gilbert

Bay Shore Middle School

We don’t try to read novels one letter at a time, so why should we attempt to read music note-by-note? This session offers remedies for the strategic short-comings of our students as they attempt to read music. Time-tested methods will improve NYSSMA sight-reading scores, save rehearsal time and, most importantly, create literate, autonomous musicians. Materials and irreverent metaphors will be provided.

Malcolm Gilbert has spent the past 24 years in the Massapequa School District as the director of the Freshman Choir. Malcolm is an active private voice teacher, adjudicator, conductor, and guest speaker. He has presented workshops for the NYSSMA Winter Conference, Nassau-NYSCAME, SCMEA-NYSCAME, Balanced Mind Conference, and Hofstra University’s ACDA and NAfMe chapters. He has been the featured guest on the Find Your Forte podcast.  Malcolm is an original member of eVoco Voice Collective, and is an active freelance baritone.  Away from the concert hall, Malcolm is an avid weightlifter and exercise enthusiast.

 

October 23, 2018 –The New NYSSMA Manual Revisions in the Instrumental Jazz Requirements

Kevin Bayen

Hauppauge High School

A roundtable discussion on the revisions to the instrumental jazz requirements in the new NYSSMA manual, (Drum Set & Lead Trumpet). This session will include a discussion and demonstration of the new drum set styles and improvisation requirements.

Kevin R. Bayen holds both undergraduate and graduate degrees in Music Education from LIU Post, as well as a post graduate degree in administration and supervision from Brooklyn College. In 1979 Mr. Bayen began his career in the Hewlett-Woodmere School Public Schools where he has served as an elementary, middle school and high school band director and in 1989 he was appointed District Director of Music Education. In June of 2016 Mr. Bayen retired after 38 years in public school education. Kevin has also taught on the college level, conducting the Nassau Community College Concert Band from 1990 to 1994 and he appeared as a guest lecturer at LIU Post and Hofstra University. Mr. Bayen has served as President of the Nassau Music Educators Association as well as the Nassau County Chapter of the New York State Council of Administrators of Music Education. From 1997–2003 he served on the Executive Council of NYSSMA as the Nassau County Zone 13 Representative to the New York State School Music Association. Kevin currently serves on NYSSMA’s Adjudication Festival Committee as the Instrumental Jazz Coordinator and is the All State Instrumental Jazz Ensemble Chairperson. Mr. Bayen is also the co-director of the professional development workshops for Nassau County Chapter of the New York State Council of Administrators of Music Education.

 

November 14, 2018 – Folk Dancing Fun: Sure-Fire Dances Your Elementary Students Will Love!

Craig B. Knapp

West Islip High School

This high energy, interactive session will explore a collection of dances that your students are bound to enjoy! In addition to participating in a variety of fun folk dances, this session will also provide: tips on successfully calling a dance, strategies for effectively selecting partners in the classroom, and information on how to host a family folk dance festival.

Craig B. Knapp is a graduate of the Crane School of Music and has been teaching Classroom Music and Chorus, grades 3 through 5, in the Rocky Point School District since 1998. With his innovative and energetic approach to music education, Mr. Knapp directs the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra of New York’s Children’s Treble Choirs. Craig is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Hofstra University. He is also the director of the Early Childhood Community Music Program at Stony Brook University, where he instructs children in Pre-K through 3rd grade. Craig is the co-author of the book, “First Steps in Music with Orff Schulwerk: Sing, Say, Dance, Play.”

 

December 4, 2018 – Jazz and the American Popular Songbook

Rich Iacona and Madeline Kole

The Jazz Loft, Stony Brook

Sharing the gift of the great American Songbook; The songs of Gershwin, Arlen, Berlin, Porter, Warren, etc will be presented. The performance and discussion of the melodies and lyrics to these classics will be presented. Discussion of the songwriters and lyricist is also include in the presentation.

 RICHIE IACONA -Piano Free Lance Pianist, Arranger, Composer and Conductor. Arranger/Conductor with Julius LaRosa, Toni Arden, Fran Jeffries, Gerard Carelli, Tony Babino, Marilyn Michaels, Claiborne Cary, John Pizzerelli Jr. Madeline Kole, Peter Lemongello, Kate Baldwin, Lillias White, and many others.

Madeline Kole – BASS/VOCALIST Jazz vocalist, Vocal Coach, SCMEA Clinician and freelance jazz bassist performing throughout the N.Y.C. area since 1976. Her vast vocal repertoire and her precise and poignant execution renders her a “singer supreme”. She has sustained a full time career as a vocalist/bassist thoughout the United States. As a solo vocalist she appears at all the major hotels in NYC. as well as resort areas throughout the U.S. Ms Kole is considered an “authority” on the American Popular Song, it’s songwriters and lyricists.

                                                                                                                                  

February 6, 2019 – Feldenkrais for Musicians

Stephen Gorgone

Middle Country

In this workshop, participants will be guided through various movement sequences in order to improve their mobility and better integrate their nervous and muscular systems. There will be discussions on the pertinent concepts of the Feldenkrais Method, its application to our well-being as musicians, and its methodology as applicable to improving one’s teaching.

Stephen Gorgone is a professional violist, violinist, private music teacher, and Feldenkrais teacher. He has taught music theory, music education, chamber music, and private lessons at Stony Brook University, Ithaca College, and throughout Long Island. A proponent of the Feldenkrais Method, he incorporates the methodology for healthier playing and a clearer teaching. A Doctor of Musical Arts candidate at Stony Brook University, he currently studies with members of the Emerson String Quartet and Nicholas Cords of the Silk Road Ensemble. He holds MM, BM, and BA degrees from Ithaca College in Viola Performance and Mathematics.

 

February 7, 2019 – Teaching Snare, Mallets, and Timpani in the School Curriculum

Dr. Stephen Paysen

Three Village School District – Ward Melville High School

This is a workshop, or series of workshops, on integrating teaching snare, mallets, timpani, and traps into the weekly percussion lesson schedule. The snare workshop starts with first lessons and can include a curriculum from elementary through high school. The mallet workshop emphasizes reading with out looking at the keyboard and starts with first lessons. Timpani emphasizes technique, tuning, and maintenance.

Stephen Paysen retired from the Northport/E. Northport School District where he taught middle and elementary school band and jazz band for 25 years. He is now a NYSSMA percussion adjudicator. Dr. Paysen received his Doctorate in Percussion Performance from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and his education certification from Queens College. Dr. Paysen, a freelance solo and ensemble performer, was the staff percussionist with the Composers Conference under the direction of Mario Davidovsky for 32 years. He has performed with many prominent new music ensembles in New York City, DoublePlay Percussion Ensemble, as well as Broadway pit orchestras, and was principal percussionist with the former Nassau Symphony. He has many recordings including George Crumb’s “Idyll for the Misbegotten”, Robert Moev’s “Concerto for Piano, Percussion and Orchestra”, and John Lessard’s “Duo for Percussion and Piano” and has premiered over a hundred works for chamber ensemble. A native of California, he lives in East Setauket, New York, with his wife, also a musician.

 

March 6, 2019 – Ukulele… seriously?

Adam Wilbur

Longwood

The ukulele population is on the rise. There are many beginners out there, but what do you do after you learn your basic chords? This workshop is intended for students and teachers looking to go to the next level beyond the open chords. Topics discussed will be ukulele types, brands, literature, arranging, strumming, pedagogy, performers, and all thing ukulele related! Please bring a ukulele and songs will be provided at multiple skill levels. ALOHA!

Adam is a High School Band Director in the Longwood School District. He is a proficient ukulele performer and arranger who has been very active in the ukulele community. He is a member of several forums and is an active participant at ukulele festivals.

 

March 11, 2019 – Building and Maintaining a Music Program in a Small School

Dustin Ramirez

The Stony Brook School

This workshop is design to talk to those music educators that are teaching in small schools and how we can work on building and maintaining our programs to something the school values.

 Dustin Ramirez is the Director of Performing Arts at The Stony Brook School.