Sunday, April 19, 2020 from 2:30-6:00
Guest Speakers: Dr. Karin Hendricks and Dr. Tawnya Smith

Two Speakers + Two Topics= Mini-Conference 2020

Annual Membership Meeting from 2:30-3:00

Presentation from 3:00-6:00

1) Managing Self-Talk, and Other Strategies to Boost Performance Confidence
Overly self-conscious thoughts can lead to anxiety and interfere with our musical development and success. In this session we discuss research-based strategies for managing fears and turning negative thought patterns into confidence-boosting affirmations and habits. We will also engage in interactive, embodied relaxation activities. Come and practice these techniques in a safe, reflective space where you can choose your level of engagement. Bring instruments and practice performing, or feel free to just sit and observe.

-Karin Hendricks is Associate Professor and Chair of Music Education at Boston University. She has served in state and national leadership for ASTA including as National Secretary; Indiana Chapter President; on the Massachusetts Chapter board and American String Teacher editorial board; and on national collegiate, content, and research committees.

2) Easy Frames for Free Improvisation
In this workshop, participants will learn a series of free improvisation frames specifically designed for teachers who have little improvisation experience. The purpose of the workshop is to help music teachers release apprehension about improvising so that they can enhance their music lessons, group classes, and rehearsals. Participants will learn how to use simple frames for constructing free improvisations with students of any age or ability level.

-Tawnya Smith is Assistant Professor of Music Education at Boston University. She teaches graduate courses in research, curriculum, arts integration, and undergraduate courses in creating healthy classrooms, and arts and the environment. Dr. Smith is an integrative researcher who explores expressive arts principles to promote holistic learning. Her background in music education has led her to experiment with free improvisation and multi-modal art response as a means for learners to explore the self in community settings. Her recent work focuses upon arts integration and social justice.

Please register online to reserve a place at the conference.

ASTA Members/Students of ASTA Members, Free of Charge

Non-ASTA Members/Parents, $15 online

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