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Women In Music Career Panel

Building a Portfolio Career

A career in music is rarely just one thing. More often, it’s a combination of
activities that create multiple income streams. Some of these activities include
performance, recording, composition, arranging, teaching, consulting, and work
in technology only to name a few. If managed well, portfolio careers can help
maintain ongoing income streams through times of economic change.

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Music In Film and Television Panel

The Powerful Partnership of Music and Media

Music can significantly elevate the dramatic experience of films, television,
video games, and other media when properly used together. To get this
combination of music and visuals just right, a team of professionals including
the composer, music supervisor, the producer or director, and the music editor
collaborate for the best possible results.

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Mentorship With GRAMMY U

Breaking Into the Music Profession

There is no single pathway to breaking into the music profession. The journey
for the professional classical musician, jazz musician, popular musician, or music
educator are all different and require different approaches. One universal
component, however, to any successful career in music is the utilization of a
powerful professional network to create opportunities.

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Artist Session - Chase Atlantic

The Touring Musician

One of the most joyful benefits of participating in music is the opportunity to
travel, meet new friends, and experience new cultures through performance.
Touring is not only a personally enriching experience, but for many professional
musicians, touring and live performance is their primary source of income. A
successful tour has a clear purpose, a solid plan, and relies on the positive
cooperation of many individuals.

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LGBTQ Panel in Partnership with The Ally Coalition

Discovering the Right Music Career

When we think of having a career in music, we often think in terms of becoming
a performer as this is the most recognizable activity in music. For some, a career
in performance is a perfect fit. However, there are a wide range of careers in
music beyond performance that include technology, business, education, and
administration only to name a few. The journey to discover our own strengths
and skill sets that intersect with opportunities in the music profession can be
rewarding and enlightening!

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Guest Artist Session - Catie Turner

Next Steps for Young Musicians

Participating in music can be a deeply enriching lifelong activity for everyone.
This can be as a fan, supporter, hobbyist, amateur performer, or as a
professional. And, of course, music educators are the corner stone for
promoting and instilling a lifelong love of music in their students!

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Educator Professional Development Clinic

Teaching And Understanding The Creative Process In The Classroom

Music education and active music making provides a powerful platform to
develop transferrable skills that can benefit any professional workplace. These
skills can include networking, collaboration, entrepreneurship, and creative
problem solving. All these skills are rooted in the creative process which can be
practiced in musical and non-musical activities in your classroom.

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History of Hip Hop & The Hip Hop Experience

No Lesson Plan For This Session


Engineering / Recording / Producer Panel

Ear Training for Audio Engineers

Ear training is a fundamental component of any musicians training through the
identification of intervals, melodies, harmonies, and rhythms. Fluency in music
is directly related to how well we hear and perceive these musical elements.
The audio engineer and producer not only utilize these traditional elements, but
also develop aural skills to identify specific frequencies, volume levels, and
spatial relationships bringing an extra level of awareness and detail to music

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World Beat Rhythms Workshop

No Lesson Plan For This Session

Shakira Exhibit Tour & Non-Profit Spotlight

An Overview Of Latin Music As Another Way To Appreciate All Music

Opening our students’ ears and intellectual appreciation of Latin music will
enrich the listening and creating music process beyond these genres. This
awareness might also develop a deeper cultural appreciation of traditions and
artistic treasures from the communities this music represents. The first step to
approaching Latin music is to understand the term “Latin,” as from an American
academic perspective, it might include not only a variety of genres but
represent a vast number of geographical areas, including Latin America and
Spain and the strong roots from West Africa.

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Guest Artist Session – NLE Choppa and Baby Tate

Training the Multi-Instrumentalist

Traditional music education often prioritize specialization towards becoming
highly proficient on a single instrument. Some music students, however, identify
less with playing a single instrument, but take a broader approach to music
making through playing multiple instruments along with singing, composition,
recording and production. These highly motivated students can provide
tremendous opportunities and challenges for the music educator!

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FRIDAY, MARCH 10, 2023

From Songwriting To Performance

Exploring The Professional Opportunities For Today’s Songwriter

Today’s songwriter finds themselves working in many different environments:
collaborating with other songwriters to write for an artist, working in a studio
with an electronic music producer, composing music for sync (film and
television), and even writing songs for their own performances as singer-

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Music Therapy Panel

Becoming a Music Advocate

As musicians, we are keenly aware of the wide-ranging benefits music can have on communities, education, and the economy. These benefits, however, are not always understood by others in decision making positions when determining budgets, curriculum, and policy that might negatively impact music. It becomes incumbent for musicians and music lovers to become knowledgeable about the issues to make persuasive arguments to promote the health and accessibility of music for all.

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Guest Artist Session - Justin Tranter

Collaboration in the Music Profession

Working successfully with different types of people in the music profession is
not only an essential skill, it can greatly amplify the enjoyment of your work and
make you more productive. The music profession thrives when people of all
different backgrounds and experiences come together to create the best
possible outcome. Music education is an ideal environment to develop
collaboration skills that can be applied to music and any other career pursuit.

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Music Educator Award 10th Anniversary Celebration

Innovative Approaches to Music Teaching & Learning

Collaboration in the Music Profession
Today’s music educator approaches teaching and learning in exciting,
innovative, and new ways inspiring their students to become more involved in
music. It is exciting times! Many of these innovative music educators have
shifted their position away from exclusively a “master to student” approach to
more of a partnership with their students on their musical exploration.

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