LESSON PLAN &
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MONDAY, MARCH 8, 2021
An academic approach to songwriting
A SONGWRITING AND RESEARCH PLAN
Music Educator Award winner Kent Knappenberger and English teacher Ashley Carlson (Westfield Academy & Central School, Westfield, NY) created a lesson plan demonstrating how Music and English classes collaborate to create a song based on their research of a human rights defender. They use Natalie Merchant’s “Wonder” as a research tool.
Hot Takes on Real World Scenarios
SONGWRITING / JOURNALISM / PERFORMANCE
Inner workings of becoming successful in those careers and how they work together.
Young Professionals in Music With Justin Klunk and Haleigh Bowers
A study guide addressing many of the non-musical skills required to help a musician be a successful professional
Music Careers in Preservation and Research
THE HISTORY OF AUDIO
Learning from the past is beneficial to our “present” and essential for success in the future.
An afternoon with HAIM
INSIGHTS ON BEING A MUSIC PROFESSIONAL
A look into putting oneself in a position to get hired via the creation of a portfolio containing an Electronic Press Kit (EPK), photos, videos, and more.
TUESDAY, MARCH 9, 2021
Socially distanced Choral rehearsal techniques
SOCIALLY DISTANCED CHORAL REHEARSAL TECHNIQUES WITH JEFFERY REDDING
Music Educator Award winner Jeffery Redding (University of Central Florida) discusses techniques he uses to ensure quality ensemble performance despite the restrictions as a result of COVID19.
An afternoon with PJ Morton
MUSIC PRODUCTION TODAY
A study guide on the role of a music producer in today’s industry.
Using Music to Teach Other Subjects
A STUDY GUIDE FOR MUSIC AND HUMANITIES
Jane Ortner Education Award- winner and Humanities educator Sunshine Cavalluzzi joins music teacher Ryan Yoder to develop a collaborative lesson utilizing both subjects to enhance performance and create a deeper understanding of the role of music in our society.
An afternoon with Hunter Hayes
THE SOUND OF COUNTRY MUSIC AND ITS INFLUENCE
A look into its beginnings and what it is that gives Country Music its unique sound and character.
Business, Production & Performance, in conjunction with the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 10, 2021
Afternoon with Jon Batiste
A study guide on how artists identify and develop a positive uniqueness to set them apart from other artists.
An afternoon with H.E.R.
HOW TO BECOME A PROFESSIONAL ARTIST
A study guide detailing professionalism and the selection of a team is vital for success.
An afternoon with Michael League
THE MUSIC DIRECTOR
A study guide detailing the role of professional music directors working for artists.
The Art of Tech, Performance & Business
MUSIC TECH / MANAGEMENT / PERFORMANCE
A study the guide on the role of performers, managers, and music techs and the professional roles they play.
Young Professionals in Music With Billy Norris and Devon Eisenbarger
CONSIDERING AND CREATING A CAREER IN MUSIC
This study guide identifies high-risk and low-risk professions relative to methods of compensation.
THURSDAY, MARCH 11, 2021
Exploring elements of producing music with Derek "Mixedbyali" Ali
BECOMING A MUSIC PRODUCER
A look into the many elements that have been added to the traditional role of producing a recording due, in large part, to technological advancements and the ever-changing roles of producers, engineers, artists, and labels
Women in the Business of Music
NAVIGATING THE BUSINESS OF MUSIC
A study guide that takes a look into the business side of record labels.
Preparing for a school performance on the GRAMMY Awards telecast with Alexander Lloyd Blake
PREPARING FOR A PERFORMANCE
A study guide about preparing professional and school ensembles for performance.
Conversation With 2020 Music Educator Award Winner Mickey Smith, Jr.
KEEP ON GOING
Music Educator Award winner Mickey Smith, Jr. and English teacher Lacey Blocker of Maplewood Middle School in Sulphur, LA provides a lesson plan on perseverance and the importance of learning from disappointment and failure.
The Art and Science of Recording & Performing With Charlie Puth and Manny Marroquin
A study guide on the various types of engineers in audio. This guide can be taught combined with Music Producer, Artist and/or other related guides.