University School of Milwaukee
Miriam Altman knew from the beginning of her career that her passion lay in working with young adolescents. She teaches middle school students at University School of Milwaukee in Milwaukee, WI. Her curricular offerings include six choruses, West African and Latin American drumming, and class guitar. CMP has been a significant influence in her teaching for over fifteen years. Her interests in non-Western musical traditions led her to study drumming and vocal music at the Dagbe Cultural Institute in Ghana, West Africa in 2010 and 2011. She is also a member of the Wisconsin Advocates for Music Education where she teams with other educators, school board members, and business owners to spearhead music education advocacy efforts throughout the state. Ms. Altman presents regularly at state and regional conferences, including the Wisconsin State Music Conference and American Choral Directors Association – North Central Division Conference. Her students have been invited to perform at a number of select venues, including the 2011 Wisconsin Choral Directors’ Association Convention. Miriam is CMP chair-elect.
Special Interests within CMP:
- CMP and Non-Western Music – What makes an arrangement “authentic”? Why does authenticity matter? How can educators teach music and culture in such a way that respects the traditions it originates from?
- Choosing Quality Repertoire – The music we choose implicitly carries a message of value to our students, parents, colleagues, and administrators. How can we find great music of all styles, cultures, and time periods, which is also appealing to our students and worth our time?
- Student-Centered Pedagogy – How can we create more opportunities for students to experiment, lead, take risks, think, and engage within the ensemble setting? Just as importantly, how can we do this in such a way that adds to ensemble quality and excellence?
- CMP and Popular Music Styles – How can we foster student involvement in musical pursuits outside of the traditional band, orchestra, and choral ensembles? What are the best ways to help foster great musicianship skills in our kids who play and sing in rock/pop styles?
Learn about Kathy
Kathy Bartling graduated from U-W Steven Point with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education. She began her teaching career in Amherst, WI where she taught HS chorus, MS chorus and K-8 general music for 3 years. In 2017 she retired from teaching elementary music and 6th grade chorus at Waunakee Intermediate School where she had enjoyed working with music students since 1977.
She has served as Vice-President (South Central) of the WMEA and been involved in a variety of WMEA committees. She has presented sessions at the WMEA convention in Madison on elementary music technology, assessment, and CMP. Her students have participated as demo students for the Peripole Co, and other elementary clinicians. Kathy was awarded the Kohl Award for teaching excellence in 2000.
Kathy has been a member of the CMP committee since 2005.
Special Interests within CMP:
- General Music – How does CMP apply to a general music classroom? It’s not just for performance groups!
- Concerts That Teach – How does CMP help us enrich our elementary concerts and inform our parents about the great music education that their students receive?
- Creativity – How do we nurture and encourage creativity, composing and improvisation among our youngest students?
- Great Literature for young kids – What are the best songs that every elementary student should sing? What are some of the best listening experiences, dances, and instrument playing experiences for K-6?
Manitowoc Lincoln High School
Learn about David
David Bowman teaches chorus at Lincoln High School in Manitowoc, WI, and also serves as the Chair of the district’s Music Department. A passionate advocate for high-quality arts education, his particular interests include affective rehearsals, curricular collaboration between the arts, and grass-roots growing of the CMP model within an entire district of music educators.
Lawrence Academy of Music
Karen Bruno has been a member of the CMP Committee since 2002. She has taught choral and general music, K-12, in the Appleton Area School District and has taught several ensembles within the Lawrence Academy Girl Choir program. She earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, obtained teaching certification through Lawrence University, and earned her M.Mus. from Boston University. She has served in multiple leadership roles within the American Choral Directors Association (state and divisional levels) and recently completed a six-year tenure as chair of North Central ACDA’s Repertoire and Standards for Children’s and Community Youth Choirs. She is currently the Director of the Lawrence Academy of Music, a community music school affiliated with Lawrence University’s Conservatory in Appleton, WI. More than 2,000 students, aged 6 months through adult, make music in Academy programs annually. She continues to conduct the high school component of the Lawrence Academy Girl Choir, provide clinics for middle and high school choirs, guest conduct youth and women’s choirs, and lead CMP staff development sessions.
Special Interests within CMP:
- Finding (and using, and “selling” to students) quality choral music
- Aesthetic education (inquiry-based)
- The talent myth and its implications in public school settings
- Advocating the use of CMP – an administrator’s view
Al Behrman Elementary School
Bruce Clawson is the general music specialist at Al Behrman Elementary School in Baraboo, WI. His initial music teacher training was done at Luther College and the University of Wisconsin – Madison. As a student of John Feierabend, his primary area of interest has become early childhood music. Clawson has received extensive training in both Orff and Kodaly methodologies and is particularly interested in incorporating improvisation and composition into the general music classroom. He is first and foremost a singer, but enjoys playing many styles of music on the guitar, as well as other folk instruments.
Patrick Marsh Middle School
Sun Prairie, WI
Chris Gleason is an instrumental music educator at Patrick Marsh Middle School in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. He is the 2017 Wisconsin Middle School Teacher of the Year, a finalist for the 2017 National Teacher of the Year, a semifinalist for the 2017 GRAMMY Music Educator Award, and a 2016 Kohl Fellow. Chris earned his BME at UW-Eau Claire in 1997 and his Masters Degree from UW-LaCrosse in 2002. He has taught band in the East Troy School District and the LaCrosse School District. Mr. Gleason has performed professionally at Disneyland, Valleyfair, and the Mall of America. He has been guest conductor of numerous camps and festivals across the nation. He is the past-chair of the Wisconsin Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance (CMP) Committee and the Wisconsin State Middle Level Honors Project. He has taught workshops at numerous conferences, universities, school districts and recently in Hong Kong. Mr. Gleason is the recent recipient of the Melvin F. Pontious Sparks in Music Education Award, Michael G. George Distinguished Service Award and the Vi Miller Award for Excellence. Mr. Gleason is the founder and organizer of the Band Festival at the Kalahari in Wisconsin Dells that has to date inspired more than 24,000 young musicians.
- Assessment and Grading – What motivates students? How do we assess student learning?
- Applying the writing/research of Pink, Kohn, and Zander.
- Technology and CMP – The advance of technology is one of the most important changes we face. How can technology enhance and not get in the way of great teaching?
- Concerts That Teach – How can we transform our performances into informances?
- Creativity and CMP – How can we use the concepts shared by Sir Ken Robinson, Daniel Pink and others in our classrooms? What is the role of creativity in music?
- Music, Talent and the Brain – How does the research of Daniel Coyle, Eric Jensen and others impact our teaching of skill? What does the science suggest?
- Questioning Strategies – Our most used (and often neglected strategy). Ways to improve what we do most.
Appleton East High School
Carrie Lane (Gruselle) Gray is a retired high school, middle, and elementary school strings for the Appleton Area School District in Appleton, Wisconsin. She is a published composer and arranger of music for string orchestra and is currently string editor for FJH Music Company Inc.
She is actively involved with the Wisconsin Music Educators Association where she has served as Orchestra Chair, and is a member of the CMP (Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance) Project. She is a past orchestra chair for the Wisconsin School Music Association Middle Level Honors Project, and is currently president of the Wisconsin chapter of ASTA (American String Teachers Association).
Ms. Gruselle is also Lead Teacher for the ASTA String Project at Appleton’s Lawrence University
UW-Whitewater Music Dept
Learn about Glenn
Glenn C. Hayes is the Director of Bands and Professor of Music Education at the University of Wisconsin -Whitewater. Under his guidance, the UW-W band program has received international, national and regional acclaim for excellence in performance both in the concert hall and on the marching field. The Symphonic Wind Ensemble has performed by invitation at conventions of the College Band Directors National Conference and the Music Educators National Conference, and has been critically acclaimed by prominent composers and guest conductors. The Symphonic Wind Ensemble was the first Wisconsin band to perform at Carnegie Hall and Chicago’s Symphony and only the third band from the US to perform by invitation at the International Wind Band Festival in Manchester, England. Through numerous presentations, Dr. Hayes has acquired a national leadership role in the area of band literature and integrative teaching, instrumental music education, conducting, and recovering the soul of the ensemble. He has guest conducted in Africa, Europe and throughout the United States. Dr. hayes also oversees and conducts at the Warhawk Summer Band Camps.
Learn about Jerry
Jerry Hrovat has been a Program Associate at Wisconsin School Music Association (WSMA), Wisconsin Music Educators Association (WMEA) and Wisconsin Foundation for School Music (WFSM) since March of 1998. One of his duties is to provide support through the Wisconsin Center for Music Education to the CMP Project.
Prior to joining WSMA, WMEA and WFSM, Jerry worked at Computerland and served as Assistant Manager of the McFarland High School swimming pool from 1979 to 1983. Jerry has been an avid performer both part-time and full-time with various bands from 1977 to present, specializing in numerous music genres to include gospel, jazz, big band and show band music.
Jerry earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Music Performance and Business Administration from UW-Platteville.
Van Hise Elementary School
Margaret Jenks has been teaching for twenty years at a variety of different schools and grade levels. She currently conducts elementary and middle school choirs for the Madison Youth Choirs and teaches K-5 in the Madison Metropolitan School District. She has served as a clinician and speaker at a number of state and regional conferences–especially in areas of repertoire selection and the changing boys’ voice. She has actively pursued CMP thinking and teaching since her college days at Lawrence University, where Rick Bjella was a major influence on her decision to become a music educator. Recent CMP highlights include leading workshops with teachers from across Asia in Korea and Hong Kong, as well as collaborating with colleagues from Illinois as they begin a statewide CMP initiative. Margaret has been a CMP committee member since 2000 and currently is past-chair of the CMP committee. If she suddenly were forced to choose another career, her vegetarian cooking-without-a-recipe skills are pretty sharp and her two sons, 8 and 11, already have restaurant names chosen.
Special Interests within CMP:
I am genuinely interested in talking about pretty much any area of music or pedagogy, but here are a few recent favorites:
- Outcome Writing–why writing outcomes matters, writing affective outcomes, CMP outcomes and the Common Core Standards
- Repertoire Selection and CMP for the younger classes/choirs (MS-Early HS and younger)
- Issues with teaching creativity, fostering curiosity and helping communities see the relevance of a quality music education
Platteville Middle School
Marcy Russell teaches choral and general music at Platteville Middle School (grades 4-8). She is a graduate of Lawrence University and is pursuing a Masters of Music Degree in Music Education from Kent State University. Marcy is an active volunteer in the Wisconsin School Music Association’s (WSMA) Honors project, having served as section coach and choir coordinator for 12 years. In addition to teaching at Platteville, she directs auditioned choirs with the Platteville Children’s Choir and the Madison Youth Choirs. Marcy is an active clinician for local middle school choirs and is an adjudicator for WSMA festivals. She is a member of NAfME, ACDA and the VoiceCare Network.
Marcy has been a member of the CMP committee since 2007.
Special interests in CMP
- Affective Assessment of Middle School Students: Do we REALLY want to know what they think and feel?
- Teaching Strategies for Middle Level and Children’s Choirs: The Creative Playground
- CMP in your Musical Production: Most of us have to direct a musical. Why not make it comprehensive?
Learn about Leyla
Leyla Sanyer has taught for 35 years in Wisconsin public schools and is currently retired from teaching.
She has been chair of the CMP committee, on the Wisconsin Challenging Content Standards Task Force, WSMA State Honors Music Project orchestra coordinator, and Orchestra Chair for WMEA. She is president of the Wisconsin Music Educators Association. A 27 year CMP committee member, she has taught at workshops in Iowa, Los Angeles and Wisconsin.
Sanyer has been published in the Wisconsin School Musician, American String Teacher and the MENC Spotlight on Assessment. She was a contributor to the book Shaping Sound Musicians. She has assisted in the effort to revise the Wisconsin State Music Curriculum Guide. She is the violinist in the Oakwood Chamber Players.
Recipient of the 1980 Manitowoc Teacher of the Year Award, 2001 Lawrence University Excellence in Secondary Teaching Award, the 2004 Elizabeth A.H. Green Award from ASTA and the 2011 Crystal Apple Award, Sanyer’s students have gone on to become teachers, composers and performers.
Special interests within CMP:
- Student ownership – how do we encourage students to own their own learning, through music analysis, intrinsic motivation, self-assessment?
- Concerts That Teach – how do we share the classroom environment with families?
- Music Composition – how do we allow students to experience the joy of writing music by better understanding how music is constructed?
- Chamber music – whether through classical, folk, jazz or rock music for small ensemble, how do we write grants and share the joy of making music from analysis through assessment in student generated work?
Mount Horeb Middle School
Mount Horeb, WI
Learn about Patty
Patty Schlafer has been teaching middle level music in Wisconsin’s private and public schools for over thirty years. Ms. Schlafer’s interests are varied and have led to an active professional life as both teacher and performer. A UW-Madison graduate, her formative years of teaching began in the Madison Area Catholic Band Program and under the mentorship of Jan Tweed for the Waunakee Summer Band Program. She currently teaches music at Mount Horeb Middle School and has been a member of a collaborative team of music teachers there since 1989. Ms. Schlafer has a master’s degree in Curriculum Theory and Design where her research included a study of musical tastes of the adolescent band student. She joined the CMP committee in 1993.
She has been guest conductor and horn instructor at numerous summer music camps throughout Wisconsin. As a horn player, she is a retired member of the Madison Symphony Orchestra, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, and Artemis Horn Quartet. She currently performs with the Madison Wind Ensemble and Acme Brass. Ms. Schlafer also serves as one of the orchestra conductors for the Verona Area Community Theater.
Special Interests within CMP:
- Differentiation in a music classroom
- Inclusion of pop music in a band classroom and the connection to student culture
- Student centered classrooms
University of Minnesota School of Music
Learn about Laura
Laura Sindberg is Assistant Professor in the School of Music at the University of Minnesota, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in music education. She also serves as Project Director of Band Project, a teaching apprenticeship in which preservice educators provide instruction to beginning band students in Minneapolis. Prior to her appointment at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Sindberg was Visiting Associate Professor at Lawrence University, where, in addition to teaching, she conducted the Wind Ensemble of the Lawrence Academy of Music. Dr. Sindberg served on the faculty as Associate Professor and Chair of Music Education at DePaul University, where she oversaw the music education program. Sindberg’s work in higher education follows a successful career in the public schools, where she taught music in Wisconsin for 17 years in Milwaukee (her beloved hometown) and in Waukesha, where she initiated the Central Bands Commissioning Project. Dr. Sindberg has served on the Wisconsin Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance (CMP) Project since 1990 and is Past Chair of the Project. She has presented numerous sessions on topics related to comprehensive musicianship regionally and nationally, and recently published Just Good Teaching: Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance in Theory and Practice (Rowman & Littlefield/NAfME), a book centered on the Wisconsin CMP Model, its application in the ensemble setting, and connections to related initiatives. Her work has been published in the Bulletin for the Council for Research in Music Education, Contributions to Music Education, Music Educators Journal, Teaching Music, and the Wisconsin School Musician. In addition to her scholarly work, Dr. Sindberg frequently adjudicates and conducts ensembles around the Midwest. Her research bridges research and practice in music teaching and learning through collaboration and engagement. Research interests include teacher education and cognition; community engagement and collaboration; instrumental music; and comprehensive musicianship. She received a B.F.A. and a M.M. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a Ph.D. from Northwestern University.
Learn about Randy
Randal Swiggum currently serves as Artistic Director of the Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra and is a conductor in the Madison Youth Choirs. He is also Education Conductor for the award-winning Elgin Symphony Orchestra, creating and conducting a dozen youth and family concerts each season. Under his tenure, the EYSO has more than tripled in size, drawing students from a wide geographical range of over sixty communities in Illinois and Wisconsin, with five orchestras, a brass choir, a vibrant chamber music program and performances at Ravinia, on NPR’s From the Top, and with superstars Midori and Yo Yo Ma, as well as headlining the Aberdeen International Festival in Scotland. A frequent guest conductor of orchestral and choral festivals, he recently conducted the Scottish National Youth Symphony in Glasgow, the APAC Festival Orchestra in Seoul, Korea, the first ever Pennsylvania ACDA/PMEA All-State Junior High Choir, the New York City InterSchool Festival, the Singapore American Schools Music Festival, the MENC All-Northwest Honor Choir in Portland, and American Mennonite Schools Orchestra Festival, the Northern Arizona Honors Orchestra, and both the Wisconsin Middle Level Honors Choir and Orchestra. In recent seasons, he conducted both the Illinois and Georgia All-State Orchestras.
A frequent presenter at NAfME, ASTA, and ACDA conferences, he has addressed the Pennsylvania MENC on “The Art of Rehearsing,” as well as the Maryland NAfME, the ACDA North Central Division in Des Moines and Eastern Division in Hartford, CT, the Texas Orchestra Directors Association, and national conventions of the NAfME in Phoenix and Kansas City. He has conducted successful performance tours to Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Canada, Scotland, and throughout the U.S. His choirs performed throughout Italy under the auspices of UNESCO, in Brazil as guests of the city of Rio de Janeiro and Intercultura Brasil, and with the Icelandic National Symphony in Reykjavik under the direction of Lukas Foss. He conducted the University of Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra in Prague, Brno, Bratislava, Budapest, and Vienna.
Swiggum is currently a Ph.D. candidate in musicology at UW-Madison and chair of CMP.
Kohler High School
Richard Tengowski is the Director of Bands for the School District of Kohler and received his B.M. in Music Education from St. Norbert College and his M.M. from Northwestern University. He teaches elementary, middle and high school concert bands, jazz ensemble, pep band, and secondary general music. He also serves as an Associate Lecturer in Music at the UW-Sheboygan teaching Applied Clarinet and Saxophone.
Mr. Tengowski is Past-President of the Wisconsin Music Educators Association and has served on the Music Educators Journal Editorial Committee and the state task force to revise the Wisconsin Music Curriculum Guide. Tengowski’s work has been published in a recent books entitled Shaping Sound Musicians and NAfME publications entitled Performance Standards for Music, Strategies for Teaching Beginning and Intermediate Band and Strategies for Teaching High School Band.
He is an active conductor, speaker and clinician and has addressed state, regional and national education groups such as the NAfME national conferences and the Midwest Clinic. Mr. Tengowski was awarded the 2002 Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Fellowship and was selected Kohler Teacher of the Year in 2009.
He is married to wife Beth Ellen and has four sons; Ryan, John, Benjamin and Gregory.
Cornelia Watkins has been on the CMP committee since 2005 and considers herself an honorary Wisconsinite, although she lives and works in Houston, Texas. She is a Lecturer in Music Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, teaches cello in the preparatory program, coaches youth orchestra sectionals and chamber music, and freelances in the Houston area. She also regularly speaks at music teaching conferences across the country. Corky has written two books, Rosindust: Teaching, Learning, and Life from a Cellists Perspective and From the Stage to the Studio: How Fine Musicians Become Great Teachers which she co-authored with Laurie Scott. She is married to cellist Max Dyer, and they have three strapping boys, Danny, Jeremy, and Michael.
Special Interests within CMP:
Helping teachers discover how applicable and valuable CMP is in one-on-one lessons.
Exploring the synergy between knowledge, technique, and expression, and helping students understand the connection.
Student-centered approaches musical excellence, such as discovering why good technique is good technique or exploring musical expression though personal experiences, rather than just doing what is expected.
Teaching technique by approaching it through the affect.
Understanding the brain, the ability to focus, the value of trust, the significance of expectations, and the way these elements work together in the learning process.
Homestead High School
Rebecca Renee Winnie is the Choir Director at Homestead High School where she directs the three curricular choirs and a co-curricular ensemble. Before coming to the Mequon-Thiensville School District in 1988, Ms. Winnie taught high school choral music in three suburban Chicago communities: Highland Park, Evanston, and Chicago Heights. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Choral and Instrumental Music Education and completed her Master’s Degree in Choral Conducting at the same institution in 1999. Ms. Winnie has served as the Wisconsin Choral Directors Association and the Wisconsin Music Educators Association in a variety of capacities including guest conducting, chairing special projects, serving as coordinator of Honor Choirs, creating state repertoire lists, writing articles, self-publishing performing editions of historical choral music, and presenting state and division convention sessions. Ms. Winnie was awarded the 2002 Civic Music Association of Milwaukee Certificate of Excellence in Choral Music Instruction, the 2003 Mequon-Thiensville Outstanding Educator Award, and the 2004 Herb Kohl Fellowship Award.
Learn about Gary
Gary Wolfman currently is a conductor with the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphony. Before arriving in Minnesota, Mr. Wolfman was the Music Director for the youth symphony program of the Fox Valley Symphony located in Appleton, WI. For many years, Wolfman taught hundreds of students in the orchestra programs at Appleton North and West High Schools, where he was the recipient of the High School Educator of the Year for the school district. Orchestras under his direction have performed for 11 state and national music conferences. He has been President of Wisconsin Music Educators Association and North Central Division President of Music Educators National Conference. He graduated with a music education degree from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire and a graduate degree in orchestral conducting and music education from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. His outstanding musicianship, teaching skills and high standards have benefitted countless number of students and other music teachers.