Professional development workshops are an integral part of every teacher’s growth and inspiration.
Wisconsin Music Educators Association (WMEA) strives to offer a variety of meaningful opportunities for members through CMP workshops, WMEA Standards workshops, and in collaboration with Wisconsin School Music Association (WSMA) for workshops throughout the year.
An Evening with the WMEA Standards – an Online Workshop Series
Take a deeper dive into the WMEA Music Standards. Attend one or more of the ninety minute Zoom sessions presented by members of the WMEA Music Standards Committee.
- Create – October 6 – 6:30-8:00 pm
- Perform – November 3 – 6:30-8:00 pm
- Connect/Social Justice – January 5 – 6:30-8:00 pm
- Respond – February 2 – 6:30-8:00 pm
Attend all four sessions and write brief reflections of each to earn a WMEA/WSMA Certificate of attendance for six hours of professional development. (Recordings of missed sessions will be available.)
- NAfME/WMEA or WSMA member school staff: 1 event-$25, 2 events-$40, all 4-$60
- Non-member: 1 event-$40, 2 events-$60, all 4-$80
- Undergraduate music bachelor’s degree student: 1 event-$10, 2 events-$15, all 4-$20
To register, visit: 2021-2022 School Year Workshop Registration
Each evening has a particular focus:
October 6 – Create
From composing small rhythm exercises to entire classes collaborating on hip hop or a symphony, there are many opportunities to explore music through the Create artistic process. Whether you teach general music, ensembles or nontraditional groups of all ages, it will be a night of fun and inspiration. Bring an instrument to your computer (kazoos welcomed). Led By: Aimee Swanson (East Troy Choir) and Laura Burns (Oregon and Edgewood College Strings)
November 3 – Perform
Join presenter and attendees as tough questions and answers about music performance during pre and present pandemic times are discussed. Learn how to make musicians feel great about themselves and the music they can make together. Led By: Angela Roberts (Waunakee Choir) and Kate Mitchell (Pewaukee Band)
January 5 – Connect/Learning for Social Justice: Identity, Diversity, Justice & Action
Help students personalize and broaden their musical experience and comprehensive understanding of social justice. Through repertoire, learning techniques and learning style students will honor what it means to be socially just in music. Use this workshop to prepare for and honor Black History Month through music beyond token references and acknowledgements. Music can be a lens for self-reflection, knowledge of the world, and an ignition for a more just society. Led By: Ian Melrose (Sun Prairie Bands), Beatriz Aguilar (Edgewood College Music Education), Natasha Verhulst (Keshena General Music) & Christine Hayes (Whitewater General Music and Choral)
February 2 – Respond
Work with other educators collaboratively as you share new approaches and examine time tested strategies to embrace the responding standards in your music classroom. Led By: Rich Tengowski (Kohler Bands) and Brian Vanderbloemen (McFarland Instrumental Music).
Comprehensive Musicianship Through Performance – CMP Winter Workshop
January 28-29, 2022 – Wisconsin Center for Music Education, Waunakee, WI
This hands-on workshop presents the Comprehensive Musicianship Through Performance (CMP) model of music teaching and performance. Participants will explore the five points of the model (selection; analysis; strategies; outcomes; assessment) and will explore projects and teaching plans for use with students. This workshop also focuses on the social-emotional needs of music educators through collaboration and community-building. Registration fees: WMEA, NAfME and WSMA members $75.00, non-members $100.00 and undergraduate music degree students are free. To register, complete the workshop registration form.
Equity in Music Education – Cultural Appropriation vs. Cultural Appreciation (Karen Howard) – Hosted by WSMA/WMEA and AWAKE
February 5, 2022 – Online Morning Event
“Save the Date” for this 2-hour workshop with presenter Karen Howard, co-hosted by WSMA/WMEA and Association of Wisconsin-Area Kodály Educators (AWAKE). The workshop will support participants with understanding the difference between cultural appropriation and cultural appreciation.
Participants will have an opportunity to also attend an additional two-hour workshop connected to the Re/Sound: Songs of Wisconsin project.
For more information and to register, visit the Equity in Music Education web page
WSMA Professional Learning Workshops
Each year WSMA hosts a variety of professional development classes and workshops for music teachers at the Wisconsin Center for Music Education. Classes run from one to five days depending on the course, and many include an option to earn graduate credits.
Visit the WSMA Professional Learning Workshops page for more information.