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NKCGH Music Educators Conference

July 19 – 21, 2022

Virtual

Music educators from across the U.S. and beyond are invited to join us for the 3rd annual Music Educators Conference. This three-day virtual conference is once again under the direction of Mr. Edrick Rhodes of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

The 2022 NKCGH Music Educators Conference, themed K-12 Music Education: Recapitulation Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow, will feature an array of speakers from Carnegie Hall, Guitars Over Guns, Save the Music Foundation, the Kennedy Center, prominent universities, NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) and other organizations, will offer timely, compelling expertise on the vitals of music education. This yearly event is generously supported by The Selz Foundation.

2022 Registration

Schedule

Welcome each day – Edrick Rhodes
Director of Curriculum and Administration – The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Tuesday, July 19 – 3 sessions
12:00 noon EST – Keynote – Harry Lennix, Actor & Founder – African American Museum of the Performing Arts
1:00 pm EST – Mental Health – Music Educators – The Art of Healing: Navigating Trauma, Burnout and Self-Care as an Educator – Natasha Santana-Viera, Director of Mental Health and Wellness – Guitars Over Guns
2:00 pm EST – Mental Health – Music Students – Promoting Positive Climates for Learning – Kareem Thompson, Assistant Principal – Palm Beach County School District Congress Middle School

Wednesday, July 20 – 2 sessions
12:00 noon EST – How to expand your program to be more comprehensive (Band, Orchestra, Choral breakouts)
a. Rebuilding and Reflecting Post COVID – 19 ….Developing a compressive program as an outcome of COVID – Band – Dr. Julia Reynolds, Assistant Professor of Music Education – Belmont University
b. A Choral Community Sonata: We Believe in You – John Wayne Weatherspoon, Doctoral Candidate – University of Kentucky
c. The Perfect Storm: Navigating a Music Program in the Midst of a Global Pandemic – Dr. Rufus Jones Jr., Principal Conductor – Florida Youth Orchestra
1:15 pm EST – Classroom Management in the Music Classroom – Engaging Your Entire Ensemble: A Holistic Approach to Classroom Management – Dr. Kaitlin Bove, Director of Bands – Diablo Valley College

Thursday, July 21 – 3 sessions
12:00 noon EST – Music Educator Resources
a. Eric Ebel, Senior Project Manager – NAMM & NAMM Foundation
b. Gina Izzo, Manager, Learning & Engagement Programs – Carnegie Hall
c. Chiho Okuizumi Feindler, Senior Director of Programs and Policy – Save the Music Foundation
d. Edrick Rhodes, Director of Curriculum and Administration – The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
1:00 pm EST – “Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow…” – Aisha Moody – Co-Founder and Chief Program Officer – Atlanta Music Project
2:00 pm EST – 1 on 1 conversation with Dr. Courtney Jones, Assistant Professor of Music, Artistic Director, Jazz Ensembles – Florida Atlantic University

Harry Lennix

Harry Lennix

Harry Lennix, Keynote Speaker

Highly acclaimed film, television and stage actor Harry Lennix, a former teacher and ardent proponent of equity in performing arts & education, will present the keynote address. The talented performer and social activist will speak to the payoff from investing in music education in all school systems, sharing his extraordinary personal and professional perspectives. Lennix recently earned a $26 million grant to develop The Lillian Marcie Center and AAMPA (African American Museum of the Performing Arts) arts complex on Chicago’s South Side.

Edrick Rhodes

Edrick Rhodes

Edrick Rhodes, Conference Facilitator

Director of Curriculum and Administration – The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Eric Ebel

Eric Ebel
Senior Project Manager
NAMM & NAMM Foundation

Gina Izzo

Gina Izzo
Manager, Learning & Engagement Programs
Carnegie Hall

Chiho Okuizumi Feindler

Chiho Okuizumi Feindler
Senior Director of Programs and Policy
Save the Music Foundation

Dr. Courtney Jones

Dr. Courtney Jones
Assistant Professor of Music, Artistic Director, Jazz Ensembles
Florida Atlantic University

Dr. Rufus Jones

Dr. Rufus Jones Jr.
Principal Conductor
Florida Youth Orchestra

Aisha Moody

Aisha Moody
Co-Founder and Chief Program Officer
Atlanta Music Project

Dr. Julia Reynolds

Dr. Julia Reynolds
Assistant Professor of Music Education
Belmont University

Natasha Santana-Viera

Natasha Santana-Viera
Director of Mental Health and Wellness
Guitars Over Guns

Kareem Thompson

Kareem Thompson
Assistant Principal
Palm Beach County School District
Congress Middle School

John Wayne Witherspoon

John Wayne Weatherspoon
Doctoral Candidate
University of Kentucky

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