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5th Annual

Zeswitz Symposium

Educators’ Workshop

Saturday, June 15, 2019

9 am-4 pm

Springford Area High School

350 S. Lewis Rd. Royersford, PA 19468


The 5th Annual Zeswitz Symposium will be presented on Saturday, June 15, 2019 at Spring-Ford Area High School from 9:00 am-4:00 pm.

Zeswitz Music will coordinate with PMEA to offer 6 hours of Act 48 professional development credit. Educational tracks for instrumental, vocal/choral and general music educators are being planned.

This Educators’ Workshop is open to all Zeswitz clients. Not already a client? Contact Bret Mascaro for more information.

Featured Clinics at 2019 Zeswitz Symposium:

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Keith W. Hodgson, University of the Arts, NAfME Eastern Division President

Keynote Address: “A Lifetime of Music… Music for a Lifetime!”

Description:Why do we teach music? Join me for a journey of musical experiences throughout a lifetime.From early childhood and school music experiences, through teaching experiences of the novice and veteran music teachers, to the necessityfor health and wellness of having music in your life.This interactive keynote will discuss the importance ofAll Music for All People… for a Lifetime


Dr.Kirk Moss, Alfred Music

Title: “Fun in Fundamentals”

Description: Many students choose to play a stringed instrument because they perceive it will be a fun activity. Keep students motivated through teaching strategies and activities that put "fun" in the fundamentals of playing. Bring an instrument and have fun! AND….

Title: “Galamian, Dounis, Rolland, Suzuki, and You”

Description: Explore the pedagogical roots of your string teaching tree. Apply their influences in your orchestra classroom.


Dr. Jenny L. Neff, University of the ArtsSchool of Music, Director of MM in Music Education & Summer Music Studies Programs

Title: “Assessment Makeover”

Description: Tired of using the same old assessment tools? Looking for new ways to get students to "show what they know"? Information on assessment will be presented during this session, including a variety of resources to differentiate assessment tools in the classroom/lesson/rehearsal. Time will be provided for participants to discuss any successful assessment ideas with others who are in the session.  


Melissa Brun, Millersville University, D’Addario Orchestral Clinician

Title: “Strings 101”

Description: Have you ever really thought about your strings?  Chances are good that you have!  But do you know why strings have such variation in sound and feel?  “Strings 101” includes a fun and hands-on presentation about the string-making process, how to care for strings, why strings make a difference, and how to make thoughtful string choices.  Also included is an "audible taste test” and a “string petting zoo,” where sample violins will be available to try out different types of strings.  Join us as we explore all things strings!

Carolyn DeNicolo, General/Vocal Music Educator-Downingtown Area School District

Title: “Unicorn Ukuleles”

Description: A guide to beginning your ukulele program in the elementary general music room.

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Keith W. Hodgson, University of the Arts, NAfME Eastern Division President

Title: “The Creative Director - The Function Chorales”

Description: Tired of “mindless” warm-ups? Engage your students with a creative, well-articulated system to introduce them to the inner workings of music, horizontal and vertical listening skills, fluency in all keys and understanding the “function” and tendencies of the notes they are playing. You will learn how to compose your own “function chorales” and teach your students to compose them as well! Come explore the proven methods and inspired musical teachings of Stephen Melillo and Edward Lisk.

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Dr. Scott Watson, Parkland School District, Alfred Clinician

Title: “SOUND SIGHT-READING-Tips for Decoding Music Effectively and Efficiently”

Description: At its most basic level, sight-reading is authentic music literacy, and answers the question: “Can I accurately decode and execute the music before me without assistance?” All directors want their students to be better at this. In this session, a tool kit of effective strategies for making students better readers and interpreters of music will be shared. Participants will get a preview of Alfred Music’s new “Sound Innovations Sound Sight-Reading” method books.


Dr. Marci Major, Associate Professor & Chair of Music Education-West Chester University

Title:  Sight-Singing Success: Scaffolding Strategies for All Levels

Description: Choral directors often start a job or school year wanting to help singers become better sight-readers. While top-level musicians excel quickly, it can be frustrating when others struggle to actualize the theoretical concepts of sight singing. In this session, the presenter will address the needs of all students by offering a unique scaffolding approach to sight singing. It will leave teachers feeling like they can improve overall music literacy in both sight-reading exercises and in the repertoire.

Chris Simon, Orchestra Director & Music Coordinator-Council Rock High School South 

Title: “Developing a Full Orchestra Program through Careful Planning”

Description: The Full Orchestra sound is the genre most commonly heard by the general public in movies, TV shows, commercials, radio, and the concert hall. Yet, it is an ensemble that is undeservedly becoming more rare in the school setting. Careful planning of schedules, rehearsal techniques, and relationships with co-workers, administration, students, and parents can enable any school music director to develop a full orchestra program that can be enriching to everyone involved.

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Dr. Erin A. Kauppila, Director of Instrumental Music-Oxford Area HS

Title: “Keep Calm and Don’t Fret!  A Great High School Guitar Program is Right at Your Fingertips”

Description: A high school guitar course provides access for all students to become a part of their high school music program. The presenter will offer information on building a guitar program from scratch from the perspective of a veteran non-guitar playing guitar teacher.

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Jason Bizich, University of the Arts, Harriton High School Accompanist, Jill Moyer

Title: “Ispirata Voce” 

Description:  This session will focus on creative warm-ups and rehearsal techniques for the secondary choral rehearsal.  Please note that participants should be prepared to sing as a choral ensemble for demonstration purposes. Music will be provided!

Ryan Pongras, Elementary Instrumental Music Teacher-Souderton Area School District

Title: “Recruitment, Instrumentation, and Retention – With Technology?”

Description: Data management can be an overwhelming task for any music educator at the building and district level. In this bring-your-own-device session, see collaborative technology using the Google Suite to recruit well balanced beginning ensembles – and most importantly – retain them into middle school. Attendees will leave with a working templates they can modify to manage data in their own schools.

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Zeswitz Music will be providing lunch for all participants. Let us know if you have any dietary restrictions.