Registration EXTENDED until Wednesday for The Zeswitz Music Professional Development Symposium 

Saturday, June 18th 2016
Spring-Ford Area High School
9:00AM to 4:00PM

Registration opens at 8:30AM (Coffee, Bagels, Donuts)
Lunch Provided

Session Agenda:

Morning Ensemble Sessions

8:30 am Registration (coffee, bagels, etc.)

9:00 am Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:05 am Mark Despotakis, PMEA Advancement of Music Education Council

“What Educators Need To Know About The Every Student Succeeds Act and What It Means for Pennsylvania”
We’ll explore the recently passed ESSA and breakdown what it means for music education. Plus, we’ll update what we know about implementation of the new law in Pennsylvania.

10:15 am Beth Sokolowski, University of the Arts

“Making Musical Meaning Through Effective Teaching Strategies”
What are the essential ingredients of effective teaching? This session will examine best practices and high quality teaching methods through identifying the WHAT, WHY and HOW of teaching and musicianship in ourselves and through observation of some of the greatest musicians and teachers of our time.

11:45 am Lunch will be provided by Zeswitz Music


Afternoon Sectional Sessions

12:45 pm - Session A

  • Jenny L. Neff, Lower Merion School District
    “Lost in Translation: Articulating a Common Language”
    This interactive session will help teachers translate components from the Danielson Framework into meaningful activities to use in rehearsals/classes.  Participants will also discuss how to effectively communicate these ideas to administrators and colleagues.

  • Tom Kelly, Zeswitz Music
    “How to Get Your Percussion Section to Sound Better”

    An in depth discussion covering tuning tips and assessment of your percussion equipment and a detailed analysis of the minor adjustments that can easily enhance the overall "sound quality" of your percussion section.

1:50 pm - Session B

  • Tina Krawcyk, Dallas School District
    “Improvisation Is Not A Bad Word”
    Beginning instrumentalists are capable of learning how to improvise, and there is a step-by-step method that can be used by teachers with little or no improvisation skills.  This method will help the teacher feel more comfortable with creative musicianship, as well as allow students to explore and become more adept at their individual instruments and their overall music skills.

  • Marybeth McCarrick, Lower Merion School District
    “Ideas for Managing a Large Instrumental Program”
    Does your job ever seem overwhelming? Do you need some music education "life hacks"? This session will offer several tangible ideas to organize materials, schedules, and communication for a thriving instrumental program.

2:55 pm - Session C

  • Band Reading Session: Seth Jones, Spring-Ford Area School District
  • Orchestra Reading Session: Nick Wehr, New Hope-Solebury School District
  • Vocal/Music Theory: Bret Mascaro, Zeswitz Music


Afternoon Ensemble Sessions

3:55 pm Closing Remarks and Evaluation

4:00 pm End of Symposium

Registration Form:

Name *
Phone Number *
Phone Number
Subjects I teach
Levels I teach
My school/district is a Zeswitz Music client *

Questions? Contact Bret Mascaro at Bret [at] Zeswitz Music dot com. 


See you there!