The next presenter, Dr. Alyson Shirk demonstrated and sang with attendees for the first 20 minutes of her presentation. The high ceilings echoed with exuberant voices raised in song to Hold On. Through singing and gesture only, Dr. Shirk led attendees through minor pentatonic patterns in triple meter, and then beautifully transitioned us into canon singing, then to duple meter and added body percussion, then text and harmony. She then shared some strategies for building an aural foundation with older beginners in choir and led attendees through some useful drills and exercises. To close, Dr. Shirk shared how to help students make the connection to musical notation with kinesthetic and visual representations through listening maps.
To close the More Than Music workshop, Jim Javorsky shared 26 songs, games, and dances in A-Z Learning Objectives for Today's Music Teacher. After a nearly 7 hour day, there was no better way to close the day then playing games and singing together! Mr. Javorsky closed his session with a Waltz Mixer, similar to what would be done after a long night of folk dancing, and it was a beautiful way to bid farewell to all of the new and old friends that were made on this wonderful day of music making. On behalf of MUSIK, thank you to all of the fabulous clinicians that share their talents. And to our attendees, we are so grateful you could join us and we hope to see you soon at Wrap It Up!, a make and take workshop in the spring.