CCDA Webinar Series

CCDA is thrilled to offer a Webinar Series addressing the needs of choral musicians during the COVID-19 pandemic. This series covers a wide variety of topics related to teaching and leading choral music during a period of distance learning and music-making, including some of your favorite sessions from previous CASMEC, ECCO, and Fall Regional Conferences.

Click on the title below to view the pre-recorded webinar on YouTube, or visit our YouTube Channel for access to all of our videos (and don’t forget to subscribe).

To Be or Not to Be: The Virtual Age of Music Education  (April 7, 2020)
A global pandemic has interrupted business as usual and we currently wade through the largest education reform any of us have ever experienced. What does our vocation look like on the other side and how can we be in control of that narrative? A substantial amount of time is allocated for robust dialogue and critical analysis of this momentous task we face together as music educators.

presented by
Tesfa Wondemagegnehu (St. Olaf College)

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Online Choir: Adapting our Choral Curriculum for Virtual Learning (Panel Discussion)  (April 14, 2020)
As we are all continuing to adjust to online teaching, working with our choirs may be the toughest part. Join us for a panel discussion on innovative ways to engage your choir with virtual learning and distance learning!

Rob Istad (CSU Fullerton)
LaNell Martin (Oakland Youth Chorus)
Molly Peters (Rancho Pico JH / West Ranch HS)
Christy Rohayem (East Bakersfield High School)
Peggy Spool (Vivace Youth Chorus)

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Commissioning and Working with Composers  (April 21, 2020)
Have you ever wondered about the process of commissioning a new work? Or just wanted to know what goes on inside a composer’s mind? Watch this panel of composers engage in a conversation about composition and collaboration in the choral art.

David V. Montoya (CCDA R&R Chair for Composition)
Zanaida Robles (Composer)
Ron Kean (Bakersfield College – retired)
Andrea Ramsey (Freelance Composer & Conductor)

Pentatonic Palooza  (April 28, 2020)
This webinar features award-winning teacher and conductor Anthony Arnold explaining how to equip your music students with the integrated practice of using the Pentatonic Scale to learn Intervals, Arpeggios, (and) the Diatonic Scale accompanied with the practical use of the Circle of Fourths and Fifths. As Zoltan Kodaly once said, “The characteristics of a good musician can be summarized as follows: 1. A well-trained ear. 2. A well-trained intelligence. 3. A well-trained heart. 4. A well-trained hand. All four must develop together, in constant equilibrium.”

presented by
Anthony Arnold (Miller Middle School)

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ConducTED Talks  (May 5, 2020)
This webinar consists of short talks in the style of a TED Talk, featuring four amazing individuals addressing the following topics:

SIP ‘ships (Shelter in Place Relationships) by Angelina Fitzhugh (JL Stanford Middle School) & Susie Martone (Greene Middle School)

Relaxing into the Moment and Staying on Top of Life’s Beat: Strategies for Successfully Navigating this Extraordinary Time in our Lives by Kemp Smeal (Counselor, Psychotherapist, Pianist, and Organist)

How Made Me a Better Conductor by Stacey Kikkawa (Fullerton Union High School)

Collaboration and Connecting: Teaching and Learning Music with Technology by Chad Zullinger (Vice President, CMEA)

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Now What?! Focusing on what we CAN do! (Panel Discussion)  (May 12, 2020)
In light of the May 5, 2020 ACDA / NATS webinar which projected a dire situation for singers, choirs, and music educators for the next 1 to 2 years on account of the COVID-19 virus, this webinar explores where we go from here.

Buddy James (Cal State University East Bay)
Arlie Langager (Miracosta College)
Ethan Sperry (Portland State University)
Dr. Kellori Dower (Dean, Santa Ana College Fine and Performing Arts Division)

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Focus on the Future: Tangible Ways to Move Forward (Panel Discussion)  (May 19, 2020)
In continuation of the conversation last week, panelists and participants share ideas about music education advocacy and ways they plan to build community and teach their students no matter what the Fall brings.

Derrick Fox (University of Nebraska-Omaha)
Troy Robertson (Tarleton State University)
Eliza Rubenstein (Orange Coast College)
Genevieve Tep (Carlmont High School)
Casey Robinson (Principal, HB Woodlawn School)

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ConducTED 2.0  (May 26, 2020)
This webinar consists of short talks in the style of TED Talks, featuring four presenters addressing the following topics:

Fearless Singing: Distance Learning for Choir by Troy Robertson (Tarleton State University)

Reaching Beyond: Putting the Community Back in Your Choir by Kristina Nakagawa (Resounding Achord)

Growth Mindset Living During Fixed Mindset Times by Lori Marie Rios (College of the Canyons)

Maintaining Your Own Mental Health During a Crisis by Laura Natta (Crosspoint Wellness)

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Area-Specific Roundtables (June 2, 2020)
This array of area-specific roundtable discussions revolve around best practices and strategies for leading choral music and music education in each specific choral context.

  2-Year College Choirs
Host: Arlie Langager

College & University Choirs
Host: Corie Brown

Community & Professional Choirs
Host: Tammi Alderman

High School Choirs
Host: Stacey Kikkawa

Music in Worship
Host: Christy Rohayem