Catching and maintaining the attention of upper elementary students can be a challenging and daunting task. But if you “bait your hook” just right you’ll soon have them eating out of your hand! In this session, we’ll focus on instructional strategies, pedagogical materials, and ways to build student rapport in order to gain and maintain the engagement rate of your upper elementary students. Song material, singing games, reading activities, pacing ideas, lesson structure and delivery, and building trust and relationships with your students are among many of the topics that will be addressed as ways to increase student participation, ownership, and joy in the music classroom.
Amy Abbott is in her 22nd year of teaching elementary music with the past 19 years having been in the St. Vrain Valley School district. She received her undergraduate degree in music education from the University of Colorado at Boulder and obtained her masters in music education with a Kodály emphasis from Colorado State University. She has Kodály certifications from Portland State University, where she studied with Jill Trinka, Susan Brumfield, Vicki Loebell & Sean Dëibler and from Colorado State University, where she studied with Sue Litehold-Bowcock and Ann Eisen. She has presented sessions at OAKE conferences, the Colorado Music Educators State Conference, Oregon Arts Alliance State Conference, various OAKE chapters including AKTS, CAKE, KEGA, KET, KEWT, KMEK, LUCKE, MTAKE, NCAKE, NPKC, OKE PKSOR, ROCKE, SWOKE, TRIKE, as well as professional development of Amarillo ISD, Bakersfield MEA, CO Springs SD and St. Vrain Valley School Districts. She is also the level 2 pedagogy, folksong and analysis Kodály teacher at Colorado State University.
Additionally, she has served on the ROCKE board for over 7 years as President, Secretary and Member-at-Large. In addition to teaching general music at Red Hawk elementary in Erie she also teaches a 4/5 choir, tone-chime choirs and a drum ensemble. In the spring of 2013 she was honored with a Jared Polis Foundation Teacher Award. When not teaching she loves spending time with her husband, son and daughter, gardening, blogging (http://www.musicalaabbott.com) and creating for her TpT store: Amy Abbott at Music a la Abbott.
Saturday, September 21st, 2019, 9am-3pm
Springbrook Elementary School
20035 100th Ave SE
Kent, WA 98031
First Year Teacher $15
OAKE/NWKE Member $55
Pre-registration will close at 9am on Friday September 20th and day of registration costs $5 dollars more than pre-registration, so sign-up today!