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iPad Apps to Enhance Teaching | February 16, 2018

Marvin Blickenstaff Presentation on Technical Skills | November 14, 2017



Seymour Bernstein Pedaling Workshop | November 11, 2017



MacPhail Anacrusis, September 8, 2017

Dr. Noa Kageyama Videos

Anacrusis FY18 Keynote - The Science (and Art) of Peak Performance

Anacrusis FY18 Professional Development Session 1

Anacrusis FY18 Professional Development Session 2


Goal-Setting and Communicating Student Progress

Hear from a panel of your colleagues about how to kick-start your teaching year with
individualized student goal setting and ideas for regularly communicating student progress. A panel
of four faculty, from a variety of teaching areas, will share ideas about how the process can provide
focus and productivity in your teaching. Included will be ideas about:

  • Setting musical and non-musical goals for your students in both individual and group teaching
  • Determining both short-term and long-term goals
  • Communicating progress to parents and students, from informal conversations to structured progress reports
  • Come and get an overview about how goal-oriented teaching can enhance the MacPhail experience for everyone!

Note: There will be 4 sessions; 2 sessions at 1:00 and 2 sessions at 2:00. All sessions will cover the same
topic, even though the teacher panels will vary. Moderators will be Dianna Babcock and Beth Turco.

Annette Lee, Parent Teacher Conference Report — PDF
Bob Adney, Lesson Plans — PDF
Sing Play Learn, Why Make Goals? — PDF
Amanda Breininger, Austin Partnership Lesson Plans — PDF
Jeremy Swider, Crescendo/Jury Preparation Handout — PDF
Sarah Olson, Anacrusis Handout  — PDF
Susan Sophocleus, Suzuki Book One Skills  — PDF
Susan Sophocleus, Parent Teacher Conference Form  — PDF


Video Creation | July 18, 2017

Presented by David Birrow and Tech Mentors

Bullying Intervention Training | May 11, 2017

Presented by Nicole Engel & Blaine Kelley from OutFront Minnesota



Key Faculty Presentation | May 5 & 16, 2017

Learning Styles and Teaching; Recognizing Similarities and Differences
Presented by Cheryl Henningsgaard, Nick Johnson & Dianna Babcock
Learning Styles Questionnaire — PDF Download
Powerpoint Presentation — Microsoft Powerpoint Document



Key Faculty Presentation | April 6, 2017

Music and the Brain
Presented by Melissa Wenszell


Teacher Rejuvenation Day | March 3, 2017

Extreme Teacher Self-Care: How Self-Compassion Diminishes Stress & Cultivates Compassion and Connection with Our Students
Presented by Jennifer Niedzielski

Idea Exchange | February 21, 2017

Fostering the Musician's Spirit: Developing and Nurturing Musicality in Students
Presented by Jon Iverson

Fostering the Musician's Spirit - PDF Download


Idea Exchange | February 3, 2017

Successful Online Teaching
Tips for getting started, along with best techniques from a panel of experienced MacPhail teachers.
Facilitated by Sarah Drebelbis & Timothy De Prey
Skype Quick Guide - PDF Download
Skype Instructions PC - PDF Download


Key Faculty Presentation | January 6, 17 & 23, 2017

The Benefits of Teaching Scale Degree Numbers
Presented by Craig Anderson


Key Faculty Presentation | November 4, 15, & 17, 2016

Working with Students who Can't, Won't, or Just Don't Practice (Enough)
Presented by Cathy Smetana

Session Video — YouTube Video
Students Who Can't, Don't, Won't Practice — PDF Download
Twelve Bar Blues Intro — PDF Download
Heart & Soul — PDF Download
Hey Jude — PDF Download
Imagine — PDF Download
Let it Be — PDF Download
Blank Chords Grid — PDF Download
Chords 101 — PDF Download
Exciting Sounds Wordle — PDF Download



Idea Exchange | October 18, 2016

Developing Your Online Presence
Presented by Hanno Strydom


Idea Exchange | Friday, October 7, 2016

De-escalating Tense Student Situations—Calm Every Storm with Verbal Intervention
Presented by Jane Laine
Session Handout — Microsoft Word Download


Idea Exchange | Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Learning from Each Other: The Mutual Benefit of Peer Observations
Presented by Timothy De Prey & Beth Turco
Session Summary — Microsoft Word Download
Individual Lesson Observation Form — Microsoft Word Download


MacPhail Anacrusis, September 9, 2016

Teaching Rhythm
Presented by Paul Babcock

Teaching rhythm to students can be a challenge. Some student musicians seem to have "it" naturally and for others it can be a struggle to develop rhythmic abilities. Can all students develop rhythmic abilities? Yes. Teaching rhythm can be fun, energizing and lead to great musicianship overall. This session will focus on methods to teach and develop rhythm with our students in both individual and group settings.

Teaching Rhythm — Microsoft PowerPoint download

Games That Motivate
Panelists: Nancy Daley, Sue Ruby, Jean Seils
Facilitator: Beth Turco

Come and hear about fun techniques that help create focus in young children during lessons, encourage quality repetitions to enhance learning and reinforce musical concepts. Learn about helpful tips for both group and individual teaching, from beginners through middle school.

Got Game? Games for the studio — PDF
Musical Alphabet Words — PDF
Interval Word Game Cards — PDF
Engaging Games for the Young Student — PDF
Quick and Fun Repetition Games — PDF

Begin with the End in Mind; The Benefits of Lesson Planning
Panelists: Cathy Smetana, Sarah Olson, Candis Parrish
Facilitators: Katie Condon / Tamra Brunn

Discover how spending time on lesson plans for group and individual teaching can make your teaching life easier. Listen to ideas from veteran teachers about planning group activities, goal setting and more.

Lesson Planning — Microsoft PowerPoint download
Daily Lesson Plan Example — Microsoft Word download
Daily Lesson Plan Template — Microsoft Word download
Long Term Planning Single Year Example — Microsoft Word download
Long Term Planning Single Year Template — Microsoft Word download
Long Term Planning Multi Year — Microsoft Word download


Techniques for Teaching Online
Panelists: Amanda Breininger, Bob Adney, Jeremy Swider and Jacqueline Ultan
Facilitators: Timothy De Prey and Sarah Drebelbis

Join a panel of MacPhail Teaching Artists to learn some new tips and techniques for teaching online. This session will include hands-on learning opportunities with Skype and Codec technology. Anyone interested in or currently teaching live online lessons or OSP are encouraged to attend this session.

Skype Quick Guide — PDF