Your Passion, Their Success! Practicing Musician’s Symposium

For Concert Band and Orchestra Teachers

Thank you to our sponsors!

Practicing Musician extends a huge THANK YOU to everyone who attended or presented at our first annual symposium! All sessions were recorded and can be viewed below.

Have questions? Email [email protected]

Watch the Sessions!

Learn about an easy way to earn cash grants all year long from Beth Slusher – CEO of Give A Note Foundation:

Learn about the reasons Practicing Musician was built with Jake Douglass – founder and CEO of Practicing Musician:

Learn how to use all of Practicing Musician’s features. Originally presented by Founding Members Jessica Swanson and Shannon Waldo, but re-recorded due to technical difficulties.

Learn about Practicing Musician’s standards-based assessments with Dr. Frederick Burrack – Co-Chair of the Model Cornerstone Assessments for Music creation:

Learn ways to use Practicing Musician’s assessments to your advantage with Dr. Bret Smith – Assessment Coordinator at Central Washington University:

Learn how to integrate Practicing Musician and Flipgrid in a flipped classroom with Katie Wardrobe – founder and Director of Midnight Music:

Need additional training? Register for a free workshop or webinar.

Symposium Speakers

Jake Douglass
Practicing Musician

Katie Wardrobe
Midnight Music

Frederick Burrack, Ph.D
Co-Chair of Model Cornerstone Assessment Development, Director of Assessment, Kansas State University

Bret Smith, Ph.D
Professor, Faculty Legislative Representative, Assessment Coordinator

Roundtable Representatives

Nerissa Manela

Founding Chair PD Roundtable

Elementary General Music Teacher and Curriculum Support Specialist,
Miami-Dade County Public Schools.

Miami, Florida

States in Region 1

Courtney Vance

Region 2 Representative

Director of Bands, General Music Teacher, and Choral Director, Spartanburg School District One. Campobello,

South Carolina

States in Region 2

Shannon Waldo

Region 3 Representative

K-12 Music Teacher and
Director of Bands,
Billings R-IV
School District.

Billings, Missouri

States in Region 3

Kim Lundgren

Region 4 Representative

Retired 5th grade Beginning Band/String teacher, Poway Unified School District.

San Diego, California

States in Region 4

Mary Ellen Hodges

Region 5 Representative

Elementary General Music Teacher, Burlington-Edison School District.

Burlington, Washington

States in Region 5

Join our team!

Region 1 Representative

Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire,
New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont

Topics That Will Be Covered

  • Keeping Content Engaging

  • A New Age of Assessment
  • Looking Forward – Strategy Session
  • Accelerated Learning in a Flipped Classroom