Professional Development: Music


Daily Success in Your Instrumental Program

October 5th, 2018 9:00 am-3:00 pm

McKinley Middle Magnet School Grades 6-12

Come learn how to invigorate your instrumental program through effective daily practices. We will spend the day working on strategies and techniques to aid directors in everyday rehearsals. Topics will include effective lesson planning, warm-up procedures, administrative planning, connecting with students, developing musicianship, recruitment, and many more.

Presenter information:

Kelvin Jones is the Assistant Director of Bands at Louisiana State University. His responsibilities include assisting with the “Golden Band from Tigerland,” teaching undergraduate conducting, marching band techniques, conducting the Symphonic Band, and directing the Bengal Brass.

Jones is a 2011 recipient of the Louisiana Music Educators Association’s Young Music Educator of the Year, the 2013 recipient of the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra’s Teacher of Distinction, and the 2014 LSU A.P. Tureaud award recipient for significant contributions to the university.

He is the former band director at West Feliciana High School in St. Francisville, Louisiana. At WFHS, he led an active, comprehensive music program that produced numerous award-winning performances at state and national events, including the 2013 United States National Presidential Inauguration Music Festival in Washington DC.

Jones has presented at state music education conferences across the United States, published in the Instrumentalist magazine (Jan. 2014 and Dec. 2015), an active clinician, and has travelled internationally working with music programs in South America (Chile) and with the LSU marching band in Dublin, Ireland.

He holds degrees in Music from Jackson State University and Louisiana State University. He is a member of the National Association for Music Education, College Band Directors National Association, Louisiana Music Educators Association, Louisiana Association of Jazz Educators, HBCU Band Directors Consortium, and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.

Planning and Pedagogy for the Choral Classroom

October 5th, 2018 ● 9:00 am-3:00 pm

McKinley Middle Magnet School ● Grades 6-12

Refresh your rehearsals with our workshop specifically designed for choral teachers! These sessions will cover research-proven sight-singing strategies, tips for choosing literature, multicultural music education and culturally relevant pedagogy, as well as the role planning plays in the success of your school year.

Presenter Information:

Jason Bowers holds a bachelor’s degree in music education (B.M.E.), a master’s degree in music (M.M.) with an emphasis on choral conducting, and a doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) from Louisiana State University. Prior to his work at LSU, he taught in public schools in the Houston and Baton Rouge areas for nine years, focusing primarily on secondary choral music education. Other experience includes teaching private voice and piano, directing church choirs, and facilitating workshops. Collaborating with colleagues in various disciplines, his international workshop, “Arts Immersion: Incorporating the Arts into Non-Art Content Areas” was presented for the Faculty and Staff of Colegio Concepción San Pedro in Región del Bío Bío, Chile in 2016.

Jason is highly involved in the musical community in Baton Rouge. He is co-director of the Kids’ Orchestra Kids’ Choir, a non-profit children’s choir (K-6) with a philosophy of social development through music experiences. He was named 2008-2009 Zachary High School Teacher of the Year and 2011 Baton Rouge Symphony Music Teacher of the Year. He has also served as guest clinician for a number of choral programs and honor choirs in the Southeastern region of the United States. In addition, he is a member of Red Shift, a professional choral ensemble in Baton Rouge, and Woodland Ringers, a handbell ensemble at First United Methodist Church.

Jason’s research interests include multicultural music education, supporting inclusive and diverse music classrooms, culturally relevant pedagogies, community music, and critical theory in music education. Jason’s research has been presented at several conferences including the National Association for Music Educators Music Research and Teacher Education National Conference, the Society for Music Teacher Education Symposium, the Louisiana Music Educators Association Conference, and the Mid-South Music Education Research Symposium. His dissertation focuses on children’s experiences in a diverse community choral ensemble and the effect of those experiences on their lives outside of the ensemble. 

Let's Play Games!

October 5th, 2018 ● 12:30 pm-3:00 pm

Mckinley middle magnet school ● grades K-5

Play is an important part of student learning, so what better way for students to learn musical concepts than through playing games! In this session, teachers will have the opportunity to experience and participate in an array of games that can be used in the elementary classroom.

presenter information: 

A National Certified Teacher of Piano, Rebecca C. Bellelo holds a Ph.D. in music from LSU, and a Master of Music degree in Piano Pedagogy from LSU. She earned a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from Delta State University. Rebecca founded the piano academy, Piano Pathways LLC with the goal to offer the Baton Rouge community a music studio for students of any age and interest to learn to play piano. The studio received the Family Favorites’ Award of “Best Music Program” in 2014 and 2015, and “Best Performance Arts: Music, Dance, and Theatre” in 2017 by Baton Rouge Parents Magazine. 

Rebecca serves on the MTNA Pedagogy Saturday RMM Track planning committee, and has served as an active clinician and presenter at several state and national conferences. Rebecca has taught group piano and piano pedagogy at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, LA, and also taught elementary general music at Central Intermediate School in Central, LA.