Since the appearance of National Standards in Music, teachers have been asking: “How can I teach more comprehensively? How can I demonstrate to administrators and parents, in a language they can understand, a curriculum with clear outcomes that are not only skill-based but include critical and creative thinking, a wide range of knowledge, and a strong affective dimension? And how can I actually teach all this stuff and still get students ready for high quality performances?”
Since its inception in Wisconsin over 35 years ago, Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance (CMP) has been helping teachers choose good repertoire, focus their outcomes, develop a wide variety of strategies that enrich rehearsals, and create meaningful assessments. It is not a curriculum or methodology, but a model for teacher planning that puts students at the center and works for any music teacher, regardless of grade level, background, or school setting. It is both philosophical and practical, and over the last several decades has proven to be transformative for both veteran teachers and novices. This lively, hands-on workshop will include demo rehearsals and a wide variety of engaging strategies, concert ideas, teaching plans, and assessment materials. Participants should bring 3-4 scores of pieces (any level) they are intending to use with their students and a laptop computer (if possible). Intended for all choral teachers, grades 4-12.