Join Greg Gilpin, Artie Almeda, Denise Eaton and Brian Tate as they bring the basics of music teaching to life for all levels. This is an exciting week for anyone wanting to kick-start their teaching and bring a burst of new energy to their classrooms and rehearsals.
Monday, Greg Gilpin will present for elementary, middle and high school with repertoire, rehearsal techniques and movement and choreography.
Tuesday, Artie Almeda will present sessions on the dynamic general music classroom, focusing on elementary but being an example of a master teacher that transcends all levels.
Wednesday, Denise Eaton will focus on middle and high school with teaching music reading, score study and choosing quality repertoire.
Thursday, Brian Tate will present the basics incorporating world music in the classroom and performance. His workshop will include African, Afro-Cuban and gospel rhythms; creating a groove; movement and gesture; and vocal technique. You will also learn a variety of easy-to-learn (and teach) funky chants, rounds, spirituals, gospel and African songs.
Friday, each student will “teach” the class using the tools, information and skills learned throughout the week. It’s a relaxed, invigorating and inspirational learning environment with lots of new choral literature presented throughout the week. 

Instructors: Greg Gilpin, Artie Almeida, Denise Eaton & Brian Tate


Greg Gilpin is a well-known ASCAP award-winning choral composer and arranger with hundreds of publications to his credit and is a highly respected choral conductor. He continues his work as a studio musician with recording projects and commercial jingles. He currently is Director of Educational Choral Publications for Shawnee Press, Inc. and

is a member of ACDA, NAfME, AFTRA, SAG, and is a Life Loyal Member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
Originally from the “Show-Me” state of Missouri, Greg resides in Indianapolis, IN. He is a graduate of Northwest Missouri State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Music Education, K-12.


Dr. Artie Almeida has taught for 35 years and is the music specialist at Bear Lake Elementary school in the Orlando FL area, where she teaches 1100 K-5 students. Her dynamic performing groups have performed for MENC, AOSA, and on the NBC Today Show.
Artie was chosen as Florida Music Educator of the Year, and was also selected as an International Educator 2006 by the Cambridge England Biographical Society. She was a Teacher of the Year at the school level 6 times and was a runner-up for Florida Teacher of the Year. She was recently chosen as a University of Central Florida Alumni of the Decade.
In addition to her public school teaching duties, Artie is an adjunct professor at the University of Central Florida, teaches applied saxophone lessons and performs on historical winds with the early music ensemble Ars Antiqua.



Denise Eaton is the Conductor of the Sam Houston State University Women’s Choir where she also teaches Secondary Choral Methods and coordinates the annual summer choral workshops for the Institute for Educational Development. Prior to her appointment at Sam Houston State, she taught high school choir for twenty-nine years. Denise is the Choral Editor for Carl Fischer Music Publication, LLC and BriLee Music Company.

With degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and Sam Houston State University, Mrs. Eaton has served TMEA in numerous capacities, the most recent as President.
An active clinician and conductor, Mrs. Eaton has conducted over thirty Texas Region Choirs. On the national level she has conducted regional or All-State choirs in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Tennessee. Known for her innovative teaching styles, Mrs. Eaton has presented over forty workshops in Texas, Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Oklahoma and Iowa.
Mrs. Eaton is the co-author of three sight reading books: SMART (Sight Reading Made Accessible Readable and Teachable), SMART Minor, and InSIGHT SINGING.
Brian Tate is a well-known Vancouver choral director and composer/arranger. He is music director of Vancouver’s 100-voice City Soul Choir and teaches singing and choir at Studio 58, Langara College's professional theatre school. Brian also sings with “TriVo,” a world music a capella vocal trio.
Brian has had a lifelong interest in music of the African Diaspora, and has performed and studied in Cuba and West Africa. He gives choir workshops and clinics internationally, and many of his choral works are published and performed worldwide.


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