Trio Track

“Trio Track” includes both elementary/lower middle and upper middle/secondary level teachers, providing participants enrolled in this track a daily multidisciplinary experience in three distinct arts areas. Each day Trio Track participants will attend a pre-designated class in music, theatre, and visual art. Participants will attend the same core class in each content area for the entire week, allowing complete immersion in one topic for each arts discipline. Like all TAA participants, teachers enrolled in the Trio Track will attend all Academy performances, musings, interludes and special events. Space is limited and applicants are advised to register early for these sessions. Please check back regularly on the Tennessee Arts Academy website as additional information is added in upcoming months.

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Elementary/Lower Middle Trio Track

Every day, participants will attend each of the classes listed below.


Music: Trio Track
Sing, Move, Play, Evaluate!

Instructor: Sheila Donahue

When music classes are large and class rotations infrequent, allocating precious instructional minutes for assessing essential skills can be challenging. In this session, participants will learn new songs and games that are both pedagogically sound as well as a lot of fun for both teachers and students. They will also leave the session knowing how to use these new songs and games to develop assessment tools.


Theatre/Arts Integration: Trio Track (Grades K-3)
Doing with Drama: Creative Dramatics, Literacy, and Expeditionary Learning

Instructor: Mary McAvoy

In a series of engaging, practical workshops, participants will develop strategies for enlivening literacy curriculum using student-empowering experiential drama methods. Building on the principle that people learn by doing, these sessions will focus both on bringing narratives to life and providing learners opportunities to imagine, reinvent, and experiment within them.


Theatre/Arts Integration: Trio Track (Grades 4-6)
Dramatic Investigation: Using the Arts as Tools to Spark Science Learning

Instructor: Lauren Smith

This experiential workshop invites participants to explore ways to integrate art forms—including drama, visual art, and music—into science curriculum in order to deepen student engagement with the content. Teachers will gain practical, ready-to-use strategies and resources that support students’ comprehension and retention of complex vocabulary and understanding of cycles in nature, as well as their critical thinking and collaborative skills. This session is designed for classroom teachers and includes approaches applicable for gifted and special education teachers, librarians, and arts specialists.


Visual Art: Trio Track
Exploring the Big Idea of Identity through Critical Visual Literacy and Contemporary Art Making

Instructor: Meaghan Brady Nelson

These sessions will explore the topic of critical visual literacy and how people’s identities are influenced by visual culture. Participants will experiment with ways they can use art making in the classroom to help their students discover the role images play in identity formation. The goal of such activities is to challenge and prepare students to question how they encounter and understand the images and visual cultures that influence and surround them. No previous art experience is necessary to attend this session. The activities shared in this session will be appropriate for use with students in kindergarten through sixth grade.


Upper Middle/Secondary Trio Track

Every day, participants will attend each of the classes listed below.


Music: Trio Track
Popular Music Pedagogy for the Traditional Music Educator

Instructor: Chad West

Does the thought of teaching popular music cause anxiety? These sessions are designed for the “non-rockers” who are curious about teaching popular music. Participants will learn simple techniques for teaching guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, and appropriate vocal styles, and will acquire the resources needed to immediately begin leading a popular music ensemble.


Music: Trio Track
Capturing Students' Imaginations: Devising Tools and Techniques to Create Original Work

Instructor: Noah Martin

Find and tap into the power of your youthful voice, and learn to create vital new work with students! In this workshop, participants will use a mix of improvisation, storytelling, and movement exercises to create characters, embody ideas, and explore different perspectives. The week will culminate with the sharing of an in-process devised work.


Visual Art: Trio Track
Exploring the Big Idea of Identity through Critical Visual Literacy and Contemporary Art Making

Instructor: Meaghan Brady Nelson

These sessions will explore the topic of critical visual literacy and how people’s identities are influenced by visual culture. Participants will experiment with ways they can use art making in the classroom to help their students discover the role images play in identity formation. The goal of such activities is to challenge and prepare students to question how they encounter and understand the images and visual cultures that influence and surround them. No previous art experience is necessary to attend this session. The activities shared in this session will be appropriate for use with students in seventh through twelfth grade.