Trio Track

Trio Track provides participants who are 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.

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Elementary/Lower Middle Trio Track

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


Teaching with Love and Grace

Instructor: Natasha Thurmon

More than ever, there is a need for teachers and students to infuse love, grace, and patience into their classrooms. Just like many other aspects of teaching, this takes time, planning, and practice. In this session, practical strategies and approaches for achieving this will be explored—especially in relation to the elementary music classroom.


Collaborative Storytelling: Active Engagement in Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

Instructor: Rachel Hamilton

Participants in these sessions will learn how to create and use original stories to help develop and enhance the communication skills and social intelligence of their students, while incorporating standard-based objectives in their classrooms. Practical modes of incorporating storytelling into everyday curricula will be shared and practiced together.


All Trio Track participants will be required to attend a minimum of one Visual Art Interlude each afternoon.

Upper Middle/Secondary Trio Track

Every day, participants will attend two of the classes listed below according to their group designation.


Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Let Them Choose!

Instructor: Ann Clements

(Groups B - D - E)

These sessions will explore ways that music teachers and their students can take risks and learn alongside one another. By focusing on world music, popular music, and gaming, attendees will leave these sessions with skills and strategies they can immediately use in their curricula and instruction.


It’s All in A Year’s Work: Practical and Purposeful Strategies for the Choral Classroom

Instructor: Victor Johnson

(Group C Only)

Effective teaching happens when the teacher has done extensive, practical, and purposeful planning. In these sessions, Victor Johnson will talk about methods that will help teachers and students stay motivated and engaged throughout the school year. Topics will include strategies for building community within ensemble groups, creative methods for sequential teaching, score preparation, practical rehearsal techniques, and music reading sessions.


Foundations of Michael Chekhov Technique for Stage and On-camera Performance

Instructor: Margaret Laurena Kemp

(Group B Only)

How will theatre performance and training shift to incorporate everything learned during the pandemic? In this hands-on workshop, participants will be immersed in aspects of the Michael Chekhov Technique for both live performance practices and on-camera acting. The exploration will emphasize the following elements of the technique: Three Sisters (sensations), Atmospheres, and Polarity. Participants should memorize five lines of meaningful text (which can be spoken or sung text) to play with during the workshop.


We're All in This Together: Musical Theatre Directing Strategies to Expand Your Process

Instructor: Rob Roznowski

(Groups C - D - E)

This hands-on and practical workshop will provide participants with a variety of exercises and strategies to help them expand their approach to directing a high school musical. In addition to presenting unique ways to look at musical theatre projects, new and creative perspectives on the staging of solo and group numbers, musical punctuation, and emblematic action will be explored.


All Trio Track participants will be required to attend a minimum of one Visual Art Interlude each afternoon.