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This event is hosted in partnership with the Indianapolis Center for Arts Education and Innovation at Butler University (Participants can attend in person or virtually). There will be pre-conference teacher training sessions from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on March 9 (in person only). Details below. Early Registration Rates and Hotel Group Rates end on February 8, 2023. 

Keynote Speaker

Bettina Love

Dr. Bettina L. Love is an award-winning author and the William F. Russell Professor at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her writing, research, teaching, and educational advocacy work meet at the…

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Musical Guest

Gateways Brass Collective

El Sistema USA is excited to announce that the Gateways Brass Collective will speak and perform at the ESUSA National Symposium on March 11!

Symposium Information

The event will take place March 9 at 6:00 p.m. to March 11 at 5:00 p.m. ET at Butler University

ESUSA has a room block reserved at Embassy Suites by Hilton Indianapolis Downtown for March 9, 2023 through March 12, 2023. Reservations must be made by February 8, 2023 in order to receive the group rate.

There are also a variety of Airbnb options in the Butler University Campus area.

The conference will take place on the Butler University campus (4600 Sunset Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46208), which is a 15 minute drive from the Embassy Suites. ESUSA will provide a shuttle between the hotel and campus each day.

The Embassy Suites Hotel is 15 minutes from the Indianapolis International Airport.

The Embassy Suites Hilton will provide complimentary breakfast to guests each morning and snacks and refreshments each evening. ESUSA and Butler will host a reception on Thursday evening with light refreshments and drinks and also will provide lunch to attendees on Friday and Saturday free of charge.

Tickets

Early Bird Pricing Ends Feb 8, 2023

Pricing
ESUSA Member Teaching Artist $75 $50
ESUSA Member Administrator $125 $100
Non Member $225 $200
Day Pass $75 $50
Virtual Pass $50 $25

Symposium Schedule

All main conference sessions will be offered virtually and in person. The Pre-Conference is in person only.

March 9, 2023: 12-5pm EST, In Person at Butler University

ESUSA is excited to bring together four partners to provide professional development for teachers and teaching artists! Sign up for the Pre-Symposium Professional Development “add on” option in the Eventbrite registration. Teachers can choose from two options:

Session Option 1 Option 2
One three-hour session from 2-5 pm “Building Identity, Belonging, and Agency Through Musical SEL” with Scott Edgar
Two two-hour sessions from 12-2 pm and 3-5 pm
  • “Classroom Management” with Teaching Artists Training Institute
  • “For Every Child: Suzuki-Inspired Concepts and Strategies for Successful Classroom Teaching” with Winifred Crock
  • “The Approaches of the Academy for Impact Through Music” with Eric Booth

Session Facilitators

Scott Edgar

“Building Identity, Belonging, and Agency Through Musical SEL”

Winifred Crock

“For Every Child: Suzuki-Inspired Concepts and Strategies for Successful Classroom Teaching”

Eric Booth

“The Approaches of the Academy for Impact Through Music”

All main conference sessions will be offered virtually and in person. The Pre-Conference is in person only.

Time Description
12:00-5:00 pm Teacher Training Pre-Conference (must register separately for this via Eventbrite – see details above)
6:00-7:00 pm Keynote Address: Dr. Bettina L. Love
7:00-8:00 pm Welcome Reception (includes one drink ticket per attendee and heavy hors d’oeuvres)

All main conference sessions will be offered virtually and in person. The Pre-Conference is in person only.

Time Description
7:00-9:00 am Breakfast at Hotel
9:00-10:00 am
  • Teaching Artist Award Presentation
  • Youth Ambassador Session 1
10:15-11:15 am
  • “Reconnecting and Building Relationships Through Social Emotional Learning in Music Education” with Scott Edgar (Educational Clinician, Conn-Selmer)
  • “Stand up Take a Solo” with Damon Banks & Gwendolyn Laster (Co-Founders, Creative Strings Improvisers Ensemble)
  • “AIM-ing Toward Continual Improvement in Teaching: Learning from the Academy for Impact Through Music – Part 1/2” with Eric Booth (Lead Team, Academy for Impact through Music)
11:30 am – 12:30 pm
  • “Practical Strategy Methods” with Peter Compo (Founder, ozc Research)
  • “Here Comes the Poi” with Leute Lagaaia (Student, Sistema Utah)
  • “Elementary Music Appreciation in the Era of Culturally Responsive Education” with Judith Sweet (Associate Director of Early Learning, BSO OrchKids)
12:30-1:30 pm Lunch (provided by ESUSA)
1:30-2:30 pm
  • Youth Ambassador Session 2
  • Sphinx Panel
  • “The Rainbow Connection: Musical Excellence and Violence Prevention Through Early Childhood Programming” with Katie Burns (String Pedagogy Specialist, El Sistema Colorado) & Johnny Szumski (Program Director, El Sistema Colorado)
2:45-3:45 pm
  • “Determining the Essential Element for Excellence” with Shawn Earle (CEO, Sistema Toronto) & Alex McLeod (Academic Manager, Sistema Toronto)
  • “Character Development in Music” with Maria Del Valle (Director of Music, WHIN Music Community Charter School)
  • “Building a Professional Development Program without Breaking the Bank” with Anna Barson (Managing Director, Teaching Artists Training Institute)
4:00-5:00 pm
  • “Be the Microphone: Amplifying the Music of our Communities” with Danielle Williams (Director of Education, BSO OrchKids), Devin Harrington (Associate Director of Programs, BSO OrchKids) & Samantha Flores (Program Manager, BSO OrchKids)
  • “Developing Instrumental and Performance Technique through Composition & Arranging” with Garrett Mendez (Artistic Director, Project Music) & Armand Hall (Director of Programs, Gateways Music Festival)
  • “Leadership at all Ages: Building a Robust Musical Mentoring Program” with Hillary Harder (Program Director, ECoSistema)& Kent Dutchersmith (Lead Teaching Artist, ECoSistema)

All main conference sessions will be offered virtually and in person. The Pre-Conference is in person only.

Time Description
7:00-9:00 am Breakfast at Hotel
9:00-10:00 am El Sistema USA Annual Meeting
10:15-11:15 am
  • Youth Ambassador Session 3
  • “Elevating Rehearsals through Fun and Excellence” with Liber Cuevos (Program Director, Miami Music Project)
  • “More than Music: Not Your Grandma’s Sound Factory” with Michael Jamanis (Director, Music for Everyone), Matt Woodson (Director of Community Percussion, Music for Everyone), & Katherine Lankford (Admin of Music Education, Music for Everyone)
11:30 am – 12:30 pm
  • “AIM-ing Toward Continual Improvement in Teaching: Learning from the Academy for Impact through Music – Part 2/2” with Eric Booth (Lead Team, Academy for Impact through Music)
  • “Voices from Within: An Inside Look at Teaching with El Sistema-Inspired Programs “ with Anna Barson and Panel (Managing Director, Teaching Artists Training Institute)
  • “A Dream Realized: Promoting Equitable Access for Adult Learners in Strings Ensembles” with Abigayle Witt (Business Operations Manager, Butler Community Arts School) & Shannon Crow (Teaching Artist and Founder/Director of Adult Strings Ensembles, Butler Community Arts School)
12:30-1:30 pm Lunch (provided by ESUSA)
1:30-2:30 pm
  • “Habits of Mind: SEL and Collective Composition” with Danielle Williams (Director fo Education, BSO OrchKids) & Judith Sweet (Associate Director of Early Learning, BSO OrchKids)
  • “Representation Matters! (Who does your reflection represent?)” with Alonzo Chadwick (CEO, Bravo Music & Arts Academy)
  • “A Path to Higher Education: Partnering with University Orchestras” with Dr. Sergio Bernal (Director of Orchestral Studies and Professor of Music, Utah State University)
2:45-3:45 pm
  • “Embodied Experiences with Body Mind Mapping” with Kelsey Milian Lopez (Ethnomusicology Graduate Student and Educational Leadership Facilitator, CUNY Graduate Center & Miami Music Project)
  • “At the Intersection of Music and Culture: How the INTEMPO Humanities Curriculum Project Broadens Student Learning” with Douglas Lausten (Manager of Education and Community Impact, INTEMPO), Angelica Durrell (Founder and Executive Director, INTEMPO) & Geo Suquillo (Lead Teaching Artist, INTEMPO)
  • “Beyond our city blocks: The process and experience of a program-led summer nature retreat for young musicians from Accent Pontiac” with Dr. Tia Harvey (Program Director, Accent Pontiac) & Tina Rowan (Executive Director, Accent Pontiac)
4:00-5:00 pm
  • Closing Plenary
  • Youth Ambassador Session 4
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