Keepin' It Fresh: Rejunvenate Yourself and Your Classroom
Jamie Kember, Madison
August 1-2, 2013
9:00 am to 4:30 pm each day
Wisconsin Center for Music Education


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Wisconsin Center for Music Education, Waunakee, WI

As music teachers, we are given the daunting task of starting what we hope become lifelong relationships with music. When a student graduates from our class onto the next chapter, have we given them the tools to continue on a musical path?

The daily grind of teaching leaves little time to reflect and ask ourselves hard questions. This two-day course will give us the opportunity to share with each other our best practices and give us the space and time to brainstorm new techniques we can use with our students.

Participants will be encouraged to leave their comfort zone and will need to bring an instrument and/or their vocal chops. Let's recharge those batteries, remind ourselves why we got into music in the first place, and hit the road running with new ideas for the 2013/14 school year!

Wisconsin Teaching Standards Addressed: 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10
Wisconsin Music Standards: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I


Jamie Kember balances his passion for music as performer, educator, and advocate. While studying in Boston, he performed on trombone regularly with such diverse groups as Bob Brookmeyer’s Jazz Composer’s Orchestra, Boston Civic Symphony, Callithumpian Consort, and Harvard’s Early Music Society. In Madison, Jamie can be heard with Grupo Candela, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, and a group he helps lead, The Big Payback. The Big Payback gives Kember a compositional outlet, receiving a Madison Area Music Association Award for Best Jazz Song with his composition “Overture,” as well as a way to share his talents in schools across the state.
As a music educator, Kember has previously taught for UW’s Summer Music Clinic, Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras, and in 2007 was Associate Professor of Trombone at the Festival de Música de Santa Catarina, Brasil. Jamie currently teaches music theory and the history of pop/rock music at Madison College where he directs the Community Jazz Band and Jazz Combo. One of the highlights of his year is directing UW’s PEOPLE Program Jazz Ensemble, which he has been a part of for the last 5 summers.
Jamie advocates for music education on a statewide level working at the Wisconsin Center for Music Education. At the Center he promotes fundraising efforts and provides support for great programs like Launchpad. Jamie got his first taste of music advocacy working with NPR’s nationally syndicated radio show “From The Top.” Jamie holds a BM in Trombone Performance with a Music-in-Education Concentration from New England Conservatory of Music and a MM in Trombone Performance along with a certification in k-12 instrumental music education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he currently serves on the School of Music Alumni Association Board.

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Pre-registration closes 7/22/13
Member*             $130.00
Non-member        $145.00
Undergraduate     $60.00
On Site               $190.00
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*Discounts for WMEA, NAfME or staff in WSMA member schools.

Graduate Credit Information:
Registrants have the opportunity to earn one graduate crdit for this course for an additional fee of $220.00. This is a separate registration and fee from the workshop registration. Please download a copy of the Viterbo registration form (pdf) and mail it with a check (made payable to Viterbo University) to:

Mary Elsner
Wisconsin Center for Music Education
1005 Quinn Drive
Waunakee, WI  53597

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Viterbo University will email participants instructions for retrieving their grade reports online approximately 4-6 weeks after the course has been completed, after which time you may request a transcript. Transcripts may be requested directly from Viterbo by completing and mailing in a Transcript Request Form (pdf). Transcripts are $5 per transcript per request.

For more information on graduate credit opportunities, please visit our Graduate Credit Information page.

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