California, here I come

This week I will travel to sunny Sacramento, primarily for the annual meeting of the Society for American Music. This particular conference is always a reunion for me. SAM members are a warm and friendly bunch, and I’ve been attending these conferences since 2000.

I’ll give two presentations while I’m in Sacramento. The first will be Wednesday night, as part of a special pre-conference session sponsored by SAM’s education committee and geared for local K-12 educators. Along with Michael Fauver, our managing editor at The Avid Listener, I will be sharing with local teachers ways in which they might incorporate The Avid Listener into their classrooms, particularly within the new standards of the Common Core curriculum. We’re working with ELA standards, and I’ve prepared a handout that includes how to use TAL in specific grade 9-12 reading, writing, and speaking / listening standards. We’re hoping the handout will be useful not only to music teachers, but also to teachers in English, History, Social Studies (or whatever it is called these days), etc. (Do you teach in the Common Core curriculum? If so, let me know if you would like a copy of this handout. We’re happy to share!)

On Thursday morning (at 8:30, ouch) I’ll present a short version of my on-going research about Zilphia Horton, labor unions, and songbooks. (I blogged about this research back in September. If you’re curious, you can read the description here.)

My conference dance card is already very full, but if you are in the Sacramento area, look me up!

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