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FMEA PRE CONFERENCE: Artistry in Non-Traditional Music Settings

Wednesday, January 10, 2018
2:10 PM - 3:00 PM
Tampa Convention Center
Grade Levels
Elementary, Middle School, High School, University, All Grade Levels
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Techniques and experiences for teaching a variety of non-traditional music ensembles for all levels of instruction.

Dr. David Williams 

School of Music, University of South Florida
Associate Professor of Music Education and the Associate Director of the School of Music

David A. Williams is an Associate Professor of Music Education and the Associate Director of the School of Music at the University of South Florida. His research interests involve the use of student-centered and informal learning pedagogies and how these impact teaching and learning in music education.

Dr. Nick Stefanic 

Dixie Hollins High School, St. Petersburg
Music Production Teacher

Nick Stefanic teaches music production and digital music classes at Dixie Hollins High School in St. Petersburg, FL. With roots in progressive rock drumming and band directing (only once at the same time), he has evolved into an active keyboardist and piano accompanist for musicals and Thursday night concerts, as well as an arranger, composer, songwriter, iPadist, and soon-to-be-discovered beat producer. He earned a Ph.D. in Music Education from the University of South Florida where he specialized in creativity and statistics (an unlikely pair), and both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. His 12 years of teaching experience in public, private, and online schools, from middle school to graduate level teaching environments, included an equally unlikely combination of band, choir, guitar, percussion, music theory, sociology of music, semiotics and notation, and now music production.

Carlos Silva 

Carlos Silva, a native of Lima, Peru, grew up in Miami, studied in Tallahassee and lives in Sarasota. He has directed The Shelter Band in Tallahassee, taught middle school Orchestra and Guitar in Sarasota and Melbourne, and currently works at Music Compound in Sarasota. He has published and recorded for Class Guitar Resources, Inc. He has worked with Method Teacher, Inc. to develop online high school and middle school guitar courses currently implemented by Florida Virtual School. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music with a Certificate in World Music, a Bachelor of Music Education, and a Master of Music Education from Florida State University.

Mrs. Micky Polley 

McLaughlin Middle and Fine Arts Academy
Rock & Roll Facilatator

Micky Polley, a professional vocalist and Florida music educator, understands music and music education, as intrinsic to whole child development. A native Floridian and graduate of Warner University, Micky holds a Bachelor’s in Music Education, and a Master’s in Curriculum & Instructional Design. Her teaching experience spans all grade levels, kindergarten through collegiate. After thirteen productive years at Janie Howard Wilson Elementary, including launching a performance dance group, choir, and drumming ensemble for JHW students, Mrs. Polley turned to successfully launching Rock & Roll for McLaughlin Middle and Fine Arts Academy, an informal learning pedagogy that fosters learning music and social skills. That program is in its fourth year and growing with student community performances a regular part of the curriculum. She has been recognized by her peers as a Teacher of The Year in 2004, and has been a past recipient of the Disney’s “Teacheriffic” Award and Horace Mann Crystal Apple Award.

Session Coordinator:
Steve Kelly

Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.

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