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Reggae Talk: Developing Unity And Cultural Acceptance Through Ensemble Performance

Friday, January 14, 2022
2:45 PM - 3:45 PM
Tampa Convention Center
General Music World Music
Grade Levels
All Grade Levels
Sponsored By
Reggae Talk
Walt Hampton James Mader Workshop July 2022


In this hands-on session participants will learn a brief understanding of the music genre Reggae. Through the learning, performance, and study of the ensemble Reggae Talk, participants will understand how music ensembles can develop unity. Participants will learn how to recognize that each part of the ensemble stands on its own as a good groove. Participants can then understand that together we make an even 'groovier' ensemble if we recognize that each part is in the likeness of blending multiple cultures. Alone is good, but togetherness and acceptance is always more beneficial to the whole ensemble.

James Mader 

Parkway Middle School
General Music Teacher

James Mader was selected as one of twenty music teachers from the United States and Canada to pilot Will Schmid's WORLD MUSIC DRUMMING CURRICULUM. James has also included guitar, African xylophone and Caribbean Steel Pan to the curriculum. He teaches 265+ students in utilizing the World Music Drumming Curriculum to raise student?s academics and self-esteem. He has conducted or assisted in clinics, residencies, and workshops in over 27 states. James has presented at many state music educators conferences and the National Association for Music Educators conference. James has presented to many local and state Orff chapters, as well as the National Orff Association Conference. James has authored numerous pieces of drum and xylophone ensembles that music teachers across the nation have found instrumental in developing the learning skills and test taking skills of their student ensembles through the academic study of music.

Session Coordinator:
Ms Carol Carstensen

The FMEA Professional Development Conference and All-State Ensembles are sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture, and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.
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