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The 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah will feature the interest session:
A REVOLUTIONARY APPROACH TO TEACHING MUSIC THEORY (Alice Parker , clinician)
 
A melody-based curriculum will connect the student’s prior experience with the world of theory, providing a sound beginning for performers, teachers, students, and listeners. The “singing classroom” begins with folk tunes of many kinds, performing them well, and discussing what makes them memorable. Upon progressing to group improvisation and writing, the class learns theoretical practice and vocabulary through actual song. Historically, the next step is counterpoint rather than harmony. This curriculum moves to a discussion of the answering voice: how to create a musical response to a heard tune. Hear. Sing. Improvise. Write. Share. Based on Alice Parker’s books The Anatomy of Melody and The Answering Voice.
 
LEARN MORE about the 2015 ACDA National Conference and REGISTER today.
 
Appearing in concert during the 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah:
FORT WORTH ACADEMY OF THE ARTS SINGING GIRLS OF TEXAS TRAINING CHOIR
 
Singing Girls of Texas (SGT) was founded in 2001 by the Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts, which has a legacy of providing excellent arts experience and education to its students. SGT quickly become renown in Texas and across the nation for its outstanding vocal blend, variety of repertoire, passion for music, and exceptional performances. The Choir has performed across the United States and internationally in Austria, Italy, and Greece. SGT is comprised of three distinguished choirs. The resident Training Choir, performing for ACDA, is a select group of auditioned seventh- and eighth-grade singers who strive, and routinely succeed, to gain the vocal skills necessary to earn a place on the prestigious SGT Tour Choir for ninth through twelfth graders. Training Choir singers are consistent UIL Sweepstake winners and repeatedly receive invitations to perform in local, regional, and charity events.
 
LEARN MORE about the 2015 ACDA National Conference and REGISTER today.
ACDA will again offer the Student Conducting Awards during the next national conference, February 25-28, 2015, in Salt Lake City, Utah.
 
The objectives of the ACDA Student Conducting Awards are designed to acknowledge and reward outstanding graduate and undergraduate student conductors; to encourage score preparation and advancement of conducting and rehearsal skills; and to promote student activity at the ACDA National Convention.
 
These cash prizes are awarded to the winners of the final round of the conducting awards:
     First Prize, Graduate Level: $1000
     Second Prize, Graduate Level: $500
     First Prize, Undergraduate Level: $500 Second Prize, Undergraduate Level: $250
 
In addition, the sixteen semi-finalists (up to eight undergraduate and eight graduate) each receive complimentary registration to attend the 2015 National Conference.  The event is sponsored by Manhattan Concert Productions.
 
LEARN MORE about the student conducting competition and then APPLY. Application deadline is October 31.