Community-building, Music Literacy, and Student Creativity in the Virtual High School Choir Classroom
with Melissa Walsh
Monday, June 29 at 7:00pm (EDT)
This session explores methods through which learning objectives for a choir classroom may be transferred to remote learning. Specific e-learning instructional examples will be demonstrated for several categories of choir classroom content including performing, student creativity, sight-singing, and community-building. Following the presentation for each instructional category, a brief forum will allow for attendees to participate in the sharing of ideas.
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ABOUT THE PRESENTER
Melissa Ai-Ling Walsh is the Director of Choirs and Musical Theater Productions at Perry Meridian High School in Indianapolis where she has been teaching since 2005. In the 2014-2015 school year, she was selected as the PMHS Teacher of the Year. Her responsibilities at PMHS have included instructing courses in piano, music theory and composition, music history, and choir. For the past eleven years, she has directed the school’s four choirs and has been the stage and vocal director for the two school musicals each year. Among other achievements under her direction, PMHS choirs have been ISSMA Treble Concert Choir State Finalists, Mixed Concert Choir State Finalists, and for the first time in 2020, a Vocal Jazz State Finalist. Walsh also freelances as a violinist, music directs with community theater and educational youth theater, and is actively involved in the music at her church. She has a BA in Music Education from Anderson University (IN) where she was a Presser Scholar and magna cum laude graduate, MM in Music Composition from Butler University (IN), and MM in Music Education from Bowling Green State University (OH). She is committed to utilizing choral music education to facilitate the intellectual, emotional, and social development and well-being of her students.