A Sampling of Music Software for the Classroom
Thursday March 4, 2021
Join local northeast Ohio music educators in a discussion about the technology they have found most useful in the classroom while navigating in-person/hybrid/virtual teaching!
Participants will be given resources and examples to take away, as well as the opportunity to participate in a Q&A post presentation.
Solon City Schools
Megan Consolo is in her fifteenth year of teaching. She has taught all grade levels PK-12 but currently entertains students K-4 at Lewis Elementary in Solon. Last spring she was recognized as Outstanding Educator of the Year by the Solon Council of PTAs and was featured several times in the district’s staff tech newsletter for excellence in virtual instruction. She serves as Specials Team Leader at Lewis and is a mentor to first year music, art and related long term substitute staff, as well as a cooperating teacher for teaching candidates. Megan has worked for Sugar Hill Records and Telarc Records in production and marketing, as well as with the Columbus Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Arts Group in marketing and education. She is the former Community Relations Coordinator for Solon Center for the Arts, where she helped design curriculum for homeschool and after school music programs. Megan is a Collegiate Fellow and graduate of Capital University Conservatory of Music and holds her M.Ed. in PK-9 Administration from Ashland University.
Beachwood City Schools
Darlene Haight has been teaching in the Beachwood City School District for thirty years. For the first twenty-five years she was the K-2 General Music teacher and is currently the choir director at the Beachwood Middle School and High School. Her goal for students is to connect and build community with each other and become their best selves through music education. The challenges of this year called for creative ways to reach this goal and engage students. Darlene has accomplished this by implementing technology such as Tone Savvy, Kahoot, Edpuzzle, and Flipgrid. By using these tools, she created lessons that integrate social & emotional learning and STEM education objectives into her music curriculum. These opportunities develop self-confidence, self-awareness, empathy, and understanding, along with music skills. Darlene received her Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree from the University of Akron. She is an active NAfME member and has directed numerous concerts, assemblies and talent shows. Her students have participated in OMEA and CVC Honors Choir Festivals, OMEA Solo & Ensemble Contests, Cabaret Night, Solid Gold Show Choir, and have performed with the Cleveland Orchestra as well as worked with
the Cleveland Institute of Music faculty. Darlene lives in Mentor, Ohio, with her husband, John. In her free time she enjoys hiking, pickleball, and traveling with her husband, daughter Kaitlyn, son Thomas, and friends.
Beachwood City Schools
Lisa Stang Goldman has been the Orchestra Director grades 4-12 for the Beachwood City Schools since 1998-99 and served as the district Fine Arts Department subject coordinator from 2006 to 2019. Lisa graduated from Cincinnati College Conservatory with a B.M. in Violin (Music Education) and an M.M. Ed (String Pedagogy). In addition to graduate studies in Viola and Dalcroze Eurhythmics at Carnegie Mellon University, Lisa completed her Suzuki teacher training at the Cleveland Institute of Music. OSTA 2017 ‘Teacher of the Year’, Mrs. Goldman has served as clinician, conductor, adjudicator and speaker at events spanning local to national including ASTA, Suzuki Association of the Americas, The International Suzuki Festival, OMEA and the Ohio Suzuki Association. She served for two years as the online orchestra ‘Mentor’ for MENC, on the state board for OSTA and has published over a dozen articles in the area of positive student/parent motivation. During her time in Beachwood students completed several performance tours, domestic and international, in addition to performing with the Cleveland POPS Orchestra, sharing the stage with The Cleveland Orchestra, television appearances and numerous additional events. Students from Beachwood continue to play in their college and community orchestras with many majoring in music performance, education, management and arts administration at higher institutions including Oberlin, Eastman, Curtis, Juilliard, Northwestern, Berklee and more. A certified ASTACAP adjudicator, Lisa enjoys creating community through music while bringing the excitement, knowledge and power of the arts to audiences representing the youngest to adults. A product of a musical family Lisa is an active freelance violinist in Northeast Ohio and has been a member of the Cleveland POPS Orchestra since 1998. While continuing to perform with a wide variety of groups in NE Ohio, Lisa enjoys playing chamber music with friends, painting, gardening and visiting her 3 grown kids making musical tracks of their own. Lisa lives in Beachwood, Ohio with her husband and several pets.
Rocky River City Schools
Allison Paetz is the Vocal Music and AP Research teacher at Rocky River High School. She is also a part-time Ph.D. student in music education at Case Western Reserve University. Allison earned her Master of Music in Music Education from Michigan State University. Allison’s research interests include music teacher identity, secondary choral music education, and diversity, equity, and inclusion in music education. She has presented research at the Symposium on Music Teacher Education, New Directions Conference, Music Research and Teacher Education National Conference, Narrative Inquiry in Music Education Conference, Enacting Curricular Change in Music Education through Vernacular Music Conference, and the National Association for Music Education National Conference. Her research has been published in the Journal of Music Teacher Education, the Journal of Research in Music Education and Update: Applications of Research in Music Education. Allison also serves as a vocal adjudicator for the Ohio Music Education Association and a table leader for the Educational Testing Service (AP Research subject area).
Lorain City Schools
Kyree Martin-Cotrell earned a Bachelor of Art degree in Music Theory and Composition from Ohio Northern University, a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Morehead State University, as well as a Master of Arts degree in Music Theory from Kent State University. She has taught pre-school up through college level courses. Currently she teaches PK-5 elementary music and is a technology coordinator for the Lorain City School District. Kyree has been using the Quaver platform for three years; piloting and developing trainings for the program in the district and beyond.