Research and projects developed at our school are often presented at music education conferences. Here are some of our recent presentations:
2010 International Society for Music Education Community Music Commission: Hangzhou, China: Paper Publication, "Discovering Abilities Through Harmony : An interdisciplinary music approach for students with disabilities Through the Sidney Lanier Center, ISME CMA, and NACCM". This paper is a project update of Discovering Abilities, a performance of research projects conducted by International Society for Music Education Community Music Activity and North American Coalition for Community Music professors and practitioners from around the world with our music ensemble. The general public, consultes from the countries represented, music majors and public/private schools in New York are invited to observe and interact in this uplifting and inclusive music workshop.
2010 International Society for Music Education Conference, Beijing, China: Sidney Lanier's music program has 5 presentations (paper publication, 2 workshops, round table and seminar) accepted for the International Society for Music Education Conference in Hangzhou and Beijing, China this summer! Details on the event will be coming soon.
2008 International Society for Music Education Community Music Commission, Rome, Italy: Paper publication, “Leading Beyond the Walls: The Virtual Classroom for Students with Disabilities Project.” The paper presentation included the results of a study that linked students with disabilities at the Sidney Lanier Center with music majors at Syracuse University (Dr. Emma Rodriguez Suarez), Weber State (Dr. David Akombo) and the University of Londrina in Brazil (Dr. Magali Kleber). Music majors at the universities developed lessons that were designed to accommodate the special needs of their paired students at Sidney Lanier and taught the lessons using internet cameras installed at each institution.
2008 International Society for Music Education Conference, Bologna, Italy: “Group Laiengee: A Cooperative Music Approach for Assisting Students with Significant Disabilities in Guinea and Beyond.” This workshop highlited with theory, performance practice, and traditions of Group Laiengee, a Guinea performing troupe comprised of children with significant disabilities led by Alsaney Camara and other prominent traditional African Griot musicians. The purpose of the presentation was to network this ensemble in West Africa with universities interested in assisting in the support and development of the students in the ensemble. This presentation is part of a larger cooperative project between the Sidney Lanier Center and Group Laiengee.
2006 International Society for Music Education Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Rhyme, Rhythm and Reptetition, Utilizing Adaptive Techniques and Technology for Including Students with Mental and Physical Challenges in Musical Theatre:This workshop included information on eight curriculum designs that combine alternative communication devices to enhance overall music comprehension in high school musical theatre. Island, an original musical, was the culminating experience of this method. Participants were high school students with moderate to profound disabilities including autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, and traumatic brain injury.
2006 International Society for Music Education Singapore: The Interface of Public School and Community Based Music Education for Students with Mental and Physical Challenges. How to Develop a Mainstream Community Music Program for All Learners: This workshop presented information on the development of the Sidney Lanier Center Community Music Program which combines music education and community based instruction for students with moderate to profound mental and physical challenges and their families.
2004 ISME Conference, Tenerife, Spain. "Incorporating Music Concepts, Occupational Therapy Techniques, and World Music to Assist Students with Mental and Physical Challenges."
2009 Music in Lifelong Learning Conference in Denton, Texas: Sidney Lanier's music program had a presentation at this national conference at University of North Texas this past October. The presentation was on the "Speaking Through the Beat" project with Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Florida. A documentary on the project can be seen on our video page. Click video under the main menu and scroll down to "Speaking Through the Beat."
Since 2001, Sidney Lanier's music program has been represented at the Florida Music Educators Association's state conference through workshops, research presentations, committee participation and performances by our students.