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Angela Antersol Presents Two Sessions at Music Educators Conference

Making Mindful MusiciansAngela Antersol, band director at Smallwood Drive Elementary, presented two sessions at the National Association for Music Educators (NAfME) All Eastern Regional Conference, held in Rochester in mid-April. One session was called Let's Get Composing which details how she empowers her elementary students to think like composers, and shows other teachers how they can use similar projects in their instruction to improve their ensembles as well as enhance the educational experience of their students. The other session was called Making Mindful Musicians which went into ways we can use mindfulness and SEL within the structure of music rehearsals and lessons to not only help the students with being more mindful and learning those valuable skills, but also working on how those skills directly apply to and impact music performance.

Both sessions were very well received. The conference draws music educators from states along the eastern seaboard from Maine to Maryland and Washington DC. Attendees also included educators from the European Music Educators Association. She previously presented Making Mindful Musicians  at the state conference held by NYSSMA in December 2022, and has been invited to present Let's Get Composing for NYSSMA in December 2023.