ASTA Roundtable and Forum Discussions

Participate in small discussion groups with your peers.  

Collegiate Roundtable Sessions: Who do we teach? What do we teach them?
Facilitated by Michael Hopkins, ASTA Collegiate Committee Chair, University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance
Friday, March 8

Session 1 – Your Curricular Challenges and Solutions – 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
It’s a conversation. Join your higher education colleagues as they collectively discuss timely topics identified by participants. This moderated, collaborative session will allow for small and large group idea sharing. Come ready to share and collect ideas.

Session 2 – Mindfulness-Based Wellness and Pedagogy – 2:45 pm - 3:45 pm
Explore with a panel of collegiate members how mindfulness-based wellness and pedagogy has improved their teaching practice. Spend part of the time in table discussions sharing your ideas and experiences. Walk away with helpful tips to enhance your teaching.


K-12 Community Forum

Led by Charles Laux, ASTA K-12 Committee Chair, Alpharetta High School, Georgia
Friday, March 8, 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Spend time collaborating with your K-12 peers in small groups. Pick the topic that best suits you—share your ideas and get solutions to your pressing questions. Topics:
- Teacher strategy for college prep classes
- How do you problem-solve scheduling classes?
- Sharing practices for recruiting and retaining students
- Building a cooperative student feeder system


Private Studio Roundtable
Led by Benjamin Whitcomb, ASTA Studio Teachers Committee Chair, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
Friday, March 8, 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm


Eclectic Strings Roundtable
Led by Tracy Silverman, ASTA Eclectic Strings Committee Chair, Belmont University, Tennessee
Friday, March 8, 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm


Student Roundtable
Friday, March 8, 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Please join the ASTA Student Advisory Committee and several new teachers, in their first or second year, who will give participants some of their best tips, what they wish they would have known, resources that can help, and answer questions you have about that first year. Please bring questions and ideas so we can host an interactive and informative discussion.

There also will be time to mix and mingle after the session for more in-depth discussions. In addition, this is an opportunity to meet other students, plan hang-out time, and maybe grab a quick bite to eat before the rest of the evening’s events. (Dinner is on your own.)