2019 ASTA Roundtable and Forum Discussions


Participate in small discussion groups with your peers.  


Collegiate Roundtable Sessions
Friday, March 8
Facilitated by Michael Hopkins, ASTA Collegiate Committee Chair, University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance

Session 11:30 pm - 2:30 pm – Who Do We teach? What Do We Teach Them? Your Curricular Challenges and Solutions
Room: Isleta/Jemez
Led by Michael Hopkins, Collegiate Committee Chair, and Flora Nevarez, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music

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 – 2:45 pm - 3:45 pm – Mindfulness in Teaching, Learning, and Wellness
Room: Isleta/Jemez
Led by Michael Hopkins, Collegiate Committee Chair; Panelists - Frank M. Diaz, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music; Karin Hendricks, Boston University; Laura Talbott Clark, Oklahoma State University
Explore with a panel of collegiate members how mindfulness in teaching, learning, and wellness 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

Friday, March 8, 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Room: Picirus
Led by Gretchen Zunic, Upper Arlington Schools, Arlington, Ohio
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 - Ally McGowan, Ridgefield, Connecticut
- How do you problem-solve scheduling classes? - Kathleen House, Wichita Public Schools, Wichita, KS
- Sharing practices for recruiting and retaining students - Shawne Stone, Colton, Oregon; Amy Clement, Lawrenceville, Georgia
- Building a cooperative student feeder system - Shelly Burger, Las Vegas, Nevada


Private Studio Roundtable
Friday, March 8, 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Room: Apache
Led by Benjamin Whitcomb, ASTA Studio Teachers Committee Chair, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
Participate in small table discussions facilitated by your private studio colleagues. Bring your questions, share, and learn. Table discussions will include:
o Reviewing existing professional development for private studio teachers - Michael and Meryl Geib
o Entrepreneurship – Lynn Ledbetter
o Recruitment and retention for private studio – Steve Palincsar
o Private teacher and public school teacher -  Working together – Elizabeth Gergel

Eclectic Styles Roundtable – Eclectic Styles Repertoire
Friday, March 8, 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Room: Taos
Led by Duane Padilla, Punahou Music School, Honolulu, Hawaii
Do you have eclectic styles materials that you love and want others to know about? Are you in search of ideas for new material for your orchestra or private students? Join the eclectic styles community and discuss, share, and collect ideas and suggestions about repertoire and content, and how to use it with your students. Be part of building an eclectic styles content resource for the string community.


Student Roundtable
Friday, March 8, 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Room: Cochiti
Led by BettyAnne Gottlieb, University of Cincinnati
Facilitators: Sam Conner, University of Colorado-Boulder, Tanner Otter, Ohio State University, Teresa Strobel, Western Michigan University, Riley McGowan, West Chester University
Please join your fellow college students for this time of discussion and celebration. We will present the awards for Outstanding Student Chapter, Most Improved Student Chapter, and Student Exemplary Service and celebrate those winners.

Specific discussion topics are:
o Unique student chapter programs and services
o Fundraising Ideas
o Ideas on how to get connected with a student chapter
o Working with your state chapter and how it works - Learn how to start and stay connected outside your campus: volunteer with state chapter members, co-sponsor events with your state chapter, apply for funding through your state chapter, and what it means to be connected with your state chapter.
o Chapter best practices - Share and gain ideas about the best practices for your chapter in the following areas: marketing and social media, recruitment and engagement, board transition logistics, and ensuring your chapter's ongoing success.
o Chapter and community relationships (outreach) - Teaching is great and all, but you need students to do it in front of. Learn about how to connect with your local community and gain relationships with students and get experience by working with local teachers through volunteering before you start student teaching.