MacPhail at the MMEA Mid-Winter Convention

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MacPhail at MMEA Schedule

Thursday, February 15

1:00 PMWARMUP! The MMEA Get-Together
Ballroom A
2:15 – 3:15Sarah Hruska Olson: “The Creative Traveler” – Pathways Through Multiple Musical Communities
2:15 – 3:15Roque Diaz*, Progressing Forward: A Conversation about DEI in Music Education
3:30 – 4:30Brandi Waller-Pace: Headliner Session: U.S. Old Time Music
* Dr. Roque Diaz will be joined by Scott Sheehan, National Association for Music Education (NAfME) President; Dr. Adrian Davis, MMEA President; Dr. Karen Howard, MMEA President-Elect, and Paul Babcock, President and COO of MacPhail Center for Music

Friday, February 16

10:00 to
Michael Cain: Introducing EKWE: A Unique Music Creation App for All Ages
MacPhail booth 407,506
1:00MacPhail Northside Youth Orchestra (MNYO) Performance
2:15Roque Diaz: Creating Your ‘Why?’ – A Conversation with MMEA’s DEIA Task Force
3:30 – 4:30Brandi Waller-Pace: Headliner Session: Who Built the Banjo? Blackness in American Roots Music
5:00 – 6:00Brandi Waller-Pace: Headliner Session: Culturally Responsive Song Selection
5:00The Paper Clips Trombone Quartet
all events take place at the Minneapolis Convention Center

Saturday, February 17

1:00 PMIsaac Rohr and Kevin Huseth: Integrating Music Production into Your High School Music Program
all events take place at the Minneapolis Convention Center
Brandi Waller-Pace
MacPhail is proud to sponsor this year’s Headliner:

Brandi Waller-Pace

Brandi Waller-Pace (she/they) is a Fort Worth-based artist, educator, and scholar/activist. She is the Founder and Executive Director of the nonprofit Decolonizing the Music Room. Brandi holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s of Music in Jazz Studies from Howard University. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Music Education at the University of North Texas. She has completed full Orff Shulwerk certification, Kodaly I,  and Music Learning Theory I and II. An 11-year veteran music educator, Brandi has co-written district elementary music curriculum.

In 2019 and 2020 Brandi served on the Texas African American Studies Course Curriculum Advisory Team that helped to formulate curriculum standards for the first state-approved African American History course. As a singer and multi-instrumentalist, she performs primarily jazz, neo-soul, and American roots music. She is the Founder and Organizer of the Fort Worth African American Roots Music Festival, which highlights blackness in American roots music. Brandi publishes and presents on many topics, including decolonizing and antiracist philosophies, Black roots music, and culturally relevant practices. Brandi sits on the board of directors of Folk Alliance International.

Sessions Lead by Brandi

Attendees will learn basic history and conventions of U.S. old time music making. Attendees should bring ukes or guitars (uke basses and acoustic basses are welcome as well). We will learn a couple of tunes!

Thursday, 3:30 – 4:30 pm, Room M101ABC

This session introduces the central place of blackness in American roots music. It will feature prominent Black figures whose work can be shared with music students.

Friday, 3:30 – 4:30, Room M101ABC

How do we decide whether or not to use a song with our students?  Attendees will learn basic approaches to evaluating repertoire choices in the classroom. We will do this through the lens of Black, Brown, Indigenous, and Asian voices.

Friday, 5:00 – 6:00 pm, Room 101FG

If you miss Brandi Waller-Pace’s sessions, we hope to have the video recordings up on our Read.Watch.Listen page shortly after the event.

Scotty Barnhart & the All-State Jazz Band at the Dakota

Minnesota Music Educators Association is proud to present the All-State Jazz Band at the Dakota with Scotty Barnhart. MMEA’s All-State Ensembles are built with 628 accomplished young musicians from 265 programs within the state of Minnesota. All-State Jazz Band will play two sets, one at 6:30pm, one at 8:30pm, sponsored by MacPhail Center for Music.

MMEA Community Music Educators of the Year

MacPhail proudly congratulates our two MMEA Music Educator of the Year Award recipients!

drum teacher with his student. They are both excited.
MMEA Teacher of the Year

L.A. Buckner

Arthur “L.A.” Buckner‘s deep infatuation with music began at an early age. At age 3 he would practically go an entire church service without looking away from the drums. His father took notice and shortly thereafter purchased his first drum kit.

L.A. Buckner is a performing musician, teaching artist, and producer from the Northside of Minneapolis. He holds a Master’s degree in Music Performance from McNally Smith College of Music, and is a community partnership instructor for the MacPhail Center for Music. His artistry is full of energy, excitement, culture and excellence.

Read more about L.A. Buckner…

MMEA Teacher of the Year

Elizabeth Winslow

Originally from Denver, Colorado, Elizabeth (Liz) Winslow moved to Minnesota to earn her undergraduate degree from Gustavus Adolphus College in Instrumental Music Education with honors in composition, magna cum laude. After graduation, Elizabeth served as assistant director at Brooklyn Center High School and then moved on as director of band and choir at Marshall County Central High School. She worked with the Richfield Marching Spartans from 2012-2021 and was the Richfield High School director of bands from 2016-2021.

Read more about Liz…

Find Us at Our Booth

These MacPhail staff & faculty members will be attending the MMEA conference. Drop us a word!

Adult playing drums
Paul Babcock
Percussion/Drum Set, Jazz
Grayson Broesch staff photo
Grayson Broesch
School Partnerships Coordinator
L.A. Buckner
Percussion/Drum Set, Jazz
Ben holding a tuba
Ben Bussey
Baritone/Euphonium, Trombone, Tuba, Jazz
Michael Cain of the Michael Cain Trio
Michael Cain
EMRA Program Director, Piano, Jazz
Roque's headshot
Dr. Roque Diaz
Senior Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Person standing outside
Rachel Hickman
Online School Partnerships Manager
Jon's headshot
Jon Iverson
Headshot of Jessica Nagel. She has long brown hair and is wearing a blue cardigan. She is smiling.
Jessica Nagel
Music Therapy Administrator
Sarah's headshot
Sarah Hruska Olson
Community Partnerships Instructor
Christopher Rochester
Christopher Rochester
Director of Global Music Initiative, Saxophone, Jazz
Elizabeth's headshot
Elizabeth Winslow
Director of School Partnerships

Learn more about what is happening at MacPhail

MacPhail School Partnerships

MacPhail provides customized and innovative music education programs for K-12 schools.

Project Amplify

Project Amplify provides transformational programming that nurtures creativity, honors students’ backgrounds, and provides tools and resources to support K-12 education at no cost to schools or music educators.

EMRA (Electronic Music Recording Arts)

MacPhail’s EMRA program delivers instruction in a wide range of skills, concepts, and techniques associated with contemporary music-making and traditional styles.


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