To stimulate and nurture collaborative work between teachers and arts education partners, Ingenuity and the CPS Department of Arts Education are excited to present this year’s Arts Education Conference: Collaborating for Quality.
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Saturday, November 4 • 10:00am - 11:00am
Creativity in the Music Classroom LIMITED

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Much of music education today is focused on learning music that already exists. In this session, we will explore several strategies for engaging youth in creating their own music in any music context; from the kindergarten music classroom to the full-fledged youth orchestra.


Mercedes Calcano

Head Artist, Shift: Englewood Youth Orchestra
Mercedes Calcano is an active multidisciplinary artist, performer and educator from Venezuela, holding a BA in Music from IUDEM and 3 years GD in Performance from the Judith Jaimes Piano Program at Simon Bolivar University. In 2011 Calcano won a scholarship for a double MA in Piano... Read More →

Ayriole Frost

Executive Director, Shift:Englewood Youth Orchestra
Ayriole Frost is an active composer, performer and teacher. She co-founded and currently serves as the Executive Director of Shift:Englewood Youth Orchestra, an El Sistema-inspired youth development program on Chicago’s Southwest Side. Her history of working with music programs... Read More →

Pete Tashjian

Percussionist // Educator
Pete Tashjian is a Chicago based drummer and educator. After studying with Paul Wertico, Ed Harrison and Reuben Alvarez, he graduated from the Chicago College of Performing Arts in 2010. He performs regularly around the Midwest with a wide variety of artists including miss remember... Read More →

Saturday November 4, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am CDT
221 1450 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60608