District Fall Conference

Friday, September 23, 2022 – 9:30-12:00
Graves Piano and Organ
5798 Karl Rd – Columbus, OH 43229
In Person and Online
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Zoom link will be made available to those who register

Teacher’s Toolkit Series:
Equipping Teachers To Teach Every Child Effectively
With In-Person Special Guests:
Janice Cook and Kamilah Morgan

Please join us for our fall conference as we welcome new members, share upcoming events, and sharpen our tools to better understand our students. The morning will start with an introduction of each board member. We kindly ask for event chairs to briefly share and answer questions regarding your upcoming events.

The second portion of the fall conference will be an intentional time for us to share and discuss common situations teachers encounter during lessons with students of all abilities whether it is regarding vision, behavior, or other neurodivergent needs.

We will learn to better equip ourselves as teachers (regardless if we are novice or seasoned) with the skills and knowledge needed to best serve our students’ individual needs. Join us for a morning of great learning and conversation with one another as we also welcome 2 dynamic speakers and music professionals, Janice Cook and Kamilah Morgan.

Janice Cook, Nationally Certified Teacher of Music, is a cum laude graduate of the Ohio State University School of Music. She was named Ohio Music Teachers Association’s first “Nationally Certified Music Teacher of the Year” and is a past recipient of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra’s Community Music Educator award. In March of 2015, she was named a Fellow by Music Teachers National Association, for “distinguished service to the music teaching profession.” She is currently mentoring teachers wishing to become nationally certified by MTNA.  She has been a presenter at the MTNA Conference four times. In March of 2022, her session was entitled, “When a Student Struggles to Focus: Opening our Eyes to Student Vision Problems.” She has authored an article on the same topic for The Piano Magazine and has invitations from across the country to share her knowledge of children’s hidden vision issues which interfere with the complex eye movements needed to read piano music.

Mrs. Cook has been an adjudicator for the National Guild of Piano Teachers since 1984 and serves as Chairman of the Columbus Piano Guild Center, one of the largest Piano Guild centers in the United States. For thirty-eight years, Janice performed with The Early Interval, Columbus’ resident early music ensemble specializing in the music of medieval and Renaissance Europe. She plays treble and bass viola da gamba, treble and bass rebec, baroque violin, vielle, recorder, crumhorn and has been a vocal soloist. A former string teacher in the Upper Arlington Schools, Janice has enjoyed coaching for Chamber Music Connection for many years.

For 7 years, Kamilah Morgan has utilized her musical skills and creativity as a Board-Certified Music Therapist working with children and adolescents with various needs and abilities. Kamilah holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Therapy from Ohio University, graduating in 2013. Her experience includes children on the Autism Spectrum and adolescents with mild to severe mental health needs. She has worked at various agencies completing school-based contracts, small groups, and 1:1 music therapy sessions and adapted instrumental lessons. Kamilah serves on the Board of Directors for In-Harmony Therapeutic Services.  Additionally, she attends The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, pursuing a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Kamilah continues to use her skills as a Recreation Therapist working with children and adolescents in acute psychiatric care and maintaining a caseload of private piano and guitar lessons.

If any additional questions, please contact district conference co-chairs, Theresa Murphy (tmurphypiano@gmail.com) and Ashley Wise (wisenotesmusic@gmail.com).

Updated 9/19/22