22 / 28
Reports | Fall 2015

Open the Circle

The CMN 2015 Annual International Conference

Immerse yourself in a weekend of empowering songs, beautiful melodies, and spontaneous harmonies. Rich opportunities abound for singing, networking, professional development, and informal learning for all ages honoring the positive power of music in children’s lives. You’ll relish three action-packed days of workshops, music, and making connections.

This year’s conference lineup features twenty full-length workshops, presentations, song swaps, and a panel discussion on recent research in children’s music. From rounds to dulcimers to improvisation and beyond, you’ll be sure to find plenty to fill your schedule. Check out the
full schedule and workshop descriptions.

New this year is a mentoring session organized by Bruce O’Brien. Participants will have the opportunity to sign up for a fifteen-minute professional development mentoring session with one of their peers. These peer-to-peer mentoring sessions provide participants with a quick leg-up regarding career questions. Mentors sign on ahead of time; mentees sign up for sessions upon arrival.

Join Us!
Information about our upcoming national conferences can be found on the CMN website.

We are excited that professional daycare will be available to assist parents who want to attend the conference. Combined with the pool area, nature trails, camping area, and waterfront, this makes for a very family-friendly weekend. Back by popular demand, there will be a bonfire on Friday night after the barn dance and round-robin, and a cash bar each evening for the adults.

We are pleased to announce that the Magic Penny Award recipient for 2015 is Pete Seeger. The Magic Penny Award is a lifetime achievement award that honors those who have dedicated their lives to empowering children through music. During his lifetime, Pete Seeger did not like to be singled out for awards, so we had to be certain that his family wanted this honor. Not only are they proud to accept the award but Pete’s daughter Tinya will be on hand to accept it in person at the Conference.

Pete Seeger accomplished so much in his lifetime that it is impossible to list it all here. We will focus especially on his work with children, knowing that without Pete, much of the kind of work CMN members do would not exist. Read more about his life’s work.

A highlight of this year’s conference is sure to be the keynote presentation on Saturday morning by longtime member and Kennedy Center teaching artist Stuart Stotts. He is interested in what brain research tells us about the power of music and creativity in learning and relationship building.

Of course, we will include the round-robin performance sharing Friday and Saturday evenings, meals together, a silent auction, Glad Rags, participant Sales Area, song circles, late night jamming, and heartwarming memories.

Register today! See you soon.