Presentations and Professional Development

John Mlynczak is a frequent clinician at national and state conferences, including NAfME National, NAMM, The Midwest Clinic, TMEA, and ISTE. John also provides professional development to schools and districts across the country. His most popular presentations include:

Advocating for a Music Technology Curriculum
Music technology courses allow any student to create music using modern composition tools. How do we advocate for adding music technology curriculums in the current education environment of assessment and student growth data? This session will provide information on starting a music technology program on any budget, and demonstrate how these programs link to a range of education standards and support student growth in all areas.  

Designing a Music Technology Curriculum
Want to start a music technology program? This session will demonstrate the need-to-knows of designing a curriculum, including free resources, writing lesson plans, creating tutorials, and relating to standards.  As educators, we understand how to teach music and our students certainly understand technology.  Together, you can design a collaborative course where any student can create their own music.

Retaining the Tech-Savvy Generation
Students today are highly engaged with technology, both at home and in school. How do we utilize technology to recruit and retain music students in band programs? This session will discuss current trends in student technology, demonstrate how to seamlessly integrate music technology lessons into a music class at any level, and provide a range of solutions for utilizing technology to increase student engagement and retention.
Music Prepares Students for Future Success
Through my career in music education and the music industry, the most successful people I meet are former music students.  There is an abundant amount of research that demonstrates this, but nothing as powerful as personal stories. This session will explore the many life lessons we learn through music and will include open dialogue on the benefits of music education and how to advocate for our programs.  Come to inspire and be inspired!
Creating, Responding, and Connecting
Students today live in the most connected society that has ever existed, which allows us to create and respond to music in a collaborative environment. Using the NCAS artistic processes, this session will demonstrate how to integrate creativity and musical interaction into any music program, and it will be fun! 

Meaningful Assessment
Assessment is education is valuable when part of a constant cycle of positive feedback and growth. As education systems are heavily emphasizing assessment all over the country, it is important for music educators to continue to focus on our common goal: teaching music. This session will review the assessment landscape from the local to the federal level (perhaps with a bit of humor), and demonstrate a proven model for assessing musical growth in a positive and meaningful way, while still fulfilling district and state requirements. 
Creation is Key
Imagine learning to read but never learning to write? Composing music makes students better musicians and better performers, and technology allows students to easily create their own music, anytime, anywhere. This session will demonstrate simple and effective composition exercises that can integrate into any music program.

Creating on Chromebooks: Online music tech made easy
Wondering how to teach music using Chromebooks and online tools? By combining music notation with a digital audio workstation, there are endless possibilities to incorporate music creation in all levels of music instruction.  This session will demonstrate many proven lessons that can be used immediately, starting with free online software.

Sheet Music in the Digital Age
In a perfect world we could buy and sell all music as notation files that opened on any device and we could edit and adapt
these works however we need for our ensembles all while fairly compensating the composers and arrangers of these works. The reality is that we have to navigate through different technologies, copyright law, and rights holder permissions. However, this perfect world may be more accessible than we think if we could just understand what is and is not allowed when  purchasing music, plus how to create, share, and edit digital files. 

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