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December, 20, 2024
08:30 AM - 09:30 AM




Gillian Desmarais

Gillian Desmarais

Inclusion Through Creativity: Games, Activities, and Projects for Learning Digital Composition at the Middle Level

Clinic Synopsis:

This session focuses on providing a long-term curriculum structure for integrating digital audio composition apps in a middle school ensemble class. Walk away with ready-made lessons to use with your performing groups for practicing important aspects in composition, remixing, arranging, and recording. Reinforce concepts with web applications, discover performance technologies for students with disabilities, and explore opportunities for showcasing students’ music within the community.

Gillian Desmarais - Biographical Information

Gillian Desmarais was recently named 2024 National TI:ME Technology Teacher of the Year and a 2024 Yamaha “40 Under 40” Music Educator. She currently teaches K-12 Music Production and Engineering at Maplewood Public Schools in Maplewood, MN. Gillian has been nationally recognized for her work in electronic composition and is an active clinician and adjudicator for state and international music conferences and competitions. She has collaborated with companies such as Ableton Live, Yamaha, Zildjian, Novation, and Jamstik to design new music technologies and curriculum for the classroom. As a music technology graduate student at New York University, she continues to perform IRB research in collaboration with Dr. Alex Ruthmann, Director of the NYU MusEDLab, for developing curriculum, new music ensembles and web applications.