The Kern County Music Educators Association is committed to providing substantial professional development opportunities for music educators throughout the year. KCMEA brings in nationally recognized music educators and conductors to speak about and demonstrate the latest techniques and research in music education.
Professional development opportunities include the annual KCMEA Fall Conference, Winter Warm-up, numerous networking opportunities.
KCMEA is also committed to informing Kern County educators about professional development opportunities through our parent organizations (CMEA and NAfME), and other regional opportunities as they are scheduled.
Winter Warm-Up 2020
Join your fellow music educators for some professional development to kick off the new year. We have three great sessions this January, and everything is completely FREE to KCMEA members!
General Music Warm-Up
When: January 16, 6:30-8 PM
Where: CSU Bakersfield Music Building, Room 118
Can kids really read music? How early is too early for sight-reading? How can we get kids to sing in tune? Join Anna Santiago, a Panama-Buena Vista Unified School District music specialist, as she discusses the age old question of “Rote vs. Note” teaching. This workshop will address these questions, and explore a variety of ways to foster music literacy in students.
When: January 23, 6:30-8:30 PM
Where: CSU Bakersfield Music Building, Room 128
Professor Robert G. Feller of Biola University will give a short lecture on conducting followed by several conducting clinics. Players, which may include college and experienced high school students, may observe the lecture and play in the lab band free of charge. KCMEA members may conduct free of charge.
When: January 23, 6:30-8:30 PM
Where: CSU Bakersfield Music Building, Room 127
Dr. James K. Bass of UCLA will give a short lecture on conducting followed by several conducting clinics. Singers, which may include college and experienced high school students, may observe the lecture and sing in the lab choir free of charge. KCMEA members may conduct free of charge.
Robert G. Feller
Dr. James K. Bass
Anna Santiago is a graduate of California State University Bakersfield's Music Department. She is an elementary general and vocal music teacher for the Panama-Buena Vista Union School District and has also worked as a private teacher and a vocal coach with high school choir students. In 2019, Anna received her Level III Certification from the CSUB Kodaly Institute. She is a regular presenter in her district and has taught music workshops to college students, classroom teachers, and fellow music teachers. Anna is passionate about spreading joy while promoting music literacy both in and out of her classroom.
Robert G. Feller is a much sought-after clinician, adjudicator, speaker, conductor, and trumpet player. He is the Head of Winds and Percussion at the Biola Conservatory of Music, where he conducts the Symphonic Winds, directs the Brass Ensemble, and coaches the Honors Brass Quintet. He teaches conducting, methods, and literature courses and private trumpet lessons. Mr. Feller also has extensive performance experience as a soloist, in brass ensembles, and in symphonic bands and orchestras throughout Southern California. He has performed and conducted in nearly 30 countries around the world and held the position of Head Clinician for Disney Performing Arts “Excellence in Entertainment Workshops” for 26 years. Mr. Feller is a member of the Musicians Union Local 7, Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association, National Association for Music Education, College Band Directors National Conference, California Band Directors Association, and a charter member of the International Trumpet Guild.
James K. Bass, three-time Grammy nominated conductor and singer, is the Director of Choral Studies at the Herb Alpert School of Music at UCLA. Additionally, he serves as the associate Conductor of Seraphic Fire, the program director of the Professional Choral Institute at the Aspen Music Festival and is the Artistic Director of the Long Beach Camerata Singers. In 2017 he made his Cleveland Orchestra solo debut singing with Franz Welser-Möst in Severance Hall. In 2018 he appeared as guest conductor of the Phoenix Chorale and bass soloist with the Aspen Chamber Orchestra. He was the featured baritone soloist on the GRAMMY nominated recording Pablo Neruda: The Poet Sings with conductor Craig Hella-Johnson and the GRAMMY winning ensemble Conpirare. He is one of 13 singers on the GRAMMY-nominated disc A Seraphic Fire Christmas and conducts the ensembles’ celebrated annual Christmas tour. He received his doctoral degree from the University of Miami.