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These are the topics I have presented to various churches, choirs, educational institutions and workshops throughout the country.  I would be happy to design a presentation / workshop to fit your organization’s needs or interests.


MUSIC EDUCATION ADVOCACY

Have you ever been asked “why teach music?” and stumbled over the answer? In my years as a music educator, I have both found myself defending the inclusion of music curriculum to administrators as well as discussing strategies for such discussions with other music educators.  In a properly balanced society, the Arts would not be viewed as “extra-curricular.”  Plato understood the Arts to be a vital, core component to a balanced education.  This discussion examines the various arguments and helps formulate strategies for building a strong base for music education advocacy.


HOW TO ACHIEVE A UNIFIED SOUND

Strategies for achieving that elusive “blend” through vowel matching, chorus stacking and good healthy production.


MAINTAINING VOCAL HEALTH IN VARIOUS STYLES

A discussion of strategies for promoting and maintaining a good, fundamentally sound technique in your singers regardless of repertoire.  The discussion extends from ensemble practices through solo techniques.


GESTURAL COMMUNICATION: DEVELOPING EXPRESSIVENESS IN CONDUCTING

An examination of various approaches for improving the level of expressiveness in conducting.  The art of conducting is broken down from the overall impression the conductor gives (basic body language) to the specific messages being transmitted by the hands.


MUSIC OF THE UNIVERSE

What do rainbows and musical scales have in common?  What insights about the nature of the universe and perhaps our own spirituality might we glean from the comparisons?  The topic covers both scientific and spiritual aspects of music.


MUSIC AS A SALVE FOR THE SPIRIT

Music has amazing transformative powers over mind, body and spirit.  From its use in development of cognitive abilities to truly amazing therapeutic applications, music is being proved time and again as a vital part of human existence.


Download Adams Resume 2017 rev.pdf (188k pdf)

 

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