AMIS Music Educators’ Conference 2017 November 10-11, 2017

Kristen Roemer, Host Organizer

About the AMIS Music Educators’ Conference

The AMIS Music Educators’ Conference brings together 175 music educators from international schools on five continents. Workshops are offered for teachers of all levels, primary through high school. Presenters include reputable guest clinicians as well as our own teachers from AMIS classrooms around the world.

This intensive professional development opportunity for music teachers occurs annually
, alternating between Europe and Asia. Previous hosts have been

2012: The American School in London, England
2013: International School Bangkok, Thailand
2014: International School of Aberdeen, Scotland
2015: Korea International School, Seoul
2016: American School of Warsaw, Poland

AMIS is pleased to bring the 2017 AMIS Music Educators’ Conference to the American School of Dubai.

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Conference Hotel

Conference delegates will stay at the
Novotel Dubai Al Barsha
Opp Sharaf DG Metro Station
Sheikh Zayed Road Barsha 1
Tel (+971)4/3049000 – Fax (+971)4/3049100
Do not contact the hotel directly regarding bookings.

Conference Rates:
Single: AED550 per room per night
Twin: AED600 per room per night
Rates include taxes and breakfast.

Book your room using the RoomTrust system. Rates apply for the nights of November 9, 10, and 11. A credit card will be necessary to secure your reservation. Please do not contact the hotel directly.

If your travel plans involve arrival in Dubai prior to the booking window, or you would like to extend your stay beyond the booking window, please book your room as usual and contact RoomTrust directly with your specific extension request, quoting your booking reference number.

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Use Booking Code Vnc3Pzt5

Fees and Registration

For registrations received on or before 10 October 2017:
AMIS Members
– £185
Non-Members – £250


For registrations received after 10 October 2017:
AMIS Members – £200
Non-Members – £270

Fees include ground transportation on Friday and Saturday
as well as a conference banquet on Friday evening.

Invoices are issued in pounds sterling with the exception of those schools located in the
euro zone, who are billed in euros.The euro amount will be determined by the
exchange rates quoted by the AMIS bank on the day the invoice is issued.

•Please be advised that AMIS fees are never refundable•

Registration Opens on 12 April 2017

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Featured Clinicians

Michael Griffin is the author of Learning Strategies for Musical Success.  He is an educator, speaker, author, pianist and conductor. An Australian citizen, he has been the Keynote or Consultant Speaker at numerous global education events including the European Council for International Schools (Hamburg and Nice), Association of International Schools Africa Educators’ Conference (South Africa), English Schools’ Foundation (Hong Kong), International Educators Conference (Brunei), and numerous conferences throughout Australia and the UK. Michael has presented to staff, student and parent groups for 300 schools in more than 25 countries.  As a teacher in schools, Michael has held a range of posts up to Deputy Head level and is presently Head of Music at Wilderness School, South Australia. Michael is a recipient of the South Australian Education and Arts Ministers’ Prize.

Mr. Griffin has written seven books. In addition to Learning Strategies for Musical Success, his publications include Developing Musical Skill – For Students as well as Bumblebee! Rounds & Warm-ups for Choirs. As a conductor, Michael’s ensembles have received more than 40 prizes and awards (half of these first prizes) in Australian competitions including the Australasian Open Choral Championship. A pianist, Michael’s residencies include Dubai’s Burj al Arab and Australia’s Hayman Island. Recordings include the compilations Consolation (2013) and Shimmer (2014).

Dr. Travis J. Cross serves as associate professor of music and department vice chair at the University of California at Los Angeles, where he conducts the Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band and directs the graduate wind conducting program. He holds a concurrent appointment as associate dean for academic mentoring and opportunity in the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. 

Dr. Cross’s more than 20 original compositions and arrangements are published by Boosey & Hawkes, Daehn Publications, and Theodore Music. He has appeared as a guest conductor, composer, and clinician in several states; Canada, China, Korea, Thailand; and at the Midwest Clinic and leads honor bands and other ensembles in Arizona, California, Colorado, Indiana, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Virginia, and Singapore during the 2016–17 season. Cross is a Yamaha Master Educator.

Dr. Georgia A. Newlin is Associate Professor of Music Education at Adelphi University on Long Island, NY. She has taught in early childhood and public school music positions for fifteen years and at the collegiate level for thirteen. Currently, Georgia is called upon as a conductor for choral festivals, as a clinician for choral workshops, reading sessions and intermediate grade methodology, and as a consultant for curriculum planning. She teaches musicianship, conducting, and ensemble in Kodály programs at Indiana University, University of Hawai’i, and James Madison University.

Georgia is Past President of the Organization of American Kodály Educators and is a member of The VoiceCare Network. She has been a presenter for numerous music associations and conferences at local, state, national and international levels. She has had articles published in journals such as the Choral Journal, Orff Echo, Kodály Envoy, and Southwestern Musician. She served for three years on the Music Educators Journal Advisory Committee for the National Association for Music Education. Music Is Elementary has published her new book, One Accord: Developing Part-Singing Skills in School-Age Musicians, as well as her lesson plans for teaching music literacy through choral singing in The Crooked River Choral Project.  Her choral arrangements are published under Colla Voce.

Dr. Newlin holds a DMA in Pedagogy from the Hartt School at the University of Hartford, a Master of Music in Music Education from Holy Names University, and a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from West Chester University. She considers herself most fortunate in that, through her vocation, she has spent her life making music with others.

Jay Londgren is Director of HS Bands and Jazz at Singapore American School. He is in his 11th year of teaching, all of which have been overseas. Prior to SAS he was Head of Music and Director of Bands at Korea International School and PreS-12 music director at CIPLC in Barcelona, Venezuela. He is a founding member and Past-President of the Korea International Music Educators Association .

Jay has done extensive work on using technology in the classroom to enhance individual assessment and feedback in a large class setting. He has also been highly involved in standards-based grading development and implementation in the performing arts department at SAS. He has presented workshops on digital portfolios and standards-based assessment for large ensembles at conferences in Singapore, Thailand, Scotland and Korea.

Sarah Hassler is the elementary music specialist at the American International School Chennai. She recently relocated to India from the US where she taught grades K-5 at Cherry Tree Elementary School in Carmel, Indiana. She has taught students ranging in age from toddlers through college in instrumental as well as general music. Mrs. Hassler was a conductor with the Indianapolis Children’s Choir, in Indianapolis, Indiana.  She is a graduate of Capital University with a Masters of Education with Kodaly Emphasis and The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Music Education. She received her Orff-Schulwerk Certification and Curriculum from the University of St. Thomas (St. Paul, Minnesota).

 She has taught Orff-Schulwerk Certification Levels in movement and recorder at Anderson University, Anderson, Indiana and DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. Mrs. Hassler has presented sessions at the National AOSA Conferences; the Indiana Music Educator’s Association conferences; and, the National OAKE Conference. In addition to presenting workshops, she enjoys serving as guest conductor of children’s choirs. This past year she served as the IMEA Elementary Honors Choir conductor.


Plan to chat with representatives from two of AMIS’ Corporate Members:


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