Beginning Teacher Workshop (October 18, 2017)

Mentorship Co-Chair, Christine Mueller, starting the conversation of what success means as an educator

Beginning Teacher Workshop (October 18, 2017)

Mentorship Co-Chair, Chris Baumgartner, facilitating a discussion on work-life balance

Beginning Teacher Workshop (October 18, 2017)

Beginning music teachers sharing stories from their first months in the profession

Beginning Teacher Workshop (October 18, 2017)

Mentors and mentees problem-solving in a breakout session

Beginning Teacher Workshop (October 19, 2017)

Enjoying the rooftop patio at the Allied Arts in downtown Oklahoma City

Beginning Teacher Workshop (October 19, 2017)

Attendees mingling at the closing reception sponsored by Edmond Music and OSSAA

OkMEA Beginning Teacher Workshop – September 15, 2018

The OkMEA Beginning Teacher Workshop (BTW) is designed to foster a network of early-career music educators across Oklahoma. Each year, OkMEA will host a BTW in the first weeks of the academic year. We invite clinicians from across the state and beyond to lead active and invigorating sessions on mentoring, area-specific music instruction, and social gatherings. The BTW affords novice teachers opportunities to learn, grow, and build professional relationships with their colleagues. Additionally, the BTW includes sessions for veteran teachers who serve as mentors in our One-to-One program. These clinics provide support and development of effective mentoring skills, while providing a space for mentors to share ideas. Please join us for this “kick-off” event to both your school year and your career as a music educator!


Beginning Teachers: $20
Includes all-day events, lunch and social hour
Veteran/Mentor Teachers: $10
Includes half-day events, lunch and social hour

Those attending the Beginning Teacher Workshop may attend the OkMEA Fall Conference on Thursday, October 18 for free!

Link to Workshop Registration
*Please note that online registration will close on Wednesday, September 12

Schedule of Events


University of Oklahoma
Catlett Music Center
500 W Boyd
Norman, OK 73012

*Parking is available in the garage next to Catlett.

2018 Guest Clinician

Dr. Margaret Berg
University of Colorado, Boulder

Dr. Margaret Berg, Professor and Chair of Music Education at the University of Colorado, teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in music education and string pedagogy. Berg received her BS in music education from Case Western Reserve University, BM in violin from the Cleveland Institute of Music, MMEd from the University of Cincinnati, and PhD from Northwestern University. Previously she was on the faculty at Ball State University, and has also taught at DePaul University and in the Cincinnati Public Schools.

Berg has published articles in research journals, practitioner journals, and chapters in several books including the Teaching Music Through Performance in Orchestra series. She has presented on string orchestra curriculum and assessment, mentor teacher development, effective practice, chamber music, and teacher education at numerous state, national, and international conferences. Berg  is also an orchestra festival clinician and is a faculty advisor for CU-Boulder’s Middle School Ensemble Program. Berg has served on the American String Teachers Association (ASTA) Executive Board as chair of the Content Development and Mentoring Program committees. Berg is a founding member of the ASTA Mentoring Program committee and continues to design and implement professional development workshops for mentors and early career teachers.

Morning Events

9:00-9:30am – Coffee and Registration (sponsored by the OU School of Music)

9:30-10:00am – Welcome

  • Chris Baumgartner and Christine Mueller, Mentorship Co-Chairs
  • Dr. Roland Barrett, Director of the OU School of Music

10:00-10:40am – Session 1

  • Dr. Margaret Berg, University of Colorado (Boulder)

10:50-11:30am – Area-Specific Breakout Sessions

  • Band
    Byron Church, Moore Public Schools
  • Strings
    Jeremy Scott, Putnam City Public Schools
  • Elementary
    Angela Pennello, Norman Public Schools
  • Vocal
    Lynn Herbel, Moore Public Schools

11:40-12:20pm – Session 3

  • Dr. Margaret Berg, University of Colorado (Boulder)

Afternoon Events

12:15-1:00pm – Mentors Arrive/Check In

12:30-1:00pm – Lunch (provided with registration)

1:10-1:50pm – Session 4

  • Mentors
    Dr. Margaret Berg, University of Colorado (Boulder)
  • Beginning Teachers – Using Technology for Efficiency and Effectiveness in the Classroom
    Christine Mueller, OKC Public Schools


  • Mentors
    Ryan Meeks, PhD Candidate, University of Oklahoma
  • Beginning Teachers – Grant Writing and Funding for the School Music Classroom
    Robyn Hilger, El Sistema OKC

2:50-3:30pm – Session 6

  • Success Stories from Mentor/Mentee Relationships
    Ashlynn Dickinson, Casady School (OKC)

3:40-4:10pm – Closing Session

  • OkMEA Mentorship Co-Chairs

4:30-5:30pm – Social Hour at Blackbird on Campus Corner (sponsored by Edmond Music)

5:30-7:30pm – Dinner at Blackbird on Campus Corner (optional)

Chris Baumgartner, Mentorship Chair

University of Oklahoma, School of Music
500 West Boyd Street
Norman, Oklahoma 73019
(419) 410-0162

Christine Mueller, Mentorship Chair

7713 Stone Valley Circle
Edmond, OK 73034
(405) 819-0505
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