Fine Arts PD

October 12 Professional Development Day

Save the date!

The focus of our October 12 District Wide Professional Development is "Integrating Reading and Writing in the Curriculum." With that said, we think we have organized some fantastic workshops for our fine arts teachers! See below for a description of the sessions we have planned!


Theatre: "How Theatre Can Enhance reading and writing"

Session One: 8:30-11:30


  • Tonya Wilson-Brown from Stage West Theatre will be joining us for a morning session discussing playwright opportunities in the community. Tonya is Stage West's Community Programs Manager. She handles all aspects of in-house education and educational outreach. She also has been an actress in the DFW area for over 10 years. Her stagework includes: Claire in Proof at The University of Texas at Arlington, Lisa in Private Eyes at Northeast Playhouse, and Jenny in Death of a Salesman at Fort Worth Community Arts Center.


Session Two: 12:30-3:30


  • Session 2A (ES/IS 12:30-2:00, MS/HS 2:00-3:30): "The Art of Playwriting" - Thomas Ward will show how playwriting in the theatre classroom can encourage students to become better writers.


  • Session 2B (MS/HS 12:30-2:00, ES/IS 2:00-3:30): "Using Readers Theatre to Improve Reading and Writing" - Lead by Missy Arnold and Ann Accas, this interactive session will show participants how readers theatre can complement ELA classroom learning.

Art: "Using Art to Tell Stories"

In this hands-on workshop, participants will use art to tell a story. Participants will randomly select a quote from grade level appropriate literature, and spend the day transforming their quote into a 2-D artwork. At the end of the day, participants will share their art with others through a gallery walk.



Canvases will be provided. Participants will need to provide all other materials.

Elementary Music: "Using Children's Literature in the Orff Classroom"

Orff expert Billy Ferguson will lead an interactive workshop utilizing Orff techniques to bring children's literature to life in the music classroom.


Mr. Ferguson, a veteran teacher of over twenty years, is currently the music specialist at McKamy Elementary in the Carrollton Farmers Branch ISD. His groups have performed at TMEA in 2008 and again in 2014.


Billy received his Bachelors Degree from Stephen F. Austin State University, Orff Levels 1 and 2 from the University of Nevada Las Vegas, Orff Level 3 and Master Class from the University of Memphis and attended the International Course for Music and Movement Education at the Orff Institute in Salzburg, Austria. He is currently the Past President of the North Texas Chapter of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association (AOSA).

Intermediate/Middle School Choir: "Issues Related to the Young Vocal Music Program"

We are excited to bring Dr. David Grogan to Keller to discuss important issues in the young students' music classroom. Topics will include Vocal Health, the Changing Male Voice, and others.


Dr. Grogan is assistant professor of voice at the University of Texas at Arlington. He joined the faculty at UTA in the fall of 2009, first as visiting professor and in 2010 as tenure-track Assistant Professor of Voice. In addition to providing private vocal instruction for voice majors, Grogan teaches vocal pedagogy, voice class, and choral methods.



He has performed as a soloist with many Dallas area arts groups including the Dallas Bach Society, Texas Baroque Ensemble, Orpheus Chamber Singers, Mesquite Civic Chorus, and the Allegro Artists, as well as at several Texas universities. Recent performances include Elijah with the New Mexico Symphony, Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Arlington Master Chorale, and the Beethoven Missa Solemnis with the Plano Civic Chorus.

High School Choir: "Tools for Successful High School Choirs"

Mr. Robert Stovall, director of fine arts and choral director at the Fort Worth Country Day School, will be our guest presenter for the high school choir workshop.


Stovall's workshop will be geared around current issues facing high school choral music programs. He has devoted over thirty years to the Texas Public School System. A Past President of the Texas Music Educators Association, Mr. Stovall's choirs have been awarded UIL sweepstakes, festival grand champions, and convention performance invitations throughout his career.


Mr. Stovall has served the state in several different capacities. His involvement in the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Choral Directors Association,American Choral Directors Association, Texas Music Adjudicators Association, and most recently, The Texas Music Administrators Conference, have allowed Mr. Stovall the opportunity to promote fine arts throughout the state. Being a Past President of TMEA, Mr. Stovall continues to serve in many different capacities for the organization. He has also served as Site-Chair for several Southwest American Choral Director Association Conventions as well as recent national ACDA conventions.


Mr. Stovall is an active adjudicator, speaker, clinician, and conductor throughout Texas and Southwest United States . A native of West Texas, Mr. Stovall graduated with both a Bachelors of Music Education and Masters of Music Education from Angelo State University . Mr. Stovall's choirs have been honored with five invitations to perform at the TMEA convention.

Middle/High School Band: "Tips and Tools for the Middle and High School Band Director"

We are excited to bring Dr. Michael Raiber, Professor of Music from Oklahoma City University, to Keller!


Prior to his appointment to Oklahoma City University in 2013, Dr. Raiber taught undergraduate and graduate courses at the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University. His public school teaching experience includes thirteen years at schools in Missouri and Oklahoma. Music teacher education is his passion and his chief focus. His greatest desire is to help prepare quality music educators who will inspire the next generation of music students.



Dr. Raiber is also an active researcher and author. He was the primary investigator on the collaborative research team for Oklahoma A+ Schools® (OAS). This team produced a five-volume report on the implementation of the OAS school reform model in Oklahoma schools. He is currently the primary researcher for All Aboard, an integrated math and music curriculum for young children. He has also co-authored a new text (to be released in 2014) titled The Journey from Music Student to Teacher. This book is intended for use in introduction to music education courses.


Mike is the President of the Oklahoma Music Educators Association. He also serves as the Southwestern Division Representative on the Society for Music Teacher Education executive board and is the Southwestern Division Representative for the Music Teacher Education Special Research Interest Group (NAfME). His professional affiliations include the National Association for Music Education, Oklahoma Music Educators Association, and the Society for Music Teacher Education.