ACAMIS Conference for the Arts
March 16-17, 2024
Suzhou Singapore International School
Theme: Connect – Learn, Share, and Create Together

The purpose of this conference is to build connections with other teachers and forge stronger relationships between schools and art communities. Our conference also strives to create space for educators to share best practices. With this in mind, we would like workshops and presentations that support the conference goal: Connect – Learn, Share, and Create Together.


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Keynote Speakers

Name

Rob Ross

Current School/Work Place

Tianjin Juilliard School

Career

Assistant Dean for Preparatory Education, Assistant Dean for Orchestral Studies, Chief Program Officer

Rob’s 25-year career in arts administration has centered around the creation and management of music education programs.
In 2019, Rob moved to China to establish the Tianjin Juilliard School, the only branch campus of NYC’s Juilliard. At TJS Rob oversees the school’s non-degree programs, including its Pre-College (Saturday program for talented students ages 8-18), Public Education (programs that connect with music learners of all ages and levels throughout China), and Continuing Education (upskilling and training programs for music educators and professional musicians).
Previously, Rob held several positions at The Juilliard School in New York, where he managed the various youth music programs as Assistant Dean for Preparatory Education and concurrently oversaw Juilliard’s Summer Percussion Seminar and the bi-annual Starling-DeLay Symposium on Violin Studies. Rob also served as Assistant Dean for Orchestral Studies for Juilliard’s college division, working closely with Maestro Alan Gilbert in developing the educational and artistic curriculum for the 350 students enrolled in the Juilliard Orchestra.
Rob’s musical background is rooted in percussion and its many forms – from rock, Latin and jazz to marching band drumlines, theater pits, and classical orchestras. His training and formative experiences as a music student and performer have shaped the course of his career and fueled his passion for music education.

The Importance of Arts Advocacy

“Where words fail, music speaks” is one of the most well-known quotes from Hans Christian Anderson about the transformative power that music can have to bridge cultures and connect communities, yet we live in a time where the arts are not being recognized as essential or even as a valuable part of the curriculum. This keynote aims to reconnect and remind arts teachers of their vital roles, and to inspire them to become arts advocates in their communities.

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Name

Ezra Bush

Years of Experience

18 years of teaching dance

Career

Head Dance Instructor & Co-Founder of Dance Curriculum Australia & New Zealand

 

Ezra is a professional dance instructor with over 18 years of experience. He is the co-founder of the fastest-growing in-school dance company in Oceania, Dance Curriculum, which has now taught over 500,000 students in primary/elementary schools.
Ezra pins the success of Dance Curriculum to the teaching philosophies used, with a goal of engaging every student, even the most reluctant learners, and awakening their love for learning.
He and the team at Dance Curriculum also write music for children, filled with messages about the importance of loving learning and feeling confident when facing challenges.
Each year, Ezra tours around Australia and New Zealand engaging with audiences of more than 5,000 students aged 11-12 years at an event called the National Young Leaders Day, teaching them these original songs & dances.
These songs and the dance routines have now been used by hundreds of thousands of classrooms worldwide.
Ezra looks forward to sharing his unique knowledge and hopes to inspire arts teachers to explore dance in new and engaging ways with their students.

One of the most impactful jobs in the world

We delve into the profound influence that arts teachers have on the personal growth and development of their students. Arts teachers nurture creativity, foster self-expression, and instill a lifelong sense of self-confidence. Join us as we explore how the lessons taught by arts teachers resonate beyond the classroom.

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Host School

SSIS is Suzhou’s oldest and largest international school. We are a fully authorized IB World School offering a continuous IB curriculum. Our challenging core curriculum is focused on an international mindset to cultivate global citizens and life-long learners. Every day our 1100+ students (from 50 different nationalities) are challenged to actively participate in their education.

At SSIS, purposeful and meaningful learning takes place in an inclusive and safe environment with competence, compassion, and a range of individual and collaborative experiences. Students learn how to learn and are appropriately challenged to think critically and creatively, use their voice with confidence, take action, and embrace opportunities for growth.

Mr. Samer Khouri

Head of school

Suzhou Singapore International School

208 Zhong Nan Street, Suzhou Industrial Park, Jiangsu, China 215021

+86 512 6258 0388

Planning Committee Team