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2015 Midwest Clinicians

  • "All-in"


    Advocacy and leadership: The role of advocacy in making the case for music in our schools. The why, the how, and the when. Making of one's team a unified force for advancing the cause.
  • “Lights, Camera, Action - Welcome to the Red Carpet Movie Music Premiere!”


    This project culminated in a ‘Movie soundtrack premiere’ night. From a position of no prior experience, students created their own movie soundtracks utilizing their knowledge gained of Creative Commons, Sibelius, and Acid Music Studio. All resources used, sample student work and programs will be provided, as well as student feedback on the task. This project incorporated composing, performing and listening and responding elements, and could be easily modified for 12-16 year olds.
  • 9 Important Lessons and Nearly Two Dozen Pretty Good Rules for Becoming a Better Director


    No matter what your circumstances are, what your students learn still comes down to you. Prepare to be inspired, energized, and reminded about being the best teacher you can be. Lambrecht will draw on years of experience as a middle school, high school and university band director to offer a checklist of to-do's for effective teaching.
  • A Conversation with Arthur C. Bartner



  • A Conversation with Ray E. Cramer


    Ray Cramer is one of the most well respected members of our profession and one of the most sought after guest conductors and clinicians in the world. In this interview, Professor Cramer will talk about his first experiences as a high school band director in the Midwest, his career at Indiana University, and his tenure with the Musashino Academy of Music in Tokyo, Japan. He will also reflect on the balance between life as a conductor, teacher, musician, husband and father. The interview will be led by Dr. Terry Austin, Director of Bands at Virginia Commonwealth and President of the American Bandmaster’s Association and Professor Jay Gephart, the Al G. Wright Chair of Bands and Orchestras at Purdue University. Both are former students of Professor Cramer.
  • A Morning Talk with Arturo Sandoval


    Arturo tends to divide his classes into three different sections. In the first part he discusses the love for music in general. He touches on the enthusiasm, passion and discipline needed as a musicians and creative person. Not only this, but the dedication to music in general. In the second part he concentrates more on the human part of the musician. He touches on relationships you build, being grateful for the opportunities you are given and goes into a bit of history on how he became a musician. He talks about the challenges he has faced in his career, and how he has overcome them. Furthermore, how to keep motivated and inspired and how to motivate others in the process. Third, he moves into the more technical aspects of playing not only the trumpet, but brass instruments collectively. He discusses sound quality, breathing, mouth & facial positioning, endurance and intention. Along with improvisation and composition.
  • Achieving Excellence in Challenging Environments



  • Achieving Your Ensemble Sound: It's Fundamental


    By understanding and working on basic sound fundamentals daily, students can develop skills that will improve the balance, blend, intonation and clarity of your ensembles. Understanding the difference between “warming up” and “teaching fundamentals” can transform the way your groups sound. The fundamentals of posture, breathing, tone quality, and releases will be discussed, including ways to practically use these fundamentals in teaching ensemble skills and learning performance literature.
  • All About that Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass: The Band Directors Guide to Working with Choirs


    In this ever shifting job market, the ability to teach both band and choir has become a reality for many music educators. This interactive session will engage attendees in the best practices that bridge the gap between choral and wind band pedagogy. This session will also highlight instrumental techniques and exercises that can be translated in the choral rehearsal for the improvement of individual student vocalism.
  • Apply to Perform at The Midwest Clinic



  • Arnold Jacobs: His Global Influence


    Arnold Jacobs, tubist of the Chicago Symphony 1944-1988, was one of the most influential brass teachers of the 20th century. This panel of former Jacobs students have devoted themselves to preserving the legacy of Jacobs' teaching and philosophies through the publication of books, CDs and video interviews. To commemorate the 100th anniversary of Arnold Jacobs' birth, the panel will share personal perspectives about what made Arnold Jacobs such an extraordinary performer and teacher, with an emphasis on practical means that can enhance the performance of any brass player, and how Jacobs' pedagogical influences are continuing to be felt around the globe
  • Arnold Jacobs: Mentor, Teacher, Friend


    Arnold Jacobs, tubist of the Chicago Symphony 1944-1988, was one of the most influential brass teachers of our time. This panel of well-known former Jacobs’s students will share his influence on them both personally and professionally. To commemorate the 100th anniversary of Arnold Jacobs birth, they will discuss his practical methods that will benefit all music teachers and performers of any age.
  • Basics for the Beginning Bassist


    Schools of Double Bass Playing/Teaching Proper Posture Left Hand Posture Bow-Hold & Right Arm Characteristics of Sound Shifting Explained
  • Beginning with the End in Mind: Perspectives on Student Teaching for the New Millennium and Beyond


    This clinic is designed to provide practical information for all involved in the teacher preparation and internship/student teaching process, examining internship/student teaching practices from multiple perspectives: from the university supervisor, the clinical/cooperating teacher, and from a novice teacher who has recently completed the student teaching process. From research on new teachers to best practices, we will provide an interactive, overview and written guide for both student teachers and the teachers who supervise them.
  • Beyond the Method Book: Developing Musicianship in Beginning Band


    How many times have we pleaded with students to subdivide? How often have we wondered why students can't hear that missed accidental? While our students generally do a great job with technique and notation, many are missing the internal musicianship components that enable high-level ensemble participation. This session presents activities for developing students’ tonal, rhythmic, creative abilities all while developing their instrumental technique and notation reading abilities.
  • Boost Your Technology Chops: Apps, Tools, & Online Resources for the Music Educator


    The goal of this session is to present incredibly useful online tools, resources, and apps to enhance student learning and an educator’s professional development. A variety of technologies will be presented, including online assessment options, paperless classroom strategies, blended learning tools, video and audio technology, general productivity tools, and more. Educators of all proficiency levels with technology will take away new ideas from this session. BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)
  • Brass Tactics: Building Virtuosity in the Brass Section


    Finding new innovative ways to practice is essential as we are bombarded with social media and other distractions. The session will focus on fundamentals aspects that are important to all brass players and how the use of “turn-of-the century” solos can aid in the practice of these essential elements. Participants will leave the session with ideas that can be implemented for immediate improvement with their students back home.
  • Bridging the Gap between Middle School and High School: Tips for Ensuring a Seamless Music Education Experience


    Students continue to participate in our programs because they cannot imagine school without the meaningful engagement that music courses provide yet not all students continue their participation throughout high school. In fact, it is the transition from middle school to high school that has been identified as being the most crucial period in retaining students. The key to successful retention is ACTION. Join this stellar team made up of Greg Bimm, Tim Lautzenheiser, Charlie Menghini, Marcia Neel and Terry Shade to learn about some new ideas and activities that are not only geared for directors, but also for parents, current students, and even principals to ensure a seamless transition from the first day that the student picks up the instrument through high school graduation—and beyond. Copies of this publication will be provided to all attendees loaded onto complimentary flash drives provided by the Music Achievement Council, a 501(c)(6) non-profit.
  • Bucket Ensemble: How to Teach and Play Junkyard Percussion


    Bucket drumming teaches ensemble and rehearsal skills when taught with musical integrity. This clinic shows teachers how to successfully implement junkyard percussion. Teachers will leave with two full lesson plans that they can immediately use in their classrooms. Attendees can choose to participate or observe as we perform with buckets, water bottle shakers, and drainpipe guiros. Repertoire, exercises, and process will be covered as well as movement, improvisation, and composition.
  • But Flute Was My Worst Instrument in Methods Class: Tips for Improving the Musicians on the Front Row


    Since the method of the flute’s tone production differs from other wind instruments, educators often feel less prepared to teach beginner flutists or to give constructive comments to more advanced students. This clinic will address such crucial factors as posture, hand and body position, tone production, airflow, articulation, and vibrato. A live demonstration group of flutist-band directors will model incorrect techniques and solutions to common playing faults.
  • Common Core to Common Score: Implementing the CCSS in Orchestra Classes


    The inclusion of the Common Core may initially seem to be an imposing problem for ensemble directors, but the fact is that many excellent teachers already do it! This session will describe trends in literacy education as they relate to the Common Core and then demonstrate ways in which teachers can address the common core standards while teaching and preparing a score for performance.
  • Comprehension or Decoding: Are We Really Teaching Music Reading?


    When instrumentalists perform from notation, the tacit assumption is that they are “reading music.” Perhaps they are not reading with comprehension but instead “decoding notation,” associating fingerings with note names and counting rhythm. This session will focus on a logical sequence of instruction, including creativity, leading to comprehensive music reading. The results will have a profound effect on your instrumentalists during and beyond their formal education.
  • Cultivating the Culture of Your Band Program


    Every music program possesses a "culture." This clinic will offer suggestions to develop a positive culture in your band program, beginning with the middle school level and continuing through high school.
  • Developing Sound Saxophonists in Your Band


    Producing a good characteristic sound and technique development on the saxophone involves several areas of attention. This presentation, targeted for teachers and students at all grade levels addresses the nuts and bolts, and pedagogical approaches to these areas. Among the various issues pertaining to solo and ensemble situations, the clinic will focus on key fundamentals. Within the presentation and hand out materials will be several brief performance demonstrations and trouble-shooting tips.
  • Diversify Your High School Band’s Repertoire through History and Genre


    The wind band has a rich history that encompasses music from the Renaissance to the modern era. A comprehensive instrumental musical education should include music from a variety of genres and historical periods, which can all be represented through music available for the high school band. By programming a diverse repertoire of composers and representative styles, students will attain a greater sense of music history and the stylistic differences representative among composers.
  • Do You Hear What I Hear? Maximizing the Artistic Quality and Educational Value of Recording Your Ensemble


    A quality recording of your ensemble can be a great learning experience. By focusing on the process and not just the end product, your students will open their ears and minds, and make valuable progress as musicians and as an ensemble. Join producer Sam Pilafian, engineer Scott Burgess, and conductor Eric Rombach-Kendall to see what it takes to make the most of the recording experience.
  • Don’t Go Claricrazy!-Teaching your clarinet ensemble through performance of wind band literature


    Band Directors of all levels can attest to the dreadful sound of a squeaking clarinet section. However, with the multitude of specific concepts attributed to teaching clarinet, how will the music educator learn to teach the instrument and drive the ensemble to excellence simultaneously? By performing core wind band repertoire, this session will provide the tools and exercises needed to train your clarinets while improving the overall sound and performance of your wind ensemble.
  • Effective Band Director Techniques for Teaching in Title I Schools


    This presentation was conceived to cover topics to help teachers in an urban environment find success, but these ideas are also universally important for anyone hoping to find success as a teacher in any musical environment. The only difference going in is being ready for the hurdles and open to the challenges. I hope that anyone considering a position in an urban school setting will see both the need and the potential as both a challenge and a possibility.
  • Effective Strategies For Teaching Jazz To Beginners


    As jazz instruction has grown more commonplace, educators have become increasingly aware of the unique challenges presented when exposing young musicians to jazz for the first time. This clinic will address those challenges by focusing on the three areas that are most problematic: jazz style, rhythm section techniques, and improvisation. Clear and practical strategies will be explained and demonstrated.
  • Embracing Administrative Leadership in Music Education


    An administrator who is an effective leader is critical to the success of any music program. An administrator/leader in music education, whether this person is a supervisor, director of music or dean at a university, can make a significant and positive impact. Topics to be discussed include: Is The "Customer" (Students and Parents) Always Right?; Are Those Meetings That Important?; What Does It Take To Develop An Effective Music Program?; and Can You As The Administrator Survive on Reflected Glory?
  • Ensemble Essentials


    MS/JH/HS band directors face many challenges when organizing daily rehearsals. This clinic will assist directors to not only transition first-year year players into performing ensembles, but also maintain a high level of performance expectations with existing members. Directors must daily enhance the emotional and cognitive development of their students. A creative Prezi presentation will illustrate various slides of pertaining to posture, hand position, warm-up exercises and ways to mark music.
  • Ensembleship in Practice: Techniques to Evoke Creativity in Rehearsal and Performance


    This interactive session will bring creative rehearsing to life with the help of musicians from the Glenn Korff School of Music. Ensemble games, creative and informative assessment strategies, and a wide variety of materials and metaphors will be demonstrated with suggestions for how to adapt them for use with diverse groups (choral and instrumental, elementary students through university).
  • Equipment and Maintenance: The Principals of Developing a Great High School Woodwind Section


    Michael Flake and Audrey Denny are former students of Larry Combs and Julie DeRoche. Over the past 15 years they have developed their knowledge of the clarinet in the real world. Michael moved to Texas and put his knowledge to work teaching young clarinetists in the highly active environment of a Texas bandhall. Audrey joined the specialized force of clarinet repair technicians. This team is armed to show teachers what it takes to make equipment be the best that it can be for their kids.
  • Establishing the “Bottom Line” of Your Ensemble!


    This clinic will showcase proven strategies for establishing “The Bottom Line” of your band and orchestra program, the tuba and euphonium section! Featuring members of the Phantom Regiment Hornline, this clinic demonstrates exercises, techniques, and other fundamentals that will help guarantee a better foundation for your ensemble, no matter what age (or instrument!) your performers are.
  • Failsafe Fixes For Frequently Frustrating Flaws


    Some 5 years ago I began keeping a journal of effective rehearsal strategies dealing with all facets of rehearsing and making music that seemed to always work. That was the genesis of Failsafe Fixes. The format of the clinic is a rapid-fire presentation of specific fixes for a broad array of specific performance challenges. High energy and non-stop. The goal being to share between 50 and 60 concise rehearsal tactics that a director can place in his or her toolbox for immediate application.
  • Flipping The Classroom: Practical Application in the Ensemble Rehearsal


    In the last several years, flipping the classroom has become a buzzword, of sorts, in the educational community. The purpose of this clinic is to demystify the term, and to describe its usefulness within the context of the instrumental ensemble rehearsal. Additionally, the technique is applied in a rehearsal experiment with the Cornell Wind Symphony, with the goal of leading students to become more collaborative and self-directed in their music making.
  • Foundations for Successful Oboe Students


    Oboe is one of the most difficult instruments to begin. Many students quit in frustration within the first few years. "Foundations for Successful Oboe Students" will assist in getting oboe students off to the right start and continuing their growth. Ms. French has taught many oboists of all levels for over 20 years. Besides being award winners in state, her students have gone on to study music at schools such as Interlochen, IU, Eastman, Oberlin, Yale, and many others.
  • Habits of a Successful School Orchestra: String Warm Ups and Strategies for Improving the Accuracy and Artistry in Orchestra


    This session introduces new strategies and exercises for teaching string orchestras the skills they need to perform challenging repertoire with better execution and artistry. Attendees will learn 1. effective solutions to finger pattern and fine-tuning problems, including new etudes, tuning canons, scales and chorales; 2. rhythmic literacy strategies for teaching students to read with greater independence; and 3. warm-up exercises for developing clean articulations and a mature ensemble tone.
  • Harnessing the Power of Pitch to Improve Your Horn Section


    Do you need some new ideas to help your horn section sound strong? Can’t figure out why it can be so difficult for them to play the right notes? Do you want to improve your horn section’s self-confidence and musical maturity? If so, this clinic is for you. We will discuss reasons why young horn students have such a challenge finding the correct pitches and then we will explore ways to use singing to improve their accuracy, sight-reading, intonation, musicianship and their self-confidence.
  • Impacting State Education Policy – It Can Be Done!


    You can make a difference in preserving arts education in law and state board rule in your state. Topics addressed will include how to get started with little to no resources, effective lobbying, networking with other educator and arts organizations in the political arena, and the role a governmental relations consultant can play in your success. Legislation is decided by those who show up! Get involved now!
  • Improving Your Ensemble by Improv(e)sation


    Improvisation is a rewarding and effective way to open your students up to self-expression, creativity, confidence, and improved technical abilities. And it's fun! In this clinic we will address the benefits of improvisation, demonstrate the process, and work with Chicago area students as they improvise. While the playing level is aimed at the high school level and up, music teachers of all levels will come away with ideas about how to approach improvisation with their students.
  • Improvisation and Rhythm Section Groove in Your Ensemble Rehearsal


    This is the jazz-band warmup you’ve been waiting for, and it’s right under your nose. Learn a step-by-step approach to using your concert/festival repertoire as an improv warmup that will get everyone in the band soloing. An aural learning method.
  • Improvise Like a Jazz Messenger



  • In Tune With Your Timpani: Ear Training and Sound Production Strategies for the Student Percussionist


    Having a good ear is a must for a timpanist, yet many young percussionists find themselves lost when it comes to tuning timpani without the aid of a gauge or noisy external source like a pitch pipe or glockenspiel. This clinic will provide a comprehensive approach to ear training with the student percussionist in mind. Topics will include learning intervals in order of importance, sight singing, integrating smartphone apps and software, learning the ranges of timpani, and other important tuning concepts. Also covered are thoughts on basic sound production and tone color to produce the right sound for the right moment!
  • Incorporating Literacy Strategies within the Performance-based Band Class


    This session will provide information on text reading literacy concepts that correlate to music reading, including Phonics, Phonemic Awareness, Whole Language, Fluency, and Sight Words. The presentation will provide easy-to-use strategies that will allow you to apply these concepts for music reading within a band class. Video examples of teaching episodes using these concepts in rehearsal will be included.
  • Instant Bassoon Player - Just Add Water!


    The purpose of this session is to demonstrate how to begin bassoon instruction from the very first lesson. Those in attendance will have the opportunity to volunteer to play an actual bassoon and reed. Topics to be discussed will include: embouchure formation, posture, articulation, intonation, instrument care and selection as well as other related topics.
  • Jazz Trombone Techniques



  • Juilliard: 1996


    In 1996 four students at the Juilliard School met and became fast friends: Eric Whitacre, John Mackey, Steven Bryant and Jonathan Newman. Eric (the oldest of the group) will lead the group in a wide ranging discussion on everything from the creative process to the commissioning of new works.
  • Let's Talk Band!


    Once upon a time, band directors met at the local music store on Saturday mornings. Over coffee they would share their band directing experiences and concerns in an effort to find answers and solutions. In this interactive session (using a live Twitter feed), clinicians will offer their advice and solutions based on their expertise and experience.
  • Losing Control, Gaining Engagement: Tips and Techniques Inspired by Science for Improving Motivation and Performance in Large Ensembles


    Research from the fields of neuroscience, psychology, and social dynamics includes findings with the potential to positively affect ensemble rehearsals. These sessions will include specific rehearsal tips and techniques based upon this research, with a particular focus on those likely to improve students’ motivation, performance, and long-term engagement. We will rehearse a wind band and systematically demonstrate the positive impact of science-based rehearsal techniques.
  • Marching Along: The Autobiography of My Great-Grandfather, John Philip Sousa


    Using photos, clippings, and personal stories drawn from his family, John Philip Sousa IV paints a vivid and timely portrait of one of America’s most famous and beloved composers.
  • Matching Minds and Music: Building Meaningful Relationships with Your Students



  • Meaningful, Measurable, and Manageable: The 3M’s of Music Assessment.


    This clinic will provide practical ideas to make learning in the music classroom stick by having an assessment program that is meaningful, measurable and manageable: Meaningful so that instruction emphasizes skills that develop quality musicians; Measurable so that students are motivated by their progress and are accountable for their own learning; and Manageable so that directors can have a life and focus their limited time on areas that enhance both individual and group musicianship.
  • Outside the Concert Hall: Unique Performance Opportunities


    Macias will discuss how to organize, teach and perform with a fiddle group. Topics will include rehearsal techniques, music selection and booking performances. She will also discuss the logistics of recording a CD and how this group has been an effective fundraising organization.
  • Pedagogy Commonalities and Exceptions



  • Performing Choral Transcriptions: What every instrumental conductor needs to know


    In this session we will demonstrate how phrasing, articulation, tone quality, timbre, and intonation can be informed through an understanding of the stress patterns of word and sentence structures, shapes and sounds of vowels and consonants and the meaning of the text. These concepts will be directly applied to O Magnum Mysterium, by Morten Lauridsen; Ave Maria, by Franz Biebl; and Blessed are They, from the Brahms Requiem (transcribed by Barbara Buehlman).
  • Playing Lead Trumpet


    In Playing Lead Trumpet, Wayne Bergeron discusses and demonstrates all the essential aspects of lead trumpet playing for all levels from students to professionals.
  • Principles of Melodic Interpretation: Finding Opportunities for Musical Expression


    Through the usage of a demonstration ensemble, this clinic will outline strategies and techniques to teach fundamentals of melodic interpretation during the warm-up portion of the daily instrumental ensemble rehearsal. Teaching students to interpret their music in a large ensemble setting is felt to be one of the keys to creating a dynamic and musically satisfying rehearsal atmosphere.
  • Rehearsal Strategies: Lead, Follow, and Get Out of the Way!


    Utilizing examples from the wind band repertoire and incorporating audience participation, Benjamin Lorenzo and Dennis Llinás share ideas to help young directors get the most out of rehearsals. The session is divided into three parts; offering strategies one can employ before, during, and after setting foot on the podium. The topics of discussion will be accompanied by practical exercises that engage the students, develop ensemble skills, and build musicianship.
  • Rhythm Section 101


    The rhythm section players are the only members of the band to play constantly for almost the entire chart, improvising the accompaniment as the chart develops. This session will demonstrate the elements that allow sections members to effectively groove together, dialogue with soloists and drive the band. The session will focus specifically on the guitar/piano relationship, the bass/drum hookup and orchestration of sound. Sponsored by Jazz at Lincoln Center.
  • Rhythm, Rhythm, Rhythm: Teaching The Most Important Thing In Music. Strategies For The Instrumental Classroom.


    Rhythm is the most important thing in music. Most methods for teaching rhythm reading skills have one major flaw in common – They all move too fast! Students memorize rhythms instead of learning to read them. This session will present methods and materials to help your students, internalize, understand, and accurately read rhythms.
  • Right From the Start


    Establishing ideal tone and intonation as entry-level criteria, director Kobayashi quickly assimilates beginning Junior High students into his Senior High symphonic band ensemble. Student leaders model high standards for fundamentals, including embouchure, breathing, and posture, creating and maintaining a standard of excellence for their sections through long tones, singing, and pitch awareness exercises. Using the Yamaha Harmony Director HD-200 as a training tool, experienced members of the ensemble alternate with new members in performing skills individually, by section, and by grade until the desired blend and accuracy is achieved. Professor Beth Bronk offers explanation and perspective on practical American classroom application of these methods with a detailed description of how Mr. Kobayashi and students utilize Yamaha’s Harmony Director.
  • Solving The Woodwind Puzzle: Five Instruments, Three Big Ideas


    Clearly understanding the big ideas of tone production, fingering and tuning across the woodwind family is the foundation of successful woodwind teaching and a key to superior ensemble performance. This clinic discusses these three big ideas in detail, defines areas of similarity and difference, and demonstrates commonly encountered problems, suggesting solutions in each case.
  • Sound Production on Percussion Instruments


    Sound quality and sound production are not topics usually associated with percussion instruments and yet they are one of the first topics covered for all wind, brass and string instruments. Would we be satisfied with a trumpet player if the simply played their part rhythmically accurate with a bad sound? Of course not! Today's clinic will focus on the sounds percussionists make and how to make them better.
  • Sound Reinforcement 101


    Drawing on decades of their combined experiences in sound reinforcement for jazz groups, the presenters will provide their insights about equipment, techniques, philosophies, student involvement, and expenses for providing successful sound reinforcement for large and small jazz groups. Emphasis will be placed on information important to both the beginning and advanced music educator. A portable camera will be used to show up-close techniques for amplifying each instrument, the parts of the soundboard and the sound equipment used backstage. Q&A time is promised and the three clinicians will be in the jazz concert hall all week for one-on-one discussions either by appointment or drop-by with those clinic attendees who are interested.
  • Strategies for Improving Playing Position & Flexibiity in Your Orchestra Students


    Will they ever get it right? This session presents practical techniques for establishing proper playing position and flexibility in the heterogeneous string class. Ideas will be given for both developing and remediating common position problems that prevent students from reaching their full potential.
  • Strategies for Success



  • String Teaching Strategies for the Non-String Player


    This workshop was developed from observations of string classes taught by non-string players. The topics discussed are designed to address the top two dislikes of string classes; they squeak and they are out of tune. The workshop also gives resources for the teacher to further explore string-teaching strategies.
  • Student Success Through Multicultural Performances


    Multicultural music can provide students positive, life-changing experiences. Mr. Niño will provide examples of opportunities and experiences that his mariachi utilizes to help foster school, district, and community support. These experiences have allowed the mariachi students to gain a great cultural experience, academic success, and a closer family connection in an urban school environment.
  • Teaching Children to Create Music


    How many of you address the first three of the eleven National Core Arts Standards pertaining to creating music? If teaching composition is intimidating to you or if you avoid teaching composition because you don’t know how to teach it in the context of a large ensemble this clinic is for you. Come join Pulitzer Prize winning composer, Michael Colgrass, Glen Adsit, Director of Bands at the Hartt School, and Jon Thomann, Associate Director of Bands for the Plymouth-Canton High School (Michigan) band program to learn how to incorporate composition into your curriculum. Students from the Plymouth-Canton High School band program will serve as the demonstration ensemble for this simple, yet effective method for teaching students of all ages to create and conduct their own music.
  • Teaching for Independence


    “Give a man a fish, and he'll eat for a day. Teach him how to fish and he'll eat forever.” (Chinese proverb.) In the early years of instrumental instruction, a carefully sequenced approach to the introduction of foundational skills and concepts may not provide instant gratification, but WILL result in motivated students who can take ownership of their learning in both individual and ensemble skills. Examples of application of the principles outlined will be given.
  • The "It" Factor in School Orchestra Literature


    One of the best ways to motivate students is with the music they learn. We discuss the attributes of selected school orchestra literature and how to enlist stringed instrument students to take ownership of their musical learning.
  • The Birth and Life of New Music: Steps to Creating New Quality Repertoire from Conception to Performance


    Composer, David Gillingham, will outline the steps involved in creating new works for band and orchestra referencing the creation of his new work, "Vital Signs of Planet Earth", for bass trombone and wind ensemble written for George Curran of the New York Philharmonic. The Central Michigan University Symphonic Wind Ensemble, conducted by John E. Williamson, will perform the entire work with George Curran, Bass Trombonist of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, as the soloist.
  • The College Music Society’s Recent Report on Music Education and Large Ensembles - What are the Solutions?


    It is our belief that ensemble experiences are paramount to the development of young people. It is also our obligation, especially in the public school arena, to advocate a curriculum that not only produces performers, but composers, producers, amateurs, and advocates a-like. We must examine, question, and perhaps change the current paradigm of how we teach, what we perform, and how we evaluate large ensembles to create more holistic musicians.
  • The Common Sense of Common Core


    Integrating Common Core Standards into the instrumental music classroom is an important contribution to the school’s learning community. As educators, we need to reexamine the music rehearsal to encompass all aspects of learning while maintaining high-level performances. This Common Sense approach to integrating Common Core Standards will provide strategies for teachers to make immediate, useful and practical changes that lead student musicians to an enlightened and expressive performance.
  • The Conducted Moment: Lessons for the Community of Music from Mime and the Theatre


    This session explores the physical act of communication for conductors/musicians. Attendees will actively engage in the concepts of projection and presence, resistance in gesture, and engagement of the torso. Focusing on interplay between physical and musical response, the session will explore the difficult reality between what we think we are saying and how we are perceived by others as we strive to complete the great circle of communication that ebbs and flows between performers and audiences.
  • The Daily Rehearsal: The Director's Most Potent and Powerful Retention Tool


    Student retention is critical to the success of instrumental music programs in the schools, and the key to student retention is The Daily Rehearsal. What happens in the rehearsal hall is more important than the staging of successful concerts or wonderful trips. The rehearsal needs to be, literally, a Work of Art. It must have form and substance. It needs to have direction, a flow toward the end. Students who are aesthetically touched everyday by beautiful music will be back year after year.
  • The Missing Peace: Inclusive Music Education that Works


    This session will discuss a program that supports music educators in providing musical performance experiences for students with special needs in a non-traditional way. Topics for discussion will include the legal responsibility schools have to provide opportunities to all students, research-based effects of both musical and social experiences for the special needs child, and the effects this initiative is having on music programs and their communities at various demographic and socioeconomic levels.
  • The Music Education Majors TOP TEN: What You Need To Do NOW Before You Start Your First Job


    This clinic will recommend what pre-service music educators should do to be better prepared for their first job in the classroom. The recommendations were collected from current music educators and reflect musical and nonmusical ideas.
  • The Power of Two - Benefits of Teaching Jazz Style, Articulation and Conception in a Duet Setting


    The duet format is an excellent manner in which to develop many of the skills necessary to successfully perform jazz literature. The majority of the skills needed to perform in student jazz ensembles can be taught and learned in the duet format. This clinic will present various ways in which duets can be beneficial in the teaching of young jazz musicians.
  • The Tricks of the Trade: Composing for Young Bands


    Composer Tim Fisher will explore practical techniques that will help you write effectively for students in their first years of learning. Rather than focusing on the many limitations at the beginning level, he will ask the question, “What CAN students do?”, in order to find fresh and interesting ways to write for young bands. Band directors will also gain valuable insights into the composition process and be inspired to find engaging and meaningful repertoire, even if it only has 5 notes!
  • The Young Director's Guide to Commissioning


    The process of commissioning music for an ensemble can be incredibly rewarding, but also very daunting for young directors. This session will provide an opportunity for the conductor to think “outside of the box”—connecting to a larger community of composers and performers through the commissioning process. We will cover details in contracting a composer, securing funding (such as consortiums, grants, etc.), and working with an administration to ensure a positive and successful experience.
  • Tips for Your Jazz Combo



  • Tips, Tricks, and Techniques



  • Using Heuristics to Improve Instrumental Tone Quality


    Teaching and assessing brass and woodwind tone quality is a complex process. Cavitt will explain the heuristic problem solving process necessary to improve tone quality through guided experimentation with variables.
  • Using Technology to Improve Learning & Engagement in Instrumental Music


    In this session, participants will be exposed to numerous practical ways to use technology, including free apps and websites, to improve student learning and engagement and to manage assessment in performance-based instrumental courses. Participants are encouraged to bring laptops or tablets and to explore the technology as directed in the presentation. Handouts with detailed instructions on how to use the technology and suggested best practices will be provided.
  • Using Your Available Resources to Thrive and Survive



  • Vocalization in the Orchestra Classroom: Developing Musicianship Skills Through Sequential Aural Training


    This session will present activities based on Kodaly’s aural and literacy based training and designed to deepen knowledge and musicianship skills in an orchestra classroom. Solfege will be used to teach musicianship through audiation, sight singing, transposition, and melodic dictation. The audience will participate in classroom activities and watch video clips of first through third year students in action as they perform sight singing, apply to their instrument, transpose and take dictation.
  • What Fennell Wanted You To Know: An Inside Look at His Personal Letters, Writings, and Scores


    Frederick Fennell, founder of the Eastman Wind Ensemble, left his personal letters and conductor scores to the Sibley Music Library. Much of this collection has remained unknown to the wind band community. It seems clear that Fennell wanted the collection to be known, he added many biographical comments. While his story has been often told, this session seeks to provide fresh, previously unknown biographical information. Photographic reproductions will be projected and distributed to attendees.
  • Will $3 Million be Enough? How to Successfully Sell Your Needs to Get Resources for Your Program.


    “Will 3 million be enough?” was a question asked in the process of getting $4 million in instrument replacement and equipment funds placed into a bond plan. Klein ISD Director of Fine Arts Monte Mast will discuss the use of instrument evaluations, inventory assessments, and the sales techniques he used to make this a reality as well as other increases in funding, staffing, technology, and facilities. He will give you the foundation and fundamentals to create a successful plan of your own.
  • You Are The "Band Whisperer" : Small Ideas, Spectacular Results


    This clinic will help band teachers at all levels to quickly and effectively improve diagnostic and pedagogical skills. The ideas and concepts contained in the clinic will immediately show results, and over time, will produce outstanding ensemble performance and understanding for students, audiences and teachers. I will impart extensive knowledge of both the tools and the craftsmanship required to achieve seemingly impossible results.
  • You Say, "You Don't Have the Money?"


    This clinic will focus on creative ways to procure funds for the music education program in your school. Each member of the panel will share ways that they have found to be successful to raise funds in their respective schools with limited parent involvement and how to advocate with Administrators for more funding.
  • Your Ear Drum: The Most Important Instrument in Your Ensemble


    Evaluating musical performance begins with accurate listening. Using live musicians, video examples, and research data, this clinic will reveal the sound volume levels band & orchestra musicians (and conductors) experience during rehearsal, demonstrate the effects of noise-induced hearing loss, and offer practical and affordable solutions to protect hearing that will result in more successful musical performances. Rehearsal techniques that enhance learning and reduce volume will be demonstrated.