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The 2018 registration is now open. Pre-registration rates are as follows:
$125 Early Bird Professional Rate
Through Oct. 1st
$155 Pre-conference Professional Rate
Through Dec. 13th
$90 Early Bird First Time Attendee Professional Rate
Through Oct. 1st 
$125 First Time Attendee Professional Rate
Through Dec. 13th 

College Student Rate
Through Dec. 13th

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Communicating With Your Administrators...or...How To Talk So Your Principal Will Listen

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  • Hear from two teachers-turned-administrators on communicating with administrators. Both are currently fine arts directors with experience ranging from classroom to principal and beyond. The clinic will focus on how to present yourself to your administrators to be the most successful in obtaining what you need for your program. Interpersonal skills including speaking, writing, e-mailing and even timing will be addressed from the viewpoint of fine arts directors who have had great success secur
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  • Rick Ghinelli is in his 27th year with the Spring Independent School District and has been an assistant band director, head band director, assistant principal and principal. Rick is a past district Teacher of the Year and was also a finalist in a Houston area Middle School Principal of the Year competition. He is currently in his ninth year as Director of Performing and Visual Arts for the Spring Independent School District.

    Dr. Jeff Laird is in his fifth year as Director of Performing Arts for the Aldine Independent School District in Houston, having spent the previous eighteen years as Director of Bands at Aldine High School. He has served the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) as President, Vice-President and State Band Chair, and All-State Band Audition Chairman.