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Stop Practicing! Making Music in the Instrumental Rehearsal

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  • By focusing solely on practicing for the upcoming performance, we rob our students and ourselves of hundreds of potentially moving and inspiring musical moments. Smith will offer practical suggestions to change student and director perceptions of rehearsing from one of practicing music to making music. With an emphasis on performing music in rehearsal, we will find that the experience will be more enjoyable, students will be more engaged, and our performances will be more musically satisfying.
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  • Shawn Smith is Director of Bands at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi where he conducts the Symphonic Winds, teaches courses in conducting and music education, and serves as head of the wind and percussion division. Smith holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting from Arizona State University, and Masters and Bachelors degrees from Louisiana State University and Boise State University respectively.

    In demand as a conductor, clinician and adjudicator, Smith has been invited to work with bands and give clinics throughout the United States.

    Previously Smith served as Director of Bands and Orchestra at one of the largest high schools in Idaho where ensembles under his direction were distinguished as among the finest in the state.

    Smith has been published in the WASBE Journal and has presented research on the music of Heitor Villa-Lobos at two national conventions.