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In the Beginning...Building Blocks for Success with Band Students During their First Two Years

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  • This clinic presents topics related to teaching band students during their first 2 years. The materials are drawn from the motivational/instructional techniques used with the students in the Rising Starr M.S Band, a 2-time Midwest Clinic performer. Topics include: daily routines, practicing, recruiting/retention, mastery-based skill checks, rhythm, developing technique, and instructional routines for the individual and ensemble. The clinic is a glimpse into the Rising Starr Band from day one.
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  • Andrew F. Poor is a member of the part-time faculty of the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University. In addition, he serves as the Associate Director of Bands at Starr’s Mill High School in Fayetteville, GA. Poor holds the DME degree as well as the MM degree in Trpt Perf. from the Univ. of Cincinnati CCM and the BME degree (High Honors) from the Univ. of Florida, and is a National Board Certified Teacher.

    Steven Tyndall is in his 25th year as a music educator and his 13th year at Rising Starr Middle School in Fayetteville, GA. He received the BSEd. in music from Jacksonville State University and the MMEd. from West Georgia College. The Rising Starr Symphonic Band has performed at the University of Georgia, The BOA /Music For All National Concert Band Festival, The Western International Band Clinic in Seattle and the Midwest Clinic in 2003 and 2008.