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The 2017 registration is now open. Pre-registration rates are as follows:
$120 Early Bird Director Rate
Through Sept. 22nd
$150 Pre-conference Director Rate
Through Dec.15th
$85 First Time Attendee Rate
Through Dec. 15th 
$50

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Through Dec. 15th

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Unhelpful Conducting Habits Learned from "Helping" Students

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  • As ensemble directors and music educators we do everything we can to help our students and ensembles sound their best. However, many of the conducting habits we develop by trying to help our students actually hold them back. The purpose of this session is to highlight many of the habits commonly found among ensemble conductors; explain why these habits hurt rather than help; and provide conducting and rehearsal alternatives that empower our students and improve our conducting.
  • John Ginocchio (john.ginocchio@smsu.edu)
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  • John Ginocchio is the director of bands and associate professor of music at Southwest Minnesota State University where he directs all the bands and teaches conducting, music theory, and instrumental music education courses. He holds Doctor of Arts and Master of Music degrees from Ball State University and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Indiana University. Prior to accepting the position at SMSU, he was a doctoral assistant director in the band department at Ball State University, and before that he was director of instrumental music for the Adams Central Community Schools in Monroe, Indiana, a position he held for ten years. He is an active guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator and has worked with bands throughout the Midwest. Ginocchio is also the co-founder for the Minnesota Area Conducting Workshop.
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