Skip to main content


December, 18, 2013
01:10 PM - N/A




Julia Heath

Julia Heath

Shaun R. Popp

Shaun R. Popp

Collaboration for Successful Inclusion: Exceptional Students in the Instrumental Ensemble

Clinic Synopsis:

When performance is a primary goal, many directors may not have the knowledge to successfully include students with disabilities in instrumental ensembles, yet accommodations can be made to create a successful learning environment for all. This session will provide information and encouragement to all instrumental educators regarding the inclusion of special learners in performance based ensembles through the use of educational supports, as well as collaborating with special education teachers.

Julia Heath - Biographical Information

Julia D. Heath is a doctoral candidate in music education at the Florida State University. Her areas of research interest include teacher training, nonverbal communication in the music classroom and students with special needs. Ms. Heath is active in the music education field and has presented sessions at the Florida Music Educators Association, the International Society of Music Education, and the American Music Therapy Association conferences. Ms. Heath received her Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Music Education, as well as a certificate in special music education from the Florida State University. Prior to her graduate work, Ms. Heath taught band and music for students with special needs at Boca Raton Community High School.

Shaun R. Popp - Biographical Information

Shaun R. Popp serves as the Assistant Director of Bands and Co-Director of the Showband of Arkansas at Henderson State University. He also conducts the Symphony Band, Reddie Basketball Band, assists with the University Chamber Winds, and teaches courses in music education. Previously, Dr. Popp taught instrumental music for ten years in public schools in the state of Kentucky and was the Music Director and Conductor of the River Cities Community Concert Band and Voices of Kentuckiana Community Chorus. Dr. Popp is an active conductor, clinician, and adjudicator, and presents research regularly at national, state, and regional conferences. He is a member of ArkMEA, NAfME, CBDNA, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Music Fraternity and Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society. He holds a B.M. in Music Education from Morehead State University, a M.M. in Wind Conducting from the University of Louisville, and a Ph.D. in Music Education and Wind Conducting from Florida State University. His primary conducting teachers include Richard Miles, Frederick Speck, and Richard Clary.