Teaching Rhythm Logically
- The right note at the wrong time is a wrong note. While tone is king, rhythm often takes a backseat. The clinicians will present the Stiles MS method of approaching rhythm in a logical sequence, emphasizing subdivision, and in isolation. This approach has developed students who can accurately perform and understand simple and complex rhythms. It is a fun and easy way to teach kids from week one. Videos included!
- Darcy Williams (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- 12/14/2016 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM
- Meeting Room W179
- Darcy Williams is the head band director at Stiles Middle School. Born to parents who met in their beginner trombone class, Darcy is 100% a product of the Texas music system. Her own musical education began in her father’s band hall in Harper, Texas where she spent her afternoons learning to play any instrument she could find in the storage closet while waiting to go home. In middle school and high school, she studied flute with Mr. Paige Brooke, a 36-year former flautist with the New York Philharmonic. Darcy received her Bachelor of Music in 2004 from West Texas A&M University where she studied with Gary Garner, Don Lefevre, Russ Teweleit, and Sally Turk.
Darcy is in her 12th year of teaching. She began her teaching career at Burnet Middle School in Burnet, TX where she taught for 6 years. In 2009, her band won the Texas Outstanding Performance Series. After moving to Deerpark Middle School in Austin, TX her band was selected to perform at the Western International Band Clinic (WIBC) in 2011. Most recently, Darcy and associate director Jenna Yee opened Stiles Middle School in 2012. In July 2015 they placed 3rd in the TMEA CC Honor Band Contest. In December 2015 performed at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago.
In addition to directing Honors Band, Darcy teaches beginner flute, double reeds, clarinet, saxophone, and trombone as well as assisting with Symphonic and Concert Bands.