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December, 16, 2016
01:30 PM - 02:30 PM


Meeting Room W186


Jeffrey Loeffert

Jeffrey Loeffert
Andrew Weak

Andrew Weak

The College Student as an Effective Private Teacher

Clinic Synopsis:

Rarely do college students receive any formal guidance in how to be an effective private teacher while they are students themselves. This presentation will offer concrete processes and templates for how to chart a path toward success both for the young private teacher and his students.

Jeffrey Loeffert - Biographical Information

Jeffrey Loeffert serves as Associate Professor of Saxophone at Oklahoma State University. During the summer months, Loeffert teaches at the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan, the Great Plains Saxophone Workshop in Oklahoma, New Music on the Point in Vermont, and the Cortona Sessions for New Music in Cortona, Italy. A dedicated teacher, Loeffert recently received the Oklahoma State University College of Arts & Sciences Junior Faculty Award for Scholarly Excellence, the Wise-Diggs-Berry Award for Teaching Excellence, and the Friends of Music Distinguished Music Professor Award. Loeffert is a very active chamber musician. As a founding member of the h2 quartet, Loeffert has won numerous chamber music prizes including First Place at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, First Place at the North American Saxophone Alliance Quartet Competition, and First Place at the Union Française des Artistes Musiciens Chamber Music Competition (France), among others. Loeffert is featured on seven commercially available discs and a DVD, as well as on a PBS television episode of Backstage Pass. His recording of Groove Canon by Marc Mellits was recently used as the monologue theme music for the Broadway show The Heidi Chronicles, starring Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men) and Jason Biggs (Orange is the New Black). Loeffert has performed at such prestigious venues as the Avalon Theatre in Easton, Maryland; the Cankar Dom in Ljubljana, Slovenia; Clowes Hall in Indianapolis, Indiana; the Guarnerius Center for the Performing Arts in Belgrade, Serbia; the National Concert Hall in Dublin, Ireland; the Sarajevo Music Academy in Sarajevo, Bosnia; the Times Center and Merkin Hall in New York City; and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, California; in addition to university recital halls across the country. Loeffert graduated Summa Cum Laude from Northwestern University with a Bachelor of Music double major in Saxophone Performance and Jazz Studies. At Northwestern, Loeffert won the Program Honors Award for his graduating class. A Frank Huntington Beebe Scholar, Loeffert studied in Paris at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Cergy-Pontoise where he received the Médaille d'Or à l'Unanimité - Saxophone, and the Médaille d'Or à l'Unanimité - Musique de Chambre. Loeffert also studied at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Boulogne-Billancourt where he received the diploma Cycle d'Orientation Professionnel with an emphasis in contemporary music. Loeffert completed graduate studies at Michigan State University (MSU) as the recipient of a University Distinguished Fellowship. He received a Master of Music degree and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Saxophone Performance as well as a Master of Music degree in Music Theory Pedagogy. At MSU, he was awarded the Paul Harder Award for music theory and composition. Loeffert is a Yamaha and Vandoren Performing Artist and plays exclusively on Yamaha saxophones and Vandoren reeds, mouthpieces, and ligatures.

Andrew Weak - Biographical Information

Andrew Weak is in his eighth year of teaching and his sixth year as Head Band Director at Apollo Junior High in Richardson. Under Mr. Weak’s direction, the Apollo Band has earned consistent superior ratings at UIL Concert and Sight-reading contests and multiple “Best in Class” designations at other contests around the DFW area. In 2015, the Apollo Band was named a TMEA CC State Honor Band Finalist and a commended winner in the Mark of Excellence National Wind Band Honors Contest. Prior to teaching at Apollo, Mr. Weak taught for two years at Berkner High School. His Symphonic Band III consistently received superior ratings at UIL contests, and in his first year of teaching, his band was named “Best in Class” at the South Coast Music Festival in Corpus Christi. Mr. Weak received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baylor University where he graduated Summa Cum Laude. At Baylor, he studied clarinet with Richard Shanley and was a member of the Baylor Wind Ensemble under Eric Wilson. Mr. Weak completed his student teaching with Frank Troyka and Lynne Jackson at Berkner High School. Mr. Weak is an active member of TMEA and TBA, and he has presented a number of clinics for both organizations. He has also presented at the Midwest Clinic and for the Ministry of Education of Singapore. In 2016, Mr. Weak received one of ten STAR Teacher of the Year awards for the Richardson ISD and was further named the district’s Secondary Teacher of the Year.