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December, 15, 2016
03:00 PM - 04:00 PM


Meeting Room W181


Wendy Higdon

Wendy Higdon

Finding The Perfect Fit: Beginning Band Recruitment and the Instrument Fitting Process

Clinic Synopsis:

Successful recruiting is the lifeblood of any music program. Learn how to develop a highly organized recruitment plan and instrument fitting process that will jump start the achievement of your ensembles by ensuring that students are set-up for success from the beginning. This session will include ways to capitalize on your instrument testing process that will make it exciting for students and informative for you. Recruitment materials will be shared that attendees can use at their own schools.

Wendy Higdon - Biographical Information

Wendy Higdon is the Director of Bands and Performing Arts Department Chair at Creekside Middle School in Carmel, IN. She came to Carmel Clay Schools in 1999 where she taught band at Carmel Middle School until the opening of Creekside in 2004. Under her leadership, the performing arts programs at Creekside have grown from 400 students in 2004 to over 800 students this year. Under her direction, the Creekside Wind Symphony was honored to perform at The Midwest Clinic in December 2013. The Creekside Wind Symphony has also been a featured performing group at the Indiana Music Education Association Conference. Her bands have consistently earned high praise from judges, clinicians and guest conductors, including twenty-five consecutive Gold Awards at the Indiana State School Music Association Organizational Contest and many Best in Class and Overall Grand Champion awards at competitions around the Midwest. She is frequently called upon as a guest conductor and clinician. Mrs. Higdon earned her degree in music education from Ball State University Honors College, graduating summa cum laude. She also holds two masters degrees from Butler University, one in clarinet performance and the second in education administration. She is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society, as well as holding memberships in the National Association for Music Education, the Indiana Music Education Association and the Indiana Bandmasters Association. She currently serves on the Indiana Music Education Association Board.