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December, 22, 2017
08:30 AM - 09:30 AM


Meeting Room W186


Christopher Gonzales

Christopher Gonzales
Nick Gonzales

Nick Gonzales
Michael Warny

Michael Warny

Creating a Successful Title 1 Middle School Instrumental Program

Clinic Synopsis:

The session will explore steps for achieving the teacher’s vision and goals, from beginner ensembles to advanced ensembles. Understanding the thoughts and emotional actions of socioeconomically disadvantaged students and how to implement teaching strategies that will help the students and program reach the next level of success.

Christopher Gonzales - Biographical Information

Christopher Gonzales, a native Houstonian, has proudly served in Spring Independent School District since 2005. Since becoming the Director of Bands at Dueitt Middle School in 2011, Mr. Gonzales’ bands have received superior ratings at UIL and Best in Class Awards at local festivals. The Symphonic Band was a finalist in the 2015 Texas 2C State Honor Band Competition, was named a national winner (Band 2015/Percussion 2016) and commended winner (Band 2016) in the Mark of Excellence National Contest. The Symphonic Band and Percussion Ensemble also performed at the Music for All National Concert and Percussion Festival in Indianapolis, March of 2017. Mr. Gonzales' duties include directing the Symphonic Band, teaching beginner woodwind classes, aligning the curriculum for the entire band program, and bringing the love of music to his students. In addition to his teaching duties, he is an active clinician in surrounding school districts and also serves as the Orchestra Director at Champion Forest Baptist Church in Klein, Texas. Mr. Gonzales is passionate about teaching and mentoring those in low socioeconomic schools and districts. His most recent TMEA clinic was in 2017 titled, "Creating a Successful Title 1 Middle School Band." Mr. Gonzales attended Sam Houston State University where he graduated in 2004 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education. During his studies, he had the privilege to study under, and to be mentored by, Dr. Matthew McInturf, Dr. Carol Smith, Dr. Patricia Card, and Mr. Chester Rowell. Other mentors and influential people in his musical journey include Eddie Green, Joe Dixon, Marion West, Gabriel Musella, Shelley Durbin, Warren Seago, Victor Flowers, Thomas Mensch, Victor Aguilar, Michael Warny, and Nicholas Gonzales. Mr. Gonzales lives in Klein, TX with his beautiful wife, Kim, and three amazing children, Evan, Aubrie and Elise.

Nick Gonzales - Biographical Information

Nick Gonzales is the Director of Instrumental Music at West Lake Stem Junior High in Salt Lake City, Utah. Mr. Gonzales is in his 13th Year as an educator & has taught in Spring ISD (Spring, TX), Klein ISD (Klein, TX), and currently in the Granite School District (Salt Lake City, UT). Mr. Gonzales’ bands have received multiple superior ratings at UIL and Best in Class Awards at local festivals. Mr. Gonzales graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Music Education from Sam Houston State University. During his studies, he had the privilege of studying under Dr. Matthew McInturf, Randy Adams, & Dr. Rod Cannon . Other mentors and influential people in his musical journey include Eddie Green, Joe Dixon, Victor Flowers, Gabriel Musella, Victor Flowers, Dick Clardy, Susan Scarborough, Rick Rodriguez, Thomas Mensch, Victor Aguilar, & Michael Warny. Mr. Gonzales is also the Founder & Executive Director of Stone of Hope Youth, a nonprofit that targets disadvantaged boys in the inner city. Stone of Hope Youth provides mentoring programs, summer camps, & teaches team leadership throughout the year to help guide kids to be influential leaders in their schools, families, community and eventually, the world. Mr. Gonzales has a passion to speak life, teach and inspire kids to achieve more than they could ever imagine no matter their home situation. Mr. Gonzales' number one passion is spending quality time with his beautiful wife, Alia, & their three incredible kids Aiden, Brynley, & Carter.

Michael Warny - Biographical Information

Michael Warny received his degree in Music Education from the University of Houston, studying trombone with Al Lube and euphonium with William H. Rose. He also studied with the Empire Brass Quintet at the Tanglewood Music Festival; and both studied and performed with Summit Brass at the Keystone Institute. Mr. Warny spent 15 years on faculty at the University of Houston Moores School of Music and The Texas Music Festival. In addition, for 10 years, he was a faculty member of the International Festival Institute at Round Top. Michael has been teaching in Spring ISD since 1980 as a private instructor, consultant, and since 2013 has been full time at Dueitt Middle School. Michael has helped advance the performing, recording and teaching careers of numerous musicians. He currently spends his summers on faculty at the American Festival for the Arts. As a founding member, Michael spent 20 years performing and recording with The Houston Grand Opera Orchestra. He has performed and toured both nationally and internationally with the Houston Ballet, Houston Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Opera Vista, Chicago Chamber Brass, Texas Opera Theatre, and Theatre Under the Stars. Michael has been a featured performer and clinician at International Trombone Association and International Tuba-Euphonium Association events; as well as The Midwest Clinic, Texas Music Educators’ Association and Texas Bandmasters’ Association Conventions. Mr. Warny is in great demand as a performer, clinician, consultant and Brass Specialist.