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Motivating the Individual in the Large Ensemble

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  • What motivates students in band/orchestra rehearsals? This session will reflect on motivation and its intersection with student learning. Participants will learn strategies for encouraging student engagement. This is through reflecting on ensemble environments that: (a) promote readiness for feedback; (b) naturally embed self-reflection and inquiry; and (c) identify avenues for self-directed learning in the large ensemble.
  • Jessica Vaughan-Marra (jcvmarra@umich.edu)
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  • Jessica Vaughan-Marra is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Music Education with an emphasis in string pedagogy at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI). She is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where she completed her Bachelors of Science in Music Education in 2006 at Duquesne University. She received her Masters in Music Education in 2010 from Northwestern University (Evanston, IL). Before beginning her PhD in 2015, she taught middle school band and orchestra for nine years in the Cupertino Union School District (Cupertino, CA). In 2012 her school site was the first in the district to implement 1:1 iPads in all classrooms. Along with exploring technology integration in the large ensemble classroom, her students consistently received Superior Ratings at Solo and Large Group Festivals. Jessica has served as a board member of the California Music Educators Association (CMEA) Bay Section as well as the California All-State Music Educators Conference (CASMEC) Special Projects Committee. In 2012, She received the CMEA Bay Section “Gilbert T.  Freitas Award” for outstanding emerging teaching in the field of music education. She has been an active member of NAfME, ASTA, TCAP, and CBDA as well as a regular attendant to the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic since 2007. Her research interests include: new teacher mentoring, instructional technology in the music classroom, and motivation.
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  • Shelley Durbin
  • Shelley Durbin has been in public education for over 25 years in a variety of capacities, including many years as a successful band and choir director. In addition to leading award-winning ensembles at Kennedy Middle School in Cupertino, California, where there are 260 students involved in vibrant choir and musical theater programs, she also greatly enjoys serving as a master teacher, mentor, and consultant for teachers both within and outside the Cupertino Union School District. Prior to teaching in Cupertino, she was a band director in the Spring Independent School District, north of Houston, Texas, and she was the Junior High Region Chair for the Houston Area of TMEA. Some of Mrs. Durbin’s most recent adventures with her choirs have included two East Coast tours, including performances at Carnegie Hall, Westminster Choir College, and the Curtis Institute. Her 7/8 choir has been selected to perform for the California Association of School Music Educators Conference this February.
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  • Jonathan Grantham
  • Jonathan Grantham, director of bands at Amador Valley High School in Pleasanton, California, leads a band program of 325 students involved in five concert ensembles, three jazz bands, a competitive marching band, various chamber ensembles, winter percussion, and winter guard. In his fifteen years at Amador Valley the band program has grown to more than double in size and has earned consistent superior ratings and high honors. Amador Valley’s top wind ensemble performed at the CBDA state conference twice (2007, 2010), at the 2013 Midwest Clinic in Chicago, and at WASBE in the summer of 2015. Mr. Grantham is active as an adjudicator, clinician, and guest conductor. He was an executive board member for CMEA Bay Section and the Western Band Association and served for several years on the Special Projects Committee for CBDA. Jonathan received his bachelor's degree in music education/trombone performance from Central Michigan University, graduating magna cum laude, and has affiliations with several professional organizations. He earned his master’s degree in conducting at the American Band College of Sam Houston State University. Honors include receiving the Prudential Realty of California's Outstanding Educator's Award and twice earning the Excellence in Education Award from Pleasanton Unified School District (2009, 2016). Mr. Grantham was a recipient of the Crystal Apple Award for Excellence in Education and was chosen as Pleasanton Unified School District's 2012-2013 Teacher of the Year.
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