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December, 20, 2017
01:15 PM - 02:15 PM


Meeting Room W181

Meaningful Middle School Band Rehearsals

Clinic Synopsis:

The ultimate goal of a group, sectional or individual practice is an artistic performance. One of the most important concepts in developing a fundamentals program is that of giving beginning instrumentalists the ability to transfer what takes place during fundamentals time directly into the performance of great literature. This clinic provides specific lesson plans for connecting musicianship skills learned during fundamentals time to specific middle school concert literature.

Marguerite Wilder - Biographical Information

Marguerite Wilder is widely recognized as a conductor and clinician, having conducted All-State and Honor Bands throughout the US, Canada, Europe and Australia. Serving as a resource person for in-service sessions, she works with both local and regional school systems and universities. Her clinics on motivational techniques for beginning band are often featured at state and national conventions. She taught middle school band at the following schools during her 30-year teaching career: The Lovett School, Woodward Academy, and Tapp Middle School. She is a contributing editor for Do It! Band and Recorder Methods by James Froseth; Habits of a Successful Musician; Habits of a Successful Middle School Musician by Scott Rush, Emily Wilkinson, Jeff Scott and Kevin Boyle. She is a contributing author for Teaching Music through Performance in Beginning Band, Vols. 1-2, and Teaching Music through Performance in Middle School Band. She is a graduate of the University of Georgia and Georgia State University. Professional affiliations include MENC, GMEA, NBA, and Phi Beta Mu. Currently she serves as a consultant, clinician, author and editor for GIA Publications, Inc.

Kevin Boyle - Biographical Information

Kevin Boyle is the Director of Bands at Creekland Middle School in Canton, GA, where he has also taught instrumental music for 10+ years. Prior to that, he served as the Director of Bands at Pickens County Middle School in Jasper, GA. He is also on staff at the North Georgia Percussion Camp held at Simpson Middle School in Marietta, GA. Ensembles under Mr. Boyle's direction have received Superior ratings at the Georgia Music Educators Association's annual Large Group Performance Evaluation. His band students participate in both the District IX All-District Band and the Georgia All-State Band. Mr. Boyle is an active clinician, presenting at state and local In-Service Conferences throughout the southeast and the Feierabend Association for Music Education 2014 International Conference. He is currently a member of the Cobb Wind Symphony under the direction of Alfred Wakins. He arranges and writes the music book of several high school marching programs. He also has extensive experience in percussion performance in both concert and marching venues as well as competitive indoor drum line where he served as assistant director and music arranger for WGI World Champion Pariah Marching Percussion Ensemble?. Mr. Boyle is a member of National Association for Music Education, Georgia Music Educators Association, the National Band Association, and the Percussive Arts Society.

Jeff Scott - Biographical Information

Jeff Scott is Director of Bands at Cario Middle School in Mount Pleasant, SC. He is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and received a Master of Instrumental Music in Conducting at Southern Oregon University in 2005. In 2006, he received National Board Certification in Instrumental Music. In 1992, he was named national winner of the Stanbury Award for "Young Director of the Year." He is also listed in Who's Who Among American Teachers. Mr. Scott is co-author of the highly touted book, "Habits of a Successful Middle School Band Director." Bands under his baton have consistently received Superior ratings at state, regional and national competitions, and have received the SCBDA's Outstanding Performance Award consecutively since 1989. His symphonic bands have received Superior ratings at the South Carolina Concert Festival every year since 1989. His Sedgefield Middle School Band was honored to perform at the 1992 SCMEA In-Service Conference, and his Cario Middle School Band enjoyed that same distinction in 2005. Mr. Scott is active as an adjudicator and clinician for concert and marching events throughout the Southeast. He maintains professional affiliations with National Band Association, MENC, Phi Mu Alpha, and Phi Beta Mu. He also received an appointment as a "Kentucky Colonel" by the Governor of Kentucky for his contributions to education.