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The Interactive Rehearsal: Empowering Students to Think, Listen, and Move

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  • How do we move beyond simply telling our students when and how to play and instead engage their minds, ears, and bodies in every rehearsal? Through video illustrations, audience participation, and demonstration with an ensemble, this session presents several simple strategies for teaching creative and collaborative ensemble skills that help students play with greater accuracy, flexibility, and expression.
  • Travis Cross (cross@theodoremusic.com)
  • 12/22/2017 08:30 AM - 09:30 AM
  • Meeting Room W184
  • Travis J. Cross serves as professor of music and department vice chair at UCLA, where he conducts the Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band and directs the graduate wind conducting program. He served as associate dean for academic mentoring and opportunity during the inaugural years of the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. As wind ensemble conductor for five years at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., Cross led students in performances at the Virginia Music Educators Association conference, Kennedy Center, and Carnegie Hall and developed the Virginia Tech Band Directors Institute into a major summer conducting workshop. He has conducted the UCLA Wind Ensemble at the California All-State Music Education Conference and College Band Directors National Association Western/Northwestern Division conference. Cross earned doctor and master of music degrees in conducting from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., and the bachelor of music degree cum laude in vocal and instrumental music education from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn. His principal teachers were Mallory Thompson and Timothy Mahr. Prior to graduate study, he taught for four years at Edina (Minn.) High School, where he conducted two concert bands and led the marching band program. Cross contributed a chapter to volume four of Composers on Composing for Band, available from GIA Publications. His more than 20 original compositions and arrangements are published by Boosey & Hawkes, Daehn Publications, and Theodore Music. He has appeared as a guest conductor, composer, and clinician in several states; Canada, China, Korea, Singapore, and Thailand; and at The Midwest Clinic and has engagements in California, Georgia, Illinois, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Virginia, Canada, Korea, and the United Arab Emirates during the 2017–18 season. Cross is a Yamaha Master Educator.
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