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Motivating the Musical Mind: Proven Research-Based Strategies for Igniting a Drive to Musical Success in Your Students

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  • Motivating our students is an essential to their growth as musicians and our programs. The research in motivation psychology and expertise which has direct import into our daily classroom. These findings and easily implemented strategies to improve retention/motivation, and help your students achieve consistent growth will be presented. Common practices, which counter some of these principles, are presented with proven alternatives. Extensive handouts and resource materials are provided.
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  • Andrew F. Poor, DME, is Director of Bands at South Forsyth Middle School in Cumming, Georgia. Dr. Poor received his Doctor of Music Education and Master of Music in Trumpet Performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He previously received his Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Florida. Dr. Poor is a member of Phi Beta Mu, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, ASCAP, NAfME, National Band Association, and GMEA. Dr. Poor currently serves as a GMEA All-State Band Organizer and co-organizer for Dist. 9 Middle School LGPE and District Honor Band. Since 2014, he has been the Southern Division rep to the National Council for Music Composition. Dr. Poor is a 4-time recipient of the NBA Citation of Excellence. He was the 2015-2016 South Forsyth Middle School Teacher of the Year, Forsyth County Middle School Teacher of the Year and, eventually, the 2016-2017 Forsyth County System-Wide Teacher of the Year. His ensembles have given several outstanding performances, most notably, the 17th International Cultural Festival in Tottori, Japan, Florida Music Educators State Conference, Georgia Music Educators Association State In-service, and as a featured ensemble at Troy University, the University of Georgia, University of Alabama, and in 2014, the SFMS Band program was awarded the GMEA Middle School Exemplary Performance Award. Dr. Poor is frequently invited to serve as a consultant, adjudicator, clinician, and guest conductor. He has presented at the 2009 Midwest Clinic, Ohio Music Educators Association State Conference, Florida Music Educators Association State Conference, and at six Georgia Music Educators Association State In-Service Conferences. He has also served as a curriculum consultant to the Cobb County School District, Bibb County Schools, and Polk County School District (Bartow, Florida).