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Unlocking Student Musicianship in the Large Ensemble

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  • If the large ensemble setting is a musical conversation between conductor and ensemble, then part of our job as teachers is to help students develop and understanding of how to best participate in that conversation. Empowering students to make active musical decisions, or unlocking their musicianship, is a crucial part of a well-rounded music education.
  • Patricia Cornett (ptcornett@mac.com)
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  • Patricia Cornett is the Director of Bands at the Temple University Boyer College of Music & Dance where she conducts the Wind Symphony and teaches advanced conducting. Prior to joining the faculty at Temple, she was the Director of Bands at Cal State Fullerton where she conducted the Wind Symphony, Symphonic Winds, and taught courses in conducting and music education. She was also a Visiting Assistant Professor at SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music. She earned her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Michigan, Master of Music degree from Northwestern University, and Bachelor of Music dual degree in music education and saxophone performance from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Dr. Cornett taught at Essex High School in Essex Junction, Vermont from 2007–2010 where she conducted three concert bands, jazz band, and taught courses in guitar and history of rock. She was also the instrumental music director at Woodland Regional High School in Beacon Falls, Connecticut, from 2003–2005. She is published in the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series, the CBDNA Journal, and has presented sessions at national CBDNA conferences, as well as numerous state conferences. She is a member of the College Band Directors National Association, the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, and the National Association for Music Education.
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  • Jonathan Caldwell
  • Jonathan Caldwell is Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at Virginia Tech, where he conducts the Wind Ensemble, teaches conducting and music education courses, and coaches chamber ensembles. Prior to coming to Virginia Tech, Caldwell served as the interim Director of Bands at the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point. Ensembles under Caldwell’s guidance have performed in Carnegie Hall, at the College Band Directors National Association Southern Division Conference, and at the National Band Association–Wisconsin Chapter Convention. His writings have been published in the Journal of Band Research and the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series. He has given presentations at national CBDNA conferences and the Virginia Music Educators Association Conference. Prior to beginning graduate studies, Caldwell taught at Garner Magnet High School in Garner, North Carolina. As the director of the band program, he oversaw two concert bands and the marching band while also teaching Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses. The Triangle Youth Brass Ensemble (Raleigh, NC), under his direction, won the Youth Open division at the 2008 and 2009 North American Brass Band Association competitions. Caldwell received a Doctor of Musical Arts in conducting from the University of Michigan and a Master of Music in instrumental conducting from the University of Maryland, College Park. He also holds a Master of Arts in Teaching and a Bachelor of Music in performance from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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