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December, 20, 2018
03:00 PM - 04:00 PM


Meeting Room W184


Rachel Maxwell

Rachel Maxwell

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Excellence and the Inclusive Ensemble

Clinic Synopsis:

Every child can succeed and that belief should shape every decision made for every ensemble. Including every student, especially those who need additional support, means each child will have the opportunity to experience musical mastery. This clinic will provide concepts, tools and procedures that can help the ensemble that is inclusive and not ability-based to achieve high levels of musical excellence.

Rachel Maxwell - Biographical Information

Rachel J. Maxwell attended Illinois State University and graduated in 1993 (Summa Cum Laude) with a Bachelor`s Degree in Music Education. She received a Master of Music Education degree from the University of Illinois in 1997. In 2003 she completed a Master of Educational Leadership degree from Aurora University. Mrs. Maxwell has also completed additional coursework in team-building, leadership and working with diverse students. Mrs. Maxwell has taught band in the West Aurora School District (1993-95) and in the Oswego School District (1995-present). Mrs. Maxwell currently serves as the Director of Bands at Traughber Junior High School and as the Junior High Band Coordinator for the district. She has taught music education courses at VanderCook College of Music in Chicago and North Central College in Naperville, IL and has been invited to be a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator at a number of music camps and festivals including the Music for All National Summer Symposium, the NC All-State Middle School Band, ISYM at the Univ. of Illinois, Il State Univ. Junior High Camp and several IMEA District Level Festivals. She is also a part of the team from Oswego who commissioned and premiered Sheltering Sky (2012) by John Mackey , Sol ye Sombra (2014) by Donald Grantham, Atmosphere (2016) by Scott McAllister and Our Cast Aways (2018) Julie Giroux. Under her direction the bands at Traughber JHS have received national acclaim and have performed at The Midwest Clinic (as a clinic presentation and rehearsal lab group), the Illinois Music Educators Association All State Conference (1999, 2008, 2010, 2014, 2017), the University of Illinois Super-state Festival and at the ASBDA National Convention.