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T.R.I.A.D. - Using a simple acronym to help structure your rehearsals

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  • For young music teachers, choosing which elements to fix in a rehearsal can be difficult. Although multiple elements are required for a fine performance, prioritizing them using "TRIAD" can help any teacher or sectional coach be more efficient and build the performance they're looking for. In this clinic, each letter will be discussed and pedagogical suggestions presented. TRIAD; T-Timing/Rhythm; R-Right notes; I-Intonation/Balance/Blend; A-Articulation/Style; D-Dynamics/expressive elements.
  • Troy Bennefield (troy.bennefield@wsu.edu)
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  • Dr. Troy Bennefield serves as Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Athletic Bands at Washington State University where he directs the Athletic Bands and the symphonic band, assists with the wind ensemble and symphony orchestra, teaches courses in conducting and music education, and observes student teachers. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Bennefield served in the same role at the University of Houston Moores School of Music. Before returning to pursue his D.M.A., he taught high school band near Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Bennefield has presented clinics in several US states and countries, and has given clinics on repertoire, teaching, and performing including a week-long residency at the Ho Chi Minh Conservatory in Vietnam for concerts and masterclasses. A dedicated researcher of both wind band history and advocate of new music, Dr. Bennefield has conducted research in The Netherlands and the Czech Republic, and has taken part in numerous commissioning projects for varying levels of wind bands. Dr. Bennefield's edition of Holocaust victim Dick Kattenberg's unpublished Wind Quintet was published in Kattenberg's native Netherlands and the world premiere will be presented at a clinic in California in March 2018. Dr. Bennefield holds the D.M.A in Instrumental Conducting and M.M. in Percussion Performance from the University of Oklahoma and a B.S. in Music Education from the University of Alabama. He is a member of CBDNA, NAfME, WMEA, IGEB, WASBE, NBA, Phi Delta Kappa, Phi Mu Alpha, Kappa Kappa Psi (honorary), and Tau Beta Sigma (honorary). Dr. Bennefield lives in Pullman, Washington with his wife Michelle, their daughters Dylan and Adeline, and their Shih-tzu Mattox. He is an educational endorser for Innovative Percussion, Inc.
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