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December, 20, 2019
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM


Meeting Room W186


John Phillips

John Phillips

The Concert was Great! But What Did They Learn? Using Reflective Practice to Support Student Achievement

Clinic Synopsis:

Many teachers relive a performance with students by reviewing audio/video recordings or through follow-up discussions in class and/or rehearsal. How does this experience connect to the curriculum and more importantly how can this opportunity be developed to enhance musical learning? This session will examine multiple ways music educators may apply reflective practices with their students following performances as well as before and during all music learning activities.

John Phillips - Biographical Information

In demand as a clinician and consultant, John Phillips shares his unique brand of music education through workshops with State and Provincial Music Educators’ Associations, the National Association for Music Education, and as a presenter at The Midwest Clinic. Phillips recently retired from the University of Western Ontario where he conducted the Symphonic Band and taught music education and conducting classes. He has also taught music education courses at the University of Toronto and York University. He is currently a Conn-Selmer Educational Clinician.

Known for leadership in contemporary music education philosophy and pedagogy, Phillips’ endeavors in this area include: Coordinator of the Arts Curriculum - Ontario Ministry of Education; Project Manager and Producer of the Learning Through the Arts Video Series - Curriculum Services Canada; Program Officer for the Professional Learning Program - Ontario College of Teachers; Principal of Music Teacher In-Service Programs - Ontario Institute for Studies in Education; Music Course Manager - Ontario Educational Leadership Center; Board of Directors - Ontario Music Educators’ Association and Ontario Band Association; Editor of the OMEA journal The Recorder; Senior Advisor - Music Mentors International. Throughout his career, Phillips has participated in numerous initiatives with Music for All including the National Concert Festival, the Summer Symposium, and the Bands of America Grand Nationals. He has been Judge Administrator for Drum Corps International since 2000 and was inducted into the DCI Hall of Fame in 2015. His expertise in both concert band and pageantry music has taken him around the world as a clinician and guest conductor. 

Written contributions include articles for the Ontario Music Educators` Association Journal, the Canadian Music Educators` Association Journal, the Ontario Band Association Newsletter, the Music For All Newsletter, and the Ontario College of Teachers Journal. He has also been a contributor to the highly acclaimed GIA series Teaching Music Through Performance in Band.