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Applications to perform or to propose a clinic at the 68th Annual Midwest Clinic are now available!

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The concert was great! Now what?: Using reflective practice as an assessment strategy to support student achievement.

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  • Many teachers “relive” a performance with students either by reviewing an audio/video recording 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 musical activities.
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  • 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 previously taught at the University of Toronto and York University. He is currently a Conn-Selmer Educational Clinician. Throughout his career, he has participated in numerous initiatives with Music for All including the National Concert Festival, the Summer Symposium, and the Bands of America Grand Nationals. Known for leadership in contemporary music education philosophy and pedagogy, Phillips’ endeavors in this area include: Coordinator of the Arts curriculum review, revision and implementation at the Ministry of Education in Ontario; Project Manager and Producer for the Learning Through the Arts Video Series with Curriculum Services Canada; Program Officer for the Professional Learning Program at the Ontario College of Teachers; Principal of the Teacher In-Service Programs at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education; Music Course Manager and Facilitator at the Ontario Educational Leadership Center; Board of Directors - Ontario Music Educators’ Association and Ontario Band Association; Editor of the OMEA journal The Recorder; Senior Advisor at Music Mentors International. Written contributions include articles for the Ontario Music Educators` Association journal, The Recorder, the Canadian Music Educators` Association Journal, the Ontario Band Association newsletter, In Harmony, and the Ontario College of Teachers journal, Professionally Speaking. He has been a contributor to the highly acclaimed GIA series Teaching Music Through Performance in Band.