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December, 18, 2019
03:00 PM - 04:00 PM


Meeting Room W181


Kathleen Melago

Kathleen Melago

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Jonathan Helmick

Jonathan Helmick

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Tips and Tools for Using Technology to Provide Private Lessons to Instrumental Students and Teaching Experience to Pre-Service Music Educators

Clinic Synopsis:

This session focuses on a teaching partnership between 7th-12th grade students in a rural, lower-socioeconomic district with a low college matriculation rate and university junior music education majors participating in one-on-one lessons using technology. The procedures used for the partnership and the benefits to all parties will be described and participants can expect to be able to implement a similar partnership in their schools after attending this session.

Kathleen Melago - Biographical Information

Kathy Melago serves as Associate Professor of Music Education at Slippery Rock University and has served as division head of the music education program since she joined the faculty at SRU in August 2009. She has taught Introduction to Music Education, Woodwind Methods, Guitar Methods for Music Education, Instrumental Methods, Instrumental Rehearsal Techniques, Secondary School Music Methods, and Introduction to Music courses and supervises music student teachers and field students. Kathy received her Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Slippery Rock University, her Master of Music from the University of Northern Iowa, and her Doctor of Musical Arts from The Ohio State University. She has taught music in Pennsylvania, Iowa, and Ohio, both in schools and privately. Kathy has been published in periodicals including Flute Talk, The Instrumentalist, Music Educators Journal, Teaching Music, National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors (NACWPI) Journal, and Canadian Music Educator/Musicien éducateur au Canada. Kathy has presented for National Association for Music Education Research and Teacher Education National Conferences, the National Association for Music Education National Inservice Conference, The Midwest Clinic International Band and Orchestra Conferences (2011, 2015), National Association for Music Education Eastern Division Conferences, Outreach Scholarship Conferences, Pennsylvania Music Educators Association Conferences, National Flute Association Annual Conventions, and music education conferences in several states. Kathy is serving as a member of the Music Educators Journal Advisory Committee from 2016-2020. She was the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association State Collegiate Advisor from 2014-2018, the Exhibitor Concert and Showcase Coordinator for the National Flute Association from 2013-2018, and the District Director for the Eastern Great Lakes 2 District of Mu Phi Epsilon International Music Fraternity from 2010-2014.

Jonathan Helmick - Biographical Information

Dr. Jonathan Helmick serves as Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music at Slippery Rock University. Part of his responsibilities include directing the Slippery Rock University “Marching Pride,” the Wind Ensemble, and Concert Band, teaching music education and conducting courses, and teaching Applied Euphonium. Dr. Helmick holds the D.M.A. in conducting from The University of Southern Mississippi. Jonathan earned the M.M. degree in Euphonium Performance with a cognate area in Music Theory from the University of Akron. Both his B.M. in Music Education and B.A. in Business and Organizational Communications degrees were received from the University of Akron with honors. Prior to his college teaching career, Dr. Helmick taught in the public schools of Ohio and Mississippi, most recently, the All-Superior Sweepstakes Award-winning Oak Grove Band program. He has also served as Assistant Conductor and member of the Board of Trustees for the Freedom Brass Band of Northeast Ohio and performed as a member of the Brass Band of the Western Reserve on euphonium and baritone. Prior to his position at Slippery Rock University, Dr. Helmick served as the Director of Bands and Low Brass Instructor at Jones County Junior College in Ellisville, MS. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the competitive, Michigan-based Mountain Top Brass Band. Active as a musician and educator, Dr. Helmick has served as a guest clinician, artist, and adjudicator in Pennsylvania, Mississippi, Ohio, Michigan, Florida, Idaho, New Mexico, Texas, Sicily, Austria, and the Czech Republic. Dr. Helmick continues to pursue research and creative interests in wind band pedagogy. This research, applied to his work with Slippery Rock University Bands, has earned him the distinction of being named recipient of the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching from Slippery Rock University in 2017-2018.