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Saxophone Pedagogy from Day One

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  • Day One clinics are intended to be short, content-rich, “nuts-and-bolts” presentations to assist instrumental music educators in starting students properly on their instruments. These sessions will also be of great benefit for any teacher in need of a primer for a proven method of achieving success on a wind or percussion instrument.
  • Kimberly Hernandez (kimberly.hernandez@pisd.edu)
  • 12/19/2019 08:30 AM - 09:00 AM
  • Meeting Room W182
  • Kimberly Hernandez, a native of St. Marys, West Virginia, is currently in her twenty-fifth year of teaching at Robinson Middle School in Plano, Texas. She joined the staff at Robinson Middle School in 1995 as Associate Director of Bands and became Director of Bands and Music Department Chair in 2002. The music department is a thriving, collaborative department with over 750 students enrolled in band, choir, and orchestra. The band program includes seven beginning band classes, three concert bands, and a jazz band. Prior to teaching in Plano, Mrs. Hernandez taught one year in the Calallen Independent School District in Corpus Christi, Texas.Under her direction, the Robinson Wind Ensemble has consistently earned high praise for their outstanding musicianship and was a state finalist in the 2016 CCC Honor Band contest. Additionally the Wind Ensemble was named a National Winner in the Mark of Excellence National Wind Band Honors Project in 2015 and 2016. Mrs. Hernandez also co-directs the Robinson Philharmonic (Full Orchestra). The Robinson Philharmonic was named the Middle School Honor Full Orchestra for the State of Texas in 2014 and 2016.Mrs. Hernandez earned a Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Education (Summa Cum Laude) from Ohio University in 1992 where she studied piano with Gail Berenson, saxophone with Dr. Allyn Reilly, and conducting with the late Ronald P. Socciarelli. Upon graduating from Ohio University, Mrs. Hernandez continued her studies under Dr. Jack Delaney at Southern Methodist University’s Meadows School of the Arts, earning a Master of Music Degree in Instrumental Conducting in 1994. She was named Robinson Middle School’s Teacher of the Year in 2005 and received the PTA Life Membership Award in 2016. Mrs. Hernandez’s professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators Association and Texas Bandmasters Association. She resides in Plano with her husband Michael and sixteen year-old son Anthony.
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