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How to Get 'Em, How to Keep 'Em: Creating a Culture of Exclusivity and Excellence

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  • How to Get ‘Em, How to Keep ‘Em: Creating a Culture of Exclusivity and Excellence provides a variety of tools and methods for recruiting students into the band program at the elementary and middle school levels and then keeping them. This session offers ideas for retaining students during both marching and concert seasons and can be used by both the novice and veteran teacher.
  • MJ Robinson (marthajrobinson@hotmail.com)
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  • MJ Robinson is the band director at Alston Middle School in Summerville, South Carolina. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Murray State University and a Masters of Music Education from Boston University. Mrs. Robinson has served as a music educator for 14 years at the elementary, secondary, and collegiate levels in both Tennessee and South Carolina. Mrs. Robinson is a published author and clinician on topics such as culture building in the band room, advice for beginning teachers, and the job application process. Her articles have been published by WBDI’s The Woman Conductor and NAfME’s Music in a Minuet. MJ’s professional affiliations include the National Associate for Music Education (NAfME), South Carolina Band Directors’ Association (SCBDA), South Carolina Music Educators’ Association (SCMEA), and Women Band Directors International (WBDI).
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