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Classroom Management Solutions: Who Is In Charge of Your Rehearsal, You or Your Students?

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  • Every time you stop conducting, a contest begins. Who is going to talk first, you or your students? Do you sometimes feel your students are in charge of your rehearsal instead of you? This session presents an approach that will help you feel more in charge, a consistent approach to rehearsal management that will free you to teach music more and manage student behavior less. Learn to enforce your rules consistently and dispassionately to maintain a humanizing, musical rehearsal environment.
  • Marc Dickey (mdickey@fullerton.edu)
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  • Dr. Marc Dickey is Professor of Music in the California State University, Fullerton School of Music, where he has served on the faculty since 1988. He was Director of the School of Music from 2005-2017. He continues to lead the University’s highly respected instrumental music teacher training program. He conducted Cal State Fullerton’s Symphonic Winds and University Band for more than a dozen years. Dr. Dickey holds degrees from The University of Michigan and Northwestern University. His research on music teaching and learning has been published in the Journal of Research in Music Education and the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education as well as in professional journals and web sites, including The Instrumentalist. His interpretive analyses of several of the wind band compositions of Michael Markowski, Frank Ticheli, and others have been published by Manhattan Beach Music and Markowski Creative. Dr. Dickey held previous positions at Oregon State University; Cedar Cliff High School (New Cumberland, PA); Harrisburg (PA) High School; and Plymouth (MI) Centennial Educational Park. The Cedar Cliff High School Symphonic Wind Ensemble he directed was selected to perform at the Mid-East Instrumental Music Conference in 1983. He is also a past conductor of the Schoolcraft College Wind Ensemble of Livonia (MI), and the Northwind Ensemble of Chicago. He has taught instrumental music ensembles at all levels, from elementary through university. Dr. Dickey has led clinics for bands and orchestras from 25 states and three Canadian provinces. He has presented workshop sessions for the California All-State Music Education Conference, the California Music Educators Association, and the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association. He was one of the youngest conductors to have been awarded the National Band Association’s Citation of Excellence. In his spare time, Dr. Dickey enjoys bicycling, swimming, travel, and reading a good book.
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