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The 2019 registration is now open. Pre-registration rates are as follows:
$130 Early Bird Professional Rate
Through Oct. 1st
$160 Pre-conference Professional Rate
Through Dec. 13th
$95 Early Bird First Time Attendee Professional Rate
Through Oct. 1st 

College Student Rate
Through Dec. 13th

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Communicating With Your Administrators: How To Talk So Principals Will Listen

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  • Having trouble getting your administrators to understand what you do? In this session, Rick Ghinelli will share tips on advocacy and provide suggestions on how to communicate more effectively with your administrators in order to gain their support and understanding of your program. Real examples will be given from over 30 years of experience as a band director, a campus administrator, and a district fine arts director.
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  • 12/19/2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Rick Ghinelli currently serves as the Educational Support Manager, Southwest Region, in the Division of Education for Conn-Selmer, Inc. Prior to coming to Conn-Selmer, he worked in the Spring Independent School District (Houston, TX) for 31 years as a band director, an elementary and middle school assistant principal, and a middle school principal. He completed his last 13 years prior to retiring as the Director of Performing and Visual Arts. While serving in this position, fine arts programs in Spring ISD gained notoriety for their excellent work and were frequent recipients of the highest honors at the local, state, and national levels of competition. A native of Warren, Michigan, Rick earned his Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Houston where he studied trumpet with James Austin and ensemble techniques and conducting with Eddie Green. He earned his Masters of Education in Administration from Sam Houston State University. He is the 2014 recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus in Music Education from the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston. Rick has been very active in many aspects of music education throughout his career and has done keynotes, presentations, and staff development sessions for a number of school districts, universities, and conferences and across the nation. He is a past president of the Texas Music Administrators Conference, and recently received the Texas Bandmasters Lifetime Administrator Achievement Award.