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It's Possible! How to Achieve More Effective Work-Life Balance Using The Getting Things Done® (GTD®) Methodology

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  • No matter what area of music we teach, so many components of our jobs are seemingly unrelated to actual music teaching, which can result in greater stress and a work-life imbalance. This session focuses on how to apply David Allen’s popular productivity system Getting Things Done® (GTD®) to get the nonmusical tasks out of your head and into trusted places. You’ll leave with strategies on how to clear your mind, get organized, harness your creativity, and achieve an improved work-life balance.
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  • Bob Mecozzi is currently Director of Bands at Amos Alonzo Stagg High School. Mr. Mecozzi received his undergraduate degree in music education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his Masters Degree of Music Education from VanderCook College of Music in Chicago, IL. While at the University of Illinois, Mr. Mecozzi studied trumpet with Dr. Michael Ewald and Ronnie Romm and studied conducting with Dr. Joseph Manfredo, Dr. Louis Bergonzi, and Daniel Neuenschwander. Mr. Mecozzi has also performed in various ensembles under the direction of Dr. Thomas Caneva, Dr. Kenneth Steinsultz, Dr. Charles Menghini, Dr. Stacy Larson-Dolan, and Dr. Peter Griffin. As director of bands at Stagg, Mr. Mecozzi conducts and oversees the administration of all concert bands and jazz bands, in addition to the Marching Chargers, Pep Band, Pit Orchestra, and Percussion Ensemble, as well as various chamber ensembles. Under his direction, the Stagg Bands have received numerous outstanding and superior ratings at festivals and contests throughout the state, and have performed for audiences across the country. Mr. Mecozzi is in demand as a solo and ensemble judge and clinician throughout the Chicagoland area, and has presented clinics at the Illinois Music Education Conference. Mr. Mecozzi currently resides in Western Springs, IL with his wife, Georgann, and their daughter, Lucia.