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December, 18, 2019
01:30 PM - 02:30 PM


Meeting Room W184


Susan Waters

Susan Waters

Middle School Rehearsal Environment

Clinic Synopsis:

This clinic delves into the importance of environment in your rehearsal. The clinic will focus on both the Physical and Emotional environment and ways to set your middle school ensemble up for success. Middle school students need and want structure in an emotionally safe environment that values their learning needs and individuality. Attendees will learn organizational tips and ways to build respect and buy in with their students.

Susan Waters - Biographical Information

A native of Nashville, Tennessee Susan Waters is in her 32nd year of Instrumental Music Education and is currently the Director of Bands at Oliver Middle School in Nashville, Tennessee. She is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University and Western Kentucky University and her professional affiliations include: TnMEA, TBA, ASBDA, NAfME, and Phi Beta Mu, MTSBOA where she currently serves as Executive Secretary. The Oliver Band Program is in its 15th year of existence and has grown from 7 band students opening day to over 400 students which represents over 40% of the overall school population. The Oliver Band Program has received nothing less than superior ratings at every regional, state and national concert festivals in which they have performed. They are a fourteen-time recipient of the Tennessee Bandmasters Association Sweepstakes Award. The Oliver Band program has been selected to present a concert at the TnMEA Conference 3 times. In 2012/2018 the Wind Ensemble performed for the CBDNA/NBA Conference. Her Band has received national recognition hosting several composers and top educators in professional development, clinic and concert settings. The national publication “School Band and Orchestra” published their 10th Anniversary edition in July 2008 with an article entitled “Making Band the Thing to Do” profiling her successful teaching practices, and the key to her highly successful Oliver Band Program. In 2010, she presented at the Mid-West Clinic: “Herding Cats” A Guide to Classroom Management in the Middle School Band Room. She is frequently hired as a PD clinician and guest conductor across the US and has been awarded the NBA’s Citation of Excellence three times. In addition to her responsibilities as Director of Bands at Oliver, she serves as content lead for the district and a “side by side” coach for young and emerging band directors. She has been recognized by the CMA as a Teacher of Excellence 3 times.