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December, 15, 2021
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM


W 187


Arris Golden

Arris Golden
Tiffany Hitz

Tiffany Hitz

Making Your “Garden” Grow: Instilling a Growth Mindset To Foster Motivation, Leadership, and Musicianship

Clinic Synopsis:

In this session, clinicians will provide a brief overview of Dr. Carol Dweck’s mindset research and its implications for instrumental music education. This overview will also include: examining our own mindset(s), implementing grown-mindset oriented processes in the music rehearsal, acknowledging potential societal/systemic issues that may offer barriers to implementation, and strategies to challenge and remove these barriers for all students.

Arris Golden - Biographical Information

Dr. Arris Golden is the Assistant Director of Bands and Associate Director of the Spartan Marching Band at Michigan State University. In this capacity, Dr. Golden teaches courses in conducting, marching band techniques, conducts the Spartan Youth Wind Symphony, is coordinator of the MSU Performing Arts Camps, and assists with all aspects of the athletic band program. Before joining the faculty at Michigan State University, Dr. Golden was a member of the conducting faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she served as the Assistant Director of University Bands. Dr. Golden maintains an active schedule with engagements throughout the United States and internationally as a guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator. Dr. Golden has also shared presentations at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, Michigan Music Conference, the North Carolina Music Educators Conference, and the Virginia Music Educators Conference based in her research interests: undergraduate music education preparation, conductor decision-making, repertoire selection and programming, and the student teaching and mentorship experience. Dr. Golden’s professional affiliations include the College Band Directors National Association and the National Band Association; she also serves on Board of Directors of National Band Association and as a Co-Chairperson of the National Band Association’s IDEA Committee.

Tiffany Hitz - Biographical Information

Tiffany Hitz is Director of Bands, Music Department Chair, and Lead Mentor at Rachel Carson Middle School in Fairfax County, VA. She received her Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Virginia Commonwealth University and her Master of Music in Music Education from Boston University. Mrs. Hitz is an inducted member of Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Fraternity and in 2108, she received the Outstanding Music Education Alumni Award from VCU School of the Arts. In 2013, she became a National Board Certified Teacher and was selected for membership into the American School Band Directors Association. Mrs. Hitz currently serves as the Virginia State Chair of the National Band Association and the administrator for the Dr. William P. Foster Music Education Alliance “Award of Excellence” and holds membership in the National Association for Music Education, International Horn Society, Sigma Alpha Iota: Women’s Professional Music Fraternity, and Fairfax County Band Directors Association, formerly serving as the group’s Co-President.