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December, 16, 2021
12:00 PM - 01:00 PM


W 176


Daniel Cook

Daniel Cook

Flow: The Secret to Getting Your Students “In the Zone”

Clinic Synopsis:

Have you ever experienced that indescribable feeling of being “in the zone”? This clinic will explore the innovative field of positive psychology (“flow”) within the context of the music classroom. With evidence from recent research, we will discuss practical rehearsal and teaching strategies to bolster student creativity and engagement. By purposefully cultivating this sensation, we will explore how it is possible to consistently empower your ensemble toward a more artistic, expressive mindset.

Daniel Cook - Biographical Information

Daniel Cook is currently on the faculty at the University of North Texas where he conducts the Wind Ensemble, teaches courses in conducting, and serves as the Director of Athletic Bands. In this capacity, he is proud to lead the 425-member Green Brigade Marching Band. Cook earned Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees in conducting from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, where he studied with Dr. Mallory Thompson. He graduated magna cum laude with his Bachelor of Music degree in music education from the University of Georgia in Athens. There, he was also recognized as a Theodore Presser Scholar. Daniel is an in-demand clinician, adjudicator, and guest conductor. He has given presentations and lectures at numerous state conventions regarding trends in positive psychology to enhance the efficacy of music classroom instruction. In addition to his work at UNT, he is also the Resident Conductor for the Dallas Brass Band, the metroplex’s only ensemble of its kind. An active drum corps instructor, Daniel is currently on the brass staff at the Santa Clara Vanguard and has previously worked with the Phantom Regiment and the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps. His professional affiliations include the Collegiate Band Directors’ National Association, the National Association for Music Education, the National Band Association, Kappa Kappa Psi, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.