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December, 15, 2021
05:30 PM - 06:30 PM


W 181


Dominic Talanca

Dominic Talanca

Are We Teaching the Music or the Musician?

Clinic Synopsis:

This clinic will focus on the ways we provide instruction in the rehearsal setting – are we looking for the (temporary) quick fix or fostering an environment that enables learning that endures? In this session, we will tap into our experience as musicians to determine a more effective way to instruct our student performers. Attendees will have the opportunity to identify the musical concepts that are most in need of improvement in their own programs and come up with plans for lasting growth.

Dominic Talanca - Biographical Information

Dominic Talanca is Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Dr. Talanca conducts the Symphonic Band and Pep Band, teaches courses in conducting and woodwind techniques, and administers all aspects of the band program. He is also the conductor of the Wilmington Symphonic Winds and the OLLI New Horizons Band. Talanca received the Bachelor of Music Education degree and Master of Music in Wind Conducting degree from the University of North Texas, where he studied conducting with Eugene Migliaro Corporon. He received his Doctor of Musical Arts in Wind Conducting degree at Northwestern University, where he studied with Mallory Thompson. Dr. Talanca taught for ten years in the Lewisville Independent School District in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex and served as the Associate Director of Bands at Marcus High School in Flower Mound, Texas from 2006-2013. Talanca is co-author of a band method entitled Musical Mastery, published by MRNS Music. Additionally, Dr. Talanca has contributed multiple articles to the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series, published by GIA Publications. As a saxophonist, he has recorded over 450 significant works in the wind band repertoire on the Mark Custom, Klavier, Naxos, and GIA recording labels. Talanca has also had the privilege to conduct as well as perform and record with the Lone Star Wind Orchestra. Dr. Talanca is an active conductor, masterclass clinician, and adjudicator. His professional affiliations include Pi Kappa Lambda (National Music Honor Society), the College Band Directors National Association, North Carolina Music Educators Association, and he is an honorary member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.