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December, 17, 2021
03:45 PM - 04:45 PM


W 176


Relate, Retain and Recruit! A Practical Discussion of Connecting and Retaining Students in Challenging Times.

Clinic Synopsis:

This is a practical lecture on ideas for connecting to students in performing arts classes. The session is divided into three sections; Relating , Retaining, and Recruiting. We will explore ideas for genuinely connecting to students, maintaining students in your programs and ideas for recruitment for building your program for the future.

Jeff Harper - Biographical Information

Mr. Jeff Harper is the Associate Band Director at Lassiter High School and currently serving in his 24th year as a high school music educator in Cobb County, Georgia. Mr. Harper earned a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Georgia, a Master of Music Education from the University of Illinois and Specialist in Education from Berry College.  Mr. Harper studied conducting with Dr. Dwight Satterwhite, Dr. John Culvahouse, and Mr. James Keene.    Mr. Harper serves as a clinician and adjudicator for concert bands and marching bands throughout the United States and abroad through Drum Corps International, Winterguard International, Bands of America, the Japan Marching Band Association, Drum Corps Japan and the Malaysia Marching Band Association.  Mr. Harper has guest conducted the Georgia Brass Band, regional honor bands and university high school music workshops.  He has developed curriculum and taught leadership clinics at the University of Georgia Summer Leadership Camp and the Georgia State Student Leadership Institute.    Mr. Harper’s ensembles have performed at the National Concert Band Festival, The Georgia Music Educators Conference and the University of Georgia High School Music Workshop.   Mr. Harper is a four-time recipient of the National Band Association’s Citation of Excellence.  As an assistant director with Kennesaw Mountain and Lassiter High Schools, the bands have performed at The Midwest Clinic, The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, The Tournament of Roses Parade and the Washington D.C. Cherry Blossom Parade.  Mr. Harper Resides in Kennesaw with his Husband, David Roth and his son Jacob.