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December, 17, 2021
02:00 PM - 03:00 PM


W 185


Michael Stone

Michael Stone
Annamarie Bollino

Annamarie Bollino
Lance Nielsen

Lance Nielsen

Building a Nationally-Recognized Music Program: It’s All About Collaborative Structures!

Clinic Synopsis:

Music program leaders from three NAMM Best Communities for Music Education districts will share strategies about how to create a collaborative culture within learning communities, resulting in outstanding music education programs. Best practices will be presented in building professional learning communities, developing strategic arts plans, and fostering relationships necessary so that vibrant music programs may flourish. This session is geared to both teachers and music administrators.

Michael Stone - Biographical Information

Michael D. Stone earned the B.A. in Music Education/Performance and M. Ed. from University of California, Los Angeles. Mr. Stone serves as the Visual and Performing Arts Coordinator for the Bakersfield City School District (BCSD). Prior to assuming this position, he served many years as instrumental music teacher at Chipman Junior High School, also in the BCSD. Bands and orchestras under his direction consistently earned Unanimous Superior Ratings at California Music Educators Association (CMEA) ratings festivals during his tenure and performed at the state conferences of CMEA and California Band Directors Association (CBDA). Under his leadership, BCSD has been named a National Association of Music Merchants Best Communities for Music Education award winner since 2013. A past president of CMEA and CBDA, Mr. Stone currently serves as the Chair of the National Association for Music Education’s Council of Music Program Leaders. Active as an adjudicator and guest conductor, Mr. Stone has conducted honor bands and orchestras and clinics throughout California, as well as in Arkansas, Colorado, Nevada, Oregon, and Utah. Recent guest conducting engagements include the 2019 Hart School District Junior High School Honor Band and the 2019 San Luis Obispo County Middle School Honor Band. In June of 2018, he served as guest conductor with the United States Air Force Band of the Golden West. Mr. Stone has served for many years as a guest conductor at the Cazadero Performing Arts Camp in California’s Sonoma County, and will return in June of 2021.

Annamarie Bollino - Biographical Information

Annamarie Bollino currently serves as the Facilitator of Fine and Performing Arts for Stafford County Public Schools where she works with 120 music, visual art, and theatre arts teachers. She supervises the district’s comprehensive arts program, leading numerous initiatives and adult professional learning experiences. Under her leadership, Stafford County Public Schools has been named a Best Communities for Music Education by the NAMM Foundation. As an educator, Annamarie has experience working with pre-k through the graduate level students, including pre-service music educators. Annamarie is currently the President of the Virginia Music Educators Association (VMEA) and represents the Southern Division of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) on the Music Program Leaders Council. She has presented at various conferences and workshops including VMEA, VAEA, NAfME, NAMM, NAEA, VASSP, and Learning Forward, and is published in Teaching Music. Annamarie’s state level service includes the VDOE Fine Arts standards writing committee and the Virginia Coalition for Fine Arts Education. Annamarie serves as a grant panelist for several state and local agencies, and has chaired the Kennedy Center’s Council of Metropolitan Arts Supervisors/Principals’ Arts Education Forum. Annamarie received her B.M in Music Education from West Virginia University, a M.M. in Music Education from George Mason University, and has completed additional graduate work at Virginia Commonwealth University and Duquesne University. She is currently completing her doctorate in music education.

Lance Nielsen - Biographical Information

Dr. Lance D. Nielsen is the Supervisor of Music for Lincoln Public Schools where he supervises all music programs preK-12. Prior to becoming an administrator, Dr. Nielsen taught for 23 years in both public schools and higher education. His teaching appointments included Associate Professor of Music at Doane University, instrumental music teacher at Lincoln East High School, Norris Public Schools, and Kimball Public Schools in Nebraska. He served as the President of the North Central Division of NAfME and Chair of NAfME Professional Development Committee. He also served as President of the Nebraska Music Educators Association, NAfME National Tri-M Chair, and NMEA Chair of Band Affairs. He serves on various boards including Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors, the UNL Hixson-Lied Performing Arts College Alumni Board and Foundation Board of Trustees, and he is a Conn-Selmer clinician. Dr. Nielsen received his Bachelor of Science in Education, Masters of Music with emphasis in Music Education, and Doctorate of Philosophy in Music with an emphasis in Music Education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He has published articles in Music Educators Journal, Teaching Music, Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, and the ISTE Leading with Innovations journal. He has been awarded the NSBA Distinguished Service Award, NMEA Distinguished Service Award, inducted into the NMEA Hall of Fame, received the UNL Hixson-Lied Performing Arts College Outstanding Alumni Award, and was recently recognized by NSBA with the Outstanding Administrator of the Year Award.