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December, 15, 2021
02:00 PM - 03:00 PM


W 192


My Circus!! Recruitment and Retention - How Do We Get Them? How Do We Keep Them?

Clinic Synopsis:

Clinic will provide attendees with "tried and true" methods of recruitment and retention. The first portion will address how to develop a recruitment plan that will involve elementary classroom teachers, elementary music teachers, and parents. Student/parents need guidance to help lead them make informed decisions about instrument choice. The second portion will address how to retain students by giving they and their parents the best possible first year experience in band.

Rebecca Warren - Biographical Information

Rebecca Warren retired in 2020 after serving 40 years as a Band Director. She still serves the band community as a teacher, clinician, and performer. She began teaching in rural Alabama and then became Director of Bands at Ft. Payne City Schools where she served 14 years. In Alabama, Mrs. Warren served as ABA Chairman for Districts 2 and 3, President-elect of the Alabama Bandmasters Association, and President the Alabama Music Educators Association. As President of AMEA she founded FAME- Future Alabama Music Educators program to recruit and educate high school juniors and seniors interested in becoming music educators. In North Dakota, she served as the Band Representative to the Board of the NDMEA. Memberships include NDMEA, AMEA, the Alabama Bandmasters Association, the National Band Association, and Alabama Phi Beta Mu as well as the North Dakota Phi Beta Mu where she served as President of the Alpha Gamma Chapter. While President, the Chapter began awarding an annual scholarship to a student pursuing a degree in instrumental music education. She also began the project to commission new works of band literature. The project is now on its third commissioned work. Rebecca has served as clinician, adjudicator, professional development speaker, and guest conductor in Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Florida, North Dakota, and South Dakota, and the Midwest Band Clinic. She is the 2021 recipient of the NDMEA Distinguished Service Award. Mrs. Warren resides on the prairie of North Dakota with her husband John, also a band director, and their golden retriever, Bama.