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December, 15, 2021
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM


W 184


Robert Truan

Robert Truan

Young, Dumb and Broke: Reflecting on the First 10 Years of Teaching

Clinic Synopsis:

This interactive clinic is designed for Generation Next attendees. Often times, certain educational and professional concepts slip through the cracks of one’s undergraduate curriculum. The purpose of this clinic is to reflect on pitfalls and successes from my own experience to help encourage the next generation of music teachers. This session will include a variety of topics that apply to any new teacher whether they work individually or collaboratively under a mentor in the classroom.

Robert Truan - Biographical Information

Robert Truan is pursuing his doctorate of musical arts in conducting at the University of North Texas. Previously, he taught public high school band in Georgia for eleven years: five years at Whitewater High School and six years at Decatur High School. Mr. Truan’s marching bands have earned seven Grand Championships with consistent Superior ratings. They have marched in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin, Ireland and the Inaugural Christmas Day Parade in Prague, Czech Republic. His concert bands have been the featured guest ensemble at Music for All’s Southeastern Regional Concert Festival at Georgia State University in 2017, and the Southeastern United States Concert Band Festival at Troy University in 2020. In 2018, the Decatur High School Wind Ensemble won two American Prizes: Band/Wind Ensemble Performance - High School Division and the Ernst Bacon Memorial Award for Performance of American Music. Mr. Truan has experience teaching at all levels of music instruction. Mr. Truan graduated summa cum laude from the University of Georgia (2009), where he continued to complete his master’s in music education (2012). He is an active judge, clinician, and performer and spends his spare time transcribing and composing new music. His affiliations include Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society, National Association for Music Education, Georgia Music Educators Association and the National Band Association. He and his husband, P. Seth Thompson, are happily married and have seven wonderful plants together.