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Rob Chilton

Rob Chilton

Developing Music Literacy in the Beginning Year of Instruction

Clinic Synopsis:

Tone and technique are important, but one of the most overlooked aspects of a well-rounded beginning year is music literacy! Our programs thrive when our students understand staff notation, rhythm, piano keyboard, and basic vocabulary! Chilton will discuss the key ingredients to helping students read music better and will introduce the digital resources to improve literacy!

Rob Chilton - Biographical Information

Rob Chilton currently serves as the Director of Curriculum & Content for Williamson Music 1st and is the creator/producer of the digital music literacy program, RC Theory, designed to strengthen music literacy in beginning band, choir, and orchestra. Additionally, Mr. Chilton serves as a clinician/consultant for 12 schools across Texas. Prior to working with Williamson Music 1st, Chilton was the Director of Bands at Killian Middle School in Lewisville ISD from 2014-2021. Before that he was the Director of Bands at Myers Middle School in Denton, TX and Associate Director at Rice Middle School in Plano, TX. In 2018, the Killian Middle School Honors Band was named the Texas Music Educators Association CC Honor Band and at the annual TMEA Convention. In 2019, the Killian Honors Band performed at the The Midwest Clinic. Additionally, the Killian Honors Band was named a National Winner in the Mark of Excellence National Wind Band Honors Project from 2015-2019. In 2021, Mr. Chilton was named Killian Middle School’s Teacher of the Year. In 2014, Mr. Chilton was named Southern Methodist University’s Young Music Educator of the Year. Mr. Chilton has presented for the Texas Bandmasters Association in 2007, 2009, 2017, 2020, and 2021. He has also presented for the Texas Music Educators Association in 2010, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022. Mr. Chilton holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Southern Methodist University where he had the opportunity to study music education with Lynne Jackson and Brian Merrill.