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December, 21, 2023
08:30 AM - 09:30 AM




Barry Hartz

Barry Hartz

Making Sense of Asymmetric Meters

Clinic Synopsis:

While the use of asymmetric meter in instrumental repertoire has continually expanded in recent decades, educators have yet to develop a systematic process for helping students read and perform in asymmetric meters with accuracy, fluency, and understanding. This session draws on Eurhythmics and Music Learning Theory to provide a step-by-step process for grouping beats, dividing beats, and developing vocabulary to enable students at any level to become proficient readers in these meters.

Barry Hartz - Biographical Information

Currently serving as Assistant Professor of Music Education at the University of Florida, Barry Hartz is in his 41st year of teaching band students. Prior to coming to UF in 2018, he taught high school and middle school bands in Ohio and instrumental music education at Cleveland State University. During his 30-year career as a public-school band director, his bands earned consistent Superior ratings in Ohio Music Education Association adjudicated events, including a record of straight Superiors in Class A every year from 2006 through 2013. Dr. Hartz’s bands performed twice at OMEA state conferences and presented clinics at several universities. The bands under his direction performed with guest conductors, Quincy Hilliard and Deborah Confredo and guest artists Lisa Bontrager and John Sampen and commissioned and premiered an original work for saxophone and band by Marilyn Shrude. Dr. Hartz earned his Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University in 2015 and National Board Certification in 2007. He was recognized by OMEA as the Outstanding Music Educator in the state of Ohio in 2013 and served as an adjudicator in Ohio for 25 years. In addition to his duties at UF, Dr. Hartz has been active in collaborating with band programs throughout North Florida and has directed honor bands in Ohio, Kentucky, and Florida. Dr. Hartz has presented clinics on innovative teaching methods at many state and national conferences and published articles in music education journals. He is currently authoring a book for Oxford University Press on developing versatile musicianship in young bands.