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December, 22, 2023
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM




David Zerkel

David Zerkel

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Tune of the Week: an engaging way to get your students to think and write about music

Clinic Synopsis:

In this clinic, David shares his listening assignment, including responsive writing that he has assigned to his music students for 25+ years, and explores its applicability to secondary music instruction. He proposes that students with a broad listening experience have a greater experiential "bank" from which to draw for their own development. The session will discuss the methodology behind the assignment and will include curated lists of repertoire from a spectrum of diverse musical genres.

David Zerkel - Biographical Information

David Zerkel is Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at the University of Michigan, leading an active career as both a performer and educator. Before his arrival at Michigan, he taught in a similar position at the University of Georgia. His students have distinguished themselves by winning international and national competitions and attaining positions with professional performing organizations. He is a Past President of the International Tuba Euphonium Association and was selected as the inaugural recipient of the ITEA Teaching Award. David began his performing career as a member of the United States Army Field Band and The United States Army Band, both located in Washington, DC. He has had the good fortune to perform with many orchestras and brass ensembles through the course of his career. David has performed as a featured soloist at many workshops and symposia, including the Leonard Falcone Festival, several International Tuba Euphonium Conferences, and the United States Army Band Tuba Euphonium Workshop. In addition, he has performed as a solo recitalist at many of the leading colleges and conservatories in the United States. He has released three solo CDs: American Music for Tuba, Tuba Helper, and his latest CD, Journey, which features the music of John Stevens. David has served as the President of the International Tuba Euphonium Association. His summer teaching activities include a position at the Interlochen Arts Camp. He lives in Dexter, Michigan with his lovely bride, Kristin.