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December, 22, 2023
03:45 PM - 04:45 PM




Eric Laprade

Eric Laprade

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The Chorale Curriculum: Using Numbers to Ignite Our Students' Musicianship

Clinic Synopsis:

This session focuses on how we can intentionally develop students' musicianship in the ensemble setting. We will explore how simple, scale-degree chorales can be used to develop the ability to audiate, temper pitch, balance, and listen in the ensemble setting. Opportunities for playing, singing, composing, improvising, and strategies for flipping the ensemble room will be investigated. This session will offer a model and methods that can easily be applied at all levels of ensemble music making.

Eric Laprade - Biographical Information

Dr. Eric Laprade is Director of Bands and Associate Professor of Music at The College of New Jersey, where he conducts the wind ensemble and concert band, and teaches courses in conducting, rehearsal techniques, and instrumental literature. He also serves as Managing Director & Artistic Partner, and Festival Wind Ensemble conductor of South Shore Conservatory’s Summer Music Festival (Hingham, MA). Previously, Laprade served as the Visiting Director of Wind Ensembles at The University of Utah and as Music Department Chairperson and Instrumental Music Teacher for the Randolph, MA Public Schools. He has conducted many of the nation’s premier wind bands, including The Eastman Wind Ensemble, The United States Army Band, "Pershing's Own," University of Michigan Symphony Band, and Manhattan School of Music Wind Ensemble. He holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts in conducting and Catherine Filene Shouse Arts Leadership Certificate from the Eastman School of Music, a Master of Music in conducting from the University of Michigan, and a Bachelor of Music in music education and tuba performance from the Eastman School of Music, where he was the recipient of the school’s prestigious Performer’s Certificate. His primary teachers include Mark Davis Scatterday, Michael Haithcock, and Malcolm W. Rowell, Jr.