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December, 22, 2023
01:30 PM - 02:30 PM




John Denis

John Denis

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A Band Director’s Guide to Beginning Woodwinds

Clinic Synopsis:

Setting beginners up for success is one of the most important aspects of building a strong band program. Many directors may not be as familiar with setting up individual woodwind instruments as they are brass or percussion. Dr. Denis brings years of beginning woodwind instruction experience to this clinic which includes practice guidance for setting up embouchures (including live demonstrations), teaching articulation, and addressing the common pitfalls of teaching beginning woodwinds.

John Denis - Biographical Information

John Denis has several years of experience working with Texas students at the public school and college levels. Dr. Denis produces Program Notes: The Band Director Podcast, a program designed to help preservice and in-service directors find success in their own classrooms, and is the author of Tuning with Technology: An Unofficial Guide to Tonal Energy and the Harmony Director and Program Notes: A Comprehensive Guide to Band Directing. He has been active as a clinician in Texas and his writing has been featured in publications such as Update: Applications of Research in Music Education; The Journal of Music, Technology, and Education and Contributions to Music Education. Dr. Denis has also presented at state, national, and international conferences and is currently on the faculty at Texas State University, where he teaches upper-level music education courses, completes music education research and presents at conferences.