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December, 20, 2023
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM




Michael Francis Smith

Michael Francis Smith

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S.H.O.P. Talk - Beginning a Band Instrument by Connecting to the Elementary General Music Classroom

Clinic Synopsis:

We overestimate what students can accomplish in the fist year of playing a Band instrument, but we underestimate what students are able to accomplish in five years, including both the elementary General Music experience and the first year Band experience. I plan to discuss my first year Band method called It's Time to Play - a method that connects to the General Music Classroom and maximizes student engagement and achievement!

Michael Francis Smith - Biographical Information

Michael Francis Smith is an American Composer and Songwriter as well as a highly regarded Instrumental and General Music Educator with 23 years of expertise as a K-12 Music Department Chair in two Massachusetts School Districts. Currently, Dr. Smith is working with younger students in Grades 3-5 at the new Intermediate School in Bourne, Massachusetts on beautiful Cape Cod. His innovative programs, “It's Time to Play (A Band Instrument)” and “It's Time to Play (The Recorder),” accelerate student learning and enhance literacy as students sing and play a diverse repertoire of songs. By integrating General Music research principles, he bridges the gap between General Music and Instrumental Music, unlocking each student's full potential.      

Alongside his innovative work in Music Education, Michael Francis Smith showcases his original compositions for Band, Chorus, and Orchestra on prominent platforms like the J.W. Pepper website and Smith's music is known for its uplifting and accessible qualities, featuring shared melodies and countermelodies across all instruments and voices, resulting in an engaging musical experience. His compositions have been praised for their intricate and dynamic sound that transcends their approachable nature.