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December, 21, 2023
01:00 PM - 02:00 PM




Taylor Watts

Taylor Watts

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Leading from the Podium: Creating an Environment Where Students Want to Be!

Clinic Synopsis:

In this session, we will explore how leadership from the podium and intentionality in designing program-wide systems can help create positive and rewarding environments for your students AND you -- inside and outside of rehearsals -- using real classroom examples and psychological principles.

Taylor Watts - Biographical Information

Taylor Watts joined the faculty of Kell High School as the Associate Director of Bands in 2013. He serves the band program as the primary conductor of the Symphonic and Concert bands and directs the Kell Band Leadership Program.  During his tenure at Kell, the program has performed at the Midwest Clinic, MFA Southeastern Concert Band Festival, GMEA conference, Troy University, and won multiple BOA regional class championships.  He also works on the board of the Cobb County Student Leadership Academy, presenting lessons to hundreds of students across Cobb each year.

In 2018, he founded Taylor Watts Leadership to share his passion for, experiences in, and insight on character development, conflict resolution, and leadership with students and teachers.  He now actively works with high school, collegiate, and professional programs across the country as a clinician, speaker, consultant, and curriculum developer focusing on widening students’ situational perspective while helping them develop communication and interpretation skills to positively inspire change in others.  His presentations have been accepted into the Midwest Clinic and the Georgia Music Educators’ Association conferences and received strong acclaim from attendees.  Additionally, he serves on the board of SLAM, the Servant Leadership Association for Music, developing curriculum for its teacher certification program.

Mr. Watts earned his Master’s in Educational Psychology and Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the University of Georgia and currently resides in Kennesaw, Georgia with his loving wife, Caitlin, their beautiful daughter, Emma, and their adorable troupe of animal companions.