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December, 18, 2024
02:30 PM - 03:00 PM




Michquelena Ferguson

Michquelena Ferguson

S.H.O.P. Talk: Promoting Purpose Through Pedagogy and Programming in the Non-music Major Collegiate Band

Clinic Synopsis:

The inclusion of non-music major instrumentalists is vital to the longevity of a comprehensive collegiate band program. However, many conductors do not have the opportunity to work with non-music major ensembles until placed in position to do so as the sole director without guidance of a mentor teacher or colleague. This S.H.O.P. Talk will provide the space to explore practical pedagogical and programming techniques to best promote purpose and growth for the non-music major collegiate band.

Michquelena Ferguson - Biographical Information

Dr. Michquelena Potlunas Ferguson currently serves as the Associate Director of Athletic Bands at the Pennsylvania State University. In her role, she assists with the direction of the Penn State Marching Blue Band and the “Pride of the Lions” Pep Band, directs the Concert Band, teaches courses in music education and conducting, and supervises student teachers. Ferguson earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from Penn State, a Master of Music in Music Education from West Chester University, a Master of Business Administration from Alvernia University, and a Ph.D. in Music Education from Penn State. Prior to returning to earn her doctorate and teach in higher education, Ferguson taught in the Pennsylvania Public Schools for ten years, primarily in high school instrumental music. Ferguson previously served as the Senior High School Director of Bands and Music Department K-12 Chairperson in the Exeter Township School District in Reading, PA. At Exeter Township, Ferguson was responsible for directing the marching band, the concert band, the auditioned wind ensemble, jazz bands, and teaching AP Music Theory and general music courses in popular music and music technology. Ferguson’s research interests include Title IX’s historical effects on women in collegiate athletic bands, investigating the role of women as leaders in music education, athletic band musicianship, and gender equity in collegiate marching bands. She has presented at state, national, and international music education conferences.