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December, 18, 2024
12:00 PM - 01:00 PM




Richard Tengowski

Richard Tengowski

Elevating the Small-School Music Education Experience

Clinic Synopsis:

Come celebrate the small-school music education experience and share your successes, ideas, and challenges with your peers. We will identify key issues and effective strategies for networking, community building, professional learning, advocacy, and resource development. Help celebrate, elevate, and support this enormously important and impactful segment of the profession serving students in small schools in diverse communities across wide open spaces in our country.

Richard Tengowski - Biographical Information

Richard Tengowski recently retired after thirty-six years as a music teacher for the School District of Kohler in Kohler, Wisconsin. He received his B.M. in Music Education from St. Norbert College and his M.M. from Northwestern University. He taught middle and high school concert bands, jazz ensemble, pep band, drumline and secondary general music. Tengowski has taken leadership roles in the field of music education. Currently, he is the President for the NAfME North Central Division and serves as the NAfME Small School Initiative Task Force Chair. Tengowski is the Past-President of the Wisconsin Music Educators Association, Past-President of the Wisconsin Association of Music Supervisors, Coordinators, and Department Chairpersons, and a member of the Wisconsin Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance Project. His work has been published in Shaping Sound Musicians and MENC publications entitled Performance Standards for Music, Strategies for Teaching Beginning and Intermediate Band and Strategies for Teaching High School Band. Tengowski is a Herb Kohl Educational Fellowship Award Recipient, a School District of Kohler Teacher of the Year and was inducted into the Wisconsin Bandmaster Association. Tengowski is an active clinician, conductor, master adjudicator, speaker and freelance performer. He has addressed numerous state, regional and national education groups including the Midwest Clinic and NAFME national conferences. He is a member of NAfME, WMEA, AFM, and an honorary member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.