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2016 Midwest Clinicians

  • "Idle Hands Are The Devil's Workshop" - Strategies to Keep Your Percusion Students Engaged, Improving and Involved


    Okay, so that saying may be a little extreme but many directors can feel that way when their percussion students are “bored”. Frank Chapple will present rehearsal techniques, strategies, pedagogy and curriculum that will not only keep percussion students busy but will enable them to contribute and excel. Instead of the percussion students being a “necessary evil” in your band program, turn them into a positive force of musically talented and responsible students.
  • "Latinizing" Your School Jazz Ensemble: Practical Tips for Achieving an Authentic Latin Sound


    This clinic will provide an in-depth explanation of various Latin styles, explore their differences, and provide practical tips for incorporating latin rhythms in any novice school jazz ensemble using a live rhythm section. Audience will also participate in a hands-on "AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION" exercise to help internalize the material through actual audience performance. Directors will receive a handout booklet with detailed examples and rhythmic patterns compiled by the clinician.
  • "The Jazz Combo - An Inside View"


    This session will provide a unique, inside look at the workings of a jazz trio.  This is not a "how to" but rather a "what were we thinking/hearing” at the moment we were performing this music." The AHA! Trio with vibist Rusty Burge will explore the workings on a jazz trio and quartet, through a very detailed concert/clinic presentation. The audience will be treated to some great original music as well as standards, followed by short “in the huddle” thoughts by the individual players.
  • “Hai!”: Practical Application of Japanese Band Methods in Urban Schools


    For decades, musicians have admired the high level of performance typical of the common Japanese school band. At the same time, many directors have dismissed their pedagogy as “too foreign” or “not practical” for the American band room. Mr. Das will share some systems, techniques and strategies that are standard for Japanese bands, but often overlooked in the states. Students from Pritzker College Prep, a Title I school, will be on hand for live demonstration.
  • 101 Pedagogy for Horn


    In this session the application of the simple basics for efficient horn playing for all ages will be addressed. Topics will include buzz and blow, song in the head, repertoire and leaving baggage behind, and performing to your optimum level.
  • A Conversation with James Kjelland


    Dr. Kjelland shares his perspective on his personal journey from trumpet-playing band director to cellist, conductor, and university string pedagogue. By way of interview format, he will reflect on his inspirational teachers, the guiding principles behind his pedagogical approach, and a few trade secrets which have sustained his career. Practical teaching and playing tips as well as opportunity for dialog will be part of the presentation.
  • A Moment for Reflection


    "I vividly and warmly remember my first appearance at the MidWest in 1954 as a member of the Cass Technical H.S. Band with Dr. Harry Begian . Since that time I have had the pleasure and the rewards of a career of performance and teaching. During my brief session I would like to share with those in attendance "significant changes in saxophone performance" that we should make all aspiring players aware of. I am honored to be asked to return to the conference that has meant so very much to me throughout my career." -Donald Sinta
  • An Interview with Col. Arnald D. Gabriel



  • Apply to Perform at The Midwest Clinic


    Detailed information and a question and answer session on Application and Performance Procedures. Directors considering applying to perform at the 2017 conference or a future Midwest Clinic are cordially invited to attend this session.
  • Beauty from the Beginning


    "I have come to appreciate how challenging it is to create genuinely beautiful works for very young musicians, real music with the stuff real music has: interesting harmony, beauty, formal tension, and a sense of urgency. Together with the help of the Liberty Junior High School Band, we will share thoughts about beauty and authenticity in young band music. My colleague, Gregory Rudgers, and I will also explore ways to nurture beauty and passion in all that we do." -Frank Ticheli
  • Body Balance and Tone Production


    This session will focus on stretches for body preparedness and exercises to help develop optimal tone production. Participants are encouraged to bring their string instruments.
  • Bowing Concepts for Musical Phrasing


    String players are presented with many challenges when it comes to finding the right bowing to preserve the musical phrase. This is especially true when the note values are not consistent. Playing down bow for two counts and up bow for one count creates an opportunity for an accent which may not fit the musical idea. I will present specific examples in standard repertoire along with suggestions to allow for a musical phrase. The goal is simple, hear how you want the phrase to sound, find the best bowing option, and then (the hard part) listen to make sure you performed the phrase the way you heard it in your head. Too often, string players play with unwanted accents or allow their bow to dictate the dynamics and accents. It must be the other way around. Make the bow work to create the phrase.
  • Bowing Styles for the Ages: What Are They? How Do I Apply Them?


    An explanation and demonstration of the most common bow strokes in the Baroque, Classical, and Romantic periods. The session will include examples of different levels of publishers’ graded music for each historical period, what the related bow strokes look like and sound like in the music, and how to rehearse a school orchestra to perform them.
  • Breathing and Buzzing to Beautiful Sounds


    This workshop is designed to help band directors enhance their brass sections sound through breathing and buzzing tactics. This participatory session will leave directors with the skills to bring their brass students to the next level.
  • Brilliant Future, Illustrious Past: The Midwest Clinic


    Music and education of today and the future are discussed from perspective of an eclectic career in teaching, performing, music administration, university senior administration, and 60 years on The Midwest Clinic staff and board. Performance has always been the most effective way to teach and learn music. Ever increasing sophistication of school orchestras, bands and jazz ensembles has brought concurrent elevation of educational values. Government and public expectations for music to be in the core of education can strengthen both selective ensembles and experiences for all other students. There remain challenges to ensure that performance brings general knowledge and understanding of music, that school music experiences are carried forward in life-long enrichment and that music is woven into the fabric of community life. The Midwest Clinic will continue to inspire educators, other musicians, students, their parents, and professions that support music.
  • Building a Better Band Through the Chamber Ensemble Experience: How to Cultivate Critically Thinking and Independent Musicians


    This demonstration covers the aspects of developing middle and high school level chamber ensembles. The Seminole Trombone Quartet will explore the core aspects of what truly makes a chamber music experience. Included topics to be examined: appropriate literature, rehearsal techniques, self-sufficiency, collaborative skills, and imagery versus technical language to influence musical interpretation.
  • Building Community by Teaching to a Higher Purpose


    Much has been written about Music Advocacy with the purpose of promoting and defending Music Education. And many music educators are prepared to quote famous articles and show off awards as signs of their success. But, “actions speak louder than words”. We will examine creative ways of immersing the program into the community, and we will also discuss a very common practice of band directors that works directly against their programs. Take the emphasis away from awards. The real trophies of your music program are your students, parents, and community.
  • Colors and Spice and Everything Nice...That's What Your Percussion Section's Made Of!


    A lighthearted yet serious approach for conductors to use with their percussion sections with an emphasis on developing percussionists into the total musicians we all want them to be. Suggestions as to how conductors might teach the concepts of musicianship to the percussion section from the podium will be central to the presentation.
  • Composing and Arranging with Web-Based Tools in the Band Classroom


    Noteflight and Flat are composing tools (similar to Sibelius/Finale) that are web-based, low cost, and student friendly. Through the development of a composing/arranging curriculum, these tools can increase student engagement and depth of musical knowledge in your performance music programs. From writing simple melodies for beginning orchestra to writing blues charts for jazz band to arranging full songs for concert choir, these are fantastic tools to use for all levels and ensembles.
  • Creating an Online Presence for Your Program


    Creating and building an online presence for any program is crucial, especially in the present atmosphere of social networking websites that students utilize on a minute-by-minute basis in their daily lives. This clinic will show directors/instructors several easy-to-use programs that can help attract new, talented students, as well as get current students more actively involved in your program.
  • Designing Total Program Success


    This clinic will help band directors discover proven ways to make his or her program more fulfilling musically, emotionally, and professionally. The clinic will focus on the "6 Pillars of Total Program Success": Evaluate, Visualize, Prioritize, Organize, Communicate, Implement.
  • Directors Icons Panel - Reflections on the Past; Thoughts About the Future


    With over 150-years of combined teaching experience and expertise, these four icons of the profession will reflect on what successes (and failures) made their students so successful. Additional discussion will involve the biggest changes and challenges facing today’s music educators, how to best prepare young teachers for the profession, and thoughts about the future of music.
  • Electrician=Musician?


    A discussion on two of the most important elements in music performance.
  • Embracing our Similarities: Sharing Concepts Across the Band and Orchestra


    Many commonalities exist between orchestras and bands, yet an unnecessary divide can develop between conductors of the two. This session will explore what each ensemble gains when listening critically to the other for important concepts including: transparency or sustaining of sound, dynamic ranges and extremes, parallels of breathing and articulation to bowings, and precise ensemble execution. Solutions will be suggested; audio and score examples will clarify session content.
  • Engaging Challenging Students in Band and Orchestra


    In this session, I will identify risk factors that lead to students acting out. Activities adapted from Eric Jensen’s “Engaging Students with Poverty in Mind: Practical Strategies for Raising Achievement”, plus findings from John Hattie’s work, will be explained and applied to music education. These techniques work to engage all students, not just the challenging ones. All students need to feel safe in making mistakes so they can create, explore, and perform to their highest potential.
  • Excellent Rehearsals Every Day!


    Thoughtful rehearsal planning, and the attitude and seriousness of purpose we display to our students every day, will determine the quality of the experience they take from their years in band or orchestra. Performance constitutes the public face of our instrumental music program. The concert may offer periodic rewards that are a reflection of the preparation and diligent work of teacher and students, but the essence of the music program is to be found in the experiences generated in rehearsals.
  • Express! Say Something!!!


    “Making music” means more than "playing everything correctly." Helping students/players discover the thrill of expressing "what's in the music" is a eureka experience! This starts with the conductor's study of a score and discovery of what the composer intended and wanted expressed. This clinic will focus on the processes needed for a conductor and/or performer to grasp the meaning and formulate an interpretation of a musical composition.
  • Finding The Perfect Fit: Beginning Band Recruitment and the Instrument Fitting Process


    Successful recruiting is the lifeblood of any music program. Learn how to develop a highly organized recruitment plan and instrument fitting process that will jump start the achievement of your ensembles by ensuring that students are set-up for success from the beginning. This session will include ways to capitalize on your instrument testing process that will make it exciting for students and informative for you. Recruitment materials will be shared that attendees can use at their own schools.
  • Four Enduring Principles for Creating an Impassioned, Innovative, and Thriving Community


    Teacher turnover, student retention, and public support remain important issues in music education. This session will introduce an expansive body of knowledge from the artistic process to help you sustain your own passion, motivate and retain students, and create advocacy messages to garner public support. Rehearsal and performance experiences can help you create dynamic learning environments that enable students to embrace change, see the bigger picture, and use knowledge that’s learned.
  • Fourth Finger First: Why the Order of Finger Introduction Matters


    Why does the order of finger introduction matter in beginning string instruction? Join us as we explore this question and compare differences between how many of the most popular string class methods approach initial left hand set-up and some of the world’s leading pedagogues in the private lesson setting (Galamian, Auer, Applebaum). Hear the results of an action research study indicating why starting with the 4th finger first may have many benefits for you and your students.
  • From Score to Gesture


    This presentation will share ideas and thoughts about how to develop more nuanced and compelling musicianship on the podium.
  • Fundamentals, Phrasing and Practice


    How the foundations of good music making are an essential part of your daily life.
  • G.R.I.T. "Gaining Resources In Teaching" Smaller Bands!


    Band directors of all size bands find it helpful to use a little GRIT to get through the day. The particular challenges of teaching the small band often requires an extra portion, if not a continuous supply of GRIT. Drawing from their combined fifty-nine years of collective experience, the father/daughter panel will discuss important aspects and solutions to various problems in teaching small school bands. The session will include a time for questions.
  • Get Off the Crazy Train!—Tools for Psychological Wellbeing


    Eric & Lynette Wilson (husband/wife team, representing educator and therapist perspectives) will present strategies to improve one’s personal and professional life. Topics discussed to improve one’s teaching, conducting, and leadership are: handling stressors of the profession, becoming your authentic & balanced self, and dealing with vulnerability, criticism, and perfectionism.
  • Ginga: The Brazilian Way to Groove


    In Brazil, the subtlest way to play any groove is often known as “ginga”. The word refers to the way in which a dancer moves, to the way a beautiful person walks, and to the way that music incites inner and outer motion in the listeners. The purpose of this clinic is to provide rhythmic information about Brazilian grooves in a practical and concise way, leading to the individual and collective development of “ginga” in the performance of Brazilian-based music.
  • Guiding Students to Intonation Independence


    Schayot will show video of rehearsals and sectionals with the L.V. Berkner High School (Richardson, TX) marching and concert bands to demonstrate the integration of the Yamaha Harmony Director, Korg TM-50 individual tuner, and the Tonal Energy app for iPad. This integration encourages independent chord analysis and the implementation of the tuning process. These technologies will be demonstrated live for attendees.
  • Healing Flute Section Sound and Intonation Woes


    Jim Walker will present some practical methods of getting young players to make the flute sound like a real instrument.
  • How to Land Your DREAM Job...and Keep it! Beyond Music - The “Insider’s Perspectives.” What You Need to Know.


    This clinic was conceived to help music education students, along with young band and orchestra directors, as they begin their job search. The ideas presented are practical in nature and revolve around "real world" situations that confront young candidates during their quest for not only obtaining a job, but retaining it. With many years in music education, Horn will offer a road map (from an insider's perspective) for the ever important journey of seeking employment.
  • How To Listen To What You're Hearing


    This clinic will focus on how to actively and critically listen to all aspects of music during rehearsal. Through the use of interactive examples with a demonstration ensemble, we will focus on the analytical listening skills necessary to improve the overall quality of your ensemble’s performance.
  • How Will We Know? Incorporating the Model Cornerstone Assessments with the National Core Music Standards


    This clinic will combine the framework of the 2014 National Core Music Standards and their Model Cornerstone Assessments that can be embedded within classroom and ensemble instruction to inform authentic teaching practice, learning, and evaluation. An in-depth look at pre-requisite skills, suggested lessons, and aligned assessments that contribute to a true picture of students’ musical achievement at varied levels will be shared via lecture and group discussion.
  • If I Knew Then What I Know Now...


    We all have said, “If I had it to do over...,” then we followed it with a litany of what we would do differently if we could somehow jump in the illusive time machine and REDO, RELIVE, and REINVENT some aspects of our professional pathways. While we know it is impossible to bring this wish to fruition, perhaps there is value in “the wisdom of hindsight” to those who are on the front edge of their teaching careers.
  • Improvisation: A Tool for Learning in the Concert Percussion World


    Improvisation can be defined as the outward expression of an internal desire. In other words, what one is thinking is now expressed spontaneously in the form of music. Improvisation can be integrated into the learning of music and can be a vehicle toward superior performance.
  • Improvising in Clave: Soloing Over Afro-Cuban Grooves


    Soloing over Afro-Cuban grooves offers you the potential of improvising not only over the chord changes but also targeting the rhythmic style of the piece. We'll explore some of the most common Afro-Cuban grooves to arise in band and combo charts and how best to bring out the authentic sounds of these styles within your solo. A student rhythm section and several horns will demonstrate.
  • Inspired Teaching: Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue!


    Using time-tested wisdom, advances in modern technology, borrowed insights on how students learn, and the message held in a simple blue box we can inspire students to learn and flourish. Useful for conductors and teachers of any level and type of ensemble.
  • Inspiring Your Students by Inspiring Yourself


    This session sponsored by The Jazz Institute of Chicago, consists of a panel discussion with Chip Gdalman and members of the Noteworthy Jazz Ensemble on an exciting concept of how music teachers can and should view themselves. Mr. Gdalman and the Noteworthy Jazz Ensemble will model tips on how they truly "Practice What They Teach." This approach, as noted by Jazz Educator, Richard Dunscomb - "is truly an inspiring one for students that occurs as a result of teachers themselves being inspired!"
  • Interactive Conducting, Rehearsal and Performance Techniques


    Raise the level of your band, orchestra or choir, improve student engagement and make your rehearsals more effective and efficient. The tested methods that will be presented allow you to accomplish more in less rehearsal time, while elevating the musicality and artistry of your rehearsals and performances. These proven teaching and rehearsal techniques may be employed immediately by conductors at all levels, and applied to any level of ensemble, from beginner to professional.
  • It CAN Be Done: edTPA, Performing Ensembles, and YOU!


    The edTPA is quickly becoming the preferred gateway to teacher certification across the United States. Many student teachers feel forced to teach non performance-oriented lessons due to the structure and rubrics within the edTPA, but this does not have to be the case! Meals and Kumar will highlight proven strategies and best practices for successful completion of the edTPA in competitive and noncompetitive performing ensembles that will be helpful to student- and cooperating teachers alike.
  • It's Not Just ABCDEFG - Navigating the LGBTQQAA Dynamic in Your Classroom


    This interactive session will allow participants to dialogue on the topics of diversity, inclusion, and LGBT issues. We will work to answer practical and philosophical questions, including: what do we need to know about our students?, what do our students need to know about us? A brief timeline of gay rights and strategies for supporting students in our music programs will also be presented.
  • Latin Style for String Orchestras


    Engage students with the exciting pulse of Latin rhythms that sound authentic in the string orchestra. The clave, or groove, is easy and exciting to teach to young string players. Come experience the various Latin styles and watch a live orchestra learn and perform this vibrant music.
  • Learning Approach to Keyboard Percussion


    All musicians develop their own performance by achieving long-term goals, short-term goals and by building a diverse repertoire. Long-term aspects that performers are constantly tweaking include sound quality and technique. Short-term goals unique to learning a new piece, and the order at which performers learn, include correct notes/rhythms, dynamics, phrasing and performance presence. Combining all six of these characteristics will help musicians of all levels develop a complete performance.
  • Make a Decision: Your Musical Viewpoint is Valid!


    As music teachers we strive to facilitate independent musicianship, foster student creativity, and provide an engaging learning environment. How can we improve? It starts with you! This session will help participants develop a musical interpretation through successful score study and explore ways to communicate these ideas through rehearsal techniques and simple conducting gesture.
  • Making Something From Nothing: Group Exercises to Build Improvisational Confidence


    Ever wondered how to explore improvisation? Looking for engaging activities for your students? Unsure of how to build creative music-making skills, in yourself or others? This session will introduce you to activities and exercises for groups, adaptable for a wide variety of settings and suitable for musicians of many ages. Build your improvisational confidence in any genre, from classical to jazz, with these low-stress, high-fun, high-reward activities. Bring your instrument!
  • Making the March King: The Sousa March in Form, Style and Performance


    Marine Band Director John Philip Sousa earned his famous moniker by perfecting the form and performance of the American march. But how are Sousa’s miniature masterpieces actually put together and what are the elements of performance that make his marches so special? Musicologist and Sousa scholar Dr. Patrick Warfield joins the U.S. Marine Band to explore Sousa’s remarkable development as a composer through performance of the different types of Sousa marches. The Marine Band’s unique performance practice of Sousa marches is modeled on those of “The March King” himself and many of the featured selections will be drawn from the Marine Band’s recording project, “The Complete Marches of John Philip Sousa.” This collection, with the latest volume scheduled for release on Dec. 12, is available free online, so bring your laptops, tablets, or smartphones to the clinic to download the edited full scores and follow along!
  • Marching Band/Concert Band: It's All Band - Using Every Opportunity To Teach Good Fundumental Playing Skills


    Ideas for continuing to teach quality music performance skills in the context of changing expectations for marching bands.
  • Middle School Full Orchestra – Making it Work for Your School!!


    Too often a full orchestra experience is postponed until high school. Both string students and wind/percussion students are shortchanged unless the foundation of full orchestra skills are established at the middle school level. A variety of scheduling strategies will be explored and team teaching models discussed. Tuning of Individual instruments, sections and the full ensemble is demonstrated, along with articulation and sound production for different instruments and sections. Achieving balance and blend will be explored. The differences between orchestral percussion technique and band percussion will also be demonstrated. A range of rehearsal techniques will be presented and discussed. Sources for literature will also be shared.
  • Modern Approach to Latin Tropical and Afro-Peruvian Rhythms. Based on the Fusion of Unity: The Latin Tribute to Michael Jackson


    Succar and guest percussionists will demonstrate how they approached traditional Afro-Cuban, Peruvian, and Tropical rhythms when producing "Unity: The Latin Tribute to Michael Jackson." The project includes 14 of some of Michael Jackson's most popular tracks reinterpreted into a Latin/Tropical Pop fusion that embraces the rhythm and passion of Tropical music while staying true to Michael's artistic integrity. The importance of modernizing rhythmic patterns was essential to establish a fresh sound for the production.
  • Mystery to Mastery - Dispelling Brass Playing Myths


    Clinic Synopsis: Getting your students off to an efficient start with the right psychological approach can often be arduous or even completely overlooked. Spence will discuss and demonstrate, in a simple and fun way, how to create a healthy mindset and get great results from your brass section. Some of the ideas may seem to fly in the face of traditional teaching, yet these logical techniques are based on physics and have helped top shelf professional players across the globe.
  • Optimizing the Big Heavies in Your Ensemble, or, Nobody Has Ever Won A Heisman Trophy Without a Great Offensive Line


    Professor David Zerkel will discuss how to get the most of your low brass section by having them recognize, accept and embrace their role in the overall mission of the ensemble. Strategies discussed will include time, foundation, resonance and, last but not least, musicianship.
  • Overcoming the Thief of Time: Five Practical Ways to Boost Your Rehearsal Efficiency Through the Use of Digital Technology


    This session will present ideas to boost your rehearsal efficiency from start to finish through the use of digital rehearsal tools. Various iPad applications can be used for effective ensemble rehearsals, lesson planning/transitioning, and student comprehension. In addition, strategies to enable communication with students, parents, and the community will be presented.
  • Pitch, a Fit: Strings and Winds Use Vertical Intonation in Rehearsals and Concerts


    The demo high school full orchestra will strive for the best intonation as we search for the most effective ways to tune short excerpts from Grade 2-6 Full and String literature. Reference notes teach the players to listen, to listen with purpose, to ‘adjust’ while playing, to learn some of the context of their part, and to decide which part is the current foundation. Their home practice improves, as they apply vertical intonation raising their level of scrutiny and accuracy.
  • Planning a Successful Double-Reed Beginner Class


    It’s the first day of school and the beginner oboe and bassoons are sitting in their chairs waiting to learn… Now what? How can you start their double-reed instruction off right? This clinic will outline what to do in that first day, week, month and semester of beginner double-reed class. Band books are not always able to present note introductions for oboe and bassoon in the most ideal way. We will give a complete outline of a first semester class per our original double-reed class method.
  • Play for Your LIFE! Chamber Music from Mozart to Led Zeppelin!


    I believe that chamber music is the most intimate form of musical collaboration, and all teenagers should learn the skills to study rehearse and perform chamber music. This workshop will give teachers ideas on how to implement a chamber music program and encourage their students to enjoy playing chamber music in school and outside. ATTENDEES ARE ABSOLUTELY ENCOURAGED TO BRING YOUR INSTRUMENT TO JOIN IN
  • Public Relations and Music Education Work Hand-in-Hand


    The focus of this session is to introduce public relations and publicity techniques to the arts educator. It will guide them toward successful relationships with today’s media outlets and to establish a foundation in writing for them. Further, it will enable them to take advantage of media opportunities to promote concerts, festivals, award ceremonies, art exhibits and the like.
  • Real Repertoire, Real People: Creative Strategies for Presenting Art Music to "Everyday" Audiences


    Bach or Bieber? Holst or Hammer (M.C.)? Themes from Basie, or from Bond (James)? It's the perennial challenge for every conductor, performer, music educator, and/or arts organization; how to engage audiences, students, and/or parents with music that is not immediately familiar. This clinic encourages the performance of the highest quality "art" music (with specific repertoire suggestions for Bands of every level), and demonstrates creative ideas for engaging audiences in concert presentations.
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  • Rehearsal Lab - High School Orchestra



  • Rehearsal Lab - Middle School Band



  • Rehearsal Lab - Middle School Orchestra



  • Rehearsing The High School Band: Valuable Lessons from Extraordinary Directors


    When 11 of the finest high school band directors in America—each with 25 to 40 years of experience—were asked how they rehearsed their ensembles and developed programs of national excellence, several fascinating themes emerged. During this session, 5 of these master teachers, each from diverse communities and backgrounds, share important lessons and fundamental philosophies common to all of them.
  • Retaining Brass Students Through Developing Stronger Embouchures


    The Importance of embouchure strength in the developing brass player including the importance of having efficient tools to facilitate proper embouchure development. The relationship between embouchure strength and tone quality, intonation, and range. Strategies students can build embouchure strength by understanding facial structure, muscles, aperture and embouchure and how much of it is involved in playing a brass instrument with flexibility and ease of facility.
  • Seven Positive Habits of Music Educators


    It is widely known that many talented teachers leave education within the first five years of employment. Kennell and Wood will present the seven characteristics that exemplary music educators share in any setting. Establishing these positive habits will help reduce attrition not only in our music programs but also within the ranks of music educators.
  • Shhh...it's a Secret! Size Doesn't Matter: A Strategic Plan for BIG results in small School Band Programs


    The challenges of working with a "small band" can sometimes cause us to look toward the greener pastures of the "large band" program. Through years of experience in small schools, these clinicians will provide proven strategies on how to achieve musical success in all areas of performance. ALL band students deserve a superior musical experience, no matter what size of the program. From day one of beginner band thru the graduation of the high school band member, these techniques can change the perception of directors, students, parents, and administrators. Bigger is not better because size doesn't matter.
  • Show, Grow and Excel!


    This dynamic mother and daughter orchestra teacher duo will help with the steps to build the program of your dreams. Starting with your own personal development and working outward toward the school and community. You will learn to cultivate a positive program image and successful learning environment as well as achieve the support you need from parents and administration.
  • small school, BIG Design: Employing Creative Resources in the Marching Band


    The marching band is the face of the total band program in any community. No matter how strong the concert band program, the public expects the band to be present at all athletic events, town parades, etc. For the small director the marching band is under even more scrutiny given the size of the community. This sessions aims at presenting directors in these communities with expert advice on how to make a BIG impact on the field with limited means and instrumentation.
  • Sound Musical Practices Intended to Deliver a Lifetime of Success


    This clinic will focus on strategies utilized in creating a top-tier high school band program in minority communities while providing the leadership for a lifetime of artistic appreciation, community service and adult stewardship.
  • Sound Practice


    Underdeveloped fundamentals impact greatly the overall success of any ensemble. For the young performer, productive practice can be a challenge! As teachers, we are responsible for providing them with valuable concepts to promote a straight forward method of practice …. a method to ensure that they get the most out of their work effort. The focus of this clinic is to help students develop sound practice skills, to learn to listen with more critical ears, and to ensure they are playing with maximum efficiency, with ease of tone production and natural resonance.
  • Spontaneous Factory: An Approach to Improvisation and Composition for Large Instrumental Ensembles


    This interactive demonstration will offer ways to include improvisation and non-traditional repertoire in rehearsals and performances that will enhance our interaction with standard repertoire and also challenge how we traditionally approach the large ensemble experience with our students. Thoughts on why improvisation is important, tried and tested games and exercises geared at introducing students to improvisation, and suggestions for unique uses of performance spaces will be offered.
  • Teach the Kids and the Band Takes Care of Itself


    Inspiring, empowering and educating students in challenging situations is the direction of music education in the foreseeable future. This presentation will provide problem solving approaches, educational strategies and a conceptual framework for creating the next generation of successful programs.
  • Teaching Jazz Improvisation in a Big Band Setting


    The objective of this clinic is to provide music educators with specific techniques for teaching jazz improvisation during full jazz band rehearsal or in non-jazz combo settings. The notion that jazz improvisation is not taught because “we don’t have a combo program at our school” is dispelled and ideas are presented to enable the teaching of jazz improvisation as a normal part of every large group rehearsal, which enables students to play and create in a non-threatening environment.
  • Teaching Rhythm Logically


    The right note at the wrong time is a wrong note. While tone is king, rhythm often takes a backseat. The clinicians will present the Stiles MS method of approaching rhythm in a logical sequence, emphasizing subdivision, and in isolation. This approach has developed students who can accurately perform and understand simple and complex rhythms. It is a fun and easy way to teach kids from week one. Videos included!
  • Tearing Down the Wall between Music and Athletics-How to Make the Musical athlete Work for You!


    Contrary to opinion, music and athletics go hand in hand. I have coached 6 different sports and taught music for the past 29 years. I can show you how to make these work together to make a better music program, a better school sports program and a better student. A win, win, win scenario.
  • The College Student as an Effective Private Teacher


    Rarely do college students receive any formal guidance in how to be an effective private teacher while they are students themselves. This presentation will offer concrete processes and templates for how to chart a path toward success both for the young private teacher and his students.
  • The Conducted Moment: Lessons for the Community of Music from Mime and the Theatre


    This session explores the physical act of communication for conductors/musicians. Attendees will actively engage in the concepts of projection and presence, resistance in gesture, and engagement of the torso. Focusing on interplay between physical and musical response, the session will explore the difficult reality between what we think we are saying and how we are perceived by others as we strive to complete the great circle of communication that ebbs and flows between performers and audiences.
  • THE DARK SIDE OF TRADITION: Strategies for Eliminating Hazing and Bullying in the School Band Program


    A panel discussion and examination of the problem of hazing and bullying in school band programs which in most cases are an outgrowth of 'tradition.' The panel will present ways for band directors to identify hazing and bullying as well as strategies for eliminating these undesirable behaviors.
  • The Dreams of Our Founding Fathers and Creating a World of Music for All


    It is no secret that our nation's founders envisioned a country where music and the arts were a part of our national life, and the lives of our youth. Legendary music advocate Bob Morrison recalls this history with an interactive walk through our past. provides insights on the pathway forward to bring the founders vision - music for all citizen - to reality.
  • The Growth and Development of the Middle School Band (and Band Director)


    Helping band students through the intermediate years requires us to continue to build their basic skill, develop musicianship, and keep them active and involved. Dr. Menghini will address and answer questions vital to the growth and development of mid-level bands, including: what defines success and motivation for students in these formative years; building a program by improving student musicianship through the overall experience; and considering specific decisions mid-level directors face.
  • The Hidden Curriculum in the Instrumental Music Class


    Participants in this session will work to uncover the “hidden” elements of their curricula. The goal of the session is to increase awareness of the unintentional and unintended lessons that students learn in relation to music as well as music’s role in a social and cultural context.
  • The Joy of Band!


    Membership in Tamagawa Academy’s band club is, by design, a rewarding and inspirational experience. As with all non-curricular performance groups in Japan, the club must attract and retain members while reaffirming its institutional and public support. Mr. Tsuchiya and band will demonstrate how social and artistic creativity are used to integrate music into everyday school life, creating a sense of mutual ownership and appreciation between the band club and school at large. The logical ease of assimilating elementary-level students into this nurturing ensemble will be also be demonstrated.
  • The March – An Overview of Interpretation, Performance Guide and Historical Practices


    Based on the personal notes and archives of Harry Begian, William Revelli and Paul Bierley, a "March Reference Guide" has been created to assist in the preparation and performance of the march with appropriate style and performance considerations. The Fillmore Wind Band, whose namesake is Cincinnati native, Henry Fillmore, will demonstrate performance practices with particular attention paid to the marches of Henry Fillmore
  • The Midwest Clinic Jazz Interview with DownBeat Magazine Featuring Candido Camero



  • The Two Sides of the Recruitment and Retention Coin: Proactive Strategies for Sustaining Teachers and Students in Music Education


    Recruitment and retention of high quality music educators is at the core of every great music program. The first portion of our clinic will focus on the reasons for teacher attrition as well as multiple proactive strategies that increase music educator longevity in our school communities. The second segment of the clinic will focus on strategies to implement effective student recruitment efforts, and provide the means to create an actionable retention plan to maximize student involvement.
  • The Woman as Band Director: Cultivating Success On and Off the Podium


    Women comprise approximately 15% of high school and college band director positions combined perhaps because a majority of women perceive balance of career and family to be a significant obstacle at these levels. Despite this, more women are choosing both and succeeding. A panel of six women high school and college band directors at different career stages discuss how they have found a career home in this field while also working to maintain balance in their personal and family lives.
  • Thrive, Not Survive: Achieving Success as a First Year Teacher


    Often, the first year of teaching is associated with negative connotations. We are told to “stay afloat”, to “stay one step ahead”, and to “survive”. The purpose of this clinic is not only to dispel these predispositions, but to also discuss methods, actions, and strategies to acquire, enter, and thrive within the first year.
  • Tips for Quick & Easy Instrument Repair


    Learn to make minor repairs and adjustments to brass and woodwind instruments in the classroom Diagnose and solve many common problems on your own –and know when to leave the repair to a professional Receive guidance on stocking your own repair kits with the best tools and supplies
  • Title 1: A Label, Not a Limit


    This presentation will focus on pedagogy, rehearsal techniques, repertoire selection, motivation and the unique advantages and challenges of teaching in a Title 1 school. Proven strategies will be explored for building a strong educational culture and a successful middle school program that is the foundation of an outstanding high school experience.
  • Viola Fingerboard Domination: Creating a Facile and Confident Left Hand


    We normally think of left-hand facility as quickly covering a lot of fingerboard real estate. Dexterity, however, comes from confidence in the proper mechanics. This session will present strategies that can be utilized at a variety of instructional levels to empower your viola section to “keep up with the Joneses”—the first violins. This hands-on experience will include a resource list for further exploration.
  • Voicing and Re-voicing for YOUR Band’s Success!


    Finding repertoire for your specific instrumentation is an ongoing challenge for all band directors, particularly for those in small school settings. Educator/Composer/Arranger Robert W. Smith shares his decades of experience in voicing for all instrumental ensembles. Discussion topics include voicing for incomplete instrumentations and re-voicing for student performance success. Mr. Smith will be joined by the Princeton High School Band (IL) demonstrating voicing techniques in various musical settings.
  • What Are We Feeding Our Ensembles? Elevating Musical Taste in Order to Better Select Quality Repertoire


    As music educators, to say that repertoire is crucial to our program is an understatement. Simply put, the works that we choose inform our practice. Not only does repertoire form the foundation for our music programs, but it also influences what we teach regarding music history, theory, and even musicianship. This presentation will provide music educators with practical tools and strategies to select and evaluate quality repertoire.