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2009 Midwest Clinicians

  • "Discovery: Music!" Creating Interactive Concerts that Engage, Entertain, and Educate


    Since 2003, Lawrence Stoffel has produced a concert series entitled, “Discovery: Music!” These annual, interactive concerts for band introduce students of all ages, parents, and even seasoned concert goers to the joys of music. In the tradition of Leonard Bernstein’s “Young People’s Concerts” and Wynton Marsalis’ “Marsalis on Music,” these discovery concerts reveal universal themes in music by focusing on both the intrigue of creating music and the fulfillment found in listening to music.
  • "I Can't Play Today Because..." Medical Problems Interfering With Students' Practice and Performance


    This clinic discusses a wide variety of musculoskeletal problems that can affect students’ upper extremities (based on the speaker’s decades of hand and orthopaedic surgery practice). Attendees will also learn principles of recognizing and preventing these conditions, and strategies for facilitating students’ early and safe return to making music.
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  • "Use the Music to Improve the Technique" - Teaching Technique and Musicianship with Orchestra Music


    Excerpts from high school and middle school orchestra music will be presented. The process of analyzing the technical challenges and prescribing a "step by step" process for mastery will be demonstrated. A DVD will show students engaged in this method of developing technical skills and musicianship using specific excerpts from orchestra literature. This process is intended to help teachers teach technique and repertoire simultaneously and still maintain their performance commitments.
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  • “Wow, I Figured Out a Tune by Myself” – Musical Problem Solving as the Ultimate Motivator


    Students love to figure out tunes on their own. However, for some students this skill seems elusive as component skills remain underdeveloped. This includes the ability to sing on pitch, to convert sung pitches to motor movements, remembering pitches and being willing to make mistakes. In this interactive session, the clinician will demonstrate how to incorporate these skills in the beginning string and band curriculum so that ALL students will experience success. Bring your instrument.
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  • A Conversation with Donald Hunsberger



  • A Conversation with Jacquelyn Dillon-Krass



  • A Conversation with Mark O'Connor



  • A Conversation with Ron Modell



  • A Musical Approach to Percussion Ensemble


    Our clinic will focus on ways to integrate chamber music for percussion into band and orchestra programs at the middle school and high school level. The presentation will focus on original music for percussion, rather than transcriptions, with an emphasis on unconducted performances. Performances by our ensemble will illustrate how the concepts students learn in percussion chamber music can easily and effectively translate to a band or orchestra setting.
  • A New Era in String Education



  • Advice for the Back Row: Good Ensemble Habits for the Trombone Section


    The clinic begins with the questions “Is the trombone section frustrated and are they frustrating you?" and "What are the factors that work against the success of the trombone section." My intent is to answer those questions so that you and your trombone section can work together in the most productive and musical way.
  • Ask Ellis: A Question and Answer Session with Ellis Marsalis



  • Band Rehearsal Techniques and Gestures: What are We Saying? What are They Thinking?


    This topic is specific to corrections in rehearsal, both musical and technical. Including suggestions on gesture, this session uses a live ensemble to foster a more non-verbal, music-centered setting. This clinic uses a live ensemble to demonstrate relationships between gesture and sound, but more specifically, it deals with sensitizing the ensemble to gesture through minimizing unimportant gestures and developing ensemble independence of pulse so gestures that ARE used can be more meaningful.
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  • Bridge Music - Teaching and Making Music through Conducted Chamber Music


    Chamber music creates musicians more strengthened in individual independence and sensitive to group interdependence. But what happens when the abilities of some players to be independent are mitigated by those still needing a conductor to provide ensemble stability? During this session, directors of musicians at all levels will be presented with music for ensembles of 8 to 14 players which while conducted, provides both a full music experience and a bridge to unconducted chamber music.
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  • Clarinet Tone Got You Down? Surprisingly Simple Steps to Immediately Improve the Tone of Your Clarinet Section


    Quick and practical solutions for solving common problems with clarinet tone. Discover how topics such as simple reed care, placement of the reed, positioning of the mouthpiece and tuning tips can help your students produce a great group sound!
  • Creating a Beautiful Trumpet Sound


    The fundamentals of creating trumpet tone, musicianship and ensemble playing. Through explanation and demonstration the Martin’s describe the road to playing the trumpet professionally. From beginning fundamentals to rehearsals and performances with the Chicago Symphony and Civic Orchestras Chris and Mike discuss how it feels, and the rewards of what it’s like, to work at the instrument every day.
  • Empowering Instrumental Music Students for Productive Practice


    Individual practice is essential for the development of the complex physical, cognitive, and musical skills necessary to perform fluently on an instrument. This interactive session will provide practical, research-based strategies to help instrumental music students engage in effective individual practice. Topics will include motivation, practice approaches, teaching students to practice, and structuring practice sessions.
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  • Encouraging Our Oboists: Resources and Tips for Directors


    This session introduces resources and offers tips to directors who want to guide their oboe players toward better tone, intonation, embouchure, and vibrato. An approach to identify and address reed problems will be introduced as well.
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  • Ensemble "Circle of Acceptance": Setting Expectations for Maximum Performance Potential


    What is your Circle of Acceptance? Manage time and focus on key ingredients for developing maximum performance potential with your instrumental program. This clinic looks at several approaches for solving common wind band performance errors. Explore rehearsal methods for engaging students in the process while elevating their standard of acceptable performance. Become more aware of your ensemble's expectations and learn how to prepare each rehearsal with an appetite for excellence!
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  • Exploring the Core Repertoire for High School Band


    Are there pieces in the wind band repertoire that are of such great musical merit that every high school student should have an opportunity to play them? If so, what criteria should be used for their selection, and how might they be incorporated into a balanced, diverse music program? These questions will be addressed in detail as the clinicians provide repertoire resources along with successful ways to incorporate great band works, on a 4-year rotation cycle, into high school music programs.
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  • Expressive Conducting - Making the Investment in Your Students and Your Rehearsals


    This clinic will reveal how expressive conducting translates directly to effective rehearsal techniques and enhanced music making with ensembles of any level. The guiding philosophical principal is that conducting is a “listening” art and that what we hear guides our conducting. The session will present practical and effective strategies for teachers to add to their conducting vocabulary, to share with their students, and to immediately employ in their rehearsals.
  • Failure Is Not An Option!: A Practical Team-Building Approach for Directors, Staff, Students and Boosters


    Teaching colleagues Jerry Hoover and Belva Prather have taught together at Missouri State University for 23 years. They bring a combined total of 91 years of teaching experience from the public schools and university levels. They illuminate the principles of “team” and believe their ability to work together casts light on them as role models for the professional teaching teams across the country. The clinic presentation will identify achievable goals applicable to your teaching team.
  • French Horn SOS! First Notes, Fundamentals, and Fixing It: Teaching Strategies and Resources Every Director Should Know for Their Beginning to College Level Horn Players


    Intro: I. Getting your beg horn players started II. Equipment-including instruments, mouthpieces, mutes III. Suggested method books/repertoire Fundamental Horn Skills: I. Sound/tone production II. Posture/Body Awareness III. Basic Technique Development/refinement of sound IV. Adv. Technique Development V.Repertoire: Representative musical examples will be selected for discussion from the following categories contained in the master repertoire list
  • From ADD to OHI to the IEP: Music Therapy Techniques to Build Success in your Instrumental Programs


    The session will focus on the use of Music Therapy techniques to aid in the instruction of instrumental music students. Specific instructional modifications will be discussed and demonstrated. In addition, there will be information made available regarding the implementation of music therapy in a public school setting.
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  • Got Band? No Wind Ensemble - No Problem!


    Many, if not most, band programs consist of one director who serves the entire instrumental population. These programs often contain students from various grades and abilities. Not all of us are fortunate enough to teach in a situation that allows us to have an auditioned or “top” group. We don’t have Wind Ensembles, Wind Symphonies, or any other select group. Quite simply we have a band. Yet, these programs can be very successful and help students achieve a superior level of musicianship.
  • How to be an Advocate for your Band or Orchestra Program


    This clinic will provide attendees with ideas to become a better advocate for their program, whether they are just startying out or are veteran teachers. Included in the clinic is a power point that provides the user with examples of areas that must be addressed when speaking on behalf of all fine arts programs, as well as an example of how to put the power point to use in a specific situation.
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  • How Use of the Alexander Technique Can Improve Your Quality of Life and Your Professional Performance


    Used for a century by those suffering from aches and pains and frequently used by musicians, actors, and dancers who want to improve the quality of their performance, the Alexander Technique helps users develop greater self-awareness and eliminate harmful physical tension from their bodies so that they can live and perform with greater ease and efficiency. In this session participants are introduced to some principles and applications of the Alexander Technique in an interactive setting.
  • In the Beginning...Building Blocks for Success with Band Students During their First Two Years


    This clinic presents topics related to teaching band students during their first 2 years. The materials are drawn from the motivational/instructional techniques used with the students in the Rising Starr M.S Band, a 2-time Midwest Clinic performer. Topics include: daily routines, practicing, recruiting/retention, mastery-based skill checks, rhythm, developing technique, and instructional routines for the individual and ensemble. The clinic is a glimpse into the Rising Starr Band from day one.
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  • Is Your Conducting Helping or Hurting Your Ensemble? A Simple No-Nonsense Approach to Creating Clear and Consistent Conducting Technique


    Every musician knows that great musical performances require strong fundamental technique. Poor tone quality, bad pitch, inaccurate rhythm, unclear articulation, or any one of a myriad of technical problems can hurt the musical intent of the performer. The need for clear and consistent physical technique from the conductor is no different. This clinic will teach clarity and simplification of technique, and help you to determine whether your conducting is helping or hurting your ensemble.
  • It’s Not Just Scales and Chords: Equipping Your Beginning Improvisers with Tools of Expression.


    There is no need to have a complete knowledge of scales and chords to begin expressing oneself through improvisation. Many jazz masters use simple, but expressive musical devices. This session focuses on helping teachers equip their students with the tools of expression demonstrated by jazz masters. These tools (melody embellishment, timbre, inflection, etc.) are useful in facilitating confident and expressive improvisation as the student's harmonic knowledge develops over time.
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  • Keep Me Out Of Trouble: A Legal Primer For Music Teachers


    This clinic explores the legal issues related to music teachers in the current litigious climate. Through real case studies the attendee will be shown techniques to avoid legal pitfalls. Specific subject matter covered is Civil/Criminal Liability, Booster Liability and the dangers of Facebook/MySpace.
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  • Kids are Kids and They Can All Learn!


    This Clinic will present ways to build band programs in schools where urban and socio-economic challenges are prevalant. Topics discussed will be motivating students, advocacy with administrators, parents and community, how to get students to take ownership in a program, and how to define and create success with limited student financial resources.
  • Making Music Amidst the Madness: Rediscovering Our Musical Self


    Music educators are quitting at an alarming rate. Arts education is in crisis. Low pay, poor conditions, helicopter parents, no support and the only measure of successful music education sits on the trophy shelf. Is this what you thought it would be like? Come reflect, recharge and/or rediscover that original passion for music. Enjoy an inspiring session that examines our personal musical journey and what impact that has on our students.
  • Mambo Jumbo and All that Jazz; A Multicultural Approach to Teaching Jazz Ensembles


    Is your jazz ensemble’s performance of Afro-Caribbean music lacking spark or just plain boring? Learn rehearsal techniques used to prepare Latin rhythm influenced jazz charts. Diaz will demonstrate a step-by-step process to prepare this genre. He will also cover the use of traditional Latin American rhythms and its fusion with American musical styles such as jazz, rhythm and blues, and hip-hop to enhance the students’ experience. Diaz will demonstrate basic dance steps.
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  • Marching Band Show Production - How to Make The Dots Come Alive - Successful Pre-Production Concepts


    Marching Band Show Production. How to make the dots on the paper come alive – Successful pre-production ideas and concepts. Tools to help you develop ideas and be certain the pacing of your show will be an effective way to reach the audience through appeal and entertainment values. Tools to help you select the best show for your band. Methods that involve the students, providing beneficial classroom experience and strong commitment to the program.
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  • Meeting the Standards with Your Concert Programming


    The purpose of the clinic is to provide a look at how the National Standards can be used to improve the performance of wind bands in rehearsal and concerts. Specifically, this clinic will focus on three areas: Reviewing or introducing those in attendance to the National Standards and their purpose; Using questions to focus rehearsal time on better performances; and, a discussion of selected wind band literature to provide a unit of study for students.
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  • Music Assessment: A Comprehensive Approach


    This session will provide an overview of the process and implementation of a total music assessment program for your institution. Ten years of data shows that a strong assessment system develops higher-quality performers, self-motivated players, thankful parents, supportive administrators, and more effective music educators. Sample assessments will be shared covering aural skills, written theory, and performance standards. Using data to improve instruction is the key to a strong music program.
  • Music Outreach -- More Urgent Than Ever. Old and New Approaches, Including El Sistema.


    According to Dana Gioia, former chairman of the NEA, the cultural education of American youth has been in sharp decline over the past 50 years. If he’s right that "a child's access to arts education is largely a function of his or her parents' income," what about the millions of disadvantaged children? Music can provide solutions through fresh approaches to "outreach" such as Projeto Serioso, and social programs like El Sistema. I want to tell you how they work and how you can participate.
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  • Percussion Revolution


    This clinic will discuss the challenges that music educators face when dealing with percussionists. How could we elevate the percussion playing for every orchestra and band in this country? What does a great percussion section sound like? What does a bad percussion section sound like? Tone, instruments, mallet/sticks choices, balance, color, articulation, style, and repertoire will be discussed. The Northwestern University Percussion Ensemble will demonstrate, with Mallory Thompson conducting.
  • Perform-Connect-Reflect: Three Keys to Maximizing Student Performance in Beginning to Middle Level Ensembles


    This session examines strategies for engaging individual students and maximizing their learning in the large ensemble setting. Think about working differently, not harder. Topics include: Framing comprehensive rehearsals Providing individual feedback to improve performance Assessing music learning in addition to performance skills Developing rapport with students Guiding results-oriented independent practice outside of class Promoting students' self reflection on their learning.
  • Piccolo Can Make or Break Your Band: Artistry in the High Register


    Playing piccolo is a high wire act—every note is audible. This clinic shows how even young piccolo players can achieve artistry and make a positive contribution to your band. The presenter draws upon decades of experience, including study with leading orchestral piccolo players such as Walfrid Kujala, performance in many ensembles (Chicago Symphony, Tulsa Philharmonic and Opera Orchestra, Blue Lake Festival Band); two solo piccolo recordings; and years of successful flute and piccolo teaching.
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  • Play Along Bassoon Clinic


    Bassoonists are invited to bring their instruments to the clinic. Non-playing observers will be welcome. Follow the leader (call and response) techniques will be used to get a group of players of varying abilities to play right away. Very brief comments about fundamentals (posture, breathing, embouchure support, tuning, dynamics) will be made between models. Brief ensembles for the massed group and a question and answer period will end the clinic.
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  • Playing "Both Sides" of the Saxophone


    The modern saxophonist is expected to be versatile and to perform in a wide variety of musical settings. This clinic will focus on the skills and techniques required to achieve this versatility. It will emphasize fundamental areas of saxophone performance that are important to developing versatility as a performer, including tone production, articulation, and interpretation. It will also provide an overview of saxophone equipment, focusing on the mouthpieces and reeds appropriate for each style.
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  • Pod Savvy: A Guide to iPod Use in the Performing Music Classroom


    One of the most influential pieces of hardware developed for the music classroom in the past decade has been the iPod. Many iPod users are unaware of the potential for the device to aid in music instruction. Due to the diversity of capabilities of the iPod, they provide an inexpensive way to create media-rich environments. This demonstration will concentrate on three areas of non-traditional iPod use for the performing classroom: recording, video playback, and music applications.
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  • Re-energizing the Beginning String Classroom: Many Roads to Success


    Beginning string teachers teach in many different schedules and environments. In 28 years teaching beginners, I’ve done it all and used many different teaching strategies. No single approach works for everyone but everyone can find a path to success. Teaching is about choices and we will explore the many pedagogical choices, resources and technologies available to contemporary music teachers.
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  • Ruffles and Flourishes - Fanfares for Presidents and World Events



  • Set Up for Excellence: Preventing and Fixing Common Problems in Young Cellists


    Nothing is more important for beginning and intermediate cellists than good set-up. This workshop will present simple, effective, and fun-for-students (and teachers) ways (effective in both group and individual settings) to establish good posture and left/right hand/arm position and function in beginning students and to fix bad habits continuing students may have developed.
  • Social-Emotional Leadership: Engaging Your Ensemble with Positive Psychology


    This clinic will introduce the principles of Positive Psychology, and demonstrate the utilization of these ideas to advance an atmosphere of growth in music ensembles and other groups where the personal exchange of dynamic ideas is the key to success. Social-Emotional Leadership provides the framework, and this clinic will enable conductors and educators to inspire the ensembles to new levels of cooperative learning.
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  • Sound, Technique and Vocabulary: The 3 Pillars of Practice for Jazz Students


    This clinic is a one hour presentation that helps students to focus their practice on three areas crucial to successful jazz performance: sound production, technique (language of music) and vocabulary development (learning the "jazz language.") As a high school jazz educator as well as an extremely active professional jazz saxophonist, I can offer a unique perspective to other music educators and give them some tools to help their students focus their practice to become better Jazz improvisors.
  • Sousa's Marches, Classic Repertoire for Band


    Secrets of Sousa performance revealed for famous Sousa marches. Attention to specific problems and "how to do it" solutions through live demonstration with the New Sousa Band. Sousa's marches presented as "classic American band repertoire." Showing the marches are also "classical" in the sense of their structure, historic and harmonic implications. Discussion of period performance practice and unique percussion techniques. Period saxophone useage.
  • Stop Practicing! Making Music in the Instrumental Rehearsal


    By focusing solely on practicing for the upcoming performance, we rob our students and ourselves of hundreds of potentially moving and inspiring musical moments. Smith will offer practical suggestions to change student and director perceptions of rehearsing from one of practicing music to making music. With an emphasis on performing music in rehearsal, we will find that the experience will be more enjoyable, students will be more engaged, and our performances will be more musically satisfying.
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  • Teaching the Nitty-Gritty: Who Has Time for Anything More?



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  • Technology in the Practice Room


    My "Technology in the Practice Room" seminar is based around taking the technology that students and educators have available around them and demonstrating how these devices can be used during practice to make a more productive, insightful and fun practice session. The clinic will demonstrate concepts using delay and reverb effects, multi-tracking, and use of communications software and webcams to heighten the learning experience.
  • Technology on a Dime - How to Incorporate Music Technology in Your Classroom Without Breaking the Bank


    This session will focus on unique ways to include technology in any music classroom on a limited budget. Session attendees will learn about low-priced and open-source music hardware and software, cost-effective audio and video recording solutions, pursuing grant money, and other practical ideas that incorporate technology into a music curriculum.
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  • Terrific Tone at the Flutist's FIRST Lesson


    Through observing a first lesson with a new flute student, participants will hear how amazing a student can sound, even after playing for only 30 minutes.
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  • THAT Wasn't In The Book! Lessons After 2 Years of Teaching


    Undergraduate music education programs typically focus on preparing young directors for the instructional challenges of the performance music classroom. Often, there is not enough time for these programs to attend to the numerous other skills necessary to successfully execute a quality performance music program. The purpose of this clinic is to share the experiences and challenges we faced and what we learned from them.
  • The Anatomy of Instrumental Conducting


    Through insightful dialogue, unique multi-angle video demonstrations, and state-of-the-art motion capture animation, participants can study conducting gestures. Mr. Corporon will demonstrate an in-depth and accurate picture of body mechanics and architecture, yielding profound insights and approaches to conducting technique.
  • The Care and Feeding of the Emerging School Jazz Program: Tips and Takeaways for Sonic Success


    This clinic will provide participants with multiple take-aways regarding the sonic success of a "second" high school jazz band, or, an emerging school jazz band. Instantly implementable ideas in the areas of curriculum, logistics, and repertoire will be provided. Logistical tips from 20 years experience of teaching an "early bird" class and a repertoire list with 38 guaranteed "home run" literature choices for a second jazz band will be delivered concisely and with great clarity.
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  • The Centered Musician and Conductor: Toward a Higher Level of Artistry


    Most performing artists will agree that their best performance and teaching and conducting happens when they are centered. This unique workshop will focus on philosophies of centering and techniques that enable one to be centered for performance. An emphasis on physical activities and breathing exercises that center will be demonstrated and shared. This session is applicable to conductors, ensembles, and solo performers alike.
  • The Dynamic Marching Band - Rehearsal Techniques that Work


    Young band directors often find the marching band to be an overwhelming task with few resources and scarce clinics to help. Here are some successful techniques that will make the marching band rehearsal efficient and productive. The information presented will also produce long lasting results, not only in the marching band, but in the entire band program.
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  • The First 100 Days: What Every New Teacher Should Know after Signing the Contract


    College students are typically prepared to enter the profession, however the amount of administrative tasks that challenge the new teacher may be plentiful. This clinic will show new teachers and those changing positions for next year a plan of action to make the new position a great experience for the students and themselves.
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  • The Habits of Musicianship: Musical Excellence from the Start


    Nearly all teachers agree that the primary long-term goals of music performance instruction center on musical fluency, independence, and artistry.We illustrate in this session how to create experiences for young learners that emphasize these goals and facilitate meaningful music-making from the very first days of instruction. Our approach leads young instrumentalists to think and behave like accomplished musicians beginning on the first day of class and continuing throughout their musical lives.
  • The Magnificent Sax Machine


    In its day, The Brown Brothers and other saxophone ensembles were "hot stuff". Today the Saxophone Ensemble is a legitimate music making ensemble in educational institutions around the world. With standard transcriptions, the new literature being written for the ensemble is exciting and accessible. The clinic will address the organization of an ensemble, finding literature and fitting it into a music curriculum. Northwestern University students will highlight this powerful, engaging new sound.
  • The Midwest Jazz Interview


    Get ready for a fascinating glimpse into the art, lives and views on jazz education from two of the biggest stars of contemporary jazz, Mr. Ramsey Lewis and Mr. Kirk Whalum. This discussion will be one part interview, one part clinic and 100 percent educationally entertaining. Frank Alkyer, the publisher of DownBeat magazine, will conduct the interview and it will appear in a future issue of DownBeat as well as on the magazine's Web site. Attendees can see it live, then see it in print, too.
  • The Practical Working Trumpeter


    I will cover my early years, bad habits that were developed and how I corrected them, as well as my philosophy on the fundamentals of breathing, air support embouchure, aperture, and tone color. I also will address the skills required of a working professional musician such as stylistic diversity and adaptability to different settings.
  • The Seven Deadly Sins of Low Brass


    This clinic addresses the seven most fundamental, but often neglected problems that low brass students and their teachers face. Most of the playing difficulties that low brass players in high school and college deal with have very benign beginnings in earlier band experiences. Designed for band directors, studio teachers and performers, this presentation will offer practical suggestions on preventing and correcting these issues before they have dire effects on musician's “musical life.”
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  • The Small Ensemble Project: Integrating Chamber Music into Your Curriculum


    The objective of the Small Ensemble Project (SEP) is to teach students the importance of practice and preparing their individual music for the large ensemble. The SEP was created to strengthen our program, improve our concerts through the work of indvidual students. The clinic will focus on: • Creation of project • How the project is run • Outcomes/Objectives • Troubleshooting
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  • The Three Hats of the Music Educator: Finding Balance Among Multiple Roles


    Successful music educators must wear multiple hats in their daily work. This session will examine three roles that quality music teachers assume - the artist, the teacher, and the administrator. Session attendees will assess their current strengths and develop an individual plan for balance among the roles in order to support their own career goals. The presenters will provide practical strategies for development in all three areas by focusing on how our roles as musicians shape the other two.
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  • Time: Care and Feeding


    This clinic is aimed at all musicians and its goal is to solidify and strengthen inner pulse. The time sense of many musicians is outer directed: i.e. guided by an outside source like a metronome or a conductor. My hope is that musicians can rely on their own innate sense of pulse, and through South Indian syllables, learning how to work with a metronome/click track, rhythm exercises, understanding clave, musicians in all fields of performance can develop and rely on their inner pulse.
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  • Top Tips for Improved Timpani Tone


    Join Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Principal Timpanist Mark Yancich for this informative clinic designed to help your timpanists of all levels to improved their tone production on the timpani. Topics covered will include stick choice, grip, stroke, playing position and more - we'll explore all of the aspects to help make a player sound better. It's that simple!
  • We All Perform On the Same Stage - Improving the Ensemble Skills Of Your Secondary String Players


    “We all perform on the same stage” and "Just because you can play it by yourself, doesn't mean that you can play it with the rest of us”. If these phrases apply to you and your students, then this session is for you. Learn ways to improve rhythmic accuracy, intonation, and artistic expression of string players in secondary ensembles. Give your students the skills necessary to participate more fully in the ensemble.
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  • What Do I Do with These Students In the Back of My Bandroom?


    This clinic will explore techniques and strategies for more effectively teaching percussionists, specifically the middle school percussionist. Topics to be discussed will include what the goals of the director should be, as well as the What, How, and Who of teaching percussion. Other ideas and strategies will also be discussed such as positive and negative aspects of a homogenous class setting, master class ideas, and recruitment/testing methods. Included will be links to resource material.
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  • You Too Can Be a String Teacher


    Designed for the non-string player/Band Director, this session presents a practical path for retooling your skills to become a string and orchestra teacher and why this is a good idea. Jeffrey Albright, trumpet performance graduate from The Juilliard School and presently a string teacher in the Fairfield, Connecticut Public schools, will co-present as an example of one who has followed this path.
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