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2011 Midwest Clinicians

  • "I must have missed this class....."

    This clinic will address important issues all instrumental music teachers face but may have been missing from their college curriculum. You will learn proven "common sense" and "experienced veteran" techniques, suggestions, and attitudes for dealing with: recruiting, marketing, public relations, utilizing professional talent in the community, and getting the "university folks" to help you with the daily-grind aspects of the job.
  • 10 Gems for Great Rehearsals

    “10 Gems for Great Rehearsals” is a clinic designed to assist the young music educator with the structure of rehearsals in the most musical and efficient manner possible. Clinic topics include rehearsal environment, rehearsal pacing, warm-up techniques, tuning, sight-reading preparation, and concert cycle organization.
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  • 25 Critical Mistakes of First-Year Teachers

    This clinic is designed to help our youngest educators avoid many of the common challenges teachers encounter during their first few years of teaching. Why have so many promising band and orchestra teachers left the profession after only a few years? Attendees will gain real-world knowledge and skills they can use immediately to help them develop a high quality music program for many years.
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  • A Composer's Secrets

    With the help of the Berkner High School Band, composer Frank Ticheli, will reveal secrets and strategies that will enhance performances of not only his own works for concert band, but also works by other composers. He will share personal thoughts about orchestration, conducting, interpretation, and risk taking. He will also highlight specific examples of how Ticheli, the conductor, illuminates Ticheli, the composer.
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  • Artistry for All: Techniques to Unlock the Creative Potential of Every Ensemble

    Artistry is an ideal that is often misunderstood, but it occupies the very heart of why education in the arts is essential. Artistry isn’t merely skill, nor is it simply creativity. It is the deliberate exercise of all one’s faculties (intellect, emotion, technique, intuition) in a concerted effort to bring into being something that wasn’t there before. For a musician, it is an honest, unpretentious effort to make music in a given moment. For young musicians, that moment might be a single note, by accident. For pros it is likely to stretch over a sustained period of time, on purpose. Of greatest importance is the realization that artistry is possible at every level – from beginner to expert. This session will identify the core concepts that support artistic thinking from day one, as well as practical techniques to inspire, identify, share, practice, and build upon artistry within an ensemble at any stage of development.
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  • Back from the Brink: How an Instrumental Music Program Survived and Thrives Under NCLB and Budget Cuts

    In 2001, the Sunman-Dearborn Middle School Band program was 440 strong and extremely successful. That began to change with No Child Left Behind and the removal of the beginning band program into a new building. Follow these two highly experienced music educators for the next hour as they describe the multiple and sustained challenges that nearly eliminated their programs, as well as the creative and replicable solutions that they implemented to—not only survive—but to thrive!
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  • Beyond Student Teaching: The Life You Change May Be Your Own

    This clinic will offer strategies for student teachers to get the most of their field experiences while building a reputation as a desirable teaching candidate.
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  • Brassed On: A Guide to Expressive Brass Playing

    This session will discuss and demonstrate innovative ideas in tone production, intonation, and articulation with the goal of improving the sound of your brass section. Musical expression and imagery will also be explored with an eye towards both individual and group exercises.
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  • Clarinet 101

    Improve embouchure and voicing, tonguing, and discussion of hand position and posture. Clarinetists need to approach the technical demands of playing their instrument with practice routines specifically targeted to improve tone, technical dexterity, and articulation. The adage "technique is freedom" is important for all musicians as they build their skills to enable themselves to perform in whatever way necessary to make good music.
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  • Clarinet Orchestra: The Repertoire Exploitation and Application in Education Site

    Clarinet is the musical instrument which takes the majority among the wind band instrumentation. KCM has been commissioning numerous arrangers to transcribe various kinds of orchestra repertoires being rich & colorful textures such as Debussy, Ravel etc. At our session we would introduce the future possibility of Large Clarinet ensemble and various ways of exploitation on education site through our performance.
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  • Composers Forum

    Mallory Thompson hosts an exciting forum featuring well-known composers Frank Ticheli, Kevin Walczyk, Johathan Newman, and Ben Hjertmann in an open discussion about the opportunities and challenges of composing for today's mediums. Audience members may participate by asking questions or providing comments to panel members.
  • Concert Band Is My Life, Teaching Improvisation Is My Job!!!

    There are many ways to alter Big Band charts to highlight improvisation; and the space created can sometimes be the highlight of the performance. We will discuss spaces in front of the chart, creating a vamp situation, and establishing a single chord vamp out of a complex progression. Also, there are countless ways to create using a single scale. This helps soloists get right to the act of creating by making two basic choices, a) what to use, and b) how to use what they choose.
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  • Concert Percussion Staging For Effective Individual and Ensemble Performance

    Ensemble performance is greatly affected by where percussion instruments and players are located and/or positioned on stage. Correct staging is related to musical considerations including balance, clarity, and ensemble precision. In addition, students must develop the skill of setting up and moving efficiently in multiple instrument applications.
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  • Crossing the Bridge: Transitioning from Method Books to Solo and Etude Repertoire

    Get insight from esteemed educators/teacher educators Dr. Robert Gillespie and Pamela Tellejohn Hayes on the selection of beginning, intermediate and advanced repertoire for students moving from method book instruction to solo literature and etudes. Sample materials will be shown, along with video and audio clips of a variety of selections. Attendees will receive a repertoire list of 110+ solos, etudes and books, graded to allow introduction to this literature at any performance level.
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  • Developing a Jazz Vocabulary

    Bob Mintzer will explore and demonstrate important reasons for studying and playing short etudes in a jazz style and how these etudes can develop jazz concepts for the improviser. He will demonstrate and discuss the essential function of a contemporary jazz etude, how a jazz etude can serve as a solo transcription, and he will discuss how a jazz play-along can provide essential tools to improve improvisation and jazz vocabulary.
  • Developing Rhythmic Sensitivity in Your Ensemble: Techniques and Strategies

    This clinic will provide techniques and strategies for band and orchestra directors to assist in developing their students rhythmic sensitivity within the large instrumental ensemble. Also addressed will be techniques to aid the conductor in his/her own rhythmic accuracy. Strategies for identifying and fixing the most common rhythmic errors will be discussed and modeled. To conclude, recommended literature that assists in teaching rhythmic sensitivity will be discussed.
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  • Different Ways to Think About Music, Teaching, and Advocacy

    Teaching the Whole Musician: how what we know shapes what we hear—a session for composers, conductors and performers. Tom Duffy discusses the brain and: an understanding of harmony and blending by making deliberate errors while performing; composing aural illusions (“optical illusions” for the ear); conducting poly-metric music (bilateral conducting); and ways for conductors and performers to identify and notate (and thus remember!) timbre relationships in ensemble music.
  • Do You Hear What I Hear?

    The breadth and depth of how we listen ultimately determines our effectiveness as a conductor. Thus, all conductors face the challenge of developing discerning listening skills that elevate aural awareness and serve to maximize rehearsal efficiency. With the assistance of the United States Army Band this clinic will focus on the multiple kinds of listening that are critical factors in determining the effectiveness of rehearsals and offer strategies to refine these proficiencies.
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  • Dynamic Phrasing: A Musical Approach to Keyboard Percussion

    The clinic focuses on the ways to develop lyricism on percussion instruments. Tone production and the tools for expression on keyboards are compared and contrasted with other instrumental families to gain a deeper understanding of both the advantages and limitations of percussion instruments. Performance techniques in intermediate level keyboard music are discussed that can be easily adapted throughout the percussionists’ repertoire, turning an average performance into an artistic one.
  • Economic, Sustainable Gestures: Clear Conducting Technique that Conveys your Aural Picture

    This session will demonstrate efficient and effective gestures to help develop your conducting technique with clarity and musicality. Discover and engage your unique center and use it to channel your musical intent to and through your players. Learn specific exercises in subdivision, dynamics, and various music styles that you can use to communicate your musical vision and help paint an aural picture for your players.
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  • Effective Means for Establishing Better Tone in your Flute Section

    Helping flute students achieve good tone can be challenging—especially for directors who are not trained flutists. In this session, the clinician will provide basic principles and helpful hints for guiding beginning and advanced students to improved flute tone. Attendees will receive helpful exercise sheets that are suitable for use by individual players or an entire flute section.
  • Endangered Musical Minds

    All children are born, with some potential to succeed with music, but with little or no music experiences in the early years, children can lose their intuitiveness for making accurate and sensitive musical responses. The future success of vocal and inst. performers—as well as musical participation in daily life—is significantly dependent on appropriate early intervention. Here, is critical information about how children think about music and what we can do to help them develop musically.
  • Establishing a Quality Sound in the Beginning Orchestra

    Several ideas and methods regarding creating a quality sound for the first-year string player will be discussed and demonstrated. Topics of establishing proper physical posture and bow hold, bowing sequence, music fundamentals, and the use of imagery will be incorporated into this session.
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  • Fighting for Music Education: Ideas to Help Keep Music Programs Alive in the Face of Deep Budget Cuts

    This clinic will discuss how many cultures believe music can impact brain development and the academic achievement of students. The clinician will share a “plan of action” with strategies for finding unique ways to garner support for music programs: including outreach activities, partnering opportunities, grassroots social networking, and the novel approach taken by the new “Bach Box” project.
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  • From Poof to Portato: A Sequence of Bow Strokes for the Heterogeneous Class

    Bowing technique is a crucial foundational skill in string playing that creates good tone quality and forms the basis for musical style. In this session, methods of teaching fundamental bow strokes and bow choreography in group settings from beginning through intermediate levels will be explored. Literature utilizing the various strokes will be broken down and demonstrated in video clips of a chamber orchestra including Indiana University String Academy and Jacobs School of Music students.
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  • From Studio to Ensemble: Synchronizing Studio & Ensemble Performance Goals for Band & Orchestra Brass

    Choosing repertoire can often be a challenge with younger brass sections. This clinic presents innovative methods for linking brass student playing goals to repertoire demands through a combination of lecture & playing demonstrations. Fundamentals of air, embouchure, articulation & their essential intersection with repertoire will be discussed. Conductors, studio teachers, and brass students will benefit from these strategies for continuing growth from practice room to rehearsal hall.
  • Gems: Woodwind Quintets for High School Performers

    Quality pieces for young woodwind quintets are vital as early experiences in chamber music performance. Presented here are excerpts from fifteen outstanding high school-appropriate woodwind quintets. These works are fun and have parts that are engaging for all members of the quintet. While some are standard in the quintet repertoire, a number are less familiar gems. Selections vary in terms of style, time period, culture, and country. We will discuss and perform selections from all of them.
  • Get 'Em Moving: Shifting in the Beginning Strings Classroom

    Shifting is a skill often reserved for intermediate orchestra classroom, but with a little fun and a few tricks, shifting can easily be introduced to your beginning strings students. This session will explore the unique challenges of teaching shifting to beginning string students. Beginning string students from Hudsonville Public Schools will be on hand to demonstrate activities, games, and exercises designed to "get 'em moving."
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  • Getting It Together: Style Tips for Your Jazz Ensemble

    The Lincoln Park High School, under the direction of Philip Castleberry, will perform, followed by mentoring from Jim Culbertson.
  • Getting the Most Out of the Midwest Experience

    John Whitwell has attended every Midwest Clinic, since 1975. He will share his unique experiences including serving as conductor of the Huron High School Band (Ann Arbor, MI) at Midwest, in 1980. He has also presented several clinic sessions and began serving on the Board of Directors, in 1997. As a teacher and conductor at all levels, he will reflect on his involvement with The Midwest Clinic and its many contributions to his career and the music profession.
  • Good Music is Good Music: Identifying Quality Repertoire for Bands of All Levels

    With the amount of time it takes for bands to learn a piece of music, it stands to reason that the time be spent on music of high quality.
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  • Hot Topics in Copyright

    Today’s copyright environment is wrought with stumbling blocks bound to trip up most ensemble directors. Learn the basics of copyright and how to avoid common pitfalls by covering your bases and securing correct permissions for the music you use in and out of the classroom. This session will cover: the ABC’s of copyright, application in the classroom, case studies, and instruction on how to sure you are legally using music with your students.
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  • How NOT to Get the Job: The Administrators' Perspective

    The panel will discuss what employers look for when considering candidates for teaching positions and the things that can eliminate a candidate from consideration. Topics to be covered range from appearance and demeanor, to interview techniques, and resume content.
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  • How to be Perceived as a Professional When You're Practically a Kid Yourself

    Young teachers often have to work harder than their older counterparts to establish credibility with parents and appropriate distance from their students. Mr. Weak will share his experience at successfully establishing himself as at mature professional at the age of 23.
  • Impacting State Law and Rule to Protect Arts Education—It Can Be Done!

    This session will discuss how you, your colleagues, and your state music educators association can impact state policy as it relates to music and fine arts. Topics addressed will include: the do’s and don'ts of effective lobbying, how to get started drafting and passing a bill, the importance of building relationships in state government, networking with other disciplines and educator organizations in the political arena, and the role a governmental relations consultant can play in your success.
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  • Injury Prevention for Musicians

    Musicians are athletes, yet very little time is devoted during the study of an instrument on how to stay healthy for the duration of a career. With the high prevalence of performing related musculoskeletal disorders among all musicians (some studies report injury rates as high as 88%) this workshop presents multiple strategies to prevent pain and injuries related to playing. Attendees will identify factors that increase the risk of developing an injury. A brief discussion on anatomy will be followed with proper stretching techniques and muscle health considerations. Multiple effective self-treatment and practice strategies will be presented. The mental aspects of injury will be discussed, as well as knowing when and where to seek professional assistance. This workshop provides musicians with hands-on experience preventing injuries and provides tools to foster a long healthy career in music.
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  • It Sounded Better at Home: Tips and Techniques to Manage Performance Anxiety

    How often do you hear, “It sounded better at home?” Become aware of patterns of thinking that hamper you from performing your best--when it counts. Learn self-talk strategies and creative visualization exercises that make performing more enjoyable and rewarding. Learn to channel the physical, mental, and emotional energies that performing in front of an audience brings out. Above all, learn how to share your artistry and your music, comfortably, and with conviction, with your audience.
  • It's a Swing Thing

    The Oak Prairie Junior High School Jazz Band, under the direction of William Rank, will perform a swing selection, followed by advice from José for the rhythm section, Tony on improvisation, and Dick regarding overall ensemble style. The session will close with the band performing that selection again. Junior high and middle school directors are especially encouraged to attend and consider these suggestions towards applying their ensembles to present at a future Midwest Clinic.
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  • Jazz Guitar for Band Directors: How to Turn your Rocker into a Jazzer in Three Easy Steps!

    For many young guitar players, the school jazz band is often their first experience with jazz music, yet band directors often have little knowledge of jazz guitar pedagogy. This clinic will present simple strategies any director can use to help their guitarists move from "rocker" to "jazzer." Attendees will learn about selecting and setting up gear to get an optimal jazz guitar tone, comping with appropriate voicings in different styles, and developing guitar-specific improvisation skills.
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  • Jazz Improvisation: Exploring the Basics

    The objective of this clinic is to provide specific techniques for teaching jazz improvisation during full jazz band rehearsal or in non-jazz combo settings. Many schools fail to teach improvisation because they say, “we don’t have a combo program at our school.” Attendees will learn how to offer jazz improvisation as a normal part of every rehearsal. Players can learn to improvise in a nurturing and supportive environment.
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  • John Philip Sousa's America: The March King's Life in Pictures and Stories

    “John Philip Sousa's America,” a new book by John Philip Sousa IV, and Loras John Schissel, brings his great grandfather's legacy to life with almost 300 images, quotes, cartoons, articles, ads, photos, and periodicals. Not only does the book outline the various decades of his life, but shows the power of the man, his music, and his love of the United States of America. The clinic will discuss the making of the book and the making of the man; as well as leave ample time for questions.
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  • Keeping Them in their Seats: How to Program Successful Concerts for Your Students and for Your Audience

    Because repertoire serves as the core curriculum of any music program, a long-term, stylistically diverse approach will be discussed that will enable students to perform music from all historical periods. In addition, to aid in the effective crafting of outstanding concert programs, we will address specific topics, including creating concert flow through program order, factoring in the endurance requirements, difficulty of the repertoire, and appropriate concert length.
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  • Making an Advocate of Your Principal: Ten Easy Things You Can Do In January

    This informative, inspiring presentation was developed after a district-wide survey asked principals what they appreciated most about their music educators and what one area could their teachers improve. Learn how the principals responded, along with practical, proven ideas to build and maintain the teacher/administrator relationship. Discover the "Ten Things You Can Do In January" to build and/or maintain a high profile for your program. Your program can be the centerpiece of your school!
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  • Midwest Clinic Performance Application Clinic

    This purpose of this session is to provide detailed information about the application form and recording procedures for applying to perform at the Midwest Clinic. We invite all directors considering applying to perform at next year's conference or a future Midwest Clinic to attend. Ample time will be available for questions and answers from all participants.
  • Midwest Clinic Performance Application Clinic

    This purpose of this session is to provide detailed information on the application and performance procedures of applying to perform at the Midwest Clinic. Ample time will be available for questions and answers from all participants. We invite all directors considering applying to perform at the 66th annual conference in 2012 or a future Midwest Clinic to attend.
  • Mobile Apps for the Musician's Productivity

    Learn about Mobile Apps that can assist the music educator in productivity, performance, and music education. Discover hardware and software that increase the possibility of reaching students in new and multiple dimensions. See how to read and perform music from an iPad. Learn how to move data between your computer and your mobile devices. Discover Apps for creating music ensembles using mobile devices and see how the tablet can be your musical score.
  • New Music Teacher Panel Discussion: Tales from the Real World of Music Teaching

    Learn about the triumphs and challenges of being a first year music teacher. From a teacher whose instruments were stolen during the summer, to a teacher whose sensitivity, flexibility and insight gained her the respect of her ensemble in a few short weeks . . . these and other stories of success will be shared during this clinic. Specific strategies to maximize success in the first year of teaching will be shared.
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  • Over and At.... A Detailed Approach to Beginning Flute and Clarinet Pedagogy

    Have you ever noticed the flute is the only woodwind instrument you play over, and the clarinet is the only woodwind instrument you play at? We will explore the uniqueness of the flute and clarinet with emphasis on posture, embouchure formation, hand position, initial sound production, articulation, and flexibility/register exercises. We will demonstrate the deficiencies that are often overlooked with beginners, which could lead to performance problems as performing ensemble participants.
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  • Positive Ways to Turn Your Band Parents' Organization into a Support Machine

    This clinic will provide helpful information to help you develop positive and professional relationships with your biggest fans—your students and parents! Members from my current band booster’s board of directors will provide additional information concerning their role in a contemporary band booster’s organization. Our topics will include a discussion about budgets and fundraising, and how your band’s website can help answer every question a parent might have about your band program.
  • Priorities in the String Class: Posture, Pulse and Pitch

    There are many concepts to focus on in the string and orchestra classroom. Concentrating first on the fundamentals helps us get to the music more quickly! This session will be useful to anyone teaching stringed instruments in classes. Featured: video examples of a beginning string class at the University of South Carolina String Project.
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  • Raising the Bar: Holding Students, Parents, Teachers and Administrators Accountable for Successful Learning

    Learn how teachers, parents, and administrators can guide students to be more accountable for their own work and progress. Formative assessment, adult nurturing, careful teaching strategies, and clear targets improve individual progress and performing groups as a whole. Rethink your instruction, grading, and teaching practices to address the twenty-first century learner. Partner with parents and administrators to provide the best educational support system a student could have!
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  • Ready, Aim, Fire . . . Tuning the Brain for Intonation Accuracy

    The clinic purpose is to introduce a specific methodology for developing the ability to pre-audiate (ala Colwell) target pitches that might actually be moving as the pitch center of the ensemble moves slightly higher or lower. Of course, the best accuracy occurs when the target doesn't move. Clinical information regarding previous research findings will be presented. Then, application of the specific the methodology, which involves singing, will be introduced as utilized in real-life situations.
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  • Real Musical Instrument Repair in the Classroom Setting

    This clinic will present simple procedures educators can use to resolve repair issues and help prevent issues from occurring in the first place. This is not a “tips for emergency-repair" presentation, but rather, an informative discussion of the common problems educators experience with older or poorly constructed instruments. Educators will gain a better understanding of how to diagnose and make simple repairs and incorporate a preventative maintenance program for their inventory.
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  • Recording & Digital Distribution For Your Performance Ensembles

    In the world of digital music recording and distribution, it has never been easier for ensemble directors to capture and distribute recordings of their ensembles on sites such as the iTunes Music Store, Amazon MP3, and more. Session attendees will learn how to make quality recordings of their ensembles, how to upload these recordings to online retail outlets, how to pay the required royalties, and how to advertise and sell these recordings through social media outlets.
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  • Rehearsal and Performance: Knowing the Difference Makes the Difference

    Is performance simply a presentation of what has been worked out in rehearsal or something different? This purpose of this clinic is to motivate band and orchestra conductors of all levels to revisit this age-old question, applying new ideas and strategies to improve performance. A close examination of rehearsal and performance will reveal unique differences and the impact those differences have on the musical experiences of students.
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  • Simple Steps to Teaching Successful Beginning Percussion

    This clinic session introduces a "new wave" comprehensive curriculum for teaching percussion that includes strategies for when and how to introduce each instrument to beginning percussion students. His teaching philosophy and use of this curriculum have played important roles in the success of his students and have provided a consistent foundation for one of the premier percussion programs in the United States of America.
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  • Slip Sliding Away: Decoding the Mystery of Trombone Legato

    The art and use of trombone legato has often been a confusing topic among developing trombonists. “Do I slur, tongue, or just move my slide and hope for the best?” We will delve into the practical application of a variety of legato and
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  • So... What Are You Working on Now?

    There are many important steps to becoming a successful band director. However, “MUS 101: Whatever," may have a better chance of functioning as intended—preparing instrumental music students for success—if the students start thinking now about what they will need to know and be able to do as band directors. This clinic will focus on the knowledge, skills, and attitudes students and beginning band directors need to develop "along the way" to becoming successful music educators.
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  • Starting Beginner Band Students

    Most band directors are trained in college how to teach each instrument from a beginner level. What is missing is how to recruit, how to close the communication gap between students, parents, and administrators, and what to do before students get into their book.
  • Stopped and Muted Horn: A Guide for Directors

    Stopped horn is an extremely effective but often misunderstood technique required by today’s horn players. Passages for stopped horn occur in nearly every genre of music. This clinic will present some practical methods for helping young horn players learn the proper stopped horn technique. Also, included will be recommendations for various commercial mutes available and a discussion of mute techniques for working with your horn sections.
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  • Students Teaching Students: How to be an Effective Private Teacher While Still Attending College

    Dr. Loeffert will share the materials and curricula that made him a successful private teacher during his undergraduate work. Topics include how to design a 20-, 30-, 45-, and 60-minute lesson plan; scope and sequence in the short and long term; lesson partners; and effective communication with the band director and parents. In addition, he will share his thoughts on how the private teaching experience makes one a more attractive candidate for a full-time classroom position.
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  • Teaching Both Hands: Skill-Based Strategies for Middle/High School Strings

    Gain ideas on how to improve the sound of your middle or high school string ensemble through the use of teaching strategies that develop and expand technique. Both right and left hand skills will be addressed in this "action-packed session."
  • Teaching Music and Musicianship through Performance in Beginning Band: Developing a Comprehensive Curriculum through Repertoire

    This session will provide a practical process for developing and enhancing student musicianship in the first year of performance in band. Using proven techniques, this clinic will discuss establishing goals, finding repertoire to meet those goals, developing musical self-sufficiency, and evaluating success.
  • Teaching Music at a Distance: Accessible Live Internet Video Education (The ALIVE Project)

    Imagine bringing some of the finest musicians and educators in the world into your classes! By using technology that already exists in virtually all schools, it is possible to create unique student enrichment and professional development opportunities. Drawing upon years of experience and working with hundreds of students in dozens of schools, Stewart and Allan will cover the technology, organization, and delivery of Internet based workshops that can be tailor made to your students.
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  • Teaching Music with Purpose: 25 Things You Can Do Tomorrow to Improve Your Ensemble

    This session offers twenty-five simple things you can do to improve the quality of your ensemble, make any rehearsal more productive and energize the power of your teaching. Useful for conductors of any level and type of ensemble.
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  • The Art of Conducting: Based on Interviews with Pierre Boulez, Christoph van Dohnanyi, Kurt Masur, Herbert Blomstedt, and Richard Hickox

    In a series of interviews with Professor John Knight of the Oberlin Conservatory, professional conductors Pierre Boulez, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Herbert Blomstedt, Kurt Masur, and Richard Hickox gave revealing insights on the essential qualities for a successful conductor: Topics discussed include the art and craft of conducting, musical interpretation, rehearsal techniques, conducting methods, baton technique, and the professional growth of a conductor.
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  • The Folk Song Tradition in Masterworks for Wind Band

    Throughout history, vocal/choral pieces have been used as source material for wind band works. This session will investigate the relationship of vocal/choral music to selected wind band masterworks of Gustav Holst, Ralph Vaughan Williams, and Percy Aldridge Grainger.
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  • The Midwest Jazz Interview--Downbeat Featuring Jeff Coffin

    Frank Alkyer hosts Jeff Coffin for an in-depth interview about jazz music and jazz education.
  • The Military March: From the Parade Ground to the Concert Hall

    The clinic will offer a detailed examination of common technical and musical issues confronting the modern percussionist during a march performance. Topics will include the anatomy and history of a march, instrument selection, printed part adaptation, and musical interpretation. Topics discussed will be supported with live performance demonstrations with recorded accompaniment by the West Point Concert Band. We will also provide educational materials (see below for details).
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  • The Power of Strings: Plugging In

    Martha Mooke, Electric 5-string Violist/Composer/Progressive Recording Artist, will introduce the fast-rising field of electric string instruments. Topics will include extended techniques, integration of electronics, and nontraditional performance practice, including improvisation. Ms. Mooke will also discuss what is necessary for teaching electric string instruments, what type of equipment is needed (amplification, audio processing), and available repertoire and resources.
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  • The Whole Enchilada: A New Curriculum Model for Twenty-First Century Bands

    This clinic will introduce a new, practical curriculum model that focuses on the essential components of a quality inst. music education, which include the development of solid technique, the rehearsal and performance of great music, the mastery of rudimentary theory skills, exposure to the people, places, and events that shaped our art form throughout the past 2000 years, and the nurturing of essential character qualities that will help our students become good people and good musicians.
  • Time to Teach: The Warm-up as the Foundation of Your Orchestra Rehearsal

    Dr. Alexander will illustrate the importance of utilizing the first fifteen minutes of instructional time as the primary ?teaching time? during rehearsals. He will discuss principles, practices, and materials for maximizing student learning during this optimal period. Participants should bring stringed instruments for ?hands on? experiences in tuning, left and right hand techniques, ear training, and development of expressive skills necessary for both current and future ensemble literature.
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  • Tweaking and Tuning: Tips for Improving Response, Tone, and Intonation for Oboe, Clarinet, and Bassoon

    This presentation will feature artist performers and master teachers who will provide information and demonstration of techniques to improve your woodwind section (oboe, clarinet, and bassoon). The clinic will begin by covering basic concepts of tone production and intonation (posture, breathing, listening) common to each of the three woodwinds. The clinicians will then demonstrate their favorite tips, tests, and techniques addressing response, tone, and intonation individual to each instrument.
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  • Unhelpful Conducting Habits Learned from "Helping" Students

    As ensemble directors and music educators we do everything we can to help our students and ensembles sound their best. However, many of the conducting habits we develop by trying to help our students actually hold them back. The purpose of this session is to highlight many of the habits commonly found among ensemble conductors; explain why these habits hurt rather than help; and provide conducting and rehearsal alternatives that empower our students and improve our conducting.
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  • Versatile, Virtuosic, and Vulnerable: The 3 V’s to Musical Success

    An entertaining and informative clinic about the demands of being a working musician in today’s competitive marketplace. Help prepare your students for musical success by teaching and encouraging them to know about the 3 V’s of performance - Versatility, Virtuosity and Vulnerability (in song writing and performance, trusting your own artistic integrity and allowing others to experience it).
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  • What Do I Do with My Six Drummers: Using Latin Percussion in Non-Latin Jazz Tunes

    Latin percussion instruments are a vital part of the Jazz culture. However, too many musicians don’t understand the approach of using these instruments in non-Latin music genres. These instruments are a great source of color and add to the groove of many other styles.
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  • Why Can't We All Just Get Along: Bridging Jazz and Classical Music

    The goal of this workshop is to bridge the gap between traditional understanding of jazz and classical music. The Chicago Jazz Philharmonic’s brass section, led by trumpeter/conductor Orbert Davis, will demonstrate the similarities and differences of each genre and how to fuse the two together effectively to create new and inspiring music, called "Third Stream." Attendees will learn about the importance of cultivating "inner diversity" to achieve true diversity in music and in life.
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  • You Are Only as Good as Your Last Breath: Improving Brass Pedagogy

    This clinic is designed to help music educators of all levels improve their brass teaching. Discussion will include information related to the instruction of the breath, mouthpiece buzzing, embouchure formation, articulation, and common brass myths. Participants will leave the session with information and a handout that can be implemented for immediate improvement.
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