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2012 Midwest Clinicians

  • “Get to the Tip of the Stick.” Elizabeth A.H. Green: Reflections on the Life of a Teacher, Author, Conductor, and Friend


    Elizabeth A.H. Green (1906-1995)--an internationally renowned pedagogue. She forged a path for herself during a time when success for female conductors was not the norm. One of her greatest interests was exploring ways to teach the brain. John Whitwell and Daniel Long will share their thoughts about this remarkable woman. (No Handout Available)
  • 5 Amazingly Fast and Simple Lessons to Teach our Musical Systems


    We seldom take advantage of the intuitive nature of our musical systems. We teach pieces of information and hope students figure it out. Use these 5 ten-minute lessons to teach the systematic basics of pitch reading, flats, sharps and naturals, scale creation, key signatures, rhythm and meter signatures. These lessons are great for beginners or as remedial help for older students. Application of these concepts creates independent learners who can figure things out for themselves. Please visit my website at: www.orchestratriage.com.
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  • A Complete Guide for the Successful Tuba Player


    Offering uncomplicated insight for individual players is never ending. Perantoni shares years of experience presenting and discussing his proven techniques for building confidence and developing fundamental playing skills. He will present practical tips, as well as a progressive sequence of instruction, which will help band directors and tuba players alike increase their success in low brass performance.
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  • A Sound Only a Mother Could Love: Developing a Mature Young Band Sound


    A mature band sound is not dependent on the age of the performers! Akey will present a systematic approach to developing a mature sound. Topics to be addressed will include technical and rhythmic accuracy, tone production, intonation and musicality.
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  • Ali Ryerson's Jazz Practice Method - Train Your Ears, Mind & Fingers


    Jazz flutist Ali Ryerson presents basic to advanced studies for all instruments using her “Jazz Flute Practice Method.” Designed for both aspiring and experienced jazz musicians, she presents an effective, intuitive approach to train the ears, mind & fingers. Develop fluency in 12 keys with intervallic studies; explore jazz scales (blues, pentatonic, modes, diminished, melodic minor); jazz chord/scale theory, etc. Develop your technical and musical reflexes for improvisation. Bring your instruments!
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  • Alternate and Sensitive Fingerings for Flutists


    Alternate and sensitive fingerings improve technique, intonation, and musical sensitivity. Ervin Monroe draws from his career spanning forty years as principal flutist of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. He will show how the structure of the flute affects the traditional, as well as alternate fingerings, through alteration of harmonics. The class will consist of lecture, explanations and demonstrations. Bring your flute so you can follow along through the session. (No Handout Available)
  • An Open Rehearsal with the Marcus Wind Symphony


    Fundamental demonstration and selected segments from concert literature. (No Handout Available)
  • Artistry, knowledge and community through chamber music.


    This clinic will examine how a yearlong chamber ensemble program can dramatically affect the artistic and musical knowledge of students. The clinic will focus on the importance of developing “gig” or performance opportunities for these ensembles in their community by illustrating how a schedule of real-world playing opportunities instills a sense of direction for rehearsals and cultivates a shared sense of purpose and commitment to each other and their wider community.
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  • Audio for Music Educators


    This clinic provides an overview of the techniques and technology for recording and sound reinforcement of various sized ensembles. Treager will cover equipment such as cables, microphones, mixers, processors, amplifiers, and speakers. He will also show various techniques for setting up live sound systems and recording different configurations of choirs, show bands, jazz ensembles, and concert bands/orchestras.
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  • Beginning Brass: Establishing Foundations for Success


    This clinic will focus on establishing solid fundamentals for beginning brass students with specific emphasis on embouchure formation, mouthpiece placement, posture and tonal development.
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  • Building A Better Percussionist: Mixing Technique, Movement, and Ear Training for Optimal Learning.


    This session will provide clear and universally adaptable exercises and teaching strategies based on technique, movement, and listening that apply to ALL areas of percussion. The ideas presented are based on a vertical teaching sequence, where every new skill or concept is directly linked to a previous skill or concept. The ideas presented will work with ANY instruction book, ANY teaching style, and are intended to work in unison with an instructors current curriculum.
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  • Building a Successful Middle School/High School Cello Choir


    The clinic will present tips on how/why to start a cello choir. It will also include warm-ups, technique advice, motivational strategies, and suggestions for literature on different levels. Attendees will also have the opportunity to hear part of my cello choir as a demonstration group.
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  • Building Better Bridges: Modern Pedagogy for the Emerging Saxophonist


    This clinic tackles the ever-evolving prerequisites for emerging, school-aged saxophonists, particularly those ultimately wishing to pursue demanding study at the collegiate level in performance or music education. Saxophone pedagogy is still in its adolescence, and many misconceptions pervade early training on the instrument. Topics for this session cover strategies for assisting students with tone, technique, multiple-tonguing, and altissimo; problems that go undiagnosed for years; and the skills collegiate professors have grown to expect from matriculating students. (No Handout Available)
  • Building Strong Instrumental Ensembles with Curricular Connections


    Keep your ensemble on the list of school essentials! Increase student interest, deepen ensemble experiences, meet standards, and garner strong support for your program through curriculum integration. Field-tested strategies will be shared that will enable you to begin easily from scratch or expand existing endeavors in any ensemble setting.
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  • Clarinet 101: Simple Steps to Improve Your Clarinet Section


    Attendees will learn how to diagnose the visual and aural cues that clarinet players provide to help them solve some of their most common performance problems. The presenter will review the fundamentals of technique, tone production, and articulation for beginning through advanced clarinetists. Zugger will highlight and demonstrate simple exercises to help develop young player’s good hand and finger position and improve their transition between registers.
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  • Coaching Your Jazz Band Rhythm Section is Easier than You Think!


    Often misunderstood, the rhythm section, comprising of totally different instruments, must come together and share the same concepts and precision. Learn how the bass and drums, and piano and guitar relate to each other. As goes the “time feel” and “groove” in the rhythm section, so goes the “time feel” and “groove” with the rest of the band. This presentation will show how to connect the dots between each rhythm player helping them to forge that cohesive eternal groove.
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  • Communicating Through Recordings (on any budget)


    Recordings are powerful tools for an ensemble. They offer unparalleled rehearsal feedback and can be the best way to share a commission or a polished performance. Scott Tegge, Jim Ginsburg, and Bill Maylone from Grammy Award winning Cedille Records, along with demonstrations from the Gaudete Brass will explore ways to navigate problems associated with making recordings such as mic placement, room acoustics, great results on a limited budget, and giving commissioned works a life beyond the first performance.
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  • Count Tap Clap: Coordinating the Relationship between Rhythm and Pulse


    CTC is a method designed to explore and develop the fundamental relationship between rhythm and pulse. With simple exercises, students begin to feel and make sense of how music moves through time. This clinic will demonstrate the effectiveness of very simple “Count Tap Clap” exercises. Participants will more fully understand the problem of coordination that must be addressed in order to achieve the goals of rhythm and pulse that ultimately lead to the lofty goals of style and phrase.
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  • Create a Culture, Not Just Another Class


    Most music educators have little time for reflection about the big picture of their program. This session will help attendees "see the forest for the trees," and better understand not only WHAT to teach, but WHY and HOW we teach it. Great programs require engaged, energized and effective students who want to learn. How do excellent teachers know when their students are ready to learn? This session will help directors take their students and their programs to the next level.
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  • Creating a Culture of Excellence in a Title One School


    Chris Pineda, director of bands at Liberty Junior High School in Richardson (TX), reinvigorated a low-performing band program to become a model for music education in any environment, much less a school in which, the majority of the students are economically disadvantaged. Pineda and his building principal, Stephen Quisenberry, will share concrete strategies for creating a culture of excellence that capitalized on the circumstances that, for others, may have seemed like obstacles. (No Handout Available)
  • Creating, Recreating and Consuming Music: The High School Band as a Component of a High School Instrumental Music Program


    Frank Battisti and Tim Lautzenheiser will discuss strategies, procedures and activities Battisti used in his legendary Ithaca High School Band Program from 1955-67. Using the IHS Band as a point of departure their presentation will focus on the importance of developing creative, re-creative and consuming music experiences, which can help students develop their musical and personal potential – to be “The Best They Can Be.”
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  • Daily Drill: The Magic Pill for Intonation and Ensemble Skills


    Daily Drill is just that, a warm-up system for use every day that will develop better intonation, balance and bow control. I have adapted the Remington Trombone Studies, used by many Texas bands, for use with both string and full orchestra students in grades 6 - 12. Using a demonstration group, I will show how this warm-up can be used successfully in daily rehearsals.
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  • Dynamic Evidence! Design, Deploy and Declare the Value of Music in Education


    Who knows what the value of music education is in your school district and community? This session will focus on effective strategies for organizing, collecting, interpreting, and sharing tangible evidence about our music education programs. The objective is real time accountability for what we do and who we involve. How our students perform in our classrooms, and beyond, is a critical component in transforming advocacy to meet the increasing demands of the 21st century educational arena. (No Handout Available)
  • Exposure to Non-Western Music


    In today's global society, the diversity of influence in all areas of education continues to grow in importance. In this clinic, percussion duo "To Hit" will introduce instruments unfamiliar to most westerners, including North Indian Tabla, Zimbabwean Mbira, and Middle-Eastern Frame Drums, providing resources for discovering and learning music from other cultures, and demonstrating how they have incorporated them into today’s post-modern musical landscape. Please visit our website at: http://www.tohitthings.com/cultures.php.
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  • Expressive Conducting: Keys to Reaching Your Expressive Potential (CANCELLED)


    All performers know that "tuning up the body" is necessary to maximize performance. This session will present specific exercises for conductors to bring an awareness of inefficient movement and introduce the steps necessary for more efficient movement patterns in all parts of the body. (CANCELLED)
  • Flute and Clarinet Chamber Music for Young Performers


    This presentation will provide a lecture and sample demonstration of level appropriate contest pieces for young flute and clarinet duos. Handouts will guide teachers to repertoire selection from new sources, helping diversify the repertoire available in the band and orchestra room. Many students currently perform from one or two books of transcribed favorites, but there is excellent repertoire available that can bring high quality idiomatic writing to the young chamber music experience.
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  • From Pass-offs to Passion: Reaching Student Ownership through Assessment


    By involving students from within the evaluation process, they become self-directed, independent learners. The presenter will share his methods for getting young musicians to embrace and go beyond playing tests on the path to becoming skilled, passionate performers.
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  • Get Off the Podium: How to Use Musical Concepts to Build your Beginning Band Curriculum


    Lord Melbourne in Fifth Grade? Awareness of musical form, texture, tone, articulations and ensemble timbre in that first year? Follow a new curricular process toward bridging the gap from general music to beginning band while turning your novices into musical thinkers and sensitive performers. See a live demonstration of prize-winning composer Jodie Blackshaw’s revolutionary elementary band approaches in action.
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  • Hands, Hearts, Minds: Engaging All of it in Band!


    See, hear, play, think, feel, create, ask! These are some of the many facets of skills development for young musicians. Emphasizing a holistic approach in the band setting, this session will help you learn to elevate your students’ experience to a higher level as you shape the total band musician. We will open the doors to multidimensional techniques, highlighting a rich rehearsal environment that focuses on performance, as well as listening, expression, evaluation, and contextual understanding.
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  • Have Sax, Will Travel: A Lifetime of Thinking about Playing


    Thoughts for saxophonists about practice, range, endurance, tonguing, breathing, reading, a maybe even a bit of improvisation. (No Handout Available)
  • Hear What I Do, Watch What I Say: The Art of Conducting Non-English Speaking Ensembles


    Jerry Junkin will conduct an open rehearsal with the Sensoku Gakuen College of Music Blue Tie Wind Ensemble from Kawasaki, Japan. He will demonstrate how conducting technique and musical communication transcend the spoken language. (No Handout Available)
  • High Tech on a Low Budget: Technology that Teaches without Breaking the Bank


    This session will focus on the national standards for music education, using them as a jumping off point toward discovering new, low cost software, apps, and hardware tools that can help our students achieve greater success in the classroom. The presenter will demonstrate music notation and composing tools, music theory tutors, aural training aids, audio and recording hardware and software, video editing software, and other useful tools.
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  • I Know Sousa, Not Sopranos! A Workshop for Band Directors Teaching Choir!


    Many school band and orchestra directors must teach choir along with their instrumental classes because of the current budget cuts and staffing issues. Good musicians can be successful regardless of the medium. However, many instrumental directors need to know more specifics about how to create a great choir. Dr. Russell Robinson, who began his career as an instrumental music teacher, will share his proven vocal /choral techniques and repertoire to use when teaching school and church choirs.
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  • If Johann Sebastian, Wolfgang, Ludwig and the others had known Claribel...


    Claribel is celebrating its 20th anniversary at Midwest 2012 (founded in September 1992). This clinic will tell you the story of Claribel’s success during the past twenty years. It is a story of setting the right goals from the beginning, believing in the talent and strength of each member, and believing in the unique power of true friendship and respect for each individual. (No Handout Available)
  • Improving the Intonation of the Oboist, the Reed, the Instrument and the Player


    Learn how to improve intonation through a discussion of the problems young oboists face, how to discern the true root of the problems, and how to correct them. Rath will discuss how reed resistance, tip opening, and length combine to create good intonation while maintaining response and flexibility. He will also discuss pitch tendencies of the oboe, how to improve these tendencies mechanically, and what players can do to play in tune. (No Handout Available)
  • Improvisation


    This clinic will explore the art of jazz improvisation as an important aspect of jazz performance. The jazz artist composes on the spot using melodies and patterns of sounds taken from their head. Attendees will learn the various techniques jazz players use to improvise music.
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  • Improvisation in Band and Orchestra: A Practical Guide for Building Better Musicians


    Using repertoire as a foundation, this musically interactive session will provide practical, accessible ideas for teaching improvisation in a band or orchestra setting. Through improvisation, students and teachers will improve listening skills, gain deeper understanding of literature, and play with better intonation and rhythm. These techniques are effective in rehearsal and in performance and are accessible to any music director.
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  • Intermediate and Advanced Techniques for the Double Bass


    Geared toward the non-bass specialist, this clinic will focus on intermediate and early advanced double bass techniques with a review of some “bassics.” Topics covered will include: holding the bass in a standing and sitting position, holding both French and German bows, shifting, the “pivot,” four-finger technique and thumb position. (No Handout Available)
  • Investing in Fundamentals: Recruiting, Training and Retaining Low Brass Players


    In this newly developed clinic world-renowned tubaist, Sam Pilafian outlines a system for recruitment, training, and retention of low brass players. The clinic has three primary sections; techniques/tools to recruit low brass players, a three-pronged training system to develop low brass players, and a series of methods, ensembles, and activities designed to peak and retain interest in low brass playing.
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  • Leading the Way - Band: Academic or Activity


    Instrumental programs are often viewed as "activities" while essential aspects of the academic learning are overlooked. A demonstration/clinic that directors present to administrators, B.O.E. members, and parents to show the intricate combination of visual, intellectual, physical, and auditory control coupled with a perceptive decision making process or, intelligence in action. A live model of such a clinic will be presented.
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  • Make Me a Match: Getting Kids on the Right Instruments from the Beginning


    Students must be matched to the appropriate instrument (or instruments) if they are to be successful in the long term. The presenter will describe the particular student characteristics that may and may not be suited for a given instrument. She will also present strategies for motivating students toward an instrument they may not initially choose.
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  • Making Connections: Musical and Professional Advice for the Young Band Director


    We will share experiences and advice for the young band director related to making connections in professional relationships and in student/parent/community relationships, as well as making connections in rehearsals to philosophy of teaching and practice of teaching. The idea is to build a solid foundation of approach in the workplace and to connect the foundation to the acts of music education and performance. (No Handout Available)
  • Making Ensemble Count: Strategies for a Curriculum Based Approach to Performance


    "Making Ensemble Count" discusses the importance of establishing educationally sound decision making processes with the planning of ensemble rehearsals, repertoire and performances. Applicable to rehearsals within all ensemble contexts, this clinic will demonstrates through practical application, how the selection of appropriate and relevant repertoire and the development of planned rehearsal techniques through considered perspectives of teaching and learning can make ensemble count!
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  • Mentoring New Music Teachers: Principles and Techniques for Support


    Mentoring programs continue to represent one of the best hopes and plans for supporting new music teachers as they navigate their way through the challenging first years in instrumental music classrooms. Practical strategies growing out of informed mentoring principles are key, however, if these efforts are to be successful. This session will explore methods for supporting student teachers and beginning teachers as they begin their work in the classroom. (No Handout Available)
  • Midwest Clinic Performance Application Clinic


    The purpose of this session is to present the application and recording procedures for groups interested in applying to present a concert at The Midwest Clinic. We invite everyone interested in applying to perform at next year’s conference, or a future date, to join us for this informative discussion. (No Handout Available)
  • Midwest Jazz Interview - Downbeat Magazine


    Join us for our annual DownBeat Jazz Interview featuring one of the leading figures in jazz performance today. Frank Alkyer, publisher of DownBeat Magazine, speaks with Dave Douglas, trumpet about his life and contributions to jazz. (No Handout Available)
  • Music and the Brain: Neuroscience Applications in Music Education


    This session is designed as a primer to neuroscience research in music education. There is a vast body of research that has already been done. I am hoping to bring focus and clarity to the research so that it can be easily accessed. This brand of research is the future of education and music has a unique perspective due to its ubiquity in existing brain research. The clinic is divided into two application of neuroscience research: Pedagogy and Advocacy.
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  • Music Energizes an Inner City School: Facing Reality with Vision


    What do you do when your school budget is zero and you are trying to maintain a music program--The reality of teaching in an inner-city school in today's budget crisis? We will discuss three important factors that bring success and sustainability to the school's music program: Forming partnerships, organizing parents, and empowering the student musicians.
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  • Neuro-Linguistic Programming: Techniques for Improving the Efficacy of Teaching Music


    Mr. Booth, a certified practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), will share his applications of this revolutionary approach to learning as it relates to teaching the instrumental musician.
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  • Percussion 101: Refresher


    This is a percussion clinic for the non-percussionist music educator to refresh many of the percussion techniques needed to teach percussionists from the middle school level to high school level. This clinic focuses on concert percussion applications on how to teach students to play snare drum concert bass drum, crash cymbals, suspended cymbals, tambourine, wood block, triangle, castanets and a full array of the most widely used percussion accessories.
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  • Public School or Grad School: Next Steps for the Young Teacher


    What are the advantages and disadvantages of entering graduate school before taking that first job as a teacher? Mr. Brumley, who attended graduate school immediately after receiving his undergraduate degree, and Ross Patterson, a public school teacher of four years before entering grad school, will share their thoughts based on the paths each took and where it has brought them thus far. Dr. Lautzenheiser will offer his perspective and will field questions from attendees. (No Handout Available)
  • Recording and Playback in the Ensemble Rehearsal: What, When, How, and Who's Paying!


    This clinic will present an overview of the use of recording and playback in the ensemble setting. The pros and cons of various equipment will be discussed, including tips on programming and setting up the recording devices for the most efficient use in rehearsals. The ways in which teachers can use this technology to better themselves as educators and their students as performers will be addressed, as well as the topic of affordability and financing new equipment.
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  • Rehearsal Techniques: Blue-Collar Podium Strategies


    This clinic is designed with the young director in mind, although topics will be very relevant for any conductor. Daily rehearsals must be built on a number of fundamental premises, including quality repertoire, basic individual skills, ensemble skills, and a good podium strategy. Creating good intonation, a good ensemble tone, acceptable dynamic range, accurate articulation, attacks and releases, and most of all, quality music-making, are the focus of the session. (No Handout Available)
  • RELAX DAMMIT!


    A discussion of relaxation as it applies to wind instrument performance. Concepts, techniques, and exercises (with and without notes) to assist players of all levels achieve a more natural, relaxed approach to their instruments. The discussion will be as general as possible--but be forewarned: there will be a trombone-bias! Materials to be drawn from the teachings of Emory Remington, Matty Shiner, Moshe Feldenkrais, and Jim Pugh.
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  • Relevant Music Technology and Applications for Band and Orchestra


    An application-based update on what's new and what’s tried and true in hardware and software will be presented. See, hear and compare a variety of audio and video recorders. Information will include: choosing reinforcement sound and microphones for all venues; USB recording, storing and sharing. Also discussed will be audio files and manipulation; scanning and converting music; multi track recording; digital piano update; and effective music products for iPad and Tablet technologies!
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  • Remembering Elizabeth Green: Master Conductor/Teacher


    H. Robert Reynolds, Craig Kirchhoff, and Mallory Thompson discuss the qualities which made Elizabeth such a compelling influence on all conductors with whom she came in contact. (No Handout Available)
  • Sight Reading Proficiency: Teaching The Music Without The Music


    The mission of the clinic will be to follow step by step strategies to prepare for Sight Reading events. Emphasis will be placed upon fundamental practices that will achieve successful outcomes from individual students as they prepare for life-long learning through the technique of Sight Reading. Sight Reading strategies will include exercises that deal with rhythmic counting, singing, use of metronome/tuner, individual musicianship and sight reading goals. (No Handout Available)
  • Solving Rhythm Problems in the Instrumental Ensemble


    Looking for ways to improve both the rehearsal and performance quality of any ensemble? This clinic presents a comprehensive program for wind and string teachers to share transferable rhythm skills enabling any individual or ensemble to perform complex rhythms at sight. The end result is development of rhythmically fluent students, capable of performing rhythms from any style or historical period. Please visit my website at: http://www.meredithmusic.com/rhythm-lesson-training. (No Handout Available)
  • String Players vs. Rhythm: Let the Battle Begin!


    But wait! There’s no time for a battle today…or tomorrow. String players have the perfect equipment and strong voices to create a rhythmically strong team. Add in a wealth of great teaching tips and games to make them confident rhythmic readers and counters, and soon, you’ll have a winning collaboration to quickly catapult them into more advanced learning and literature.
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  • Strings CAN!


    This session will introduce practical ways to help your students begin thinking non-classically, creatively, and discover all that is available to them as string players. Jazz? Rock? Justin Bieber? No experience necessary! Come boost your non-classical confidence.
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  • Successful Tips on Choosing the Right College for a Music Career


    This informative session is for students, parents, and directors who are starting their search for the right “fit” in a college on their journey to the future. Attend this session before College Night and see what makes that ideal “fit” for music careers. Learn today what can help you prepare for a successful future from a veteran educator/administrator who has rural to suburban teaching/administrative experience and a degree in counseling!
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  • Successful Urban Band Director: Making it Work Where it Usually Doesn't


    Four band directors who work in Title 1 schools in the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) share stories and strategies from their successful band programs. Topics covered will range from scheduling, bugeting and grant writing to classroom management, rehearsal technique and philosophy of education. An overview of the unique circumstances of NYC will be presented along with a description of each program.
  • Supercharge your Brass Players!


    Supercharge Your Brass Players: Easy and quick strategies that will bring more power, endurance, and range to your brass players, including breathing techniques and embouchure development exercises. The presenter will play Rimsky-Korsakov's Flight of the Bumblebee, Spain by Chick Corea, Ashokan Farewell by Jay Unger, and other pieces.
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  • Surviving and Excelling in a Small School


    Teaching band in a small school presents a unique set of challenges. Clinicians will provide practical and proven strategies utilized by three successful small school band directors. Discussions will include managing program logistics, maintaining open lines of communication with administrators, developing parental and community support, and establishing realistically high standards.
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  • Suzuki in the Schools: What’s New! What’s for You!


    This lecture demonstration will cover key concepts to successfully using the Suzuki Method in the string classroom. New aural skill sequences, new heterogeneous ensemble materials and new concepts to introducing literacy will be discussed. Concepts and teaching strategies of this tried and true learning approach will be demonstrated and discussed. (No Handout Available)
  • Taking the Voodoo Out of Tone Production: Solving the Mysteries of Reed, Mouthpiece, Embouchure and Tongue


    Once the myths and misconceptions are resolved, a good reed on a good mouthpiece, held securely in the embouchure with the air directed correctly at it equals a beautiful clarinet tone. We explain how to balance these four incredibly variable factors. Simple ways to judge and correct reed adjustment issues begin the discussion. Judging an appropriate mouthpiece followed by a rational approach to blowing the desired sound into appropriate equipment will be discussed in a step-by-step format.
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  • Teachers: Make Friends with a Bassoon!


    The bassoon is often least-known by instrumental teachers. This 50-minute clinic will allow 12 teachers (first-come basis, no bassoon experience necessary) to play on provided Fox bassoons and reeds and discover the bassoon is easy to play. At the end of the clinic they will play a simple ensemble. The goal is to encourage teachers to start young players on bassoon. Observers will benefit from the close-up PowerPoint displays which illustrate each detail of the presentation.
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  • Teaching Artistic Expression: Looking Beyond the Unadorned Markings of Notation


    Teaching Artistic Expression: How we deal with the unadorned markings of musical notation. The session presents the natural laws of musical expression and the energy of musical thought. The uniqueness of musical thought is projected through the subtle, rhythmic nuance and inflection of note patterns forming a musical line or phrase. Thoughtful energy shapes the direction of a phrase from beginning to end.
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  • Teaching Ensemble Fundamentals within the Music: An Approach to Maximize Rehearsal Efficiency


    We will present a codified, systematic approach for the deconstruction of live ensemble sound and teaching ensemble fundamentals within a musical context. Using the Gravelly Hill Middle School Concert Band as a model group, we will provide a detailed system for identifying and manipulating the various approaches to fix ensemble pedagogical issues offering clarity and alignment within your program; this will be done within the context of the music that your band is currently preparing.
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  • Teaching Jazz in Elementary Schools


    This session will outline the steps it takes to ensure sucess in jazz improvisation and in building a beginning elementary jazz band. The hands-on workshop will demonstrate foundation techniques with the students of Ms. Ellis from Dixon Elementary school. (No Handout Available)
  • Teaching Musicianship in Band and Orchestra: Finding Music Among the Notes


    Many objectives in an ensemble are concerned with the craft of music, playing the correct notes, rhythms, dynamics and style. But isn’t this just musically painting by number? This clinic shows that it is possible to integrate musicianship into every level of instrumental music education, from beginning band to university ensembles. Playing in an artistic manner is possible at every level, and these examples will show how easy it is.
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  • Teaching Teachers Is Different from Teaching Kids: Strategies for Mentors


    Experienced teachers who are working as mentors for new teachers in fieldwork, student teaching, and/or the first years of teaching will gain insight into the developmental needs of new teachers in these various stages. Based on extensive research of beginning music teachers, this session will include an overview of the typical experiences of new teachers in teacher education programs as well as suggested ways that mentor teachers can be most helpful.
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  • Teaching the Special Needs Child....And Maintaining Your Sanity in the Process


    Teachers of today encounter students with a variety of problems, including Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD, Anxiety, Oppositional Defiant Disorders, and Depression. Most teachers are not prepared to deal with disorders that are becoming more common in all situations, leading to frustration for everyone. Tips for recognizing the more common problems, and teaching these students effectively will enhance the student’s learning, and make the experience more rewarding for everyone involved.
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  • The Frenzied Instrumental Conductor's Guide to Score Preparation


    This lively and engaging clinic will present systematic, thorough and accelerated score study/rehearsal preparation strategies utilizing Gary’s innovative Score and Rehearsal Preparation Worksheet. This session is sure to prove enormously valuable for both novice and practicing conductors from the elementary band and orchestra level to those charged with conducting collegiate and professional ensembles.
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  • The Golden Age of Professional Bands: On Beyond Sousa!


    The heritage of the American band has a rich history beyond the inimitable John Philip Sousa. This multimedia session explores other great bands of 1890s to 1930; the bands of Patrick Conway, Arthur Pryor, Guiseppe Creatore and others. Explore how these bandleaders achieved greatness through their contests, touring, recording, and vaudeville. Re-live the day with some great old time band stories. Hear these bands and learn how to pass on our country’s great tradition of bands to your students. (No Handout Available)
  • The Importance of Music Advocacy: It's Time To Toot Our Own Horn


    Music advocacy is the by product of good teaching. Learning to celebrate and communicate the success we experience with our students and programs is the key to becoming a strong music advocate. This clinic will focus on how you can incorporate effective music advocacy techniques and strategies into your daily role as a music teacher.
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  • The Joy in a Lifetime of Teaching


    Getting through the first few years can be the toughest time for a young teacher. John Miller will share his experiences in dealing with the issues and obstacles that often cause our best and brightest to abandon the profession. Longevity of the director is a key factor in the continued success of any program and we all need help to structure our programs and balance our lives to assure that we are on the podium for as many years as possible.
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  • The Viennese Style: Conducting, Teaching and Orchestrating the Music of Johann Strauss


    Johann Strauss' music is timeless, and its popularity endures even today, whether through the success of Andre Rieu or the Vienna Philharmonic. Yet musicians around the globe interpret this Viennese style differently, even within Austria, the country of its origin. And though the style of the music may be light, a proper interpretation entails more than you might think. This clinic will cover several ways to approach this fascinating musical style and how to translate these to your band. (No Handout Available)
  • Thinking About Music...and Teaching


    A presentation designed to address many of the intangible parts of musicianship. Considering how we incorporate what we believe about the important facets of art and music making into our daily teaching.
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  • This Ain’t Drumline; Why Should I Care? How to Engage your Percussionists Throughout Concert Season


    Sparking interest in learning new concert music can be a daunting task when it involves a percussionist that only feels at home when carrying a drum or hacking on a practice pad. This clinic highlights ways to get your students to take ownership of their concert music. Topics will include fresh approaches to solo and ensemble repertoire, ways to break the monotony of wood shedding notes in the practice room, and tips on how to creatively include percussionists into daily rehearsal activities.
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  • Through the Eyes of the Administrator: Making Music Relevant in an Academically Driven Curriculum


    As music teachers, we inherently understand the academic and intellectual aspects of music to our students. How do we communicate this to the other stakeholders in the educational community, particularly school administrators?
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  • TIPS FOR SUCCESS: Secrets Revealed from Leading Instrumental Music Educators to Make Your Job Easier


    Secrets revealed from teaching legends and leading music educators that will help make your job easier. These proven success strategies can help provide solutions for some of those every day challenges we all face in education. We have consolidated and indexed these ideas into this easy to use format that makes it easy to reference. Explore the "Tips for Success" videos found on the new NAMM Foundation website at: http://bit.ly/yTPBxD-Tips.
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  • View from the Pressbox


    This clinic is designed to let you know what the marching band judges are really thinking as they evaluate your show, the tools and criteria they use, and common programming mistakes that make winners or losers. Learn what concepts, themes and formulas are successful and why and how they work. Discover how to select the best show for your band incorporating appeal and entertainment values. Find out how to translate and interpret the judges’ comments and what their message really means.
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  • We Are What We Play: Developing a Programming Philosophy


    Few things are as important as the music our students study and perform. This clinic offers creative, educational, and practical strategies to help teachers design programs that reflect their musical values and provide band students a “balanced diet” of styles, techniques, and genres. Considerations include length, categories, themes, soloist, chamber music, community needs, and state assessment expectations, as well as one- and four- year curricular plans.
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  • Welcome to My Neighborhood


    This clinic presents four successful music teachers from various metropolitan areas as they discuss the challenges and advantages of working with young people in any socioeconomic demographic or urban environment.
  • What I Wish I'd Known


    This clinic is designed to help young educators and upper level college students become familiar with the common "surprises" that could occur during the first few years of teaching. Attendees will learn strategies to help build a successful band program early and help in avoid the pitfalls first year teachers often face. Participants will assess their current strengths and weaknesses and develop a plan to achieve a successful balance that supports their own career goals.
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  • What if I Don't Find a Job?


    In a market where there may be more candidates than there are jobs, setting up a private studio and offering consultation and clinician services can be a viable alternative. For fifteen years, Stephen Gulledge has done just that. He will share his insight in establishing a successful, comfortable, and stable living as a freelance instrumental music teacher.
  • What's 'App'ening? Current Trends in iPad / Tablet use for the Instrumental Music Educator


    Educators will be given recommendations for using iPads / tablets within the full instrumental rehearsal. From applications dealing with intonation, proper tone production, and music theory to interactive gradebooks, inventory records, attendance and much MORE! Attendees will also have the opportunity to download many of the apps discussed and participate virtually in the session! Learn how these small computers can save you TONS of time and take your program to a new level of productivity.
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  • Working with Winds in the Full Orchestra


    Is there a difference in the kind of preparatory beat necessary between strings and the winds/percussion section? How can we keep the winds and percussion mentally engaged during lengthy “strings only” rehearsal sessions? Is there a way to encourage confidence in your young wind and percussion players only through gesture? Are there any special needs of the percussionists in the orchestra? How can conductors link the orchestral experience to the band experience, and vice-versa?
  • You Have Great Stick Technique, Now What? - Developing Rehearsal Techniques for Young Band Directors


    While it is certainly an advantage to have superior conducting technique, there are additional facets that are just as important, and possibly more significant in your quest to become an effective conductor. At some point, conducting has to develop into something much more than stick technique. This clinic will focus on aspects of being a successful conductor that are often overlooked, particularly for the young band director.
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