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2013 Midwest Clinicians

  • "JAZZ IT UP"....................... Where do I Start?

    This session will focus on the aural tradition of teaching the jazz style. Modeled after the jazz masters, “Jazz It Up” will focus on teaching jazz style, jazz articulation, improvisation, and jazz rehearsal techniques using an auditory approach. Richard Dunscomb will present the clinic with Austin Academy Middle School Jazz Ensemble. During the workshop Dunscomb will evaluate Austin Academy’s performance and create a plan that includes developing strategies. The handout will include relevant information used during the clinic.
  • "Let’s Play the Saxophone!" ABCs of Classical Saxophone Performance

    An interactive clinic for teachers, band directors and saxophone players covering aspects of saxophone performance which may be useful for the beginner, intermediate, advanced and professional player. Topics will include saxophone tone production, breathing, articulation, tuning, vibrato, technique, instrument/mouthpiece/reed recommendations, maintenance, and practice suggestions.
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  • "You Can Do It"! Leading Students to Professional/Life Long Music Performance

    Excelling in music is a lifetime commitment. Beginning with their first teacher all the way to adults, students need the technical training and encouragement a great teacher can provide. This clinic offers both technical ideas and ways of encouraging students.
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  • A Curriculum Model for Measuring Student Growth

    Teachers are being evaluated by a new system that incorporates student growth measures as a significant factor in their performance ratings. Participants in this session will experience a field-proven music curriculum that produces student performance data that is criterion referenced. Depicting in-depth scope, sequence, assessment, and reporting, the fundamentals of this curriculum can be applied to any music organization. This session is timely and meaningful to all music educators.
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  • A One and A Two: The Role of the Conductor in a Jazz Ensemble

    Some big bands use conductors and others do not. What is the best way, and how can we best serve the intent and the integrity of the music while also providing the maximum amount of guidance to students? These important questions will provide the direction as we present different solutions to these problems. Concepts and ideas will be presented using a demonstration ensemble along with access to scores and excerpts.
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  • A Practical and Streamlined Approach to Teaching Marching Fundamentals

    This clinic will explore a variety of marching styles and compare their strengths and drawbacks. The clinician will then explain the techniques he uses for developing a strong, cohesive, and efficient fundamental marching program and how it is applied within the drill itself.
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  • A Recipe for the Development of Expressive Conducting Technique: Harmonic Rhythm, Laban Based Movement Analogues and Bodymapping

    This session will explore a new approach for the development of conducting technique using Laban Movement, Harmonic rhythm and Bodymapping.
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  • Administrators, Teachers and Parents.....United We Stand, Divided We Fall!

    When all three elements are in agreement on what is best for our students, schools and communities experience a major victory for music and the arts. Hear from a panel that includes a principal, a teacher, a parent and a superintendent and get a look behind each of their eyes as to what is important and how they deal with the modern day discussion of rigor and relevance, assessment and communication. Co-sponsored by AMP: The Association of Music Parents and Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation
  • An Artful Revolution

    The is an innovative, cohesive research-based model designed to integrate standards-based arts education in the core curriculum, strengthen standards-based arts instruction, and improve the academic and artistic performance skills.
  • Are We There Yet? Improving Student Musical Expression in the Band and Orchestra

    Learning to perform with musical expression requires an understanding of how music works and how composers create the illusion of movement of a journey through time. In this session, sensing how music moves and how this sense serves as the basis for teaching musical expression will be explored. Practical rehearsal techniques will be presented to make students more expressive players through analysis of, and careful listening to the music they are performing.
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  • Beginning through Advanced Right-Hand Technique for Strings

    Strategies for developing the right-hand technique of your strings from the first day of instruction through graduation will be presented including concrete solutions to common challenges. This is a great session for string players and for band directors teaching strings at all levels.
  • Best of All Worlds in Your High School Orchestra

    Childhood friends and Yamaha clinicians Christian Howes and Douglas Droste combine to highlight the benefits of a well-rounded string program with both eclectic and traditional instruction. Concepts and ideas will be presented on how contrasting styles compliment each other pedagogically and educationally.
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  • Broadening Your Base - From Zero to Mariachi

    Schools with growing Latino demographics have found great success in engaging students, parents, & local communities by implementing standards-based, mariachi programs. You too can go “From Zero to Mariachi” in a very short time & attract MANY MORE STUDENTS to your school’s program. Grammy recording artist Jose Hernandez presents this hands-on session that demonstrates how music programs can be expanded through this rich musical tradition. Co-sponsored by Conn-Selmer, Hal Leonard and West Music.
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  • Collaboration for Successful Inclusion: Exceptional Students in the Instrumental Ensemble

    When performance is a primary goal, many directors may not have the knowledge to successfully include students with disabilities in instrumental ensembles, yet accommodations can be made to create a successful learning environment for all. This session will provide information and encouragement to all instrumental educators regarding the inclusion of special learners in performance based ensembles through the use of educational supports, as well as collaborating with special education teachers.
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  • Collaborative Practice Concepts - "As Iron Sharpens Iron, So One Person Sharpens Another"

    This clinic, based upon Wiff Rudd's "Collaborative Practice Concepts...and Thoughts on Team Building, Teaching & Career Development," will include a PowerPoint presentation and live musical demonstrations of the tools expressed in the book. Although conceived for the trumpet studio, these tools are designed so that any studio teacher or instrument team can learn to hone their skills together. The team aspect of musical groups will be reinforced.
  • Composing 101 for Music Teachers

    While many educators may feel comfortable in arranging a pop song for a pep band, folk song for concert band or standard for jazz ensemble, the idea of taking the next step into composing original works is often met with trepidation and fear. Dr. Rob Deemer will demonstrate how to take the techniques you use in arranging, unlock your own creative muse, and provide a strong example for your students.
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  • Conducting Your Way to Better Classroom Management

    “Conducting Your Way to Better Classroom Management” helps music educators understand how the verbal and gestural communication they use on the podium can positively impact the behavior of their students. Conductors can be more effective and expressive, taking a pro-active approach to the classroom management of their ensembles, by utilizing Jacob Kounin’s group management techniques of “with-it-ness”, “overlapping”, “momentum”, “smoothness”, and “group focus”.
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  • Conversations about Music Administration with Colonel Lowell E. Graham

    This interactive session will consider Music Leaderhip and the myriad of issues and trends facing 21st Century Music Education including: Experiences That Shape our Leadership,Solving Difficult Situations, Music, Motivation, and Mentorship.
  • Crafting a Purposeful Warm-Up for Your Young Band

    Few tools can be of more value to directors than the effective use of rehearsal time. Using that time to maximize learning is an important key to students’ success. Dr. Pearson will illustrate how to design and implement the purposeful warm-up necessary to accomplish critical musical and educational goals, and build a better band.
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  • Creating a Win, Win Situation for Students: Acquire the Benefits of a Full Orchestra for Winds, Percussion, & Strings and Keep Everyone Happy!

    Creating a Win, Win Situation for Students: Acquire The Benefits of a Full Orchestra for Winds, Percussion, and String Students and Keep Everyone Happy Schools that provide a full orchestra environment for the greater part of the school year offer multiple benefits for the wind, percussion, and string players. This clinic provides positive solutions to real and perceived barriers in creating and maintaining a year round full orchestra opportunity within the school day.
  • Creativity from the Beginning - Ideas for Teaching Improvisation to Young Musicians

    Develop improvisational skills in your band or orchestra using simple techniques that promote creativity and expression. This is a non-jazz centered approach to creativity which requires no specialized background or skills on the part of the student or the teacher. This session focuses on a simple yet progressive approach to develop spontaneous musical expression in a typical band or orchestra class. Attendees are invited to bring along a musical instrument, but it is not required.
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  • DO YOU HEAR WHAT I HEAR?...The Sequel (Putting On Your Musical Make-Up)

    The clinic will address style and interpretation in the same fashion that performance fundamentals were explored in the first clinic. The title Musical Make-Up references the reality that actors exaggerate their make-up when on stage to project the emotions of their character. As conductors we must employ Musical Make-Up to achieve convincing, artistic results. Excerpts combined with references to Pablo Casals’ philosophy of interpretation will be used to underscore musical insights.
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  • Double Bass 101: Foundations for Building Strong Players

    Strengthen your orchestra program’s double bass section from the ground up! This session is a non-threatening review of beginning and intermediate double bass techniques. Teaching strategies that promote proper set-up will be discussed along with remedies to specific performance issues.
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  • Dream Out Loud - CSO Music Education Advocacy Program

  • Eat Your Vegetables and Practice Your Scales! Scales Are the Spinach of Left-Hand Technique

    How can we bring about the understanding of scale and arpeggio study as the basis of left-hand technique, strength and flexibility? How can we make scales and arpeggios interesting and challenging for students? How can we truly relate student understanding of scales and arpeggios to the performance music they are preparing? DeBerry Brungard will explore these questions and provide suggestions for all levels of performance expertise. Let’s move from “yucky” to “gourmet!”
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  • Feeling Outside the Box: Repertoire, Programming, and Performance with Passion

    This session will explore creative programming ideas, choosing quality repertoire based on principals of aesthetics, and connecting the musicians with the audience through passionate and communicative performance. It will progress from why we do what we do in large ensembles, to planning a creative and moving program, to communicating thoughts and feelings to an audience. Examples of expressive phrasing will be demonstrated using a select trombone ensemble from UGA.
  • From Concept to Completion: Successful Show Design and Programming

    Greg Bimm and Ken Snoeck have unmatched records of success both as concert band and marching band directors. For over 30 years they have adapted to and led a rapidly evolving approach to marching band programming and design. Having written the drill and arranged the music for their bands (over 50 combined BOA National finalist performances), Mr. Bimm and Mr. Snoeck have a unique insight into the process of show design. They will share their strategies for developing a show concept from the inspiration to the final product, as well as their thoughts on how this process has change as the marching band activity has evolved.
  • From Worst Division to First Division in 52 Days

    Stan Mauldin has energized the small school Pecos ISD bands, and created a Culture of Excellence in this low performing, economically disadvantaged school district. Where others saw obstacles and challenges, Mr. Mauldin saw an opportunity to teach excellence. Learn the leadership principles, rehearsal techniques and performance strategies that took the low performing Pecos HS band, Pecos Tx. “From Worst Division to First Division” in just 52 days.
  • Habits of a Successful Wind Ensemble

    This clinic will focus on the important role of transferring the components of playing used during fundamentals time to the artistic performance of great literature. A comprehensive daily warm-up emphasizing ensemble resonance, timing, tuning, tone, technique and singing are the cornerstones of this approach. The consistent use of scales, technique exercises, chorales and a step-by-step mastery of sight-reading skills leads to the ability to read and perform with musical clarity.
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  • Help for Your Horn Players: Guiding Your Young Horn Players to Success!

    Help your young horn players with the tools and information to help them succeed from the start.
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  • Help Your Students Have a Successful College Audition

    Some minor attention to detail can often be the difference between a college audition that results in denial or acceptance and even scholarship considerations. This clinic will explore such details, including what/how to play, what to wear, what to bring, and even questions to ask that will help you find the right college for your students. Dr. Schmidt will be assisted by Tim McAllister (sponsored by Conn-Selmer), and Patrick Sheridan (Chief Design Consultant for Jupiter Band Instruments).
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  • How to Build a Culture of Excellence in Music and Citizenship in Your Ensemble: A Case Study of the CSO's Percussion Scholarship

    As an ensemble, the Percussion Scholarship Program has had numerous compositions arranged especially for them by nationally known artists. To learn more about the Percussion Scholarship Program, please use the following link,
  • How to Construct Musical Improvised Solos

    How an improvised solo is constructed is crucial to its musical impact. Masters such as Charlie Parker and Miles Davis developed melodies that they then used throughout their careers, but their instincts and artistic genius allowed them to assemble and alter those melodies in endless ways that were profoundly musical. Using a limited number of melodies and limited space, students can develop musical instincts by practicing the art of timing and pacing, as well as balancing melodic content using timeless concepts such as symmetry, repetition, “more versus less” and the contour line. When listening to classic recordings, these concepts help students to go beyond the notes, more quickly absorbing musical intent and enabling them to play more mature solos. In the end, it’s a natural and intuitive approach, forming a concept in solo construction that is both instinctual and musical.
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  • How to Develop from Time Beater to Conductor - A Sneak Peak into the Finnish School of Conducting

    As a conductor you are on a never-ending journey towards perfection, and being your own instrument this journey is a constant mix of profession and personality. Therefore the conductor’s toolbox must contain as well the traditional tools of the trade as a wide variety of personal, psychological and pacesetting abilities. However, by putting MUSIC first, a lot of the pressure is taken off the shoulders of the conductor and relocated into a wonderful world of mutual, musical exploration. Over the past half century the Finnish School of Conducting has proven to be a rather successful approach to conducting. Danish conductor Peter Ettrup Larsen, who is also associate professor of conducting at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland, will reveal how conducting is approached “the Finnish way”.
  • Inspiring Without the "I": Creating the Student-Centered Rehearsal

    The session will teach directors of any level to shift the focus to the student and energize the rehearsal environment with student involvement. Through video demonstration and discussion, attendees will improve rehearsal efficiency, effectiveness, and student engagement with positive language, thoughtful sequencing, and physical activity. Techniques will be demonstrated and applied to musical concepts such as rhythm, time and tempo, balance and intonation, chamber music concepts, and form.
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  • Interview with Bob Reynolds

    H. Robert Reynolds and Tim Lautzenheiser discuss crucial aspects of the band/wind ensemble conducting profession with an eye on what the difference is between a good and REALLY good conductor. Drawing on his wide-range of teaching experiences embracing all age levels, from elementary bands to professional ensembles, Professor Reynolds will share his perspectives and insights as they apply to every music educator.
  • It Takes a Village: Starting a Program from Scratch

    In only its seventh year of existence, the orchestra program in Avon, Indiana has grown from 40 beginners to over 750 students grade 6 through 12 and is a vibrant organization and model for the profession. Mr. Westman and Dr. Hoernemann will share their strategies for creating a strong orchestra program in a climate of cutbacks and budget constraints.
  • Jazz Drums 101 - The Drummer´s Role in the Jazz Band

    The contemporary jazz drummer is responsible for a lot more than keeping time. Jazz drumming has evolved in many areas. This presentation will provide basic fundamentals about jazz drumming for young drummers and band directors, including tools and practice tips to improve time feel, rhythmic subdivision, dynamic awareness, sight reading and stylistic approaches to jazz drumming.
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  • Keeping Kids Focused: Brain Breaks for the Music Classroom

    Keeping Kids Focused: Brain Breaks for the Music Classrooms provides over 40 researched-based activities to help relax & re-focus students during rehearsals. These short activities are easy to use in instrumental music classrooms and provide solutions to the challenge of re-capturing students' wandering attention. In this session, you will gain valuable resources to use immediately in your classes. Be ready to participate in the activities!
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  • Kickstart Your Music Project with Crowd-Funding

    Tap into crowd-funding websites like Kickstarter, IndieGoGo, and GoFundMe to fund your next project. Using his past three projects as examples, Eldridge will offer insight in how to create your project so that it will attract the attention of your audience. Maintaining the excitement of your project to the deadline will also be covered, as well as what to do when the project has ended.
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  • Legends of the Big Ten

    This session is part one of a two year series featuring Legends of the Big Ten in a panel discussion including emeritus faculty from band departments in the Big Ten. This year’s discussion includes Dr. Al G. Wright, Purdue University; Professor Ray E. Cramer, Indiana University; Professor John Whitwell, Michigan State University; Myron Welch, University of Iowa. The decades of experience from each panel member will serve as a back drop for a lively discussion about the band world, trends in the band profession and music education along with fun memories and stories from a collective 160+ years in the profession. Jay Gephart, Director of Bands at Purdue University and former President of the Big Ten Band Director’s Association will serve as moderator.
  • Looking at Conducting from the Player's Perspective

    The purpose of this clinic is to illuminate those conducting qualities or traits that players find inspiring, bothersome and helpful. These insights are based on survey results from professional, college and high school musicians. Find out how you might improve your conducting, from the players' perspective.
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  • Marimba - It's Not Just a Ringtone On Your Phone! Four-Mallet Technique from the Very Beginning

    Now that everyone knows the sound of a marimba from the ever-popular iPhone ring tone options, let's see if we can get them playing it correctly right from the start. Often-overlooked, four-mallet technique tends to be a by-product of necessity rather than solid pedagogical instruction. This clinic will focus on those skills required to play beginning and intermediate literature offering sound, step-by-step instructions and exercises for four-mallet marimba performance.
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  • Music-Induced Hearing Loss: Adopting New Techniques for Safer Ensemble Rehearsals

    Ensemble rehearsals are, in many instances, loud. This clinic will present information on the hearing hazards that pervade ensemble rehearsals. Topics of discussion will include audiology, acoustics, research, new technologies, the responsibilities of the conductor and practical strategies for effective, yet safer ensemble rehearsals. Clinic participants will gain an increased awareness of the hearing hazards associated with ensemble rehearsals and new directions on improving such activities.
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  • Musicians and Pain: Injury Prevention through Understanding

    Because the prevalence of pain and injury tends to parallel playing demands, it is important educators learn to recognize and address these issues. The music teacher is often the first contact at the onset of a students’ pain. By gaining a better understanding, they can act to protect students from injury while optimizing their performance capabilities. This clinic outlines anatomy of the upper extremities & neck, ergonomics & body mechanics, and a summary of injuries common to musicians.
  • National Core Arts Standards in the Music Classroom

    This clinic session will create awareness of the National Core Arts Standards initiative in regard to instrumental music education. The design of the conceptual framework for arts learning, the foundations of artistic literacy, and a context for implementation will be the focus of the session.
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  • Nature Versus Nurture and the Role Music Plays in Brain Development

    Dr. Cayce Harness–Brumley, board certified physician, will present scientific, yet practical information supporting evidence that children exposed to music exhibit increased intelligence. Arguing against the idea of “giftedness”, findings highlight the importance of stressing music education from early childhood into adulthood, as continued practice dramatically alters brain anatomy and physiology. Actual brain scans and results of recent research will be incorporated into the discussion. Subsequently, Professor Dianne Brumley will give music educators positive tools for integrating the brain and music science into the music classroom and beyond.
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  • Observation Resources for Music Education Classrooms

    This session will share resources designed to support new teacher evaluation systems, and will include determining and planning for appropriate evidence of student learning in music.
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  • Percussive ARTiculation

    Adam Groh will offer practical suggestions for maximizing the musical contribution of your percussion section through discussion of articulation and timbre. He will demonstrate how to manipulate sounds on percussion instruments to achieve musical goals.
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  • Percy Grainger: In His Own Words

    Percy Grainger: In His Own Words (Advice to Wind Band Conductors) seeks to put Percy Grainger’s genius into a context that provides a deeper understanding and appreciation of his music. Drawing on Grainger’s own writings and statements, and using a broad range of musical examples, the goal of the presentation is to provide the wind band conductor with new insights to “Australia’s Greatest Composer.”
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  • Personal Financial Planning for the Music Teacher

    Mr. Vaughn will share his practical and successful strategies for solid financial planning. Both the short-term and long-range financial planning will be discussed with specific emphasis on working toward a comfortable retirement.
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  • POWER PRACTICING with the Harry Watters Quartet: Jazz Inspired Teaching Strategies for Cross-Genre Success

    Be sure to catch Harry's critically acclaimed session covering innovative strategies for successful preparation and performance. This positive, fast-paced clinic provides road maps and tangible guideposts for success for educators and their students. Prepare to be inspired!
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  • Reflections and Refractions: A Look Through the Conductor's Looking Glass

    Using Kaleidoscopic, Panoramic, Telescopic and Microscopic viewpoints to uncover and explore the layers of sonic strata within a piece brings into focus the importance of repertoire that enhances aesthetic purpose and supports educational goals. Clarity and contrast inform comprehension and are the key to connecting with and delivering the ideas and feelings embedded in the music. The primary goal of any rehearsal is to interact with and influence the sound scape while charting the aural topography. The goal of a performance is to prompt the imagination while moving someone through the terrain. A successful performance relies on 360 degree hearing, putting the conductor inside the sound rather than in front of it. This facilitates our ability to listen deeply, make discoveries, intuit ideas, express feelings, decipher codes, deliver messages, experience change and ultimately contribute to humanity through our art.
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  • Score Preparation: "Filling the Tank" for the Expressive Conductor

    Good conducting is based on the merger of the prepared mind and the available body. Preparing the score with interpretive clarity provides the fuel for gestural intention. It is hard for the physical motor to operate without a "full tank" of musical expectation. This session will review techniques for reducing physical tension on the podium as well as techniques for linking the art of interpretive score study to the art of gestural expression.
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  • Settling the Score: Music Worth Hearing; Music Worth Teaching

    Quality literature is key to an educationally based program. Great music - both old and new – will aid students in achieving a high level of technique, style, tone development, and more. Programming quality literature for all levels of ensemble can help inspire a passion in students for the aesthetics of music. This clinic will address programming, defining quality literature and score study techniques that can assist in raising the level of our bands.
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  • So You Want to Be a Music Major: What Students and Their Teachers Should Know

    This clinic details the fundamental knowledge, skills, and attitudes that prospective music majors need in order to make a successful transition from high school to college. Specific exercises are offered, along with supporting online resources. It also suggests steps that school band and orchestra directors can take to identify, encourage, and guide future musicians and music educators. It is based on the clinician’s 25 years of experience teaching in elementary through graduate schools.
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  • Starting Beginning Flute and Clarinet Students: A Focus on Teaching Characteristic Tone Quality

    This clinic is geared towards college instrumental music education students as well as those new to the profession. The clinician will address how to teach flute and clarinet embouchures, how to visually and aurally identify and correct common playing problems. There is a focus on expecting characteristic tone from the first day of instruction.
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  • Starting Tuba Players at Any Age: Procedures to Identify and Train Promising Low Brass Players

    This clinic will train educators to quickly assess which students have the potential to develop into strong tuba or euphonium players. Volunteers from the audience will join the clinician on stage to play the tuba or euphonium in order to demonstrate the “5 minute test drive” technique used for the assessment. Proven strategies for recruiting new low brass students, engaging their parents, training peer mentors, and quickly developing performance skills will also be presented.
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  • Taking the Next Step: Ten Ways to Maximize Your Student Teaching Experience

    The semester we student teach is arguably one of the most important transitional periods in our lives as music educators. And in many ways, the experience gained during this important service opportunity shapes our initial teaching style and podium demeanor. In this clinic, Richardson will present ten ways to maximize your own potential as a student teacher, focusing on topics relevant to today’s student teacher. Subjects to be discussed include professional speech and appearance, personal expectations, appropriate online presence, content knowledge, planning within the classroom, and developing positive relationships with students and mentor teachers. Being a music teacher is one of the most important ways to give back to our society – be prepared as you take the all-important “next step” into the music education profession.
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  • Taking Your Indoor Sound Outdoors

    This session will explore concepts, opportunities, and instructional strategies for developing a mature symphonic band sound for the outdoor marching band. Topics will include individual musicianship, daily drill, crossover applications and techniques from concert band to marching band, student accountability, the role and development of woodwinds, and programming considerations.
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  • Teaching Music History through Performance in Band

    By performing music composed during each of the historical epochs of western music, students learn about compositional styles, performance practices, cultural influences, and the biographies of history’s greatest composers. The wealth of music in the concert band’s repertory allows the school band director to easily incorporate music history instruction into the rehearsal and concert settings.
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  • Teaching Technique to Young Instrumentalists

    This clinic is designed to give band and orchestra teachers methods to successfully teach students technique in their first through third years of playing. However, these techniques may also be applied at the high school level. A student group of sixty second year band members from Jack Hille Middle School in Forest Ridge SD 142, Oak Forest, IL will be employed as a demonstration group. The ensemble was started by Ms. Sandy Kim, beginning band director in fifth grade. The ensemble is under the direction of Mr. Steve Nendza.
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  • The (Tai) Chi of Conducting: Enhancing Conducting Artistry through the Practice of Tai Chi

    This clinic will demonstrate how the practice and study of Taoist Tai Chi can enhance the musicianship and expressive qualities of the conductor. There are many similarities between the two art forms, and through the physical, mental and psychological benefits of Tai Chi we can develop a wider perspective and approach to our study, rehearsal and performance.
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  • The Articulate Jazz Musician: Mastering the Language of Jazz

    Often, jazz language instruction begins with improvisation studies. In this session, Grammy-winning saxophonist, Jeff Coffin and John LaPorta Jazz Educator of the Year Award-winner, Caleb Chapman present a new approach to introducing young musicians to the jazz language with a focus on well defined articulations and swing concepts.
  • The Beginner Student: The Balance of FUN and FUNdamentals!

    Directors of the Shadow Ridge Middle School Honor Winds, a 2012 Midwest Clinic Performing Band, will discuss and demonstrate their curriculum for the successful beginner band or orchestra student. They will take you through their main beginner year milestones and how to motivate students to be successful developing fundamental skills. Utilizing the first ten minutes of class with the ideas presented can create a culture that yields highly advanced and motivated musicians by the end of their first year
  • The CSO and Citizen Musicianship: Promoting the Power of Music to Contribute to Our Culture and Communities

    The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association created the Citizen Musician Initiative to sustain and expand the role of music in civic and cultural life and to harness and call attention to music’s unique power to foster stronger individuals and communities. The initiative is built on several key beliefs: In the power of music to create trans-formative moments of community; In the passionate commitment to excel; In working toward something larger than oneself; In life-long learning to develop a deeper understanding of oneself and one’s community. Join administrative and artistic leaders from the CSO Association for insight into how these beliefs guide priorities and actions – both internal and external – at four levels throughout the CSO Association: organizational, ensemble, departmental and programmatic.
  • The e-Frontier: Music, Multimedia, Education, and Audiences in the Digital World

    Geared to conductors and composers, this dynamic workshop covers new technologies in education and performance that play an increasingly important role in our field, including: electroacoustic band pieces; conductors working with click tracks, prerecorded audio, and live electronics; interactive rehearsal and performance spaces via Skype; creative multimedia; and the use of social networks by composers, publishers, band directors and students, to build excitement and attendance.
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  • The Electric Orchestra: Plug In and Go improvise!

    Electric strings are everywhere! For those who are unfamiliar, the process of going electric can be daunting. We'll discuss how to choose the best electric instruments for your budget, and how to integrate them into your ensemble. Mark Wood will be sharing his unique concepts using technology for electric instruments, learning, recruitment and retention. The Mark Wood Curriculum will demonstrate improvisation made easy, and integrating the ipad and iphone in at home practicing.
  • The Making of H.I.P. Performers for the 21st Century

    This Clinic will demonstrate and explain Historically Informed Performances and the validity of using period instruments in the high school setting. This clinic will also provide our guest with resources ie, performance practice, instrument purchase and repair, clinicians, music purchase etc.
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  • The Midwest Jazz Interview with DownBeat Magazine Featuring Wycliffe Gordon

  • The Paperless Music Tour: iPads, the Cloud & Social Media

    Move into the 21st century as you plan your next music tour. This session will cover tips to help music educators organize and implement a 21st century communication strategy for all aspects of a successful music tour. Set up iPads for your chaperones that sync tour documents to the cloud. Target and streamline electronic communication to tour participant families. Set up a student blog team. Configure Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram so parents can follow your tour in 'real time'.
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  • The Real Deal: Understanding Jazz Styles Through Real-Time Demonstration

    This clinic will provide a “real-time” or live demonstration by the Capital University Faculty Jazz Ensemble of various jazz, or jazz-related styles. This clinic will assist the educator in stripping away some of the mystery behind jazz styles by presenting fundamental guidelines for performance for ensembles of all levels. Demonstrations will include focusing upon the differences in core elements: vibrato, articulations, eighth-note interpretations, rhythm section style, etc.
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  • The Thumb is the Secret: The Mysteries of Cello Technique Revealed

    The mysteries of cello technique revealed! Discover how to navigate the cello fingerboard by using the thumb as a geographic tool. Marvel at the possibility of playing 3-octave scales in any key in ten minutes. Excite your students about learning thumb position and tenor clef. Prepare your students for playing advanced literature and explore the experience of the cello ensemble.
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  • Thoughts on Becoming an Expert

    Gibbs will identify and discuss critical elements of professionalism that young teachers will want to consider on their journey toward becoming an expert in the eyes of students, parents and administrators. Topics will include demeanor, grooming, punctuality, preparation, attitude, communication, concern for the big picture, and goals. Examples of pedagogical concepts requiring expert knowledge will be discussed without advocating specific methodology. Audience questions will be encouraged.
  • Time Capsule: Remembering Forgotten Band Gems and Examining Recent Trends in Wind Band Music

    Our repertoire represents a living Time Capsule of our musical values. The session will examine classic band repertoire and the qualities of significant works that help define music of lasting importance. A discussion of current trends and resources will assist conductors and educators in programming and locating often ignored sources for quality music.
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  • TLC for Band: A Prescribed Daily Routine for Development and Reinforcement of Tone, Literacy and Coordination

    The TLC (Tone/ Literacy/Coordination) approach allows focused attention to the mastery of the most basic skills and understandings in either a beginning class or a setting for remediation of advanced instrumentalists. TLC can provide a clear path to highly informed instructor assessment of student learning and achievement. Session participants will gain understandings of the instructional strategies and skills necessary to employ the TLC approach in their own instrumental music instruction.
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  • Tools for a Comprehensive Concert Percussion Curriculum

    Successful percussion pedagogy depends on a sequential course of study that introduces students to fundamental musical and technical concepts in a logical order. A thorough percussion curriculum should emphasize methods and materials that reinforce fundamental concepts of percussion performance. This clinic will cover the most important components of a comprehensive percussion curriculum from organization and equipment to instructional methods and materials.
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  • Total Tone Transformation! Creating a Beautiful Sounding Ensemble: A Conversation to Empower Wind Conductors, String Conductors, and Those Who Do Both

    Learn the concepts of creating an artistic sounding string orchestra, wind ensemble, full orchestra, and concert band. This session will present specific language and techniques to empower teachers to speak with any instrumental ensemble about sound. This clinic will be very helpful to string teachers working with winds and band teachers working with strings.
  • Train Young Bands to Sound Great Today! Tuning, Warm-up, Instrument Fundamentals, Ensemble Techniques & Teaching Strategies

    Beginning and Young Band Rehearsal Demonstration- An efficient and effective method for young bands. Develop an ensemble sound that is aesthetically satisfying so the young musician will be engaged, rewarded and loving BAND! Young musicians can sound mature; they might just play easier music! Teach young bands like little professionals. Withhold no information regarding skill mastery. Expect and teach high-level ensemble skills daily. Praise students excessively. They will love coming to the band room!
  • Tuning Winds & Brass - A Roadmap to Successful Intonation

    Discover the newest resources for understanding instrument pitch tendencies. This clinic will demonstrate common tuning problems while providing resources to improve the pitch within each section of your ensemble. Teaching intonation in your ensemble does not need to be a foreign concept. Explore teaching methods to engage students in the tuning process, identify factors affecting pitch, and discover the best tuning notes and alternate fingerings for each instrument.
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  • Understanding Chord Tuning, Balance, and Intonation

    In addition to an overview of the physics of intonation and chord tuning, the presenters will offer instruction strategies for teaching students to recognize and adjust intonation by way of fundamental exercises that can be applied directly to the repertoire.
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  • Using a Smart Board in the Band and Orchestra Classroom

    This presentation will offer ideas for using the SmartBoard to enhance learning and performance in Band and Orchestra classroom settings. Topics will include; means of acquiring a SMARTBoard and equipment, lesson and activity ideas, music web site links, integration of SmartBoard into rehearsals, and the use of Finale Music writing software and the SmartMusic practice and assessment program.
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  • Using Motivic Development and Other Compositional Devices in Improvisation

    I propose to show how an improvisor can use melodic and rhythmical motifs as well as repetition and sequential movement to develop an approach to improvisation that goes well beyond playing what other soloists play verbatim. By taking this compositional approach to improvisation one can take the randomness out of their improvising and learn how to construct meaningful and poignant solos.
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  • Using the March to Develop Every Aspect of Musicianship

    Not only is the traditional march an important part of the history of the band, but the effective rehearsal rehearsal and performance of the march is an investment in every other piece the band will ever perform. This clinic will focus on how to interpret, rehearse, edit, and perform the traditional military march and how attention to basic musicianship, pulse, melodic shaping, balance, and dynamic and stylistic contrast will pay great dividends will contribute to the total education of our students.
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  • Using Time Wisely: The Neuroscience of Music Practice

    Surprising findings about how the brain develops memories for skills not only make the process of music learning more understandable and interesting, but also suggest ways to make practice a more positive and productive experience. In this session, we explain implications for setting up effective practice for learners at all levels of experience and expertise.
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  • Utilize Your Technical String Knowledge to Improve Your Conducting

    In this session, strategies for string players in tackling the unique technical challenges of orchestra conducting will be presented. Among the subjects to be discussed are: parallels between bow and baton techniques, use of the left hand in demonstrating expression, and translating string-specific terminology and the daily instrumental practice regimen into the craft of conducting. In support of the above, particular practical exercises will be demonstrated.
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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.
  • World Music Drumming: A Great Middle & High School Elective

    Fill out your instrumental teaching load with a World Music Drumming general music elective. Learn how the WMDrum curriculum (now in over 20,000 schools worldwide) engages general students through West African and Caribbean drumming while teaching character education (respect, teamwork, listening, focus, etc.) This elective is a perfect fit for your instrumental teaching skills, and stakeholders love it.