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2014 Midwest Clinicians

  • "I Just Wish My Supervisor Would...!"

    This session will look at the relationship between supervisor and teacher, detailing real-world experiences. By looking at what works and what doesn't work, we can improve and enhance this interaction to ensure a positive atmosphere and continued success for teachers, supervisors, and most importantly, their students.
  • "Make Those Saxes Sing!" Top Eight Ways to Improve Your Sax Section

    This clinic will help band directors get the most out of their saxophone section. We have identified eight common challenges that saxophonists of all levels deal with daily, and we have the solutions to help remedy these issues. Presented by United States Navy Band saxophonists MU1 Jonathan Yanik and MU1 Dana Booher, teachers of all levels will have something to gain in helping their saxophone sections reach their full potential.
  • “Ensemble” Is An Adjective!

    While the word “ensemble” is used as a noun in the English language, its Latin origin is as an adjective [“insimul” - at the same time, together]. In this workshop, we will reconsider our approach to “ensemble” music-making—the “how” we make music together. We will examine great music-makers such as the Berlin Philharmonic to identify their collaborative, often chamber-music-based methods and illustrate elements that can be employed in bands and orchestras at every level.
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  • “Why Does the Clarinet Squeak?” Building a Confident Clarinet Section

    The clarinet is the only instrument to penalize the player with a shrill, loud and embarrassing squeak if there is a mistake of technique. This makes young players back off on their air support, which is at the basis of most other difficulties students have on the clarinet. This clinic will help to identify what causes squeaking, and will offer simple solutions to avoid them and develop students with the confidence to make a big sound.
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  • A Composer's Insights: Composing, Selecting, and Performing Works for Young Musicians

    Composer Frank Ticheli will share personal thoughts and secrets about composing, selecting, and performing music for young musicians. Accompanied by the Baylor Wind Ensemble as his demonstration group, Dr. Ticheli will demonstrate how harmony, rhythm, texture, orchestration and form combine to enhance a work's meaning and merit. He will also share his thoughts on aspects of urgency and authenticity in music regardless of its difficulty level.
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  • A Conversation with Larry Livingston

    Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser sits down to dialogue with one of the great music educators of our time.
  • A Conversation with Lynn Harrell

    Lynn Harrell’s presence is felt throughout the musical world. A consummate soloist, chamber musician, recitalist, conductor and teacher, his work throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia has placed him in the highest echelon of today’s performing artists. Mr. Harrell will discuss his incredibly storied and monumentally successful lifelong musical journey. He has also been an advocate for the importance of music in everyone's life. During this session he will also provide information about musical therapy in the context of the HEARTbeats foundation that he and his wife Helen Nightengale founded in 2010.
  • A Section that Plays Together, Stays Together: Establishing a Culture of Brass Excellence

    The goal of all conductors is to have a brass section with excellent endurance, intonation, balance and blend. This is a challenging goal to achieve, but it is possible! The brass faculty from Oklahoma State University has pursued this goal through group daily fundamental routines and chamber music. Ryan Gardner (trumpet), Paul Compton (trombone) and Lanette Compton (horn) will share their ideas and materials for developing greater depth and quality in your brass sections.
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  • About That Jazz: Where Do I Start?

    This session will focus on the aural tradition of teaching the jazz style. Modeled after the jazz masters, “About That Jazz” will focus on teaching jazz style, jazz articulation, improvisation, and jazz rehearsal techniques using an auditory approach. Jose Antonio Diaz will present the clinic with Jazz Institute of Chicago’s Jazz Links Youth Ensemble. During the workshop Diaz will evaluate Jazz Links Youth Ensemble’s performance and create a plan that includes developing strategies. The handout will include relevant information used during the clinic.
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  • Acoustics of World Class Rehearsal Spaces

    Music teaching and learning requires a developed skill called critical listening, yet most rehearsal spaces fall short in their ability to foster this skill. The session focuses on four critical elements related to the fundamental requirements of the music suite, and will give you the ability to not only understand what you need, but be able to communicate why you need these fundamental requirements to get to the ultimate goal - a successful and functional music suite. We will also review both the basics of acoustical requirements for music learning and investigate ways in which many shortfalls can be addressed through new, innovative acoustical treatment solutions.
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  • Administration Advocacy WMDs - the Why, the Mission, the Data

    This interactive session will include presentations successful in changing central & campus administration conversations from reduction, to music program expansion, including local application of music cuts and reverse-economics (Benham, 2011). Embedded will be related processes leading to a successful $663,100,000 bond package including significant fine arts improvements. A changing educational landscape has created the need for music advocacy to be reframed for the current climate of high-stakes accountability––a systems approach to traditional enrichment.
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  • All Kids Can Learn, Part 1: "Let's Wrap Our Brains Around That"

    The Berkner Area of Richardson ISD has faced and continues to face many changes and challenges. This is the case for a great number of schools throughout our country. This clinic intends to show how "Team Berkner" has strived to turn what some may consider to be obstacles, into opportunities. By "wrapping their brains around" their programs, Jackson , Pineda and Weak have developed a curriculum that includes smarter teaching, better classroom management happier kids and greater retention.
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  • All Kids Can Learn, Part 2: Beginning Band Curriculum

    The Berkner Area of Richardson ISD has faced and continues to face many changes and challenges. This is the case for a great number of schools throughout our country. This clinic intends to show how "Team Berkner" has strived to turn what some may consider to be obstacles, into opportunities. By "wrapping their brains around" their programs, Jackson , Pineda and Weak have developed a curriculum that includes smarter teaching, better classroom management happier kids and greater retention.
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  • Analog Teachers in a Digital World: Engaging the Smartphone Generation

    In a world where phones, tablets, and Facebook are extra appendages for our students, directors can still teach critical concepts by appealing to the sensibilities of modern culture. This session will highlight proven strategies to increase student engagement, improve retention, and generate focus. Solutions to common musical problems by applying technology and related terminology will result in increased productivity, better connections to standards, and students who love coming to rehearsal!
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  • Anyone Can Improvise!

    Improvising music is natural. It's easy to teach when you know the basics of music and human nature. Jamey will guide you by demonstrating examples of beginning improvisation and jazz. He will also show how to make scales and chords come alive.
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  • Awakening the Sleeping Giant - The Development of a Positive, Productive Student Leadership Program

    This clinic-session focuses on a proven blueprint of student leadership success using the tried-and-true one-room-schoolhouse approach that clearly demonstrates: "STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT IS IN DIRECT PROPORTION TO ASSUMED OWNERSHIP OF THE ORGANIZATION'S MISSION."
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  • Bassoon Boot Camp - How Can I Make My Bassoon Section Sound Better?

    This session will address how the public school music educator can help their bassoon section to sound immediately better using concise, useful and easy to implement strategies. All levels of bassoonist can benefit from the techniques discussed in this session. Specific topics to be covered include intonation, tone development, posture, reeds (how/what/where to purchase), simple reed adjustments, bocals and helpful alternate fingerings.
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  • Beginning Band Basics: Daily Workouts and Techniques Designed to Energize and Motivate the Young Band Student

    This clinic will provide daily routines and innovative techniques for use with your beginning band. Through this interactive clinic, we will provide a variety of exercises that will help you successfully reach all levels of learners. Through daily breathing workouts and a simplified approach to teaching dynamics and articulation, your beginning band students will experience quick success and become more motivated to stay in band!
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  • Break the Habit, Not the Kid

    They aren't beginners anymore, the honeymoon is over, the real work has begun. Have your students developed bad habits that are in danger of becoming permanent? Have they reached a plateau? How can you correct your students without discouraging them? This clinic reviews the fundamentals of good string playing, but will go beyond the beginning year to address practical teaching strategies for all upper levels. Let's face it, the beginning year is vital, but learning is lifelong.
  • Breaking Boundaries: Improving Ensemble Performance Through Interactive Video Conference Technology

    You mean, like webcams? Well, sort of. Your band or orchestra can benefit from learning through video conference, and today’s teachers have more options than ever before—some are even FREE! From iPad to high speed codec, learn about the variety of technological platforms available, the benefits and drawbacks of each, and practical applications for implementing interactive video conference technology into your ensemble’s rehearsals.
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  • Building a Superior Flute Section by Debunking the Myths of Flute Playing

    A participatory workshop debunking myths of flute playing. Learn how to visually identify and instantly correct problems within your section with specific tools to progressively develop proper breathing techniques, embouchure, flute and body alignment, common fingering mistakes, intonation, articulation and phrasing. Learn the proven teaching techniques of the legendary Robert Cavally on what you need to systematically develop your flute students and flute section.
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  • Building and Maintaining Quality Band Programs in the Context of Current Educational Realities

    A discussion of the latest research and viable arguments available to all music teachers as they create the verbage and assessment models that will allow us to continue to define and defend our programs in terms of true musical objectives.
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  • Building Small Ensemble Repertoire by Writing Your Own Transcriptions and Arrangements

    Finding music that satisfies the requirements of your small ensemble can be difficult, especially if your instrumentation is not “standard.” Members of the group will discuss the processes of creating effective transcriptions and arrangements for small instrumental ensembles. Included will be live performances by the quartet of demonstrative selections from its working repertoire.
  • Building Success in a Small School

    The clinicians will each discuss methods to help in building consistent success in small school bands. Each individual will give information unique to their program, school and community. There will be a brief question and answer period the end of the session.
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  • Clarinets BIG and small- How to Utilize Them ALL!

    This clinic will help band and orchestra directors to improve their clarinet sections by addressing important fundamental ensemble skills such as leadership roles, part independence and player confidence. This clinic will also address the idiosyncrasies of each instrument in the clarinet family (B-flat, E-flat, Alto clarinet, and Bass clarinet) such as intonation, tone color, blend/balance, and technical challenges.
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  • Concert Band Camp? It's the Residuals!!

    This clinic is a step by step guideline from conception to completion and beyond for a Concert Band Camp, including the many facets and benefits this activity can offer your band program. We will take you through the philosophical, organizational and operational concepts plus highlight the short and long term benefits of a camp that is similar to a summer or fall band camp.
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  • Converting to Digital: Our First Year as a 1:1 Music Department

    In this session we will discuss the transition from a traditional music classroom to a 1:1 classroom. In our first year of 1:1 there have been many struggles and victories, we look forward to sharing those with you to better prepare music educators for upcoming technology. We will overview google applications, iPad friendly apps and how technology has transformed our feedback as music educators.
  • Cookin' with Jazz: Tips from Top Jazz Educators

    A panel of experienced jazz educators from the high school, collegiate, and professional fields will present teaching techniques that focus on three important areas of jazz pedagogy. The panel includes contributing authors to “The Jazzer’s Cookbook” (Meredith Music Publications). Clinic topics will include Combo Coaching Tips, Trombone Performance Techniques, and Advanced Improvisation Skills.
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  • Creating a Great Sounding Low Brass Section in Your Ensemble!

    This clinic will elaborate on how to establish a great low brass section in your ensemble. Techniques to improve your section will be discussed, as well as discussing the role of each instrumentalist within the section. Fundamentals of brass playing and exercises for students within your ensemble will be demonstrated by the Brown Music Studio low brass ensemble. This clinic will apply to all age levels of students from Elementary through Collegiate. Equipment choices will also be discussed.
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  • Creating the Successful Band or Orchestra Rehearsal

    Successful rehearsals are one of the most important aspects of any performing ensemble. A meticulous plan provides a roadmap to help ensure success in all areas of the rehearsal process. The clinicians will discuss items to consider when developing goals and plans for your daily rehearsals.
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  • Demystifying the Viola

    Come explore and discuss the unique challenges of this wonderful instrument. What are some of the physical obstacles specific to our younger “alto-clef engineers” and how to overcome them? We will present guides to positioning your students well for success in both right and left hands, positioning for future technical success, teaching issues for both private and classroom pedagogues. Effective etudes and scale study. And Yes, what’s FUN about the instrument. In an effort to make this as effective as possible for all teachers participating, please feel free to send your questions ahead of time to Professor Becker’s email address listed below.
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  • Developing Large Ensemble Skills Through Chamber Music

    Chamber music provides students with increased insight into performance in large ensembles and serves as an effective approach to instilling and reinforcing musical concepts, critical thinking and technical skills. As the former saxophone section for the Michigan State University Wind Symphony, the h2 quartet provides models for the development of large ensemble skills within a chamber setting.
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  • Don’t Just Rehearse – Make Music! Developing Musicianship Through Chamber Music

    There’s more to playing chamber music than starting and stopping together! Through dozens of creative suggestions to incorporate musicality into the rehearsals of chamber music groups, this session will focus on a step-by-step approach to rehearsing. Specific tips include methods to improve phrasing, interpretation, articulation, rhythm, and intonation as well as to develop better leadership, sensitivity, and communication among ensemble members. This clinic is applicable to all chamber groups.
  • Double the Reed, Double the Fun! Oboe Basics for the Middle and High School Director

    It is not uncommon to be tentative about starting an oboe player if you are a middle and/ or high school director as the oboe is among the most challenging instruments to teach and learn. This session will provide a refresher on oboe basics and will present new ideas that will help to select, educate and motivate your future oboists. Topics include selecting your oboists, reed basics, embouchure development, air support, assembly, hand position and instrument selection, among others.
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  • Drop The Needle: Notes from the Front Lines of Ear-Training, and why my first-year students love it.

    Drop The Needle is an inclusive, participatory group listening exercise designed to connect academic musical study to the music students listen to outside of class. Student-driven and validating, musical examples are chosen by students (pop, rock, musical theatre, film music, video game music) in an 'anything goes' approach. On-the-spot analysis melds dictation exercises with open discussion of music history, theory, genre, production, recording style and musical taste. Engaging, affirming and fun, it draws on the collective knowledge and experience in the room, creating a safe zone for discussion and analysis in my Ear Training classes.
  • Efficient and Effective Conductor Communication

    This Clinic specifically addresses five key areas and components that will immediately improve the quality of performance as well as musical expression of your performing ensemble. Dr. McCashin will discuss areas of Posture, Balance, Flexibility, Articulation/Gesture impetus and Density, and Facial Communication. This session is suitable for all conductors; Orchestra, Wind Band and Choral.
  • Eight Pathways from Inspiration to Artistry

    This session will illuminate an alternate approach to music education that embraces Eastern philosophy of consciousness with our Western culture of competition and achievement. Barry Green will present eight lessons in artistry, from learning how to concentrate to the secret of playing one perfect note.
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  • Engaging the Beginning String Students: Making Each Moment a Musical Moment

    Whether large or small, heterogeneous or homogeneous, the beginning strings classroom can be an oasis of music making and joy, of exploration and investigation of the students’ instruments and their creative processes. The tools we use to create an environment in which every moment can be a musical moment come from the pedagogues who have firmly established the fundamentals of success, and include the ASTA guideline curriculum, and an exploration of the elements of music as experienced at the beginning level.
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  • Find the Fifth: Strategies for Improving Intonation in String Rehearsals

    Most string teachers agree intonation is one of our most challenging aspects to improve and work on in rehearsals. This session provides ideas to address intonation including video samples of students in rehearsal. Good intonation starts with tuning and tone development. Strategies for regular structures intonation work in rehearsals will be presented. Come and participate in this ear-bending experience!
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  • Getting Your First Job: The Art of the Résumé, Portfolio, and Interview

    Warshaw will present topics for those who are getting ready to apply for their first job, pertaining to resumes, the interview, and making a great first impression.
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  • Habits of a Successful Middle School Band

    This clinic focuses on the essential building blocks that create an environment of musical success in any program, including: recruiting, evaluation and placement of students, retention, and creating a positive image of your music program. Although presented from a band perspective, this clinic will prove useful for any teacher striving to build a successful musical ensemble.
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  • Hear from the Composers: Balmages, Blackshaw, and Markowski

    During this panel presentation, three composers will speak candidly about the creative process. Questions about commissioning composers, writing for different levels, and what composers really want to hear when they listen to their pieces will be addressed. Additionally, each composer will be asked to tell us what music is currently on his/her iPod.
  • Hearing is Believing

    Do your students know what they really sound like? This session will demonstrate how using high-quality recorded audio and playback in class creates more efficient and productive rehearsals. We will demonstrate recording set up and simple recording techniques to maximize the audio quality both in class and in concert, as well as rehearsal techniques utilizing instant feedback.
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  • Help, My Students are Into Practicing! Tips and Tricks to Keep the String Students and Teachers Going

    In this clinic we present different ways to motivate and activate stringstudents. How can we achieve that students ask us the information they need? We look at a large range of tips and tricks, every teacher can use in groupteaching or studioteaching. We also focus on the importance of a good methodoly for the basics of stringplaying.
  • Hiding the Vegetables: Unique and Creative Ways to Teach Young Band Students the Fundamentals They Need on a Daily Basis

    When it comes to teaching middle school band students, pacing is key. As directors, we have to find ways to present the material we want students to learn in a way that will keep their attention and interest, and motivate them as well. Come and learn unique and CREATIVE ways to feed your young band students the “vegetables” they need every day!
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  • How's My Posture?

    Does conducting with better posture and use of breath make music better? Steven Davis (director of bands), Greg King (mechanical engineer) and Sabrina Madison-Cannon (professor of dance) talk about chronic conducting issues such as rounded shoulders, tight neck, shoulder problems, low back pain and how their research is impacting the conducting students at UMKC.
  • Innovative Uses of Technology in the Orchestra Rehearsal

    Using technology in the secondary string rehearsal will improve your students’ playing skills and make your rehearsals more effective. Applications and rehearsal techniques for use of technology in the rehearsal will be shown throughout the session. Devices such as: computer, document camera, tuners and metronomes, along with various software applications, and websites like YouTube will be demonstrated. Setting up your rehearsal room and how to acquire these devices will also be discussed.
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  • Inspired by Orpheus: Collaborative Rehearsal and Performance in the Large Ensemble Setting

    What happens when our large ensemble musicians are charged with rehearsal and performance of repertoire? In what ways are students empowered and engaged with the elements of large ensemble music making under these conditions? How might such an approach enrich the education of students at all levels of instruction? The musicians of The Ohio State University Symphonic Band will rehearse two compositions without aid of a conductor/coach during this rehearsal laboratory.
  • iPads on the Gridiron: Using Technology to Revolutionize Marching Band Rehearsals... Yes, there's an App for that!

    This clinic will highlight the benefits of incorporating the iPad into the marching band rehearsal. The clinicians will describe the administrative, musical, and visual advantages, and technological advancements in applications to streamline efficiencies in a rehearsal setting. The clinic will also highlight the tremendous enhancement to the student learning process, both from musical and visual aspects.
  • It's All About the Rhythm (Section): The Key to Jazz Ensemble Success

    The rhythmic feel is the most important element of jazz. The integrated effort of the rhythm section in establishing the rhythmic feel, i.e. "creating the groove," is one of the most crucial elements of a successful jazz performance. This session demonstrates rhythm section techniques that address crucial elements of "groove" and style in authentic jazz performance.
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  • It's Baroque, So Fix It! Approaching the Baroque in the Beginning and Intermediate String Class

    Music of the Baroque era represents the Golden Age of string playing. All beginning and intermediate string players learn Baroque solos and perform Baroque string orchestra repertoire. But contemporary string teaching and playing often neglects or ignores those very stylistic, aesthetic, and historical practices that make the Baroque musically compelling, both to students and audiences. Discover how beginning/intermediate string students CAN play in a beautiful Baroque style. Bring instruments!
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  • Leadership Matters: Enhance your Music Program with Effective Student Leadership

    Going beyond assigning students titles of section leader or first chair, this clinic will present a proven method of training student leaders who are intrinsically motivated and who operate using core principles of Stephen Covey, John Maxwell, John Wooden and other notable leaders. Teachers will be given the tools to start their own leadership training program and be able to reap the reward of driven students, efficient rehearsals, and a culture of excellence.
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  • Leave No Tone Unstirred

    Assisted by the Vista Ridge High School Wind Ensemble, Mr. Junkin will discuss effective rehearsal and performance. Imagination, score study and conducting will be the focus of “Leave No Tone Unstirred."
  • Legends of the Big Ten, Part 2

    For decades, the Big Ten Conference has been home to some of the finest schools of music in the world, and integral to the success of these schools of music are world class band departments which have produced some of the finest conductors and educators in the history of the band profession. This session is part two of a series featuring Legends of the Big Ten in a panel discussion with emeritus faculty from Big Ten institutions. This year’s session features Kenneth G. Bloomquist, Michigan State University; James F. Keene, University of Illinois; and H. Robert Reynolds, University of Michigan. The decades of experience from each panel member will serve as a backdrop for an insightful discussion about the band profession, trends in band and music education along with fun memories and stories from more than 100 years in the profession. Mark Heidel, Director of Bands at the University of Iowa, will serve as moderator.
  • Literature and Concert Programming: Improving Student Learning Through the Music

    This session will explore the importance of literature selection in the wind music curriculum. Using the Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance model, participants will explore criteria for quality music selection and how to generate active student engagement. The session will present a four-year curricular approach to programming, including a full-year concert cycle for various level bands, specific details for a single concert, and ways to create strategies for sequential learning from year to year.
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  • Make Warm-Ups Part Of Your Routine - Just Don't Make Them Routine!

    Is your band in a rut? Do you mindlessly play through the same warm-ups day after day after day? It's time to break free of that routine. This clinic will focus on the importance of using quality musical warm-ups with your ensemble and ways to make them new and fresh every time. You owe it to your students to improve this vital part of your rehearsal.
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  • Music Teacher 2.0: Managing Your Program in the Digital Age

    As music educators, we often are challenged to balance a diverse teaching load with the responsibilities that come with managing a music program. This session will provide an overview of digital and web-based tools that can be particularly effective in cutting down on the time spent at your desk so you can spend more time doing what you love to do: teaching!
  • MVPs for Teaching Strings

    Some of the Most Valuable Practices for teaching violin, viola, cello and double bass to individual students and in orchestra will be demonstrated. Specific techniques and teaching strategies which have proven to be successful for beginning, intermediate and advanced students will be presented. This session is intended for string and orchestra teachers who may or not be string instrument players. The goal: Effective, efficient, easy, excellent results and an enjoyable musical experience for every student.
  • Now What: Tips and Strategies for the Middle School Jazz Band

    This session will focus on the aspects of creating a positive experience within the middle school/beginning jazz band rehearsal. The topic areas of the presentation will include time management & administration, articulations and notation issues, literature selection, improvisation, performances and director networking.
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  • OMG Strings! Techniques for the Non-String Specialist

    This is a session for the non-string playing string teacher. Kate McFadden has 25 years of success teaching strings, but is a bassoon player. She will give tips that have worked for her over the years. Topics will include instrument set-up, tuning, selecting method books and concert music, being successful at assessment, and anything else that comes up during the session. Bring your questions.
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  • Percussion Tips For Conductors: What Percussionists Wish We All Knew

    This clinic presents practical tips and information for conductors as it relates to percussion within the ensemble setting. Delivered from the perspective of two conductors – one native percussionist and one non-percussionist – matters of equipment set up, sound projection, score study, rehearsal and performance are among the material covered in this interactive and demonstration-filled clinic.
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  • Play Lead Alto Sax with the Big Phat Band…NOW!

    The Gordon Goodwin Big Phat Band exudes the sheer exhilaration of big band jazz, a combination of crisp accuracy and fiery soloing. Lead alto player Eric Marienthal will discuss, demonstrate and provide you with volumes of information about style, phrasing, tone, dynamics, technique, articulation, playing in time, and improvisation.
  • Pulse to Pattern: Simple, Original, Fun Rehearsal Strategies to Ensure Beginning Musicians Play, Read and Write Rhythmic Music Symbols with Confidence

    Is music notation a mystery? Do you need new strategies to teach rhythm notation and achieve ensemble pulse? Revisit your student days and be part of a demonstration audience to personally experience the journey from pulse to pattern through games, movement, and composition-based activities that will guarantee internal ownership of pulse and music notation in a fun, can-do learning environment.
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  • Secrets from Down Under - The Best Australian Band Repertoire You've Never Heard

    If you were asked to name five Australian composers who have written great music for winds you'd probably start with Percy Grainger, and then...? This clinic will explore the rich catalogue of Australian wind music suitable for middle, high school and college bands. Meet composers and hear excerpts of new and unfamiliar works performed by one of Australia's best high school bands. You will walk away with a 'swag' full of new repertoire and programming ideas to bring back to your ensembles.
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  • Smooth Sailing on Stormy Seas: Practical Suggestions and Strategies for a Long, Happy and Successful Career

    Recent studies show that the average career span of a teacher in today’s educational environment is only 5 years and the average career span of a band director is only 4½ years. Why do so many promising teachers leave our field after only a few short years? This clinic is designed to help Band Directors, both young and old, avoid many of the common challenges encountered during their career. Clinic attendees will gain a “real-world” working knowledge of skills and strategies that will assist them in meeting those challenges while developing a high quality program and avoiding burn-out. All of the suggestions and strategies presented come from the clinicians’ combined 56 years of public school band directing experience.
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  • Sound Fundamentals – Daily Ensemble Training for Ideal Tone, Intonation and Blend

    The most important aspect of any musical group is its sound, and teaching ideal sound production should be an omnipresent basic of ensemble training. Student recognition of proper tone and intonation, derived from focused ear training, plus student-directed reinforcement exercises promote individual participation in, and commitment to the group’s construction of a proper sound. Members of the Saitama Sakae HS Wind Orchestra will share daily warm-up, tuning, and balancing methods used to create its renowned "pipe-organ" balance and blend.
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  • Stimulating Cultural Interest Through Band Literature: Japanese Composers and Their Works

    Though their music is often being performed, most Japanese band composers and their works are not readily understood in America. We can find many Japanese pieces that are valuable for teaching band, with unique musical and cultural traditions effective to studying music in relation to culture. This clinic focuses on Japanese composers and their works and describes how to use them as teaching materials for young musicians.
  • Swinging Through Time

    This clinic discusses and demonstrates the evolution of the drum set and it’s rhythms. From Africa to Congo Square and onward through the rest of the United States, the drum set has evolved. During this evolution there were key periods of rhythms and sounds that gave the music it’s character. The journey continues through to the present.
  • Taming The Woodwinds: A New Guide for the Pre-Professional and Professional Alike

    A presentation providing resources and other specific suggestions in teaching and learning the woodwind instruments. Topics that are directly related to proper performance technique, accurate pedagogical information, and healthy woodwind playing.
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  • Teach Your Students to Compose Themselves!

    Robert Sheldon shares his insight and experience in working with young composers. Teachers will learn how to get students started in the process of writing music, scoring, orchestration and ways to inspire creativity and expression.
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  • Ten Things About Teaching the Cello that You Always Wanted to Know but Were Afraid to Ask

    Would you like to know how to easily size and set up beginners's right and left hands? Create a big, beautiful sound? Teach tenor clef? This session will demonstrate tried and true methods and tricks for teaching these cello skills with ease.
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  • The “Non-Negotiables” of Superior Rehearsals

    The “Non-Negotiables” of Superior Rehearsals This clinic describes the hallmarks of the teacher’s classroom that must never be compromised. Learning readiness, the need for a strong fundamentals program, maintaining a high level of attention span, teacher enthusiasm, respecting the student, developing attention to details, pedagogical structure and the development of comprehensive musical skills will be discussed.
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  • The 5 Pitfalls of the Young Tuba Student: A Practical Guide to Improving Your Low Brass

    This clinic is meant to be a resource for directors of young bands as a way of identifying and quickly diagnosing common issues for young tuba students. Since most directors themselves are not specialists in tuba, there are often very important (yet simple) fundamental things that go unnoticed and unaddressed. We all know that the low brass are the foundation and the core of a good band sound. Now it is time to protect and improve upon our most valuable assets.
  • The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Takes Music Everywhere, “Even to Prisons”

    When Riccardo Muti became the music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 2010, he expressly empowered the organization to take music to as many people as possible, “even to prisons.” Driven by the power of music to transcend cultural divides and enact positive social change, the Negaunee Music Institute at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra has been producing programming for at-risk, detained, and incarcerated youth since then. A panel of Chicago Symphony Orchestra musician(s), members of its training ensemble Civic Orchestra of Chicago and program directors will share their experience working with this often overlooked segment of the Chicago community, why this work is important, and how Midwest Clinic participants can also create similar initiatives in their own communities.
  • The French Horn, No Longer the Wildcard of Your Ensemble: Natural Principles that Make Your Horn Section Stand Out

    This clinic will equip music educators from the elementary through college level with the knowledge to make the French Horn an approachable instrument to teach. Concepts will be introduced in an accessible fashion that will focus on the most natural way to implement them. Examples of how to make the horn attractive will be presented in the form of a live performance and media examples where the horn is a key member.
  • The Heritage of Band Music from Its Beginnings to the Present

    An attempt to cover the most significant literature for winds from the earliest years of the medieval through contemporary art music. Audio examples of the literature discussed will be provided. Additionally we will explore the current trends in programming music and pedagogical considerations in choosing literature, as well as the role transcriptions play in our wind band classrooms.
  • The Jazz Trumpet: An Historical Perspective

    The Jazz Trumpet: An Historical Perspective Since the beginnings of jazz, trumpet players have had a profound influence on the development of jazz and pop styles. This lecture/performance by Four Other Brothers will highlight the music of important trumpeters of the past and how they shaped the development of American music. The demonstration ensemble for this clinic will be the Four Other Brothers, an ensemble consisting of four jazz trumpet professors from four Illinois universities and a three-piece rhythm section (bass, piano, and drums). Their presentation will include historically interesting "period" pieces which feature the musical styles of significant jazz icons of the past.
  • The Life and Legacy of John P. Paynter (1928-1996): His Impact on Music and the World

    This session will offer a glimpse into the life and career of iconic Northwestern University Director of Bands, long-time Midwest Clinic President, and Northshore Concert Band Director John P. Paynter, who contributed greatly to music education throughout his life as an outstanding teacher, conductor, leader, role model, innovator, and motivator. Joining Mark Camphouse will be John Paynter’s son Bruce and Stephen Peterson, Professor of Music/Director of Bands at Ithaca College School of Music.
  • The Practice of Practice: Good Practice is More Than You Think

    What exactly is good music practice? How does good practice create talent? The information in this talk is drawn from in-depth interviews with world-class musicians in multiple genres of music as well as from hundreds of published research studies on practice. Musicians interviewed include members of major symphonies (CSO, NYPhil, HKPO), highly accomplished jazz musicians, singer-songwriters, as well as professional West African and Indian classical musicians. Practice approaches differ slightly according to musical genre. The talk will cover useful practice strategies, but also will reveal some of the hidden habits, mindsets, and techniques necessary for improving musical ability in any genre of music.
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  • The Second Conductor: Improving Timpani Performance

    This clinic will focus on reviewing the fundamentals techniques related to timpani performance. It will look at the creation of proper tone from the instruments related to technique as well as proper intonation. In addition it will review materials suited for the education of the up and coming timpanist and how to improve the performers knowledge of their role in the music.
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  • The String Bass: The Elephant in the Room

    Teaching the string bass: how is it unique from the other string instruments.
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  • The United States Navy Band "Carl Fischer Military Band Journal" Project

    The United States Navy Band has started work on an exciting new venture, the “Carl Fischer Military Band Journal” project. This project involves recording selections from the Carl Fischer Military Band Journal library, published in the early 20th century and encompasses more than 400 pieces. The United States Navy Band will perform selected transcriptions with accompanying dialogue to explain the project and its benefits to students and ensembles.
  • Trombone and Technology: The New Wave of Accessibility A Clinic-Performance with Christopher Bill

    Chris’ clinic will showcase the ways he’s found to combine the newest technology with live performance. With today's music so dependent on synthesized sounds and computer-generated effects, Chris is working to show how those playing traditional musical instruments aren’t irrelevant or obsolete in the pop music world. In fact, just the opposite. “What we do is make monotonous dance music turn into great music, and the world needs us. I will show the technical side of traditional instrumental performance as well as debut some never-before-seen techniques combining live performance with technology.” Chris’ clinic performance will be interactive and will leave attendees thinking of the possibilities for their students.
  • Tweets and Blogs: Percussion Pedagogy Proverbs

    Percussion artist and pedagogue James Campbell, shares some of his most well-known tips from cyberspace. These tips provide an illustration of proper percussion performance, technique, touch, expression, articulation, and attitude. Educators and performers will find that these concise axioms will add vigor and strength to their core understanding of percussion playing and provide inspirational solutions to the what, where, when, and how of interpretation.
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  • Understanding Copyright Law and the Legal Implications for Music Teachers

    Copyright law and compliance…it’s always been one of those difficult (but necessary) subjects for educators in general and music educators in particular. “To promote the Progress of Science and useful Art, … ” our nation has adopted a set of laws, rules, rights and responsibilities supporting Article 1, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution, all of which are the source of ongoing dialogue and interpretation, that are the copyright laws of the United States. Join me for an overview of the law and consideration of some of the expectations and most common issues facing music educators concerning compliance with U.S. Copyright law.
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  • Welcome to My Neighborhood

    Hosted by Jose Antonio Diaz, this session is a panel discussion with some of the country's most innovative educators teaching on the grass roots levels in challenging situations and accomplishing amazing results. The panel will briefly discuss the demographics of the school, creative budgeting, and pivotal experiences that define their accomplishments with students.
  • What Do I Need From the Music Supervisor?

    This double-session will identify and stimulate discussion on the various roles and expectations of music leaders from different perspectives. The sessions will also focus on developing priorities and broadening understanding. NOTE: Limited enrollment to 60 Music Administrators through registration.
  • What If You Could Show Them The Sound They Produce

    This clinic will focus on incorporating technology into the music rehearsal setting. How to use waveforms to provide visual enhancement for student comprehension of music concepts. Digital devices that can be applied to the classroom to help us teach, organize and give feedback. Making your life easier and your teaching more effective.
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  • Who Needs Mozart? Chamber Music and its Multiple Benefits to Your Program

    The session seeks to highlight the notion that the in-depth study, preparation, and performance of staple chamber literature can yield many positive by-products for a band program. Among them: 1) the hyper-developement of individual musicianship and performance skills 2) the opportunity to expose students to composers who did not write for the modern concert band 3) the use of small ensembles to recruit at middle schools 4) an avenue to increase student performance opportunities.
  • Wind Pedagogy from Day 1: Clarinet/Saxophone

    Two separate pedagogy sessions will be offered on clarinet/saxophone and trumpet/French horn The focus will be on methods and techniques for starting children correctly and consistently on the various wind instruments. Also discussed will be commonalities and exceptions encountered when teaching wind instruments in a heterogeneous setting. Each session will be offered separately so that attendees may have some flexibility in building their conference schedules.
  • Wind Pedagogy from Day 1: Trumpet/French Horn

    Two separate pedagogy sessions will be offered on clarinet/saxophone and trumpet/French horn The focus will be on methods and techniques for starting children correctly and consistently on the various wind instruments. Also discussed will be commonalities and exceptions encountered when teaching wind instruments in a heterogeneous setting. Each session will be offered separately so that attendees may have some flexibility in building their conference schedules.
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  • Work-Life Balance for the Busy Band Director

    Achieving an ideal work-life balance is getting harder for music teachers: long and challenging school days, after-school commitments, working on weekends and over the summer. Research shows that when balance is poor, band teachers experience serious problems with their job, health, and relationships. The presenters will offer strategies for balancing work and home commitments, and will discuss interesting case studies of teachers who have negotiated work and home domains.
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  • You Want ME to Teach Guitar? But I'm an Orchestra Director!

    Yes, an orchestra or band director can teach class guitar! Come learn how and why to start a guitar program at your school. Guitar & orchestra program collaboration only makes a music program stronger! The session will include discussion of class guitar pedagogy, music, materials, equipment, and strategies for collaboration among ensembles.
  • Young Band Programming for Success (Utilizing Standard Repertoire and Finding New Gems)

    With the focus each year on new publications, the standard repertoire is often overlooked. Composer/arranger Michael Sweeney explores strategies for finding meaningful literature using a balance of proven classics along with carefully chosen new works. Discussion will include what to look for, what to look out for, and how to find those hidden gems. Effective programming will also be examined with factors such as pacing, instrumentation, difficulty, variety, and connecting with your audience.
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