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2017 Midwest Clinicians

  • "Counting with Clint"

    Subdividing is more than math and accuracy. All instrumentalists learn to guide and 'grade' or apportion the crescendo/diminuendo and accelerando/ritardando aspects in the selection. String players must additionally account for the bow arm challenges. Bowed subdividing teaches the string player to account for bow speed, weight and contact points, any of which, aid or hinder the expressive aspects.
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  • “Herding the Cats”: Reflecting Your Priorities as you Teach Jazz Improvisation

    What are the objectives of your improv-instruction? How much can you assist students' creative expression? Will you focus more on technical skills such as chords and scales? How do you grade something as personal and nebulous as Jazz Improvisation? Does your grading-structure reflect your instructional priorities? This session provides perspectives gained from surveying instructors with over 700 years of combined experience teaching Jazz Improvisation, over 400 of those years for credit.
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  • An Innovative Approach for Including Special Education Students in the Instrumental Ensemble

    Through musical peer mentoring, students with and without exceptionalities can create beautiful music and friendships in the instrumental ensemble. This approach adds value to the ensemble as a whole while meeting all each student “where they are.” The band or orchestra is the perfect environment for students to demonstrate leadership while building self-confidence and a sense of belonging through music.
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  • An Interview with Richard C. Crain

  • Antidotes for Performance Anxiety: Teaching Confidence

    This clinic aims to provide awareness of the psychological and sociological factors that play a role in performance anxiety. Attendees will be provided with short term and long term physical and cognitive strategies to help foster confident performance in themselves and/or their students. Additionally, environmental strategies will aid in helping performers move through the disruptive symptoms of performance anxiety in large ensembles.
  • Assessment Technologies and Strategies for the Instrumental Music Classroom

    How can technology be used as an assessment tool without becoming a burden or distraction from the process of making music? How can we better use the information from those assessments to plan and improve our curriculum? This clinic will focus on the challenge of creating useful, high quality assessments for students in instrumental music programs through the use of online and desktop based software and other tools.
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  • Athletes and the Arts – A Unique National Initiative to Enhance Performing Artist Health and Performance

    Musicians and their instructors often lack knowledge of injury prevention, wellness concepts, and practice guidelines afforded sports athletes, but this knowledge can be used to optimize their health and performance. This clinic will introduce the Athletes and the Arts Initiative, a coalition of 18-national music and sport organizations, and discuss major musicians’ health/wellness issues with applicable lessons from sports medicine literature. We will also introduce current and developing opportunities to get better educated and engaged in Athletes and the Arts..
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  • Beginning Strings for the Older Learner: From D Major to Grade 3 in One Year!

    Due to funding constraints and expanded graduation requirements, students are starting string instruments outside of the traditional elementary school model. The intellectual, emotional, and musical maturity of the older learner requires a different curriculum and musical resources. This session will present an accelerated curriculum derived from typical instructional materials found in the first two levels of current method books and existing classical and eclectic style orchestral literature.
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  • Body Mapping for the String Orchestra: Teaching Students to Stop Moving Against their Own Design to Prevent Injury and Sound Great!

    Help your string orchestra players prevent and overcome injuries and limitations by helping them correct harmful movement patterns.This interactive Body Mapping session focuses on teaching our students how the body is designed to move freely and easily and how we can access that freedom and a richer sound when we understand the body's true anatomical structure.Bring your instruments!
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  • Bullseye! Making the Rehearsal the Center of Your Musical Life

    We know that the rehearsal should be the focus of our daily musical life. We also know that teachers at any level wear many hats and are pulled in many directions. Session attendees will learn strategies to insulate the rehearsal from “administrivia” and be well prepared and thoughtfully reflective. The session will include specific methods for rehearsing that create an efficient, engaging environment, and will also address daily administrative tasks, communication, and personal scheduling.
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  • Buzzing Betters the Band

    Brass mouthpiece playing is a terrifically efficient skill for developing great tone, improved intonation, and natural musicianship. However, many do not know what makes it so effective, or the many pedagogical possibilities mouthpiece playing offers. Through a hybrid presentation of slides and a series of video clips of former Jacobs students, the physiological motivations of buzzing will be explained, and suggestions for developing excellent buzzing quality from students will be outlined.
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  • Careers Through Music

    Teaching enhancement in-service sessions will be offered to educators. They will gain insights on how the vocational and disciplinary aspects of music can be implemented into music education teaching strategy.
  • Changing the Culture from the Inside Out, Motivating Kids and Community

    Stan Mauldin presents the motivational techniques, the leadership principals, and the ensemble skills that allowed the Sequin Texas High School Band to motivate the members to learn six new selections, raise $254,000 for their Carnegie Hall performance in 2017, and therefore, energize the band and the community!
  • Clarinet Basics in 60 Minutes

    This interactive clinic will offer helpful tips on how to improve your clarinet section through the demonstration of innovative exercises, addressing common clarinet fundamental issues pertaining to tone, technique, articulation and intonation. This session will be presented in collaboration with the Charleston County School of the Arts Clarinet Choir led by Suzanne Reed.
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  • Common Pitfalls of Teaching Oboe Students

    It is common for even the most highly qualified and successful music educator to be stumped by the struggles of their oboe students. Most times, this is by no fault of the student but rather caused by the “mysterious” reed and/or instrument. Learn the most common problems for young oboists from elementary to high school will be and how you, the teacher, can help. Presented by Briana Tarby, Co-Principal Oboist of the US Coast Guard Band.
  • Complete Pedagogical Concepts for Low Brass Performance

    Concept: Our concern as players must be with the beautiful sound quality of the tuba. When sound production becomes more efficient the use of breath becomes more efficient. Good physical habits must be developed by the player to be a conditioned response. Our main concentration as a player is on the “end result” or the message we are expressing through our music.
  • Composing with My Middle School Band During Rehearsal? YES YOU CAN!

    The creative process of composing music has to begin somewhere in the life of a student. As a change of pace to normal rehearsals, consider using short composition exercises related to the music your ensemble is currently rehearsing to generate interest and provide practical experience in composing for your students.
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  • Conductor as Prism

    The art of conducting possesses many challenges for both performer and teacher. Using techniques developed at Oxford, James Jordan provides a new pedagogy for conductors that uses metaphor to address the most difficult aspects of conducting artistry to master. This session will introduce attendees to these new techniques that will help them improve their conducting and build stronger connections to their ensembles.
  • Creating a Culture of Excellence in Your 2nd and 3rd Bands

    The strength and depth of a band program is dependent upon the vitality of its 2nd and 3rd bands. Roberts will discuss how these lower bands can provide an opportunity for every student to experience success while supporting the goals of the total band program. Topics will include the band placement process, motivation, differentiated instruction, selection of repertoire, developing student leadership, a balanced approach to fundamentals, classroom management, and building for the future.
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  • Creating a Successful Title 1 Middle School Instrumental Program

    The session will explore steps for achieving the teacher’s vision and goals, from beginner ensembles to advanced ensembles. Understanding the thoughts and emotional actions of socioeconomically disadvantaged students and how to implement teaching strategies that will help the students and program reach the next level of success.
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  • Crescendo Detroit: Building a Quality Arts Program in an Underserved Community

    Crescendo Detroit is an arts program that is based in a neighborhood in Detroit where a majority of the schools do not offer band, choir, orchestra, dance or in some cases gym. We designed our program combining elements of U.S. Music Education and the El Sistema model in Venezuela. We would like to share with attendees the core values that have worked for us in a sometimes difficult situation.
  • Democracy and Instrumental Music Education 2.0: Enlarging Capacities and Strengthening Connections in the Rehearsal Setting

    The concepts of democratizing large ensembles have been a controversial yet largely misrepresented topic in band and music education journals. Properly understood, these concepts focus on student empowerment and aim to improve musical teaching and learning, foster excellence in diverse and traditional artistic practices, and enrich and enlarge our students’ lives. To promote dialogue, the panelists will share their views on incorporating democratic music education principles in large ensemble.
  • Designing a Curriculum to Develop Young Players AND Ensemble Awareness

    The goal of the clinic is to outline the yearly curriculum we've designed/follow to achieve continual growth in student musicians and provide a concrete plan to keep students motivated throughout the year.
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  • Diagnosing The Problem, Prescribing The Solution: Tips and Strategies for Successful Teaching In A Title I School

    This presentation will provide useful teaching strategies for teaching in Title I schools. These techniques are easily applicable to a variety of school settings. We will “diagnose” and “prescribe” several common issues such as teaching various levels in one class, creating curriculum, raising funds, creating a presence in the community to various other essential topics.
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  • Discussions of Equity, Inclusion and Access in the Music Classroom

    What barriers have music educators created that are unintentional roadblocks for minority students? How do we create effective learning environments for our students that are safe and inclusive of everyone, regardless of gender or sexual orientation? How can we work collaboratively as a profession to improve access to high quality music education regardless of race, ethnicity or socioeconomic background? How can music educators in the 21st century enhance the traditional school music curriculum to include alternative pathways to experience the arts? Six distinguished music educators will gather to share their thoughts on Equity, Inclusion and Access to music education in America today.
  • Doing "Within" When You're Doing "Without"! Practical Scoring Solutions for Small Bands

    With the myriad of challenges presented by today's diverse and fast-paced school environment, band programs of small size are no longer the exception; they're the rule! This comprehensive workshop will offer practical, easy-to-apply strategies to help bands of modest resource achieve successful and satisfying performances in any situation.
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  • Double Bass Master Class

    CSO Principal Bassist Alex Hanna will work with students in a master class setting.
  • Enhancing the Ensemble Experience Using Composer Skype Sessions

    Ubiquitous and easy-to-use video teleconferencing technology has created a wonderful opportunity for directors to bring their students into meaningful contact with composers whose music they perform…virtually! This session - featuring media from composer Skypes; quotes from directors, students and composers; a standards-aligned, model lesson plan; and an explanation of the technology involved - will demonstrate the many benefits of, and logistics for, running a successful composer Skype session.
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  • Every Community Should Have a New Horizons Band and Orchestra

    The New Horizons Band was created by Roy Ernst in 1991 at the Eastman School of Music with a grant from The National Association of Music Merchants. It was a model program for starting adults, particularly retired adults, with little or no musical experience. Dr. Ernst will talk about how playing music can make a major difference in quality of life for retirees and show many of them playing their instruments and talking about how it benefits them. He will also talk about the special support that is given for starting a New Horizons program. The musical culture of a community is incomplete without a program that provides a comfortable entry point for adults.
  • First Performance: A Beginning Band Demonstration Concert

    This session is a pre-planned demonstration concert designed to improve retention of beginners that will feature an actual beginning band demonstration concert by two local schools. Attendees will see and hear their parent’s reaction to the program. Following their performance, a panel discussion will explore ideas how to implement this type of program in your school culminating with the announcement of “First Performance National Day of Celebration” for 2018.
  • Fueling Creativity: Reaching All Learners Through the Arts

    Integrating core content and fine arts skills helps students develop 21st century skills such as creativity, collaboration and critical thinking. Students are more engaged, attendance increases and discipline decreases when the arts are included in the general curriculum. We will share our story of how fine arts integration is sparking creativity, collaboration and a love of learning in our students. Fine Arts Integration doesn’t require extra time or money. Let us show you how you can be the spark for change in your school or district.
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  • Good Things Come in Small Packages - Successful Design and Implementation for the Small or Younger Marching Band

    Successful design and implementation for the small school marching band has many distinct facets and potential obstacles. In this clinic, the presenters will give time tested techniques and suggestions to improve the experience and outcome for all.
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  • Gracious Approaches to the Plight of the Purple Violin

    This session will explore what differentiates a dependable student instrument from the “VSO,” or violin­-shaped object, providing participants with guidelines for successful instrument bids that satisfy administrators and string educators alike. We will also discuss communication strategies so that VSOs do not end up in your classroom (and how to work when them when they do).
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  • Grade Thrive: Differentiation and Inspiration Through Programming

    For ensembles with a wide range of ability level, how can we as conductors keep top players engaged while providing technically accessible parts for weaker players? Grade Thrive explores music with Grade 3 technical demand and Grade 5 artistic merit. Panelists will speak to their application of this concept, share methods for identifying repertoire and finally share experiences in the area of commissioning new works that aim to achieve both differentiation and inspiration.
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  • Growing Your Community Jazz Band

    When selecting music for a community college jazz ensemble, there are several things that need to be considered. Firstly, different styles of music should be included that will not only challenge these seasoned musicians, but also keep the audience entertained. Secondly, because these musicians are at different playing levels, getting to know them on a personal level helps with selecting music that will challenge them, but also interest them & make rehearsal fun. How do you incorporate all of these into your rehearsals?
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  • Habits of a Significant Band Director

    This clinic focuses on how 5 Key Practices - knowledge, passion about music, energy, communication and personal effectiveness create synergy to produce a successful band director. "What you give away” is explored in a meaningful way. You can be both successful and significant as a band director. Success stops at retirement, but musical and personal significance lasts for generations. Being significant is how you Leave a Legacy and is the definition of true success.
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  • How and Why to Commission a New Work for Your Ensemble!

    Based on his years of successful experience in this area, Mark Wolfram will discuss the benefits and pitfalls involved in commissioning a new work for ensembles of all types. Attendees will learn strategies for conceptualizing, developing, funding, promoting and presenting new music specifically tailored for their group.
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  • How to Have a Fabulous Horn Section at All Levels

    Rick Lambrecht and the UTEP Horn Choir will present techniques and strategies for: Embouchure Establishment & Mouthpiece Placement, Tone Production, Holding Position of the Instrument, Left Hand Position, Right Hand Position, Range, Tuning, Section Set Up, Section Placement in the band set up. The UTEP Horn Choir will demonstrate these concepts both visually and aurally in the context of a typical school horn section.
  • How Will We Know? Incorporating the National Core Music Ensemble Standards with the Model Cornerstone Assessments

    This clinic will combine the framework of the 2014 National Core Music Standards and their Model Cornerstone Assessments that can be embedded within ensemble instruction to inform authentic teaching practice, learning, and evaluation. An in-depth look at pre-requisite skills, suggested lessons, and aligned tasks and assessments that contribute to a true picture of students’ musical achievement at varied levels will be shared via lecture and group discussion.
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  • It Takes a Village: Creative Classroom Management Strategies

    How can classroom disruptions be managed more effectively? How can they be prevented in the first place? The clinicians — two band directors and their principal — will show you how to build a village of support and discuss how strong professional relationships can have a significant positive impact in your classroom. The presenters will offer creative solutions you can implement immediately.
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  • It's All About that Bass (Base): Developing a Solid Low Brass foundation for Your Ensemble

    A discussion of building the strength of your ensemble through developing the low brass section. The discussion will include techniques relative to tone production, balance, blend and intonation. The clinic will include demonstrations of techniques utilizing low brass students from the University of Illinois.
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  • It's All About the Sound: Developing Beautiful Tone and Articulation from the First Rehearsal

    Producing a beautiful sound is one of the most important concepts in string playing. This interactive lecture demonstration will cover tone production concepts and teaching sequences of major string pedagogues of the last century. Major concepts and sequences of tone production and articulation will be defined and discussed as well as practical ideas to develop and refine an individual's tone or an ensemble's sound.
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  • Kaleidoscopic Listening: Resonating with Music's Waves of Influence

    In addition to music being heard, it has long been understood that music can also be felt both physically and emotionally. If this is so, then to be effective conductors we must be full-body listeners, using our bodies and our ears. This session will consider conducting as an Improvisational Art as well as discuss the importance of Kaleidoscopic Listening. It will also address how exploration, discovery and invention inform and influence the placement of “Designs in the Know Where.”
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  • Karel Husa: A Retrospective

    Sponsored by the Big Ten Band Directors Association, Scott Teeple will lead a discussion with a panel of distinguished conductors on the life and significance of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Karel Husa (1921-2016). Topics discussed will include Husa's work as a professor at Cornell University and Ithaca College, impact on composers, composition output, and Husa's influence on art music and performance.
  • Lighting a Fire in Kids: Harnessing Intrinsic Motivation, Cultivating Curiosity, and Creating Connections

    “Lighting A Fire In Kids” explores three “truths” about teaching and learning: intrinsic motivation, curiosity, and connections. As Chris states “We can’t force our students to learn. As educators it is our job to create the conditions for growth. The seeds of potential lie within each person. Cultivating an environment of possibility will ensure that students and teachers not only succeed but also find their passion.” Join Chris for a heartwarming and compelling talk about ways we can Light Fires in our students and ourselves.
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  • Listen with Your Eyes: Identifying the Physical Roadblocks Behind Common Musical Issues

    While it is often easy to identify musical issues (intonation, timing, etc.), it can be difficult to discover and address the actual physical barriers that serve as the root of each problem. This interactive session is intended to provide a variety of suggestions to correct errors and improve teaching efficiency.
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  • Marching and Concert Percussion: Common Techniques for Performance Success

    Our clinic will focus on the technical and musical percussion skills required for a quality performance in both marching and concert percussion applications. This clinic will demonstrate universal musical concepts on percussion that can be applied to either area (marching or concert) with success. Excerpts from wind ensemble literature, percussion solos, and marching percussion music will be performed.
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  • Maximizing Gestural Expression: Movement and Performance Theory for Conductors

    This session explores how the coordination of the entire human body is essential to creating authentic and compelling gestures. Unnecessary tension is revealed to be a consequence of holding parts of the body still in an attempt to direct mental focus to other areas of the body perceived to be more actively involved in conducting. An analysis of figure drawing, among other topics, will reveal how the often overlooked torso and lower body are critical components for maximizing musical expression.
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  • MAY I HAVE YOUR ATTENTION?!? How Emotion and Attention Impact our Rehearsals

    Today's society views multi-tasking as a desirable trait. Current neuroscience research suggests, however, that our brains focus on one task at time. Experience and emotion drive our attention. This clinic examines how emotion and attention interact during rehearsal and how we may improve performance by a better understanding of the two. This clinic also discusses the effect feedback, instructional quality, and inter-personal relationships have on student achievement.
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  • Meaningful Middle School Band Rehearsals

    The ultimate goal of a group, sectional or individual practice is an artistic performance. One of the most important concepts in developing a fundamentals program is that of giving beginning instrumentalists the ability to transfer what takes place during fundamentals time directly into the performance of great literature. This clinic provides specific lesson plans for connecting musicianship skills learned during fundamentals time to specific middle school concert literature.
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  • Mindset for Music

    Thomas Hooten, Principal Trumpet of the LA Philharmonic, will share his insights on the psychological, practical, and emotional aspects of being a performer.
  • Motivating the Individual in the Large Ensemble

    What motivates students in band/orchestra rehearsals? This session will reflect on motivation and its intersection with student learning. Participants will learn strategies for encouraging student engagement. This is through reflecting on ensemble environments that: (a) promote readiness for feedback; (b) naturally embed self-reflection and inquiry; and (c) identify avenues for self-directed learning in the large ensemble.
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  • Music Advocacy - Moving from Survival to Vision

    This session will examine 4 key components of advocacy: Function/Dysfunction of the School System, Role of the Music Coalition, Responsibility of the Music Profession, Process of Advocacy. Viewed from the perspective of a career music educator, administrator and former school board member, music advocacy strategies will be presented by one of the nation’s foremost music advocates. Over 3 decades these methods have saved and restored over $74 million in music programs in the US and Canada.
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  • Music for All of Us: Reflecting Society Through Repertoire Selection

    This clinic will offer an overview of different wind band minority composers, primarily African-American and women composers. Included will be their significance and works worthy of further investigation and performance ranging from grade levels 1-6. It is our hope that is presentation will enhance programming considerations for conductors, widen the breadth of composers and works studied in undergraduate classes and promote the music of underrepresented populations.
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  • Not Tuned at the Factory: Helping Your Students Become Self-Correcting Intonation Machines

    Intonation is a topic that every musician and ensemble must address. There are many approaches and techniques, but how do you know what works best for your ensemble? This clinic will discuss many practical techniques and strategies for intonation at an individual and ensemble level. From beginning instrument fundamentals to advanced intonation plans, attendees will leave with new strategies and concepts to immediately apply in their ensembles and classrooms.
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  • Orchestral Bowings: Connecting the Technical with the Expressive to Achieve Superior Performances

    The goal of the clinic is to connect technical bowings with expressive playing. Using a demonstration group, the presenter will demonstrate a variety of bow strokes to the audience and the demo group will perform those strokes. Appropriate orchestral excerpts of various levels will be performed by the group demonstrating the bow strokes as well.
  • Percussion - Magical, Musical, Marches

    Percussion parts to marches are generally performed as "all parts are equal" in importance and dynamics. By ranking the parts the director can achieve a much more musical and interesting presentation.
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  • Percussion Accessories: Musical Instruments or Weapons of Mass Destruction?

    While many young percussionists are skilled on the larger instruments, they often ignore the smaller “accessory” instruments. Renowned percussionist Neil Grover will share his concepts that will enable you to transform the attitudes, perceptions, and skill set of your percussion students. Over the span of his career Neil has developed a wealth of valuable tools and techniques which are easily adopted at all skill levels. His presentations overflow with his passionate, joyful and fun-loving attitude.
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  • Performing a Concert for Special Needs Children and their Families

    Autism affects 1 out of every 150 children in America. Due to the nature of the disorder, families with members who are affected by autism are often unable to attend public concerts. With a little extra preparation, our ensembles can fill this void. This session will address the procedures and considerations of performing a concert for children with special needs.
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  • Positive Pro Active Advocacy - NOW!

    How to promote your program to your school board before the budget axe falls.
  • Practical Score Study for the Busy Band Director

    Find the information in the score that you’re needing to make the most of rehearsal productivity! This session covers: a color code system, easy-to-understand instrument transpositions, making sense of form analysis, and valuable information from the score that is often overlooked. “The better you know the score, the less you look at the score. The less you look at the score, the more you look at your students. The more you look at your students, the more your students look and listen to you!”
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  • Proof that Music is Essential: Music Students Create Playlists for Elders Living with Dementia

    Music students from two Naperville high schools were inspired by the documentary "Alive Inside" to bring music to elders living with dementia. This session will provide a model for beginning a similar program in your community and a curriculum to follow designed to inspire an Empathy Revolution through education, inter-generational practices and music. This program provides compelling evidence that music is a vital part of our lives and an essential component of a comprehensive education.
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  • Quality is Never an Accident

    Repertoire selection is one of the most challenging tasks for music educators. Musical training emphasizes the importance of repertoire selection, however, few methods are offered to support the search for music of artistic merit. This session will provide educators with user-friendly techniques to evaluate repertoire. The presentation will include a demonstration of these techniques using middle and high school repertoire.
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  • Reed Management – The Difference Between a Good Performance and a Great Performance

    Reeds are sensitive to climate, altitude and a multitude of issues that can make your performance more challenging. In this clinic, Mr. Skinner, an expert in the reed industry will provide scenarios and solutions to the issues that hinder optimum performance.
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  • Rehearsal Lab - High School Orchestra

    Rehearsals labs provide observers an opportunity to watch and listen to well-known educator-conductors working with various types of ensembles in an open rehearsal setting. Attendees engage in a meaningful learning experience by observing rehearsal technicians prepare multiple styles of music. An important goal of these sessions is for directors to gain insight and develop pragmatic pedagogical skills that can be put into immediate applications at home with their own ensembles.
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  • Rehearsal Lab - Middle School Band

    Rehearsals labs provide observers an opportunity to watch and listen to well-known educator-conductors working with various types of ensembles in an open rehearsal setting. Attendees engage in a meaningful learning experience by observing rehearsal technicians prepare multiple styles of music. An important goal of these sessions is for directors to gain insight and develop pragmatic pedagogical skills that can be put into immediate applications at home with their own ensembles.
  • Rehearsal Lab - Middle School Orchestra

    Rehearsals labs provide observers an opportunity to watch and listen to well-known educator-conductors working with various types of ensembles in an open rehearsal setting. Attendees engage in a meaningful learning experience by observing rehearsal technicians prepare multiple styles of music. An important goal of these sessions is for directors to gain insight and develop pragmatic pedagogical skills that can be put into immediate applications at home with their own ensembles.
  • Rehearsing Your Way Through the National Core Music Standards

    Incorporating the National Standards into ensemble rehearsals can seem like a daunting task. While groups are constantly Performing, opportunities to Create, Respond, and Connect sometimes feel harder to fit in. This clinic will provide strategies to promote a quality, comprehensive arts education through literature selection, lesson planning, and rehearsal strategies. Integrating the standards into your classroom can make your students independent, critically-thinking musicians while still getting them concert ready!
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  • Rhythm Reading Routines

    Using 9x13 laminated rhythm cards, I have used several activities over the years that help students practice and improve their rhythm reading skills in large group settings. Directed to beginning and second year instrumental groups, this S.H.O.P. Talk will demonstrate the different activities.
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  • S.M.A.L.L. Band Programs: Strategies for Success

    It's almost contest time. You have that perfect piece in mind with four horn parts, but your band has only two horns. This is just one challenge the typical director of a small band faces. Other topics of discussion include sound, music, arranging, language, leadership, motivational tactics, sound development, instrumentation management, and enrollment maintenance.
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  • Saving Thousand$ with Maintenance Your Students Can Do

    With $100 of supplies and equipment your students can be taught to perform daily, weekly, monthly and yearly instrument maintenance tasks that will save you thousands of dollars in repairs. The clinic will demonstrate each of these task live, before a video camera and broadcast onto a large screen for all to see. Appropriate for band directors at all levels, elementary through University.
  • Score Study and Prep for Elementary Through College Conductors: From the Beginning to the End; or the Dream to the Performance!

    This session is designed to offer insight, techniques, and ideas to all levels of conductors as they prepare music/scores to rehearse an ensemble. From Literature selection to performance all aspects of the journey and process will be explored. Clinician will draw from 40 years of band directing at all levels and ages of ensembles and students. Topics included: literature selection, unit study and graph analysis process, score marking, rehearsal planning, and performance evaluation.
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  • Selecting String Orchestra Repertoire

    During this panel presentation, composer/educators Deborah Baker Monday, Brian Balmages, and Bob Phillips will speak candidly about the creative process. Questions include commissioning, writing for various grade levels, and what makes a great piece. Each panelist will also tell us what their most influential string pieces have been for them as a composer and as an educator; and what their favorite pieces are for beginning, intermediate and high school groups as well as guest conducting pieces.
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  • Sequential Vibrato Instruction in the String Classroom

    This session focuses on small daily steps in teaching and implementing a warm vibrato sound to your orchestra. Starting with determining vibrato readiness, the first steps towards developing correct left hand and arm techniques will be demonstrated. Daily exercises for classroom use will be introduced and a discussion about potential literature for incorporating vibrato will be included. A special segment will be dedicated to troubleshooting!
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  • Sherlock Holmes Had It Right All Along: The Life and Studies of a Conductor and Master Teacher

    Delve into deepening the conductor’s life and musical experiences utilizing the techniques, sleuthing skills, and intuitive powers of the greatest literary detective: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes. This unique approach will include study techniques and process; consciousness-raising tactics; focus on conductor health, well-being, and work-life balance; and insights into improving deductive and reasoning powers as they relate to musicianship, score study, and conducting outcomes.
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  • Shining a Light on Urban Music Education

    Music Makes Us is a unique public/private partnership with Metro Nashville Public Schools, Mayor Megan Barry, and the Nashville music community providing meaningful support for music in our schools. Our goals are to eliminate barriers to music education, increase student participation, and enhance the quality of music education for ALL Metro Nashville Public School students. The session will engage attendees around opportunities and advocacy for instrumental music education in an urban educational environment. The session is presented as part of Conn Selmer's Music Administrator Collaborative.
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  • Stay The Course: A Navigation Guide for the Head Director

    Set sail with experienced directors as they educate prospective and current head band and orchestra directors about how to effectively chart their course and steer toward success! Using maritime metaphors, Johnson and McBryde will teach on goal setting and planning, delegation and systems, rehearsal strategies, mentorship, working with parents and administrators, staff dynamics, and achieving work-life balance.
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  • Stop, Collaborate, and Listen

    Stop, Collaborate, and Listen will demonstrate the benefits of pairing a young jazz ensemble with professional musicians and how it can enrich your school’s jazz curriculum. Along with discussing the educational rewards, this clinic will outline the planning process that is necessary to guarantee a successful collaborative relationship.
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  • Strategic Boosters: How to Thrive, Not Survive!

    This interactive session explores practical tools to update your booster club program into a successful small business designed to efficiently and effectively support music programs. The strategies shared will help any organization take a big leap and begin to thrive with volunteers in an accelerated age. Four Key components explored in this session are Strategic Planning, How to Rally the Troops, Developing A Small Business Model, and Empowering a Business Plan.
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  • String Setup Strategies for Success: Progressive Solutions for the 21st Century Orchestra Classroom

    This session will address strategies for overcoming challenges with the physical arrangement of the orchestra caused by venue shortcomings, with the goal of maintaining a healthy individual student posture and optimal ensemble results. We will invite the session attendees to share their own experiences of setup challenges and solutions, concluding in a rich discussion of experiences from a variety of settings.
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  • Student Success in Title I Schools

    Are you overwhelmed with balancing ambitious community expectations and realistic program success? Come update your toolkit with the ready-to-use recruiting, fundraising, scheduling, ally building, and growth strategies. Your next level of program success is closer than you think.
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  • Successful Lead and Section Playing for Brass Players

    This clinic will work with all brass players to show more effective ways to become strong and decisive lead players as well as becoming successful section players. It will show how to strive to make each section an effective team. It will also talk about ways to improve individual practice, stylistic approach, range, and confidence in each musician.
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  • Survival of the Fittest: The Small School Band Director

    You are THE band director in your small school and community. This clinic provides you with professional and personal tips for surviving and being successful in the small school setting.
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  • Teach Guitar? What Do I Do and HOW Can I Do it SUCCESSFULLY?

    Utilizing my guitar ensemble, Participants will actually walk through a successfully taught guitar curriculum. We will use guitars (Hands-on) to experience successful guitar teaching. This will be an experiential workshop with all participants actually participating!
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  • Teaching Intonation Creatively for String Orchestra

    Teaching Intonation Creatively for String Orchestra is a demonstration of very specific strategies to refine intonation in string orchestra or private studio settings. Participants will experience innovative techniques and exercises within an expressive and musical context featuring the Ann Arbor Pioneer High School strings serving as a demo group.
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  • Teaching Jazz Improv in Your Middle School Ensemble

    With keen insight into teaching improvisation to middle schoolers, Curtis will share innovative strategies and materials to help you overcome common challenges to getting your students playing “the changes.” Student disinterest, chord theory, rhythm section involvement, modeling, transcribing, and curriculum will be addressed. Whether you are a green or seasoned jazz educator, this clinic will provide you with new ideas and free materials to help each of your kids solo like a boss!
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  • Teaching Musicianship Through Fundamentals- Keys to Sustained Success in Title I Schools

    Many directors perceive a separation between fundamentals and musicianship. This separation leads to frustration and lack of progress. The clinician will demonstrate how the fundamental & musical are inextricably tied together in crucial ways. Using a musical focus and approach to essential fundamental exercises Mr. Goforth will explore techniques to gain greater depth and productivity from your fundamentals/warm ups/daily drill giving special focus to inherent difficulties of Title I schools.
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  • The 100 Gig Challenge: Extraordinary Engagement through Service Learning

    A high school band director challenged his students to a tall order: play 100 times collectively in chamber ensembles in their community throughout the school year. What began as a service learning project aimed at getting his students to embrace chamber music and share their music with the community suddenly became something much more: as students played at nursing homes, homeless shelters, and other community events, a sense of purpose in each and every musician took on a life of its own. Visit for more information
  • The 4 (W)W’s- How to Teach Alternate Fingerings for Woodwinds In Your Ensemble!

    An exciting clinic designed to give classroom teacher insight about how to fix common woodwind alternate fingerings in their ensembles and why!
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  • The Artistry of the March

    A “how to” clinic in successful march rehearsal and performance techniques by conductor and Library of Congress Senior Music Musicologist Loras John Schissel. No “Pie in the Sky stuff” here. A practical clinic geared towards bands performing easy, medium and difficult marches. Come ready with questions. This clinic is based on over 150 years of march performance traditions, good research, and practical solutions to having your band play a march that inspires.
  • The Complete Drum Set Player – Well-Rounded from the Start

    Drummer for Ringo Starr’s All-Starr Band, Gregg Bissonette will share his thoughts on beginning to intermediate set instruction. Gregg will discuss and demonstrate examples on everything from technique, reading and warm ups, to basic coordination and grooves. He will also share how his knowledge of technique, reading, and musical styles – and having a positive attitude – have provided a solid foundation for him in his career.
  • The First Four Weeks: Successfully Starting Your Beginners

    The first month of a beginning instrumental class is the foundation for a successful year of music making. This presentation will cover the tips and tricks employed in the first month that helped grow a new band program to over 180 students in four years. Strategies will be presented for instrument try-outs, starting beginners in a heterogeneous band room, teaching music and English reading skills, peer-teaching projects, and other methods that get students making music fast!
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  • The Interactive Rehearsal: Empowering Students to Think, Listen, and Move

    How do we move beyond simply telling our students when and how to play and instead engage their minds, ears, and bodies in every rehearsal? Through video illustrations, audience participation, and demonstration with an ensemble, this session presents several simple strategies for teaching creative and collaborative ensemble skills that help students play with greater accuracy, flexibility, and expression.
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  • The Midwest Clinic Jazz Interview with DownBeat Magazine Featuring Doc Severinsen

    For almost seven decades, the name Doc Severinsen has been synonymous with wit, flair, and a legendary sound. From classical to jazz, to big band and world music, Doc is one of the most respected musicians in the world. For thirty years, he was the sound of late night television on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, bringing his signature playing and big band into the homes of millions around the country. Don't miss this opportunity to hear from one of the great icons of American music and television; a musician, conductor, and educator that has undeniably served as an inspiration to generations of musicians.
  • The Music Between the Notes: Teaching the Rhythm Section the Nuances of the Groove

    This session will focus on helping drummers, bassists, pianists and guitarists work together to develop a solid and mature time feel that will drive the ensemble with authority. Within the context of traditional swing and latin jazz music there are many subtile nuances and "tricks" that great rhythm players use to generate a strong feel or groove. We will explore the ways in which note duration, note placement, use of space, dynamics and note choice can be used to create a rock solid foundation to support the contemporary jazz ensemble.
  • The Music-Driven Life: An Exploration of the 'Life-Long' Learner Phenomenon

    Lieutenant Adam Williamson and The Coast Guard Band are joined by special guests as they endeavor to illustrate that, regardless of musical skill, education, and experience, a lifelong dedication to the pursuit of excellence remains essential to the artistic spirit and health of the music community. In a conducting clinic platform, with the help of ‘master-conductor(s),' LCDR Williamson and The Coast Guard Band explore how and why musicians of diverse backgrounds, from 1st year teachers to experienced professionals, maintain the passion and drive to continually strive for excellence.
  • Tips and Tricks for Improving Your Saxophone Section

    Dr. Hutchins will address pedagogical issues concerning teaching the saxophone including basic maintenance, equipment selection, embouchure and tongue position, intonation, tone production, and more! This session is geared toward the middle school and high school band director and private instructor.
  • Top 10 Effective Teaching Techniques to Help Create a Winning Flute/Piccolo Section

    Yamaha Flute and Piccolo Artist Tracy Harris presents a 1 hour session which includes a fully interactive PowerPoint presentation detailing her Top 10 most effective flute and piccolo teaching techniques. These proven and easy to apply techniques have helped create winning band/orchestral flute and piccolo sections nationwide. This clinic will empower and inspire music educators/players at all levels with Tracy's most innovative insider tips for teaching flute and piccolo performance techniques.
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  • Typical Musical and Marching Problems and Solutions for the Modern Marching Band

    Many marching bands experience typical problems when teaching and executing stylistic musical and marching fundamentals. This clinic will identify the most prevalent ones and demonstrate methods and exercises designed to improve in these areas. There will be lots of interactive activity with those who attend. Young and advanced bands can benefit from many of these concepts.
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  • Underrepresentation of African American Males in Music Education: Does Diversity Matter?

    An investigation of recruitment and retention issues of African American males on every level of music education including K-12 to College Pipeline, Postsecondary, and Career.
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  • Unlocking Creativity Through Focused Repetition

    Repetition is the corner stone of our rehearsals, but can we create a scenario in which students truly improve on repeated long tones, articulation exercises, or phrases within a musical work? "Unlocking Creativity Through Focused Repetition" will explore the possibilities for maximizing the potential of repetitions within your rehearsal by blurring the line between warm-up and music making. Learn to make the most of your reps so that your students will go from playing notes on a page to making meaningful music quickly and efficiently.
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  • Using Learning Goals and Rubrics to Improve Student Instrumental Performance

    As subject matter experts in our field, music teachers know intuitively what the most important skills are that students must master to create outstanding performance. This clinic is designed to demonstrate a method for aligning learning goals for performance with school or district learning goals with the result being improved student performance. Rubrics to assess the competency of the student in achieving the goals will be presented.
  • Vertical Teaming for Student Success

    Creativity, the most sought-after trait in leaders today, is more important than ever in how we provide structured success for music students from beginner band to graduation. We will discuss an overview of how a school cluster collaborates as one to strengthen each program and the process to implement concepts of vertical teaming. Learn to bridge the gap between junior high and high school to prepare students to think creatively as they enter the global work force to become our future leaders.
  • Warm-Up 2.0: Upgrading Your Routine

    Warm-Up is an essential part of band rehearsal, with warm-up content and outcome varying from program to program. Ideally, warm-up material should increase the probability that students will be able to apply elements of warm-up to repertoire. This clinic is intended to fill the void between traditional warm-up procedures and immediate application to repertoire. The purpose is to identify and demonstrate how to connect pedagogy, skill attainment, and musicianship using short, original pieces.
  • What Did the Composer Mean? The Rehearsal Plan’s Rehearsal Plan

    Analysis, historical perspectives, “A guide to this, that and the other thing”, Schenker – AAAHHH! This clinic will present an understanding of what the composer’s intention was by listening, not analysing – and isn’t that what music is all about. Not only will that aid you in your awareness of the score it will assist you in preparing your rehearsals more musically and artistically.
  • Why We Do What We Do: Creating Memorable Masterpieces in a World of Stick Figures

    This session will challenge directors to recognize the awesome opportunity afforded us each day to engage and inspire our students to create memorable musical masterpieces (Great Art) in a world that is constantly accepting the average effort it takes to produce stick figures. Those in attendance will be energized by focusing on WHO, WHAT, and WHY we teach. Directors will be encouraged to create an environment of high expectations where memorable musical experiences are produced.
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  • You Want Me to Teach WHAT?!

    In this atmosphere of educational change, music teachers are being asked to wear multiple hats. This session is designed to help the band or orchestra conductor with a few of the essentials for teaching choir. It is the presenter’s hope that directors will walk away with a realization that they already have a number of the tools needed for success in the choral world and that each will take away a few ideas and resources to develop one’s own choral abilities.
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  • Zero To Jazz: Teaching Improvisation Through Etude Writing in a 1:1 Environment

    Bob and Paul demonstrate how to engineer success in jazz improvisation through etude writing. Have your students write a solo with real jazz language by using a curated library of original and transcribed licks on their electronic device. Get them feeling good about playing changes instead of just running scales.
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