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2018 Midwest Clinicians

  • 0-5: The Developmental Years of a Band Director

    The first 5 years of a teaching career are critical to the development of an individual as an educator and crucial to the longevity of his/her career. This clinic will explore the critical areas young directors can focus on in order to be successful in beginning their careers.
  • 5 Concepts for Enhanced Communication from the Podium

    As conductors, we are charged with the responsibility of communicating a myriad of information to our ensembles. At times our instincts compel us toward conducting gestures that “feel right” but elicit undesired responses. In this clinic, we will work through a few of these tendencies as we address concepts that present common conducting challenges. Bring your baton!
  • A Little Bit of...Pace...Time: Getting the Most from Your Orchestra Rehearsals

    Teachers rarely believe that they have enough time in front of their ensembles to achieve all of their goals. This session will explore various strategies and methods for maximizing both rehearsal time and the "impact value" with students of all ages and abilities.
  • A Question of Proportion and Ethics: Synthetic Sounds in “Live” Marching Bands

    This presentation will address a current hot-button issue in North American High School Band circles: the widespread use of digital audio equipment for amplification, sampled and synthetic sound generation for school marching bands. The proliferation of high-tech equipment and techniques in some cases has outpaced the ability to properly assess student achievement in assessed environments, such as evaluations and competitions.
  • Addressing and Managing the Stress of your Students, Staff, and Yourself

    This session will look at 3 different perspectives of depression: 1. the sufferer 2. the care giver 3. the survivor of someone lost to suicide The goal of the session is to provide information pertaining to depression and suicide, especially as it can affect a music educator in a stressful career charged with overseeing young students and staff growing up in a stressful world.
  • Addressing the Critical Need to Develop Student Leaders in Challenging Times and Places

    Highly successful programs create a culture of excellence while in pursuit perfection. But, what about those who work and live in places where the resource needed to achieve this are unavailable? Student leadership is key to bridging the economic and musical divide and lifting students and their ensembles out of personal and musical mediocrity. This session is perfect for anyone needing simple and effective strategies for the development of better musicians and better people.
  • Adopt, Adapt, Improve: Utilizing Effective Choral Techniques in the Wind Band Rehearsal

    What if there were simple and effective strategies you could implement to quickly improve your ensemble’s sound? By borrowing proven rehearsal techniques from that “other” wind ensemble, the choir, attendees will learn how to improve blend, balance and intonation, unify ensemble sound, and run even more efficient, musical rehearsals.
  • Adventures In Band Building: How To Turn a Less-Than-It-Could-Be Into a More-Than-It-Should-Be

    This session is designed for young, professional band directors, or university students considering this noble profession. The title of the session is taken from my book of the same name. It is hoped that each attendee will come away from this session with new ideas and suggestions to increase both the size and quality of their band programs.
  • Afro-Cuban Jazz and Beyond

  • An Interview with John Whitwell

  • Assess for Success: Efficient and Effective Assessment Practices for the High School Band

    Assessment of the individual player is an essential element to any healthy band program. The problems that arise however are that we aren’t sure if we have enough TIME to assess, or we just don’t know how to do so in the first place. In this clinic, we will outline assessment and audition practices that have proven effective in one of the largest and most successful band programs in Cobb County, GA.
  • Auditions: Demystifying the Experience

    Mr. Potiomkin will present a methodical approach to audition preparation that he has cultivated through his professional experience as a clarinetist, and implemented with his high school students to achieve success at all-state and college auditions.
  • Before the Double Bar: Insights into the Creative Processes of Five Composers

    This session is intended to help conductors connect with the process behind the music and give insight into how composers actually write and develop ideas. Five composers discuss their creative process by looking at one or two specific works for band or orchestra in detail and examining it through five different lenses: compositional tools, narrative and form, influences, collaboration with performers, and transcription/translation. Time for discussion and questions.
  • Beginning Band Basics: Daily Workouts and Techniques to Energize and Motivate the Beginning 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, become proficient sight-readers and become more motivated to stay in band!
  • Beginning Strings: The First Two Years Are Critical

    Learn ideas and tips for teaching technique, aural skills, musicianship, and reading to young players from a master of large group instruction. Also to be covered: pedagogy, classroom management, group process, and delivery skills. What are the factors of success that insure your students will play well, be engaged and, most of all, continue in music?
  • Big Dreams, Little Resources: Maximizing Success in Your First Years Teaching in a Title I School

    This clinic is designed for pre-service teaching to gain the tools and knowledge associated with the first years teaching in a Title I setting. Your first years of teaching might have a small number of students, limited resources, or factors beyond your control. Learn to utilize various tools for your success.
  • Big Ideas in a Small School

    Samuel Minge and Laura Nichols, band directors at East Clinton High School in Ohio will share their strategies and ideas on building your small/rural school band into a comprehensive fine arts program. See how ideas from large, suburban programs can be repackaged to fit your small school and help in development of quality on the field and in the concert hall, recruitment and retention and community/administrative support.
  • Breathing Life into Your Reed Section

    Exploring ways to improve your reed section through common fundamental elements of playing as well as examining the differences between the reed instruments. Faculty from the Crane School of Music will lead this clinic and demonstrate strategies to improve your reed section intonation, balance, and cohesiveness through the understanding of proper fundamentals of playing each of the reeds.
  • Bridging the Gender Gap: Developing Strategies for Creating Equity in Ensemble Programming

    This session aims to engage with gender equality in ensemble programming. The panel will outline statistical evidence among school and university wind bands, discuss the importance of moving towards balance in programming, present potential programming strategies, and offer resources for teachers to expand their knowledge of works by women composers for a variety of levels.
  • Chamber (Music) is in Session: Student Led Ensembles That Make Your Job Easier

    Chamber music is a vital asset to any band program. With marching band, region band, sightreading, and solo contest, how do you work a chamber program into your curriculum without living in your band hall? You will gain practical tools and strategies to implement a chamber program that increases student skills and keeps them accountable. We will also explore repertoire that can be tailored to any sized program for grades 6-12. Add value to your students, not time to your already busy schedule.
  • Clarinet Deconstructed! Breaking Down the Instrument to Build Up Your Section

    Often we address students' difficulties too generically. As a result they have a frustrating experience with music or find erroneous ways of "making it work". Common deficiencies in clarinet playing can be solved by addressing 4 fundamental areas: Tone, Technique, Tonguing, and Tackle. This workshop addresses widespread problems inherent to clarinet playing, identifies their causes, and offers teachers a systematic strategy for diagnosing, solving, and eliminating these common issues.
  • Connect 4: Practical Music Advocacy Communication Strategies

    Panel discussion - Band Director, Principal, and Superintendent of the City of Baker, Louisiana School System moderated by the Music for All COO. Session focus on positive communication connecting 1. directors, 2. administrators, 3. parents, and 4. students – in support scholastic music programs. Practical tools will be shared to advocate locally via the Advocacy in Action Awards and from the I-65 Corridor Project – an initiative in support of urban music education – from Music for All.
  • Coping with Hearing Loss in the Music Education Setting: Teacher and Student

    Approximately 20% of Americans experience some level or type of hearing loss, and many of these individuals are musicians. The presenter, a deaf music educator with 15 years of experience as an educator and freelance musician, will share best practices and strategies for the music educator or student with a hearing loss, as well as useful resources and available information relating to hearing loss.
  • Copyright: A Composer, a Teacher, and a Lawyer

    This clinic will explore copyright from the perspective of a Composer, a Teacher and a Lawyer. Information on Teacher responsibilities, legal implications, and the practical affects on the composer will be discussed. Time will be given for questions and participation from the audience.
  • Creating Connections: Effectively Using Social Media for Music Programs

    Did you know that most of your students don’t actively use Facebook, but nearly all of them are on Instagram? The use of social media can be daunting because it is constantly changing, but it can also lead to new opportunities. Knowing what to post, where, and how to format it is key to success and this clinic will put you on the road to success. We will also explore podcasting, concert posters, and other ways to create connections between your program, students, parents, and community.
  • Creative Rehearsal Techniques from Around the Country

    As a result of a 2016-17 nationwide study, from Maine to Hawaii, canvassing nearly one hundred of our country's most innovative middle school, high school, and university band and orchestra directors, Gary will share some of their most imaginative and effective rehearsal techniques and program ideas. Real life video recorded clips of many of them will be featured in this engaging and exceptionally practical presentation.
  • David Maslanka: A Retrospective

    Emily Threinen will lead a discussion with a panel of distinguished conductors and advocates on the life and significance of the award-winning composer David Maslanka (1943-2017).
  • Digital Workflows for Musical Directors

    This workshop explores how digital workflows can increase your productivity and lower the stress of being a musical director. From auditions to closing night, there are workflows and apps to help you organize, remember, and execute every stage of your job as conductor and music director. Never miss another tempo change!
  • Directors for Diversity: Grade 1-4 Band Works by Women

    What is Intentional Programming? It is the act of intentionally building performance programs of quality repertoire that ensure students are exposed to music by composers of varying nationality, gender and colour. In this clinic, learn intentional programming strategies from the masters as they share their very own Middle and High School concert programs that integrate works by women. Walk away with achievable teaching strategies and practical curriculum writing tools linked to each program.
  • Don't Burn Out! Ideas and Techniques for a Lasting Career as a Music Educator

    This clinic will cover techniques and ideas on how to make the daily, monthly, and yearly life of a music educator more enjoyable (mind, body, and spirit). Topics being discussed include: dynamic vs. static stretching for conductors (via advice from physical therapists), ideas for personal motivation, daily class structure, the importance of mentorship, and much more. This hands on clinic is a fun way to re-energize our love for teaching.
  • Euphonium Pedagogy from Day One

    Day One clinics are intended to be short, content-rich, “nuts-and-bolts” presentations to assist instrumental music educators in starting students properly their instruments. These sessions will also be of great benefit for any teacher in need of a primer for a proven method of achieving success on a wind or percussion instrument.
  • Euphonium Pedagogy from Day One

    Day One clinics are intended to be short, content-rich, “nuts-and-bolts” presentations to assist instrumental music educators in starting students properly their instruments. These sessions will also be of great benefit for any teacher in need of a primer for a proven method of achieving success on a wind or percussion instrument.
  • Excellence and the Inclusive Ensemble

    Every child can succeed and that belief should shape every decision made for every ensemble. Including every student, especially those who need additional support, means each child will have the opportunity to experience musical mastery. This clinic will provide concepts, tools and procedures that can help the ensemble that is inclusive and not ability-based to achieve high levels of musical excellence.
  • Exercises for Conductors: How to Eliminate Bad Habits and Improve Technique

    This clinic will be an interactive session of several exercises to improve conducting technique. Some issues to be addressed are daily exercises, left-hand independence, facial expression, communicating dynamics, preparatory gestures, and more.
  • Expanding Horizons: World Music in the Bandroom

    Music is at its best when it breaks down barriers of language, nationality, religion and race. This “universal language” can help us discover a common bond with cultures from around the globe, and help foster tolerance and understanding in ourselves and our students. This clinic offers an introduction to music from other lands, and connects these styles to practical uses in programming for today’s bands. Live players will help demonstrate ethnic instruments and musical elements.
  • Exploit the Power of Arts Education

    Arts educators have long experienced the competitive environment found in today's educational reality. This session shares lessons and strategies that have proven successful in helping arts programs survive and thrive in the most challenging of academic and financial circumstances.
  • Finding the Art Within: Look Closer, Connect the Dots, and Find the Curves

    Has "score study" become a dull and completely analytical process for you? This session will focus on many of the parallels between art and music in an attempt to transform score study into a source of inspiration and ideas. Using the works of Seurat, Picasso, and others and excerpts from significant works for band, we will find new ways to deepen our musical understanding, enrich our interpretations, and energize our teaching.
  • Finger Pattern Exercises: Repetitive, Variable, and Fun!

    Daily finger patterns are a key element in any string program. Derrick, Deb, and Les will be presenting a system of finger pattern exercises they call the “String Fingers” approach. Make the classic exercises both fun and repetitive. Free yourself from the podium so you can walk around the room while the kids jam away! Pattern variations in bowings, rhythms, and fingerings will be provided.
  • From Don Juan to Hot Cross Buns

    Taking a fresh look at the most commonly asked questions by players from professionals to beginners; holding the violin, the bow and basic tone production. Looking at how the answers are easily accessible in our everyday activities and can therefore be used by beginners and professionals solving problems from Hot Cross Buns to Don Juan.
  • From Fundamentals to Fun: A Curriculum for Building Strong Small School or Single Director Programs

    This clinic will focus on seeing our curriculum as the tool by which we can strengthen and grow our programs. Envision your curriculum as the framework by which you will build your program. See how everything we do can be incorporated under one umbrella, one frame of mind and context. Link all of your tasks and responsibilities together into one framework. This clinic will give both ideas to outline your curriculum as well as the techniques that I have used in rehearsals to accomplish it.
  • From Greenwillow to Green Bushes in Five Years

    Many quality band directors often lack the tools to elevate their programs above the average middle school band. We live only year to year and lack a long-term plan. Staffing, scheduling, facilities, instrumentation, fundamental exercises, literature choices, planning of rehearsals, etc. all factor into your goals. You must grow your program in numbers and tangible successes to advocate openly for more of what you need to help you achieve your long-term goals. Play the long game.
  • Habits of a Successful Orchestra: Teaching Concert Music and Achieving Musical Artistry with School String Orchestras

    We know there is more to making music than learning notes and rhythms. So how do we keep the joyful parts of music making and artistic expression at the center of our concert music while teaching all the notes, rhythms, and technique students need to play well? By rethinking how we teach concert music. Come and learn valuable lessons that will reshape how you teach concert music and improve student accuracy and artistry in concert performance.
  • Hidden Gems for Chamber Winds: Practical Works for Bands with Limited Student Resources

    The clinic will explore some of the lesser known, student-accessible works in the chamber wind repertoire. In addition to demonstrating each work or a movement therein, the presenters will illustrate how each can be performed by small ensembles of varying instrumentation, and the potential educational concepts that can be taught in conjunction with each piece. The presentation will include music from various genres, time periods, and instrumentations.
  • Horn Pedagogy from Day One

    Day One clinics are intended to be short, content-rich, “nuts-and-bolts” presentations to assist instrumental music educators in starting students properly their instruments. These sessions will also be of great benefit for any teacher in need of a primer for a proven method of achieving success on a wind or percussion instrument.
  • Horn Pedagogy from Day One

    Day One clinics are intended to be short, content-rich, “nuts-and-bolts” presentations to assist instrumental music educators in starting students properly their instruments. These sessions will also be of great benefit for any teacher in need of a primer for a proven method of achieving success on a wind or percussion instrument.
  • How to Start Strong and Sound Great on the Oboe

    While the oboe can seem like a mysterious puzzle, Bosma will discuss simple changes and ideas to reduce the chances of an oboe section torpedoing your ensemble. With topics ranging from easy reed fixes, spotting a good (or bad) reed, and forming a solid embouchure, attendees will leave with a plan for improving their oboist's playing.
  • How to Succeed in Your Next (or First!) Job

    This clinic would address the issues of Culture, Self-Improvement, and Integrity. Anyone starting in a new position must understand the difference between culture and climate and be adept in identifying cultural norms of their new organizations. Self Improvement doesn't happen by accident, each of us must have a plan to set us on a path of lifelong learning. Our most important personal asset is our reputation and Integrity must be present in all of our interactions.
  • I'm a Survivor!! Navigating the Amazing Race of Instrumental Music Teaching

    It is easy for teachers to put on blinders when it comes to defining what success looks like in their classroom. Success may be different from school to school and from teacher to teacher. The purpose of this session is to examine some common misconceptions teachers have when setting expectations for their students, identifying what it means to be successful in the classroom, and exploring ways of creating and maintaining high (realistic) expectations.
  • If It Is To Be, It Is Up To Me

    Clinic Synopsis: The challenges of teaching in urban school music settings are quite global, however, instrumental teachers’ must be determined to defy the odds in hopes of elevating student success in the classroom. This session will focus on effective teaching as defined by research methods, materials, student characteristics, teacher influences and outcomes that are relevant in the millennium era.
  • If You PLAY Something, SAY Something!

    Everyone agrees on the importance of playing musically. But HOW is this accomplished? And what does it even mean to play musically? Getting the ensemble to understand its role in breathing life into a phrase is one of the most critical elements in any rehearsal or performance. Explore the difference between true musicality and the concept of “choreographed musicianship” as Balmages turns the audience into a performing ensemble that will EXPERIENCE the three levels of musicianship. No instruments needed - just bring an open mind and an open heart!
  • Impacting State Education Policy – It Can Be Done!

    • Music and arts education must be protected in law and state board rule in your state, a cornerstone for successful local advocacy. Topics addressed will include how to get started with little to no resources, effective lobbying, networking with other educator and arts organizations in the political arena, and the role a governmental relations consultant can play in your success. Sharing in the presentation will be Matt Matthews, a 30-year veteran of Texas government and politics, and current lobbyist working with TMEA at the state capitol.
  • Improvising on the Blues

    Form, vocabulary, timing and solo construction will be the focal point of this session. Awareness of form will be explored using 2-measure pre-conceived ideas, helping students keep their place. Then 2-measure ideas are linked, creating a natural flow that coincides with chord progressions. Once students have a feel for form and symmetrical phrasing, classic language can be introduced to develop timing and musicality, allowing students to construct solos that are both logical and meaningful.
  • It's All About the Bow! The Best Strategies for Developing a Beautiful Tone in Beginners and Beyond

    Proper bowing technique is crucial for a healthy tone. Unfortunately the physical actions required for good bowing technique are often difficult for novice string players to fully comprehend. Laux will demonstrate how the complexities of right hand technique can be simplified and reimagined so students can learn play with greater confidence and with a big, beautiful sound. Bring your instrument!
  • It's the Pits! (That's a Good Thing) Tips for a Successful Musical Experience

    This session is designed to share tips and tricks for those music teachers who find themselves entering the "pits" of musical theater (conducting the orchestra). Join us for discussion of how to address your students' musical and non-musical needs to insure a positive experience for all involved in your production.
  • Jazz Rehearsal Techniques and Strategies

    A workshop designed to provide a foundation and structure on which to build a successful jazz program using realistic approaches and practical solutions. The Douglas Anderson School of the Arts Jazz Ensemble from Jacksonville, FL, Don Zentz, director will be the demonstration group. The session includes: • The art of listening • Learning the language • Jazz styles and articulations • Tips for each section • Layering techniques • Selecting the right music • How to groove • Jazz resources • Director’s checklist for rehearsal and performance.
  • Learn to Think “Principal” and Increase Your Professional Credibility and Effectiveness

    Uncover how administrators stay focused on teacher effectiveness, even with all their other responsibilities. Participants will appraise their own credibility in and around the school community and unpack the components of “professional capital.” Learn solicitor endorsed steps to solve problems and make decisions confidently. Concentrate more on student learning through collaboration and research while transforming your program’s visibility and achievements.
  • Leveraging Technology To Create More Relevant and Efficient Assessment

    Why and how do we assess students? Resources and ideas will be presented about how technology can make assessment more meaningful, effective, efficient and engaging for students without adding more work to our already hectic schedules? Topics will include learning management systems, student engagement, collaboration and communication, and creating student portfolios and artifacts. Bring your laptop, tablet or phone to participate and explore the resources as they are presented!
  • LIVE in 3-2-1: Creating an Engaging Online Concert Experience

    This presentation provides simple steps to promote and create quality performance experiences for those in the seats in the hall and those watching and listening around the world. The presentation is structured into four parts: Promotion, Event Livestreaming, Implementation, and Question and Answer. Attendees will leave the Midwest Clinic with resources to immediately begin the process with their own programs.
  • Meaningful Score Study: Unraveling the Composer's Intent

    Score study is an area of preparation which can get short changed in the shuffle of our busy lives. This clinic will provide a different perspective on how to analyze a score in a manner that deepens student comprehension, fosters independence, and leads to meaningful and outstanding performances. Using the Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance model, participants will experience a fresh, relevant approach to score analysis in a hands-on environment.
  • Motivating the Musical Mind: Proven Research-Based Strategies for Igniting a Drive to Musical Success in Your Students

    Motivating our students is essential to both their growth as musicians and to the success of our programs. A growing body of research in motivation psychology and expertise will be discussed and connected directly to the music classroom. Successful classroom-based strategies will be discussed. Additionally, some common instructional practices, which research suggests counter some of these principles, are presented with proven alternatives. Extensive handouts and resource materials will be provided. The strategies presented have shown to be effective with students ranging from middle school to college.
  • Music Made Well: Improving the Mental Health and Well-Being of Music Educators

    Burnout and stress are everyday realities for music educators. In this experiential and practical clinic, the presenter will provide insight into the roots of stress that music educators experience and offer how educators can work as their healthiest and best selves. Participants will acquire tools to use when their work becomes stressful and overwhelming.
  • Musical Percussionists: How to Communicate with Percussionists?

    So often, the percussionists are asked to make sounds and colors like other instrumentalists, yet as a conductor, do most conductors and educators know how to communicate with percussionists properly to get the sound and color they are looking for? This clinic will be addressing the need to understand how to communicate with percussionists to make the sound and color that conductors are looking for.
  • Not Your Dream Job: How to be Successful in a Less Than Ideal Situation

    Pre-service and early-career teachers often land their first jobs in schools that serve underprivileged children. However, these young teachers may have little (if any) experience in these types of schools from university internships. Trendy educational psychology learned through college or in-services may not work with the unique challenges that Title-1 schools face regularly. We aim to provide ideas and encouragement for teachers in this situation.
  • Nurturing the Master Teacher: Effective Rehearsal Evaluation

    An in-depth look at rehearsal planning, time management, event sequencing, student engagement, energy flow and constructive feedback. Discuss an evaluation tool that will help build your teaching staff into Master Teachers.
  • Opening the Door Wider: Panel on Women Composers of Wind Music

    This panel is intended to bring forward established composers of classical music and hear their perspectives on writing for wind bands, what they have learned in their paths as a composer and encourage dialogue with music educators of every level of teaching.
  • Own It! Rehearsal Techniques that Increase Student Ownership and Musical Success

    This clinic will focus on empowering students to take ownership in their musical learning and will help in developing meaningful connections will begin to develop between students and musical expression ultimately fostering lifelong learning through the analysis of effective rehearsal strategies.
  • Paul Rolland Pedagogy in the Orchestra Classroom

    Teaching technique in groups can be one of the most challenging aspects in string education, but it can be one of the most rewarding experiences when the students “get it.” In this session teachers will find a wealth of material to inspire students through the use of games, strategies, and activities to achieve excellent technical results. Through the use of Paul Rolland pedagogy, students learn exercises and activities to prepare the mind and body for beginning, through advanced technique.
  • Percussion 101 Refresher

    Percussion 101 Refresher is designed for the non-percussionist music educator to give them the tools needed to effectively teach their young percussionists proven performance techniques on snare drum, bass drum, cymbals and all the percussion accessories like tambourine, triangle, wood blocks, castanets, etc.
  • Performance Techniques for the Young Timpanist

    This session will focus on the primary techniques needed for the young timpanist to produce a quality sound and perform with musical sensitivity. Techniques covered will include grips, beating spots, stroke production, roll production, cross-sticking, dynamics, mallet selection and aspects of tuning.
  • Practical Guide to Improving Musicianship in Band and Orchestra

    Using standard repertoire, Dr. Azzara will provide practical and accessible procedures for improving musicianship in band and orchestra. Participants will experience “Seven Skills” designed to develop improvisation and music reading in a variety of musical styles. Azzara’s “Seven Skills” also provide a framework for assessing student learning. In the end, students and teachers will improve musicianship, with and without notation, and gain a deeper understanding of the literature.
  • Producing Productive Percussionists

    This clinic will give resources to band directors whose primary instrument is NOT percussion to build collaborative, comprehensive, and productive percussionists in their school music program. We aim to provide insight on how to approach the percussion section with a different mindset, how to provide opportunity to percussionists, and to shed light on some of the under-utilized resources that exist to assist music programs in developing a high level percussion section.
  • Programming Your Jazz Band for Success: Making the Chart Fit Your Band

    For middle school and high school jazz directors, this clinic will provide an overview of how to put together a daily rehearsal plan as well as a year-long approach to programming charts for your ensemble. Teaching chord changes through everyday warm-up exercises, choosing appropriate literature, and tailoring a chart to fit your band will be among the topics covered.
  • Rehearsal Lab - High School Orchestra

    Rehearsal labs provide observers an opportunity to watch and listen to well-known 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 audience members to gain insight and develop practical pedagogical skills they can use at home with their own ensembles.
  • Rehearsal Lab - Middle School Orchestra

    Rehearsal labs provide observers an opportunity to watch and listen to well-known 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 audience members to gain insight and develop practical pedagogical skills they can use at home with their own ensembles.
  • Retaining the Tech-Savvy Generation

    Students today are highly engaged with technology, both at home and in school. How do we utilize technology to recruit and retain music students in band and orchestra programs? John Mlynczak will discuss current trends in student technology, demonstrate how to seamlessly integrate music technology lessons into a music class at any level, and provide a range of solutions for utilizing technology to increase student engagement and retention.
  • Ruffles and Flourishes – Fanfares for Presidents and World Events

    The U.S. Army Herald Trumpets’ demonstration is a live performance covering the group’s history from its inception in 1959 to the present day. This multi-media presentation incorporates narration, video footage of ceremonies at The White House and nationally televised events as well as a wide variety of repertoire from this iconic ensemble.
  • Sight-Reading In the Band Room: Current Practices and Trends

    This session will engage participants in an overview of how sight reading is being taught in large ensemble settings throughout the country. In this session, I will present what techniques are commonly used to teach sight reading, why it is important, and how it can be used regularly in the classroom. Attendees will receive practical information that can be used in their daily rehearsal, tools to build long term rehearsal strategies, and goals for teaching sight reading to their students.
  • Slides, Sticks, Reeds, and Valves: How to Keep the Woodwinds, Brass, and Percussion Moving in the Same Beginning Band Class

    This presentation is for music educators that have beginning woodwinds, brass, and percussion in the same class. A woodwind specialist and a brass specialist compare and contrast the way they approach teaching beginning band in instruments within and outside their specific areas. Topics will include specific starting techniques related to posture, breathing, warm ups, and specific pedagogical techniques to train, educate, and retain beginning band students.
  • Small School Rehearsal Lab - High School Band

    Rehearsal labs provide observers an opportunity to watch and listen to well-known 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 audience members to gain insight and develop practical pedagogical skills they can use at home with their own ensembles.*
  • So Helpful for Smaller Bands! Practical Use of Flexible Instrumentation

    Directors of smaller bands can be challenged by having insufficient personnel to perform works requiring full instrumentation. Yo Goto has been developing literature for use with flexible combinations of instruments, and his efforts have been well received by Japanese bands. This clinic will focus on the concept of flexible instrumentation and discuss how to manage the score practically and more musically for the smaller ensemble.
  • Speaking Bass: How to Communicate Effectively with your Double Bass Section

    The double bass is a mysterious instrument for non-bassists. Strategies that work for other instrumentalists frequently don’t work for the bass section. The ideal fix for a musical problem might be as simple as getting fresh rosin or experiment with a new tuning procedure. This clinic explores fixes for problems that directors most frequently encounter with their bass sections.
  • Spin, Press, Slide: Launching Electronics into the Music Curriculum

    Modern students are exposed to electronic music every day both in person and online. This session focuses on introducing basic electronic music and midi controller techniques to the music educator. Once the educator has entertained the possibilities of embracing an electronic music component within their curriculum, they will possess a relevant means to further engage the students in the classroom. Eldridge will provide multiple set-up ideas for both laptop and/or tablet connectivity.
  • Strategies for Improving the Tone Quality of Your Orchestra

    This session will focus on the physical motions that lead to quality core tone in an orchestra. Common problems with posture, bow hold, bow arm motion, bow strokes, and ensemble will be addressed, and solutions to address the causes of these problems will be described.
  • Strategies for the Successful Small School Band and Orchestra Director

    Mike & Cindy have over 75 combined years of experience, most of them in small school settings. Participants will study some of the strategies they used to produce consistently successful programs. Some of the topics covered will include: sound production for smaller ensembles, goals for the program, rescoring, instrumentation challenges, tradition, community relationships, and the advantages of teaching in a small school.
  • Strengthening Individual Musicianship and Ensemble Performance Through Creativity

    This session will challenge participants to examine beliefs about the role of creative musicianship in ensembles. Grounded in research, topics will include the nature of creativity, the effects of playing by ear on musical literacy, strategies for engaging students in improvisation and composition, and the creative performance of standard repertoire. Models for designing creative learning experiences to develop individual student musicianship and enhance ensemble performance will be presented.
  • Strings 101: The Science, History, and Care of Strings

    Ever wonder exactly how a musical instrument string is made? D’Addario & Co. has created a brand-neutral presentation that attempts to demystify the strings on our instruments. By detailing the history and anatomy of strings, we hope that everyone will gain more understanding of what best suits their instrument, playing style, and playing level. We’ll discuss everything that goes into making and playing on a string, including materials, maintenance, longevity, rosin, and everything in between.
  • Surviving a Concert Day Woodwind Repair Emergency

    A combination of live demonstrations, visual aids, audience participation, and bad jokes keep the crowd engaged as I demonstrate how to survive the most common woodwind repair problems a band director might encounter minutes before the young musicians take the stage.
  • Surviving and Thriving: Urban Instrumental Music Education

    This session will cover the common challenges for band directors in urban and under-resourced/low SES communities as well as strategies for finding success in these teaching situations. Topics will include strategies for acquiring equipment, fundraising in low SES communities, building rapport with students, creating an inclusive environment for minoritized students, connecting with administrators, scheduling, and finding additional resources through your community.
  • T.R.I.A.D. - Using a Simple Acronym to Help Structure Your Rehearsals

    For young music teachers, choosing which elements to fix in a rehearsal can be difficult. Although multiple elements are required for a fine performance, prioritizing them using "TRIAD" can help any teacher or sectional coach be more efficient and build the performance they're looking for. In this clinic, each letter will be discussed and pedagogical suggestions presented. TRIAD; T-Timing/Rhythm; R-Right notes; I-Intonation/Balance/Blend; A-Articulation/Style; D-Dynamics/expressive elements.
  • Talkin' the Lingo to the Winds in Your Full Orchestra!

    This session will provide easily accessible tools for the string specialist relative to winds and percussion in full orchestra, including useful tips for addressing articulation, intonation, and balance. We will also discuss full orchestra organization and scheduling of rehearsals, along with the all-important relationships and collaboration with band directors.
  • Teachers Who Do: A Mobile Approach to Music Education

    Eurus Saxophone Quartet is comprised of Houston area educators committed to "teaching by doing," (a teacher’s continued study of music through performance), particularly in the formative years of one's career. We will discuss many aspects of our experiences, offer advice for the challenges facing educators seeking similar projects, and the impact that our quartet and community band involvement has made on our students.
  • Teaching Globally: International Opportunities in Music Education

    International schools around the world seek qualified teachers who are willing to live overseas while imparting their love of music. Drawing from his experiences leading band programs in Thailand and Japan, presenter Joe Scheivert will describe life abroad as a music educator and share tips on starting a career in international teaching.
  • Teaching the Art of Music for Meaningful Student Assessment

    When ensemble class lessons are shaped by objectives based on musical elements, rather than entirely on skill development, assessment of musical growth is effective and meaningful. These assessments provide both evidence student growth and achievement and teacher effectiveness.
  • The Art of the Sousa March

    Details of Sousa march performance: Articulation, period performance practices, percussion usage, tempos, 6/8 conducting issues, dynamics and balance.
  • The Bocalphone: Teaching Fundamentals for Bassoon and Other Winds Using the Reed and Bocal

    The Bocalphone (the reed and bocal only) is a tool that enables a unique approach to teaching fundamentals for bassoon. Attendees will learn specific teaching techniques and exercises, many of which may be used with any wind instrument. This approach will help students control tone and pitch using good air support without ‘biting’ or ‘pinching’ with the embouchure. Teachers will be able to use these exercises in lesssons and in rehearsals, especially as tuning and warm-up exercises.
  • The Doctor is in: Tips for Keeping a Healthy and Happy Ensemble

    Musicians’ health is an important topic for performers of any age. Rehearsals and practice sessions can result in tension, muscle strain, and mental exhaustion. This session, presented by a current music teacher educator who is also a certified yoga instructor, will focus on tips, ideas, and activities to improve performance anxiety, musician pain and tension, and mental focus in a music rehearsal or practice room for musicians of any age.
  • The Fabulous Front-Row: Optimizing Your Flute Section

    A great flute section can make any band director smile but sometimes the fabulous front-row creates unexpected challenges. In this session, Dr. Lisa Garner Santa discusses common misconceptions of the flute and its role in the band and offers suggestions for maximizing potential and removing barriers for optimal ensemble contribution.
  • The Habit Loop and Applications to Rehearsal Strategy

    Music instructors and ensemble directors are in the business of habit development. Participation in a music ensemble requires strong physical and mental habits. This session will define the habit loop and offer practical, effective rehearsal strategies that employ clearly defined characteristics for habit development. Discover how meta-cognition, active leadership, and dynamic musicianship relate to critical individual and corporate habits of mind and body.
  • The Heart of the Matter: Selecting and Rehearsing Slow Repertoire

    When slow repertoire ‘fits’ the ensemble, it provides opportunities for immediate aesthetic experiences. At other times, slow repertoire amplifies all of the problems within our ensemble. This session will discuss repertoire selection criteria for instrumental ensembles of all levels; then, using a lab band, demonstrate remediation strategies for common performance problems and interpretive choices that lead to artistic results.
  • The Lighter Side of Life - Making the Move from Band to Orchestra

    So you have been asked to teach orchestra instead of, or inaddition to, band. Or maybe you are a first year strings teacher and wondering how to put all of education to work for you. Now what???? Learn how to set up a beginning string student as well as get suggestions for the new high school orchestra teacher. Learn some new tricks from an old dog. It's not rocket science, but you will have a Blast!!!
  • The Midwest Clinic Jazz Interview with DownBeat Magazine Featuring Ignacio Berroa

  • The Midwest Clinic Jazz Performance Application Workshop: Advice from the Board

    Detailed information and a question and answer session on jazz application and performance procedures. Directors considering applying to perform at a future Midwest Clinic, are cordially invited to attend this session.
  • There are NO “Bad Apples”: Strategies to Reach and Keep “Challenging” Students in Your Band Program

    Oftentimes, band directors may think it’s easier to get rid of challenging students rather than retain them. This clinic will debunk myths about challenging students, aka “bad apples.” It will also provide strategies to motivate those students and help them make significant contributions to your band program.
  • Things You Think Aren't Important Because They're Not About Music

    Music teachers' #1 job is to do exactly as their title suggests - teach music. Professional development and inservice is designed to improve techniques to teach music. Infrequently, do teachers practice how to build engagement with parents/community to increase support. Teachers do not feel they have time to do much of anything other than teach. My session will provide quick and easy tips on how to engage these other critical constituencies to increase excellence in a much broader sense.
  • Tips To Give the Jazz Band Guitarist

    With little, or no, guitar skills, band directors can help the guitarist in the jazz band get the right sound and play stylistically correct. Participants in this session will be given information to pass on to their jazz band guitarist that will improve their sound and playing. Topics will include: getting the correct sound, what chords to play, stylistic rhythm techniques, and soloing tips. Band directors with guitar skills will also benefit from the session.
  • Title I School Model Arts Integration Grades 6-12

    Music school feeder programs are vital entity to a model performing arts school. A successful arts integration feeder program with wind, percussion and string instruments throughout the course of the year middle school band students are able to interact with high school band members. Students also become comfortable and diverse with both various conducting styles at the high school level as well as sustaining their ability to perform their Grade level Music.
  • Traits and Characteristics of a Successful Secondary Music Teacher

    This is a presentation that covers the non-musical skills a secondary music teacher needs to be effective. Connecting with and being able to inspire the students, parents and community is critical. Having spent my entire 41 year career in rural Indiana we believe our success and the longevity of the program is only due to our ability to reach our "audience" and inspire them to work and perform at a high level.
  • Trombone Pedagogy from Day One

    Day One clinics are intended to be short, content-rich, “nuts-and-bolts” presentations to assist instrumental music educators in starting students properly their instruments. These sessions will also be of great benefit for any teacher in need of a primer for a proven method of achieving success on a wind or percussion instrument.
  • Trombone Pedagogy from Day One

    Day One clinics are intended to be short, content-rich, “nuts-and-bolts” presentations to assist instrumental music educators in starting students properly their instruments. These sessions will also be of great benefit for any teacher in need of a primer for a proven method of achieving success on a wind or percussion instrument.
  • Trumpet Pedagogy from Day One

    Day One clinics are intended to be short, content-rich, “nuts-and-bolts” presentations to assist instrumental music educators in starting students properly their instruments. These sessions will also be of great benefit for any teacher in need of a primer for a proven method of achieving success on a wind or percussion instrument.
  • Trumpet Pedagogy from Day One

    Day One clinics are intended to be short, content-rich, “nuts-and-bolts” presentations to assist instrumental music educators in starting students properly their instruments. These sessions will also be of great benefit for any teacher in need of a primer for a proven method of achieving success on a wind or percussion instrument.
  • Tuba Pedagogy from Day One

    Day One clinics are intended to be short, content-rich, “nuts-and-bolts” presentations to assist instrumental music educators in starting students properly their instruments. These sessions will also be of great benefit for any teacher in need of a primer for a proven method of achieving success on a wind or percussion instrument.
  • Tuba Pedagogy from Day One

    Day One clinics are intended to be short, content-rich, “nuts-and-bolts” presentations to assist instrumental music educators in starting students properly their instruments. These sessions will also be of great benefit for any teacher in need of a primer for a proven method of achieving success on a wind or percussion instrument.
  • Tuning Tips and Tricks for Your Brass Section

    Are you having intonation issues with your brass section? Do you hear a problem, but can’t quite put a finger on it? Join members of the U.S. Navy Band brass section for a clinic on intonation tendencies and strategies for making your brass section sound great! We will speak about and demonstrate each brass instrument, reviewing tendencies that will help you identify a potential problem before you start rehearsals. Additionally, we will discuss acceptable alternate fingerings/slide positions.
  • Understanding Oboe Idiosyncrasies: A Guide for Educators, Arrangers and Composers

    This clinic focuses on the musical and technical challenges an oboist or English hornist regularly encounters. Educators will gain an understanding of the problems their students face and learn to edit or rewrite parts to make them more idiomatic. The clinic will also provide composers and arrangers with tools to make informed scoring decisions for both instruments.
  • Unlocking Student Musicianship in the Large Ensemble

    If the large ensemble setting is a musical conversation between conductor and ensemble, then part of our job as teachers is to help students develop an understanding of how to best participate in that conversation. Empowering students to make active musical decisions, or unlocking their musicianship, is a crucial part of a well-rounded music education. This session will explore techniques and methods to help students listen like chamber musicians, respond to conducting gestures beyond the beat pattern, and contribute to the interpretation process.
  • Wage Music: Making Your Program Indispensable Through Connection

    Do primarily family members come to your concerts? Do your students connect what they learn in rehearsal to what they do out of rehearsal? Are competition and expensive trips your only means of community recognition? What is music education in the “bigger picture?” Maybe it’s time to look at things another way. Here’s a chance to learn both ideas and methods that can give your program a new relevance to your students, administrators and community!
  • Warm-ups and Rehearsal Strategies that Build Better Musicianship - The Ears Have It!

    This clinic will demonstrate and explore warm-up & rehearsal strategies that develop transferable ensemble skills. This approach leads to rehearsal processes whereby student musicians take more responsibility for the fundamentals of good ensemble performance, thus freeing the conductor to concentrate on more expressive music-making. The primary focus will be exploring rehearsal and conducting strategies that develop guided listening skills of the players to hear and address rehearsal issues.
  • We've Got Trouble! Choosing Appropriate Literature for Your Large Instrumental Ensembles

    As directors of our bands and/or orchestras, we as music educators today are charged with the daunting yet crucial task of choosing appropriate and educational literature for our large instrumental ensembles. This clinic/lecture/participatory discussion covers, in-depth, concepts to assist in this process and ideas for personal reflection when choosing repertoire. The session will include the method by which we choose music that highlights as well as suits the ever-growing needs of our students and the evaluation of ourselves as educators/musicians and the abilities (beginning - advanced) our ensembles. Finally, the session also discusses effective concert programming from a stylistic and difficulty perspective all while choosing music to foster student success.
  • Why Should I Care About This Music?: Increase Ensemble Engagement in Rehearsal by Connecting Lived Experiences to the Repertoire

    Wind band compositions that connect to students’ lives and make statements about contemporary social issues can increase the level of engagement and interest in the band classroom. Using repertoire as the catalyst, the presenters will explain how they designed and implemented innovative educational experiences that combined performance, discussion, and cultural and personal context to increase student engagement in the rehearsal process and concert experience.
  • Yes, You Can! A Band Director's Survival Guide to Teaching Strings

    This session for non-native string players teaching orchestra for the first time (or 20th) time and focuses on connecting knowledge that band directors already have about teaching winds to applying those concepts to the teaching of strings and orchestra.