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2019 Midwest Clinicians

  • "Sight-Reading Success, Guaranteed! #yougotthis"


    Tips, tricks, and procedures to insure positive outcomes in sight-reading assessment. What do judges look for? Time-tested methods to improve your student's skills.
  • "What's Your Secret" - Strategies and Methods for Beginning Band Recruitment


    What’s Your Secret?! Information, ideas, techniques, and advocacy for beginning band recruitment. Over 200 band directors shared their best practices and strategies for recruitment. From pre-recruitment letters to end of process reflection, this presentation details what professionals are doing to help build their beginning band programs, provides information for new teachers, and great new ideas for veterans.
  • 'Sounds from a Sunburnt Country'. Australian Music for School Orchestras.


    In the last 20 years, primarily due to the evolution of the digital age, string educators and composers from outside the USA and in particular Australia, are publishing orchestral repertoire. The purpose of this clinic is to offer orchestra directors some ‘fresh sounds’ and compositional insights on a selection of new and diverse repertoire for school age orchestras by Australian composers.
  • 10 Common Mistakes Made at Assessments and How To Avoid Them


    This presentation will highlight ten of the most common missteps that cause ensembles to fall short of their potential in adjudications. Based on over 20 years experience as an adjudicator throughout the US and Canada the presenter will discuss these common mistakes made at Assessments and how to avoid them, thereby helping directors enhance the overall performance of their ensembles.
  • Accessories Before The Act: How To Prevent Criminal Sounds Within Your Percussion Section


    Accessories Before the Act: How to Prevent Criminal Sounds Within Your Percussion Section is a clinic centered on percussion instruments often overlooked: tambourine, cymbals, and triangle. This clinic is a combination of live demonstration with performances from the standard band and orchestral repertoire, discussion over the fundamental techniques and sound concepts behind each instrument, and hands-on audience participation with randomly selected audience members chosen for every instrument.
  • Advocacy: Friend or Foe for Instrumental Music Teachers


    Virtually everything we do as music educators involves advocacy, either indirectly or not. Two successful advocates discuss how advocacy can strengthen your program or save an endangered one. Music benefits your students, yet many teachers don’t know how to to maximize the programs potential. One way to do this is through an impact statement which is a must for every music program. Come away from the session with multiple strategies to strengthen, promote or save your program.
  • Alphabet Soup - LGBTQ+ - An Open and Honest Discussion on the Topic for the Music Teacher.


    LGBTQ+ topics in 2019 for the classroom teacher . . . identify concerns, define terminology, and discuss strategies to approach this topic with a goal of creating a safe, respectful welcome space for music learning. In addition to the moderator and Mr. Oakley, there were be representatives of the LGBTQ+ community to share their experiences and respond to questions from attendees. The goal is to help music educators navigate the world of LGBTQ+ persons as they come out in their schools.
  • An Interview with Julie Giroux



  • Assessment Strategies for Better Ensembles


    This session will address how band and orchestra directors can use assessment to develop better musicians and ultimately better ensembles. Participants will come away with a toolbox of methods for using assessment to improve students’ musical understandings, build solid fundamentals, and transform concert preparation. Participants will also learn strategies for efficiently collecting information in the ensemble setting and providing feedback that puts all students on the path to success.
  • Bassoon 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.
  • Be HIPP in the Classroom: Historically Informed Performance Practice Made Easy


    Period performance practice doesn't need to be wonky or require huge investments in gut strings, new bows or end pin removal. You can easily apply historically-informed principles in your teaching so your students experience Baroque and Classical music in new, exciting ways that more closely mirror composers' intentions. Using repertoire from grades 1-5, Ross will provide concrete examples and suggestions on ways to apply these ideas that go well beyond "don't vibrate" and "choke up on the bow."
  • Beginning Instrumental Music Instruction with the End in Mind


    This session will focus on a logical sequence of instruction for students learning to play an instrument in elementary grades. Participants will engage in singing and movement activities in various tonalities and meters leading to comprehensive music reading and writing. Improvisation and composition will be central to the instruction. We will use solfeggio and rhythm syllables based on tonal and rhythm functions. While the session has a strong research base, much will appear to be COMMON SENSE.
  • Beyond Woodwind Class: Resources and Suggestions to Teaching Saxophone


    As professionals begin their teaching journey, new questions arise beyond the essentials of an instrument, and more of the intricacies and advanced pedagogical needs. The focus of this session is answer some of those “What do I do when this happens?” questions. This presentation provides educators with resources and strategies for teaching young saxophonists (Grade 6-12).
  • Building a Collaborative Environment Between Student Teacher and Supervising Teacher


    Student teaching can have a lasting impact on both the teacher candidate and the supervising teacher. In this session, we will discuss the needs and requirements for a positive student teaching experience through the lens of the teacher candidate and the collaborating teacher. This session is a great opportunity for veteran educators to learn strategies for working with a student teacher and for future educators to learn strategies that will lead to a successful student teaching experience.
  • Building a Strong Band Program Using a Balanced Approach with Thoughtful Expectations


    Two directors of 2018 Midwest Clinic performing ensembles will present thoughts and strategies for building a strong band program using a balanced approach with thoughtful expectations. Students benefit from well-rounded and consistent plans for improvement. The clinicians will discuss how setting expectations, building relationships, implementing solid pedagogy and fundamental skills, and healthy leadership can facilitate a program where students can find a lasting connection with music.
  • Building Beginning Bassoonists: A Quick Start Session for Music Educators


    This clinic is intended to supply music educators with tips, tricks, and resources for starting beginning bassoonists. The focal point of this session is a participatory section where several volunteers will come up and learn to the play the bassoon (instruments and reeds will be provided) in a quick start session led by the clinician. By the end of the session, music educators will hopefully leave with more confidence and enthusiasm for starting beginning bassoonists in their programs.
  • Celebrating 50 Years of Women Conductors: Our Trailblazers, the Present, the Future


    WBDI 50th Anniversary Celebration of Women on the Podium: Where did we come from? How did we get here? Where are we going? Women band directors of "yesteryear" opened doors, inspired and influenced women a few generations back. Those passed the art on to the women standing on podiums today, who are expanding opportunities for future generations of women band directors. Join us as we recognize, honor and thank those who paved the way for others to follow: the Trailblazers.
  • Chamber Music: The Why and How


    In this clinic, Greg White and Dan Gelok will outline the importance of Chamber Music in a well rounded band program. Attendees will leave with concrete steps to take in order to start or advance Chamber Music Programs in their own schools and will hear examples of both young and seasoned chamber ensembles and the benefits of having students perform chamber music.
  • Changing Classroom Management Struggles Into Successful Results


    A plethora of data and research reveals that frustration with classroom management is one of the top reasons why teachers consider choosing a different professional pathway. This clinic session shares cornerstone concepts that lead to success, starting with effective planning and preparation strategies. Beyond the planning process, additional classroom management procedures are shared that turns potential discipline problems into positive and productive musical environments.
  • Characteristics of an Efficient Orchestra Rehearsal


    The process of designing motivating rehearsal environments, classroom structure, and skill sets is examined. Several rehearsal strategies are analyzed and demonstrated via score samples and videos that help students to develop better intonation, rhythmic alignment, tone quality, finger coordination, and consistency.
  • Classroom Management Solutions: Who Is In Charge of Your Rehearsal, You or Your Students?


    Every time you stop conducting, a contest begins. Who will talk first, you or your students? Do you sometimes feel your students are in charge of your rehearsal instead of you? This session presents an approach that will help you feel more in charge, a consistent approach to rehearsal management that will free you to teach music more and manage student behavior less. Learn to enforce your rules consistently and dispassionately to maintain a humanizing, musical rehearsal environment.
  • Classroom Management Strategies for the Rehearsal Hall


    This clinic is intended for both new and established instrumental music teachers who want to build the culture, efficiency, and environment of their rehearsal hall to minimize use of time and maximize success. Strategies for developing a classroom culture, establishing routines, organization, rehearsal techniques related to class management, setting goals, addressing student behaviors, and utilizing your resources are among the areas discussed.
  • Communicating With Your Administrators: How To Talk So Principals Will Listen


    Having trouble getting your administrators to understand what you do? In this session, Rick Ghinelli will share tips on advocacy and provide suggestions on how to communicate more effectively with your administrators in order to gain their support and understanding of your program. Real examples will be given from over 30 years of experience as a band director, a campus administrator, and a district fine arts director.
  • Concept Based Big Band Rehearsal with Improvisation


    The objective is the provide specific techniques for teaching improvisation as a normal part of every rehearsal, creating a non-threatening environment. This can be accomplished daily n a full jazz band rehearsal and in non-jazz combo settings. Band directors will learn to include theory, history and develop the student's listening skills and critical thinking abilities, through the demonstrated rehearsal techniques.
  • Conducting and Teaching: Empowering Student Musicianship


    We are always inspired when we hear students perform with passion and artistry. How do we connect performing on the podium and teaching in the classroom? How do empower our students for engage with music in a way the ignites their passion, unites it with understanding and produces genuine artistry? Understanding our roles as both musician (conductor and performer) and teacher (mentor and guide) will help our students to think more creatively about music making and performing.
  • Cracking the Code: Demystifying Score Study for the Young Teacher


    Efficient score study and purposeful score marking can be a mystery to novice teachers. In this highly engaging clinic, Richardson will present a systematic approach to efficient score study and score marking that young conductors will benefit from. New teachers, come learn how to "crack the code" and digest scores effectively so your rehearsals can be positive and ultimately, more focused on the music!
  • Creating "The Standard" and Sticking To It: The Why, The What, and The How


    Managing a band program can often have directors preoccupied with determining the “what” and the “how,” while sometimes forgetting your “why.” This clinic will provide multiple strategies to assist with creating “the standard” for your program by not only understanding your “what” or “how,” but by helping to define “why” you do what you do. Strategies will be presented that will help build a family atmosphere of excellence, accountability, and community within various demographics.
  • Creating a Foundation for Small School Band Programs


    Band directors in rural areas face a variety of opportunities and challenges. Some are common to all programs, others are unique to smaller settings. Finding solutions to these challenges must go beyond a simple “band-aid” approach and provide foundational support for the development of a thriving small band program. This session will provide practical and realistic advice in the areas of funding, instrumentation, scheduling, instruction, and mental health support from a research-based approach.
  • Culture by Design: Building Community and Sense of Purpose in the Large Ensemble


    A sense of community and social connectedness can be a hallmark of a band/orchestra membership. However, directors rarely have the time to consider the ways we can intentionally create these atmospheres. This session will begin by identifying the core components found in music programs that foster strong “cultural hygiene.” Session attendees will leave with strategies for welcoming new members, sustaining veteran members, and cultivating a shared sense of belonging.
  • Developing Independent Musicians Through Collaborative Rehearsal Techniques


    Session will provide a framework for developing musical understanding, literacy, performance, and independence through a variety of collaborative rehearsal methods. Participants will be encouraged to focus on several key factors leading to a rehearsal environment that promotes creativity, risk, discovery, and musical independence. intentional rehearsal language to promote growth and understanding, and 3) aligning assessment opportunities and rehearsal strategies to anticipated student outcomes.
  • Diversity in Music Education: Why Should We Care?


    It is vitally important that instrumental music educators remain focused on creating more diverse and inclusive music environments for the social and academic welfare of their students. The purpose of this presentation is to outline the qualities of select culturally diverse programs and to suggest comprehensive strategies which promote the development of inclusive instrumental music programs which are representative of the nation’s ever-changing population.
  • Do You Hear What I Feel? Uncovering Instructional Pathways Leading Toward Increased Expressiveness


    A required asset for the teacher/conductor is an informed opinion of how all facets of musical sound are managed. Experience and careful study provide pathways leading to efficient and meaningful rehearsals that not only emphasize the required focus on technical necessities but facilitate the opening of unexpected instructional strategies. This clinic will address specific ways to increase expression with your ensemble, starting with your youngest band students and beyond!
  • Embracing the Traditional and the Emerging: A win-win for ensembles, for music education, and for all students


    The profession continues to have robust, and often, divisive conversations regarding the value of traditional music education versus emerging practice music education. The presenters propose that there is a different, and more useful, way of looking at this dichotomy -- one that embraces the values of both, that recognizes that both are needed to reach all children, and that considers that each offers important strengths and approaches that should be considered when utilizing the other.
  • Everything You Wish You Remembered From Percussion Methods


    This clinic is targeted to band directors whose major instrument is not percussion. It is intended to provide valuable material that was probably covered in their undergraduate percussion methods class, but the information they crave on a daily basis is no longer in their memory. I address common "low hanging fruit" to improve a percussion section including stance, instrument heights, proper stroke, playing techniques, and mallet/instrument choice with a handout to take away and reference.
  • Fast Fixes for Fickle Fiddles: Practical Tips for Maintaining, Repairing, and Evaluating Stringed Instruments in the Classroom


    Sticking pegs? Leaning bridges? Broken strings? Annoying buzzes? These are common problems which can lead to major frustration and loss of useful rehearsal time in your orchestra classroom. In this fun and informative clinic, Luthier Spencer Hamann will help empower YOU to identify common ailments in violin family instruments, appraise and understand the instruments you encounter, and make minor adjustments and repairs to instruments without the need to visit your local Luthier.
  • Finding the 'IT'; Characteristics of Effective Music Ensemble Conductors


    What makes a music ensemble teacher effective? We often "know IT when we see IT", but what is IT and can we be more purposeful in providing IT? Taken from research in and outside of music education, this session will provide suggestions on how to be effective for your ensemble, including new research from the perspective of ensemble musicians.
  • From Chaos to Sanity


    This clinic focuses on daily tips on efficiency to open up your time, and in turn, keeping students enrolled in band and playing at a high level. The included website highlights monthly tips, so you aren't reinventing the wheel. This clinic is geared towards the first-year teacher to the very experienced teacher. A quote from a seasoned colleague said, "You gave me a lot to think about and reflect upon to improve both my teaching and my interactions with others."
  • From Technique to Artistry: The Next Step for the Ensemble Director


    The technical parts of ensemble directing with a particular focus on the objective criteria in music-making will be discussed initially. The goal is to guide the attendees through a process where the technique meets artistry. The later half of the session will focus on how the ensemble director can use the technique as a base to access higher levels of artistry in the ensemble setting by employing large-scale concepts to aid in making informed musical decisions.
  • Get Em' and Keep Em' Lit; Creative Retention Strategies


    Maintaining high levels of retention is important for any teacher. With the options of AP & IB classes, Minimum Day, Dual Enrollment, Sports, etc., keeping your students highly motivated and invested can become challenging. Let us give you monthly tools and ideas that can be utilized in and out of the classroom to encourage longevity in your program.
  • Go Play Outside! A Contextual Discussion on the Benefits, Drawbacks, and Stigmas Associated with Outdoor Brass Playing


    This session will explore the similarities between performing a brass instrument in outdoor ensembles and within a concert setting, discussing ways of educating brass players that will provide a solid foundation for all performance mediums. This will feature The Cavaliers brass section modeling these techniques in conjunction with some surprise professional guest artists. It is our goal to demonstrate that quality education begets quality brass playing, no matter the musical endeavor.
  • Horns Can Be Your Friends Too! Helping Horn Players be Successful in a Concert Band Setting


    Working with horns in an ensemble can be a daunting task for non-horn players. This clinic is designed to give practical suggestions along with illustrations and demonstration of effective techniques for teaching horn in an ensemble setting.
  • How and Why to Include Improvisation in Your String Orchestra


    Violinist Edgar Gabriel will demonstrate how easy, important and fun it is to incorporate improvisation into your string orchestra. Where to start, how to incorporate it into already published materials and how success can be achieved. The clinic will focus on ensemble playing and improvisation. Bring your instrument, even if it is not a stringed instrument.
  • How to Avoid and Fix Common Bad Habits on the Oboe


    The oboe is a very specialized instrument that greatly benefits from private instruction from a professional. If students don’t have access to a private teacher, they may inadvertently be taught bad habits or incorrect playing techniques. This session will focus on how to prevent and fix those mistakes before they become ingrained habits, and what to do once they already are. The main topics of discussion will be how to teach proper embouchure, correct and appropriate fingerings, and reeds.
  • How to Get 'Em, How to Keep 'Em: Creating a Culture of Exclusivity and Excellence


    How to Get ‘Em, How to Keep ‘Em: Creating a Culture of Exclusivity and Excellence provides a variety of tools and methods for recruiting students into the band program at the elementary and middle school levels and then keeping them. This session offers ideas for retaining students during both marching and concert seasons and can be used by both the novice and veteran teacher.
  • If We Learn Like That, Why Do We Practice Like This?


    There are many myths surrounding the structure of music practice, most of which are attributable to misunderstandings about how our brains form memories for skills and refine those memories over time. This session provides explanations of the fascinating physical machinery that supports the development of procedural memories (memories for how to do things), connecting the neuroscience of learning to the day-to-day experiences of music practice.
  • Improvisation in Your Ensemble…Yes You Can!


    Anyone can learn to improvise and make creativity a part of the instrumental classroom. It starts with you: learn how to develop an improvisation vocabulary for melodies and rhythms, a teaching sequence for rhythmic dictation, and how to play by ear. People of all ages can learn to be creative through a sequential process. Through interactive modeling and in-session practice, educators will develop their own creative skills and learn techniques they can apply in their instrumental program.
  • In Search of Sound: Donald Hunsberger


    Donald Hunsberger (Conductor Emeritus, Eastman Wind Ensemble) is well known for the album Carnaval with Wynton Marsalis, and his transcription of Shostakovich’s Festive Overture. But, there’s much more! This clinic will expose Hunsberger’s approach to working with sound as a conductor and orchestrator, and his diverse and surprising influences. Tools will be provided to recreate his approach to ensemble sound, scoring, programming, and innovation in the medium.
  • In-Tone and In-Tune: Improving Your Low Brass Sound From Beginning Band Through High School


    The Clinic will focus on developing the sound and intonation of the low brass sections in beginning band through high school. The clinicians will offer insight and exercises to develop the overall sound and intonation your low brass players.
  • Integrating Chamber Music Techniques Into Your Large Ensembles


    Professional woodwind quintet Pure Winds will present a live demonstration workshop covering chamber music rehearsal techniques. Topics will include intonation, technical fluency, and ensemble precision, as well as how directors can implement these tools into their large ensemble preparation.
  • IT IS BETTER TO ILLUMINATE THAN TO SHINE: A Credo for All Teachers and Conductors


    The mission of a school music teacher and/or ensemble director is to illuminate the expressive power found in great music. By illuminating and exposing students to music’s expressive power, teachers and ensemble directors can help students discover and feel the spiritual and intellectual benefits to be gained through performance and the consumption of great music. The “illumination” of great music provides a better foundation for creating a society of “music lovers” than “shining” or “spotlighting” the performance level of school music groups.
  • It's Possible! How to Achieve More Effective Work-Life Balance Using The Getting Things Done® (GTD®) Methodology


    No matter what area of music we teach, so many components of our jobs are seemingly unrelated to actual music teaching, which can result in greater stress and a work-life imbalance. This session focuses on how to apply David Allen’s popular productivity system Getting Things Done® (GTD®) to get the nonmusical tasks out of your head and into trusted places. You’ll leave with strategies on how to clear your mind, get organized, harness your creativity, and achieve an improved work-life balance.
  • Juggling Artistry and Strategy: Maximizing Time in Our Rehearsals, Days, and Years


    One of our greatest challenges is struggling with how we spend our time. How do we make time to fuel our artistry on a daily basis while juggling a myriad of logistical tasks? In this session, attendees will come away with ideas of how to prioritize our musical growth, strategies to conquer nonmusical roadblocks that can get in the way of our music making, and creative ways to maximize time in rehearsal.
  • Keeping Them Moving in the Summer: Designing A Successful Summer Camp for Your Students


    Using sport camps as a model, the Moorhead, Minnesota Public School orchestra staff developed a summer string camp that has grown into the largest summer orchestra day camp in the country. Starting small and dreaming big, this session will give teachers all the tools they need to develop a kid-centered and teacher-approved summer orchestra camp that your students will love, all while setting them up for success in the new school year.
  • Leading Rehearsals That Inspire


    Teachers enter rehearsals with goals to accomplish. In addition to instrumental technique, there is repertoire to learn and performances to prepare. It is easy to lose sight of the reasons motivating our engagement with music as human beings. Rarely are these reasons cited as the primary motivation for rehearsal. We believe that every student should leave rehearsal a better musician, but more, they should leave every rehearsal inspired by their experience in ways that affect their entire lives.
  • Legacy of the March - Creating Rewarding Musical Experiences


    Marches represent true original band music. The medium is one of our most audience appealing, yet many conductors are reluctant to program these wonderful pieces. Is this in part due to an uneasiness involving proper interpretation and performance? This clinic, including musical examples provided by the Texas A&M University Wind Symphony, will provide performance information, much passed down through oral tradition, to enhance and encourage the correct performance and selection of marches.
  • Lessons with the Masters...Rehearsing the Jazz Band


    These top educators will share secrets to challenges that confront us every day. Enter the virtual rehearsal hall of these educators who bring a wealth of experience and suggestions that will aid you in your teaching. Topics include: Rehearsal Philosophy/Preparation, Improvisation, Ensemble Technique, Literature and Listening. The goal of this session is to motivate and provide teaching techniques that will assist in developing quality ensembles.
  • Mastery Through Movement: Rolland Action Studies for Your String Students


    This session will explore selected “Action Studies” by Paul Rolland for violin, viola, cello and bass in all settings: heterogeneous or homogeneous classrooms as well as one-on-one. Demonstrations featuring students of the Illinois String Academy of the University of Illinois School of Music will show you how you can easily and effectively help your students to incorporate these movement skills into their playing.
  • Mentors: Meeting Educator's Needs Through Opportunities, Resources, and Support


    The panel will discuss the various ways in which this urban district has utilized a mentorship program to benefit the directors and students in Ft. Worth ISD which is located in Texas and has over 86,000 students. Discussion topics will focus on how the district provides quality mentors for their band & orchestra directors and how this impacts students. Specific information will include how they provide opportunities, resources, and support.
  • Middle School Rehearsal Environment


    This clinic delves into the importance of environment in your rehearsal. The clinic will focus on both the Physical and Emotional environment and ways to set your middle school ensemble up for success. Middle school students need and want structure in an emotionally safe environment that values their learning needs and individuality. Attendees will learn organizational tips and ways to build respect and buy in with their students.
  • Music Administration: Embracing Leadership/Building the Team


    Through the development of successful leadership skills, acquisition of knowledge and implementation of positive team processes, the fine and performing arts administrator can have a positive impact on faculty, students and the community in which he/ she works. This clinic will focus on creating effective teams, knowing the “territory”, meetings and their effect on productivity, working with difficult customers and advise for success.
  • Music Is Essential: Creating a Compelling Narrative about the Value of Music Education


    ARTSpeaks is dedicated to inspiring local decision makers to place a high value on quality fine arts programs as part of a comprehensive education. By demonstrating that music education can create the competitive edge students need to succeed, ARTSpeaks strives to proactively shape a community's arts education narrative through sponsorship of events designed to share stories and raise awareness about the role that music plays in developing life skills and improving social and emotional health.
  • Mystery of the Clarinet High Notes


    Let's start our students playing the 'high' notes within the first few months of playing. Find out how F# is the key to success on clarinet and how we WANT to teach the students how to squeak. Squeaking IS OK!
  • No More Guess What I'm Thinking: Giving Your Students Stock in the Rehearsal


    This presentation tackles how to get students involved in the rehearsal process to be additional sets of ears for you and to have technicians who are vested in the success of the ensemble. Through the incorporation of technology and student ownership, this session gives ideas to new and veteran teachers alike about student investment in the program during and outside of rehearsals.
  • No Oboes? No Problem! Finding Artistic and Accessible Mixed Wind Chamber Repertoire for Grade IV and Below


    Finding artistic and technically accessible wind chamber repertoire is a challenge, especially when seeking music Grade IV and below. This clinic will offer solutions for discovering and creating quality mixed chamber wind repertoire. A panel of composers and band directors will demystify the commissioning and consortium processes and provide access to a database of currently available music for mixed chamber winds.
  • No Squeaks, Just Beautiful Music: The Clarinet


    No Squeaks, Just Beautiful Music:The Clarinet Levels: Elem/Middle/High School Instrumental and Private Instruction (All Levels): A comprehensive approach to teaching clarinet at all levels with the incorporation of method books, solo selection, and sight reading support. Topics: tone quality and intonation, breathing techniques, articulation, technical exercises, and equipment selection. Participants will leave with a battery of handouts for their use in the classroom.
  • Once More with Feeling: The Music Really Matters


    While the pursuit of pedagogy is essential, the artistry, feeling, emotional content of music making should be an equally important core value in all that we do. This presentation will explore that reality, give it context as it relates to students, submit rationale for the selection of “feeling-full” repertoire, and introduce music at each grade level that satisfies that rationale. Recorded examples and relevant repertoire references will be integrated into the presentation.
  • Percussion Methods 102: Percussion Methods Revisited Outline


    For most music educators, Percussion Methods was overwhelming. There are a lot of instruments to learn in a semester. This clinic will address common problems I have observed doing clinics over the past 20 years.
  • Percussion 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 on 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.
  • Playing JAZZ is easy.


    Playing jazz is taking music from your mind and playing it on your instrument or voice. Singing medodies is easy but putting those mental melodies onto instruments takes a little practice and organization. I'll show you how to best apply your practice time in order to achieve maximum results when you take a solo. All music is made of bits and pieces of scales and chords. Jamey will show you how to form a solo that is creative and spontaneous.
  • Playing the Long Game: Planning Beyond Beginning Band with Your Beginning Brass Students


    We often teach our beginning brass students how to be successful as beginners. Will their success scale up? We often leave that to the next teacher, but new research suggest that the specific way that we start our students will have a profound impact on their later success. I discuss common beginning pedagogy and showcase potential limitations. I will introduce specific and applicable tips for beginning band educators that will help prepare young brass players for more long-term success.
  • Podcast Pedagogy: Band Wisdom from 125 Composers, Conductors, and Performers


    Since March 2016, the Everything Band Podcast over 125 conversations with leaders in the band and music education communities. In these interviews, guests are given an opportunity to share their stories, and offer their expertise and advice with the listeners. The host of the show, Mark Connor, will present some of the common themes and opinions that have emerged in these interviews, as well as share some of the anecdotes and valuable wisdom learned from these remarkable musicians and teachers.
  • Practical Violin Acoustics for String Players: what every string player should know about their instrument, bow and strings


    Get answers to the most common questions about how a bowed instrument works from a leading expert on violin acoustics. A better understanding of how your instrument, bow and string works can be helpful not only in choosing and maintaining your instrument, but in improving your playing technique. Get answers to questions about the bridge, soundpost, wolf notes, whistling violin-E strings, and rosin.
  • Pre-K Literacy/Violin Program Preparing at Risk Children for School Success


    Playing an instrument accelerates the brain development of young children in the areas responsible for language development, sound, reading skills and speech perception. Many children enter kindergarten lacking basic skills for school success. Through the pre-k literacy/violin program 90% of the children enter school prepared for kindergarten and school success
  • Program Building in Title I Schools


    Program Building in Title I schools will address the major challenges specific to working in schools in low-income communities. Attendees will hear about five major challenges of teaching Title I schools, discuss these challenges, and brainstorm solutions. Attendees will leave this session with specific strategies that have proven affective for building a strong music program in a Title I school, as well as a list of community resources they can tap into to help build their program.
  • Program Notes Podcast Live: A Practical Guide for Novice Directors


    This clinic will provide direct and usable information based on research and real-world experiences regarding skills, techniques, and issues related to the first years of teaching. Some of the specifics that I will discuss include classroom management, building relationships, communication, and what to do once you have a job. The first few years in teaching can be a challenge, and the goal of this clinic is to help preservice and novice music teachers be successful as teachers.
  • Progressive Bassics


    George Vance’s Progressive Repertoire series is a comprehensive approach to teaching bassists the importance of solo repertoire while familiarizing students with the full gamut of the board and diverse bow technique early in their development. Guerrero will breakdown Vance’s philosophy, the advantages of teaching the Rabbath method to young students, successful methods for teaching beginning technique, and how to get your basses walking through the bassics.
  • Project C: Chamber Music


    During the 2018-2019 school year, we decided to catalog the journey of our Wind Ensemble performing wind chamber music. This year we created a Vlog (video blog) of our experiences and how it helped shape the students musicianship and independence to lead their own rehearsals. This clinic will give tips and insights on how to create an environment where students can experiment and become more independent musically.
  • Reflections and Strategies to Increase Creativity and Musicianship in our Rehearsals


    Our rehearsals are opportunities for personal and collective artistry and growth. By implementing some simple strategies we can foster personal reflection and the artistic growth of our ensemble members. The session will offer suggestions, guiding prompts, examples, and self-reflective opportunities to develop your own personal strategies and a philosophy that substantiates your personal motto and dedication to your craft and students.
  • Rehearsal Lab - High School Orchestra



  • Rehearsal Lab - Middle School Orchestra



  • Rehearsal Lab - Small School High School Band



  • Rehearsal Revolution


    Feeling stuck in your rehearsal routines? Notice students losing interest and predicting patterns? This session will explore, expand and challenge a range of rehearsal frameworks to promote maximum student learning, personal contribution, critical thinking and ensemble teamwork. Dust off old ideas and learn new ones as well. Gather a list of options to change the routine and refresh the paradigm. Rehearsals resume after break...
  • Rehearsing the Middle School Orchestra: A Panel Discussion


    Come join some of the most respected and well-known string teachers from around the country as they share their teaching and recruiting strategies, music-making insights, favorite repertoire and much more in this tell all session! Participants interact, engage, and share ideas, experiences and stories. Panelists: Michael Alexander, Rebecca MacLeod, Sandy Goldie, Angela Ammerman, Seth Gamba, Don Brubaker, Anne Marie Patterson, & Margaret Priester Selby. Refuel your passion today with new ideas for your classroom!
  • Relationships that Resonate: Creating a Culture of Leadership and Inclusion through United Sound


    This session will discuss United Sound, a peer mentorship program that enables students with disabilities to get involved in secondary instrumental music. Perspectives will be shared by band and orchestra directors in a wide range of demographics, from well-funded suburban to urban Title I schools. Attendees will learn strategies for inclusion and a simple process through which all students can build leadership skills, self-confidence, and a sense of belonging through music.
  • Rescoring for the Small or Incomplete Band


    Directors of small schools/programs often struggle to find great music that works for their band. This session covers the fundamentals of how to rescore existing concert band music for small/incomplete bands. Topics include how to arrange by function, hearing the band as a choir, and identifying scoring issues. A demonstration group will play excerpts from existing literature, then play the rescored music using approaches described in the session focusing on fixing challenging instrumentation.
  • Rewired


    The incredible benefits of getting back to basics....... maybe it's time for your band.
  • Save Your Program - NOW! Proven strategies!


    How to take your program to the decision makers and shareholders of your community. Successful strategies and time lines to impact the people who make the decisions for your program.
  • Score Study for Directors on the Geaux: A Quick/Systematic Approach to Score Learning


    This SHOP talk session will discuss a systematic approach to effectively process and learn a musical score for the busy teacher/conductor at all levels. The topics of discussion will provide practical methods that will organize conductors’ thoughts, how to discover golden nuggets, and develop musicianship throughout the ensemble and yourself.
  • Slow and Steady Wins the Race


    From the students' very first note to their final concert, the middle school years can be tricky to navigate. This clinic will explore the necessity of setting goals that will seamlessly bridge the gap between each milestone in their middle school band career.
  • Special Education in the Large Ensemble: Successful Strategies for your Band and Orchestra


    It’s easy to feel like we don’t have the resources to make inclusion work, but I’m here to tell you that it CAN! This presentation will guide you through the world of Special Education and show you strategies to successfully include students with special needs into your ensemble, thus making it a positive experience for all. Discover unexpected partnerships to help you find solutions for the seemingly impossible challenges that face your Special Education, and General Education students today.
  • Start Your Engines: Building Confidence with Less Experienced Rhythm Section Players


    This session focuses on fostering confidence in young jazz ensemble rhythm section players. Topics covered include using the correct gear and instruments, physically setting the section up to promote communication within the section, understanding and interpreting alternate notation, grooves/style, as well as the importance of subdivision, clarity, and deference in comping for chordal instruments.
  • Strategies for Diversifying and Enriching Concert Programs in the School Ensemble


    For years, the music community has discussed the importance of diversifying the composers that students learn and that audiences hear. However, in large ensemble genres, progress has often been slow-going. As a Creative Director of the International Florence Price Festival with a background in music education, Smith will offer a firsthand perspective as participants work together in identifying key opportunities for diversification of concert programming and strategies for finding and preparing difficult-to-access music. In particular, participants will break down the phases of the programming cycle and examine each phase to identify strategies that will help directors adopt inclusive repertories over time. Through acknowledging the difficulties that persist, directors will better be able to tackle those challenges, while at all times maintaining complete artistic integrity.
  • String Lab: Experiment-based Classroom Teaching


    Are you tired of fixing bow holds and correcting left-hand positions? Do you find yourself repeating the same strategies and seeing little improvement? Come explore creative experiments to engage your students in more individualized, self-directed learning. Bring these ideas into your classroom to improve long-term retention and promote confident skill building.
  • STRINGERSIZE: A String Workout and Technique Class for the Mind-body and Spirit!


    Bring your string instruments, your voice and your dancing shoes and join our demonstrating orchestra in a creative, joyful class to videos, music, beats and grooves from classical, folk, rock, jazz, funk, country, hip-hop, Latin, Afro-Cuban, Tango, bluegrass, plus minimalist New Age inspirational drones. Learn, practice and master string techniques of tone production, flawless bow changes, shifting, vibrato, string crossings, intonation, harmony and rhythm. l
  • Strong Foundations for Building Young Percussionists


    For teachers, by teachers, this session covers the fundamentals needed to successfully teach percussion in middle and high school bands. Topics include: choosing beginning percussionists, fundamentals for snare and mallets, suggested method books and music, curriculum concerns, and other percussion-related topics. This information is immediately applicable in all band settings and is perfect for non-percussionist music educators who want to teach percussion with confidence.
  • Success with Daily Ear Training and Singing in Orchestra


    Do you want to help your students play in tune? We will explore innovative ways to incorporate daily ear training and singing into the orchestra tuning sequence and warm-up. A productive warm-up equals a successful rehearsal.
  • Success with Less: Developing Successful Programs in an Urban School Environment


    Brice Evans and Ollie Liddell teach in Urban School environments at Little Rock Central High and Memphis Central High, respectively. Both programs have achieved national recognition through maintaining high expectations, teaching sound fundamental concepts, developing student leadership, parental involvement, and accessing community resources. The presenters will share teaching and organizational strategies that have led to successful programs in an Urban School environment.
  • Sustaining Our Emotional Health


    Today’s educational climate is filled with anxiety that reaches far beyond the basic pedagogy of teaching a stringed instrument or conducting an orchestra. Parents are more demanding, students are less respectful, the legal system rules our decisions, and social media is rampant. This session will address some practical ideas on how to sustain our emotional health amidst the challenging stress that continues to grow in our profession
  • Swing, Swang, Swung on the Drums


    Through a series specific triplet based exercises; triplet applications of many of the basic 26 drum rudiments and identification and realization of the stylistic components of swing, I will demonstrate and teach how to develop a strong and powerful swing feel on the drum set.
  • Teaching Deliberate Practice: The Missing Fundamental


    Teaching students to practice deliberately requires the deliberate teaching of effective strategies. This session presents ways to develop effective practice strategies, which research suggests can improve motivation and self-efficacy. Strategies will be presented within a systematic tiered framework for both individual practice and ensemble rehearsal. Rehearsals fueled by deliberate practice strengthen student engagement and improve the productivity and musicianship of any ensemble.
  • Teaching from the Podium: Combining Artistry and Pedagoy


    High school orchestra directors are frequently expected to fill the role of both conductor and string teacher. Participants will be taken through the process of making musical decisions that incorporate both artistry and pedagogy by clarifying what, why, and how to attain specific target goals during rehearsal. Structured activities that allow the teachers to practice conducting and other teaching strategies in the moment will be included.
  • Teaching Through Poverty: Removing the Barriers for Participation and Performance


    This session will examine findings and strategies related to understanding the impact of poverty on individual student learning and the effect it has on Fine Arts programs. The following questions will be addressed: Is it realistic to maintain bustling Fine Arts programs even though poverty rates are climbing? How can we maintain excellence while poverty increases? Are there actions we can take to minimize the impact of poverty on individual students and Fine Arts Programs?
  • The Band (Orchestra) Director is Your Friend: Strategies for Building a Comprehensive Instrumental Music Department


    Your band or orchestra director should be your biggest ally and support system for your program. This clinic will present strategies that encourages band and orchestra directors to build an environment of collaboration leading to a comprehensive instrumental music department within their schools.
  • The Composer Tells Us the Balance


    The Composer Tell Us the Balance Chris Chapman, Central Michigan University 1. Melody is always present 2. Find the tenor voices 3. Find the lower octaves within each section without overplaying 4. Guiding towards finding instruments 5. Homogenize vs transparent (soup vs salad) I believe that with diligent score study, we will alter the balances depending on the desired effect of the composer.
  • The Concert was Great! But What Did They Learn?: Using Reflective Practice to Support Student Achievement


    Many teachers “relive” a performance with students by reviewing audio/video recordings or through follow-up discussions in class and/or rehearsal. How does this experience connect to the curriculum and more importantly how can this opportunity be developed to enhance musical learning? This session will examine multiple ways music educators may apply reflective practices with their students following performances as well as before and during all music learning activities.
  • The Great Divide: Making the Percussionists' Middle School Years Count


    After the beginning band year, percussionists are often neglected until high school drumline. But, the time during the middle school years can be the most formative. Rath, Hicks and student performers will discuss and demonstrate integrating essential techniques into the band warm-up, capitalizing on percussion ensemble and developing a plan for daily skill advancement. Especially geared to non-percussionist band directors, everyone will walk away with ready-to-use strategies!
  • The Magic of Singing with Your Band


    Singing in band rehearsals has immediate benefits. It can improve intonation, strengthen articulation, bring attention to dynamics, clarify rhythm, and completely change the way your band listens. This presentation will show you how to easily implement these strategies in your rehearsals with any level of band.
  • The Paperless Bandhall


    In the field of music education, communication and data collection are crucial components to the success of a music program. These two facets of the profession contribute to many binders full of papers that are only able to be organized by one scheme and are not easily searchable. By shifting the way we look at handouts, forms, pass offs, practice records, and various other paper consuming activities we can step closer to a more organized, automated, and paperless classroom.
  • The Real Goal—Playing Expressively: Teaching Musical Expressiveness in the School Orchestra


    Getting our students to feel and play expressively is one of the most important goals of being a successful string teacher. This session will present general principles, rote teaching strategies, rehearsal techniques, repertoire, and video clips of students learning how to play expressively. It can be done! Both you and your students will be more compassionate and sensitive human beings because you been touched by the real goal of music making! Expressive is getting to the heart of the music.
  • The Ten Commandments for Conductors


    The clinic is a summary of common issues for teacher/conductors, covering teaching philosophy, programming, score study, physical gesture, and listening skills. Each of the "commandments" becomes a bullet point for discussion of these items. This includes discussion of our approach to rehearsal, score study, physical gesture, repertoire selection, and player psychology. Special consideration is given to aligning our teaching with our goals - and creating lifelong musicians.
  • The Value of Giving Your Heart to a Small Program


    This clinic will examine the possibilities of achieving our personal goals, teaching non-musical life lessons in our classes, and teaching musical values when we find ourselves in a small school setting. Which of our goals can we realistically achieve? Which are out of reach? Every student deserves a good musical experience, so how do we prioritize our programs using our limited resources to help reach as many of these goals as possible?
  • They Have Noisemakers! Classroom Management for Music Educators


    Student engagement is an essential component of the string teacher’s job description. Keep students excited throughout your entire rehearsal with invigorating ideas from an innovative string teacher. Leave Midwest ready to build an electrifying classroom bursting with engaged and motivated musicians who can’t wait to return to your room!
  • Tips and Tools for Using Technology to Provide Private Lessons to Instrumental Students and Teaching Experience to Pre-Service Music Educators


    This session focuses on a teaching partnership between 7th-12th grade students in a rural, lower-socioeconomic district with a low college matriculation rate and university junior music education majors participating in one-on-one lessons using technology. The procedures used for the partnership and the benefits to all parties will be described and participants can expect to be able to implement a similar partnership in their schools after attending this session.
  • Tough Times Don't Last, But Tough People Do. Surviving Real Life While Teaching Music, Too!


    There is no such thing as a perfect year. Whether you're a first year teacher learning the ropes or a veteran teacher, we all face tough times. This clinic will cover establishing the tools to maintain work-life balance, your sanity, and your program from the perspective of a cancer survivor.
  • Tuning With Technology


    Without a reference point, identifying out of tune notes may pose a significant challenge for young players. Fortunately, technological advancements, such as the Harmony Director and Tonal Energy have provided directors with the tools to teach students to identify and correct intonation concerns. This clinic will provide both the conceptual groundwork for teaching intonation and specific tips for using the latest technology when teaching tuning in the classroom.
  • Two Three or Not Two Three That is The Question? Essential Rhythms of Afro-Cuban based Latin Jazz


    This clinic serves as an introduction to essential rhythms, instruments utilized in a contemporary Latin jazz performance. General music education teachers will learn a simple and effective methodology to learn and teach the rhythmic vocabulary of essential Afro-Cuban music styles and percussion. Ensemble directors can learn and teach ensemble musicians these rhythms to help them perform and solo on Latin arrangements with a “groove” that pro Latin jazz musicians refer to as the “Latin swing”.
  • Using YouTube to Enhance Student Development


    YouTube is a vast and scary place and it can be hard to know if your students are getting good advice or learning terrible habits from their favorite musicians and educators on the platform. We'll learn how to parse out YouTube videos and creators so you can truly recommend quality role models in musicians and educators for your students.
  • Utilizing Technology to Develop Critical Listening Skills in the Instrumental Music Classroom


    The purpose of this session is to demonstrate ways to utilize technology in developing critical listening skills. We focus on increasing the participation while develop critical listening skills, analytical thinking, and decision making by the student musicians. The presenters will explain the use of the technology for planning, teaching in the classroom, student development and accountability, and how to integrate this strategy easily into any ensemble while continuing performance preparation.
  • What The Heck Is Music Tech...And Now I Have to Teach It?


    Has your administration said you must add another elective, and looked to you for guidance on what to add? Are you interested in teaching positions that include teaching Music Technology courses, but nervous what they might look like? In their session, Tyler Ehrlich and Brooke VanKempen will share Music Technology curriculum that will fit any budget, must-have resources, common problems and solutions, and ideas on how to balance the workload between ensemble teaching and music technology.
  • Whatever It Takes: Building a Successful Music Program in a Title I School


    Building a music program anywhere is undoubtedly a challenging endeavor. Add the complications that can come with teaching in a Title I school, and your adventure can become monumental. In this clinic, you will learn about some key research based concepts that help to promote success of music students and some experience based methods and strategies from a Bay Area Middle School Instrumental Music Teacher.
  • Who Are We Reaching, Who Are We Teaching


    This session is will discuss the use of various emotionally sensitive strategies in the performing arts program by outlining some of the complexities involved in teaching students with diverse backgrounds. By discussing various Social and Emotional learning techniques and relatability to students we can begin to find out how we are reaching students with our teaching and how we can better reach those students who may be presenting challenges to the instrumental music classroom.
  • Woodwind Troubleshooting: Proactive Problem Solving


    The problems teachers face yearly with woodwinds can fall into five general categories: pitch, tone, response, mechanical, and “other mysterious annoyances.” This clinic generally follows the outline of “Woodwind Instruments: Purchasing, Maintenance, Troubleshooting and More,” (West et al, pub. by Meredith Music Publications/Hal Leonard), selecting the most common and more mystifying issues, offering strategies and solutions in detail for successful woodwind teaching and performance.
  • Yes You Can - The Band Director's Guide to Teaching Choirs


    In this ever shifting job market, the ability to teach both band and choir has become a reality for many music educators. This interactive session will engage attendees in the innovative practices that bridge the gap between choral and wind band pedagogy. This session will also highlight instrumental techniques and exercises that can be translated in the choral rehearsal for the improvement of individual student vocalism.