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2017 High School Institute Schedule

See all that’s in store at THE premier music teaching clinic for high school music students

Leadership training session with Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser

The High School Institute was created by The Midwest Clinic as a special program for students who are currently serving as the leaders of their instrumental music programs. Students who attend this one-day program have the unique opportunity to focus on leadership skills, positive character attributes and personal motivation.  Students also get to visit the exhibit hall, participate in special programming designed for them, attend a concert and a clinic of their choice.  Finally, college music education majors from several different universities supervise and participate in the programming along with the high school students.  

High School Institute Schedule for December 21, 2017

8:30-9:00 a.m.: Check In!

9:00-9:40 a.m.: Welcome and introductions with Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser

9:45-11:45 a.m.: Exhibit hall* and conversations with music education icons Alfred Watkins, Steve Davis, and Soo Han

*Insider tip: Before heading to the exhibit hall, download and print a Wish List so you keep track of your discoveries as you explore.

11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: Lunch (provided by Neil A. Kjos Music Company)

12:20-12:50 p.m.: Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser

1:00-2:00 p.m.: Select from the following clinic sessions and concerts (Click on each listing to learn more):


UTEP Horn Choir

Blackburn Senior High School Jazz Orchestra


Careers Through Music

Marching and Concert Percussion

Woodwind Pedagogy: Reed Management 

A Conversation with Doc

2:10-2:45 p.m.: Conversation/Q & A Session with college admissions directors

3:00-4:00 p.m.: Select from the following clinic sessions and concerts (Click on each listing to learn more):


University of Texas at Austin Saxophone Ensemble

Martin High School Symphony Orchestra


Woodwind Pedagogy: Alternate Fingerings

Buzzing Betters the Band

The Artistry of the March 

4:15-5:00 p.m.: Wrap up and goodbye with Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser

College Night begins at 5:30 p.m. for students who wish to attend on their own.

Students who attend the High School Institute also are invited to stay (on their own) and attend evening concerts:

6:00-7:00 p.m.: Summit High School Wind Symphony

7:30-8:45 p.m.: The Wheaton Municipal Band

7:30-8:45 p.m.: The United States Army Blues

Band and orchestra directors can register their high school students for this life-changing opportunity. Space is limited, so make sure to secure spots for your students soon!


If you have any questions about The Midwest Clinic’s High School Institute, please contact us via email at