2018 Directors’ Academy Sessions Will Include:

KEYNOTE: We Speak Music – Robert W. Smith

“GE” is the Key – Jarrett Lipman
A clinic that explores the General Effect caption, how it affects audience engagement, as well as total scoring.

10 Percussion Hacks – Richard Dietrich
Easy solutions that will immediately transform and improve your percussionist performance levels.

Advocacy in Action – James Stephens and Patrick Rutledge
Do you want to know what teachers and programs across the country are doing to advance music-making in their local communities? This interactive session will explore some outstanding practical examples of local music advocacy and provide opportunities for brainstorming with your colleagues. We will also discuss our newest advocacy initiative, the Advocacy in Action Awards, which is a new opportunity for your program’s advocacy work to be recognized on the national level!

Art From the Start – David Vandewalker
How to set expectations and processes that will engage the musical art form from the beginning.

Band Choreography – Where do I Start?  John Howell
This session is an open discussion on the complexity of being a band director and a perspective on how you might approach the job.

Band Director Panel Discussion – Michael GrayLee Carlson, Greg BimmAndrea BrownDarrin Davis, Michael Turner, Jarrett Lipman, and Nolan Loyde
If you know little or nothing about how to get ideas on paper……this is the place for you. Everything from “how to line your performance/practice area” to “what is an interval “ will be discussed. Constructing forms (both linear and curvilinear) will be mastered along with such elusive terminology as velocity and frequency. Special attention will be paid to form construction and how to create focus in your productions. A great place for beginners or for those who just want to sharpen their drill writing skills.

Band Directors’ Roundtable: Topics to Promote Successful Programs John Phillips
This will be an interactive session with expert panelists from the 2018 Summer Symposium Faculty.

Basic Visual Design I Bob Buckner
If you know little or nothing about how to get ideas on paper……this is the place for you. Everything from “how to line your performance/practice area” to “what is an interval “ will be discussed. Constructing forms (both linear and curvilinear) will be mastered along with such elusive terminology as velocity and frequency. Special attention will be paid to form construction and how to create focus in your productions. A great place for beginners or for those who just want to sharpen their drill writing skills.

Basic Visual Design IIBob Buckner
Picking up where you left off in Part One will lead to the really fun stuff like creating transitions. The “how to” of getting instruments in the correct place to be heard while looking like a natural progression. Every style and technique for transitions will be touched. Learn to develop and use the tools that every great designer uses. This session is “topped off” with “how effect is created.” Foolproof ideas for creating applause and attention in your shows will be the exciting conclusion to this two part presentation.

Being the CEO of Your Band ProgramDarrin Davis
Managing and leading your students, staff, boosters and consultants

Branding Your Brand – Michael Cesario
The techniques and importance of establishing your band’s brand and putting your best effort forward

Breathing, Bouncing and Balloons: The First Five Minutes Richard Dietrich
Five minutes a day that will transform your percussionists’ skillset and your winds’ sonority.

Building Blocks for a Better Clarinet and Saxophone Section: A Time-Based Progression Michael Skinner
Knowing when to change from an entry level reed or mouthpiece to more advanced equipment can be tricky. In this clinic, Mr. Skinner shows how and when to move young students from entry level equipment to better equipment to support the students’ performance. This clinic is good for all band directors, but especially effective for brass and percussion majors.

Carolina Crown: Championship Percussion – Thom Hannum and the Carolina Crown
The Crown Percussion Staff discusses and demonstrates percussion performance strategies.

Carolina Crown: Cleaning the Visual ProgramRon Hardin and the Carolina Crown
Ron Hardin will demonstrate, using the members of Carolina Crown, efficient and effective ways to approach visual rehearsals. This session will cover how to communicate to the on-field members, use field staff effectively, and simple “tricks” to make dramatic improvement to your day to day rehearsals.

Carolina Crown: Color Guard Techniques Joey PowellRick Subel, and the Carolina Crown
The Crown Colorguard Staff Discusses and Demonstrates Successful techniques for strengthening basics, choreography, and cleaning methods.

Carolina Crown: Full Music Ensemble Techniques – Michael Klesch, Thom Hannum, and the Carolina Crown
The Crown Music Staff Discusses and Demonstrates Ensemble Strategies for Performance Success.

Carolina Crown: Inside the CircleMatt HarloffBen Harloff, and the Carolina Crown
You are Invited Inside the Carolina Crown Brass Circle for an Up Close and Personal Experience

Carolina Crown: Insights into Programming and DesignDavid StarnesMichael Klesch, Thom HannumJeff Sacktig, and the Carolina Crown
Discussion of how Carolina Crown makes program decisions and views the entire process

Carolina Crown: Integrating Technology with the Front Ensemble – Geoff Schoeffel, Marcus Niedigate, and the Carolina Crown
Strategies to enhance front ensemble performance through technology integration.

Choreography: Techniques and Strategies for Rehearsal  – Michael Turner
This session will explore strategies for incorporating effective choreography training in the ensemble rehearsal. From posture and shape to alignment and placement, ALL movement is rooted in strong fundamental technique.

Creating and Realizing Production: Music First! – Michael Cesario
This session will explore strategies for incorporating effective choreography training in the ensemble rehearsal. From posture and shape to alignment and placement, ALL movement is rooted in strong fundamental technique.

Critical Mistakes to Avoid When Building or Renovating Your Music Facility – Zach Barras
Are new or renovated music facilities in your district’s long-term plans? If so, join us as we address the FOUR CRITICAL FACTORS that determine how your facility will look and feel, complete with tips on communicating your needs to the design team and administration. Complimentary planning guide to session attendees.

Crowdsource Funding with DonorsChoose.Org – Heather Cousineau
Discussion of Crowdsource Fundraising’s website called DonorsChoose.org, which is an online charity, that makes it easy for anyone to help students in need. Public school teachers can create a project for free and anyone can search through the projects and donate any amount to any project. Once the project is fully funded, DonorsChoose.org takes care of ordering the supplies and shipping them directly to the teacher and students. Presentation will include a walk-through of how to create a project, and include tips for success on how to get your project funded.

Cymbals: Strategies for Success – Keith Aleo

Developing Young Adult Staff Members: Bringing the Winds, Percussion, and Color Guard Together to Create a Positive Team Experience as Part of a Comprehensive Teaching Strategy – Richard Saucedo
Richard will discuss how your young teachers and non-certified staff members can help to create effective and respectful relationships with the entire ensemble family. Learn ways to turn your separate sections into a powerful, supportive team through the sharing of ideas and common elements that apply to your members regardless of their section.

Developing Young Adult Staff Members: Helping Young Adult and Non Certified Staff Members Create a Safe and Professional Environment in Rehearsals – Richard Saucedo
Richard will discuss today’s teaching environment in a practical sense, as well as, the importance of developing proper relationships between your students and your young staff members. Creating a safe and appropriate educational setting for students and for teachers will be at the forefront of the discussion.

Developing Young Adult Staff Members: Setting Up Young Adult and Non Certified Staff Members for Success as Rehearsal Assistants, Instructors, and Leaders – Richard Saucedo
Richard will discuss ways that your young staff members can be more effective, efficient, and professional in rehearsals, whether on their own in a sectional or as part of a total staff effort in a full rehearsal. This session will address rehearsal etiquette and rehearsal techniques as part of a practical approach to teaching for young instructors.

Everyday Inclusion – Julie Duty and Dr. Rhoda Bernard
Easy ways to make the special education students who are already in your programs fit better. Strategies for teachers, understanding autism, etc.

Exploring Show Concepts in Design – Lee Carlson and Michael Gray
This “Hands on” session will guide you through the development of a Program Concept.

EXPRESSION Through Effort: Qualities of Choreography – Michael Turner
Discussion and demonstration of visual expression in current thought and design.

Foundations for Wind Band ClarityDavid Vandewalker
Through effective and efficient rehearsals this session examines a thorough pedagogical look at rehearsal techniques.

Good things Come in Small Packages Susan Smith
This session focuses on show design for the small or younger band.

Harmony – Jeremy Spicer
Maximizing musical artistry and positive culture through intentional student leadership development.

How To Costume Your Color Guard or Band for Less –Lee Carlson and Michael Turner
Discussion of inexpensive ways to present you band and color guard.

Judging the Musical PerformanceJohn Phillips, David Aydelott, and Darrin Davis
This session involves “real time” music judge commentary during Carolina Crown performance.

Judging the Visual PerformanceJohn Phillips, Michael GrayLee Carlson, and Michael Turner
This session involves “real time” visual judge commentary during Carolina Crown performance.

Leadership for Directors; Not Just Students – Susan Smith
Focuses on how to become a leader in local, state and national music organizations as will in school and band/orchestra districts and the profession.

Legal Implications for Band StaffBarry Morgan
Understanding the complex legal world of education and how you can prevent problems.

Let’s Play and Hear for a Lifetime Neil Larrivee
This session will present detailed facts to seriously consider on how our hearing works and the effects of sound exposure. Research data developed by Etymotic Research Inc., a world leader in professional hearing protection, will be presented. Solutions will be presented and discussed that will assure a life time of healthful hearing for both teachers, performers, and students.

Lighting A Fire in Kids – Chris Gleason
A session focusing on Harnessing Intrinsic Motivation, Cultivating Curiosity, and Creating Connections

Liberty and Music Education for All: Strategies for Approaching Gender Differences in the Music Classroom – Andrea Brown
As educators, we are aware that differentiated instructional strategies are necessary for the success of students of various learning styles, but could this also apply to gender differences? The discussion will promote awareness of variances & lead us in reconsidering our educational training & practices that may hinder equality in our music rehearsals and programs in an effort to better understand today’s music students & ensure they are encouraged to succeed in any musical path they choose.

Marketing your Music Program – Susan Smith
How to position your program for maximum public relations benefit and recruiting.

MIC DROP! The Ultimate Toolkit to Communicate with Your Marching Percussion Ensemble – Ian Grom and John Mapes
This session will focus on equipping directors with vocabulary, knowledge, and real world examples that can strengthen communication during marching rehearsals.

Percussionist/Musician: A Seven Year Journey Richard Dietrich
Suggestions and steps on how to structure your percussionist development from day one to graduation.

Process – When does the show need to be completely on the field? – Lee Carlson
We will look at two approaches to putting the show out there.

Process + Concept = Success – Jarrett Lipman
A clinic that explores the difference between an effective rehearsal process and effective instruction.

Program Sustainability – Nolan Loyde
This session explores methods and strategies for improving the sustainability of your band program, including: program budget, community engagement, and instructional focus.

Ready-Set-Move! Warming up and Preparing for Physical Instrument – Vincent Thomas
It is important to warm-up and prepare the physical body to effectively perform the physical demands in the marching arts. In this active participation workshop, band directors will explore stretching and movement components to create a physical program for their band. The workshop includes basic movements and dance techniques that progresses into moving across the floor and field with a variety of loco-motor and phrase building movements. Participants should wear comfortable clothing for moving.

Recruitment & Retention – Jarrett Lipman
A clinic that explores ways to recruit and retain students from beginner band through high school graduation.

Rehearsal Techniques for Generation Z – Beth Peterson
Cynthia will discuss the best ways to efficiently plan and run rehearsals while keeping students engaged throughout the process.

Rehearsal Techniques: Empowering the Students in the Band Rehearsal…or, Who’s rehearsal is this, anyway? Steve Peterson

Rewired– Boston Brass
The incredible benefits of getting back to basics and fundamentals for band directors and students.

S.M.A.L.L. Band Programs: Strategies for Success – Brandon Robinson
This session discusses strategies for success for small band programs.

Selecting Literature for Your Ensemble – Brandon Robinson
Strategies to give a successful performance.

Show Concepts in Design for Small Bands Part 2Michael Gray & Lee Carlson
This “Hands on” session will guide you through the development of a Program Concept directly aimed at smaller programs.

Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action – Brandon Robinson
Motivation and strategies for leadership applied to the band director

Strategic Boosters: The PlanDavid Vandewalker
This session will share insights in developing a new framework for creating dynamic, strategic planning to empower a modern small business organization.

Strategic Boosters: Building Strong RelationshipsDavid Vandewalker
This session will provide a blueprint for creating leadership and teamwork for expanding your volunteer base and how to better organize and empower that base to develop an army of volunteers.

Strategic Organization: New Org Charts and FundraisingDavid Vandewalker
The successful modern day booster club is much more than a monthly parent meeting. This session will provide practical tips in how to reorganize booster roles for successful organization and management of the small business as well as exploring how to create detailed plans for strategic fundraising.

Strategic Communications – David Vandewalker
Once you have your volunteer base and organization plans in action, it is time for marketing and branding within your school and community.

Successful Teaching Strategies for the Modern Marching BandDarrin Davis
A collection of effective rehearsal strategies to maximize productivity and efficiency of your marching band.

Teaching Students How to Practice – Nolan Loyde
This session stresses the importance of practice processes, why they are important, and other things students need to know to become successful and productive in their approach to musical refinement.

The 8 Habits of Highly Effective Conductors – David Vandewalker
This session highlights factors that influence performance through effective conducting with intention.

The Three E’s of Rehearsal Richard Floyd
Presenting strategies to make rehearsals efficient, effective, and engaging.

Understanding General Effect and Applying it To Performance –  Steve Meyer
Understanding general effect in marching band is typically not part of the collegiate music education curriculum. How then, do we learn what general effect means so we can teach our students to execute it at a high level? This session will explore other artistic media in order to understand the various sub-captions under general effect and provide multiple strategies for strengthening the overall effect of your students’ performance.

United Sound – Julie Duty
A special program designed for peer-to-peer interaction and collaboration for students.

Visual Merchandising: Where do You Want Me to Look? – Michael Turner
Strategies for directing the visual focus for audiences and judges.

What I Learned as a Texas Band Director: Myth vs. Reality – Jarrett Lipman and Steve Meyer
Many people think they know what goes on in a Texas band hall and will buy-in to the stereotypes and myths surrounding their success. Growing up outside of Texas, we were those people until we actually became Texas band directors. This session will explore what we observed, the lessons we learned, and the realities we encountered (both good and bad!) along the way that can be applied to any program anywhere in the country.

What I Wish I’d Known (Head Director Edition) – Nolan Loyde
This session explores the experiences that band directors have learned from over many years of teaching. Attendees will learn strategies to help build a successful band program and help in avoiding the pitfalls first time head directors often face.

What Would Wonder Woman Do? – Anna Rodriguez
Insights into empowering and preparing female leaders to be the best they can be. From the Lasso of Truth to the Bracelets of Victory, Anna Rodriguez will show how making a positive impact doesn’t always take magical weapons or super human abilities.

Yes, It Does Matter! Simple Conducting Fixes to Improve Ensemble Sound – Andrea Brown and Steve Meyer
In order to get the most out of our students with the limited time we have, simple conducting gestures can reinforce the sound, clarity, and musicianship we teach. In this clinic, we will review principles of conducting that match the concepts we are teaching while maximizing rehearsal effectiveness.

You Have to Paint a Picture: Utilizing Your Creativity to Build a Great Program Anywhere – Bob Buckner
This session will focus on the “how to” part of developing a vision for “what could be” with the focus coming from available resources, leadership, creating an infrastructure, and developing a roadmap to building a program.

The following sessions are designed with Middle School/New Teachers in mind!

A Guide for the Blue Collar Band Director – Col. Thomas Palmatier
This is a collection of well-tested solutions for common challenges faced by music directors in the classroom. The Blue Collar Band Director has limited time for score study and baton practice but still wants to deliver a quality musical experience for both students and audiences.

A New Dose of Morning Joe: Technology #1 – Dr. Joe Pisano
The whirlwind session, “around the technological world in 80 minutes!” Dr. Pisano takes you through the current, breaking technologies that pertain to musicians, educators, and the every day person.

Literature Reading and Conducting Evaluations for Young and Middle School Bands (Conducting Opportunity for Director Participants) – Robert W. Smith, Dr. Ed Arnold, Dr. Stan Michalski, Col. Thomas Palmatier, and Cheryl Floyd
A reading session of new band literature at the grade 1-3 levels with a conducting opportunity for director participants. BRING INSTRUMENTS.

Literature Reading and Conducting Evaluations for Young and Middle School Bands (Conducting Opportunity for Director Participants) – Robert W. Smith, Dr. Ed Arnold, Col. Bryan Shelburne, Dr. Bill Malambri, and Cheryl Floyd
A reading session of new band literature at the grade 1-3 levels with a conducting opportunity for director participants. BRING INSTRUMENTS.

Literature Reading and Conducting Evaluations for Young and Middle School Bands (Conducting Opportunity for Director Participants) – Robert W. Smith, Dr. Ed Arnold, Col. Bryan Shelburne, Dr. Bill Malambri, and Cheryl Floyd
A reading session of new band literature at the grade 1-3 levels with a conducting opportunity for director participants. BRING INSTRUMENTS.

Middle School Panel Introduction: Session Offerings and Current Trends and Issues  Robert W. Smith, Dr. Ed Arnold, Cyndee HawkinsDr. Charles Jackson, Cheryl Floyd, and Dr. Stan Michalski
Faculty introductions are followed by an open discussion of current trends and issues in music education. Score selections and assignments for conducting experience will be completed during this session.

Performance Preparation for the Middle School or Young Band – Dr. Charles Jackson

Rehearsal Techniques for the “Young and the Restless”– Cheryl Floyd

Teaching Creativity in the Ensemble Classroom – Robert W. Smith

The Grounds with Morning Joe: Technology #2 – Dr. Joe Pisano

WHEEL: Establishing the Proper Setup for Clarinet/Saxophone and Bassoon Immediately – Dr. Charles Jackson and Cyndee Hawkins
Master teachers Chuck Jackson and Cyndee Hawkins provide crucial instrument specific information for proper set-up as our students embark on their instrumental music education journey. Highly recommended for the new teacher as well as the experienced teacher looking for a refresher course.

WHEEL: Establishing the Proper Setup for Flute and Oboe Immediately –Cheryl Floyd and Cyndee Hawkins
Master teachers Cheryl Floyd and Cyndee Hawkins provide crucial instrument specific information for proper set-up as our students embark on their instrumental music education journey. Highly recommended for the new teacher as well as the experienced teacher looking for a refresher course.

WHEEL: Establishing the Proper Setup for Percussion Immediately – 
Dr. Charles Jackson and Cyndee Hawkins
Master teachers Chuck Jackson and Cyndee Hawkins provide crucial instrument specific information for proper set-up as our students embark on their instrumental music education journey. Highly recommended for the new teacher as well as the experienced teacher looking for a refresher course.

WHEEL: Establishing the Proper Setup for Trombone and Tuba/Euphonium Immediately – Dr. Charles Jackson and Cyndee Hawkins
Master teachers Chuck Jackson and Cyndee Hawkins provide crucial instrument specific information for proper set-up as our students embark on their instrumental music education journey. Highly recommended for the new teacher as well as the experienced teacher looking for a refresher course.

WHEEL: Establishing the Proper Setup for Trumpet and Horn Immediately – 
Dr. Charles Jackson and Cyndee Hawkins
Master teachers Chuck Jackson and Cyndee Hawkins provide crucial instrument specific information for proper set-up as our students embark on their instrumental music education journey. Highly recommended for the new teacher as well as the experienced teacher looking for a refresher course.

Sessions, titles, and presenters are subject to change.

 

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