2019 Directors’ Academy Sessions Will Include:

75 Percussion Hacks and Best PracticesRichard Dietrich
A guide to help band directors quickly and easily improve their overall percussion performances levels in preparation for their concert festival season.

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!

Avoiding Burnout and Improving Your Work EnvironmentJager Loyde
How to maintain your sanity as a music educator.

Balloons, Tubes, and Pads Richard Dietrich
This air support and percussion system will dramatically improve your ensemble’s overall tone center and sonority while providing a sequential percussion rudimental development system to accompany your daily warm up sequence. Five minutes a day that will transform your percussionists’ skillset and your winds’ sonority.

Band Director Masterclass Bob Buckner
Thoughtful tips from a master teacher on the art of band directing.

Band Director to String Director – Glenn Fugett
How to make it happen.

Band Director’s RoundtableJohn Phillips; Greg Bimm; Bob Chreste; Jarrett Lipman; Jager Loyde; Michael Gray; Lee Carlson; Michael Turner; Jodie Rhodes; Brandon Robinson; Andrea Brown
This will be an interactive session with expert panelists from the 2019 Summer Symposium Faculty. — Develop your program and pedagogy by learning proven concepts and strategies from a panel of experts reflecting on their success in both marching and concert music education. Participants will engage with highly acclaimed Summer Symposium faculty throughout this interactive session covering a wide range of topics.

Band Programs Built to Last: Aspire, Achieve, and Create – David Vandewalker
This “how-to” session examines the core components of those who created visionary, legendary band programs that are built to last. David Vandewalker discusses how to establish an aspired vision, devise a strategic plan, and create growth and change over time.

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 II Bob 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.

Becoming CEO of a People-Oriented Small Business with a Serious Music Problem – David Vandewalker
A look at how the best-of-the-best create a core administrative plan and method for dealing with all the non-musical aspects of building a comprehensive program.

Building a Band Program in 4 YearsGlenn Fugett
Thoughts on the strategies for building a successful program.

Building and Maintaining a Culture of Excellence while Keeping it FUN Jarrett Lipman
How do you balance high expectations with fostering an environment that students want to be in? This clinic will explore strategies to build student “buy in,” establish a high standard, and create a positive environment. Jarrett will discuss and share strategies used in many programs and offer suggestions based on his experience, explaining the relationship between recruitment, retention, and building an environment that fosters great musicians and great people.

Carolina Crown: Championship PercussionThom Hannum and Carolina Crown
The Crown Percussion staff discusses and demonstrates percussion performance strategies

Carolina Crown: Cleaning the Visual Program – Kevin Morrison and Carolina Crown
In this session, participants will observe a Carolina Crown visual rehearsal while learning about the techniques and strategies used to clean the ensemble’s visual performance. Faculty member Kevin Morrison will guide participants through the Crown approach to visual rehearsals and how to achieve the desired end product from a visual ensemble.

Carolina Crown: Color Guard Techniques – Erin England, Rick Subel, and Carolina Crown
The Crown Color Guard Staff discusses and demonstrates successful techniques for strengthening basics, choreography, and cleaning methods

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

Carolina Crown: Inside the Circle – Matt Harloff, Ben Harloff, and Carolina Crown
You are Invited Inside the Carolina Crown Brass Circle for an Up Close and Personal Experience

Carolina Crown: Insights into Programming and Design – Rick Subel; Michael Klesch; Thom Hannum; Jeff Sacktig; Jim Ancona; The Carolina Crown
The Carolina Crown Design Staff discuss how Crown makes program decisions and view the process

Carolina Crown: Integrating Technology with the Front Ensemble – Andrew Monteiro; Marcus Neudigate; The Carolina Crown
Strategies to enhance front ensemble performance through technology integration.

Color – Lee Carlson
How it influences and affects us.

Concert Band Leadership – Jager Loyde
Creating leadership opportunities that improve student engagement and achievement.

Concert Programming Hacks for Band Directors –  Greg Scapillato and Keith Oszvath
Practical ideas and easy ways to improve all aspects of concert programming for your best concert yet.

“Costumes? Uniforms? Help!”Michael Cesario
The leader in creating band images puts your mind at ease with a few facts to use right away.

Counts, More than Form Michael Turner
As a drill designer, have you wanted to present 32 counts of movement but only travel 8 counts? This is a chance to explore vertical and sustained time, using movements in place, and the use of orientation, level changes and gesture as a featured voice.

Create, Connect, Convey: Teaching Expressive Musical Performance David Vandewalker
This session provides a blueprint for helping teachers create a performance plan, connect abstract musical ideas through figurative language and story, and provide practical tools to help convey musical expressive performances to the audience.

Creating a Healthy Environment for a Happy StaffJodie Rhodes
This session will provide ideas on how to maintain a healthy workplace for your band staff community, discussing ways to effectively communicate and foster an environment of collaboration amongst staff members.

Culture Change in the Band Room One Thing at a Time, One Day at a TimeSusan Smith and Savannah Cole
This session will present a systematic approach to improving any band program with step by step improvements to the band parent, student and staff culture.

Design on a Dime Jodie Rhodes
Ready to develop a marching band show to take you to the next level? Jodie Rhodes discusses ways to progress one step at a time and how to get the most for your money in show design.

Developing the Young Ensemble Jodie Rhodes
This clinic will give tips and helpful procedures on getting the most out of the middle school setting, starting with how students walk into the classroom, develop fundamentals, play literature, sight-read, and dismiss for the next class.

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 StrategyRichard 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 RehearsalsRichard 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 LeadersRichard 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.

Directors’ Concert BandRichard Saucedo
Bring your instrument and play with your colleagues under the baton of Richard Saucedo.

Ensemble Tone Production: Strategies to Develop a Mature Ensemble SoundJarrett Lipman
Explore strategies the Claudia Taylor Johnson High School Band uses to develop marching and concert ensemble tone quality. Jarrett Lipman will review daily drill, listening strategies, SMARTMUSIC, masterclass techniques, and building relationships with colleges and professional ensembles to be role models for students.

Everything Speaks – Zachary Harris and Cameron Jenkins
This workshop explores the details needed for a successful concert/marching evaluation. Participants will take part in interactive discussion to identify how to train their students for the BIG DAY.

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

Foundations of a Successful Booster Club: Organizational Health David Vandewalker
This session will share insights in developing a new framework for creating dynamic, thriving organization with a healthy team of people empowered to bring about change in the total organization.

Foundations of a Successful Booster Club: Strong Relationships David 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.

Foundations of a Successful Booster Club: Communication is Key! David Vandewalker
The successful modern day booster club is much more than a monthly parent meeting. This session will provide practical tips for building projects and communicate the plan.

Foundations of a Successful Booster Club: Marketing the Brand David Vandewalker
Once you have your volunteer base and organization plans in action, it is time to for marketing and branding within your school and community.

General Effect – Lee Carlson
Dissecting Effect… what, how, and why.

Getting Back to the Conducting Basics of SHOWING What You Want to Hear Andrea Brown
Interactive session to encourage the exploration of gesture and movement to increase musical expressivity.

Inclusive Leadership: Strategies for Students and Staff Andrea Brown
There are traditional structural challenges for inclusivity within band organizations. Strategies for developing student leadership skills in regard to inclusivity can be a helpful way to break down those barriers.

Interviewing: What Interviewers and Potential Co-Workers Want to HearJager Loyde
Tips and anecdotal examples of successful… and unsuccessful interview strategies

It’s a Match – Andrea Brown
Suggestions and Strategies for helping the composer’s stylistic intent and your own interpretation come to life with clarity.

Judging EffectGlenn Fugett
A proven method.

Judging the Musical PerformanceJohn Phillips; Randy Greenwell; Glenn Fugett
Hosted by DCI Judge Administrator John Phillips, participants hear first-hand the criteria used to evaluate contemporary pageantry arts. A panel of DCI premiere judges will provide insight into the details of performance and design that are recognized and rewarded during the competitive season. The featured performing ensemble at BSU Stadium will be the Carolina Crown — This session involves “real time” visual judge commentary during Carolina Crown performance.

Judging the Visual PerformanceJohn Phillips; Michael Gray; Lee Carlson; Michael Turner
Hosted by DCI Judge Administrator John Phillips, participants hear first-hand the criteria used to evaluate contemporary pageantry arts. A panel of DCI premiere judges will provide insight into the details of performance and design that are recognized and rewarded during the competitive season. The featured performing ensemble at BSU Stadium will be the Carolina Crown — This session involves “real time” visual judge commentary during Carolina Crown performance.

Leadership for Directors – The Small Things are the Big Things – Susan Smith
The small things are the big things! Focuses on how to become a leader in local, state, and national music organizations, as well as within school and band/orchestra districts and the profession.

Legal Implications for Band StaffBarry Morgan

Micro-messaging – Jager Loyde
What are you really teaching students?

New Sheriff in Town: Strategies for a Smooth Job Transition Andrea Brown
The first year in a new job can present many challenges. We’ll discuss strategies for instilling your programmatic vision while building bridges and inclusive communities.

Pageantry Judging 101 John Phillips
This session will provide an inside-out exploration of the assessment and evaluation practices used in marching music activities. Participants will be able to test their “judging” skills in real-time at BSU stadium through hands on workshops with our drum corps in residence, Carolina Crown.

Part 1: The Spring Semester – Planning to Succeed – Bob Chreste
Organization and planning are keys to the success of any endeavor. In the first part of the series, Bob Chreste will highlight details to address in the spring semester prior to the marching season you are preparing for. The discussion will center largely around show design, with additional commentary on contest selection, staffing, end-of-year camps, spring equipment orders, and band registration.

Part 2: Summer Band – Systems and Processes are the Key – Bob Chreste
Defining the culture from Day 1 of summer band is imperative, and student ownership is key. In Part 2, Bob Chreste will discuss systems and processes and how setting them up from the beginning will lead to success in the end. Bob will highlight a wide variety of systems, ranging from marching fundamentals to the “how to’s” of daily operations surrounding the band program.

Part 3: The Fall Semester – ALL Things Matter – Bob Chreste
The pacing of the season while balancing necessary tasks can make or break the culture of your band program. Staying positive and focusing on the things that matter and that you have control over helps stabilize the culture. Bob Chreste will present an overview of the fall semester including the coordination of program systems/processes, academic eligibility, all-state music preparation, marching contests, music pass-offs, and more.

Part 4: The Cleaning Process: Excellence is in the Details – Bob Chreste
The details matter! As creativity evolves in the marching activity, we must also create ways to ensure that our students are still able to achieve at a high level. In the final part of the series, we will offer creative ways to help you clean your marching band, both musically and visually.

Percussionist to Musician – Sarah Dietrich and Richard Dietrich
A Band Director’s guide to creating a seven-year curriculum for your percussion program. This session will discuss using a benchmark system to know when and where your percussionist should be developmentally, along with a multitude of tips to get them to the goals you set – Suggestions and steps on how to structure your percussionist development from day one to graduation.

Practice: The Missing FundamentalChris Grifa
This session will focus on ideas of how teachers can deliberately teach their students to practice effectively.

Ready-Set-Move! Warm-up and Preparing the Physical Instrument – Part 1Vincent 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 provide a strong foundation for body awareness, alignment, body integration, and functional movement. Participants should wear comfortable clothing for moving.

Ready-Set-Move! Warm-up and Preparing the Physical instrument – Part 2 – Vincent Thomas
It is important to warm-up and prepare the physical body to effectively perform the physical demands in the marching arts. In Part 2 of this active participation workshop, band directors will explore the use of basic movements and dance techniques that progress into moving across the floor and field with a variety of locomotor and phrase building movements that may be used to create and choreograph with the body and instrument. Participants should wear comfortable clothing for moving.

Recruitment and Retention: It’s a Team Effort– Zachary Harris; Cameron Jenkins; Dee Dee Pits
“If you build a successful band program, students will come. If you show them that you care, they will stay.” In this session, we will share ideas on improving recruitment efforts in areas with diminished resources.

Rehearsing Smarter – Tiffany Hitz
Using companion guides to unlock your ensemble’s maximum potential.

Shh, Boom, Ding: Conducting Sound to Gesture– Mary Schneider
By manipulating speed, space, and weight, conductors can influence the quality of sound produced by an ensemble. Explore these concepts and expand your gestural vocabulary as we discuss ways in which you can better communicate your aural concept from the podium. No batons allowed!

Show Concepts in Design for Small Bands – Lee Carlson; Michael Gray; Michael Turner
A Look at how we use our individual, available tools and how to achieve an effective assessment and application of your personal assets to create the best band possible. This “Hands on” session will guide you through the development of a Program Concept directly aimed at smaller programs

“Start with Great Music”Michael Cesario
What pageantry pros know about making the biggest impact.

Strategies to Combat StressSusan Smith and Savannah Cole
Stress and anxiety strategies for the young or old band director.

Streamline Communication: How to Save Up to 10 Hours a Week – Chris Roberts
The Band app is a great tool to communicate with your band. However, few directors utilize the full potential of the app. Chris Roberts, Assistant Director of the Santa Clara Vanguard Cadets, will share his insights on how to utilize BAND effectively by showing you how to set up and manage your groups and calendar in the app. He will explain to you what information you can share on BAND (spoiler: nearly anything) and how you can do it in an organized way by using hashtags, sub-groups (chats), attaching polls and signup sheets to a post. This session is designed for busy Directors who want to communicate more efficiently, regardless of whether they have used BAND before or not.

Tech with Impact– Greg Scapillato and Keith Oszvath
A practical approach to infusing technology to shape student learning. Music educators will walk away with an easy way to apply framework

The Body is an Orchestra – Michael Gray and Michael Turner
Exploration and great fun from playing with improvisation for the theatre and field. Participation is a must.

The Body Total – Michael Turner
A full body warm up for winds, battery and color guard. This is designed to take marching proficiency a step further though the use of a set of exercises. A “hands on” approach is encouraged, although the movements will be demonstrated.

The Carmel Way Michael McIntosh and Richard Saucedo

The Exponential Power of Exposure –William Earvin; Zachary Harris; Dee Dee Pitts; Ayatey Shabazz
Perhaps there is some “osmosis” in Music Education! Exposing your students and parents to the arts is more than half the battle. During this session, we will discuss building the artistic minds of all stakeholders through concerts, modeling, cross-curriculum arts participation, and more!

The Stage –William Earvin; Zachary Harris; Dee Dee Pitts; Ayatey Shabazz
This workshop explores all details needed to get a band from the rehearsal to the performance stage with minimal student and director stress. Participants will engage in interactive discussion and activities focused on music selection, rehearsal strategies, attire, etiquette, and more.

Understanding Effect/Your Program and Staff’s Abilities and PotentialMichael Gray
Explore the nature of all 3 aspects of Effect and their separate and combined role in creating a successful show. Michael Gray will discuss how to engage your audience, your fans, and the judging community, as well as how to tap your in-house/in-program resources to the highest degree and how to find your unique identity.

United SoundJulie Duty
Everyday Inclusion – Easy Ways to Make the Special Education Students Who Are Already in Your Programs Fit Better. A special program designed for peer-to-peer interaction and collaboration for students.

Unlocking the Mysteries of Color Guard for the Band DirectorSusan Smith and Rick Subel

Vertical AlignmentJarrett Lipman
Spend more time building relationships with your cluster middle school! Jarrett Lipman discusses strategies for developing the total musician from grade 6 to 12 and how this benefits both recruitment and retention. Using the Claudia Taylor Johnson H.S. cluster as an example, Jarrett will look at a band and orchestra program from Day 1 through high school graduation.

What! I have to teach Orchestra? – Teaching Strings for the Band Director: Part 1 – Paula Krupiczewicz
Designed for non-string players, Paula Krupiczewicz discusses setting up the instrument and bow grip in Part 1 of this series. This will focus on the beginning student, but will include techniques to fix bad habits that creep in at all levels of string playing.

What! I have to teach Orchestra? – Teaching Strings for the Band Director: Part 2 – Paula Krupiczewicz
Part 2 of this series will include topics more advanced associated with string playing: Bow strokes, shifting, vibrato, and good warm-up exercises to incorporate into your classroom.

 

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

 

A New Dose of Morning Joe 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.

CLINIC – Cheryl Floyd

Conducting Panel DiscussionDr. Ed Arnold; Col. Tom Palmatier; Col. Bryan Shelburne; Dr. Stan Michalski; Dr. Bill Malambri; Cheryl Floyd; Richard Floyd; Susan L. Smith

Literature Reading and Conducting Evaluations for Young and Middle School Bands – Susan SmithDr. Ed Arnold; Cheryl Floyd; Col. Bryan Shelburne; Dr. Stan Michalski; Dr. Bill Malambri; Col. Tom Palmatier; Richard Floyd
Conducting opportunity for director participants – bring instruments

Music Technology – MusicFirst – Dr. James Frankel

MS Panel Introduction, Session Offerings Discussion, and Current Trends & Issues – Susan L. Smith; Dr. Ed Arnold; Cyndee Hawkins; Charles Jackson; Cheryl Floyd; Col. Bryan ShelburneDr. Stan Michalski; Dr. Bill Malambri

Rehearsal Strategies: Are We Barking Up the Wrong Tree? – Dr. Charles Jackson

The Butterfly Effect: The Band is Built from the Beginning – Cyndee Hawkins

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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