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I just received an email from the Midwest Clinic announcing the presenters and clinics for this year. If you are a band, orchestra, or music educator that has not made the “pilgrimage” to Chicago for the Midwest clinic, I STRONGLY encourage you to consider going this year. Attending the Midwest clinic will positively change your outlook about our profession regardless of where you are currently “at” in your career and current situation.
One of the most interesting clinics I attend last year featured Francis McBeth, James Barnes, Eric Ewazen, and Mark Rodgers. It was entitled, “So you want to be a composer”and I wrote about it here if you are interested in reading abou it.
The clinics look to be very interesting this year; here is the tentative list of presentations and presenters from the Midwest Clinic site (You can pre-register for Midwest here):
Developing the Basic Fundamentals and Musical Integrity of Young Oboists
Anyone Can Improvise
Music Teaching and Learning from a Distance: Viable and Effective Through Technology
Paul Bauer, Greg Howe, Christianne Orto
It’s Gotta Work–Now! Maintenance of Instruments for the Hectic Band Room
Greg Beckwith, John Huth, Lucas Pemberton
There is Hope! Your Low Brass Does Not Need to Sound Like Electric Yard Trimmers
The Care and Upkeep of the Music Director’s Body
Improving Your Clarinet Section, Top to Bottom
J. Lawrie Bloom
Web 2.0: Let’s Communicate with Blogs, Wikis, Ning, Twitter, and More
Developing a Successful Middle School Percussion Ensemble
Strategies for the Beginning Music Teacher: Planning for Success
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Choosing Music for Your Band
The Wind Quintet as a Teaching Medium
A New Approach to Developing Musicianship: Drawing the Common Thread Throughout Your Rehearsal Using the Right Materials and Teaching Strategies
James Curnow, Joseph Manfredo
Digital Recording in Rehearsal: Cheap and Simple
Beyond Their Years: Tone, Intonation and the Young Band
Chip De Stefano
TEACHING STRINGS: Moving Toward Mastery: R, F, and P
Joanne Erwin, Brenda Mitchell
Getting Started with Fiddling, A First Tune and Creating a String Band
Preparing the Score
Col Arnald Gabriel
Jammin’ Strings: Teaching Alternative Styles in the Orchestra
Horn Pedagogy 101: The Nuts and Bolts of Teaching the Horn
Retention Through a Success-Full Career: When Strengths Become Weaknesses
Women and Minorities in the Band Conducting Profession: Past, Present, and Future
Linda Hartley, Deborah Sheldon
Beginning Band 101 “You Have No Free Will”
George Hayden, RoAnn Romines
What’s the Difference Between a Saxophone and a Lawnmower? The Role of Vibrato, Breath Support, Embouchure, Reeds and Mouthpieces in the Development of a Great Sounding Saxophone Section
Fixing the Front Row: Troubleshooting Your Flute Section
Students, Compose! Teachers, Keep Your Rehearsal Time While Meeting the National Standards
Engaging your Percussionists in the Concert Setting
Middle School Band – Maddening or Magical?
Jeff Jarvis, Doug Beach
More for Less: Cost-effective Ways to Significantly Improve the Sound of Your Concert Percussion Instruments (and Percussionists)
Communicating With Your Administrators…or…How To Talk So Your Principal Will Listen
Jeff Laird, Rick Ghinelli
What You Should Know Before You Go…Tips Guranteed to Make the Student Teaching Experience a Success
Mary Land, David Gregory
Building Winning Orchestras
Conducting Insights: Moving from Technique to Artistry
Developing a Dark Orchestral Trumpet Sound
Freddy Martin, Chris Martin, Michael Martin
Wasting Away in “Obsolete-a-ville” – Changing Attitudes about Technology in the Instrumental Rehearsal Room
The Art of Expressive Conducting: Conducting from the Inside Out
Putting a Music Education Philosophy into Action: Be a Role Model, Convince Your Students to Practice and Lead Them to an Aesthetic Experience
Successful Strategies for Exceptional Learners in Instrumental Music Programs
Tuning the Ensemble by Ear
Rhythm: How Can Something So Simple Be So Difficult to Teach?
A Look at the Sinister Side of the Cello – Exploring Left Hand Technique
All Music Must Dance – A Unique Challenge for Instrumentalists
Practice Makes Permanent: Teaching Students to Practice Effectively
Recipes for Success: In the Classroom, on the Concert Stage and at Contest
Deborah Perkins, Ruth Kurtis
Cymbal Playing Made Easy: How to Produce a Great Sound in Five Minutes or Less!
Teaching Guitar for the Non-Guitarist
Fill Their iPods With Band Music! A Primer on Recordings Available Online
Teaching Musicianship Through Compositions for the Beginning Band (NOT Performing at Midwest in the Near Future!)
Preparing Your Ensemble for Expressive Performance
Crafting Curriculum through Content and Creativity
Bring on the Winds! What you Need to Know to Successfully Incorporate Woodwinds and Brass With Your Strings for a Full Orchestra
Teaching Band in the Small School
Pump Up Your Program: Developing Student Leaders Through Chamber Music
U.S. Army Brass Quintet
“I Know It’s Wrong, But I’m Not Sure How to Fix It”—Strategies for Improving Aural Skills on the Podium
Michael Votta, Jr.
Sound Reinforcement and Recording of Jazz and Large Ensembles – Practical and Easy to Use Basic and Advanced Ideas
Jim Warrick, Scott Bauer, Mark Morette, Scott Steiner
Musicality – Tips for Expressive Music Making
Four Centuries of Masterworks for Brass Ensemble
The Basie Style
It’s Not About Me: The Conductor as Servant-Leader
I will certainly be going (D.V.) and as always would be happy to meet up with any of you out there. Anybody know that they are going already? …comment here.
Joseph M. Pisano, Ph.D., is an industry innovator, educator, clinician and lecturer, trumpeter and conductor, and the creator of many music and education websites. He is currently the Vice President of Innovation and Engagement at Keystone Ridge Designs, Inc. After twenty-three years as a professor and administrator in higher education, he made the move into industry in 2018.
As one of the youngest full professors in Grove City’s history, he served in many capacities during his tenure including Professor of music, Director of Music and Fine Arts Technology, Technical Director of the Pew Fine Arts Center, Associate/Assistant Chair of Music and Fine Arts, Director of Jazz Studies.
He finished his tenure at the college as the Director of Bands, where he directed the college’s Symphonic Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, Pep Band, and various smaller ensembles. He continues to guest direct bands, consult with music programs, and adjudicate ensembles and programs today.
He has been named a TI:ME Teacher of the Year, received the JEN Jazz Educator Award, the PA Citation of Excellence, and named a “member for life” of the PA Intercollegiate Bandmasters Association. He is a past Vice President of the Technology Institute for Music Educators, an associate member of the American Bandmasters Association, a past President of the PA Intercollegiate Bandmasters Association, and a member of various education and music honoraries.
He has written for numerous publications including DCI Magazine, Teaching Music Magazine, SBO, and was the Educational Editor for In-Tune Monthly Magazine for eight years; he has contributed hundreds of articles to various publications.
He is an active conductor, trumpeter, clinician, and educator. Find out more at his website: jpisano.com.