Wanda L. Bass School of Music  
Sessions
Wind Band Conducting and Teaching Symposium

Oklahoma City University

June 8-12, 2015 – Owasso High School, Owasso Oklahoma

Faculty:

Dr. Matthew Mailman, Director of Bands, Oklahoma City University

Dr. Michael Raiber, Busey Chair of Music Education, Oklahoma City University

Mr. Chris Harris, Director of Bands, Owasso High School

 

Special Presentations

Mr. Donny Longest, Director of Bands, Konawa High School, 2015 OkMEA Honor Band

Mr. Mike Lowery, Retired, Former Director of Bands, Santa Fe High School, Edmond, OK

Mr. Kevin Zamborsky, Director of Bands, Stillwater High School, 2014 OkMEA Honor Band

 

Description:

The intent of this symposium is to help band directors further hone the knowledge and skills necessary to be an effective music educator in the band classroom.  Those in attendance will have opportunities to work on score study, gestural vocabulary, instructional design, and instructional presentation in a supportive community of teachers who are engaged in the actual world of teaching instrumental music in Oklahoma middle schools and high schools.  Members of the award winning Owasso High School Band  - Mr. Chris Harris, conductor - will serve as the symposium ensemble for the week. Features of this workshop include:

  • Two levels of participation.  You make elect to enroll as a conducting fellow and actually participate as a conductor or to enroll as a symposium associate and participate as an observer at all sessions.

  • Multiple conducting/teaching sessions. Each conducting fellow will have a minimum of two 20-minute rehearsals and a performance with the ensemble.  These participants will receive both live and video feedback.

  • Individual feedback. At the conclusion of each rehearsal session, conductors will have a one-on-one feedback session with a symposium faculty member.

  • Performance video.  On Friday morning, each conductor will conduct a performance of their repertoire in the Owasso Performing Arts Center and receive a high quality video of their conducting performance.

  • Conducting and teaching discussion sessions. Mornings, Monday through Thursday will include sessions presented by the symposium faculty and special guest presenters on a variety of conducting and teaching topics for all size schools and ensembles. (See the schedule for details)

 

Workshop Fees:

Conducting Fellow -  $500  (Limited to the first 16 participants)

Symposium Associate - $350 (Unlimited)

Space at the symposium can be held with a school district purchase order or a $100 (non-refundable) deposit.

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Navigating Music Teacher Evaluation in Oklahoma

Oklahoma City University

June 17-19, Wanda Bass School of Music

Faculty:

 Dr. Michael Raiber, Busey Chair of Music Education, Oklahoma City University 

Description:

Teacher evaluation in Oklahoma has become increasingly complicated in the past several years.  Many state officials, district officials, and building-level administrators are making their best efforts to communicate these changes and develop strategies to implement them in the most applicable manner possible.  As teachers of a non-tested grade or subject (NTGS), 35% of a music educator’s evaluation is based upon measured student growth via Student Learning Objectives (SLO) or Student Outcome Objectives (SOO).  While there has been district-level training on SLO/SOO implementation, much of the effective implementation relies on teachers’ abilities to enact the process in their specific classroom.  This requires specific pedagogical content knowledge. This workshop is intended to help music educators at all levels and in all genre develop effective SLO/SOO frameworks they can use to measure individual student growth in their classroom.  Features of this workshop include:

  • Overview of SLO/SOO implementation from the Oklahoma perspective and from other states that have effectively implemented the same process.

  • Multiple examples of SLO/SOO frameworks that have been used effectively in music classrooms.

  • An exploration of multiple assessments that can be used to measure student growth in both the performance and non-performance music classrooms at all grade levels.

  • A basic understanding of simple statistical procedures that will help music educators better understand what their SLO/SOO data mean.

  • Time to develop one or more SLO/SOO that can be applied in each participant’s classroom this coming school year.  These will be developed in the workshop and have opportunities for feedback from multiple sources.

Participants will have the opportunity to leave this workshop with developed SLO/SOO frameworks that they plan to use in the coming school year.

Workshop Fees:

 $150

 Space at the symposium can be held with a school district purchase order or a $100 (non-refundable) deposit.

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Sound Foundations for Teaching Beginning Band

Oklahoma City University

July 13-17, Wanda Bass School of Music

Faculty:

Dr. Michael Raiber – Aural-based instruction, workshop administrator

Mary Ann French – Flute, Woodwind Placement

Megan Coatney – Clarinet, Woodwind Placement

Kyle Wiemar – Trumpet, Brass Placement, Recruiting

Darby Cassaday – Trombone, Brass Placement, Recruiting

Shannon Lockwood – Percussion, Percussion Placement, Recruiting

Special Presentations:

Description:

This five-day workshop features hands-on demonstrations of effective strategies for teaching beginning flute, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, snare drum, and keyboard percussion.

Actual practicing teachers who have demonstrated their expertise in the beginning band classroom will lead each session. Participants will have the opportunity to perform on each instrument – at the beginning level – while they discuss pedagogical approaches for teaching each instrument.

There will also be sessions on teaching for aural and musical understanding, assessing and placing students on beginning instruments and effective recruiting strategies. The week will conclude with opportunities for each participant to teach a beginning band lab ensemble while applying the approaches discovered earlier in the week. Participants will leave with ample materials they can apply in their classrooms immediately.

Workshop Fees:

 $400

 Space at the symposium can be held with a school district purchase order or a $100 (non-refundable) deposit.

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The Art of Teaching Class Guitar

Oklahoma City University

July 13-17, Wanda Bass School of Music

Faculty:

Mr. Matt Denman, Instructor of Guitar, Oklahoma City University

Dr. Michael Raiber, Busey Chair of Music Education, Oklahoma City University

Special Presentations:

Description:

This weeklong workshop, offered in conjunction with the Guitar Foundation of American is designed to help both those who are currently teaching class guitar or those who may be starting a guitar program in the near future.  Participants in this workshop will have opportunities to collaborate with other instrumental music educators who will be attending a simultaneous workshop focused on teaching beginning wind, brass, and percussion instruments. Features of this workshop include:

  • Guitar Technique Sessions focused entirely on developing performance skills.

  • Guitar Pedagogy Sessions focused on effective guitar teaching materials and strategies.

  • Small Group Sessions where guest presenters will work with groups of 5-10 participants on special performance/teaching topics.

  • Teaching for Musical Understanding Sessions that will include all participants from both workshops (Guitar and Beginning Band) focusing on aural-based instruction to improve students’ tonal, rhythmic, and musical understanding as they develop performance skills.

  • Effective Ensemble Conducting for the Guitar Teacher will focus on basic conducting skills and ensemble pedagogy for the guitar ensemble conductor.

  • Guitar Teaching Lab Ensemble.  Friday will be dedicated to participants’ application of the knowledge and skills developed during the workshop with a teaching lab ensemble.

Participants will leave this workshop with materials and ideas that can be applied directly to their classroom/studio.

Workshop Fees:

 $400

 Space at the symposium can be held with a school district purchase order or a $100 (non-refundable) deposit.

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