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Summer Workshop Descriptions

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Design, Rehearsal and Administration Strategies for the Modern Marching Band

June 16-18

Those in attendance will enjoy a hands-on walk through the entire process of developing a high-quality marching band program. Beginning with show concept and design, discussion and activities with then focus on effective rehearsal techniques, staff coordination, understanding the adjudication system, and learning how successfully market your program. Attendees will be working with actual software provided at the workshop, thus enrollment is limited.

Darrin Davis, Instructor

Darrin Davis is in his 21st year teaching in Broken Arrow Public Schools and currently serves as the Director of Bands for the Broken Arrow Public Schools. Mr. Davis is the conductor of the Broken Arrow HS Wind Ensemble and director of the nationally acclaimed Pride of Broken Arrow Marching Band.

The Broken Arrow bands have performed at the Music For All National Concert Band Festival, appeared on numerous occasions at the OMEA Convention, and marched in the Tournament of Roses Parade (2009 & 2013). Twice the John Philip Sousa Foundation has presented the Broken Arrow Marching Band the prestigious Sudler Shield (1999 & 2009), the band has made many appearances in the Fiesta Bowl National Band Championship. Broken Arrow is a 20 time Oklahoma State Marching Band Champion, an eleven time BOA Grand National Finalist, a ten time BOA Regional Champion, and the 2006 and 2011 Bands Of America Grand National Champion. The Broken Arrow band program has a long-standing tradition of receiving the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Sweepstakes Award recognizing excellence on the Concert Stage and the Marching Field over 100 times.

Mr. Davis earned a B.S. in Music Education at Missouri Western State University and a Master’s Degree in Music Education with wind conducting emphasis from The University of Tulsa.
He is a national clinician and adjudicator for such organizations as Drum Corps International, Bands of America, the Fiesta Bowl National Band Championship, and numerous state band associations.

They are not just human organ pipes: Facilitating student decision-making in ensemble rehearsal

July 9-11

If students are to enjoy an effective music education as an ensemble member, they must be challenged to be active critical and creative thinkers in rehearsal. The typical rehearsal model, however, often places students in a passive thinking role, where they only need to be compliant with the musical decisions being made by the conductor/teacher. Pushed by performance demands and lack of time, many ensemble teachers work for efficient rehearsals that improve performance, sometimes to the detriment of developing students’ musical understandings. There are ways to enable students in large ensembles to be musicians who analyze, evaluate and create in the in the process of meeting necessary performance demands. This approach to rehearsal can also help ensemble conductors assess individual student achievement in music - an important component of many new teacher evaluation systems. This workshop features an opportunity to apply the concepts discussed in the course with a live ensemble.

Michael Raiber, Instructor

Dr. Michael Raiber is a Professor of Music and holds the Busey Chair of Music Education at Oklahoma City University. For the sixteen years previous to his current appointment, he taught undergraduate and graduate courses at the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University. His public school teaching experience includes thirteen years at schools in Missouri and Oklahoma. Mike is native Oklahoman. He attended high school in the Tulsa area and then earned both a BME and MME from the University of Tulsa. He completed his Ph.D. in music education at the University of Oklahoma. Music teacher education is his passion and his chief focus. His greatest desire is to help prepare quality music educators who will inspire the next generation of music students.

Dr. Raiber recently co-authored (David Teachout) a new text titled The Journey from Music Student to Teacher: A Professional Approach. Equally founded in research and practice, this book espouses a new approach to preparing music education majors as they become quality professional music educators.

Dr. Raiber is the President of the Oklahoma Music Educators Association. He also serves as the Southwestern Division Representative on the Society for Music Teacher Education executive board and is the Southwestern Division Representative for the Music Teacher Education Special Research Interest Group (NAfME).

Teaching Music to Students with Special Needs

July 28-31

Although there are many aspects to providing effective music instruction to students with special needs, this workshop will focus on (a) a team approach to teaching (b) label-free learning, and (c) the idea that fair is not always equal. This workshop is designed to show teachers – both music educators and educators in other subject areas - appropriate accommodations and approaches they can apply to with THEIR work. Hand-on opportunities with special needs children will be a feature of this workshop. Teachers will leave this workshop with: (a) A clear understanding of special education policy in regard to including students with special needs in music classrooms, (b) modified and accommodated lesson plans that can be used as a foundation to adapt lessons for students with special needs at all levels and (c) research-informed behavior modification techniques and strategies that assist with inclusion and music education.

Ryan Hourigan, Instructor

Ryan Hourigan (2010 Indiana Music Educators Association Outstanding University Music Educator of the Year) joined the faculty at Ball State University in the fall of 2006 after nine years of teaching music at the secondary and university level. Dr. Hourigan holds degrees from Eastern Illinois University (B.M.), Michigan State University (M.M. Wind Conducting) and a Ph.D. in Music Education from The University of Michigan. Dr. Hourigan currently teaches music education and is the Associate Director of the School of Music at Ball State University.

Currently in its fourth printing, Hourigan is the co-author (Alice Hammel) of Teaching Music to Students with Special Needs: A Label-free Approach. This is a comprehensive text written by practicing music educators, music teacher educators and researchers in the field of teaching music to children with special needs. Hourigan and Hammel’s second book Teaching Music to Students with Autism was released in 2013.

In 2009, Hourigan co-founded the Prism Project. This program provides an opportunity for Ball State students to gain skills in the area of teaching students with special needs. In 2013, Dr. Hourigan, along with Families Helping Families of Greater New Orleans expanded the Prism Project to the city of New Orleans and will be expanding to other cities around the United States in 2014.

Starting in 2012, Dr. Hourigan provided a series of presentations for The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. His workshop: Reaching Students with Autism Through the Arts: Implications for Inclusive Arts Classrooms is now on the National Roster of presentations through the Kennedy Center.

Dr. Hourigan has been published or is in press in most of the major music education journals. His article (along with Amy Hourigan) entitled Teaching Music to Children with Autism was the most downloaded article for the Music Educators Journal for 2012.

Please click here to register for the summer music education workshops.