Midwest Clinic

Midwest Clinic 2017

December 20-23, 2017

McCormick Place
2301 S King Dr.
Chicago, IL 60616
United States

The Midwest Clinic International Band, Orchestra and Music Conference each year displays top ensembles throughout the music conference to showcase the newest ideas and talent. From students to professionals, performers have a chance to exhibit their talents to a supportive and enthusiastic audience with an interest in furthering music education. Each band and orchestra conference is unique and offers attendees the most up-to-date music styles and education techniques.

For more information, visit midwestclinic.org.

Clinic Details

Wednesday, December 20

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Product Showcase Room - Exhibit Hall

Sound Innovations: A Complete Curriculum For Band

Chris Bernotas; Peter Loel Boonshaft; Robert Sheldon

The complete set of exemplary materials for beginners through high school, Sound Innovations™ has produced highly effective student growth many districts! Thousands of teachers were asked what they wanted and didn't want in a method book for beginning band and strings, and the result was: Sound Innovations™. Including remarkably innovative features like integrated master class DVDs and every line of music recorded on one disk, with assessment rubrics included, students have ample opportunities to create, perform, and respond. The authors will discuss Sound Innovations™ Book 1 and 2 and Ensemble Development for Young, Intermediate, and Advanced Concert Band.

Wednesday, December 20

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

W184

ORCHESTRAL BOWINGS: Connecting the Technical with the Expressive to Achieve Superior Performances

Jim Palmer

This session will present the pedagogy behind a variety of bow strokes in orchestral setting. Using a demonstration group, the presenter will demonstrate the techniques and apply various bowings to the repertoire.

Wednesday, December 20

1:15 PM - 2:15 PM

W179

ENHANCING THE ENSEMBLE EXPERIENCE USING COMPOSER SKYPE SESSIONS

Scott Watson and Jenny L. Neff

Ubiquitous and easy-to-use video teleconferencing technology has created a wonderful opportunity for directors to bring their students into meaningful contact with composers whose music they perform…virtually! This session - featuring media from composer Skypes; quotes from directors, students and composers; a standards-aligned, model lesson plan; and an explanation of the technology involved - will demonstrate the many benefits of, and logistics for, running a successful Composer Skype session.

Wednesday, December 20

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

W187

IT'S ALL ABOUT THE SOUND: Developing Beautiful Tone and Articulation from the First

Laurie Scott and Winifred Crock

Producing a beautiful sound is one of the most important concepts in string playing. This interactive lecture demonstration will cover tone production concepts and teaching sequences of major string pedagogues of the last century. Major concepts and sequences of tone production and articulation will be defined and discussed as well as practical ideas to develop and refine an individual's tone or an ensemble's sound.

Thursday, December 21

11:30 AM - 12:45 PM

W184

2017 Midwest Orchestra New Music Reading Session

Thursday, December 21

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

W186

SELECTING STRING ORCHESTRA REPERTOIRE

Bob Phillips

During this panel presentation, composer/educators Deborah Baker Monday, Brian Balmages, and Bob Phillips will speak candidly about the creative process. Questions include commissioning, writing for various grade levels, and what makes a great piece. Each panelist will also tell us what their most influential string pieces have been for them as a composer and as an educator; and what their favorite pieces are for beginning, intermediate and high school groups as well as guest conducting pieces.

Friday, December 22

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Ballroom W196

2017 Midwest Clinic Jazz Ensemble New Music Reading Session

Friday, December 22

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Product Showcase Room - Exhibit Hall

Turbocharge Student Practice and Results with SmartMusic

Friday, December 22

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

W184

2017 Midwest Concert Band New Music Reading Session

Friday, December 22

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Product Showcase Room - Exhibit Hall

Sound Innovations! A Complete Curriculum For Orchestra

Bob Phillips; Kirk D. Moss, Ph.D.

The complete set of exemplary materials for beginners through high school, Sound Innovations™ has produced highly effective student growth many districts! Thousands of teachers were asked what they wanted and didn't want in a method book for beginning band and strings, and the result was: Sound Innovations™. Including remarkably innovative features like integrated master class DVDs and every line of music recorded on one disk, with assessment rubrics included, students have ample opportunities to create, perform, and respond. The authors will discuss Sound Innovations™ Book 1 and 2 and Sound Development: Creative Warm-ups as well as Sound Development for Intermediate, and Advanced String Orchestra.

Friday, December 22

3:45 PM - 4:45 PM

W184

TEACHING INTONATION CREATIVELY FOR STRING ORCHESTRA

Kirk D. Moss, Ph.D.

Teaching Intonation Creatively for String Orchestra is a demonstration of very specific strategies to refine intonation in string orchestra or private studio settings. Participants will form a lab orchestra to experience innovative techniques and exercises within an expressive and musical context. Bring an instrument!

Clinician Details

Chris Bernotas

Chris M. Bernotas

Composer, clinician, and teacher Chris M. Bernotas brings a fresh perspective to the world of music education. An active composer and arranger of concert band music, Mr. Bernotas is published with several music publishers, including Alfred Music. His music has been performed at the Midwest Clinic and has appeared on J. W. Pepper's Editor's Choice list and numerous state lists. Mr. Bernotas is co-author of the third and fourth books in Alfred's revolutionary Sound Innovations series along with Peter Boonshaft.

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Peter Boonshaft

Peter Loel Boonshaft

Called one of the most exciting and exhilarating voices in music education today, Peter Loel Boonshaft has been invited to speak or conduct in every state in the nation and around the world. Honored by the National Association for Music Education and Music For All as the first recipient of the “George M. Parks Award for Leadership in Music Education," Dr. Boonshaft has recently been named Director of Education for Jupiter Band Instruments.

Dr. Boonshaft is the author of the critically acclaimed best-selling books Teaching Music with Passion, Teaching Music with Purpose, and Teaching Music with Promise. He is also co-author of Alfred Music Publishing’s new method book series, Sound Innovations for Band and Sound Innovations for Strings. He is currently on the faculty of Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, where he is Professor of Music and Director of Bands.

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Robert Sheldon

Robert Sheldon

Robert Sheldon is one of the most performed composers of wind band music today. He is also the lead author of Sound Innovations for Concert Band. A recipient of numerous awards from the American School Band Director's Association, Phi Beta Mu and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, his compositions embody a level of expression that resonates with ensembles and audiences alike. His music is performed around the world and appears on many international concert and contest lists. Mr. Sheldon is currently Director of Concert Band Publications for Alfred Music.

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Jim Palmer

Jim Palmer

Jim Palmer has been teaching Orchestra for 28 years. He is currently Orchestra Director and Fine Arts Department Chairman at Allatoona High School in Cobb County, Georgia, Music Director of the Youth Orchestra of Greater Columbus, and Senior Conductor and Director of the Florida State University Summer String Orchestra Camp.

Mr. Palmer has served on the ASTA National Board of Directors, is past president of the Georgia American String Teacher’s Association and the Florida Orchestra Association, and is past chairman of the ASTA National Orchestra Festival.

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Scott Watson

Scott Watson

Scott Watson received his B.S., Music Education from West Chester University and his M.M and D.M.A., Composition from Temple University and has taught instrumental and elective music for 30 years in the Parkland School District. An award-winning and frequently commissioned composer, Dr. Watson’s output includes more than 60 published works at all levels for concert band and orchestra. Watson has presented numerous workshops/clinics for music educators and frequently serves as guest conductor for honor band festivals.

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Laurie Scott

Laurie Scott

Laurie Scott is Associate Professor of Music and Human Learning at The University of Texas at Austin. Additionally, she serves as the director of The University of Texas String Project and the Musical Lives string program at UT Elementary School. As a university professor she has received both the Teaching Excellence Award from the School of Music and from the College of Fine Arts at The University of Texas at Austin.

A former middle and high school orchestra director, she now mentors young professionals toward successful lives as string educators. In every facet of her teaching Dr. Scott serves as an advocate for inclusive and diverse music classrooms, adult music learners, and access to quality music instruction for children in underserved communities. She is a registered Teacher Trainer for the Suzuki Association of the Americas and continues to maintain a private violin studio. Her former students have become exemplary string educators, professional studio and symphony musicians, and passionate arts advocates. She is co-author with William Dick of the books Mastery for Strings, Level One and Level Two, and From the Stage to the Studio: How Fine Performers Become Great Teachers, co-authored with Cornelia Watkins.

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Winifred Crock

Winifred Crock

Winifred Crock was the Director of Orchestras at Parkway Central High School for over twenty-five years and has maintained a private violin studio in suburban St. Louis, Missouri for far longer. During her tenure, the Parkway Central High Music Department was awarded GRAMMY Gold Signature school status as one of the top high school music departments in the country. Mrs. Crock has been named the Missouri ASTA Private Studio Teacher of the Year, the Missouri ASTA Secondary String Teacher of the Year, the St Louis Symphony Educator of the Year, the NFHA Outstanding Music Educator of the Midwest V, and the 2014 ASTA Elizabeth Green National School Educator.

In demand as a teacher, clinician, lecturer, and conductor, Mrs. Crock has lectured at numerous music conferences and has been the featured string clinician at conferences in over 20 states and abroad. In addition to music degrees from SIU Edwardsville and Kent State University in Ohio, Mrs. Crock graduated from the Suzuki Talent Education Institute in Matsumoto, Japan under the tutelage of Shinichi Suzuki, and is a certified Kodály Method instructor. Mrs. Crock’s most recent publication is the Pattern Play for Strings Series: A Sequential Introduction to Reading Music, Forrester Press.

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Bob Phillips

Bob Phillips

Pedagogue, composer, and teacher trainer Bob Phillips taught strings for 27 years. An expert in large group pedagogy and alternative styles, he has presented clinics throughout the world. Phillips has authored many books, including Alfred Music’s new method Sound Innovations. He has had over 140 pieces and 19 book series published for orchestras and bands, is an award winning ASCAP composer, and has a broad conducting resume. As the current Director of String Publications for Alfred Music and the Past-President of ASTA, Bob was inducted into the University of Michigan School of Music Hall of Fame in 2013.

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Kirk D. Moss

Kirk D. Moss, Ph.D.

Kirk D. Moss, Ph.D., serves as the newly appointed Music Department Chair and Associate Professor at the University of Northwestern – St. Paul. He is a past national president of the American String Teachers Association and has appeared as a guest conductor, clinician, or adjudicator in more than thirty-five states.

With twelve years of experience teaching elementary, middle, and high school orchestras, groups under his direction have earned distinction at state, national, and international events. He has coauthored two method books for Alfred Music: Sound Innovations––Sound Development for Intermediate String Orchestra and Sound Development for Advanced String Orchestra.

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