The Midwest Clinic 2018

The Midwest Clinic 2018

December 19–22, 2018

Booth 1137

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

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Written by some of the most well-known composers in concert band, jazz, and orchestra performance music, check out the titles that are being performed at Midwest.

Learn about SI Online, Sound Percussion, and free In-Services.

Check out the clinic schedule below with awesome clinicians such as Jim Snidero, Vince Gassi, Bob Phillips, Stephen Benham, Scott Lang, Ryan Sargent & Giovanna Cruz.

For more information about The Midwest Clinic, visit midwest.org

Clinic Details

Wednesday, December 19

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

W192

Improvising on the Blues

Jim Snidero

Form, vocabulary, timing and solo construction will be the focal point of this session. Awareness of form will be explored using 2-measure pre-conceived ideas, helping students keep their place. Then 2-measure ideas are linked, creating a natural flow that coincides with chord progressions. Once students have a feel for form and symmetrical phrasing, classic language can be introduced to develop timing and musicality, allowing students to construct solos that are both logical and meaningful.

Thursday, December 20

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

W186

Digital Workflows for Musical Directors

Vince Gassi

This workshop explores how digital workflows can increase your productivity and lower the stress of being a musical director. From auditions to closing night, there are workflows and apps to help you organize, remember, and execute every stage of your job as conductor and music director. Never miss another tempo change!

Thursday, December 20

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

W181

Addressing the Critical Need to Develop Student Leaders in Challenging Times and Places

Scott Lang

Highly successful programs create a culture of excellence while in pursuit perfection. But, what about those who work and live in places where the resource needed to achieve this are unavailable? Student leadership is key to bridging the economic and musical divide and lifting students and their ensembles out of personal and musical mediocrity. This session is perfect for anyone needing simple and effective strategies for the development of better musicians and better people.

Thursday, December 20

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

W179

Beginning Strings: The First Two Years Are Critical

Bob Phillips

Learn ideas and tips for teaching technique, aural skills, musicianship, and reading to young players from a master of large group instruction. Also to be covered: pedagogy, classroom management, group process, and delivery skills. What are the factors of success that insure your students will play well, be engaged and, most of all, continue in music?

Thursday, December 20

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

W184

Yes, You Can! A Band Director's Survival Guide to Teaching Strings

Stephen Benham

This session for non-native string players teaching orchestra for the first time (or 20th) time and focuses on connecting knowledge that band directors already have about teaching winds to applying those concepts to the teaching of strings and orchestra.

Friday, December 21

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

W180

3 Steps to Better Sight Reading with SmartMusic

Ryan Sargent and Giovanna Cruz

When your students are better sight readers, everything about their playing improves. In this session, you'll take a deep dive into SmartMusic's new Sight Reading builder and learn how you can create an unlimited library of exercises customized for your students' progress as they become expert sight readers.

Clinician Details

Bob Phillips

Bob Phillips

Bob Phillips, pedagogue, composer, teacher trainer, and conductor, is an innovator in string education as well as an expert in the use of large group pedagogy and alternative styles. During his 27 years teaching, Bob created the groundbreaking ensemble, Saline Fiddlers Philharmonic. As an award-winning ASCAP composer, Phillips has composed 180 pieces for orchestras and bands and authored 21 book series, including Alfred’s Sound Innovations. He has served as president of ASTA and, in 2013, Bob was inducted into the University of Michigan School of Music Hall of Fame. Currently Bob is the Director of String Publications for Alfred Music.

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Vince Gassi

Vince Gassi

An Alfred Music author since 2006, Vince Gassi is a much sought-after composer, conductor, and clinician. With over 50 published titles to his credit, Vince's creative and energetic style has made him a favorite with young musicians. His works, both challenging and musically rewarding, appear on many international concert and contest lists.

For twenty-five years Vince has taught Instrumental Music at the elementary and secondary school levels. He is in frequent demand as a guest conductor, adjudicator, and clinician throughout the United States and Canada. His Cool Ideas and Arranging Concepts seminars focus on ways to engage students and teachers in the creative process.

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Jim Snidero

Jim Snidero

Over the past thirty-five years, Jim Snidero has come to be known as one of the finest jazz musicians of his generation. As an alto saxophonist, composer, arranger, author and educator, Snidero has been called both a “master musician” and “alto saxophone virtuoso” by Downbeat Magazine, and placed in the 2017 Downbeat Critic’s Poll, demonstrating his continued impact on the international jazz scene.

Jim Snidero is an adjunct faculty member at The New School in New York and he’s been a visiting professor at some of the finest music institutions in the world, including Indiana University and Princeton University. In addition, Snidero endorses Selmer saxophones and D'Addario reeds.

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Stephen Benham

Stephen Benham

Dr. Stephen Benham is Associate Dean of the Mary Pappert School of Music at Duquesne University and President of the American String Teachers Association. He is an active guest conductor and workshop clinician focused on string teaching, pedagogy, and urban music education. He has presented at ASTA and NAfME, among others.
 
Benham is a former graduate instructor and doctoral fellow of school and community music education from Eastman School of Music. He has held many teaching positions and is the recipient of multiple grants for research and development of music education programs.

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Giovanna Cruz

Giovanna Cruz

Dr. Giovanna Cruz, is MakeMusic’s Manager, Customer Success. In her current role, she provides voice of the customer feedback, advises product development, and oversees the efforts to ensure customers find value in MakeMusic’s products by keeping them engaged and happy through education and outreach efforts. She has designed, built, implemented, delivered, and evaluated online and in-person training to numerous school districts around the country. She also presents SmartMusic and Finale clinics at state and national music education conventions. Before joining MakeMusic, Giovanna worked as a music educator in the Austin, TX public schools.
 

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Ryan Sargent

Ryan Sargent

Ryan Sargent is the vice president of the non-profit Technology Institute for Music Educators, a member of the music faculty at the Metropolitan State University of Denver, and social media manager for MakeMusic, Inc. A former band director and recovering trombonist, Ryan creates and distributes professional development content for music educators across the country.

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Scott Lang

Scott Lang

For over a decade Scott Lang has been educating and entertaining audiences of all ages. As a nationally known leadership trainer, Scott conducts over 120 workshops annually and works with some of our countries finest educational groups and performing ensembles.

Scott is a well regarded author with over ten publications to his credit including; Seriously?!, Leader of the Band, Leadership Success, Leadership Travel Guide, Leadership Survival Guide, Sound Leadership and is the creator of the highly successful Be Part of the Music series..

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