Virginia MEA

Virginia Music Educators Association Conference 2017

November 16-18, 2017

The Omni Homestead Resort
7696 Sam Snead Highway
Hot Springs, VA 24445
United States

The Virginia MEA Professional Development Conference provides the opportunity to visit with music industry professionals and discuss the latest in curriculum materials for use in the classroom with the purpose of refreshing and enhancing music teacher's skills. Multiple clinics and workshops are presented by master teachers and leaders from across the United States with opportunities for meaningful and relevant re-certification points. The conference also affords networking opportunities with fellow music teachers from across the Commonwealth. All this to serve as an opportunity for quality professional development as a music educator.

For more information, visit vmea.com.

Clinic Details

Thursday, November 16

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Stratford/Mt Vernon

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?

Friday, November 17

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Stratford/Mt Vernon

DEVELOPING A SOUND-DRIVEN BAND PROGRAM

Robert Sheldon

Teaching Students to Get the Best Tone Quality. This clinic discusses the various components of teaching and demonstrating good tone for concert band instruments using exemplary materials and time-tested methods of master teachers.

Friday, November 17

3:45 PM - 4:45 PM

Stratford/Mt Vernon

TOTAL TONE TRANSFORMATION: Creating a Beautiful Sounding Orchestra

Bob Phillips

Learn the concepts of creating an artistic sounding string orchestra at all levels. Specific language and techniques will be presented that empower teachers to be highly effective teaching the concepts of tone. This clinic will be perfect for string teachers and a must-see for band directors working with strings.

Friday, November 17

3:45 PM - 4:45 PM

Theatre

FIX IT NOW! Developing Ensemble Skills for More Effective Rehearsals and Successful Performances

Robert Sheldon

Robert Sheldon discusses a number of common problems and issues frequently seen in rehearsal rooms and offers quick and effective solutions to increase teacher effectiveness. Topics covered include seating placement, posture, breathing, phrasing, intonation, and conducting.

Friday, November 17

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Stratford/Mt Vernon

ECLECTIC STRINGS: It's Easy, Fun, and Effective

Bob Phillips

Using fiddling, rock, Latin, jazz, mariachi, and more to energize and motivate your string students is easy and addresses the new National Standards. Strategies for implementing these cool genres right away to build excitement will be presented. Students will exhibit progress creating, performing, and responding to varied styles of music.

Saturday, November 18

10:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Stratford/Mt Vernon

TO MUSIC AND BEYOND!

Robert Sheldon

Music teachers are in the best position to promote student advocacy for creating future audiences and supporters of music. Discover various methods of outreach and ways to engage students in making music a lifelong priority.

Clinician Details

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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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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