6255 Symposium: Teaching the Middle School Band

Experience middle level band teaching at its highest level. This symposium-style class brings together leading educators and composers to guide you through curriculum development, age-appropriate repertoire, motivational techniques, recruitment, retention, advocacy, and creative warm-ups and rehearsal techniques. You'll take away strong organizational ideas as well as rehearsal tips that will improve your teaching and the level of every musician in your band.

Instructors: Stacey L. Dolan, Mary Land, Timothy Loest, Robert Sheldon & Chip De Stefano

Stacey Larson Dolan

Stacey L. Dolan is the dean of undergraduate studies and associate director of bands at VanderCook College of Music where she teaches music education courses, conducting courses and ensembles at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Prior to teaching at VanderCook, Dean Dolan had a successful 12-year career in both private and public education. Originally from Itasca, IL, Dean Dolan received her bachelor of music education degree from Millikin University in Decatur, IL, and her master of music education from VanderCook. She has acted as a guest conductor and clinician for over 400 bands from 15 states and several ensembles from Canada and Europe. Dean Dolan has presented workshops and/or conducted at Music Educators Association Conferences and Festivals in Illinois, Wisconsin, Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Texas and Missouri, and has been published in “The Instrumentalist.”
Loest,_Timothy_headshot.2013Timothy Loest is a name in instrumental music synonymous with creativity, versatility and accessibility. His works for young band possess an imaginative, well-crafted style that resonates with performers and audiences worldwide.
Mr. Loest had his first work published in 1995 by Warner Brothers Publications. Today, he is an exclusive composer and arranger for The FJH Music Company with over 70 published pieces. His bestselling Warm-ups and Beyond has sold over 135,000 copies. Tim also coauthored Measures of Success: A Comprehensive Musicianship Band Method.
As a clinician, Mr. Loest delivers engaging and thought-provoking presentations on various aspects of instrumental music. He frequently guest conducts bands throughout the United States and regularly accepts commissions.
Mr. Loest received his Bachelor of Music Education degree, magna cum laude, from Illinois State University, and his Master of Music degree from Northwestern University. He holds membership in The National Association for Music Education (NAfME), The American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP), The Illinois Music Education Association, the Illinois Grade School Music Association, and the Christian Educators Association International.
Mr. Loest is band director at F.E. Peacock Middle School in Itasca, Illinois. An ASCAP award-winning composer, he advances music education through his writing and teaching.
Robert Sheldon (b. Feb 3, 1954) has taught instrumental music in the Florida and Illinois public schools, and has served on the faculty at Florida State University where he taught conducting and instrumental music education classes, and directed the university bands. As Concert Band Editor for Alfred Music Publishing, he maintains an active composition and conducting schedule, and regularly accepts commissions for new works. Sheldon received the Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of Miami and the Master of Fine Arts in Instrumental Conducting from the University of Florida.
An internationally recognized clinician, Sheldon has conducted numerous Regional and All-State Honor Bands throughout the United States and abroad. His teaching career included 28 years in the Florida and Illinois public schools as well as at the University of Florida, Florida State University, Illinois Central College and Bradley University. He also held positions as conductor of the Alachua County Youth Orchestra in Gainesville, Florida and the Prairie Wind Ensemble in East Peoria, Illinois. He maintains membership in several organizations that promote music and music education.  He is lead author for the SOUND INNOVATIONS FOR BAND method books, and is a co-author for the MEASURES OF SUCCESS Volume 1 method book and the SOUND INNOVATIONS FOR STRINGS method books.
The American School Band Directors Association has honored him with the Volkwein Award for composition and the Stanbury Award for teaching, and the International Assembly of Phi Beta Mu honored him with the International Outstanding Bandmaster Award. He has also been a twenty-five-time recipient of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publisher’s Standard Award for his compositions in the concert band and orchestral repertoire. His compositions have been recorded and released on compact discs including, Images: The Music of Robert Sheldon, and Infinite Horizons: The Music of Robert Sheldon, as well as numerous other recordings. Mr. Sheldon has been the topic of articles published in The Instrumentalist, Teaching Music and School Band and Orchestra Magazine, and is one of eleven American wind band composers featured in Volume I of Composers on Composing Music for Band.


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6255 Symposium: Teaching The Middle School Band 

3 graduate credits
Location: VCM 3125 M116

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Tuition: $930 (includes $75 resource fee)
A $75 deposit is required at time of registration. Tuition balance is due in full by the first day of class.

July 13 - 17
Monday - Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

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