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The curriculum of every band program is the music. Therefore selection of music for the highest quality to broaden, refine, and advance developing musicians should be of paramount interest. This course will identify meritorious repertoire at all levels for both programmatic and personal growth. Primary activities will include experiences with the core wind band repertoire included in the first volume of Teaching Music Through Performance and Band, discussions amongst course members share information about additional quality repertoire, and creation of a four-year cyclic curriculum tailored specifically to the needs of the band program of each course participant.

Instructor: Dr. Jay Gilbert


Dr. Jay W. Gilbert has enjoyed the longest tenure (twenty-two years) in the 120 -year history of the Doane Band Program. He is the Director of Instrumental Music and Chair of the Music Department where he conducts the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Community/Concert Band. He has been a guest conductor throughout the United States and Canada. He has also served as a presenter for numerous state conventions and the Midwest International Band/Orchestra Clinic in Chicago. He also is an active composer and arranger with several published compositions for Band. Every summer he is honored to conduct the middle level band at the Kansas State University Band Camp.
Dr. Gilbert conducted a study of quality wind band literature which is often cited in current research. He is also a contributing scholar to the series Teaching Music Through Performance in Band and a contributing author to the book The Art of Band Interpretation. Dr. Gilbert has received several awards including two Distinguished Service Awards from the Nebraska State Bandmasters Association, three Citations of Excellence from the National Band Association, an Artist’s Fellowship from the Nebraska Arts Council and the Zenon Hansen Leadership Award for his outstanding contributions to Doane College. At Doane he was recognized as the Outstanding Teacher of the year by the college’s student congress and was inducted into the University of Nebraska – Omaha’s Band Hall of Fame.





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7745 Sound Decisions About Quality Concert Band Literature

3 graduate credits
Tuition: $930, due in full with registration.


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Courses are scheduled for 13 weeks, with one week (March 18-24, 2019) being a designated week off for Spring Break. The Spring Online Term ends Sunday, May 5, 2019.

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