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become the most Inspiring Music Teachers

Spring 2023 MECA

Continuing Education Courses


6 Habits to Grow a Successful Band


February 13-May 5, 2023

Course Code



3 Graduate Credits


$1,065 is due in full with registration. A $15 Late Fee will be added beginning February 13.


This course is an opportunity to discover and develop the six habits that are necessary to achieve growth in your band program.  Join Glen Schneider, Scott Rush, and Tim Lautzenheiser where through reflective practices, you will focus on assessing current student motivation, focus, confidence, energy, purpose, and leadership, to gradually build the mindset and instructional tools for your students that leverage the habit formation process, and maximize student musicianship to ultimately fulfill the mission of the program.

Online Meetings:

  • Monday, Feb 13, 6:00pm-7:00pm with Glen Schneider
  • Monday, February 27, 6:00-7:00pm with Scott Rush
  • Monday, March 20, 6:00-7:00pm with Mark Iwinski
  • Monday, April 3, 6:00-7:00pm with Tim Lautzenheiser
  • Monday, April 24, 6:00-7:00pm  Final Meeting for Project Presentations

Guest Instructors:


Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser

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Tim Lautzenheiser is a well-known name in the music education world as a teacher, clinician, author, composer, consultant, adjudicator, and, above all, a trusted friend to anyone interested in working with young people to develop a desire for excellence. His own career involves ten years of successful college band directing at Northern Michigan University, the University of Missouri, and New Mexico State University. During this time Tim developed highly acclaimed groups in all areas of the instrumental and vocal field.

Following three years in the music industry, he created Attitude Concepts for Today, an organization designed to manage requests for workshops, seminars, and convention speaking engagements focusing on the area of positive attitude and effective leadership training. He presently holds the Earl Dunn Distinguished Lecturer position at Ball State University. Tim also is the director of education for Conn-Selmer, and he serves as the national spokesperson for MENC’s “Make a Difference with Music” program. Tim is a graduate of Ball State University and the University of Alabama. He was awarded an honorary doctorate from VanderCook College of Music. Additional awards include the distinguished Sudler Order of Merit from the John Philip Sousa Foundation, the Mr. Holland’s Opus Award, and the Music Industry Award from the Midwest Clinic Board of Directors.


Scott Rush


Scott Rush is the team lead for the Habits series by GIA Publications and is the former Director of Bands at Wando High School in Mount Pleasant, SC.  He is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts and the University of South Carolina.  He currently serves as co-conductor of the Charleston Wind Symphony, a semi-professional ensemble in Charleston, South Carolina.

Under his direction, the Wando Symphonic Band performed at the 2007 Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic and were recipients of the 2007 Sudler Flag of Honor administered by the John Philip Sousa Foundation.  His marching bands were two-time BOA Grand National finalist.

Mr. Rush is active as a conductor, clinician and adjudicator throughout the United States and Canada.  He is the author and co-author of fourteen highly touted books, some of which include: Habits of A Successful Band Director, Habits of a Successful Beginner Band Musician, Habits of a Successful MusicianHabits of a Successful Beginner Band Musician, Habits of a Successful Middle School Musician, The Evolution of a Successful Band Director, Habits of a Successful Middle School Band Director, Habits of a Significant Band Director and Pathway to Success for GIA Publications. Mr. Rush has served as President of the South Carolina Band Directors Association and is a former member of the Board of Directors for the National Band Association.  In 2010, Mr. Rush was elected into the prestigious American Bandmasters Association and in 2011 was awarded the Bandworld “Legion of Honor.”  In 2016, he was awarded the Edwin Franko Goldman Award by the ASBDA for contributions to music education.


Mark Iwinski

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Mark D. Iwinski has been director of bands at Victor J. Andrew High School since 2010 and is a 2002 graduate. He is the third director since the opening of Andrew High School in 1977. In addition to conducting three concert bands and a percussion ensemble, his instructional roles have included overseeing the Marching Thunderbolts, Pep Band, Jazz Ensemble, and conductor of the Pit Orchestra. Prior to his appointment at Andrew High School, Mr. Iwinski served as director of bands at Lincoln Middle School in Schiller Park, Illinois. Mr. Iwinski graduated from Illinois State University in 2007 where he earned his Bachelors of Music Education degree, graduating on the Dean’s List. Additional education includes a Masters of Music in Education degree at VanderCook College of Music, conferred in July of 2017.


Mr. Iwinski has received numerous Citations of Excellence from the National Band Association. He has served as an adjudicator for various band festivals and solo/ensemble contests across the state of Illinois, and has been a clinician to schools in the Chicago area. He was awarded the “Chicagoland Outstanding Music Educator” Award in 2019. Professional memberships include the Illinois Music Education Association, Phi Beta Mu, American School Band Directors Association, and the National Band Association. He is a proud husband to Tiffany and father to three children: Nora, William, and Annie.


Chat Session

Monday, Feb 13, 6:00pm-7:00pm with Glen Schneider Monday, February 27, 6:00-7:00pm with Scott Rush Monday, April 3, 6:00-7:00pm with Tim Lautzenheiser Monday, April 24, 6:00-7:00pm Final Meeting for Project Presentations



Required Text(s)

Habits of a Significant Band Director, by Scott Rush

The Joy of Inspired Teaching, by Tim Lautzenheiser 

Learning Platform Information - Online Courses Only

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Glen Schneider

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Glen Schneider is proud to be a music educator, currently at Metea Valley High School in Aurora, IL, where he teaches a variety of wind and percussion classes, and directs the Metea Valley Symphony Orchestra and the Marching Mustangs. Schneider has taught at Metea Valley since its opening in 2009 where the Music Department has received the Grammy Signature Gold Award, The American Prize, and has been featured at numerous performances from the University of Illinois Superstate Band Festival, to the Illinois Music Education Conference, to the Midwest Band & Orchestra Clinic. He is also an Adjunct Instructor at VanderCook College of Music (Chicago, IL), where he teaches and writes graduate level professional development classes for the MECA Continuing Education program. He holds the position of Associate Conductor of the Naperville Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Previous teaching appointments include Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville, IL, Oswego Community School District 308 in Oswego, IL, and Fox Chapel Area School District in Pittsburgh, PA. He received his education from Duquesne University (Bachelor of Science in Music Education), VanderCook College of Music (Master of Music Education), andConcordia University Chicago (Master of Arts in Educational Technology).

He has served as guest clinician/conductor for the Western Sun Conference Honor Band, District 230 High School Honor Band, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee Middle Level Honor Band, and has presented clinic sessions at the Illinois Music Education Conference and the Illinois Percussive Arts Society. He has authored review articles for the Music Educators Journal and Teaching Music, and regularly writes a column called “MAC Corner” in the School, Band and Orchestra Magazine. He has served in positions for the Fox Valley Music Festival, IMEA District IX, VanderCook College Alumni Association Board, ARTSpeaks 204, the Alyssa Alvin Foundation For Hope, and is an educational consultant/writer for the NAMM Foundation’s Music Achievement Council. He is a member of Phi Beta Mu, and the Vic Firth Education Team. He has received the National Band Association Citation of Excellence Award, and the Chicagoland Outstanding Music Educator Award, TeachHUB’s Making A Difference Award, and the Metea Valley Tireless Teacher Award. Most importantly he is supported by his wife Ashlee and their five children, Corinne, Caleb, Calvin, Clara, and Cole.

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