This course reveals strategies to develop strong technical skills in second- and third-year players, keeping the “fun” in fundamentals. Learn how to help middle school players be thinking musicians as well as good musicians. Method and technique books for second-, third- and fourth-year players as well as appropriate pieces for these students are reviewed in depth.

Instructors: Steve M. Nendza & Guests


Steve M. Nendza is currently in his 6th year as band director at Jack Hille Middle School in Oak Forest, IL. Under his direction the size of the band program has more than tripled, a second jazz band, a woodwind ensemble and percussion ensemble have also been added. In 2013 the Hille Middle School 6th grade band performed as a demonstration ensemble at the Midwest Clinic. In January 2011 the Hille Jazz Band performed at the Illinois Music Education Conference. Prior to Hille Mr. Nendza taught for 10 years at Deer Path Middle School in Lake Forest, IL. Mr. Nendza is an active clinician and guest conductor for concert and jazz bands.  He is also a past presenter at VanderCook College of Music, Music for All Summer Symposium, and The Midwest Clinic: An International Band & Orchestra Conference. In 2011, he was awarded the Chicagoland Outstanding Music Educator Award sponsored by Quinlan & Fabish Music Company. He is a graduate of VanderCook College of Music where he received his bachelors and masters in music education.

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