6274 Habits of a Successful Band Director


This course will focus on the journey from the "components of playing" to music making. Teaching strategies will be the cornerstone of the course and will logically progress from being effective with non-pedagogical issues to going beyond the notes. In addition, the course will focus on comprehensive approaches to warm-up, timing and reading skills; ensemble resonance; non-traditional means of assessment; the important role "fundamentals time" plays in the development of outstanding musicians and great sounding ensembles; and key practices in sight-reading.

Instructor: Scott Rush

Rush,_Scott_Headshot_Fa14Scott Rush is currently the Director of Fine and Performing Arts for the Dorchester Two School District in South Carolina. Prior to this appointment, he was Director of Bands at Wando High School in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. He is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, where he received a Master of Music degree in French Horn Performance and studied with Boston Symphony principal hornist, Charles Kavalovski. Mr. Rush received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of South Carolina. The Wando Symphonic Band performed at the 2007 Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic and were the 2007 recipients of the Sudler Flag of Honor. The Wando marching band was named a finalist at the Bands of America Grand National Championships in 2009 and 2011. Mr. Rush is active as a clinician and adjudicator throughout the United States and Canada. He has presented clinic sessions at major conferences in fifteen states, including the 2006 and 2013 Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic. He is the author of two highly touted books, Habits of A Successful Band Director and The Evolution of A Successful Band Director for GIA Publications. He has co-authored three other books for GIA, two new method books for band and orchestra entitled Habits of A Successful Musician and Habits of A Successful String Musician, as well as Habits of A Successful Middle School Band Director. In 2010, Mr. Rush was elected into the American Bandmasters Association.


Course Information

6274 Habits of a Successful Band Diretor
1 graduate credit
Tuition: $310, due in full with registration
Dates: October 25-26
Location: VCM - Room TBA

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