6236 Beginning Band: Laying the Foundations


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The ultimate goal of a rehearsal is an artistic performance. The daily routine starts with warm up exercises and the practice of fundamental exercises that address the components of the music that will be used in the concert literature.  The use of appropriate scales, chord studies, chorales plus rhythmic and technical exercises will be addressed.  Young instrumentalist need an understanding of the structure of their band literature.  They need to understand how rhythm, melody and harmony combine in their ensemble performance.  The use of lead sheets and practice loops facilitates student understanding how their individual part relates to the whole of the music.

Instructors: Margarite Wilder & Kevin Boyle


Mrs. Wilder is widely recognized as a conductor and clinician, having conducted All State and Honor Bands through out the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia.   Serving as a resource person for in-service sessions, she works with both local and regional school systems and universities.  Her clinics on Motivational Techniques for the Beginning Band are often featured at state and national conventions.

Mrs. Wilder taught middle school band at the following schools during her 30 year teaching career: The Lovett School, Woodward Academy and Tapp Middle School.

Mrs. Wilder is a contributing editor for the books:  Do It Band and Recorder Methods by James Froseth; Habits of a Successful Musician ; Habits of a Successful Middle School Musician by Scott Rush, Emily Wilkinson, Jeff Scott and Kevin Boyle.  She is a contributing author for Teaching Music through Performance in Beginning Band, Vol. 1 & 2:  and Teaching Music through Performance in Middle School Band; GIA Publications, Inc

Marguerite Wilder is a graduate of the University of Georgia and Georgia State University. Professional organization affiliations include MENC, GMEA, NBA, and Phi Beta Mu

             Currently Mrs. Wilder serves as a consultant, clinician, author and editor for GIA Publications, Inc.



Kevin Boyle is entering his eleventh year of teaching and his first year as the Director of Bands at Creekland Middle School.  Prior to his appointment at CMS, Mr. Boyle was the band director at Pickens County Middle School in Jasper, GA.
Ensembles under Mr. Boyle’s direction have received straight superior ratings at the Georgia Music Educators Association’s annual Large Group Performance Evaluation. They have also performed at the University of Georgia’s Middle School Band Festival in 2008, and have won the WGI World Championship in 2009.

Mr. Boyle is an active clinician, presenting at the GMEA In-Service Conference in 2009 and at the District 9 All-District Band in 2010, the Feierabend Association for Music Education Conference in 2014, the NCMEA In-Service Conference in 2014 and 2015, and the ECMEA In-service Conference is 2016.

He has extensive experience in percussion performance, marching 4 seasons in competitive indoor drumlines during his college career. He has performed in the Spirit Drum and Bugle Corps, the University of Georgia percussion ensemble, steel drum band, Wind Symphony, and Redcoat Marching Band. He is currently a member of the Cobb Wind Symphony, an adult community band in Marietta, GA.

Mr. Boyle is a member of the National Association for Music Education, Georgia Music Educators Association, the National Band Association, Feierabend Association for Music Education and the Percussive Arts Society. He is also endorsed by Innovative Percussion and Sabian Cymbals.

Mr. Boyle resides in Jasper, GA with his wife Allison and his step-daughter Anne.


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Course Information

6236 Beginning Band: Laying the Foundations
July 5-8
3 graduate credits
Classroom: TBD

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Tuition: $960
A $75 deposit is required at time of registration. Tuition balance is due in full by the first day of class.

Tuesday - Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


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3140 South Federal Street
Chicago, IL 60616-3731
(312) 225-6288

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