Level Up! Ideas, Resources & Solutions for the Middle School Band Director


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Join your fellow colleagues for an immersive weekend of learning and collaboration focusing on the middle school band. This course is geared toward those new to the profession or seasoned veterans looking for a fresh approach. Topics will focus on some of the most fundamental aspects of teaching middle school band, including repertoire; rehearsal planning and execution; technology integration; communication tools; assessment and rubric design; incorporating student choice and collaboration; and much more! Participants should bring a laptop computer or tablet.

Instructors: Keith Ozsvath & Greg Scapillato


Keith Ozsvath has been sharing his lifelong passion for music with the students at Rotolo Middle School in Batavia, IL, a three-time NAMM Best Community for Music Education, since 2000. Ozsvath currently leads the Symphonic Band, Eighth Grade Band, and Jazz Ensemble, while finding unique ways to integrate technology to enhance his students’ learning. He extends his combined love of music and teaching beyond the walls of his classroom as an active clinician. His website, Teaching Band & More, provides music educators with practical ideas and expertise to improve their teaching. Ozsvath has presented numerous professional development sessions for music educators at the Midwest Clinic, the Virginia Music Educators Association, the Illinois Music Educators Conference, the Association of Middle Level Educators, and VanderCook College of Music. His dedication to teaching has been recognized with the Chicagoland Outstanding Music Educator award in 2015, and twice by Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. In 2017, Ozsvath was honored with an Exemplary Educator Award from the Batavia CANDO parent organization. Most recently, he was inducted to the Nazareth Academy Fine Arts Hall of Fame (his high school alma mater) in 2018. He has had the distinguished honor of being an Illinois Summer Youth Music conductor at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, and is the co-founder and coordinator for the Middle School Concert Band Camp at the Music for All Summer Symposium held at Ball State University.  
A native Chicagoan, Greg Scapillato currently serves as a member of the music faculty at Northbrook District 28 (IL), recently designated as a Best Community for Music Education by the NAMM Foundation. He conducts the wind ensemble and 6th grade jazz band, along with teaching band lessons for grades 4-8. The Northbrook Junior High (NBJH) Wind Ensemble, under Scapillato’s direction, has benefitted from meaningful performance opportunities, including joint concerts with other middle school bands, service-based performances such as Veterans’ Day ceremonies, and sharing the stage with outstanding community and brass bands. Scapillato initiated the biannual NBJH Bands Alumni Concert to connect current NBJH band students to the lifelong love of music performance. The most recent alumni concert hosted graduates from across a 40+-year span.
In addition to his music-related pursuits, Scapillato actively hones his technology “chops," especially pertaining to the classroom. He is proud to have been a specialist with Apple for several years, making new technology accessible to individuals with a wide range of expertise. He regularly serves on various District 28 committees and initiatives related to technology integration in the classroom. Scapillato has also spearheaded the technology and logistics rollout for live-streaming HD video of District 28’s music events, as well as managing the editing, broadcast and archiving of performance footage.
Scapillato holds degrees from St. Norbert College, Western Illinois University, and University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, with additional graduate coursework through VanderCook College of Music. He is a member of Illinois Music Educators’ Association, National Association for Music Education, and the National Band Association. Scapillato is a founder and coordinator of the Music for All Middle School Concert Band Camp, part of the Music for All Summer Symposium held on the campus of Ball State University. He previously served Music for All as a member and coordinator of the SWAG Team, and as a full-time staff member. 

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Level Up! Ideas, Resources & Solutions for the Middle School Band Director

Instructors: Keith Oszvath & Greg Scapillato

1 Graduate Credits
Tuition: $340. tuition due in full at registration    
Course Code: 6068
Dates: July 5-6 , 2018
Location: VanderCook College of Music
3140 S. Federal St. Chicago IL 60616
Room: TBD
Prerequisites: None
Required text(s): VanderCook will provide all text(s).


VanderCook College of Music

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

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