All teachers want to be more effective and to elevate the craft of student performance skills. But, is that enough? Perhaps it is the art of music making that really matters and makes teaching it essential. These sessions will focus on core fundamentals, creative pedagogy, repertoire selection, meaningful conducting gesture, and musical artistry. The overall goal is to help participants become inspirational, artistic educators who embrace the idea that the ultimate role of education is leading students to think for themselves.
Richard Floyd has a long and distinguished career as a conductor, music educator, and administrator. He is a recognized authority on conducting, wind band rehearsing, concert band repertoire, and music advocacy. He has toured extensively throughout Australia, Canada, Europe, and the United States as an adjudicator, clinician, and conductor, including appearances in forty-four American states and nine different countries. He is a member of the Music for All Hall of Fame and is also the recipient of the prestigious Midwest International Clinic Medal of Honor for distinguished and unique contributions to educational bands and orchestras. Recently, he was inducted into the National Band Association Academy of Wind and Percussion Arts, which is considered to be the Academy Award of wind music performance. Floyd is also the author of the critically acclaimed book The Artistry of Teaching and Making Music, published by GIA Publications.
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