“The Art of Wind Band Teaching” Symposium

After an enjoyable end to my Cayman trip (sorry for the lack of updates!), moving out, and a LONG drive, I’m here in Minnesota getting ready to attend the University of Minnesota’s “The Art of Wind Band Teaching” Symposium starting this afternoon in Minneapolis! I was originally accepted to the Symposium with a new teacher/college student fellowship that offered a reduced registration fee, but soon after also was offered the opportunity to participate in a conducting fellowship workshop during the Symposium! I am looking forward to a wonderful week of learning, exploring, and meeting great new people.

The star-studded clinician line-up for the “AWBT” Symposium is a who’s who of American Wind Band composers/conductors:

  • Craig Kirchhoff, University of Minnesota
  • Frank Ticheli, University of Southern California
  • Richard Floyd, University of Texas
  • Richard Mayne, University of Northern Colorado
  • Allan McMurray, University of Colorado
  • Marianne Ploger, Vanderbilt University
  • Timothy Diem, University of Minnesota
  • Alexander Fiterstein, University of Minnesota
  • Shelley Hanson, composer
  • Libby Larsen, Composer
  • Jerry Luckhardt, University of Minnesota
  • Alicia Neal, University of Minnesota
  • Laura Sindberg, University of Minnesota
  • Jim Cochran, Shattinger Music

I’m looking forward to meeting and working with these great minds, as well as meeting some of the great people in my Professional Learning Network for the first time. You can stay updated on my experiences by following me on Twitter @Zweibz7, where I will be using the #AWBT11 hashtag to update as often as I can from the sessions.

As an aside, if you are on Google+, consider adding my profile to one of your circles! I’m still not sure if Google+ will catch on and I’m very unsure of how I plan to use it, but it has been a great resource for more long-form discussion so far!

Greetings From Cayman!

Greetings, all, from paradise! I write to you as I’m sitting on the back porch of our beautiful house here on Grand Cayman after having spent two days here getting ready for the Creative Music Project to begin next week! It has been a busy few days, but here’s the short version of some of the stuff we’ve done since we got here:

  • Lunch at a patio restaurant on the ocean
  • Phone calls to parents confirming their students’ attendance next week
  • Unpacking in our beautiful house (pictures below)
  • Setting up my technology room for next week’s classes
  • Lunch at one of the popular places “in town”
  • My first time ever eating sushi!

Today, we’re getting ready to pick up the rest of the group (five of us came out a few days early to set up) and be tourists for the weekends before we get to work next week! I have some pictures uploading right now – they should be up soon!

Headed to Paradise

As I mentioned this weekend, I am preparing to head to the Cayman Islands tomorrow to take part in teaching a free week-long music workshop to the students on the island. With my fellow teachers and teacher educators in the Creative Music Project, we will be working for a week with the local students on expressing creativity through music in the contexts of improvisation, composition, technology, and the exploration of cultural connections. I will be teaching in the technology room for the upper age students (what we call middle and high school). I am very excited to be using Aviary’s Myna to create remixes of some of the music from the soundtrack of the newest Pirates of the Caribbean movie!

Anyway, I will be updating here on the progress of my trips as often as I can, and hope to include some videos, pictures, and stories along the way! If you haven’t already, please consider subscribing to my feed (by clicking the link in the sidebar) so you can stay updated during my trip. You can also follow my updates on Twitter at @Zweibz7 and updates from the Creative Music Project at @CreativeMusProj.

I’ll talk to you soon – from paradise!!

It’s Quiet…

Too quiet!

Indeed, since I’ve gotten back from a short vacation after graduation, it has been very quiet here in South Florida. Having said goodbye to almost all of my close friends and finished my internship/school, things have slowed down a lot for me. Believe it or not, I’m BORED!

A few of the things I have been doing to keep myself occupied:

  • Applying to jobs. LOTS of them.
  • Working on my lesson plans for the Creative Music Project
  • Applying to more jobs.
  • Steamrolling through my Netflix queue (I’m currently watching all seven seasons of “The West Wing”)
  • Going to an occasional interview
  • Working out
  • Sleeping. A lot.

I know that once I have a job lined up things will get a lot busier very quickly. Until then, I’m trying to keep busy so I don’t dwell on how quiet it is here. Any other suggestions of ways to stay occupied are welcome!