Category Archives: Music Education

MER 11: The First National Band Contests: Interesting Facts and Lasting Impacts

After a long hiatus, Emmett and Brandon discuss the early National Band Contests. We share five interesting facts and lasting impacts of the events which include:

  • Early influences of the musical instrument manufacturers
  • Humble beginnings and rapid growth
  • Influenced band instrumentation
  • Influenced band repertoire and publishers
  • Fostered early discussions about adjudication and evaluation of performances

Much of content for this show is available because of the outstanding scholarship of a number of historians. To learn more about the early National Band Contests we recommend the following sources:

  • Fonder, M. (1989). The Wisconsin School Music Association and Its Contests: The Early Years. Journal of Research in Music Education, 37(2), 112–131.
  • Fonder, M. (1988). The Instrument Manufacturing Industry and the School Band Movement: A Look at the “Holton School Band Plan.” Journal of Band Research, 24(1), 44–52.
  • Keene, J. (1982). A History of Music Education in the United States. Hanover, NH: University Press of New England.
  • Hansen, R.K. (2005). The American Wind Band: A Cultural History. Chicago: GIA Publications.
  • Humphreys, J. T. (1989). An Overview of American Public School Bands and Orchestras before World War II. Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, (101), 50–60.
  • Maddy, J. E. (1957). The Battle of Band Instrumentation. Music Educators Journal, 44(1), 30–35.
  • Silvey, B. A. (2009). The 1923 Schools Band Contest of America. Journal of Band Research, 45(1), 56–63.

MER 10: Podcasting for Professional Development and Student Instruction

We discuss the role podcasting can play in student instruction in music and professional development for music educators. This is a companion podcast to our presentation at the 2012 ATMI/College Music Society Technology Pre-Conference in San Diego, CA November 14, 2012.

Podcasting Resources Mentioned:

MER 09: Student Leadership

Emmett and Brandon welcome Nathan Johnston, former director of bands at McClintock High School and Jordan Sayre from Valencia High School in Los Lunes, New Mexico. We discuss the process of finding, cultivating, and selecting student leaders; the roles student leadership can play in a successful program; common challenges; and ways to assess if your student leadership structure is working.

Nathan Johnston

Nathan Johnston is pursuing a PhD in Music Education in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University. He conducts the Wind ensembles within the Phoenix Youth Symphony organization. Additionally, he is the Assistant Director of Instrumental Music at Mesa Community College and teaches as an Adjunct Faculty member at Ottawa University in their music education program. Prior to ASU, Nathan was the Director of Bands at McClintock High School. Nathan completed his M.Ed. from Auburn University and B.M. from Arizona State University. He continues to work actively as a clinician, adjudicator, and conductor around Arizona.

Jordan Sayre

Jordan Sayre is currently in his 3rd year as the Associate Band Director at Valencia High School in the Los Lunas Public School District where he directs the Symphonic band and Big Band Jazz Ensemble. He also assists with the Jaguar Marching Band which has won numerous accolades. Along with his duties at the high School, Mr. Sayre also teaches beginning band at Peralta and Bosque Farms elementary and assists with the concert band and the 4 time State champion Jaguar Band at Valencia Middle School. Mr. Sayre earned his Bachelor Degree in Music Education from The University of New Mexico.

MER 08: Selecting Repertoire

In this episode, Brandon and Emmett discuss repertoire selection with Jordan Sayre, associate band director at Valencia High School.

Topics include:

  • Resources for finding repertoire
  • Balancing student interests, audience appeal, personal interest, and educational goals
  • Repertoire’s importance in instructional design
  • Suitability vs. Quality

Some resources mentioned:

Jordan Sayre

Jordan Sayre is currently in his 3rd year as the Associate Band Director at Valencia High School in the Los Lunas Public School District where he directs the Symphonic band and Big Band Jazz Ensemble. He also assists with the Jaguar Marching Band which has won numerous accolades. Along with his duties at the high School, Mr. Sayre also teaches beginning band at Peralta and Bosque Farms elementary and assists with the concert band and the 4 time State champion Jaguar Band at Valencia Middle School. Mr. Sayre earned his Bachelor Degree in Music Education from The University of New Mexico.

MER 07: Music Technology and the General Music Classroom with Abbie Van Klompenberg

In this seventh episode we discuss how music technology can play a role in the general music classroom with Abbie Van Klompenberg, an outstanding music educator here in the Phoenix area. We discuss different pedagogical techniques she has used in her program, ways to develop lessons with technology, and strategies for getting started. Lots of great information from a great teacher.

Abbie recently wrote about her journey through the National Board Certification for the online music education publication Leading Notes.

About Abbie Van Klompenberg

Abbie Van Klompenberg
Abigail Van Klompenberg is a K-8 General Music and Choral teacher in the Littleton Elementary School District No. 65 (Avondale, Arizona). She earned her Bachelor’s in Music Education from Western Michigan University and her Master’s in Music Education from Arizona State University. Upon graduation from ASU, she was named Outstanding Graduate Student from the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts for her accomplishment in the field of music education.

In 2010, Mrs. Van Klompenberg authored and won the Wallace A. Denehy grant, providing funds to create a digital music and composition lab in her elementary general music classroom. Mrs. Van Klompenberg has presented at the local, state, and national level including the 2012 Arizona Music Education Association’s Conference and the 2011 Mountain Lake Colloquium for teachers of general music methods. Other academic interests include creativity through composition, integration of popular music and popular culture into the music classroom, and project-based learning.

You can follow Abigail on Twitter @namelesstweet.

MER 06: Music Technology, Band, and Building a Program with Dan Berard

Our guest for this episode was Dan Berard, Director of Bands at Fossil Ridge High School in Fort Collins, Colorado. We discussed how Dan has built a thriving band program at a brand new school and learned about how a program in music technology and media arts has helped the music at program reach more students, broaden the learning opportunities available, and enhance the musical experiences of all involved.

Some of the links mentioned in the show are listed below. Mr. Berard will be a featured speaker at this summer’s College Band Director’s National Conference Band Education Symposium at Arizona State University

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