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Refining Leadership: Being a Student Leader

Monday, 27 March 2017 11:24 Written by Joel Denton

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Developing student leaders is an important part of almost every music program in the nation. Many programs send their students to Leadership camps and symposiums. In many of these student leadership camps, the focus is on defining what leadership is and what it looks like to your peers; however, these student leaders may not actually be taught how to refine their own student leadership skills. In other words, much time and effort is invested in teaching students (and in some cases directors) what leadership is and how to look like leaders, but due to a lack of time, or possibly understanding, little is accomplished in developing the leader so they can actually lead.

My friend and mentor, the incomparable Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser, often says: “Leadership is not something you do. Leadership is something you are.” This is so true; however, an apple tree produces apples and a grapevine produces grapes, so a leader must produce leadership. If we are truly leaders, we will do things that a leader does!

What are some qualities most leaders possess? They are usually good communicators, they are energetic, they are influential with their peers, and they usually possess good performance skills. While all of these are great attributes, the one essential for a leader to produce the most influence comes when they can actually instruct/teach their peers. This moves the student leader beyond being just a role model – someone their peers may model themselves after – and moves them to being a real model – someone that is capable of not just showing, but is also capable of producing leadership by helping to move their peers through instruction to higher levels of excellence.

What does a REAL student leadership MODEL do?
They Motivate. They are their peers’ biggest cheerleaders.
They Observe. They work to understand better the needs of their peers and their program.
They Demonstrate. Through their actions and words, they demonstrate what their peers should strive to become. They demonstrate how to play, march, behave, respect, and ultimately how to be the best possible member of their program.
They Evaluate/Educate. They evaluate their peers’ strengths and weaknesses, and then help instruct/educate them to achieve excellence.
They Lead. In difficult times and in times of celebration, they are consistent leaders day in and day out! To quote Dr. Tim again, “They walk the talk!”

At Ooltewah, we have done this for almost my entire career. Most of our marching band staff is comprised of former students, who developed their instructional skills by being leaders in our band program. Fortunately, we have now developed our program to the point we have a Band Leadership class that meets during the school day and mentors two to three days a week in our middle school band programs. Many other programs use a student leadership Peer Teaching model as well, but maybe none as well as the great Marian Catholic Band Program and Mr. Greg Bimm. For decades, the student leaders at Marian have taught music sectionals, taught marching fundamentals, and helped to teach drill. These are student leaders who are producing leadership! Through trust from their director and being taught how to be a peer teacher, they have moved beyond defining their leadership abilities and now are refining their leadership skills. When student leaders (and directors – we must allow it) make this shift in responsibility, their impact is like a pebble being dropped in the water. The initial splash may not be very large, but the ripple effect of influence keeps going and going. The efforts of these initial student leaders BEING leaders and producing leadership inspire other students to strive for the same excellence and influence. At my school, we have not used a title for all of these student leaders. The focus of our program has been that a title is much less important than actually being a leader and producing quality leadership. While some positions may require a title, our ultimate goal should be to inspire and equip student leaders to lead.

This is why we developed the new Peer Teaching Division at the Music for All Summer Symposium. The purpose of this new track will be to provide student leaders with the tools necessary to become effective leaders and Peer Teachers in their programs. They will learn how to teach music and marching techniques from some of the best instructors in the band world, and should return to their music programs eager and ready to MODEL REAL LEADERSHIP in their programs.

The Peer Teaching Division Staff includes Mr. Jeremy Spicer – outstanding band director/music educator, owner of SASI the Leadership People, and a national adjudicator. Mr. John Howell – accomplished visual designer, instructor, and a national adjudicator of all of the marching arts. Miss Anna Rodriguez – vibrant young band director/music educator, outstanding drum major instructor, and inspiring leadership instructor. Division Chair – Mr. Joel Denton – band director/music educator, national leadership consultant, and a national adjudicator. We will also be joined each day with a special guest who is an expert on developing student musicians and inspiring them to lead. These guests will include Greg Bimm, Bobby Lambert, Gary Markham, David Starnes, and Jeff Young. All of our division staff has a focused desire to see students become outstanding and productive leaders in their music programs and in life.

The program is designed to ensure the language and verbiage being used is consistent with what is being used by directors and staffs across the nation. It is going to be a dynamic week of learning, and of BEING and DOING for all involved! I hope you and your students will join us!

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Congratulations to Maddie Fitzgerald on joining Music for All as a Participant Relations Coordinator! Maddie joins Music for All full-time having served previously as a Participant Relations intern.

As Participant Relations Coordinator, Maddie will provide support to Music for All’s participant relations team. The Participant Relations team serves as a first point-of-contact for directors and students involved in Music for All’s programs, attends local and national conventions on behalf of the organization, and maintains participant and event data.

"We're excited to add Maddie to our team because she brings a positive energy and commitment to building relationships," said Camilla M. Stasa, Director of Participant Relations and Special Projects. "Her internship at Music for All has certainly paved the way to make this hire a successful one for our department.”

Maddie has a strong music background, participating in various ensembles from fifth through twelfth grade. At Olathe Northwest High School, she was in the marching band, pep band, wind ensemble, full orchestra, pit orchestra, and she was involved in the Youth Symphony of Kansas City. Maddie received her bachelor's degree in Arts Administration with a concentration in music from Butler University. While at Butler, she was involved with the athletic band program, the wind ensemble, and Kappa Kappa Psi. She previously completed internships at the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, and Music for All.

Join us in congratulating Maddie on joining the Music for All Team! We look forward to seeing her strong work ethic and passion in action as she supports our mission to create, provide, and expand positively life-changing experiences!

2017 Indianapolis School Music Festival

Wednesday, 22 March 2017 10:50 Written by Lucy Wotell

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It’s March 8, 2017 at Broad Ripple Magnet High School. A spirited energy fills the air as 21 instrumental and choral ensembles line into the school, ready to perform at the Indianapolis School Music Festival. These ensembles from the Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS), six middle schools and five high schools, performed for evaluators and participated in clinics. This is the 2nd annual Indianapolis School Music Festival, which commences the Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha, and gives instrumental and choral ensembles from IPS the opportunity to perform for and learn from notable evaluators and clinicians.

Hosted by the Broad Ripple Magnet High School, principal W. Briant Williams expressed the importance of the relationship between IPS and Music for All, and how Broad Ripple Magnet High School can be the epicenter of these arts opportunities for these students. The participating ensembles have learned valuable lessons that not only improve the group as a whole, but the individual musicians and their directors as well.

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“One of the great things about the Indianapolis School Music Festival is that it gives the students who are in their formative years in their musical journey a chance to become part of a very important process, and be recognized and validated for the hard-work they do in the classroom,” states John Phillips clinician and evaluator.

Furthermore, for these ensembles that come from the inner-city areas of Indianapolis, this festival is the highlight of their year, with some of the ensemble directors expressing the importance of exposing their students to these types of festivals. These students are eager to learn so much from renowned clinicians who have traveled from all over to aide these students in their musical journeys. This is Northwest Community High School band director Christopher Abbey’s 15th year as an IPS band director, and the one thing that keeps bringing him and his ensemble back to the Indianapolis School Music Festival are the kids. “A lot of good kids at IPS get underserved and this is a good place to bring them,” said Abbey.

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With the success of last year’s festival, choral ensembles were introduced to participate this year. Six choral ensembles performed in front of evaluators and received a clinic immediately after. Clinics are a time when a clinician, the ensemble, and director can work together one-on-one, in order for the ensemble and director to better improve their skill-sets. Music for All Choir Coordinator and choral clinician Kim Mann was delighted to share her joy of choral singing with the young musicians and instructors. “The inclusion of choir in this year’s festival broadens the continued advocacy for music education supported by IPS, Music for All, and the Indiana Music Education Association,” said Mann.

The attitude of learning and working hard was ubiquitous. While working with Edison Middle School of the Arts Middle School Choir, clinician Jeff Vallier explained to them that taking their work to the next level was going to come with making mistakes. Aside from the hard work, the students, also had an enjoyable experience. Before each performance, and even during their clinics, there was nothing but enthusiastic attitudes. “We practice hard with our music and we just came here to have fun,” says Northwest Community High School Advanced Band senior saxophone player Jesus Franco. “We hope it goes well, but the most important thing is to have fun.”

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Please join us in congratulating Sam Cantor on his recent promotion to Events Coordinator!

Sam joined Music for All in the Fall of 2014 as an Events Intern. After the completion of his internship, Sam was hired as an Events Assistant. As an Events Assistant, Sam has been responsible for planning and operating multiple Bands of America Marching Band Championships, has been a venue manager at the Music for All National Festival, and has been responsible for event logistics of several divisions at the Music for All Summer Symposium.

Sam's new role is vital in achieving strategic plan goals for the events department. He will be responsible for successfully planning and executing individual and team events throughout the year including, but not limited to: Bands of America Regional Championships and Grand Nationals, Music for All National Festival and Music for All Summer Symposium. In addition to events, he will play a crucial role as a supporting partner to other departments within Music for All to ensure every event meets our mission to provide positively life-changing experiences through music for all.

“Sam brings such a unique approach to Music for All events – an approach that ties together logistical reasoning, effective communication methods, and passion for the Music for All mission,” says Jenny Fultz, Event Manager. “ We are lucky to have him as a part of our team and as a representation of the Music for All mission around the country!”

Sam Cantor has a strong personal background in music. He began in concert, marching, and jazz bands at Hoover High School in North Canton, Ohio. He continued to play in multiple bands at The University of Toledo, and has been a member of a Non Profit Indianapolis Community Band, The Pride of Indy for 5 years. He has worn many hats within that organization, serving as Membership Chair for one year, Vice President for one year, and President for two years. In August 2015, Cantor co-chaired the 2015 LGBA National Conference in Indianapolis.

Congratulations to Sam on this much deserved promotion! We are thrilled that he will continue to help support Music for All's mission to create, provide, and expand postively life-changing experiences through music for all!

 

Read full press release here.

This is the forty-eighth installment of a new chapter in our Student Features series on the blog that we will be posting leading up to the 2017 Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha. Music for All will be featuring three honor ensembles (Honor Band of America, Honor Orchestra of America, and the Jazz Band of America) at the Music for All National Festival, March 9th through March 11th. We look forward to getting to know all of these wonderful students who have been accepted into these prestigious ensembles!

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Name: Sophia Motai

Hometown: Alpine, NJ

School Name: Tenafly High School

Instrument: Violin

Which Ensemble Are You In?
Honor Orchestra of America

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the ensemble?
I applied for this wonderful opportunity to achieve two goals. One is that I would like to challenge my potential as a fine violinist by playing with other good musicians from all over the country. The other is that I would like to become an independent and responsible young adult. This is a perfect opportunity for me to open myself up to a new environment and people. I believe it will be a precious experience for me to create and share music together in the ensemble.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band or orchestra?
1. I’ve learned that you play best when you focus and get into the music.
2. I’ve also learned that the conductor is your friend, and that they will help cue you in so watch carefully.
3. Finally, I learned that orchestra is not about you; it’s about everyone as a whole performing as one.

Most memorable moment in band or orchestra?
When Larry talked about his experience with music and life at the reception after the final concert, I was inspired and appreciated the whole experience at this national music festival.

Besides band/orchestra, what are you involved in at school?
I am involved in the chamber group and occasionally perform for elderly people at nursing homes and senior centers. I also belong to the acapella club and sing in concerts at school and outside of school. In the spring, I play softball.

What book have you read that you would recommend?
I highly recommend “1984” by George Orwell, which gave me deep insight into human beings and society.

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
Antonin Dvorak Symphony No 8. in G Major

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Green Tea

What's your favorite non-music related hobby or past time?
I enjoy reading and watching “TED Talks”. I also like to play pool and ping-pong with my family and friends.

What's one piece of advice you'd give a friend who needs some inspiration or motivation?
Just keep trying and looking forward.

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I would like to study psychology at college and also study abroad to widen my views.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
No

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I have been struggling with myself internally and find it difficult to build a good relationship with others, but this experience made me realize that I don’t have to fear starting new relationships and I can live my life with the purpose of finding true happiness.

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This is the forty-seventh installment of a new chapter in our Student Features series on the blog that we will be posting leading up to the 2017 Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha. Music for All will be featuring three honor ensembles (Honor Band of America, Honor Orchestra of America, and the Jazz Band of America) at the Music for All National Festival, March 9th through March 11th. We look forward to getting to know all of these wonderful students who have been accepted into these prestigious ensembles!

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Name: Madison Hansen

Hometown: Biloxi, MS

School Name: Biloxi High School

Instrument: Clarinet

Which Ensemble Are You In?
Honor Band of America

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the ensemble?
I heard about the Honor Band of America a few years ago while browsing the web, but never imagined I could ever be accepted into the group. It wasn't until I was selected to perform with the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band that I believed the goal was at all obtainable. I am very honored to be accepted into this prestigious ensemble and am looking forward to the experience.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band or orchestra?
Band has definitely taught me a lot about working with others for a common goal, time management, and how to set short-and long-term goals for myself.

Most memorable moment in band or orchestra?
About a year ago I had the privilege to play under the baton of Frank Ticheli at a local honor band. At our first rehearsal, we read through his piece "Rest." It was truly amazing to see how passionate he was about his music and to see the emotion he put into his conducting. It was definitely one of the most memorable moments I've had in my music career.

Besides band/orchestra, what are you involved in at school?
At school I am a very active member of the Key Club where I serve as club president. I also serve as the lieutenant governor of my division for Key Club. I am always busy with a service project, and I love doing things for my school and community.

What book have you read that you would recommend?
I am a very big fan of the Harry Potter series and I highly recommend it to anyone.

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
As a musician this is a tough question! Some of my favorite pieces include Elgar's Cello Concerto and Dvorak's Ninth Symphony.

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Mint Chocolate Chip

What's your favorite non-music related hobby or past time?
When I'm not rehearsing or performing, I love to spend time with my friends and family.

What's one piece of advice you'd give a friend who needs some inspiration or motivation?
I would advise a friend who needs inspiration or motivation to change their perspective on life and look for the good things that have brought them to this point in their life and to be thankful.

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
After graduating high school I will attend the University of Southern Mississippi to major in music performance with pre-medical requirements. I one day hope to be an OBGYN and play actively in many local ensembles.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
No.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I am the first person ever from my school to attend the Honor Band of America.

This is the forty-sixth installment of a new chapter in our Student Features series on the blog that we will be posting leading up to the 2017 Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha. Music for All will be featuring three honor ensembles (Honor Band of America, Honor Orchestra of America, and the Jazz Band of America) at the Music for All National Festival, March 9th through March 11th. We look forward to getting to know all of these wonderful students who have been accepted into these prestigious ensembles!

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Name: Anna Dorey

Hometown: New Port Richey, FL

School Name: J.W. Mitchell H.S.

Instrument: French Horn

Which Ensemble Are You In?
Honor Orchestra of America

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the ensemble?
I heard about it from my friend who did the Jazz Band of America and I thought it would be really fun to try.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band or orchestra?
1. Always be at least 20 minutes early to a rehearsal, class, or literally anything.
2. Music can inspire anyone, even those who don't normally listen to it.
3. If you love music, keep it in your life.

Most memorable moment in band or orchestra?
My most memorable moment in band was when my band went to a competition in Atlanta. We didn't really know what to expect and we just put a giant concert band together, but when we played the cut off of our march it echoed in the hall for a really long time and everyone just stopped to listen.

Besides band/orchestra, what are you involved in at school?
I'm in National Honor Society, Science National Honor Society, Math Honor Society, Social Studies Honor Society, and Varsity Tennis Team.

What book have you read that you would recommend?
I would highly recommend The Art of Possibility by Ben Zander. Our clinician for this event, Jeffery Grogan, suggested it when he conducted our All-State Orchestra and I loved it.

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
My favorite piece hands down is the Finale to Mahler 1

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Moon Mist

What's your favorite non-music related hobby or past time?
I love going to see musicals with my younger sister.

What's one piece of advice you'd give a friend who needs some inspiration or motivation?
Even at your worst moments you can find a light at the end of the tunnel, like I found with French Horn, while trying to get away from bullies.

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I plan on majoring in Music Performance and Biology because I'm either going to be a doctor or play in a major symphony.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
No, but I'm really excited to!

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
My entire family is from Canada, so I'm the first American in my entire family.

This is the forty-fifth installment of a new chapter in our Student Features series on the blog that we will be posting leading up to the 2017 Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha. Music for All will be featuring three honor ensembles (Honor Band of America, Honor Orchestra of America, and the Jazz Band of America) at the Music for All National Festival, March 9th through March 11th. We look forward to getting to know all of these wonderful students who have been accepted into these prestigious ensembles!

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Name: Tyler Demsheck

Hometown: Mount Pleasant, SC

School Name: Wando High School

Instrument: Euphonium

Which Ensemble Are You In?
Honor Band of America

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the ensemble?
I wanted to be musically challenged and have the opportunity to perform with some of the best musicians in the country.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band or orchestra?
1. Importance of practicing and repetition.
2. Putting in time reaps rewards.
3. The significance of working hard with others who share the same goal.

Most memorable moment in band or orchestra?
10th grade All-State experience

What book have you read that you would recommend?
Station Eleven

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
Benediction

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Chocolate

What's your favorite non-music related hobby or past time?
Video Games

What's one piece of advice you'd give a friend who needs some inspiration or motivation?
If you do everything in your power to get the outcome that you want, then you can be a peace knowing that you tried your best. The rest is outside of your control.

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
Something in the medical field

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
Grand Nationals and Super Regionals with Wando Marching Band.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I can solve a Rubik's cube in 35 seconds.

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This is the forty-fourth installment of a new chapter in our Student Features series on the blog that we will be posting leading up to the 2017 Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha. Music for All will be featuring three honor ensembles (Honor Band of America, Honor Orchestra of America, and the Jazz Band of America) at the Music for All National Festival, March 9th through March 11th. We look forward to getting to know all of these wonderful students who have been accepted into these prestigious ensembles!

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Name: Julian Stiles

Hometown: Hillsdale, NJ

School Name: Pascack Valley High School

Instrument: Horn

Which Ensemble Are You In?
Honor Orchestra of America

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the ensemble?
The conductor of Honor Orchestra of America also conducts another orchestra I'm in, New Jersey Youth Symphony. I thought it sounded like a fun program and auditioned. Our conductor also told me that we would play Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, which is a piece I've wanted to play very badly. I also really enjoy experiences in honors ensembles. As much as I enjoy my school band, playing in groups like this is always a great way to learn and a great way to have a lot of fun.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band or orchestra?
1. There's no such thing as a "perfect musician".
2. Musicians can learn from all auditions and performances, whether they're good or bad.
3. Don't leave your mouthpiece at home on the day of a concert. And don't learn the hard way like I did.

Most memorable moment in band or orchestra?
Singing "Hey Baby" to my band director at every football game.

Besides band/orchestra, what are you involved in at school?
I sing with the school's Chamber Choir and the all-male acapella group The Bro-Squad. I play in the Pit Band for the Spring Musical each year. Also, I am the Event Manager for my school's Tri-M Music Honor Society.

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
Currently Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks by Richard Strauss.

What's your favorite non-music related hobby or past time?
I love skiing with my family and friends.

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
I plan on going to college and majoring in music.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
No.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I also play piano and will be competing for the first time this spring.

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This is the forty-third installment of a new chapter in our Student Features series on the blog that we will be posting leading up to the 2017 Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha. Music for All will be featuring three honor ensembles (Honor Band of America, Honor Orchestra of America, and the Jazz Band of America) at the Music for All National Festival, March 9th through March 11th. We look forward to getting to know all of these wonderful students who have been accepted into these prestigious ensembles!

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Name: Sophie Andrews

Hometown: Chatham, NJ

School Name: Chatham High School

Instrument: Violin

Which Ensemble Are You In?
Honor Orchestra of America

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the ensemble?
It would be a once-in-a-lifetime experience to play in a national youth orchestra with musicians from all over the country.

What are three things you've learned from being involved in band or orchestra?
1. rhythm
2. Rhythm
3. RHYTHM

Most memorable moment in band or orchestra?
Playing Shostakovich 5 at the Kennedy Center

Besides band/orchestra, what are you involved in at school?
Tennis team and Academic team

What book have you read that you would recommend?
Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

What's your favorite song or piece of music?
Mendelssohn’s violin concerto in E minor

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Chocolate!!

What's your favorite non-music related hobby or past time?
I enjoy traveling and visiting new places.

What's one piece of advice you'd give a friend who needs some inspiration or motivation?
“Never, never, never give up.” -Winston Churchill

What's your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
Major in computer science

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
No, I have not.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
Proud owner of Sophie's Math Corner (sophiescorner.jerseystem.net)

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