Second Annual Nashville Educators Forum

Saturday January 28, 2017, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Ingram Hall

It is our pleasure to welcome you to the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University for our second annual Music Educators Forum. Last year's forum was filled to capacity with our guest clinician, Dr. David Newell. We are most pleased to once again offer this opportunity to renew and reinvigorate once again with this years Forum guest, Dr. Peter Boonshaft. You may already know of or even own his well known publication, Teaching Music With Passion. We hope you will join us on the 23rd of this month for some fellowship, guidance, and coffee and donuts! The forum will take place in the Choral Rehearsal Hall at Blair, and will be presented in two sessions: the first beginning at 9 a.m. with a break at 10:30, the second session beginning at 11 a.m. and ending at 12:30 p.m. 

The Music Educators Forum is free and open to the public, due to the generous support of Vanderbilt University and the Blair School of Music. 

Our Guest Clinician: Dr. Peter Boonshaft

This Year's Clinician

PeterCalled one of the most exciting and exhilarating voices in music education today, Peter Loel Boonshaft has been invited to speak or conduct in every state in the nation and around the world.  He is the author of the critically acclaimed best-selling books Teaching Music with Passion, Teaching Music with Purpose, and Teaching Music with Promise, as well as his first book for teachers of other disciplines, Teaching with Passion, Purpose and Promise.  He is also co-author of Alfred Music Publishing’s new beginning method book series, Sound Innovations for Band and Sound Innovations for Strings, as well as Sound Innovations: Ensemble Development for Intermediate Concert Band and Sound Innovations: Ensemble Development for Advanced Concert Band.  Honored by the National Association for Music Education and Music For All as the first recipient of the “George M. Parks Award for Leadership in Music Education,” he is currently on the faculty of Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, where he is Professor of Music and Director of the Graduate Conducting Program.  Dr. Boonshaft has received official proclamations from the Governors of five states and a Certificate of Appreciation from former President Ronald Reagan, as well as performing for former President and Mrs. George H. W. Bush, former President Bill Clinton, and for Margaret Thatcher, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.  His honors also include being selected three times as a National Endowment for the Arts "Artist in Residence,” three times awarded Honorary Life Membership in the Tri-M Music Honor Society, and being selected for the Center for Scholarly Research and Academic Excellence at Hofstra University. 

bok Extremely active as a guest conductor, clinician and speaker for conferences, festivals, concerts and workshops nationally and internationally, he has guest conducted the NAfME (The National Association for Music Education) All-Eastern Band, NAfME All-Northwest Band, NAfME All-Eastern Directors Band, Goldman Memorial Band, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific Band, U.S. Marine Band New Orleans, Western International Band Clinic, Prague Castle Guard/Czech Police Symphonic Band, the Association of Concert Bands National Conference Band, and the NAfME National High School Honors Band.  In addition, he has been an adjudicator and clinician for the Music For All/Bands of America National Concert Band Festival.  He has served as a speaker for the Canadian Music Educators Association National Convention, NAfME National Conference, American Band College, Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic, Music For All/Bands and Orchestras of America Symposium, Samuel Barber Institute for Music Educators, Music Education Center of America, East Asia Regional Council of Schools in China, Singapore Ministry of Education Band Conference, Conn-Selmer Institute, KIPP National School Summit, NESA Council of Overseas Schools Conference in Thailand, and as keynote speaker for the NAfME Northwest Division Conference, NAfME Southern Division Conference, European Music Educators Convention, National Convention of the American String Teachers Association, National Convention of the American School Band Directors Association, ACDA Western Division Conference, Maryborough Music Conference of Australia, National Conference of the Organization of American Kodály Educators, and numerous international, national, state and regional music education conferences. 

Session Presentations

Teacher Sessions:

“How We Teach Is As Important As What We Teach:
20 Ways To Energize Your Rehearsals and Classes”

9:00am - 10:30am

An inspiring and practical look at what, why and how we can teach to achieve better results faster, easier and more efficiently.  This session offers simple things we can do to make our classes and rehearsals more productive and energize the power of our teaching.  Using simple techniques we can energize and focus our teaching using specific ways to solve everyday concerns. 

“Inspired Teaching:
Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue!”

11:00am - 12:30pm

Using time-tested wisdom, practical ideas for teaching specific techniques, advances in modern technology, borrowed insights on how students learn, and the message held in a simple blue box we can inspire students to learn and flourish. 

Collegiate Students Session:

“If Only I Knew Then…”

This session will explore a multitude of topics often learned by new teachers “the hard way.”  We will focus on how to avoid common problems every teacher encounters with simple solutions.