This clinic will give band directors unique and creative ways to teach young band students the fundamentals they need on a daily basis. As we know, pacing is always key when teaching middle school students. As band directors, we have to find ways to present the material we want the students to learn in a way that will keep their attention, interest, and motivate them! Learn ways to integrate technology in your band room to make your job even easier!
Erin Cole has been the band director at Tapp Middle School in Cobb County, Georgia since 1995. Under her leadership, the Tapp Band honors include being selected to perform at the 58th annual Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, Illinois in December of 2004. The band has been a featured performing group at the University of Georgia Middle School Band Festival in 2008, 2003, and 1999. Ms. Cole has served as a guest conductor for numerous honor and all state bands, has taught several years at the "Encore" Music Camp, and is the founder and administrator of the Cobb County Summer Band Camp. She was awarded the National Band Association’s Citation of Excellence in 2008 and 2003. She is the middle school band conductor for the newly formed Conn-Selmer Youth Band of Atlanta. Erin has written articles for The Instrumentalist magazine and has been a contributing editor for the publication. She has also served as a clinician for the Music for All Summer Symposium and the Conn Selmer Institute. She has also presented clinics at the Midwest Clinic and several state conventions. In 2007, 2010, and 2014 Erin has written chapters for the popular GIA publication series Teaching Music Through Performance. Ms. Cole is also currently a contributing editor for Hal Leonard’s Essential Elements method book and interactive website team.
Laurinda Davidson is a graduate from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Griffith University, Australia with qualifications in Music Studies majoring in Instrumental Music Pedagogy, Conducting and Multi Instrumental Fundamentals. She is a multi-instrumentalist with a passion for music education and technology and in her twenty-year career as an educator has had the pleasure of seeing students achieve their goals and become lifelong learners.
As an educator, Laurinda has held positions teaching instrumental music, coordinating large music programs and conducting bands in both the Private and State systems of Queensland. She is an experienced clinician and adjudicator for National festivals and competitions and is a past academic board member of the Jazz Music Institute Australia. Her contribution to music education has been recognised by her colleagues, being nominated for a National Award for Excellence in School Music Education in 2007.
Laurinda’s interest in music technology has seen her produce several iBooks on Apps used in the instrumental music classroom which have been well received by both the National and International music community. Laurinda is a contributing writer for Saxophone Life Magazine (UK) and The Instrumental Teacher (AU) and is currently employed at Brisbane Girls Grammar school where she conducts four of the School’s Concert Bands and teaches woodwind.