Avenues: Exploring Band and Jazz Methods

Two-day annual professional development workshop for music educators at Brandon University School of Music.  Avenues: Exploring Band and Jazz Methods was co-founded at Brandon University with Professor Greg Gatien.



  • August 19-21, 2019

Establishing and Creating Intent

Conducting Truths as We Know Them (with Dr. James Popejoy)

Intention in Action

  • August 20 and 21, 2018

Five Favorite Warm-Up Exercises

Teaching Interpretation in Rehearsal: Foundation for Music Making

Preparing Music Musically: Score Study and Interpretation

Improvisation Activities for Beginning Instrumentalists

Repertoire Rotation and Canadian Content

Powerful Experiences: Sustaining Music Education

  • August 21 and 22, 2017

Warm-up to the Idea:  Daily Skill and Concept Development

Individualized Conducting and Score Study

The Rehearsal Toy Box:  Reinforcing Visual Learners

Conducting:  Connecting to Your Ensemble

Ways of Knowing:  Beginner and Intermediate Rehearsal Techniques

Focus on Technique:  Posture and Presence

Because…:  Focusing on the Intent of Instruction

  • August 22 and 23, 2016

Teaching PRACTICE:  Increasing Student Focus and Critical Thinking in Rehearsals

Individualized Conducting and Score Study

Ten Strategies to Develop Musical Memory

Sources and Resources:  Supports for Teaching and Learning

Conducting:  Changing Planes

Presence, Potentiality, and Place:  Music Making with a Purpose

Selecting, Grouping, and Sequencing Repertoire:  A Focus on Preparation

  • August 24 and 25, 2015

Critical Self Reflection in Rehearsals

Weight and Resistance in Conducting Gestures

Relating to Repertoire

Directed Listening

Individualized Conducting and Score Study

  • August 18 and 19, 2014

Target Fixation

Activities to Develop Inner Hearing

Three Hidden Competencies

S.M.A.R.T. Goal Setting in Music

Score Study –Analysis for Educators

Skip the Beats? Phrasal Conducting

Individualized Conducting and Score Study Lessons

  • August 19 and 20, 2013

Work (Joint Session with Professor Greg Gatien)

Curriculum: Framework for Success

Conducting and Score Study I:  What You Know, Hear, and Do – Effecting Student Performance

Conducting and Score Study II:  Stages of Communicating Through Gesture

Aligning Repertoire Selection with Curricular Outcomes

Conveying Energy in Gesture

Effective Elements of Effective Teaching: Questioning and Feedback

  • August 20 and 21, 2012

Habits I:  Identifying Your Habits (Joint Session with Prof. Greg Gatien)

Habits II:  Fostering Good Habits (Joint Session with Prof. Greg Gatien)

Creativity and Creative Thinking

Conducting:  Solid Habits

Developing a Mission Statement

Ten Techniques to Disable Your Students

  • August 22 and 23, 2011

Curricula and Critical Thinking (Joint Session with Prof. Greg Gatien)

Form as a Score Study Tool

Conducting (with Jennifer McAllister)

Five Engaging Works for Young Band

  • August 23 and 24, 2010

Valuing Aural Skills (Joint Session with Prof. Greg Gatien)

Repertoire Planning and Curriculum

Five New Works Worth Knowing

Gesture and Movement – Centering

Dealing with “Funky” Instrumentation

  • August 24 and 25, 2009

Conducting: Articulate Gesture

Score Study: A Focus on the Teaching and Learning Process

The Ten Things I Love about Great Musicians

Beginning Band:  Addressing Individual and Ensemble Tone

Individual Conducting Lessons

  • August 25 and 26, 2008

What Do They See?  Conducting with Purpose

Developing Tone and Intonation (Senior Years)

Individual Conducting Lessons

  • August 27 and 28, 2007

Content and Context:  Knowing Your Students (Joint Session with Prof. Greg Gatien)

Reinforcing the Basics:  Beginner/Intermediate Band Rehearsal Techniques

Conducting Practice Techniques

Conducting:  Establishing Style Through Gesture

Nurturing Independence and Leadership in Your Ensemble

Advanced Rehearsal Techniques

Emphasizing Skill Development (Joint Session with Prof. Greg Gatien)

  • August 28 and 29, 2006

Establishing Program Goals and Priorities (Joint Session with Prof. Greg Gatien)

Constructing Lesson Plans in a Rehearsal Format

Conducting:  Three Gestures for IMPACT

Ways of Knowing:  Beginner/Intermediate Rehearsal Techniques

Planning for Assessment

Selecting Repertoire for Concept Development (Joint Session with Prof. Greg Gatien)

  • August 29 and 30, 2005

Beginner Band Pedagogy

Band Handbooks

Conducting:  Gesture and Purpose

Beginner/Intermediate Rehearsal Techniques

Advanced Rehearsal Techniques

Developing Technique and Sight Reading Skills

Score Study and Preparation