Music Department - St. Cloud State University

Music Department - St. Cloud State University

Elementary / Middle School Band
Elementary / Middle School Band
Methods and Materials

The goal of this class so to provide teachers with practical, relevant and timely skill development so students in their ensembles will have the best possible experience.

When          Monday & Tuesday, July 22-23
@ 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 & 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Where        Performing Arts Center Room 113
Contact Hours         12

Building a GREAT Band Program

Topics will include:  Developing a Plan for Recruiting and Retaining Band Students, Selecting the Music and Materials (Considerations for curriculum and concert programming. Choosing the appropriate grade level. Concert programming), Crafting a Purposeful Warm-up: Don’t Just Warm-up: Build up, Rehearsing the Elementary Elementary / Middle School Bandand Middle School Band, Teaching Percussion, New Music Reading Session.


BRUCE PEARSON is a world-renowned music educator, author, composer, and clinician. He is the author of the Standard of Excellence Comprehensive Band Method which has been regarded as the most important contribution to the band music field in the last three decades and for his first contribution, Best In Class.

His new contribution, co-authored with Ryan Nowlin, the Tradition of Excellence Comprehensive Band Method, is a performance-centered curriculum that seamlessly blends time-tested and innovative pedagogy with cutting-edge technology. He also co-authored, with DeanSorenson of the Standard of Excellence Jazz Ensemble Method and the Standard of Excellence Advanced Jazz Ensemble Method.

In addition to his method books, Dr. Pearson is well-known as a composer of many widely performed compositions for concert band and jazz ensemble. He has led clinics in all fifty of the United States and has been guest conductor and Bruce Pearsonclinician, by invitation, of countries throughout the Pacific Rim, the Orient, Europe, and the Canadian provinces.

Bruce Pearson has taught at the elementary, junior high, high school and college level for over thirty years. Twice nominated for the prestigious Excellence in Education Award, he was recognized as “most outstanding in the field of music” for the state of Minnesota. In December, 1998, Dr. Pearson, “in recognition of his outstanding contribution to music education,” was awarded the prestigious Midwest International Band and Orchestra Director’s Clinic Medal of Honor.

In 2001, he was awarded St. Cloud State University’s Distinguished Service To Music Award “in appreciation for lifelong contribution to music and music education”. In 2007, Dr. Pearson received St. Cloud State University’s “Distinguished Alumni Award.” That same year he was recognized as the first Patron for the Maryborough Conference in Queensland, Australia.

Dr. Pearson continues to serve as a guest lecturer, clinician, and conductor in addition to his work as a composer, arranger, and author.

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