The Complete Band Director Workshop | Capital University, Columbus Ohio


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  • The Complete Band Director Workshop

    June 18 – 21, 2019

    Registration is Now Open! Register today to reserve your place!


    This is a comprehensive workshop for elementary, middle school, junior high, and high school instrumental music teachers.

    To meet the challenge of establishing a well-balanced instrumental music program, we need to expose our students to a variety of instructional and performance opportunities. For the first-year teacher to the seasoned pro, this workshop is designed to enhance the positive experiences of dealing with the concert band, marching band and jazz band. 

    A workshop featuring practical solutions for today's instrumental music teacher.

    • Special appearances by noted composers and music educators Peter Boonshaft and James Swearingen.
    • Sessions on developing and balancing your band program and preparing for adjudicated events by OMEA’s Director of Adjudications William Guegold.
    • Sessions on woodwind recruiting and development by Capital Conservatory faculty Dr. Lisa Jelle (flute) and Dr. Gail Zugger (clarinet), along with central Ohio private teachers Mary Malone and Ruby Ti (joined by their young private students).
    • Session on low brass recruiting and development by Capital Conservatory faculty member Tony Zilincik (tuba) and Grove City's Jason Graham (joined by one of his younger students).
    • Session on communicating from the podium and expressive conducting by Heidelberg's Jon Waters and William Guegold.
    • Using technology to provide authentic assessment in your program by Dublin Jerome’s Brian Stevens.
    • How to develop a strong partnership and support with your administration by Gahanna Jefferson’s Rob Cebriak and Greg Miller.
    • Panel discussion and Q & A on how to effectively use OMEA-sponsored adjudicated events to help develop and strengthen your program; facilitated by Brian Stevens, and including Jason Graham and Licking Heights' Meg Beavers.
    • Interactive sessions on instrument repair led by Rob Phillips of Buckeye Brass & Winds
    • Jazz and improvisational education tips by the Columbus Jazz Arts Group’s Zach Compston and Michael Cox.
    • Several reading sessions (one featuring new selections to the OMEA 2019-20 AE LG list), a concert, and a private reception hosted by Stanton’s Sheet Music.
    • An opportunity to earn two graduate credits in only three and a half days! Workshop credit may be applied to our summers-only master’s degree in music education with instrumental emphasis.
    • Sponsored by Capital University’s Conservatory of Music and Stanton’s Sheet Music.

    Reserve your seat now by registering online. 

    Register Here  

    Enrollment is limited to 60 participants.
    The deadline for registration is June 2. After this date, you will need to call Jim Dowdy at 614.855.3479 to find out if openings are available.

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    • Workshop Fees

      • The fee for attending the workshop is $250.
      • Housing (with AC) is available for three nights (T, W, TH) at a cost of $78 for double occupancy.
      • Optional Monday night housing for long distance travelers is $26.
      • The workshop fees must be paid online.

      Meals: Available at our Student Union in the student dining room on a per-meal cost. Meals in our dining hall can be purchased at:

      • Breakfasts: $5
      • Lunches: $7
      • Dinners: $9

      If planning for this option, remember that you are all invited to a catered lunch on Thursday.

      Credit Fees

      (If needed, you will choose one)
      • 2 semester hours of Graduate level credit: $300 transcripting fee
      • You may also take this workshop to earn credit toward Capital's Master of Music Degree in Music Education for a fee of $1,200 (Note: The $250 workshop fee will be waived). Call Jim Dowdy at 614.855.3479 if you are interested in this program.

      PLEASE NOTE: Graduate credit fees must be paid by check when you register for the workshop on the morning of June 18, 2019.

      Please mark on your online application which type of credit you are interested in, and we will send you the necessary forms to fill out in advance of your arrival.
      Once you have filled out the online application and paid your workshop fees, you will receive notification by email that you are officially registered for The Complete Band Director Workshop. Additional materials (letter, map, syllabus, graduate credit forms, schedule, etc.) will be sent by email in advance of the workshop. 

      For more information about the workshop, contact Jim Dowdy at 614.855.3479.


    • Comments from Former Participants

      "Jim Swearingen's "The Complete Band Director Workshop" is a "must attend" for any band director committed to improving the quality of their band program. Not only does this workshop provide a great number of ideas and helpful tips, but the passion and enthusiasm of the outstanding clinicians will inspire you to become a better educator." -- Joe Burke, Hilliard Heritage Middle School, Hilliard, Ohio.    
      "The Complete Band Director Workshop continues to be the finest, most relevant gathering of its kind. In this new era of licensure, continuing education credits and IPDPs, this workshop offers the perfect opportunity to remain current and effective, both in the classroom and in performance." -- Jim Dowdy, Capital University Junior Winds, Columbus, Ohio  
      "In 12 years of teaching, I never have attended a conference with the mixture of education, good fellowship and just plain fun than The Complete Band Director Workshop! Being from out of state, I have gained new insight into many facets of the 'music education experience.' If you miss this, you really have missed a great experience! Sometimes band directors feel like they're alone in the world. This workshop makes you feel like a member of the family." -- Lee Ann Lykens, Liberty (Raleigh) High School, Glen Daniel, W. Va.  
      "The complete workshop!! Tremendous clinicians, great handouts and all areas covered. This workshop renewed my beliefs in striving for a balanced program and for putting our students, and the experiences we can present, at the focal point of our teaching." -- Elmer Broecker, West Jefferson High School, West Jefferson, Ohio.    

      Sponsored by Capital University's Conservatory of Music and Stanton's Sheet Music.