Please check out our exciting line up of clinics!

Thursday 03-31-2016

2:30 pm  
Dr. Catherine Palmer
Dr. Catherine Palmer
Hearing Health for Musicians and Music Instructors

Dr. Catherine Palmer, Associate Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders and founder of the Musicians’ Hearing Centers at the University of Pittsburgh, will present “Hearing Health for Musicians and Music Instructors.”  During the clinic, Dr. Palmer will review the anatomy of sound induced hearing loss that is experienced by musicians and music instructors.  This type of hearing loss is 100% preventable.  Current methods for environmental manipulation to reduce damaging sound and sound attenuation through musician earplugs will be described.  In the past, musicians have often rejected earplugs due to poor sound quality and sound fidelity but these issues have been largely solved through improved hearing protection that is designed to reduce sound but maintain fidelity which is essential for musicians. Specific solutions for various instruments and musical situations will be presented. Music instructors’ responsibility for educating and protecting students will be discussed.

Sponsored by a Grant from the ACB Life Membership
2:30 pm  
Jack DiIanni
Jack DiIanni
Percussion and the Community Band

Jack DiIanni, principal timpanist with The Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra and drummer of the big band “Jazz Conspirarcy,” will demonstrate effective techniques and methods for choosing the proper instruments and approaches toward creating a percussion section that sounds as good as the band. 

3:45 pm  
Dr. Roger Dannenburg
Dr. Roger Dannenberg
Music and Technology

Dr. Roger Dannenberg, Professor of Computer Science, Art & Music at Carnegie Mellon University, co-creator of the audio software Audacity, and accomplished trumpet player, will discuss current trends in electronic technology in music creation, performance, and education. Having had a hand in creating such technologies for music practice as SmartMusic, Audacity, and Music Prodigy, Dr. Dannenberg will not only educate attendees on the benefits of these tools, but also demonstrate some possibilities for the future of “computer music.”
3:45 pm  
Dr. Maribeth Knaub
Dr. Maribeth Knaub
Alexander Technique and the Musician 

Dr. Maribeth Knaub, adjunct Professor at Duquesne University and Alexander Technique International certified teacher, will introduce attendees to the basic principles of the Alexander Technique.  This technique is an approach to learning about ourselves through movement, which helps musicians maximize the efficiency of their physical movement through the elimination of tension, and improve the quality of the music itself.

Sponsored by a Grant from the ACB Life Membership

Friday 04-01-2016

2:00 pm
  
James Gourlay
Dr. James Gourlay
Brass Techniques

Dr. James Gourlay, Music Director of River City Brass, internationally known tuba soloist and chamber musician, and conductor of the ACB2016 convention band, will present a “Brass Masters” clinic focusing on low brass.  Several attendees will have the opportunity to prepare a piece of music then receive tips and tricks from the perspective of the creative and passionate Dr. Gourlay that will benefit everyone in attendance.
 2:00 pm
Moderator
Round Table Discussions
 3:15 pm  
Jerry Brubaker
Jerry Brubaker
Joseph Ramirez
Joseph Ramirez
 US Copyright Law and How it Pertains to Community Bands

Jerry Brubaker, noted composer/arranger and President Elect of the ACB, will be joined by attorney Joseph Ramirez to present “US Copyright Law and How it Pertains to Community Bands.”  Mr. Brubaker’s recent article in the ACB Journal, “Playing by the Rules,” provided important details outlining what we can and cannot do with respect to copyright, and in this presentation will further explore the issue and how it is beneficial knowledge for all community band members. Mr. Ramirez has been a member of East Winds Symphonic Band since 1999. He is an attorney with UPMC where his responsibilities include intellectual property compliance. This clinic, though essential for conductors and librarians can be beneficial to all of us as community band members.