2021 Midwest Clinic

Welcome music educators! Our team is looking forward to meeting you at this year’s Midwest Clinic International Band, Orchestra and Music Conference and serving your professional needs in any way we can. Ask us about the free resources we have on program planning, advocacy, funding and other teaching and professional development needs.

The Midwest Clinic gives us an opportunity to connect with all of you and to remind you that Yamaha is your partner in music education, not just through our great instruments and professional audio products but also with resources, support and professional development.

ChicagoSkylineWe know how difficult this past year has been as we navigated through these uncertain times, and we want to express our appreciation and gratitude for everyone involved in making this conference possible. We want to continue to hear about your programs and learn about you and your specific needs to see how Yamaha can partner with you to help.

Stop by our booth to say hello and check out our new layout. We’re eager to talk with you about your needs as a performer or educator. See you in Chicago!

If you need help or have additional questions, please feel free to reach out directly to us at educators@yamaha.com. Sign up for the Yamaha Educator newsletter to access advocacy, professional development, information on instruments, resources, partnerships in education and more.


Yamaha Product Showcase at Midwest

Come see Yamaha Performing Artist Dr. Thomas Bough and Yamaha Winds Product Manager Jonathan Goldman.

  • Session Title: “EDUCATE. ELEVATE. The New HD-300 Harmony Director by Yamaha.”
  • Session Date and Time: Wednesday, December 15, 12:15 – 1:15 p.m. (W180)
  • Description: The New Harmony Director HD-300 combines the HD-200’s powerful ear training with dynamic new educational features and a simplified user interface. The addition of a mobile app that can act as a stand-alone tuner as well as a hardware controller makes the new HD-300 a complete package that can not only make a teacher’s job easier but also help their students play “IN TUNE, IN TONE, IN TIME and at the CORRECT VOLUME.”

Yamaha Performing Artist and Master Educator Clinics and Performances

Wednesday, December 15

  • 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. — James Yakas‘ clinic on “Hands-on Percussion for the Non-Percussion Educator: Basics of Snare and Mallets” (W193)
  • 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. — Jeff Grogan‘s Chat Room Session on “Inspiration from the Podium” (W182)
  • 12:15 – 1:15 p.m. — Douglas Droste‘s clinic on “Sensory Friendly Concerts for Your School” (W185)
  • 12:15 – 1:15 p.m. — Jeffrey Loeffert, Geoffrey Deibel, Kimberly Goddard Loeffert, Joseph Lulloff, John Nichol and Jonathan Nichol‘s clinic on “The 12-Month Musician vs. the 9-Month Musician: Strategies for Fostering Musical Growth Over the Summer Months” (W181)
  • 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. — Eric Whitacre performs with the Las Vegas Academy (375E)
  • 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. — Christopher Creviston performs with the Mountain Ridge High School Sacophone Quartet (W190)
  • 3:45 – 4:45 p.m. — Craig Kirchhoff‘s clinic on “Audience Engagement — Considerations for Music Performance” (W185)
  • 4:15 – 4:45 p.m. — Yamaha Education team members Heather Mansell and Dr. Dave Gerhart’s SHOP Talk on “Show Me How to Get the Money —  A New Look at Federal Funds for Music Education” (W193)
  • 5:30 -6:30 p.m. — Christopher Ayer‘s clinic on “Clarinet 102” (W193)
  • 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. — Eric Whitacre‘s clinic on “Conversation, Questions and Answers with Composer Eric Whitacre” (W184)
  • 7:30 – 8:45 p.m. — Rob Parton‘s “UNT Two O’clock Lab Band” (W196)
  • 8:00 – 9:30 p.m. — Jerry Junkin guest conducts the U.S. Army Field Band (375 AB)

Thursday, December 16

  • 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. — Jerry Junkin‘s clinic on “Carl St. Clair and Jerry Junkin — A Coincidences of Careers, University of Michigan 1982-84” (W184)
  • 11:45 a.m. — Marcia Neel, keynote speaker at Women Band Directors’ luncheon (TBD)
  • 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. — Cheryl and Richard Floyd‘s clinic on “An Interview/Conversation with Richard and Cheryl Floyd” (W185)
  • 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. — Jerry Junkin and former Yamaha Young Performing Artist Michael Swiren conduct the Leander High School Wind Ensemble (375AB)
  • 1:30 p.m. — Meet & Greet and signing with Eric Whitacre (Yamaha booth 301)
  • 2:45 – 3:30 p.m. — Jeff Grogan guest conducts the Kleb Chamber Orchestra (W190)
  • 2:45 – 3:45 p.m. — J. Peyden Shelton‘s clinic on “Connecting With Your Voice: The Enhancement of Brass Performance Through Vocal Techniques” (W186)
  • 2:45 – 3:45 p.m. — Barry Houser‘s clinic on “Get Comfortable With Being Uncomfortable: Being an Ally of Our Students” (W187)
  • 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. — Marguerite Wilder‘s clinic on “Creating Habits of Success in the Young Band” (W179)
  • 5:45 – 6:45 p.m. — Joanna Ross Hersey and Raquel Rodriquez Samayoa perform with the Athena Brass Band (W183)
  • 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. — Jerry JunkinJose Sibaja, Jens Lindemann and Chris Martin perform with The Dallas Winds (375AB)

Friday, December 17

  • 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. — Dan Moore performs with the Wakeland High School Percussion Ensemble (W190)
  • 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. — Omar Thomas‘ clinic on “Embedding Social Emotional Learning in Instrumental Music Education” (W176)
  • 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. — Josh Kauffman‘s clinic on “The Army Blues Jazz Reading Session” (W196)
  • 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. — Kevin Sedatole guest conducts the VanderCook College of Music Symphonic Band (375AB)
  • 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. — Oliver Molina‘s SHOP Talk on “Keyboard Percussion Fundamentals: Sharpening Your Sight-Reading Skills” (W193)
  • 12:15 – 1:15 p.m. — Rodney Dorsey‘s presentation on “What You Need to Know If You are Applying to Perform at Midwest” (W176)
  • 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. — Gerry Miller‘s clinic on “From Stonemason to Sculptor: Blend, Shape and Direction” (featuring the HD-300) (W187)
  • 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. — Marcia Neel participates in the panel on NAMM’s “Practical Advocacy to Preserve and Protect Your Music Program” (W179)
  • 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Bret Kuhn performs with the Stephen F. Austin High School Percussion Ensemble (W190)
  • 2:45 – 3:45 p.m. — Dan Berard conducts the Wakeland High School Wind Symphony (375 AB)
  • 4:30 – 5:45 p.m.  — Sharel Cassity performs with the University of Central Oklahoma Jazz Ensemble I (W196)
  • 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. — Jeff Grogan guest conducts the Klein High School Chamber Orchestra (W190)
  • 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. — Richard Floyd guest conducts and Jens Lindemann performs with the Vandergrift High School Wind Ensemble (375E)


Saturday, December 18

For a complete list of clinics and performances, visit the Midwest Clinic Schedule.


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