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Dr Bruce Pearson Professional Development Day

July 3, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 3:45 pm

We would like to invite you and your colleagues to this exciting day of professional development with world-renowned music educator, author, composer, and clinician, Dr Bruce Pearson.

At no cost to you or your school!

Wednesday        July 3rd
Venue:                 Wellington College
Time:                     9:30am – 4pm

For more information or any questions please RSVP with the following information to education@musicworks.co.nz.

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9:30 – 10:45 –  Session 1

“Matching Prospective Band Students to Instruments”

One of the most exciting and important events in the life of a prospective band student is selecting the instrument they are going to play.  There are many factors that influence a student’s decision.  This clinic will provide practical suggestions for the selection process, with the goal of ensuring maximum success for both student and band.

11:00 – 12:00 – Session 2 

 “Crafting a purposeful Warm-Up” 

With the help of a demo band, Bruce Pearson will show how to develop a planned and purposeful warm up for your rehearsal.

1:30 – 2:30 – Session 3 

 “Achieving Excellence in the Heterogeneous Band Class”

Teaching beginning band can be exciting, rewarding – and challenging – especially in a heterogeneous setting. In this clinic, Dr. Pearson will share “best practices” for starting the heterogeneous band in their first lessons.

2:45 – 3:45 – Session 4

“Conducting Clinic”

Working with a live ensemble in an interactive conducting session, Bruce Pearson will engage the participants in the skills of conducting your school ensemble.

About Dr Bruce Pearson

Bruce Pearson is a world-renowned music educator, author, composer, and clinician. He is the author of the Standard of Excellence Comprehensive Band Method, widely regarded as the most important contribution to the band music field in the last three decades, as well as 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 Dean Sorenson, the Standard of Excellence Jazz Ensemble Method and the Standard of Excellence Advanced Jazz Ensemble Method.

Bruce Pearson grew up in Bloomington, Minnesota. He has taught at the elementary, junior high, high school, and college levels for over 40 years. . In December of 1998, Dr Pearson was awarded the prestigious Midwest Clinic Medal of Honour in recognition of  his outstanding contributions to music education. In 2007, he was the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award at St. Cloud State University. Also in 2007, he was recognized as the first Patron for the Maryborough Conference in Queensland, Australia. Dr Pearson was selected as a 2017 recipient of University of Northern Colorado’s Honoured Alumni Award. Additionally, the American School Band Directors Association conferred on Dr Pearson the 2014 Edwin Franko Goldman Award “as a symbol of high esteem and respect for outstanding personal contributions to the school band movement.” He continues to serve as a guest lecturer, clinician, and conductor in addition to his work as a composer, arranger, and author.

We are excited to be able to have such a talented educator visit for a day of professional development in the Wellington region.



Register now to avoid disappointment!

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July 3, 2019
9:30 am - 3:45 pm
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Wellington College
15 Dufferin St, Mount Victoria
Wellington, 6021 New Zealand
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04-802 2520
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