The Complete Band Director Workshop | Capital University, Columbus Ohio


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  • The Complete Band Director Workshop

    June 19 – 22, 2018

    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 Robert Sheldon and Michael Sweeney.
    • Sessions on rehearsal techniques, programming, score study, technology and more by MARY SCHNEIDER (Eastern Michigan University), MARK DONAVAN (Jazz Arts Group), and Capital faculty JEFF GERSHMAN, RYAN SHAW, LYNDA HASSELER, LISA JELLE and more.
    • 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 Ryan Shaw at 614.236.6261 to find out if openings are available.


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    • Workshop Fees

      • The fee for attending the workshop is $240.
      • Housing (with AC) is available for three nights (T, W, TH) at a cost of $76.50 for double occupancy.
      • Optional Monday night housing for long distance travelers is $25.50
      • The workshop fees must be paid online.

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

      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 $1,150 (Note: The $240 workshop fee will be waived). Call Ryan Shaw at 614.236.6261 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 19, 2018.

      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 Ryan Shaw at 614.236.6261.


      Special appearances by noted composers and music educators ROBERT SHELDON and MICHAEL SWEENEY.

      Sessions on rehearsal techniques, programming, score study, technology and more by MARY SCHNEIDER (Eastern Michigan University), MARK DONAVAN (Jazz Arts Group), and Capital faculty JEFF GERSHMAN, RYAN SHAW, LISA JELLE and more.

      Workshop credit may be applied to our summers-only master’s degree programs in music education with instrumental emphasis.

      Reserve your spot now and register online


    • 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.