November 3, 2015
Richard Victor, Clinician
"Swingin’ From the Start: Teaching the Basics of Jazz and Improvisation in a Concert Band Setting”
"At the Table or On the Menu: Essential Advocacy Advice for Music Educators"
PMEA District 12 Professional Development Day
Garnet Valley High School
Glen Mills, PA

RECENT EVENTS

November 8, 2016
Richard Victor, Presenter
"United We Survive: Get Your Music Department on the Same Page!"
"Swingin’ From the Start: Teaching the Basics of Jazz and Improvisation to Young Instrumentalists in a Concert Band Setting”
PMEA District 11 Professional Development Conference
Montgomery County Community College

October 12, 2015
Richard Victor, Clinician
"Swingin’ From the Start: Teaching the Basics of Jazz and Improvisation in a Concert Band Setting”
"Jazz Band Reading Session"
PMEA District 7 Professional Development Day
Lower Dauphin Middle School
Hummelstown, PA


October 2, 2015
Richard Victor, Presenter
"Swingin’ From the Start: Teaching the Basics of Jazz and Improvisation in a Concert Band Setting”
"At the Table or On the Menu: Essential Advocacy Advice for Music Educators"
Delaware State Music Educators Association Conference
JBM Intermediate School 
Smyrna, DE

May 13, 2016
Richard Victor, Adjudicator
State College Area High School Jazz Festival
State College, PA


May 6, 2016
Richard Victor, Adjudicator
Music in the Parks HersheyPark Festival
Hershey, PA

February 20, 2016
Richard Victor, Presenter
“At the Table or On the Menu: Essential Advocacy Advice for Future Music Educators”
Pennsylvania Collegiate Music Educator Association Region 6 Conference
West Chester University
West Chester, PA

February 18, 2016
Richard Victor, Presenter
"Swingin’ From the Start: Teaching the Basics of Jazz and Improvisation in a Concert Band Setting”
NJMEA 2016 State Conference
Hilton Hotel and Conference Center
East Brunswick, NJ

October 26, 2015 
Jennifer S. McDonel and Richard Victor, Presenters
"Inspiring Creativity Through Jazz: Swing Style and Improvisation in Concert Band"
NAfME National In-Service Conference 
Nashville, TN 


October 25, 2015 
Richard Victor, Presenter 
"United We Survive: Get Your Music Department on the Same Page!" 
NAfME National In-Service Conference 
Nashville, TN 

January 2-7, 2016
Jennifer S. McDonel, Presenter
"Teacher Training and Music Curriculum Development Using MLT"
MusicArts Society
Kathmandu, Nepal

March 31, 2016
Richard Victor, Presenter
"United We Survive: Get Your Music Department on the Same Page!"
PMEA Annual In-Service Conference
Hershey, PA

March 19, 2016
Jennifer S. McDonel, Presenter
"Improvis-Orffing with an MLT Mix: Playing with Music Languages!"
Virginia Highlands Orff-Schulwerk Association Workshop
Radford University Radford, VA

February 29, 2016
Richard Victor, Panelist                                           
Partnership for Music Teacher Excellence Seminar
The Pennsylvania State University
State College, PA

November 2, 2015
Richard Victor, Presenter
"Advocacy In Action: Creating a K-12 Music Support Group"
Rose-Tree Media School District
Media, PA

November 17, 2016
Jennifer S. McDonel and Richard Victor, Clinicians
"Let’s ALL Improvise! Guiding Creativity Through Jazz Music in Concert Band”
2016 VMEA Professional Development Conference
The Omni Homestead Resort, Hot Springs, VA

November 12, 2016
Richard Victor, Panelist
“Preparing for Teacher Interviews”
Pennsylvania Collegiate Music Educator Association Region 3 Fall Workshop
Penn State University
University Park, PA


I attended "Move into More Expressive Conducting" at the NYSSMA Winter Conference. In this session, we learned that any music teacher can just give every beat to their ensemble(s) when they're conducting but doing so doesn't only lack musicality but also robs students of opportunities to build upon their musicianship, musicality, internalization of music, and even critical thinking. We went over a few popular scores for intermediate ensembles and discovered how musical we can be with our conducting. The award for best pace goes to this session. Jennifer McDonel and Richard Victor kept us engaged the entire time. Other sessions were very dull, to say the least. Just lots of bulleted powerpoint slides and even more talking. This was real hands-on stuff!

- - - Derek Chasen

Professional Development Services for Music Educators . . . and More!

June 25-26, 2016
Jennifer S. McDonel, Clinician
"La clase de instrumento según la MLT de Edwin Gordon”(Music Learning Theory Applied to Instrumental Music)
Madrid, Spain


June 27-28, 2016
Jennifer S. McDonel, Clinician
"La clase de instrumento según la MLT de Edwin Gordon” (Music Learning Theory Applied to Instrumental Music)

Barcelona, Spain