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July 11, 2015
Northwest students recently traveled to the Conn-Selmer Institute to broaden their knowledge of music education and classroom resources. Pictured left to right are Ryan Linke; Ally Hilden; Dr Tim Lautzenheiser, a music education leader and vice president of education for Conn-Selmer; Northwest faculty member Dr. Katy Strickland; and Audrey Kubayko. (Submitted photo)
Five Northwest Missouri State University music education students recently traveled to the Conn-Selmer Institute in Mishawaka, Ind., to learn about resources, networks and tools available to them to enhance, sustain and build thriving music education programs.
The senior students – Ryan Linke, Audrey Kubayko, Ryan Gassen, Jonathan Webber and Ally Hilden – attended the workshop June 6-10 on the campus of Bethel College with Dr. Katy Strickland, assistant professor of percussion and music education.
While Conn-Selmer is a prominent American-made instrument manufacturer and music education supporter, the institution’s staff includes nationally renowned middle, high and collegiate music educators as well as fine arts administrators, performers, publishers and music industry leaders.
“The Conn-Selmer Institute was an experience that truly gave me confidence and excitement for teaching music in schools,” Hilden said. “I have never met more positive people that are so passionate about music. It was an experience I will always take with me when I teach, and I truly think it has given me tools that will make me a more effective teacher.”
The students participated in clinics and workshops focused on teaching fundamental skills to young wind and percussion students, leadership, recruiting, budgeting, classroom resources, technology, resume-building and interview skills. Students also participated in a “reading band,” forming a concert band with other attendees to read and evaluate newly-published music.
“The Conn-Selmer Institute was an awesome experience for me, not only as a music student, but as a music educator,” Linke said. “After attending classes taught by the top music educators in the country, as well as having one-on-one conversations with a few of them, I feel much more confident in my teaching abilities and I am more confident going into my student teaching semester this fall.”
Students also toured the Conn-Selmer instrument manufacturing plants, which produce the last American-made instruments. They watched clarinets, flutes, trumpets, trombones and percussion instruments come together from a single piece of raw material.
Additionally, the students visited the University of Notre Dame while traveling and toured some of its facilities.
Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
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