National Guard Band Directors
Scholarship Luncheons

June 19-21, 2018

The National Guard has various scholarship programs for your band members and has been traveling across the state meeting with band directors, coaches, athletic directors, principals and administrators. These programs can include up to full scholarships as well as monthly duty pay and various other benefits. The recruiters who will be at the lunch will be not only familiar with your schools but also will be able to sit down with you and explain all the various options available to student/band members through the National Guard. Please let us know if you can attend by contacting Graham David at 513-600-6557 (

Sacred Harp Singing School
Spivey Hall | July 13, 2018

Singers and history buffs alike will thoroughly enjoy the annual Singing held in the acoustically phenomenal Spivey Hall.  Though not required, this three-hour class will teach you the rudiments of Sacred Harp Singing, or shape‐note singing which involves singing parts without accompaniment. Repertoire includes psalms, fugues, odes, and anthems as well as folk songs & revival hymns. Non‐denominational this event emphasizes participation, not expertise.

Spivey Hall Summer World Music Festival
Spivey hall | jUNE 26-28, 2018

The Spivey Hall Summer World Music Festival creates a three-day musical journey around the world. Visit India, Japan, Spain, Russia, Brazil, and America's Cajun Country! Two world music performances per day plus instrument petting zoos, musical crafts, and a globally-inspired menu at Clayton State’s University Center. This is a great field trip experience for day camp groups, families, and a cool place to visit for patrons of all ages during the hot summer months.

Summer Music Technology Symposium
McConnell Middle School | May 30-31, 2018

Gwinnett County Public Schools will be hosting the 1st Annual Summer Music Technology Symposium on May 30-31 at McConnell Middle School. The symposium features three tracks: Elementary Music Teachers, Middle/High School Music Teachers and Music Technology Teachers. Each track will be designed to share information on how teachers can effectively integrate technology into their classrooms to enhance, communication, organization, collaboration and learning. Morning sessions will be presentations of technology apps and uses with the afternoon sessions devoted to hands on creation of instructional activities and resources using technology. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required. Please register by May 15. Email Heath Jones at for link to registration.

Developing Independent Musicians Workshop
McClesky Middle School | July 9-11, 2018

Helping students/singers become musically literate is central to the school and church music curriculum. The workshop will focus on implementing a sound before symbol approach to teaching music literacy resulting in independent musicians rather than savvy symbol decoders. Working from the premise that students learn musical skills in much the same order as they do language skills, participants will explore how we ‘learn’ music through hearing and imitating patterns before reading (translating notation into sound) and writing (translating sound into notation). The pedagogy also includes a sequence of instruction that results in a strong link between sound and notation.The TAKADIMI rhythm-pedagogy system, a beat-oriented system whose originators see it as evolving from Gordon’s syllables, will be incorporated. The rhythm syllables can easily be applied in the elementary music classroom, instrumental and choral rehearsals and collegiate aural skills courses. The tonal process will incorporate moveable ‘do’ and ‘la’ minor, a relative solmization system based on sound rather than the fixed ‘do’ system, which is visual based. In one of his articles, Kodaly wrote: "If we give a note a relative solmization name, we are also saying what its function is ...With the giving of the name we are determining its function in tonality." Teaching strategies and activities for developing tonal and rhythm reading readiness, literacy, audiation, musical memory, dictation, improvisation and aural skills, and elementary composition will be addressed. In addition skills will be applied to octavos via curriculum maps