Professional Development Days with Dr Robert McWilliams

Professional Development Days with Dr Robert McWilliams

Coming Soon! 17 May 2019
    Auckland - New Zealand
    09:00 AM - 03:00 AM
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    ABODA and the YAMAHA Education Outreach program are pleased to bring Dr Rob McWilliams to New Zealand for two days of professional development clinics.

    For those who have met and worked with Dr McWilliams, you will know he is an extremely talented and highly respected educator who now resides back in Australia after working for 23years in the USA. He was most recently Director of Bands and Head of Department at the University of Wisconsin. Whilst in the USA, he completed Masters and Doctorate degrees in Instrument Music Education and Conducting. His passion is to be in the front line, in schools and the community, helping ensemble directors, teachers and students reach full potential. Dr McWilliams experience as a musician and director cover all ensemble areas from Orchestra, concert band and Jazz Band

    and will be hosting a two-day series of clinics to help teachers at all levels of experience work with their music programs in school and their ensembles to develop strategies and support better music making.

     Date: Friday May 17th  10am – 4pm

     Some topics from the day.

     “Strategies and materials for convincing stakeholders on the value of instrumental music learning”

    This session will cover effective strategies and materials that are persuasive for students, parents, administrators, etc. to support recruitment and retention in instrumental learning.  Exciting new developments in research to support this will be shared and identified.

     “Choosing and preparing repertoire that will be rewarding for all – players, conductors, and audience”

    This session will address choosing repertoire that provides the optimum means for developing musicianship and expressive playing. Suggested repertoire and reasons for inclusion will be covered.  Effective methods for preparing and studying repertoire will also be addressed including how to study and mark scores to be ready for effective rehearsals.

     “Rehearsal strategies that build musicianship skills and develop your ensemble faster!”

    This session will explore rehearsal strategies that are focused on getting the players’ ears more involved in the process so that they hear the issues needing to be addressed and can generate solutions that will transfer to other aspects of their playing.  This approach develops musicianship significantly faster when applied consistently and results in more cohesive ensemble playing.

    Please bring your instrument as at the latter part of the day for a short time, Dr Mc Williams will run a  basic “teacher ensemble” to discuss some of the concepts in preparation for  the Saturday clinic. This will be a very relaxed and fun session.

     Date Saturday May 18th 10am – 12pm

    Live interactive conducting clinic with The West City Youth Concert Band.

    Dr McWilliams will be working with all aspects of the live ensemble to show best practice and techniques and strategies for developing a better ensemble program with in your school and also how to get more from you existing ensembles and what to be prepared for as the teacher-ensemble director.

     “Revisiting key fundamentals in conducting technique”

    Good conducting gesture communicates much more than beat & pulse (although this will also be addressed!).  Good conducting technique enables the expressive message to be much more clearly communicated from the podium.  This session will review some of the basic, required techniques for optimum gestural clarity and expression.

    Thank you to YAMAHA, MusicWorks & ABODA for providing this Professional development at no cost, and a big thanks to West City Youth Concert Band for being our training band on Saturday.

     How to Register your Interest and more details:

     Please RSVP to with the following:

    Full Name:

    School you are associated with:

    Role (HOD, Ensemble Director, Itinerant etc:

    Instrument ( please indicate if you would likely bring on the day):

    Lunch – Lunch is not provided on the day, but there are plenty of locations near the venue