MSU Band, Conn-Selmer Education Collaborate to Host Clinics for New, Future Teachers

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Conn Selmer Clinic


A Mississippi native and graduate of the Mississippi State University Department of Music returned to her home state this weekend (August 23-24) to host two clinics for new and future teachers.

Dr. Nola Jones, Southeast Director of Education for the Conn-Selmer Corporation, spent Friday on the MSU campus speaking to the Beginning Conducting and Secondary Instrumental Methods classes. She spoke of the important role these future educators would play in the lives of their students.  In many cases, their role would be “life changing,” according to Jones.

On Saturday, Dr. Jones presented a clinic for young band directors prior to the Fall business meeting of the Mississippi Bandmasters Association. Twenty-three music educators from throughout the state attended this clinic, which focused on topics of interest to young teachers.  Most in attendance have been teaching five years or less.  After the clinic, members of the MSU band faculty facilitated roundtable discussions concentrating on many issues young directors face.

The clinic was developed for the purpose of helping retain these teachers in the education profession. Organized by Director of Bands, Elva Kaye Lance, the clinic was a collaboration between the Maroon Band, the Mississippi Bandmasters Association, Conn-Selmer Education, Mississippi Music, and Amro Music.


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