The following featured clinicians will offer an array of compelling workshops at the TMEA annual Clinic/Convention. When the convention schedule is available, be sure to check for their clinics and add them to your personal schedule.
Anthony J. Maiello, George Mason Univ
- Conducting: A Hands-on Approach
- Conducting Nuances - Little Things Mean A Lot
- How's Your Conducting I.Q.? (Inspirational Quotient)
- Serious Score Study
Anthony J. Maiello, Artistic Director and Conductor of American Festival Pops Orchestra, Washington, D.C., makes professional appearances nationally and abroad. He conducted musical activities for the gold medal ceremonies at the 1980 Winter Olympics in New York, served as Musical Director for Music Festivals International, was selected as President of International Association of Jazz Educators/New York State Chapter, and is a guest clinician for Yamaha Corporation and Warner Bros. Publications.
Maiello has served as Associate Conductor of the McLean Orchestra in Virginia, been appointed an Honorary Conductor of the United States Navy Band, Washington, D.C., and was a participant in the National Conducting Institute with Leonard Slatkin and the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C., to which he continues as a cover conductor.
Maiello received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music education from Ithaca College and has extensive experience teaching in the public schools and at the university level. Currently a professor at George Mason University’s School of Music, Maiello teaches graduate and undergraduate conducting, all levels of aural skills, and jazz theory and arranging. He founded and conducted the GMU Wind Ensemble and GMU Chamber Orchestra. He has served as Associate Director of the School of Music, Conductor of the GMU Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Band, and Director of the GMU Jazz Ensemble.
Maiello is the author of Conducting Nuances and Conducting: A Hands-on Approach. He also coauthored The 21st Century Band Method. He is the founder and Conductor/Artistic Director of the American Festival Pops Orchestra, a professional ensemble in the greater Washington, D.C. metropolitan area dedicated to promoting and performing the finest in American popular music.
James Mick, Ithaca College
- Good Vibrations: An Analysis of String Instrument Vibrato
- A Little Bit of…Pace…Time: Getting the Most from Your Orchestra Rehearsals
- Double Bass 101: Foundations for Building Strong Players
- Energize Your Orchestra Rehearsal: Getting in Touch with Your Inner Seventh Grader
James Mick is an associate professor of music education at Ithaca College in upstate New York. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in string pedagogy, orchestral rehearsal techniques, instrumental conducting, psychology of music teaching, and contemporary ensembles in the public schools.
A passionate music educator and ardent supporter of public school music programs, Mick currently serves as president of the New York American String Teachers Association and frequently works with public school students of all ages and abilities. A popular guest conductor, he has been invited to work with students in a variety of settings ranging from individual school and all-district events to all-county and all-state honor festivals.
An active clinician, Mick has recently presented at many local and national conferences including the American String Teachers Association National Conference, the Midwest International Band & Orchestra Clinic, and various state conferences. He is also a frequent invited guest speaker at a variety of institutions of higher education.
Originally a native of Kansas, Mick has taught elementary and middle school orchestra in Texas and high school orchestra and jazz in New York. Mick holds degrees in music education from Florida State University (PhD), Ithaca College (MM), and Texas Christian University (BME). His research interests include performance perceptions, string instrument vibrato, and music preferences.
Donald Neuen, Shepherd's Grove Church
- Teaching a Beautifully Expressive and Impacting Vocal/Choral Tone
- English Diction that Ensures Understanding and Textual Meaning
- Forward Motion, Rhythmic Interest, and Phrasing
- Score Preparation and Interpretation
In 1993, after 12 years on the faculty of the Eastman School of Music, Rochester New York, Donald Neuen accepted the position of Professor of Music/Conducting and Director of Choral Activities for UCLA. He developed the highly acclaimed UCLA Chorale and a graduate program in choral conducting. He retired from UCLA July 2014.
Neuen is currently the Choral Conductor and Minister of Music with the Shepherd’s Grove Church, Orange County, Calif. (formerly the Crystal Cathedral), and the internationally televised Hour of Power, viewed by millions throughout the world each week. Prior to his position at the Eastman School of Music, Neuen served on the faculties of the University of Wisconsin, the University of Tennessee, and Ball State University and as Director of both Choral and Orchestral Activities for Georgia State University.
Robert Shaw brought Neuen to Atlanta in 1970 as his Assistant Conductor and Director of Choral Activities to create the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus. Shaw, a major force in Neuen’s development as a choral conductor, was his teacher, musical advisor, and mentor. Neuen was a member of the Robert Shaw Chorale.
His wide range of choral experience includes teaching all levels of public school music: church, community, symphony, collegiate choruses, chamber music, and opera. Neuen has also been innovative in the areas of jazz and show choirs. He has served as guest conductor, lecturer, and clinician throughout the United States and around the world.
Neuen studied extensively with major renowned choral conductors Robert Shaw and Roger Wagner and with musicologists Julius Herford, Alfred Mann, Karl Geiringer, Lara Hoggard, and Patrick Macy. His musical editions and compositions are published by Lawson-Gould, Hinshaw Music, Inc., and The Choristers Guild
- Movin’ and Groovin'
- Percussion Parade 2.0
- Recorder Romps
- Hoop Groups
- Sing! Sing! Sing!
- Express Yourself!
Artie Almeida recently retired after 37 years of teaching in the public schools. She was the music specialist at Bear Lake Elementary school in the Orlando area, where she taught 1,200 K–5 students. Her dynamic groups have performed for NAfME, AOSA, and on the NBC Today Show. Look for The Bear Lake Sound in the upcoming music education advocacy documentary “Marching Beyond Halftime.” Almeida was chosen as Florida Music Educator of the Year, and selected as an International Educator 2006 by the Cambridge England Biographical Society. She was a Teacher of the Year at the school level six times, finalist for Florida Teacher of the Year, and was recently chosen as a University of Central Florida Alumni of the Decade. Almeida was included in the publications Who’s Who in American Education, and Great Minds of the 21st Century.
- Repertoire and Activities For Nurturing Musical Awareness and Skills in Pre-Literate Students
- Repertoire and Activities for Nurturing Musical Awareness and Skills in Grades 1-2
- Sequencing Movement Skills in Grades PK-2
- Children’s Singing Games in the North American African Diaspora
- Singing Games, Play Party Games, and Dances for Everyone
- Repertoire and Activities for Nurturing Musical Awareness and Skills in Grades 3-5
Jill Trinka is Professor and Coordinator of Music Education at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate ear training and sight-singing, elementary music methods, and classroom instrument courses. She has directed Kodály Institutes for the University of Texas, University of North Texas, DePaul University, Portland State University, and the University of St. Thomas, and currently directs the West Chester University Kodály Certificate Program. She has taught in Kodály programs at Texas Tech University, Holy Names University, Fresno State, and The Hartt School. A past-president of the Organization of American Kodály Educators and 2003 recipient of their Outstanding Educator Award, Trinka is internationally known by children, parents, and music educators as “a dynamic, winsome, and energetic teacher and performer.” Her performances bring new life to the musical and cultural treasures of American folk music as she accompanies herself on the dulcimer, autoharp, guitar, and banjo. Trinka’s publications are available from GIA Music.
Alice Hammel, James Madison Univ
- Why Can’t They Just Sit Still and Listen: ADHD Myths and Realities
- Assessing Students Who Learn Differently
- Poverty (Equity, Access, Diversity) and Music Education
- Classroom Management: Want vs. Need
Alice Hammel teaches on the music education faculty at James Madison University and the music theory faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University, teaches online coursework through the University of Arkansas, and maintains an active independent flute studio. Her expertise includes musicianship, pedagogy, and teaching students who learn differently. At our convention in February, Hammel will present sessions on working with students within the Autism spectrum, differentiated assessment, poverty and music education, and classroom management.
Hammel has put her varied experiences to great use while compiling a large body of scholarly work. She is a coauthor of four texts: Teaching Music to Students with Special Needs: A Label-free Approach, Teaching Music to Students with Autism, Winding It Back: Teaching to Individual Differences in Music Classroom and Ensemble Settings, and Teaching Music to Students with Special Needs: A Practical Resource. Hammel has contributed chapters to several other Oxford University Press resources including Composing Our Future and Exceptional Pedagogy.
Hammel has presented multiple workshops for arts educators and arts administrators through the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts association. She serves on the committee for the Kennedy Center National Forum: Examining the Intersection of Arts Education and Special Education, and serves on the planning committee for their annual national conference. Hammel is Chair of the NAfME Task Force on Students with Special Needs. She is on the Editorial Board of the Council for Exceptional Children, Division for the Arts, is a member of the Teacher Education and Editorial Board Committees, and is Member-at-Large for the Organization of American Kodály Educators. In addition, she serves as an expert with the National Association for Music Education’s Solutions Music Group and is a Conn-Selmer Clinician.
Donald A. Hodges, Univ of North Carolina - Greensboro
- The Sister Wendy Philosophy of Music: Part 1
- The Sister Wendy Philosophy of Music: Part 2. Does Neuroscience Support These Ideas?
- How and Why Does Music Move Us So?
- Can Neuroscience Help Us Do a Better Job of Teaching Music?
Donald A. Hodges is Professor Emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where he served as Covington Distinguished Professor of Music Education and Director of the Music Research Institute from 2003 to 2013. At our convention Hodges will present sessions on the practical implications of the latest research in neuroscience and music psychology.
His degrees are from the University of Kansas (BME) and the University of Texas (MM and PhD). Previous appointments include the Philadelphia public schools, the University of South Carolina, Southern Methodist University, and UT/San Antonio.
Hodges is the author of A Concise Survey of Music Philosophy, coauthor of Music in the Human Experience: An Introduction to Music Psychology, contributing editor of the Handbook of Music Psychology and the accompanying multimedia companion, and author of numerous papers in music psychology and music education.
Recent research efforts have included a series of brain imaging studies of pianists, conductors, and singers using PET and fMRI. Hodges has served on the editorial committees of the Journal of Research in Music Education, Music Educators Journal, Reviews of Research in Human Learning and Music, and Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, and he has presented across the U.S. and the world.