Our Clinicians

2023 Habits Clinicians List

We’re dedicated to providing world-class sessions and clinicians aimed to help music teachers around the world develop skills, resources, and methods to bring back to their schools and students at this year’s Habits Summer Institute.

Full information on clinicians, topics, and sessions will be available shortly. Check back frequently for more information.

 

Here’s a look at some of the dynamic programming we have in store!

Click on any one of our HABITS Team clinicians to learn more about them and the workshops they’ll be presenting at this year’s Institute!

Scott Rush

Scott Rush

Author and Clinician

Team Lead for the HABITS Series

Scott Rush is the team lead for the Habits series published by GIA and is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music. He has served as a clinician throughout the United States and Canada and is the author or co-author of fourteen highly touted books in music education, including, Habits of a Successful Band Director, Habits of a Significant Band Director, Habits of a Successful Middle School Band Director, Habits of a Successful Beginner Band Musician, Habits of a Successful Middle School Musician, Habits of a Successful Musician, and Pathway to Success: Habits for Creating a Culture of Excellence in Band, Choir, and Orchestra. He is the former Director of Bands at Wando High School.

Christopher Selby

Christopher Selby

Author and Clinician

Strings Lead for the HABITS Series

Christopher Selby currently directs the high school orchestras at the School of the Arts in Charleston, South Carolina. He is the strings lead for the Habits series published by GIA and is the author of Habits of a Successful Orchestra Director, Music Theory for the Successful String Musician, Habits of a Successful Middle Level String Musician, and Habits of a Successful String Musician. He is active as a clinician and has presented sessions at two Midwest Clinics, the 2016 NAfME National Conference, five ASTA National Conferences, and numerous state conferences.

Margaret Selby

Margaret Selby

Author and Clinician

Middle School Strings Lead for the Habits Series

Margaret Selby is the orchestra director and 2020 Teacher of the Year at Laing Middle School in Mount Pleasant, SC, where her program grew from 42 to 215 students in five years. She is the TMEA 2022 Orchestra Division Feature Clinician, a contributing author to Rehearsing the Middle School Orchestra, and one of the primary writers for a new beginner string method book being released by GIA in the summer of 2024.

Eric Wilkinson

Eric Wilkinson

Author and Clinician

Choir Lead for the HABITS Series

Eric Wilkinson is the director of the Wando High School Choir program in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, and is the choir lead for the Habits series. He is the author of Habits of a Successful Choir Director and a highly touted method book, Habits of a Successful Choral Musician published by GIA. He is sought after as a clinician throughout the United States and was awarded the Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award in 2007.

Jeff Scott

Jeff Scott

Author and Clinician

Middle School Band Lead for the HABITS Series

Jeff Scott is the middle school band team lead for the Habits series published by GIA and is co-author of three highly touted books for middle school music education, including Habits of a Successful Beginner Band Musician, Habits of a Successful Middle School Musician, and Habits of a Successful Middle School Band Director. Jeff currently serves as the Director of Bands at Cario Middle School in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, and is active as an adjudicator and clinician throughout the United States.

Tim Lautzenheiser

Tim Lautzenheiser

Author and Clinician

Leadership and Education

Tim Lautzenheiser is a well-known name in the music education world as a teacher, clinician, author, composer, consultant, and above all, a trusted friend to anyone interested in working with young people to create a culture of excellence. He is the author of several books for GIA, including Pathway to Success, Classic Leadership, Leadership 2, Everyday Wisdom for Inspired Teaching, Music Advocacy and Student Leadership, The Joy of Inspired Teaching, and The Art of Successful Teaching.

Matthew Arau

Matthew Arau

Noted Speaker and Clinician

Upbeat Mindset in Music Education

Dr. Matthew Arau, founder of Upbeat Global, is the Chair of the Music Education Department and Associate Director of Bands at the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music in Appleton, Wisconsin. In addition, Dr. Arau is on the faculty of the American Band College of Central Washington University and VanderCook College of Music. He also serves as a Conn-Selmer Education Clinician, and as Member-at-Large on the NAfME Council for Band Education.

Marguerite Wilder

Marguerite Wilder

Author and Educational Consultant for GIA Publications

Educational Consultant for the Habits Series

Marguerite Wilder is widely recognized as a conductor and clinician, having conducted honor bands throughout the United States, Canada, England, Italy, Turkey, and Australia. Serving as a resource person for in-service sessions, she works with both local and regional school systems and universities. Her clinics on motivational techniques for beginning band are often featured at national conferences.

Michael John Trotta

Michael John Trotta

Choral Composer and Conductor

Choral Track Guest Clinician

Fueled by a passion to share new music that engages conductors, ensembles, and audiences alike, Michael John Trotta (b.1978) is fast becoming one of the most “exciting and prominent new composers of choral music” (Fanfare). Drawing on his experience as a conductor and clinician, he brings artistry and excellence within reach for thousands of musicians each year.

Prior to his work as a full-time composer, his experience as an educator at the elementary, middle school, high school, and university levels – as well as a church music director – infuses his works with “an intimate knowledge of the human voice” and a “rare sensitivity to the capabilities of a choral ensemble” (Fanfare). This, combined with his degrees in music education and a doctorate in choral conducting, have grounded his style in tradition, which blend with his modern sensibilities to “inform the thoughts and aspirations of the people and the time” (Choral Scholar) and to create “tender harmonies and a palette of glowing vocal and instrumental colors” (Gramophone).

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Kevin Boyle

Kevin Boyle

Author and Clinician

Percussion Lead for the Habits Series

Kevin Boyle is Associate Director of Bands at Tapp Middle School in Cobb County, Georgia, and is the percussion lead for the Habits series published by GIA. He has written student percussion books for Habits of a Successful Musician, Habits of a Successful Middle School Musician, and Habits of a Successful Beginner Band Musician.

Mickey Smith, Jr.

Mickey Smith, Jr.

Clinician

First Days, Lasting Ways

Mickey Smith, Jr. is the 2020 GRAMMY Educator of the Year award recipient. Through his love for music, Mickey blends the roles of educator and speaker to create a dynamic experience that entertains, educates, and elevates everyone to
excellence.

Sarah Ball

Sarah Ball

Clinician

Habits of Succcessful Young String Musicians

Sarah Ball has been teaching orchestra for twenty six years, currently at North Gwinnett Middle School in Sugar Hill, Ga, where she is one of two orchestra directors. The NGMS orchestra program has 475 students enrolled in grades 6-8. The 8 th grade orchestra was selected to perform at GMEA in January (2012), and received the GMEA Exemplary Performance Award in 2009 and 2015. In December 2013, the NGMS Honor Orchestra was one of three middle school orchestras selected internationally to perform in Chicago, Illinois at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic, and has performed at Carnegie Hall.The NGMS music department was recently awarded the inaugural Exemplary Program Award from GMEA (2017-18).

Mrs. Ball holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Appalachian State University and a Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from Lesley University. She was named the NGMS Teacher of the Year for 2011-12 and was selected as the middle school Teacher of the Year for Gwinnett County. In 2018, Mrs. Ball was chosen as the GA ASTA String Educator of the year. She has served as state treasurer and president for GA-ASTA and has served nationally on the K-12 orchestra curriculum committee for and member-at-large.

Mary Land

Mary Land

Associate Professor Music Education at Western Michigan University

Habits of Succcessful Music Education Students

Mary Land is the Associate Professor Music Education at Western Michigan University. Prior to this appointment, she was Director of Bands and Instrumental Music Education at Young Harris College in Young Harris, Georgia. Before those positions, Land was a public-school band director in Georgia. She received her Educational Doctorate from the University of Georgia. Land received her Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Georgia and her Master of Music Education degree from Vandercook College of Music in Chicago, Illinois. She has served the Georgia Music Educators Association in various state and local offices. Her professional affiliations include: MSBOA, NAfME, IAJE, CBDNA, and Delta Kappa Gamma Society International Professional Teacher Association. Land is a member of the National Band Association and has served as a national representative on the NBA executive board of director.

Land is published in the journals for the National Band Association, The Instrumentalist, Teaching Music (NAfME), School Band and Orchestra Journal, and the GIA series Teaching Music Through Performance in Band. Commissioning projects include works by Sam Hazo, Bill Locklear, Barry Kopetz, and Christopher Tucker. Bands under Land’s direction have received invitations to perform at many music conferences and clinics.

Habits Universal Institute

July 5-8, 2023

Charleston Southern University
Charleston, South Carolina

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