2023 Habits Summer Institute Schedule

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.

Check out the list below to find out just some of the useful sessions we’ll be offering this year!

Full information on exact clinicians, topics, dates, and times will be continue to be made available. Check back frequently for more information.


sessions offered at the 2023 Habits Summer Institute

Habits that Lead to Music Making

Led by: Scott Rush

I Hear, I Forget. I See, I Remember. I Do, I Understand

Led by: Tim Lautzenheiser

Creating Habits of Success in the Young Band

Led by: Scott Rush

Basic to Advanced Percussion Techniques

Led by: Kevin Boyle

The Most Common Missed Errors in Rehearsal

Led by: Jeff Scott

Successfully Repurpose and Reuse your Habits Resources

Led by: Marguerite Wilder

Habits of a Successful Middle School Band Directors

Led by: Jeff Scott, Marguerite Wilder, and Kevin Boyle

High School Band Techniques

Led by: Scott Rush

First Days, Lasting Ways

Led by: Mickey Smith, Jr.

What is Your Intention? Conducting and Score Study

Led by: Matthew Arau

What You Should Know to Make an Impact

Led by: Mary Land

Significance and Work/Life Balance

Led by: the HABITS team


sessions offered at the 2023 Habits Summer Institute

Teaching Music: Motivating Yourself and Your Students

Motivating Middle Schoolers

Led by: Sarah Ball

Setting Up Beginning Cello

Led by: Margaret Selby

Lab Ensemble: The Right Hand

Led by: Christopher Selby

Programming Pitfalls/Successes: Programs to Go!

Led by: Sarah Ball

Setting Up Violin/Viola

Led by: Sarah Ball

Recruiting and Retention

Led by: Margaret Selby

Setting up the Bass

Led by: Sarah Ball

Rutbusters 101

Led by: Sarah Ball

Lab Ensemble: The Left Hand

Led by: Christopher Selby

Sustainability and Happiness

Led by: Margaret Selby

Teaching Music Theory

Led by: Christopher Selby


sessions offered at the 2023 Habits Summer Institute

Habits of a Successful Choir Director

Building Better Sight Readers

Precision is the Vision: Teaching Strategies to Improve Rhythm
Performance Skills

The Integral Choral Conductor: Developing Choral Artistry

Led by: Michael John Trotta

Choir Reading Session

Led By: Michael John Trotta

Teaching Strategies that Lead to Music Making

Habits of a Successful Middle School Choir

Led by: Maurice Burgess

Assessment Strategies That Work

Folk Songs, Rounds & Partner Songs

Quality Repertoire is the Key to Success

Creating a Choir Culture of Success, Significance, and Fun!

Upbeat! The Power Within

Habits Universal Institute

July 5-8, 2023

Charleston Southern University
Charleston, South Carolina

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