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Joseph Parisi

Joseph Parisi

Joseph Parisi is a professor at the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri - Kansas City. He has conducted music festivals, adjudicated ensembles and presented clinics, lectures and workshops throughout the United States, United Kingdom, China and Europe. Since becoming the conductor of Kansas City’s Fountain City Brass Band, the group has been recognized as one of the world’s top brass bands, with more than a dozen winning performances at the North American Brass Band Championships and the US Open Brass Band Championship.

Stan McGill

Stan McGill

Stan McGill has taught for 33 years in secondary choral music education in Texas and Missouri, and has served as president for both the Texas Music Educators Association and Southwest American Choral Directors Association. He is active as an adjudicator, speaker, conductor and clinician throughout the United States. The author of several music textbooks, he was one of four national authors for the Warner Brothers Music Expression Textbook for Secondary Choirs.

Wendy Barden

Wendy Barden

Wendy Barden recently retired from the Osseo, Minnesota school district after 36 years teaching music. Her teaching experience spans elementary through college levels in instrumental and general music classrooms, and has provided the basis for several groundbreaking publications by the Neil A. Kjos Music Company. She was named a Yamaha National Mentor Teacher, 1992 Minnesota Music Educators Association Band Educator of the Year, and 2013 Yale Distinguished Music Educator.

Ann Eisen

Ann Eisen

Ann Eisen is sole owner and manager of Sneaky Snake Publications, LLC and resides in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Together with Lamar Robertson, she is co-author of “An American Methodology,” “Yearly Plans,” “Directions to Literacy” and “My Music Book Series.” She has taught numerous workshops across the United States and is retired as a visiting professor in the Department of Performing Arts at McNeese State University.

Cynthia Marten

Cynthia Marten

Cynthia Marten taught elementary music for 35 years, most recently in Ames, Iowa. She received her B.M.E. from Wartburg College in 1976 and her M.A. from the University of Iowa in 1981. She has additional training in Orff and completed her levels in Kodaly training at St. Thomas University.

She has been teaching Music 265 (Music for Elementary Education Majors for 14 years and is thrilled to have collaborated with Dr. Elizabeth Olson and Ann Kay for the class is now more relevant for these students. This is the first class in the country to be based on the Affirming Parallel Concepts strategy. This strategy allows for the practice of math and reading skills through singing and playing singing games. Cynthia has presented workshops about APC in Iowa, Wisconsin and Utah.

 


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