Jeff Scott is the Director of Bands at Cario Middle School in Mount Pleasant. He is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and received a Master of Instrumental Music in Conducting at Southern Oregon University in 2005. In 2006, Mr. Scott received National Board Certification in Instrumental Music. In 1992, Mr. Scott was named national winner of the Stanbury Award for "Young Director of the Year." He is also listed in Who's Who Among American Teachers.
Mr. Scott is co-author of the highly touted book Habits of a Successful Middle School Band Director published by GIA Publications, Inc. Bands under Mr. Scott's baton have consistently received Superior ratings at state, regional, and national competitions, and have received the SCBDA's Outstanding Performance Award consecutively since 1989. Mr. Scott's symphonic bands have received Superior ratings at the South Carolina Concert Festival every year since 1989. His Sedgefield Middle School Band was honored to perform at the 1992 SCMEA In-Service Conference, and his Cario Middle School Band enjoyed that same distinction in 2005.
Mr. Scott is active as an adjudicator and clinician for concert and marching events throughout the Southeast. Mr. Scott maintains professional affiliations with the National Band Association, MENC, Phi Mu Alpha, and Phi Beta Mu. He also received an appointment as a "Kentucky Colonel" by the Governor of Kentucky for his contributions to education.
This clinic focuses on the foundational Building Blocks required to create a successful music program. Focus is given to the image of the program, recruiting, community brand recognition, teaching skills for developing musicianship and creating a tradition of excellence. While this clinic is band oriented, directors of all musical programs can find use for many of the concepts presented.
The clinic focuses on the all important skill of retaining students in our music programs. Discussion focuses on the real reasons students drop, how we can intervene to improve retention as well as our role in our retention rates. We will take a hard look at improving our own habits to improve our program retention. This clinic is band oriented, but will be valuable all music ensemble directors.
This clinic presents the required skills and components of playing necessary to acheive consistent excellence in a middle school music program. Resources and techniques will be presented to help young musicians become excellent skill based performers. Concepts will be presented to improve rehearsal efficiency, time on task and fundamental understanding of the concepts of making music as related to ensemble performance. This clinic is band oriented, but the fundamental skills presented may be valuable to all directors.
Recruiting is the life blood of any successful program. Without great recruitment efforts, programs stall and fail to achieve their full potential. This is true in music as much as in music. What can the business world teach us about program development? A LOT. This clinic will discuss in depth many concepts, skills and habits that develop an outstanding and consistent recruiting process. This clinic uses examples from our beginning band recruiting system, but is equally applicable to high school ensembles.