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June 15-17, 2022

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We are excited to again offer the Band Directors Institute in an online format.

All classes and credit offering will be available to participants and all institute materials accessible through an online platform. The online institute will run Monday, June 14 through Friday, June 8. Clinic sessions (with a variety of presenters) and reading sessions (with full scores to view online) will be offered, and our trends projects will be presented as in the past.

The course instruction will be asynchronous; participants will be able to view the clinic session videos and reading sessions scores on their own schedule throughout the week. After viewing a clinic session video or reading session materials, participants will submit a reflective document to earn course credit. The Trends class will require a project agreed upon by the participant and the instructor (i.e. creating a database for their music library, programming music for their upcoming school-year or other projects for their classroom).

Participants have the option of registering for the institute ($160) for zero credits or can choose to enroll in any or all of our classes (at $40 per credit plus the $160 registration fee). We are asking participants to register by the June 1 early-bird deadline. This will enable us to gauge interest in the institute this year (and in this format) and make a final decision on our ability to provide this event to directors. Following June 1 the institute fee increases to $185.00.

We are making every effort to provide our participants a wonderful opportunity for professional development and growth. We hope you will join us!

Optional Graduate Credit

Participants have the option to earn graduate credit for participation in certain sessions. Payment of tuition ($40 per credit hour) for graduate credit is due on the day of registration. Tuition rates are set by the South Dakota Board of Regents and are subject to change without notice. Selected clinicians and/or USD faculty instruct all sessions.

MUS 790 Music Classroom Instructional Strategies for the Instrumental Music Educator - Masterclasses, clinics and discussion that focused on teaching materials, rehearsal techniques and instrumental pedagogy for band music educators. Methods and materials will be available to take back to the classroom.
MUS 790 New and Traditional Music for the Instrumental Music Educator -
Reading sessions will focus on a wide variety of band music for public school bands including concert, marching and jazz music.  The selections will include previous and newly published works at a variety of grade levels appropriate for all levels of bands.
MUS 790 Current and Future Developments in the Instrumental Music Classroom
- This course provides seminars and panel discussions with veteran master teachers and band music composers. Topics include current trends and issues facing instrumental music educators. A written final project is required.


Institute Clinicians

Dr. Josh Byrd (Director of Bands, University of West Georgia)
Dr. John Ginocchio
(Director of Bands, Southwest Minnesota State University)
Dr. Christopher Heidenreich
(Director of Bands, University of Michigan-Flint)
Dr. Erica J. Neidlinger
(Director of Bands, DePaul University)
Dr. Jonathan Sweet
(Assistant Professor of Bands, Purdue University)
Dr. John Zastoupil
(Director of Concert Bands, Missouri State University)
Dr. John D. Pasquale
(University of Michigan), Dr. David W. Clemmer (BDB Musikakademie), and Christoph Breithack (Heimschule St. Landolin, Ettenheim, Germany)

Name Department & Office Contact
John LaCognata
  • Assistant Professor, Director of Bands, Trumpet
W M Lee Center for Fine Arts 115