OSU Music Education In-Service Day

Friday, October 12, 2018

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

For Music Teachers and Graduate Music Education Students

Cost: $50 (until 9/30/2018)  $65 (beginning 10/1/18)


Schedule of Events

9:00am - Welcome and Keynote Presentation by Alice-Ann Darrow

10:00am - Session 1

Band: Sound Training for the Modern Wind Band (Takayoshi "Tad" Suzuki)

Choral: A Positive Approach to Rehearsal Technique (Andre Thomas)

General: Students with Special Needs in the General Music Classroom (Alice-Ann Darrow)

11:30am - Lunch Break

1:00pm - Session 2

Band: Reading Session (Chris Chapman & Tad Suzuki)

Choral: A Conducting Checkup! (Andre Thomas)

General: Addressing Literacy Through Music Instruction (Alice-Ann Darrow)

2:30pm - Session 3

Band: Interpretation ... The Music Between the Notes (Tad Suzuki)

Choral: Way over in Buelah Lan' - Understanding and Performing the Negro Spiritual (Andre Thomas)

General: Creating Inclusive Musical Environments (Alice-Ann Darrow)

Three Internationally Renowed Guest Clinicians

Takayoshi "Tad" Suzuki earned his degree in music education at the Tokyo Conservatoire Shobi with additional studies at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts. During this time, he was an active trombonist with several recording studios and performed with the Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra and the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra. After completing his degree, Suzuki returned to Fukuoka Technical University High School, his high school alma mater, becoming the Director of Bands. During his 15 year tenure as director, the Fukuoka Technical University High School Wind Orchestra traveled to the All-Japan Contest for 13 consecutive years, earning the Silver Prize four times, the Gold Prize five times, and the prestigious Grand Prix Sweepstakes Award four times. This wind orchestra became the first Japanese high school band to perform at The Mid-West Clinic: An International Band and Orchestra Conference, receiving a fifteen minute standing ovation. At the request of the president of the Tokyo Conservatoire Shobi, he was hired as a faculty member in 1991.

Andre J. Thomas is the Owen F. Sellers Professor of Music, is Director of Choral Activities and Professor of Choral Music Education at The Florida State University. A previous faculty member at the University of Texas, Austin, Dr. Thomas received his degrees from Friends University (B.A.), Northwestern University (M. M.), and the University of Illinois (D.M.A). He is in demand as a choral adjudicator, clinician, and director of Honor/All-State Choirs throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, New Zealand, and Australia.

Dr. Thomas has conducted choirs at the state, division,and national conventions of the Music Educators National Conference (MENC) and American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). His international conducting credits are extensive. They include conductor/clinician for the International Federation of Choral Musicians, summer residency of the World Youth Choir in the Republic of China and the Philippines, winter residency of the World Youth Choir in Europe, and a premier performance by an American choir (The Florida State University Singers) in Vietnam. He has been the guest conductor of such distinguished orchestras and choirs as the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in England, and guest Conductor for the Berlin Radio Choir in Germany. Since 1988 he has also served as Artistic Director of the Tallahassee Community Chorus.


Alice-Ann Darrow is the Irvin Cooper Professor of Music Therapy and Music Educationcame atThe Florida State University. Her teaching and research interests are teaching music to special populations and the role of music in deaf culture. Related to these topics, she has been the recipient of over twenty federal, university, or corporate grants, and published numerous monographs, research articles, and book chapters. She is editor of the text Introduction to Approaches in Music Therapy, and co-author of Music in Special Education. Darrow serves on the editorial boards of the Bulletin for the Council on Research in Music Education, Music Therapy Perspectives, and Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, and as a U.S. Commissioner for the International Society for Music Education. She has been the recipient of: the Ella Scoble Opperman Faculty Citation award from the FSU College of Music, research and clinical practice awards from the American Music Therapy Association; and while at The University of Kansas, the University's Silver Anniversary Teaching Award, an Intrauniversity Professorship in special education and hearing science, and membership in the KU Women's Hall of Fame.

She received her BM, BME, MM, and PhD degrees at The Florida State University, and taught in music programs for students with and without disabilities in Miami, Florida before going to the University of Kansas.


Music at Oregon State University

A Dynamic Community

Music at Oregon State is a dynamic community full of passionate people. We offer rigorous degree programs in music taught by experts in their fields. Not only do our students receive an impressive amount of individual attention from faculty, we pride ourselves on being an inclusive program within the School of Arts and Communication.

Music programs filter into the lives of students across camps, no matter what their major is. Four percent of the OSU student body is enrolled in a music program. Of those enrolled, 80 percent are in a performance ensemble and 86 percent of those enrolled in performance ensembles are not music majors. We know that accessibility to these programs enhances the lives of many Oregon State students.

All Oregon State students have the opportunity to select music as a minor. Through small class sizes, students have the advantage of working closely with their music professors while studying within the larger context of a major research university.

Our position in the newly formed School of Arts and Communication has allowed for growth and expansion relating to faculty and programs, and has created the opportunity for new collaborations with colleagues and disciplines within and beyond the College of Liberal Arts.

In 2013, the School of Arts and Communication, in which music is housed, received a $5 million gift to advance the arts at Oregon State. The anonymous gift establishes endowments for four faculty positions in the school, including a new director of the performing arts who will expand and promote arts programs at OSU and interface with arts organizations in the area.

The gift will further help Oregon State—and music—continue a vibrant relationship with the Northwest arts scene.

Music students and faculty from Oregon State contribute to the arts in many ways. Not only are they performing in a variety of ensembles and individual recitals in Oregon and beyond, they are supporting young musicians and future audience members through student teaching and volunteering in public schools; hosting choir, orchestra, and band festivals; offering private lessons to youth and continuing education opportunities for music teachers; sharing their talent at fundraising events for non-profit and service organizations; and teaching music to youth in after school and summer programs.

Some exciting, recent additions to music at OSU include a minor in popular music studies through our successful, nationally-ranked E-campus program; new faculty positions dedicated to performance and technology; and new collaborations between the arts and engineering.