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McNally Smith Outreach Visits Local Area Schools

McNally Smith College of Music currently offers Outreach Clinics that can be designed to fit the specific educational program at your school. These amazing clinics are engaging and provide a unique learning experience to students at no cost to you. To explore the possibilities of hosting a McNally Smith College of Music Clinic in your classroom, contact Jodi Jetson, Outreach Coordinator at (651) 288-4911 or

Dr. David Schmalenberger conducts his “hands-on” World Percussion clinic at Northfield Art Tech.

“I really enjoy working with the students. It’s great fun and very rewarding when you connect musically, and you see the light go on in their eyes!”

McNally Smith Faculty member Dave Jensen plays with the Park Center High School band: “We’re jamming on a Bb min street beat I just taught the students. There are riffs and licks along with solos for different instruments.”

Guitar Maestro and McNally Smith faculty member Andrés Prado demonstrates different musical styles and shares some of his original compositions during a recent clinic at Osseo High School.

Dr. Mike Bogle at South High School during his clinic Getting Inside the Sound: A Few Thoughts On Tuning and Ensemble Blend. “Tuning instruments is an ongoing battle for performers. So many factors play into the equation: temperature, instrumental tendencies, interval relationships, the key of the piece, etc. The students at South High School really ‘tuned in’ to what I was saying. In the end, the band sight-read my new concert band piece called Montreux Sunset with great sensitivity. I hope I get to hear them play it again sometime.”

Dr. Mike Bogle conducts the Highland Park High Band: “Doing an improvisation masterclass for a concert band was really a blast. Improvisation is not just for jazz band anymore. The students at Highland Park were inspiring, as was their director, Joel Matuzak, who is an active composer and arranger of band music and other things.”