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McNally Smith Faculty Clinics in Schools

In an effort to support the music education community, McNally Smith College of Music is partnering with high school music programs to deliver ‘Faculty Clinics’ in music classrooms throughout the metro area.   The clinics are free for schools, and can be delivered in school classrooms or on the McNally Smith Campus. Clinics are customizable, with topics ranging from songwriting, to solo singing techniques, to laptop recording, to guitar and jazz band tune-ups.  Click here to download the Faculty Clinics brochure.

“It’s a great way for our faculty to get to know and support the music education community. These clinics and the McNally Smith College of Music faculty will be a great resource for teachers to bring the contemporary music world into their classrooms”, says Steve Faison, Faculty Outreach Director at McNally Smith.

Faison organized a clinic visit to the McNally Smith College Campus for band director, Bruce Hering, and his three jazz bands at Eau Claire Memorial High School:

“The clinic that my jazz students received at McNally Smith was absolutely terrific!  We showed up on a Saturday and Steve Faison met us with open arms.  McNally Smith provided us with more than we asked for—we had hoped for one or 2 clinicians to work with our bands.  Instead, they provided top-notch jazz educators for each instrument in our bands—trumpet, sax, trombone, piano, bass guitar and drums!  My students got to tour the world-class facilities at McNally Smith, participated in a jazz improv/theory master class, and were treated at the end to an excellent performance by the McNally Smith Jazz Faculty Band. I’d DEFINITELY recommend McNally Smith for any director who is looking for a tremendous boost for their bands/jazz ensembles!”  – Bruce Hering

Hering, a Kohl Fellowship Recipient, has led the award-winning program to festivals across the country, including repeated trips to the Essentially Ellington Festival and Lincoln Center, performing for Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra.  Read more about Eau Claire Memorial Jazz program here.

Visits to the McNally Smith College of Music Campus have become a popular option for schools because groups can take advantage of the College’s auditorium and studio recording capabilities.  Read about previous schools’ experiences at McNally Smith College of Music on the Partnerships Blog.

“We have something unique here at McNally Smith.  All of the faculty are gigging, working musicians, audio engineers and music business professionals,” says Faison, “We know how important school music programs are to students and the community, and we want to support them by sharing our knowledge of the music industry.”

Want to schedule a clinic?  Email or call: 651-288-4908.