The symposium is an initiative created by some of Kentucky’s leading music educators to provide an affordable learning experience that will benefit current and future music educators in the state. Attendees will have the opportunity to observe clinics held by state and nationally renowned clinicians.
Clinic sessions will deal with current instrumental pedagogical techniques and issues. This year's symposium will in-person. Attendees will be able to earn 12 hours of professional development credit and will receive certificates of verification.
This year’s symposium will feature Erin Cole Steele, the Director of Education programs for the Conn-Selmer Division of Education and David Aydelott, current director of Seigal High School. We will also have several other presenters who will be discussing current topics relevant to our profession.
Erin Cole Steele
Erin Cole Steele has had a very successful career as a middle school band director for the past 22 years. She served as the band director at Tapp Middle School in Cobb County, Georgia from 1995-2017. Under her leadership, the Tapp Band honors included being selected to perform at the 58th annual Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, Illinois in December of 2004. The band has been a featured performing group at the University of Georgia Middle School Band Festival in 2015, 2008, 2003, and 1999. Additionally, the Flute and Percussion Ensemble have performed at the Georgia Music Educators Conference in Savannah, Georgia. The Tapp Band was also selected for the National Adjudicators Invitational Dixie Classic Festival in 2006 where they received all superior ratings. The Tapp Band continually receives superior ratings each year at the District 12 large group performance evaluation.
Erin now works as an educational clinician and consultant for Conn-Selmer and the Hal Leonard Corporation. She has been a guest conductor for numerous honor and all-state bands, has taught several years at the "Encore" Music Camp and was the founder and administrator of the Cobb County Summer Band Camp. She was awarded the National Band Association’s Citation of Excellence in 2015, 2008 and 2003. She was the middle school band conductor for the Conn-Selmer Youth Band of Atlanta from 2011- 2017. Erin currently resides in Scottsdale, Arizona with her husband.
A graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, David Aydelott is the Director of Bands at Siegel High School in the Rutherford County Tennessee School District. Before this appointment, Mr. Aydelott served as Fine Arts Director in Williamson County Schools for two years and taught band for 27 years in Tennessee at four schools, most recently at Franklin High School.
During Mr. Aydelott’s first year at Siegel, Governor Bill Lee presented the band with the Tennessee Governor’s Cup. At Concert Performance Assessment, the Wind Ensemble received the “Award of Distinction,” presented by the American School Band Director’s Association. With the 2022-2023 school year being the 20th year of Siegel High, the Siegel Band is commissioning Tyler Grant to compose a work to commemorate this momentous occasion. Additionally, the Siegel Music department is partnering with the Music Education department at Middle Tennesse State University to create a pathway for music education students to complete their Field Experience placements at SHS.
During his time at Franklin, the Franklin Wind Ensemble performed at the Music for All National Festival and twice performed the honor concert at the Tennessee Music Education Association Conference. In addition, the Franklin Percussion Ensemble performed at the 2013 and 2017 Music for All National Percussion Festival, the 2014 TnMEA Conference, and brass and woodwind chamber ensembles performed at the 2015, 2017, and 2019 Music for All National Chamber Music Festival. On five occasions, the Franklin Band was named Grand Champion of Middle Tennessee State University's "Contest of Champions." An active participant in Bands of America events, Franklin was a regional finalist, class champion, regional champion, and a three-time National Class AAA Runner Up at the BOA Grand National Championships. In 2014 Franklin was awarded the Sudler Shield, sponsored by the John Philip Sousa Foundation.
This year, the event will be held at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in Lexington, KY on June 23rd and 24th.
Paul Laurence Dunbar
1600 Man O'War Blvd
Lexington, KY 40513
$40 for all participants
Registration will be available until June 3, 2022
9:00-10:30 Reflect, Respond, and Rebuild Part 1/Erin Cole Steele
10:30-12:00 Successful Engagement with Stakeholders/David Aydelott
Creating a Culture of Success in the Middle School Band/Erin Cole Steele
1:30-3:00 Selecting and Producing High Yield Instructional Materials/David Aydelott
Introducing and Developing Articulation/Brittany Froedge
3-4:30 Reading Clinic/Lab Band Preferred Literature Grades 2-4/Erin Cole Steele
9:00-10:30 RRR Part 2/Erin Cole Steele
10:30-12:00 Vacuuming the Lawn:Band Director Priorities/David Aydelott
Hiding the Vegetables: Unique and Creative Ways to Teach Young Band Students Daily Fundamentals
1:30-3:00 Using “MIndset” in School Music Ensembles/David Aydelott
3:00-4:30 Reading Clinic/Lab Band Grades 1-6/Brian Froedge