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Palen Music Center Quick Note

Monday, January 22, 2007


The PMC Quick Note is a weekly service provided to all area directors.  It is part of our mission to support the lives of band directors across the Midwest.  The weekly Quick Note contains helpful tips and suggestions from area directors, spotlights on area college and university band programs, calendars of upcoming events, advocacy articles promoting music education, links to helpful web resources, and much more.  Comments, suggestions, ideas, and articles are always welcome.


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MO Percussive Arts Society Clinic at MMEA
Chris Treolar, the president of the Missouri Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society, asked us to help get the word out about a clinic at this week's Missouri Music Educators Association Convention. The clinic, entitled "The 2 & 4 of Latin Music: How to make Latin charts goove" is being presented by Matt Henry and members of the University of Missouri-St. Louis Afro-Cuban Ensemble.

The clinic will take place on Friday, January 26th at 11:30am.The clinic will contain an explanation of "clave", its importance in Latin Music and how to determine what clave pattern is appropriate.  There will be a discussion on how to make drum parts in Middle School and High School "Latin" charts more authentic.  There will also be a performance and discussion of some jazz standards arranged in a Latin style and how to go about doing this for your ensemble.

For a complete list of events at this week's Missouri Music Educator's Association Convention, visit the MMEA Website. If you ever have clinics or events you would like us to help you publicize, please contact Eric Matzat.

Palen Music Center Sponsors Eugene Corporon Clinic in Joplin
Eugene Corporon will be presenting a clinic at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, Missouri sponsored by Palen Music Center. The conducting clinic will be on Wednesday, January 24th from 9:00am until 11:30am in Phinney Hall on the campus of Missouri Southern State University. For more information, please contact Eric Matzat.

Eugene Corporon is the conductor of the Wind Symphony and Regents Professor of Music at the University of North Texas. As Director of Wind Studies he guides all aspects of the program, including the masters and doctoral degrees in Wind Conducting. Mr. Corporon is a distinguished alumnus of California State University, Long Beach and Claremont Graduate University. His performances have drawn praise from colleagues, composers and critics alike. Mr. Corporon has held positions at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Michigan State University, the University of Northern Colorado, the University of Wisconsin, and California State University, Fullerton. His ensembles have performed at the Mid-West International Band and Orchestra Clinic, the Southwestern Music Educators National Conference, the Texas Music Educators Convention, the International Trumpet Guild Conference, the International Clarinet Society Convention, the North American Saxophone Alliance Conference, the National Wind Ensemble Conference, the College Band Directors National Association Conference, the Japan Band Clinic, and the Conference for the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles. Having recorded over 400 works, including many premieres and commissions, his groups have released fifty recordings on the Toshiba/EMI, Klavier, Mark, Donemus, Soundmark, GIA, and Centaur labels. These recordings, two of which have appeared on the Grammy nomination ballot, are aired regularly on radio broadcasts throughout Asia, Europe, and North America. Mr. Corporon maintains an active guest-conducting schedule and is in demand as a conductor and teacher throughout the world. He is Past President of the College Band Directors National Association, and has been honored by the American Bandmasters Association and by Phi Beta Mu with invitations to membership. Mr. Corporon, a frequent guest conductor at the Showa Academia Musicae in Atsugi, Japan has also served as a visiting conductor at the Interlochen World Center for ArtsEducation and the Aspen Music Festival and School. He is co-host with Barry Green on The Inner Game of Music video, which focuses on overcoming mental obstacles, and achieving one's full potential as a performer. He is co-author of the book Teaching Music Through Performance in Band that is published in four volumes by GIA Publications. This series includes seven sets of Resource Recordings by the North Texas Wind Symphony. The Teaching Music Project emphasizes the importance of comprehensive conceptual learning in the music-making process. Mr. Corporon is a recipient of the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia National Citation for advancing the cause of music in America.

Yamaha Band Instrument Streaming Video Series

Check out these informative, inspirational, and entertaining streaming videos from Yamaha:

An interview with flute legend Julius Baker. How saxophones are made. How trumpets are made. How trombones are made.
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300K (14 min, 34 MB) 56K (14 min, 4.5 MB)
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Contact Your Local Palen Music Center

Can we assist you with anything?  Please contact your local Palen Music Center school road representative for all of your music education needs.


(417) 882-7000
Bob Hopkins and Mike Brown
Springfield North (417) 862-2700 Burl Williams
Columbia (573) 256-5555 Robert Pitts
Joplin (417) 781-3100 Wayne Blades
Liberty (816) 792-8301 Ken Crisp


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