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CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

The Florida Music Education Association Professional Development Conference

January 2020

(Tampa, Fl.)

Topic:
"Dotting the I's and Crossing the T's: Developing the Effectual Habits of an Intentional Trombonist."
 
Presenter:
Dunwoody Mirvil
 
Abstract
The trombone can often seem intimidating. It's nature as a slide instrument can make grasping it a challenge for young trombonists who may feel inadequate in comparison to their brass counterparts. That said, building musical confidence in your trombonists isn't as daunting as it may seem, but it does require attention to detail.  
 
The session is centered on building musical excellence in young trombonists by addressing topics that have always plagued trombonists in the past, continue to vex them today and will likely continue to ensnare future generations of trombonists. By providing instructors with practical tips and techniques, this presentation will seek to help trombonists overcome common challenges of the instrument, assist in honing their skills, develop their knowledge of the instrument, and facilitate their growth into well-rounded musicians. 
 
 
Presentation Handouts:
The documents indicated below is the handout from the clinic presentation 

Palm Beach County's "Pre-School" Workshop

 August 2019

(West Palm Beach, FL.)​

Topic:
"Essential Techniques and Concepts for Your Low Brass Musicians."
 
Presenter(s):
Dunwoody Mirvil
 
Abstract:
The low brass section in the band and/or orchestra can be our greatest asset or our biggest nightmare if we as educators are not cognizant of the minute details our students tend to overlook in their music. 
This presentation will hone in on the particulars, which can help your brass players take their playing to the next level. Topics to be covered: Interpretation of Articulation, Using the Valve as an Advantage, Legato Tonguing on the Trombone, Consistency of Articulation.
Presentation Handout:
The document indicated below is the handout from the clinic presentation. 

Palm Beach County's

"Pre-School" Workshop-

 August 2019

(West Palm Beach, FL.)​

Topic:
"The Underdog Trombonist: The Teacher's Playbook To Equip Your Students To Be A Champion On The Trombone."
 
Presenter:
Dunwoody Mirvil
 
Abstract
In most middle and high school music programs, trombonists often feel inadequate compared to their brass counterparts due to the nature of the instrument. Some may feel unequipped to compete with valve instrument players in regards to tone, technique & timing. But, there’s no need for your trombonists to feel like the “odd man out” in your ensembles. This presentation will discuss and demonstrate innovative ideas to help unlock your students’ potential in order to “win” at playing the trombone.
 
Topics to be examined include slide/rotor maintenance, breathing techniques, proper technique of holding/moving the slide, embouchure placement, partials in the overtone series and its tendencies, the importance of listening and recording, establishing a warm-up sequence, the dilemma we face in “no man’s land” positions, the f-attachment and its corresponding slide positions, think like a valve…move like a slide, tonguing styles, clef studies, and an annotated bibliography of method books.
 
 
Presentation Handouts:
The documents indicated below are the handout from the clinic presentation and an annotated guide of select trombone method books. Each entry in the guide is noted to assist the trombonist in the contents of the resources.

The 22nd Annual North Carolina Trombone Festival - April 2019

(Greensboro, NC.)​

Topic:
"Dotting the I's and Crossing the T's: Developing the Effectual Habits of an Intentional Trombonist."
 
Presenter:
Dunwoody Mirvil
 
Abstract:
The trombone can often seem intimidating. Its nature as a slide instrument can make grasping it a challenge for younger trombonists who may feel inadequate in comparison to their brass counterparts. That said, building musical confidence in your trombonists isn't as daunting as it may seem, but it does require attention to detail. 
This presentation will outline methods designed to help middle and high school students build habits that focus on the finer details of trombone performance.
 
Presentation Handouts:
The document indicated below is an outline for the clinic presentation at the festival.

The Florida Music Education Association Professional Development Conference -

January 2018

(Tampa, Fl.)

Topic:
"The Underdog Trombonist: The Teacher's Playbook To Equip Your Students To Be A Champion On The Trombone."
 
Presenter:
Dunwoody Mirvil
 
Abstract
In most middle and high school music programs, trombonists often feel inadequate compared to their brass counterparts due to the nature of the instrument. Some may feel unequipped to compete with valve instrument players in regards to tone, technique & timing. But, there’s no need for your trombonists to feel like the “odd man out” in your ensembles. This presentation will discuss and demonstrate innovative ideas to help unlock your students’ potential in order to “win” at playing the trombone.
 
Topics to be examined include slide/rotor maintenance, breathing techniques, proper technique of holding/moving the slide, embouchure placement, partials in the overtone series and its tendencies, the importance of listening and recording, establishing a warm-up sequence, the dilemma we face in “no man’s land” positions, the f-attachment and its corresponding slide positions, think like a valve…move like a slide, tonguing styles, clef studies, and an annotated bibliography of method books.
 
 
Presentation Handouts:
The documents indicated below are the handout from the clinic presentation and an annotated guide of select trombone method books. Each entry in the guide is noted to assist the trombonist in the contents of the resources.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic  

December. 2016

(Chicago, Il.)​

Topic:
"Building a Better Band through the Chamber Ensemble Experience: How to cultivate Critically Thinking and Independent Musicians."
 
Presenter(s):
The Seminole Trombone Quartet - Dunwoody Mirvil, David Ellis, Stephen Ivany & Christopher Brown
 
Abstract:
"This demonstration covers the aspects of developing middle and high school level chamber ensembles. The Seminole Trombone Quartet will explore the core aspects of what truly makes a chamber music experience. Included topics to be examined: rehearsal techniques, collaborative skills, self-sufficiency, imagery versus technical language to influence musical interpretation, and appropriate literature."
 
Presentation Handouts:
The document indicated below is an outline of STQ's presentation at the Midwest Clinic. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The source below is a detailed guide of select trombone quartet literature. Each selection is annotated to assist the band director/music teacher in choosing the appropriate piece for their trombone quartet. There are roughly 20 selections in this guide, where the key signature, time signature, and various articulations are indicated. There is also a chart, where the clefs, range, rhythms, and dynamics are disclosed for each part.
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Florida Music Education Association Professional Development Conference-

January 2016

(Tampa, Fl.)

 

Topic:
"Brass Articulations for the 21st Century."
 
Presenter(s):
Ralph Jean-Paul & Dunwoody Mirvil
 
Abstract: 
This brass workshop will help illuminate the variety of pedagogical approaches & advances in brass performance techniques (articulation) over the course of the 20th century through the early 21st century. This presentation will feature music examples of excerpts that will highlight various musical genres and articulations, which brass players encounter daily. We, the facilitators, will emphasize, through performance, the different approaches needed to be successful in our pursuit of brass excellence.

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