Advanced Instrumental Pedagogy for Wind & Jazz Ensembles

Not offered in summer 2017. For graduate studies credit information, please contact Audrey Yardley-Jones

This professional development opportunity will offer music educators the chance to explore a variety of methods for instrumental music education in both concert band and jazz ensemble contexts.

Workshops will address rehearsal techniques, conducting skills, working with jazz rhythm sections, repertoire selection and preparation, instructional warm ups, and improvisation.

Taught by:

Dr. Colleen Richardson, Associate Professor and Director of Bands at Western University, and Dr. Kevin Watson, Assistant Professor and Artistic Director of the Western University Jazz Ensemble.

The two weeks will include:

  • Discussions
  • Demonstrations
  • Rehearsal labs
  • The opportunity to work with performing concert and jazz ensembles.

Participants are asked to bring:

  • An instrument
  • A conducting baton

Cost (2016):

  • $550 plus HST = $621.50

Daily Schedule 2016

2016 Schedule Download the 2016 Schedule (PDF - 208KB)

Accommodation and food
 are the responsibility of the participants. Various places to stay on and off campus are available at a reasonable cost.

London, Ontario

Located in the centre of southwestern Ontario, London is approximately two hours driving distance from Toronto and Detroit. The London International Airport offers direct flights to Toronto, Newark, Chicago, Ottawa and Calgary, as well as many other connections to several Canadian destinations.

For details about the region visit:

 Places to stay in London:

 Brescia Conference Services

Tammy McBane 519-432-8353 ext. 28212

Discounted Rates:

1) Queen bed, and private washroom (Clare Hall Private Room) $65.00/night plus HST.

2) Two private bedrooms with shared washroom running between (Clare Hall Conjoined Room)
    $95.00/night plus HST.

To receive the discounted rate please complete the registration form found using the link above and indicate you would like to be contacted to arrange payment (use promo code “Wind & Jazz Band” when booking)

Guest House on the Mount:

(519) 641-8100

Current Rates Online:
Twin Bed, Shared Bath           $39.00
Twin Bed, Half Bath                $49.00
Queen Bed, Shared Bath       $59.00
Queen Bed, Half Bath             $69.00
Queen Bed, Full Bath             $89.00
2 Twin Beds, Half Bath            $69.00
2 Twin Beds, Full Bath            $89.00

Family Suites

3 Person, Half Bath                 $89.00
4 Person, Shared Bath           $99.00

Long term rates are available for guests staying one week or more. Please inquire.

Western Bed and Breakfast:

Emily directly at 519-661-2111 x 81215 for any questions

Discounted Rate:

Single bedroom within a suite with 2 bedrooms - $55.00/bedroom/night +HST. (Bedrooms have 1 or 2 single beds) (select the single rate and use promo code "Wind & Jazz Band" under "Group" section)

Directions to Western:

 from VIA Rail Station

from Greyhound Bus Station

from London International Airport

"Please register by June 30th so that materials may be organized for the class. Late registrations may or may not be accepted based on enrolment."