The Art of Band Leading (2018 program)

Michael Smolens
Music 3 – Rm 219 / 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Have you tried getting a band together and it fell apart?

Maybe you currently lead an ensemble, but you want to make less stressful?

Or, you’ve thought about putting a band together but it seems like too much work?

There is probably nothing more more musically challenging (and rewarding) than putting together your own group, especially if you’re a writer. But did you notice that none of the courses in college offered anything related to this ? Or, how to manage over a dozen different roles that a band leader typically fills? This workshop will cover the essential musical, organizational, and communication¬†issues that can make the difference in your next (or current) band.

Michael has been leading ensembles since the late ’60s, and teaching nearly as long. His experience includes working with both instrumental and vocal groups from duos to a 20-person ensemble in jazz, classical, folk, pop, and international styles. He is also an author on the art of practicing and has investigated the relationship between good communication and ensemble longevity. He has released six CDs of his music with internationally touring musicians along with numerous educational recordings.