Department of Music

Beginning Band Pedagogy Workshop

"This was an amazing experience - more than I could have imagined." - Samantha McCarty, 2012 workshop participant

Our Third Biennial Workshop will happen JULY 2016!
Tuition: To Be Announced (around $400)
Refunds: We are unable to refund any registration amount after July 1, 2016



"This is honestly the greatest workshop I have been to in my career as a band director." - 2012 workshop participant

Information Bulletin for Participants - CLICK HERE for the latest!

This five-day workshop features hands-on teaching demonstrations of beginning and intermediate concepts for flute, oboe, bassoon, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba, and percussion. Participants will be actively involved in playing each of the instruments (at a beginner level!) and will have the opportunity to participate in active discussions and other learning activities. Optional private lessons are available on each of the instruments for those workshop participants who want extra help or want to dig into concepts in a little more depth. While this workshop is primarily geared toward middle-school teachers, instrumental music instructors at all levels will find the information on the fundamentals of each instrument valuable. Handouts and other materials you can use with your students will be provided as a part of the workshop fee.

Each workshop participant will have the opportunity to play every instrument and take part in demonstrations of how to make great sounds with efficient fundamentals on each instrument. Learn tricks and tips to help your students of all levels develop great playing and performance skills. Participants will also have the opportunity to network with other directors throughout the day during formal discussions and informal interaction during the workshop and at optional recreational events each evening.

Housing On-campus housing is available for only $XX.XX(plus tax) per night by contacting .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or (210) 458-5334. Off-campus lodging is provide by the official workshop hotel - XXXX XXXX - which offers conference rooms for only $XX.XX (plus tax) a night. Contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or (210) 458-5334 for more information.

Fun for the whole family! San Antonio is a terrific destination for families. Nearby attractions include Six Flags Fiesta Texas, Sea World San Antonio , Imax Theatre , the Riverwalk , Schlitterbahn Waterpark, Splashtown Waterpark, San Antonio Zoo, Brackenridge Park, Natural Bridge Caverns, Witte Museum, San Antonio Museum of Art, Institute of Texan Cultures, San Antonio Missions Baseball, King William Historic District, Botanical Garden, the Alamo, and the San Antonio Missions Historical Park. Shopping options include Northstar and Rivercenter Malls and, just across the highway from campus, the Shops at La Cantera.

"I drove 250 miles to get here, but I would be willing to drive 1,000 miles. I learned so many tips, tricks, and secrets to teaching band. The thinks I learned will be applied not only to my beginners, but also to all of my students." - David Berndt, 2012 workshop participant



Debra Haburay – Forestwood Middle School, Lewisville ISD – Brass

Debra Haburay is enjoying her 15th year as Director of Bands at Forestwood Middle School in Flower Mound, Texas. She is a native of Connecticut where she studied trumpet with Richard Green.

Ms. Haburay received the Bachelor of Music degree in music performance from Northwestern University. At Northwestern, she studied trumpet with Vincent Cichowicz, performed with the Wind Ensemble under the direction of John Paynter and with the Symphony under the direction of Victor Yampolsky. She continued her studies as a graduate assistant at Baylor University, performing as a member of the Baylor faculty brass quintet and the Waco Symphony. She received the Master of Music degree in performance, studying trumpet with Barry Hopper and conducting with Michael Haithcock. Ms. Haburay studied for three summers at the Pierre Monteux School in Hancock, Maine, under the direction of Charles Bruck and Michael Jinbo. With gratitude, Debra’s teachers also include Jim Irwin – brass pedagogy, Tom Ridenour – clarinet, Patti Mecklin – flute and Hermann Vogelstein – bassoon.

Under Ms. Haburay’s leadership, Forestwood bands have consistently earned outstanding honors and distinctions including TMEA Honor Band Finalist in 2000, 2002 and 2004 and 2006. She serves as a clinician and adjudicator throughout Texas and is a member of Phi Beta Mu. Most of all, Ms. Haburay is grateful for the excellent influence of her students who bring her joy and inspiration each day.

Kathy Johnson – Argyle High School, Argyle ISD – Woodwinds

Kathy Johnson is in her sixth year at Argyle High School. Prior to teaching at Argyle High School, Mrs. Johnson taught for 20 years in the Lewisville Independent School District. During her time in LISD, Mrs. Johnson taught at Griffin Middle School, Arbor Creek Middle School, and McKamy Middle School where her students consistently earned Superior Ratings and “Best in Class” awards. Under her direction, the Griffin Symphonic Band advanced to the State Honor Band finals and placed 5th and 4th respectively in both 1986 and 1988. While she was Director of Bands at McKamy Middle School, Mrs. Johnson has had the distinct honor of conducting the McKamy Honor Winds at the Texas Music Educators Conference as the 2001 Class CC Honor Band and in Chicago at the 2001 Midwest International Band and Orchestra Conference. Mrs. Johnson also served as Fine Arts Department Head for McKamy Middle School.

In addition to teaching, Mrs. Johnson has played flute in the Dallas Wind Symphony for the past 25 years and also performed with the Camerata Chamber Winds. She is an active clinician and adjudicator in the metroplex area and teaches at several summer band camps throughout the state of Texas.

Kennan Wylie – Percussion

Kennan Wylie holds a Bachelors and Masters degree in Music Education from the University of North Texas. He was an adjunct professor of percussion at University of Arlington for ten years. Currently he is the Percussion Instructor at Marcus High School in Flower Mound, Texas. There he coordinates the marching percussion program along with the concert percussion ensemble, steel band, novelty ensemble, and Brazilian ensemble. Under his direction over the past nineteen years, the Marcus group has received national acclaim both on and off the field, including ten national championship titles at the P.A.S.I.C. Marching Competition. Marcus was chosen for the P.A.S. "Call for Tapes" in 1999, 2003 and 2007. The group was seleccted to perform at the 2006 Midwest International Band and Orchestra Conference. They have performed with various artists such as; Gregg Bissonette, Dave Weckl, Ignacio Berrora, Dave Samuels, Alex Acuna, Horacio Hernandez, Dave Samuels, Steve Smith, Sonny Emory, Joel Rosenblatt, Shania Twain, Luis Conte, Russ Miller, and Andy Narel.. The drumline performed during the 1999 Stanley Cup NHL Championships for the Dallas Stars hockey team. Kennan is active as a clinician and adjudicator throughout the Southwest. He hosts North Texas and South East Texas Middle School Percussion Camps. He has presented clinics at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Conference, Texas Music Educators Association Convention, Percussive Arts Society International Convention, and the Texas Percussive Arts Society.

Si Millican – UTSA – Assistant Professor of Music Education

For thirteen years prior to his university work, Dr. Millican was a public-school band director at the high-school and middle-school levels. He taught beginning woodwind and percussion classes in the Lewisville and Arlington Independent School Districts in Texas. He is the author of "Starting Out Right: Beginning Band Pedagogy" which provides information on recruiting students, selecting instruments, finding equipment, organizing and managing a band program, teaching students to make first notes on their instruments, helping students read music, and classroom management techniques.

Note: Graduate Credit is available. People who would like graduate credit must apply through the Graduate School by May 15. Please visit the Graduate School Website: For more information on the workshop, contact Si Millican – .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) - (210) 458-5334.

Info for participants coming soon!