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Band Directors: TBA Academy Info/Registration

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2018 TBA Academy Information

Thursday, July 26, 2018
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center - San Antonio, Texas - Bridge Hall
8:30 Check-in; Sessions from 9am to 6pm.
Lunch will be provided.

Pre-Registration Status

Online Pre-Registration is now closed!
Please register onsite.

First Year Teacher Academy / Onsite Fee: $85
Academy Add-on / Onsite Fee:
$170 (active membership) + $40 (academy add-on fee)

TBA Academy Information & Registration Forms

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TBA Academy Information Packet and Schedule pdf_logo   [DOCUMENT LINK -- CLICK HERE]

TBA Academy Information

Texas Bandmasters Association is proud to present the eighth annual TBA Academy Thursday, July 26, in conjunction with the Annual TBA, TCDA, and TODA Conventions. Come prepared to learn from the leaders in your profession – an outstanding faculty of Texas music educators, administrators, and law specialists. The wealth of information gained from this academy will prepare YOU for success and help lay the foundation for YOUR career. Let us help you achieve your professional and personal goals. This unique opportunity is not to be missed!

Directors beginning their teaching career – Fall 2018
Directors with limited teaching experience
Directors new to Texas

TIME: 8:30 Check-in; Sessions from 9am to 6pm. Lunch will be provided.

8 Hours Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Credit – Must attend all sessions and complete the curriculum

For directors beginning their teaching career – Fall 2018: $85 Academy Fee

All beginning teachers attending the Academy will receive a One Year TBA Active Membership and 2018 Convention Registration FREE!
- a $170 value.

For directors with teaching experience and those new to Texas – Fall 2018:
Pre-Register as a TBA Active member ($145) and add the $40 Discounted Academy Fee

Classroom Management/Discipline; Student Motivation; Communicating with Administration and Parents; Overview of TMEA, UIL, and TEA; Social Media Do’s and Don’ts; Director’s Legal Rights and Responsibilities; Management of School Finances; Personal Finances; Professionalism

TBA Academy Schedule

8:30 Registration, Pre-Test
Brian Merrill – TBA Past President and Academy Coordinator

9:00 Welcome
Chico Portillo - TBA President, Pam Elrod Huffman - TCDA President, Christina Bires - TODA President, Mike Brashear - TBA Executive Director, Sharon Lutz - TCDA/TODA Executive Director, Mike Bartley – ATSSB President, Amanda Vereen – Young Band Directors of Texas

9:15 Overview of UIL and TMEA
Brad Kent– Director of UIL Music State Activities, Robert Floyd – TMEA Executive Director

10:20 BREAK

10:30 Classroom Management/Discipline/Motivation
Rob Myers – Red Oak ISD, Steve White – Leander ISD

11:45 Your Financial Future
Jeremy Strickland – Tyler Junior College

12:30 Dream It, Believe It, Go For It
Robert Herrings – Leander ISD

1:00 Lunch – Provided in the Lonesome Dove Room

2:00 Financial Accountability
Rick Ghinelli – Conn-Selmer Inc

3:00 Legal Issues Facing Music Educators
Carol Simpson - Attorney and Counselor at Law, Austin

4:00 BREAK

4:15 Professionalism from Day One
Amanda Drinkwater – Lewisville ISD

5:15 One Person Can Make a Difference; What Kind of Difference Will You Make?
Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser

5:45 Final Quiz and Certificates
Brian Merrill

All Academy attendees are invited to a Reception in the Lonesome Dove Room from 5:45 - 6:30 pm

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TBA Academy Testimonials

“If you are looking to start off your first year at your absolute best, the TBA Academy is a no-brainer, non-negotiable resource!” - Alex Johnson, Keller ISD

“I was feeling nervous and scared about my first year of teaching. This all day session helped me now feel surrounded by a community which is supportive and I am excited to start my career.” - Kelsey Brennecke, First Baptist Academy “I feel refreshed, reassured, and ready to rock my first year!” - JaRod Hall, Frisco ISD

“The TBA Academy was as inspiring day of clinics with some amazing teachers! Every young teacher should attend the Academy.” - Josh Howe, Assistant Band Director, Spence Talented and Gifted Academy, Dallas ISD.

“This academy was influential and inspirational. No matter whether you teach band, choir or orchestra, you will leave the academy as a better music educator.” - Brittany Elliff, Assistant Choir Director, Spillane Middle School, Cypress-Fairbanks ISD.

"TBA Academy got me really pumped for the new school year. I loved listening to the advice of band directors who have been in the profession for many years--I could tell how much they truly love their jobs. One of the things that meant the most to me was a comment that was made several times throughout the academy. Directors expressed how much they wished that they were back in our shoes, just beginning a long but exciting and continuously rewarding journey as a band director. This made me realize that I should make the most of this time! TBA Academy reminded me how impactful it is to have mentors leading you in the right direction and how much I want to do this for my students." – Anna Gulick, first year teacher, Richardson ISD

"The TBA Academy is a great way to prepare young band directors. It provided me with wonderful resources including information on UIL rules and procedures, program budgeting, setting up an insurance policy, and understanding educational policies. I know that I started this year out right with the help of TBA's Academy." – Jana Donahoo, first year teacher, Sunnyvale ISD