Aaron is a conductor, clinician and music educator who is passionate about bringing new music into the classroom. His students have collaborated with composers such as Scott McAllister and Michael Rene Torres, and performers such as the Columbus Ohio Discovery Ensemble. Aaron teaches middle school band in the Olentangy Local Schools. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of Northern Colorado and a master’s degree in Wind Conducting from The Ohio State University.
Conductor and educator Aaron Given discusses having a unique voice, the importance of building connections, and writing for band.
Topics discussed in this episode:
- Learning to teach
- Finding your enthusiasm
- Having a unique voice
- Not writing to the student
- Leveling systems
- Marketing the music
- The role of social media
- Writing Good Music
- Teaching opportunities vs performance barriers
- Audience building
- Raving fans
- Scott McAllister, Images
- Ralph Vaughan Williams, Linden Lea
- Bela Bartok, Concerto for Orchestra
- Caroline Shaw, Partita for 8 Voices
- Jodie Blackshaw, Letter from Sado
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