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December 1, 6pm EST: Teaching Diverse Learners

In this session, Julie Duty will explore ways to use Universal Design for Learning to remove barriers for all students in the music classroom. Attendees will learn how to make simple modifications that meet individual needs while also balancing the inherent workload facing large ensemble directors.

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The Music Administration Collaborative supports music education across America and around the globe. It is the primary source of professional development, communication, and networking for today's music administrators and program leaders.

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Registration is now open for the 2022 Conn-Selmer, Inc. / SCSBOA Music Administrator Collaborative to be held Friday, January 21, 2022 at the Hyatt Regency, Orange County in Garden Grove, California. Registration is $35 and includes lunch and access to the 2022 NAMM Badge. Registration closes on December 15, 2021.

Save the Date: CSI 2022

Join us live as we reunite at Bethel University in Mishawaka, IN or join virtually from anywhere in the world for our upcoming Conn Selmer Institute happening June 12-15, 2022. More details about registration coming soon!

Music Administration Collaborative Directors

Gary Markham

Executive Director of the Music Administration Collaborative

Mr. Markham is currently Retired Supervisor of Instrumental Music for the Cobb County School District in Marietta, GA. He is the former Director of Bands at Robinson Secondary School in Fairfax County, Virginia. He has over four decades of experience in music education and serves internationally as a clinician, guest conductor, adjudicator, and consultant. The Cobb County Music program has been named one of the “BEST Communities for Music Education in America, eleven times. Mr. Markham’s leadership experience includes membership on several state and national music education executive boards including the Midwest Clinic Advisory Committee. He is currently the Senior Education Consultant and Chief Judge for Bands of America, Executive Director of the Music Administration Collaborative, Judge Education Director for Drum Corps International, and an author of “Band Expressions” published by Alfred Music. He is a 1992 recipient of the John Philip Sousa Foundation's "Sudler Order of Merit" and the Robinson Symphonic Band is the 1992 recipient of the "Sudler Flag of Honor.” In 2006, Mr. Markham was presented with the Georgia Music Educators Administrative Leadership award and was inducted into the Bands of America “Hall of Fame.” In 2007, Mr. Markham received the DCI & Coltrin & Associates “Excellence in Music Education Award.” In 2009, MENC presented the first “Excellence in Marching Music Education” to Mr. Markham for serving as chairman of the Blue Ribbon Commission for writing National Standards and a lifetime devoted to marching music excellence.


Rick Ghinelli

Director of Music Administration Outreach

Rick Ghinelli graduated from the University of Houston with a Bachelor of Music Education and began his career in the Spring Independent School District as a middle school band director. During that time, his bands earned a number of awards on both the local and state levels. Rick later earned his Masters of Administration from Sam Houston State University, and he continued his career in Spring ISD as an elementary assistant principal, a middle school assistant principal, and a middle school principal. In 2000, he assumed the role of Director of Performing and Visual Arts for the district, a position he held until his retirement in 2013. While serving in this position, fine arts programs in Spring ISD gained notoriety for their excellent work and were frequent recipients of the highest honors at the local, state, and national levels of competition.

Rick has been active in many aspects of music education throughout his career, including serving as president of the Texas Music Administrators Conference.  He has done presentations and staff development sessions for a number of conferences, universities, and school districts across Texas and the nation including the Texas Music Educators Association convention and the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic. In 2014, Rick was awarded the Distinguished Alumnus in Music Education from the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston, and in 2019 he was honored with the Lifetime Administrator Achievement Award from the Texas Bandmasters Association.  Currently, he serves as the Educational Support Manager for the southwest region of the U.S. in the Division of Education for Conn-Selmer, Inc.,  where he also helps plan and coordinate events for the Music Administration Collaborative.




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