Tuesday, Oct. 13, 7 p.m., Room 156
This presentation and discussion covers the new NAfME/Guitar Center ALL IN, a new initiative about the results of a seven year long study on the characteristics of what makes a great teacher. The areas covered will include: professional relationship building, knowing your colleagues, fundraising, and advocacy.
Wednesday, Oct. 14, 8-9 a.m., Runyan: “Knowing Your Learners”
Currently working as an education clinician for Music Solutions Group and Conn-Selmer Corporation, Branson is involved in a number of national music education projects including All IN with NAfME and the Guitar Center; he is widely sought after to present at university’s across the United States.
About the Guest
David Branson is highly involved in developing an Art and Wellness program in Casper Wyo., in conjunction with the Wyoming Symphony, Casper Medical Center, and Casper College. He is an active performer in the Casper area. Branson recently retired as the administrator for fine arts/music for the Washoe County School District in Reno, Nev., where her coordinated all music and arts activities for the school district, as well as coordinated the professional development training for the fine arts program staff. Prior to his current assignment, Branson taught at Clayton Middle School, Edward C. Reed High School, and other elementary schools in the WCSD. Before moving to Reno, he served as music coordinator for the Livermore Unified School District in Calif., as well as teaching band, Jazz, orchestra and choir. He was also an instructor at Chabot College in Hayward, Calif. Branson is a past Western Division president for MENC; he has served as a state president in Nev., with various positions on section and state boards for the past 30 years. He is an active adjudicator for music festivals and Bands of America, and often conducts honor bands and music camps. In addition to his duties with the Washoe County School District, he served on the faculty at the Truckee Meadows Community College. During his tenure in WCSD, he developed over 25 strategic partnerships with business and community groups to improve music education and access for all students. He has been called upon to speak to the Nevada Legislature committees on the benefits of arts education on student achievement. Branson was awarded the Administrator of the Year, and the Service to Music Education awards by the Nevada Music Education Association.