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HARKNETT MUSIC and Alfred Music presents:


Featuring: Chris M. Bernotas

** Workshop descriptions added!! **

DAY ONE: Friday, August 23, 2019
12:00pm – 4:30pm
St Robert CHS
8101 Leslie St, Thornhill, ON
DAY TWO: Saturday, August 24, 2019
9:30pm – 4:30pm
Harknett Music
15-2650 John St, Markham, ON
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Day One Sessions
HMS Honour Roll Multi-Publisher Band Reading (Repertoire Session # 1) - conducted by CHRIS BERNOTAS

BRING YOUR INSTRUMENT and play along - this first reading session will be all grades and styles of 2019 New Release Band Repertoire from the Harknett Honour Roll List

Workshop - Yes, you can teach percussion! - clinician CHRIS BERNOTAS

In this session we will share thoughts about teaching percussion group and individual lessons with a particular focus of the non-percussion specialist teacher. We will discuss some teaching tips and the basic concepts of grip, stroke, dampening, rhythmic introduction, meter introduction, mallet note-reading, rolls (open/closed and duple/triple), rudiments, and musical application of percussion techniques.
* Session sponsored by Alfred Music

Short Workshop - Strengthening your CORE - clinician SHASHI RAMU

This quick and focused talk will hit the key elements to programming and library building, to establish a collection of CORE REPERTOIRE for your annual and long term sequential planning.

Wind Band Conducting Masterclass - clinician CHRIS BERNOTAS
Our special guest STAR clinician, Chris M. Bernotas will act as an adjudicator for 4 conductors (the conducting spots are fully booked up and our participants are all AMAZING PEOPLE), 12-15 minutes each
REPERTOIRE ANNOUNCEMENT: Here are the pieces our conductors will be preparing excerpts from the following (links to MP3 recordings are below)
  • 00-46664 Shattered Grade 3, Chris Bernotas
  • 00-39627 Flash Flood Grade 2, Chris Bernotas
  • 00-39645 Whirlybird Grade 4.5, Todd Stalter
  • 00-31697 Black is the Color Grade 1.5, arr. Rob Sheldon
Alfred Music Reading Session (Repertoire Session # 2) - conducted by CHRIS BERNOTAS

BRING YOUR INSTRUMENT and play along - this first reading session will be all grades and styles of 2019 New Release Band Repertoire from the Harknett Honour Roll List which are ALFRED and BELWIN publications, as well as some old favorites of our clinician Chris’

Optional Dinner at FRANKIE TOMATTOS

We’ve got a group reservation and a separate room booked for our group - attendance is of course optional and attendees pay for themselves. We have negotiated the reduced/group Buffet rate for our group - $19.99 per person ALL YOU CAN EAT. This will be a great opportunity to meet and schmooze with other attendees and our guest clinician!

Day Two Sessions
HMS Honour Roll Multi-Publisher Band Powerpoint (Repertoire Sessions # 3,4,5)

We will focus on teachable repertoire, highlighting 2019 favourites from the Honour Roll list

Workshop - Effective Warm Up Strategies: The First 10 Minutes - clinician CHRIS BERNOTAS

In this session we will discuss various ensemble warm up concepts, including breathing, long tones, pitch matching, tuning, balance and blend, technique and rhythm. As directors we would like to do everything, every day! However, sometimes we need to choose concepts to focus on based on the ensemble’s needs. A variety of exercises and techniques will be described as we try to keep students engaged while preparing them for rehearsal through an ensemble warm up.

Workshop - Teaching Kids, Not Music - clinician CHRIS BERNOTAS

When we change our focus from ‘being driven by the music’ to ‘being driven by the student and their growth’ it changes our outlook on the rehearsal, or classroom. This session will focus on introducing this philosophy and discuss how to implement key concepts into your instruction to develop student skills. Students will be more self-reliant, responsible, proactive, confident and successful when you empower them. By implementing a steady focus on fundamental musical concepts and holding a high standard, students will rise to the occasion – parents and administrators too!

3rd Annual Best Practices and Idea Sharing Session - mediated by SHASHI RAMU and CHRIS BERNOTAS

Bring us an idea. Anything which you do , use, work with. A video, a performance or rehearsal strategy, a conducting gesture, a book or series, your favourite piece of music which you use to teach ____________, a field/band trip idea, assessment ideas or tools. ANYTHING AT ALL THAT YOU'D LIKE TO SHARE WITH A GROUP OF YOUR COLLEAGUES from ACROSS ONTARIO!!!
**participation/idea sharing is optional and limited to 90 seconds - and prizes are awarded to the TOP 3 voted best ideas!

Day One Registration: $20
(You get $20 back towards purchases)
Day Two Registration: $30
(You get $20 back towards purchases)
Full Registration: $40
(You get $20 back towards purchases)
Composer, conductor, clinician and educator Chris M. Bernotas brings an energetic and enthusiastic approach to the world of music education. An active composer and arranger of concert band and string orchestra music, Mr. Bernotas is published with Alfred Music and is co-author of three books in Alfred’s Sound Innovations series, Sound Innovations: Ensemble Development for Young, Intermediate and Advanced Concert Band, along with Peter Boonshaft. He is also co-author of Alfred’s ground-breaking percussion method, Sound Percussion with Dave Black.
Mr. Bernotas holds a BM from William Paterson University and an MAT from Marygrove College. As an instrumental music teacher at Mountain Lakes High School for more than 20 years in New Jersey, he conducts the wind ensemble, concert band, pep band, jazz band, and pit orchestra.
Mr. Bernotas also adjudicates for marching band competitions and festivals nationwide. In addition to accepting commissions, Mr. Bernotas is an active guest conductor and presenter at clinics and conferences throughout the United States.
His professional affiliations include NAFME, ASCAP, and NJMEA. Mr. Bernotas resides in New Jersey with his wife Cristina and 3 kids.
Email questions to: shashi@harknettmusic.com
Holiday Hours
Tue Dec. 24: 9am — 5pm
Wed — Fri Dec. 25, 26, 27: Closed
Sat Dec. 28: 10am — 4pm
Mon — Tue Dec. 30, 31: 9am — 5pm
Wed Jan. 1: Closed