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Thomas J. West Music

Live webcam private music lessons, music education articles, compositions, clinician services, reviews


Clinics, Presentations, Adjudication, Conducting Services

I serve regularly as an adjudicator and clinician for various music events. I have served as an adjudicator for the Mid American Competing Bands Association (MACBDA), the United States Scholastic Band Association (USSBA) and the Cavalcade of Bands Association, Inc. You can view my CV with all of my adjudication credits on my Bio and Commissions page.

I am in demand as a clinician for in-service presentations and conferences. Credits include serving as a discussion panelist on the use of social media in music education at the Jazz Education Network Conference in New Orleans, LA in January of 2011 and an in-service presentation on 21st century technology resources at the PMEA District 3 Jazz Band Festival in February of 2011. I provide clinics for online webinars as well.

I am available as an adjudicator/clinician and/or guest conductor for any and all middle school and high school festivals. I have served as a guest conductor for the Bux-Mont Honors Band and for the Warren Local High School Band of Vincent, Ohio.

I am available as an adjudicator/clinician/presenter for contemporary a cappella singers. Credits include serving as the Executive Producer of CASA's VoCALnation festival in Phialdelphia in 2013, Director of Education for The A Cappella Project - Philadelphia, and as a workshop presenter and masterclass clinician for The Contemporary A Cappella Society of America and The A Cappella Project - Philadelphia. I have done private coaching sessions for several competing and non-competing collegiate a cappella groups. I have also done online clinics for several a cappella groups.

Below you will find descriptions of the in-service clinic topics I offer. These topics can be combined in any fashion that suits your needs. If you are interested in hiring me as a clinician, adjudicator, or guest conductor, please visit my Contact page.




Clinics And Presentations

The following is a list of clinic presentation topics. These can be delivered individually or combined into longer presentations. Most presentations are an hour in length. All of these presentations can be delivered in person or can be delivered as an online webinar.

Technology Integration Topics

Best Practices in Using Social Media with Music Students

Online Professional Development Resources For Music Educators

Teaching Online Private Music Lessons Using Skype and Other Real-Time Tools

Creating Online Self-Paced Music Lessons Using Blogs and Noteflight

Using Smart Music and Finale for Performing Music Assessments

Using YouTube and Teacher Tube to Create Dynamic Music Video Lessons

Teaching Multi-Media Creativity MixCraft

21st Century Resources for Music Educators

Marching Band Topics

Establishing and Building a Visual Fundamentals Program

Best Practices and Procedures in Ensemble Visual Rehearsals

Field Show Design - Creating a Program that Suits the Needs of All Stakeholders in your Band Program

Best Practices and Procedures in Ensemble Music Rehearsals

Drill Writing for the Small Band Program

Arranging for the Small Marching Band Program

On-site Clinician (attending your camp or rehearsal)

Music Pedagogy and Practice Techniques

A "Sound" Approach to Teaching Beginning Instrumental Students

Strategies for Increasing Student Instrumental Music Practicing Outside of the Classroom

Incorporating Fundamentals of the Wind Band into Every Rehearsal

Incorporating Fundamentals of the String Orchestra into Every Rehearsal

Using Focused Proprioception To Learn and Memorize Performance Repertoire

Strategies for Teaching Structured Music Preparation for Individual and Ensemble Performance

Incorporating Music Improvisation, Music Theory, and Music Composition into the Traditional Instrumental Music Program

Using Rehearsal Recordings to Enhance Student Learning

Creating a Parent Training Program to Support Student Musical Achievement

Meeting National Standards By Incorporating Chamber Music and Other Small Ensemble Performing Opportunities

Using Contemporary A Cappella Singing to Enhance the Traditional Choral Program

Music Advocacy and Curriculum Design

Building Your Music Program through Community Involvement

Creating an Online Presence for Your Music Program

Creating an Effective K-12 Music Curriculum

Strategies for Protecting Your Music Program from Budget Cuts


Contemporary A Cappella Singing

Beginning Arranging

Advanced Arranging

Beginning Rehearsal Strategies

Advanced Rehearsal Strategies

Social Media Promotion for A Cappella Groups 

Booking Information

On-site In-Service Clinic Services:
For any clinic/workshop presentation requiring travel, my current rate is $100.00 USD per presentation plus travel expenses. This fee takes into account the amount of time it takes to create both online and physical presentation materials - every presentation will have a resource web page on this site associated with it [example].

On-site Rehearsal Clinician or Adjudication Services: For any rehearsal clinic or judging event, my current rate is $200 per event plus travel expenses. For clinics and adjudication, all performers will receive an mp3 recording of commentary.

On-Site Guest Conducting Services: For any guest conducting for middle school, high school, or college ensembles, my current rate is $500 per event plus travel expenses. This fee takes into account the amount of preparation necessary to select repertoire, memorize scores, and perform on the podium for extended periods of time during the event.

Online Services: All of the clinic presentations, adjudications, and rehearsal clinics mentioned above can also be provided online via Skype, Google +, or web conferencing software. My current rate for online services is $50.00 USD per hour. Every presentation will have a resource web page on this site associated with it [example]. For clinics and adjudication, all performers will receive an mp3 recording of commentary.

Composition/Arranging Commissions: I also take commissions for original works or arrangements for any instrumental music ensemble or contemporary a cappella vocal ensemble. My current fee for original wind band, string orchestra, or full orchestra works is $1000.00 USD per piece. My fee for original chamber music works for any instrumentation is $500.00 USD. Fees for instrumental arrangements will vary by project. My fee for original a cappella arrangements is $100 per song. For arrangement services, the commissioning entity will be responsible for securing permission to produce a derivative work.

Webcam Music Lessons: For students around the world who speak english, I am available for private music instruction via Webcam. Visit the Webcam Lessons page for details.

To hire me for any of these services, please fill out the form on my contact page.