You have a long list of goals when you enter the classroom each day: Be a better music educator. Help students succeed. Feel inspired and empowered. We want to help you achieve all of your goals.
Music teachers have long relied on Yamaha for quality instruments and for its lineup of world-renowned Yamaha Performing Artists who present more than 600 clinics, workshops and masterclasses each year.
Now, music teachers can look to an all-star group of 18 Yamaha Master Educators who will focus on impactful professional development opportunities and artistic music collaborations.
The roster of Yamaha Master Educators covers a range of school levels and expertise, so music teachers can access mentorship, expert advice and tried-and-true tips on topics such as recruitment, engaging students, selecting the perfect repertoire, making rehearsals more meaningful, advanced conducting techniques and more.
The Yamaha Master Educator program has been designed to bring these elite educators in front of as many music teachers as possible. The Yamaha Master Educators are available to work on-site with music teachers during staff development, as well as speak and conduct appointments with state music education associations, district meetings for music teachers and fine arts departments, districtwide in-service days, and clinics at schools.
Meet the Yamaha Master Educators
The Yamaha Master Educators features a diverse lineup of distinguished academics, clinicians, consultants and authors, including:
- Daniel Berard, Director of Bands at Grain Valley High School
- Dr. Travis J. Cross, Professor of Music and Chair of the Department of Music at UCLA
- Dr. Rodney Dorsey, Professor of Music in Bands at Indiana University
- Douglas Droste, Director of Orchestras at Ball State University
- Cheryl Floyd, retired Director of Bands at Hill Country Middle School
- Richard Floyd, State Director of Music Emeritus at the University of Texas at Austin
- Kevin Ford, Director of the Leadership Conservatory for the Arts at Tarpon Springs High School
- Larry Gookin, Distinguished Professor and Emeritus Professor of Music at Central Washington University
- Jeffrey Grogan, Director of Orchestral Activities and Professor of Music at Oklahoma City University
- Barry Houser, Associate Director of Bands and Director of Athletic Bands at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana
- Jerry Junkin, Director of Bands and Professor of Instrumental Conducting at the University of Texas at Austin
- Craig Kirchhoff, Professor of Conducting and Director Emeritus of University Bands at the University of Minnesota
- Gary Lewis, Director of Orchestral Studies and Professor of Conducting at the University of Colorado Boulder
- Anthony Maiello, Professor of Music at George Mason University
- Marcia Neel, Clinician, Educator, Consultant and Music Advocate
- Michael Pote, Director of Bands at Carmel High School in Carmel, Indiana
- Kevin Sedatole, Professor of Music and Director of Bands at Michigan State University
- Dr. Emily Threinen, Director of Bands and Associate Professor of Music at the University of Minnesota
- Marguerite Wilder, Middle School Conductor, Clinician and Consultant
The Yamaha Master Educator program is the latest way in which Yamaha shows its support for music education. Yamaha invests more money, time and staff in its commitment to music education than any other instrument manufacturer.