In January 2016 Yamaha Music Australia announced the appointment of Dr. Rob McWilliams as Education Outreach Clinician.
Dr. McWilliams is highly respected in the industry and returns to Australia after working in the United States for 23 years as a musician and educator across all styles from symphonic to jazz. He was most recently Director of Bands and Head of Department at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh. While in the USA, he completed Masters and Doctorate degrees in Instrumental Music Education/Conducting. His charter with Yamaha Music Australia is to be at the front line, in schools and the community, helping ensemble directors and students reach their full potential.
Band and Orchestral Product Manager, Mat Taylor, describes Yamaha’s outreach mission statement as follows: "Yamaha Music Australia is committed to increasing the quality of, and participation in music education, specifically in band and orchestral music programs".
Dr. McWilliams is available to help teachers and ensemble directors at all levels of experience work with their instrumental ensembles (band, orchestra, jazz, etc.) by delivering Professional Development sessions, helping with recruitment or retention strategies, new program setup, advocating with administrations, preparation for festivals or competitions, or any other area that serves to support music educators and instrumental music in schools and the community.
Teachers and instrumental directors are encouraged to contact Dr. McWilliams to discuss opportunities for development in their programs and ensembles.
Dr. Rob McWilliams
Education Outreach Clinician - Yamaha Music Australia
Education Outreach Possibilities & Topics
Available for professional development, in-service, pre-service, in all instrumental areas (concert band, orchestra, jazz, etc)
- Recruitment, Retention, Advocacy
- Repertoire Selection & Programming
- Score Study & Rehearsal Preparation
- Rehearsal Techniques
- Conducting Gesture & Non-Verbal Communication
- Aural skills, Intonation Training
- Resources - print, A/V, online, etc
Ensemble Workshops & Guest Conducting
Teacher Observation, Feedback, and Follow-Up
Working with institutional administrations, program set up and review