Marching Arts Education

Courses

The Power of Positive Teaching

WATCH NOW!  This is a recording of a live webinar presented on March 15.  Courtney Allison and Andria Foerch sit down to talk about the impact of positive teaching on our color guard students. Several different ideas and strategy’s can be used to create a more peaceful approach to our students, especially when giving feedback. Listen as they go through some ideas that can help you with your team.

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The Breathing Party – Matt Harloff

WATCH NOW!  One of the most important marching arts skills sets for students is learning how to use their air to support their instrument.  Arguably, this skill is the most important to not only achieve the best possible sound, but also to project that sound in large performance venues.  Unfortunately, developing this skill set might not be the most popular exercise within your students … and as directors, sometimes the first exercise to be cut from the warm up routine when under time constraints are the breathing exercises.  The Breathing Party offers a perspective to not only work on strength & support of the instrument, but can be done in 3 minutes or less and most importantly fun for the students.   

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Across the Floors – Matt Harloff

WATCH NOW!  One of the most popular exercises used by color guards or dance ensembles is the Across the Floors exercise. Playing Across the Floors is a great example of how to apply and develop basic tone quality exercises to basic marching directions using the Across the Floors exercise.

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Andria Foerch – The Positive Influence

WATCH NOW! Andria Foerch talks with Courtney Allison of ColorGuardEDU about “The Positive Influence,” discussing how Positive Teaching can make you a better educator and create better outcomes and performances.

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Tim Newburn – Creating a Career in the Marching Arts

WATCH NOW!  This is a recording of a live webinar presented on March 22.  Tim Newburn talks with Courtney Allison of ColorGuardEDU about “Creating a Color Guard Life.”  

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Marlieta Matthews – Get Your Students “Rock Star Ready”

WATCH NOW!  This is a recording of a live webinar presented on March 28.  Marlieta Matthews talks with Courtney Allison of ColorGuardEDU about Getting your Students “Rock Star Ready” for the end of the season.

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Questions & Answers 1

WATCH NOW FOR FREE!  This is a recording of a live webinar presented on March 29.  Courtney Allison talks about her history in the activity and why she created ColorGuardEDU.  She also answers questions about teaching dance, admitting when you’re wrong, sharing the creative process, general effect in young groups, and developing a leadership team.  There is no fee to access this webinar.  Learn about Courtney and her mission here at ColorGuardEDU!

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Playing in Plie – Matt Harloff

WATCH NOW!  Dance is becoming a very important part of the marching arts activity within wind players.  Wind players need to develop visual skill sets of basic marching as well as all kinds of dance.  “Playing in Plie” is a great example of how to apply and develop basic tone quality exercises to one of the most basic dance movements.  Matt Harloff, assisted by Susie Harloff, shares clear explanations and includes a video of band students demonstrating these exercises.

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Rick Subel – Creating a Production Timeline

WATCH NOW!  This is a recording of the live webinar presented on May 1, 2017.  Rick Subel is one of the top experts in color guard, show design, and production scheduling.  He joins Courtney Allison to discuss and explain how to create a production timeline for your show.  Many programs do know understand this basic and essential planning tool!   Watch an excerpt from this webinar

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Stephanie Chavez – Recruiting and Retention

WATCH NOW! This webinar was recorded on May 2, 2017.  Stephanie Chavez is the director of the WGI Champion Color Guard at Klein Oak HS.  Stephanie joins Courtney Allison to share her expertise on recruiting students and retention in your program.  

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Creating a Team Within Your Color Guard

WATCH NOW FOR FREE! This webinar was recorded on May 3, 2017.  Courtney Allison of ColorGuard EDU tells you how to create a team within your color guard!  Get concrete advice on how to build a culture of hard working, performance hungry students within your color guard program! WATCH AN EXCERPT

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Joey Powell – Building and Managing a Staff

WATCH NOW!  Joey Powell is the director of color guard at James Bowie HS and is Guard Caption Supervisor / Choreographer for Carolina Crown.  Joey joins Courtney Allison of ColorGuardEDU to share his expertise on “Building and Managing a Staff.”   Topics include: How to decide who to hire, How to know what your program needs, Defining the rolls of each staff member, and Social Media issues with your staff.  The video of this webinar is available to watch now at your convenience.

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Jennifer Hinshaw – Give Your Students The Love Of Dance

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Jennifer Hinshaw talks about how to give your students a love of dance.  Train new students without leaving advanced behind!  We discuss the important of variety in dance class, engaging students while they learn new skills.  Jennifer has been involved in the color guard activity since 1995 and is on the staff at Avon HS and Lexis Winter Guard.

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John Leonard – How to Create the “Big Picture”

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John Leonard is the director of the Marcus Color Guard program and has been a teacher and choreographer for nearly twenty years.  John joins Courtney Allison of ColorGuardEDU to share his expertise on How To Create The “Big Picture.”  Building better transitions, planning the show for maximum effect, and creating a program that showcases the strengths of your group.  The video of this webinar is available now and can be accessed at the same location where you signed up.  WATCH AN EXCERPT OF THE CONVERSATION

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Ethics and Risk Management

BEGIN NOW!  This 2 hour course contains essential information for directors and instructors about Boundaries and Interactions with Minors, Social Media and Texting, Duty to Report, Documentation, and Bullying & Hazing.  This course also includes another 90 minutes of supplemental materials on Youth Development, Discipline, and Fiduciary Responsibilities.  SAMPLE THE COURSEWORK

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Greg Lagola & Carol Abohatab – First Steps in Design Once Music is Chosen

WATCH NOW!  This webinar was recorded on May 10, 2017.  Two true experts in the world of show design, Greg Lagola and Carol Abohatab, share their expertise with you as they discuss the creative process.  The value of being uncomfortable as the process begins, making sure the choreography is appropriate for your group, and the value of the process itself.  The video of this webinar is available to watch now at your convenience.  WATCH AN EXCERPT

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Inside the Circle: How it all Starts

WATCH NOW!   Join Michael Klesch and Matt Harloff talk about their mentors and influences, as well as all that needs to happen before the first note of rehearsal is ever played.  Watch an excerpt here.

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Carolina Crown 2017 Brass Videos from Spring Training

Free Access to these videos!  Your first look at the 2017 Carolina Crown!  Watch Matt Harloff and the staff of CrownBRASS work with the hornline as they train the members during Spring Training.  Videos feature breathing exercises and Brass Warm-ups. Learn from the very best!

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Paul and Sandi Rennick – Pre-Season Training: The Season Begins

WATCH NOW!  Two master educators in the world of percussion share their expertise as Paul and Sandi Rennick discuss how they prepare for the upcoming DCI season.  Recorded just days before 2017 Spring Training begins with the Santa Clara Vanguard, Paul and Sandi discuss how they prepare for the beginning of the season, pre-season rehearsal techniques, and early season development of the percussion ensemble.  Topics include the amount of time spent on technique vs. music, how Paul creates short exercises for specific goals for the performers, how they teach for sound instead of technique, how they write the music….(which comes first, the battery parts or the front ensemble music), how Sandi achieves such nuance and clarity in her writing, and they even discuss some of their favorites show and performances through the years.

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Carolina Crown 2017 First Impact First Recording

Free Access to this video!  Your first look at the 2017 Carolina Crown!  Matt Harloff of CrownBRASS shares the first official recording of the first show impact! Find other exclusive videos from Carolina Crown Spring Training and great educational materials from Matt Harloff and Michael Klesch on this website.

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Building Relationships – Ralph Reiff and Matt Harloff

WATCH NOW!  The importance of building great relationships cannot be ignored.  Having a strong relationship with your colleagues, staff, parents, principals & department chairs can only benefit & enhance your students education & experience.  Matt Harloff talks with Ralph Reiff, executive director of the St Vincent Sports Performance Center as well as an athletic trainer Hall of Fame member talk about strategies and his experience on ways you can develop strong relationships that can help your program. 

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Athletic Training – Ralph Reiff and Matt Harloff

WATCH NOW!  The Marching Arts is becoming more and more athletic each year.  It is becoming even more important for the director and staff to become educated when it comes to student strength & conditioning, understand what the body can dd, how to train the body to perform the skill sets that you are asking your members to perform and understanding recovery, nutrition & hydration.

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Carol Dweck: The Growth Mindset – Mary White

WATCH NOW!  The mindset of the students and teacher dramatically influences success.  Dr. Mary White discusses the concepts from Carol Dweck’s renowned book: “Mindset: The New Psychology of Success.”

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CIRCLE DRILL – Spring Training – Matt Harloff

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Welcome to part 1 of a progressive series from Inside the CrownBRASS circle.  If you are NOT familiar with the exercise Circle Drill, these videos are for you. Watch Matt Harloff give a video analysis of the circle drill & learn what to watch & listen for as well as receive rehearsal ideas for your program. 

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Tuning – Just Intonation – Matt Harloff

WATCH NOW!  Tuning any fundamental pitch is one thing, but tuning intervals and chords are a completely different thing. Learn & see demonstrations explaining “Just Intonation” and how it can upgrade your program. This video features CrownBRASS as a demonstration group … learn the exercises they use which can be applied to any level ensemble and can help your students play chords better in tune.

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BREATHE DAH – Matt Harloff

WATCH NOW! The secret behind CrownBRASS which can be applied to any level of ensemble is Breathe DAH.  Learn about the program created by DCI Hall of Fame members Donnie VanDoren & Jim Prime … the masterminds behind the Garfield Cadets & Star of Indiana.  Watch CrownBRASS in action as they work to master this technique program that helps them create that standard setting clarity in performance.   Learn from Matt Harloff as he gives a video analysis of Breathe DAH & learn what to watch and listen for as well as receive rehearsal ideas for your program.  WATCH AN EXCERPT

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Byron Valentine

WATCH NOW!  TAKE YOUR PLANNING FULL CIRCLE! Byron Valentine joins Courtney Allison from ColorGuardEDU to share his expertise in design and instruction.  Byron will present “I Want to Paint a Picture, but Where Do I Buy the Paint?”  Helpful Hints for Designing in the Complex World of Winterguard.  Topics include Planning in Advance, Deciding on The Intent, Mood and Feeling, Shapes and Textures, and Entertainment / Making your Show Accessible to the Audience.

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The Method of Release – Matt Harloff

WATCH NOW! Learn about a consistent approach to releasing the note that is easy to understand and can be applied to your ensembles.  Watch CrownBRASS in action & learn how they create those breathtaking releases in performances. Learn from Matt Harloff as he gives a video analysis of the release technique & learn what to watch and listen for as well as receive rehearsal ideas for your program.

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Show Exercises: Unique Skill Sets – Matt Harloff

WATCH NOW!  SHOW EXERCISES: Unique Skill Sets
A MUST SEE educational video!!!!  A revolutionary rehearsal idea that will save time, give your students more repetitions, warm up & work on show music skills at the same time.  Watch CrownBRASS use this idea & learn how they achieve the musical clarity they are known for.  Learn from Matt Harloff as he gives a video analysis of exercises you can use with your program to help your students play louder & yet achieve the quality of sound that you want.

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Show Exercises: Daily Chores – Matt Harloff

WATCH NOW!  SHOW EXERCISES: Daily Chores
A MUST SEE educational video!!!!  A revolutionary rehearsal idea that will save time, give your students more repetitions, warm up & work on show music skills at the same time.  Watch CrownBRASS use this idea & learn how they achieve the musical clarity they are known for.  Learn from Matt Harloff as he gives a video analysis of exercises you can use with your program to help your students play louder & yet achieve the quality of sound that you want.

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Show Exercises: Rhythm/Style – Matt Harloff

WATCH NOW!  SHOW EXERCISES: Rhythm/Style
A MUST SEE educational video!!!!  A revolutionary rehearsal idea that will save time, give your students more repetitions, warm up & work on show music skills at the same time.  Watch CrownBRASS use this idea & learn how they achieve the musical clarity they are known for.  Learn from Matt Harloff as he gives a video analysis of exercises you can use with your program to help your students play louder & yet achieve the quality of sound that you want.

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SHOW EXERCISES – Matt Harloff

WATCH NOW!  SHOW EXERCISES: Unique Skills / Daily Chores / Rhythm-Style
SPECIAL OFFER: Purchase all three videos here at half price! Normally $90 if purchases individually, we provide them here together for only $45.  A revolutionary rehearsal idea that will save time, give your students more repetitions, warm up & work on show music skills at the same time.

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The Crown Sound – Matt Harloff

LIVE WEBINAR on Wednesday, July 19 at 9:00 pm Eastern time!  

Matt Harloff is often asked how he gets that dark rich sound with the ensembles he teaches at Carolina Crown and Avon High School.  Matt will talk about creating that dark “Crown Sound,” sharing advice and techniques you can use right away to improve the sound and success of your own ensemble.

 

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Inside the Circle 2 – Matt Harloff and Michael Klesch

LIVE WEBINAR on Wednesday, August 30 at 9:00 pm Eastern time!  

Matt Harloff and Michael Klesch return for the second in a series “Inside The Circle” where they share great advice and insider tips for creating the great hornline at Carolina Crown…advice YOU can use to create more success with YOUR ensemble!

 

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