2022 Colorado Music Educators Association Conference 2022 Colorado Music Educators Association Conference

What They See Is What You Get

Theatre (Main)

Jamal Duncan
Arizona State University, Associate Director of Bands

Jamal Duncan joined the faculty of the Arizona State University in Fall of 2020 as Associate Director of Bands. His primary responsibilities are conducting the Arizona State University Wind Symphony and teaching classes in the conducting curriculum. A native of Flint, Michigan, Duncan received the doctor of musical arts in wind conducting and a master of music in wind conducting degrees from Michigan State University where he studied with Kevin L. Sedatole.

Prior to arriving to Tempe, Duncan was the Assistant Director of Bands at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. He served as Director or the Hogwild Pep Band, Assistant Director of the Razorback Marching Band, conductor of the symphonic band, director of the Arkansas New Music Ensemble, and taught courses in Instrumental Conducting.

An advocate of new Music, Duncan is actively involved in the commissioning and performance of new works.

Duncan taught in the public schools of Lansing, Michigan for seven years where he taught middle school band, music appreciation and elementary general music. Duncan also served as the music director and conductor of the Flint Youth Wind Ensemble. one of several youth ensembles in the Flint School of Performing Arts.

Duncan received a bachelor of music degree from the University of Michigan with a dual emphasis in clarinet performance and music education. He is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity and the College Band Directors National Association. He holds honorary memberships in Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma.

Our conducting gestures are the most efficient tools we have to communicate musically with our students. Our gestures are the main influencers of the sound we receive on the podium.

Using the methods of dancer Rudolf Laban and his principles of body movement as a springboard, this session is designed to help educators of all levels think differently about their conducting. This will be a hands-on experiential session that will build upon the Laban method in order to arrive at more effective musical communication.

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