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Welcome to the first ever online York/OBA Beginning Band Symposium! The Beginning Band Symposium provides an opportunity for professional development with experienced clinician and teacher Dr. Jim Karas. We hope to provide practical lesson ideas and exercises to help teachers provide high quality and meaningful learning experiences for students during this unprecedented and constantly evolving time.

Date: October 3, 2020

Time: 9:30AM

Clinician: Jim Karas.

What is it?

The Beginning Band Symposium provides an opportunity for professional development with an experienced clinician. Topics may include, but are not limited to, rehearsal techniques, repertoire ideas, introductory band class lessons, engagement and program development. BBS also allows teachers to connect with colleagues from across the province.

2020 Session Break Down

Session #1 - 9:30AM

Introduction to a Music Learning Theory and why patterns are so important. Topic includes Audiation and playing by ear, Tonal and Rhythm patterns both familiar and unfamiliar. Steps to music literacy. Reading and writing notation.

Session #2 - 10:45AM

Improvising with your Ensemble Warm-ups, Lesson books and Ensemble literature.

Session #3 - 12:30PM

Equity: Giving Band students what they need to succeed.

Session #4 - 1:45PM

Composing and arranging in Band at the concert.

All sessions will include what we have been doing during Covid. Remote Learning, in-person classes, and a combination of the 2.



Dr. Karas is an instrumental music teacher at Lefler Middle School in Lincoln, NE. His duties include teaching Band, Orchestra and Jazz Band. Dr. Karas earned his degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Bridgeport (CT), Western Connecticut State University. He also attended the Hartt School of Music.Prior to working at Lefler, Dr. Karas held a position as Visiting Scholar and Lecturer in the UNL School of Music. He taught Instrumental Methods courses and supervised student teachers and practicum students. As a secondary educator, his school experience includes time in the Marinette Public School System (Marinette, WI) and Stratford Public Schools (Stratford, CT).He has been a clinician, specializing in music improvisation and creativity techniques, for summer band camps in Georgia and Nebraska, state conventions, colleges and school districts throughout Nebraska, Wisconsin, and Connecticut, as well as the MENC Convention in Kansas City and the Royal Corps of Engineers Band in Brompton, England.


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