The YP Concert Band students had the wonderful opportunity at the end of Term 1 to participate in a concert band workshop with Dr Rob Williams – Education Outreach Clinician with Yamaha Music Australia.

During the extensive workshop, students were challenged and inspired throughout the day and were encouraged to ‘Listen louder than they could play’.

Mrs Schwartz also received a conducting master class and valuable advice on rehearsal techniques and music programs.

Professor Rob McWilliams

Prof. Rob McWilliams was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia. He holds a Ph. D. in Music/Music Education (conducting focus) from the University of Minnesota, a Master’s degree in Instrumental Conducting from Florida State University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of Melbourne.

Dr. McWilliams was a United States resident from 1991 to 2014 and served as Professor of Music and Director of Bands and Instrumental Music Education at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh from 1996 where he also served as Head of Music from 2011 to 2014.

Dr. McWilliams has conducted and presented at major music conferences in Japan, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, Singapore, Europe, China, all states of Australia, and has been published in the Journal of Band Research, Teaching Music Through Performance, and is a composer/arranger with Alfred’s Music.

In early 2015 he relocated to Brisbane, Australia where he is currently working for Yamaha Music Australia as their Education Outreach Clinician, as well as a musician.
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