Presentations

As a frequent presenter at music education conferences and collegiate classrooms, I bring nearly twenty years of experience and a passion for teaching young students how to perform at a high level to my sessions.  Sample outlines and handouts can be found at http://www.mccrackenband.com

“Speaking” of Band: Using Student Vocalizations to Improve Ensemble Performance

  • National Band Association & Illinois Grade School Music Association Band Director Workshop • Skokie, Illinois • November 2015

Creating a Culture of Excellence

  • New England Band Director Institute • Plymouth State University • July 2016
  • Illinois Music Education Conference • Peoria, Illinois • January 2016
  • Vandercook College of Music • MECA Middle School Symposium • Chicago, Illinois • July 2015
  • DuPage County Music Clinic • Addison, Illinois • February 2014
  • Arkansas Tech University • Band Director Workshop • Russellville, Arkansas • June 2013
  • Illinois State University • Band Director Symposium • Normal, Illinois • July 2012
  • Nebraska Music Educators Association Inservice Conference • Lincoln, Nebraska • November 2011
  • Vandercook College of Music • Teaching Developing Band • Chicago, Illinois • July 14, 2011

Beyond Their Years II: Tone, Intonation and the Young Band

  • National Band Association & Illinois Grade School Music Association Band Director Workshop • Skokie, Illinois • November 2014
  • Arkansas Tech University • Band Director Workshop • Russellville, Arkansas • June 2013
  • Illinois State University • Band Directors Symposium • Normal, Illinois • July 2012
  • Nebraska Music Educators Association Inservice Conference • Lincoln, Nebraska • November 2011
  • Vandercook College of Music • Teaching Developing Band • Chicago, Illinois • July 2011
  • Iowa Bandmasters Conference • Des Moines, Iowa • May 2010
  • Midwest Clinic • Chicago, Illinois • December 2008
  • Vandercook College of Music • Middle School Band Teaching • Chicago, Illinois • June 2008
  • Illinois Music Educators All-State Conference • Peoria, Illinois • February 2008
  • DuPage County Music Clinic • Downers Grove, Illinois • February 2009

Beyond Their Years: Student Motivation and Development

  • New England Band Director Institute • Plymouth State University • July 2016

Beyond Their Years: Musical and Technical Excellence in Young Bands

  • Vandercook College of Music • MECA Middle School Symposium • Chicago, Illinois • July 2015
  • DuPage County Music Clinic • Addison, Illinois • February 2014
  • Vandercook College of Music • Teaching Developing Band • Chicago, Illinois • July 2011
  • Vandercook College of Music • Middle School Band Teaching • Chicago, Illinois • June 2008
  • Illinois Music Educators All-State Conference • Peoria, Illinois • January 2005

Taming the Beginner Band: Strategies for Teaching Our Youngest Students

  • DuPage County Music Clinic • Downers Grove, Illinois • February 2009
  • Vandercook College of Music • Middle School Band Teaching • Chicago, Illinois • June 2008
  • Illinois Music Educators All-State Conference • Peoria, Illinois • January 2003

Best Practices in the Performance Classroom

  • DePaul University • MED 300 Instrumental Methods • Chicago, Illinois • February 2010
  • Northwestern University • Instrumental Methods • Evanston, Illinois • May 2009
  • Vandercook College of Music • Middle School Band Teaching • Chicago, Illinois • June 2008
  • Rowan University • Student MENC Chapter • online lecture • November 2007

Motivation and the Middle School Band Director

  • Park Ridge School District 64 Music In-Service • Park Ridge, Illinois • November 2002
  • DePaul University • Instrumental Music Methods • October 2002
  • DePaul University • Student MENC Chapter • Chicago, Illinois • February 2002

Literature for the Young Band

  • Arkansas Tech University • Band Director Workshop • Russellville, Arkansas • June 2013
  • Vandercook College of Music • Teaching Developing Band • Chicago, Illinois • July 2011
  • DePaul University • Wind Literature • Chicago, Illinois • June 2001

Applying for Conferences

  • Vandercook College of Music • Middle School Band Teaching • Chicago, Illinois • June 2008

Question and Answer Session

  • Northwestern University Instrumental Methods • May 2007 – present
  • Calvin College Instrumental Methods (online) • April 2016
  • Calvin College Instrumental Methods (online) • April 2014
  • Illinois State University • Band Director Symposium • Normal, Illinois • July 2012
  • Rowan University (online) • January 2012
  • Rowan University (online) • April 2011
  • Calvin College Instrumental Methods (online) • April 2010
  • Rowan University (online) • March 2010
  • National High School Music Institute, Northwestern University • July 2004
  • Northwestern University Student Teacher Seminar • 1997