• Where will CSI 2013 be located?
CSI 2013 will be located on the Bethel College campus in Mishawaka, Indiana.
• What subjects are covered in the CSI music education sessions?
The curriculum has been refined each year using feedback from participants to ensure topics cover information that will facilitate success in your teaching career. Strategies are shared to meet the day-to-day challenges encountered in the process of becoming a tenured professional. Presentations have included sharing proven ways to recruit and retain students, methods to use in managing classroom behavior, guidance for situations when ensembles travel from school property, how-to’s of becoming an active member of a school faculty, tips for working well with school administrators, and much more.
• Who are the faculty at CSI?
Each year specialists are added to the core of nationally recognized master music educators, music business and industry professionals to present fast-paced, motivational sessions packed with life-changing information for everyone seeking a job in or working in the music education and music business worlds.
• What is a 'Skull Session'?
It is not nearly as frightening as it sounds. This is the part of the CSI curriculum past participants cite as one of the highlights of their experience; it’s a chance to “pick the brains” of some of the top experts in the music world. This is your opportunity to spend time with some of the most respected experts in their field and ask questions of specific interest relevant to your situation. Skull sessions take place at the end of the day when our expert faculty members make themselves available for informal discussions with participants. This is networking and learning at the highest level! Don’t miss it!
• How valuable is networking?
It's not uncommon to hear people ask, "I've been thinking about moving to North Carolina (or any other state-of-choice) and I was wondering if you knew anyone who could help me connect with the right folks so I can interview for a position in the local school system?" We need those references, don't we? "Networking" takes on a whole new perspective once you are searching for a job. There simply is no way to put a price-tag on the importance of knowing the right people. It provides the unique opportunity to build your own support system while simultaneously building others’. Networking is a win/win situation, and the dividends for all parties involved are limitless.
• Can you earn college credit by participating in CSI?
Options exist with several colleges and universities to provide graduate, undergraduate or continuing education credit from attending CSI 2013. Check our website under “credits” to determine which option will best meet your needs and the requirements of your state or university.
• Can you attend CSI before graduating from college?
Certainly! One of the tracks is specifically designed to support and motivate music education students and first-year music educators as they bridge the gap between college and career. The CSI program is a great way to learn from nationally known professionals who are dedicated to supporting music education regardless of where you are in your education or career.
CSI provides endless networking opportunities. For example, in addition to the award-winning CSI faculty, which represented the leaders in the music world and included MENC - National Association of Music Educators, National Band Association, NAMM, plus all of our key industry sponsors, we had participants representing states in over half of the nation at CSI 2012. Everyone is certain to leave with an incredible support system of contacts certain to avail you to a "personal contact" anywhere and everywhere in the nation.
• What happened to Conn-Selmer University?
It grew up! Due to the tremendous success and popularity of our workshop program, we have expanded our educational efforts to include additional resources and programs that assist you in your music education profession. Visit our resources page for new items.