Director of BandsMarywood University
F. David Romines serves Marywood as Director of Bands and Co-Chair of the Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance. He has directed music ensembles from public and private schools, community groups, colleges and universities, the military, and professional organizations.
Over the past ten years, he has appeared as conductor and clinician over 100 times in 35 states, as well as Canada, South Korea, Germany, Italy, and China. His research related to conducting pedagogy and study-abroad experiences have been published in multiple editions of the American Bandmaster’s Association Journal of Band Research, the discipline’s top research publication. Since 2003, he has authored 12 published articles on a variety of topics related to music education and instrumental music techniques. Romines is a former member of the Advisory Board for the Music Educator’s Journal and serves on the Sudler Award Committee. In 2014, he was awarded the Marywood University Distinguished Faculty Award for Distinction in Discipline. In the spring of 2015, Romines founded the Northeastern Youth Wind Ensemble in collaboration with American Youth Ensembles, Conn-Selmer, Inc. and Hal Leonard Music. This ensemble is designed for the enrichment of accomplished high school musicians and serves as a valuable teaching laboratory for Marywood Music Education Majors.
Romines earned Bachelor and Master of Music diplomas in Music Education from the University of Tennessee - Knoxville and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Southern Mississippi, where he studied conducting with Dr. Thomas V. Fraschillo. Romines has received additional formal conducting instruction from Richard Blatti, Ray Cramer, Tom Lee, Allan McMurray, and Steven Pratt.
Band students often cut corners during the course of their daily routine. If these short cuts are not continually addressed, bad habits may emerge. Directors have also been guilty of allowing bad band room habits to have a negative impact on their teaching technique. This clinic addresses bad habits commonly found in band rooms along with comments and suggestions that may help eliminate bad habits and replace them with good ones.
Remember why you wanted to study music and take your classes seriously. We cover all the pitfalls that new music students may encounter.
Common performance standards that must be addressed within the context of daily music rehearsals. Effective directors will plan detailed lessons that move students toward conceptual understanding. Directors must avoid the temptation to “take an occasional swipe” at advanced musical concerns and should carefully address universal concepts with the goal of giving students the ability to apply what they have learned to similar musical situations as they are encountered.
Accomplished music students often frustrate their conducting instructor when they take up a baton to lead an ensemble. The same student who artistically navigated challenging repertoire at a recent performance conducts in a seemingly illogical and nonmusical fashion and may offer the distinct impression of simply trying to survive the class. The student has proven the ability to think musically, but a disconnect occurs when they try to “conduct” their intent to others.
Before choosing a college, students should consider carefully why they want to major in music. Students may confuse liking their music teacher with having a fun career; what looks like fun is also hard work. We look at everything an incoming college students should consider before making that important decision.
Learn how spending time forming opinions about all of the musical aspects mentioned in this article will lead to increased confidence and result in productive rehearsals and performances that will bring joy to your students.