Monday, June 30, 2014

2014 Summer Music Ed. Mini-Conference

Ashland University Department of Music is offering a summer graduate mini-conference for general music teachers on July 21 to 25 in Room 242 of the Center for the Arts.  The 5-day conference offers an exciting and unique format including daily eurhythmics and a variety of 3-hour workshops.

Organized by Dr. Marla Butke, coordinator of music education, other clinicians for the conference include Rachael Fleischaker, Gail Kopetz, Janelle Roshong and Megan Routh.  The clinicians will lead workshops focusing on Dalcroze, Kodaly and Orff methodologies; special learners; assessment and folk dancing.

Cost for the conference for three graduate credit hours is $825 or $300 for non-credit.  Registration can be made online through the Summer Graduate Workshop link at, or by contacting Dr. Butke at or 614.581.4746.  Registration is due by July 1 while payment is due the first day of the workshop.

Friday, June 6, 2014


Ashland University Department of Music announces the appointment of Ken Will as the Director of Bands. In this position, Ken will direct the Ashland University Marching and Concert Bands.
With a Master’s of Music degree in Instrumental Conducting from Ohio University, he served as the graduate conductor for the The Ohio University Marching 110, Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, and University Concert Band in addition to assisting with undergraduate conducting classes.  While pursuing his Bachelor's Degree in Music Education at Ohio University, Ken was a member of the Marching 110 drumline. He also served as the Assistant Director of Bands at Lakewood High School where he taught the Lancer Marching Band, Concert Band, Jazz Bands, and elementary music. 

Ken continues to work with high schools and colleges as an arranger for band/choir and as a brass/percussion clinician. He has been published in the Teaching Music Through Performance series and holds memberships in National Association for Music Education, College Band Directors National Association, the National Band Association and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and honorary memberships in Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma.