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Episode 136 - Keith Ozsvath

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Release Date: 11/11/2019

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Keith Ozsvath is the band director at Rotolo Middle School in Batavia, Illinois and is the co-founder and coordinator for the Middle School Concert Band Camp at the Music for All Summer Symposium.

Topics:

  • Keith’s background including the story of how childhood organ lessons helped prepare him for a late start in band.
  • The band program at Rotolo Middle School.
  • Keith’s duties as Middle School Coordinator for the Music for All Summer Symposium.
  • Why every band directors should try to connect with composers whenever possible.
  • Thoughts about choosing band music.

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Biography:

Music educator Keith Ozsvath is passionate about helping other directors improve their craft. He maintains an active schedule as a blogger, professional development leader, and clinician for middle school bands. He’s a dad, coffee addict, runner, northwoods fisherman, and edtech enthusiast.

Keith has been sharing his life-long passion for music with the students at Rotolo Middle School in Batavia, Illinois, a four-time NAMM Best Community for Music Education, since 2000. Keith currently directs the Symphonic Band, Eighth Grade Band, and Jazz Ensemble, while finding unique ways to integrate technology to enhance his students’ learning.

In addition to being a dedicated middle school teacher, Keith teaches graduate courses at VanderCook College of Music. He has presented numerous professional development sessions for music educators at the The Midwest Clinic, Virginia Music Educators Association, Illinois Music Educators Conference, VanderCook College of Music, and the Association of Middle Level Educators. His dedication to teaching has been recognized through the Chicagoland Outstanding Music Educator award in 2015 and twice by “Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers”. In 2017, Keith was honored with an “Exemplary Educator Award” from the Batavia CANDO parent organization. Most recently, he was inducted to the Nazareth Academy Fine Arts Hall of Fame in 2018. Keith is part of the ILMEA Clinician Network which provides professional development to music educators across Illinois. He has had the distinguished honor of being an Illinois Summer Youth Music conductor at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana and is the co-founder and coordinator for the Middle School Concert Band Camp at the Music for All Summer Symposium held at Ball State University.

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