Middle Level Summer Workshop

Join us on Saturday, July 31 for a half-day workshop geared towards middle level educators in all areas - band, orchestra, and choir/general music - with a keynote address from nationally known leadership trainer Scott Lang!

WHEN: Saturday, July 31 - 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (CDT)

WHERE: Online via Zoom

PRICE: $20 for members, $35 for non-members

Register here!


For over three decades Scott Lang has been educating and advocating for music education. As a nationally known leadership trainer, Scott conducts over 100 workshops annually and works with some of our country’s finest educational groups and performing ensembles.

As a highly decorated veteran teacher of sixteen years Scott's bands have had many notable performances including the Pasadena Tournament of Rose Parade, the Music Educators National Biennial Conference and for the President of the United States, William Jefferson Clinton.

Scott is a well-regarded author with over ten publications to his credit including; Seriously?!, Leader of the Band, Leadership Success, Leadership Travel Guide, Leadership Survival Guide, Sound Leadership, Music FUNdations, and is the creator of the highly successful Be Part of the Music series.

Scott is also currently serving as the Director of Advocacy for Music & Arts, the nation’s largest music retailer.

Mr. Lang currently resides in Chandler, Arizona with his beautiful wife Leah and their sons, Brayden, Evan, and their highly irrational but loveable Golden Retrievers Rexie and Riley. He has breathed in and out approximately 264 million times and plans to keep on doing so until he doubles that number.


9:00 a.m. (CDT) Selling 101 - Successfully Promoting Your Program! Gail Carpenter-Johnson All areas
(split into breakout rooms)
10:15 a.m. (CDT) Starting on the Right Track - Tips for Starting Beginners Bob and Julie Kreuger Band
  Middle Level String Pedagogy Mary Perkinson Orchestra
  Tips & tricks for middle level choir/general music & the changing voice Celeste Ditter Choir/General Music
(exit breakout rooms)
11:30 a.m. (CDT) Panel Discussion - Choosing Music Literature with Diversity in Mind

Dr. Derrick Fox, Dr. Karin Fannin, Chiyo Traernacht, Debbie Martinez, Jeff Mount

All areas
12:30 p.m. (CDT) Keynote Address

Scott Lang

All areas



Selling 101 - Successfully Promoting Your Program! 

As music educators we are in a constant battle of public opinion! In this session, we will discuss successful marketing and advertising strategies used in the business world that we can apply to promote our music programs. By applying these strategies in our day to day choices, we can increase the public perception of our program in the eyes of students, parents and administrators. This session will give you easy and effective ways to successfully "sell" your program!

Presented by Gail Carpenter-Johnson

Bio coming soon!

Starting on the Right Track - Tips for Starting Beginners

This session will address common issues experienced by beginners along with potential solutions, with discussion and questions from attendees encouraged. If time permits, other topics may be covered related to maintaining a successful beginning band program, including recruitment, student motivation, program structure, and assessment.

Presented by Bob and Julie Kreuger

Bob Krueger
A graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with B.M.E. and M.M. degrees, Mr. Krueger taught in the Lincoln Public Schools from 1985 until his retirement in the fall of 2020. From 1985-1995, he was the band director at Southeast High School, where he taught Marching Band, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Orchestra, Jazz Band, and Music Theory. From 1995 until his retirement in 2020 he taught 5th grade band lessons at Maxey, Beattie, and Kloefkorn elementary schools, and continued to direct Jazz Ensemble I, Jazz Ensemble II, and the Jazz Combo at Southeast.

In addition to his duties with the Lincoln Public Schools, from 2001-2004 Mr. Krueger also served as the Interim Director of Jazz Activities at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he directed the UN-L Jazz Ensemble I, and he was the Music Director of the Lincoln Youth Symphony from 2004-2007. Currently he is the Music Director of the Lincoln Municipal Band, plays trumpet in the Nebraska Jazz Orchestra, the Monday Night Big Band, and the Nebraska Trumpet Ensemble, and has served as a clinician and adjudicator at festivals, conferences, and music camps in Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota, Wyoming, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, and Oklahoma. Mr. Krueger has received the NSBA Jack Snider Award, the ASBDA Stanbury National Outstanding Young Band Director Award, and in 2020 was named the recipient of the the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Alumni Achievement Award in Music.

Julie Krueger
Julie Krueger has been a Nebraska Music Educator for 38 years having recently retired from teaching in the summer of 2020. Mrs. Krueger started her teaching career in the Wilber-Clatonia Public Schools where she taught grades 5-12 band from 1982-1984. Mrs Krueger then taught general music in the Omaha Public Schools for one year. In 1985 Mrs. Krueger moved to Lincoln and has been on the Lincoln Public School Music Department staff since that time. Mrs. Krueger has taught at Dawes, Riley, Sheridan, Holmes and Cavett Elementary schools as well as at Scott Middle School. Most recently, Mrs. Krueger taught beginning band at Cavett Elementary School since the school opened in 1995 and 6th grade band at Scott Middle School since 2000. Throughout her teaching career her primary focus has been in the area of 5th and 6th grade band.

Mrs. Krueger was selected to be featured in “School Band and Orchestra” Magazine in December of 1998 as the Nebraska representative in their article titled: 50 Directors Who Make A Difference. Mrs. Krueger is a clarinetist in the Lincoln Municipal Band and teaches clarinet privately. She is a graduate of the University Nebraska-Lincoln.

Bob and Julie Krueger have three children who are all music educators. Paul teaches jazz studies at the University of Oregon, Tommy is Director of Bands at Westside High School in Omaha and Kayla teaches general music at Neihardt Elementary in the Millard Public Schools in Omaha.

Middle Level String Pedagogy

Session info coming soon!

Presented by Mary Perkinson

Presenter bio coming soon!

Tips & Tricks for Middle Level Choir/General Music & the Changing Voice

This session is aimed to bring excitement and enthusiasm for middle level choir and general music classes. I'll share tips, tricks, music literature and lesson ideas that have been effective in the Columbus Middle School program. I'll touch on behavior management for big (and small) ensembles and leadership growth for experienced students.

Celeste Ditter
Celeste Ditter has been the vocal director at Columbus Middle School since 2008, directing all choirs and the annual talent show and musical. She received her bachelors and masters degree from Doane University. In 2013 and 2014 she was honored as runner up for Educator of the Year for Columbus Public Schools. Celeste has directed many area Nebraska festival and honor choirs and is an active member of Nebraska Choral Directors Association, where she served as co-chair of Vocal Jazz R&R, and Nebraska Music Educators Association. She has directed 15 choral clinics across Nebraska in the last decade. In addition to her work as a music educator, Celeste Ditter is the Soprano for their family quartet VoiceHouse, is a part of the music ministry team at 1C church and gives private voice, piano and guitar lessons. She and her husband Scott, and their three children, Joshua, Harrison and Lenora, live in Columbus, Nebraska.

Choosing Music Literature with Diversity in Mind- Panel Discussion

Are you feeling overwhelmed with the thought of choosing music with Diversity in Mind?! Join us for a panel discussion.

Participants in the Panel Discussion:

  • Dr. Derrick Fox- University of Nebraska- Omaha, Choir
  • Dr. Karin Fannin- University of Nebraska- Omaha, Band
  • Mrs. Chiyo Traernacht- Otte-Blair Middle School, Band
  • Mrs. Debbie Martinez- Millard North High School, Choir
  • Mr. Jeff Mount- NMEA Past-President, DEIA Chairman