Who We Are

 

We are a passionate team of Music Educators who believe that every child should have the opportunity to participate in music at an early age.  The WindStars Program provides the framework and resources for a new wave of pre-band instrumental music classes which we hope will excite you as a teacher as well as inspire kids to embrace music throughout their education and beyond.  

   MORE KIDS – MORE MUSIC – MORE FUN

Robert Sheldon has taught instrumental music in the Florida and Illinois public schools, and has served on the faculty at Florida State University where he taught conducting and instrumental music education classes, and directed the university bands. As Director of Concert Band Publications for Alfred Music, he maintains an active composition and conducting schedule, and regularly accepts commissions for new works. Sheldon received the Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of Miami and the Master of Fine Arts in Instrumental Conducting from the University of Florida.

An internationally recognized clinician, Sheldon has conducted numerous Regional and All-State Honor Bands throughout the United States and abroad. His teaching career included 28 years in the Florida and Illinois public schools as well as at the University of Florida, Florida State University, Illinois Central College and Bradley University. He also held positions as conductor of the Alachua County Youth Orchestra in Gainesville, Florida and the Prairie Wind Ensemble in East Peoria, Illinois. He maintains membership in several organizations that promote music and music education.  He is lead author for the SOUND INNOVATIONS FOR BAND method books, and is a co-author for the MEASURES OF SUCCESS Volume 1 method book and the SOUND INNOVATIONS FOR STRINGS method books.

The American School Band Directors Association has honored him with the Volkwein Award for composition and the Stanbury Award for teaching, the International Assembly of Phi Beta Mu honored him with the International Outstanding Bandmaster Award, and he has been awarded membership in the American Bandmasters Association.  He has also been a twenty-eight-time recipient of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publisher’s Standard Award for his compositions in the concert band and orchestral repertoire. His compositions have been recorded and released on compact discs including, Images: The Music of Robert Sheldon, and Infinite Horizons: The Music of Robert Sheldon, as well as numerous other recordings. Mr. Sheldon has been the topic of articles published in The InstrumentalistTeaching Music and School Band and Orchestra MagazineThe World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE) World Magazine, and is one of eleven American wind band composers featured in Volume I of Composers on Composing Music for Band.

 

Brittany Bauman is the Music Education Director and Office Manager of the US office for Nuvo Instrumental in Beverly, Massachusetts. She is the team lead and  project coordinator of the WindStars curriculum focused on helping music educators integrate Nuvo instruments into their classrooms. She also oversees Nuvo’s US distribution center and personally handles the maintenance and repair of instruments. Previously, Brittany taught elementary general music and chorus in the public school system in Massachusetts for seven years.

Brittany is actively involved in sharing the WindStars methodology with other educators around the country. Brittany is available for WindStars Teacher Trainings for any group of teachers interested in exploring this new standards-based curriculum. She has presented clinics about Nuvo instruments and the WindStars curriculum at many state music education shows including TMEA, FMEA, PMEA, NHMEA and MMEA in addition to future scheduled events.

In collaboration with other educators, Brittany is working to implement a number of outreach initiatives at schools and community centers on a local and national level with the goal to provide new musical opportunities for students with limited access to instruments and/or teachers. The vision behind the Nuvo instruments and creation of WindStars curriculum was to involve more children in music at a younger age and foster a love of music throughout their entire lives. Brittany is constantly searching for passionate and dedicated teachers to partner with to bring this vision to life.

Brittany completed her M.M. in Music Education with an emphasis on General and Instrumental Music. She graduated summa cum laude from Gordon College with a B.M. in Music Education and teaching certification for grades preK-12. She has completed training and has teaching experience in Conversational Solfege, Orff Schulwerk, Music Learning Theory and Music Together.

   

Dr. Cassandra Eisenreich is a widely experienced and respected Music Educator with extensive training and teaching experience at all levels.

As an early adopter of Nuvo instruments for outreach programs in Miami, Cassandra became a passionate believer and supporter of the WindStars program and has been instrumental in the design, development and implementation of the concept.

Cassandra is on the Flute and Music Education faculty at Slippery Rock University and is lead teacher for the SRU Early Childhood Music Community Engagement initiative. She has performed and recorded extensively and is currently Chair of the National Flute Associations Pedogogy Committee. 

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