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


Brittany Bauman is the Music Education Director for Nuvo Instrumental. She is the author of the award-winning WindStars pre-band curriculum focused on bridging the gap between recorder and beginning band. As an elementary educator, Brittany saw the potential for pre-band to extend recorder instruction and inspire student growth. During her first pre-band class, she was impressed how quickly her students' engagement and excitement grew. When students moved up to full-sized band instruments, she witnessed the majority of students transfer easily, most within a single lesson. Through this first-hand experience, she knew that pre-band could be the answer that many other educators were looking for.

From that first experience, Brittany continues to explore the benefits that pre-band can offer all students. Brittany has been in contact with hundreds of pre-band teachers who report multiple benefits of pre-band programs ranging from increased student success to larger beginning band numbers. Fueled by these positive experiences, Brittany guides new pre-band educators through free in-person teacher training workshops. If you are interested in hosting a WindStars training workshop, please reach out to Brittany directly. You can also find Brittany sharing the WindStars methodology through presentations at multiple music education conferences across the United States. If you are already an established pre-band educator, Brittany would love to connect with you to learn more about your program and support you as needed. If you are a new pre-band educator, Brittany would be happy to answer your questions. Upon request, she can also introduce you via email to other Certified WindStars Educators if you have questions.

Previously, Brittany taught elementary general music, chorus, and beginning woodwinds in New England for over a decade. Brittany completed her M.M. in Music Education froom Kent State University with an emphasis in general and instrumental music. She currently oversees two pre-band programs in her local communities, in partnership with the YMCA, focused on bringing instrumntal music to students with limited access. Brittany continues to develop new supplemental WindStars materials for pre-band programs with a focus on incorporating various musical styles. If you'd like to speak with Brittany or ask any questions, she invites you to email her.


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.


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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