Winds and Percussion

Winds and Percussion

Faculty & Instructors

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Peter Miksza

Peter Miksza is an associate professor of music education at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. His teaching duties include undergraduate and graduate courses with emphases on instrumental music teacher preparation, psychological dimensions of music teaching and learning, assessment, and research methods. He regularly presents papers at regional, national, and international research conferences and has articles and book chapters published in many prominent peer-reviewed publications, such as the Journal of Research in Music Education, the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, Psychology of Music, Contributions to Music Education, Music Education Research International, and the Journal of Music Teacher Education.

Miksza serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Research in Music Education and on the Advisory Committee of the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education. He is also an active participant in the Society for Music Teacher Education and has served as a reviewer for the American Educational Research Association Music Education Special Interest Group. Miksza was a recipient of the Outstanding Emerging Researcher Award issued by the Center for Music Education Research at the University of South Florida.

Prior to his appointment at IU, Miksza served as band director at Pequannock Valley Middle School, assistant marching band director at Pequannock Township High School in New Jersey, and assistant professor of music education at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Miksza received a Bachelor of Music degree from The College of New Jersey, and Master of Music Education and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from IU.

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Program Coordinator: Ms. Iantheia Calhoun

Iantheia Calhoun, attended Grambling State University in Louisiana for two years, majoring in music education. In her sophomore year she became the trumpet section leader, a marching band drill sergeant, and performed around the United States and Japan with the world-renowned Marching Tigers.

She transferred to Western Illinois University her junior year and received her B.A. in Music Education. While attending, she had the opportunity to record the album “At the Crossroads” with their top Jazz Studio Orchestra.  After graduating she was encouraged by the late great trumpeter, Clark Terry to study and perform in New York.

While performing with various artist and ensembles in New York, she received her M.A. in Music Technology from New York University and M.S. in School Building Leadership from Mercy College. Ms. Calhoun taught music and band in the New York State public school system and Community College for over 18 years, was the founder and director of Westchester County’s Jazz Elite program (, a NYSSMA Brass Adjudicator, jazz clinician, guest conductor, and private brass instructor. 

Furthering her musical knowledge, she accepted a scholarship to attend Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, where she received her M.A. in Jazz Studies and is now pursuing her doctorate in music education.

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Instrumental Teachers

The primary teachers of the Young Winds program are music education undergraduate students at Indiana University.  Each of these teachers is a specialist on his or her instrument.  These teachers are young, enthusiastic and excited about working with kids. 

Cooperating Bloomington Area Public School Teachers

Mr. Joe Donnelley of Jackson Creek Middle School, Ms. Amanda Herceg of Tri-North Middle School, Mr. Joel Brainard and Mrs. Erin Thompson of Batchelor Middle School, Mr. Josh Lehigh of St. Charles Catholic School, Ms. Amy Smith of Brown County Middle School, Mr. Curt Koehler and Mr. Aaron Wells of Edgewood Jr. High School.