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: Mr. Rich Tilley

Rich Tilley is an associate instructor of music education and student in the PhD music education program at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He serves as the program coordinator for the Young Winds program and the associate instructor for the Methods and Materials for Teaching Instrumental Music course for students in the undergraduate instrumental music education program.

Before coming to IU, Mr. Tilley served as the Director of Bands and Handbells at the Holton-Arms School in Bethesda, MD. There, he directed four concert bands, jazz band, and two handbell choirs and taught exploratory winds for students in grades 3-12. Prior to this, Mr. Tilley served as the Music Director for Maryvale Preparatory School in Brooklandville, MD where he directed the choral, general, and instrumental music programs for students in grades 6-12. He began his career as a general/choral music teacher in the Anne Arundel County Public Schools. Additionaly, he served as the substitute conductor for the Johns Hopkins University Wind Ensemble from 2012-2014.

Mr. Tilley received a Bachelor of Music degree in music education with a concentration in trumpet and minor in church music from the University of Delaware and Master of Music degree in music education from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University where he studied wind conducting with Dr. Harlan Parker.

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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.