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Damien Crutcher • Finding Our Way Forward: Conversations in Music Education

April 29, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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 Virtual Event

Participation is free of charge, but advance registration is required.


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The UNCG School of Music is thrilled to announce the Finding Our Way Forward: Conversations in Music Education, a free, virtual program with dates spanning the Spring 2021 semester. Each hour-long session will feature advice for music educators from masters in the field, along with a moderated question-and-answer portion. This is a fantastic opportunity to hear the wisdom of experts in music education from the comfort of your home; you won’t want to miss it!

Music Educators are Life Changers
While teaching great music to our students is what we are trained to do, it is the changing of lives that is the most rewarding. As music educators we must know our stuff and we must know every student in our classes and what is needed for each student to succeed in life.

Damien CrutcherDamien Crutcher

Conductor, Detroit Community Concert Band
CEO, Crescendo Detroit
Wayne State University

Prof. Damien Crutcher is a native Detroiter and a graduate of Cass Technical High School. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Michigan State University, and a Master’s in Conducting from the University of Michigan. Damien studied horn with Bryan Kennedy and Doug Campbell and Conducting with H. Robert Reynolds.

After graduating from the University of Michigan, Damien served as Director of Bands and Orchestra at Southfield-Lathrup High School. Under his direction the Southfield-Lathrup ensembles, including the Lathrup Symphony Band have performed in San Francisco, Chicago, the Bahamas, the White House and Carnegie Hall. Many of his students from Southfield Lathrup are currently professional musicians, music teachers and artists across the country.

He is currently the co founder and CEO of Crescendo Detroit. Crescendo Detroit is a nonprofit who’s mission is to transform the lives of school age children, ages 5-18, in Detroit, by engaging kids in intense instrumental music, vocal music and dance programs that promote artistic excellence and character building. It is the goal of Crescendo Detroit to create a neighborhood to college pipeline using the arts.

Damien is a frequent guest conductor and clinician throughout Michigan and Ohio and also serves as the conductor of the Farmington Community Band and the DSO’s Dettoit Community Concert Band.