John Phillips is an adjunct professor in the Bower School of Music at Florida Gulf Coast University teaching in the Department of Music Education. He served as Artistic Coordinator for the Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra for the past three years.
Phillips recently retired from the University of Western Ontario where he conducted the Symphonic Band and taught music education and conducting classes at the undergraduate and graduate level. He previously taught at the University of Toronto and York University in the departments of music and education.
In demand as a clinician and consultant, Phillips shares his unique brand of music education through workshops with State and Provincial Music Educators’ Associations, the National Association for Music Education, and as a presenter at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic. Throughout his career, he has participated in numerous initiatives with Music for All including the National Concert Festival, the annual Summer Symposium, and the Bands of America Grand Nationals. He is a Conn-Selmer Educational Clinician.
As a result of the pandemic restrictions on education, Phillips has become proficient in navigating on-line teaching challenges. In addition he has participated as an evaluator in numerous Virtual Music Festivals. His familiarity with on-line assessment of musical performances has been in place for several years. He has served as an on-line guest evaluator for music festivals around the globe including Japan, China, Indonesia and South America. He has also conducted clinics in real-time with school ensembles across the USA.
In December of 2019, Phillips presented a workshop session at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic titled “The Concert was Great! But What did They Learn?” The session focused on student engagement and using reflection as a means to enhance their overall achievement. During the first semester of 2020 at FGCU, he has applied these principles to his pedagogy in a synchronous teaching module.
Phillips is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario receiving undergraduate degrees in Music and Education. He pursued a Master’s Degree in Music Education at Boston University, a PhD in Ethnomusicology at York University, and holds an Artist Diploma in Trumpet Performance from the Western Conservatory of Music. He received awards of distinction for conducting from the Ontario Band Association, Phi Beta Mu, and the Southern Ontario Band Festival. Other distinctions include an Honorary Life Membership award from the Ontario Music Educators’ Association and Honorary Life Membership in the Tri M Music Honor Society and Ontario Band Association. Phillips has also received excellence in teaching awards at both the Faculty of Music and Education at the University of Western Ontario.
Known for leadership in contemporary music education philosophy and pedagogy, Phillips’ endeavors in this area include:
- Coordinator of the Arts curriculum review, revision and implementation at the Ministry of Education in Ontario
- Project Manager and Producer for the Learning Through the Arts Video Series with Curriculum Services Canada
- Program Officer for the Professional Learning Program at the Ontario College of Teachers
- Principal of the Teacher In-Service Programs at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
- Music Course Manager and Facilitator at the Ontario Educational Leadership Center
- Board of Directors - Ontario Music Educators’ Association and Ontario Band Association
- Editor of the OMEA journal The Recorder
- Senior Advisor at Music Mentors International
Written contributions include articles for the Ontario Music Educators` Association journal, The Recorder, the Canadian Music Educators` Association Journal, the Ontario Band Association newsletter, In Harmony, FGCU 360 Journal, and the Ontario College of Teachers journal, Professionally Speaking. In addition, he has been a contributor to the highly acclaimed series Teaching Music Through Performance in Band, published by GIA.
As a trumpeter, Phillips performed with the London Symphony Orchestra, Brantford Symphony, the Forest City Brass Quintet and numerous freelance engagements. He spent two summers at the Banff School of Fine Arts under the leadership of the Canadian Brass, studying with Fred Mills and Ronald Romm.
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