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. Trae Blanco

Trae Blanco, an Associate Instructor for the IU Department of Bands, is currently pursuing a Masters of Music Degree in Wind Conducting at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. 

Well known to the musical world of the Southwest, Mr. Blanco led the Las Cruces High School Bands to receive numerous honors in Marching, Jazz, and Symphonic band festivals in New Mexico and California for the past four years, and received the New Mexico Music Educators' New and Emerging Teacher Award in 2010.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from New Mexico State University and continues to promote the performance of contemporary music for wind ensemble.

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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.