- The Juilliard School, 155 W. 65th St., New York, NY 10023
This discussion is designed to enlighten and inspire young students by taking the mystery out of what Mr. Wittmann feels is necessary to find one’s path in this world. Ten concepts are shared which all illuminate personal attributes often forgotten as students grow and study. All of the ten were realized through Mr. Wittmann’s own mistakes and shortcomings. His wish is to transparently share these with people who have doubt as to how they should proceed in this wonderful, daunting life as a productive, responsible citizen. It is real world advice; no nonsense advice; get real advice. Examining your own motives, developing key relationships and embracing change are discussed. International Musician, Modern Drummer and Muso Magazine have published excerpts from its contents. Versions of this talk have been presented at major universities and conventions in the U.S. and Europe.
John Wittmann is the Director of Education and Artist Relations for the Band and Orchestral Division of Yamaha Corporation of America. He is responsible for organizing the support for over 700 woodwind, brass, string, percussion artists as well as running the educational programs such as The Yamaha Performing Artists Competition.
He holds a Bachelors and a Master of Arts Degree in Music Education. John has toured extensively throughout the United States and abroad as a drummer and has given hundreds of drum set clinics. He remains an active performer/clinician and is the drummer for the Jennie DeVoe Band.
He was a band director in New York State where he headed two highly successful High School music programs. He was awarded the Teacher of the Year award at Waterford-Halfmoon High School and was named a Distinguished Alumni from the College of St. Rose.
He is an active music education advocate and is a frequent presenter at major music conferences.