Prof. Rob McWilliams

"I was blown away by these simple yet innovative and effective techniques. I have to incorporate them into my classroom ASAP!"

"I attended your session yesterday, and I just wanted to say THANK YOU!  I took away so many things that I am excited to incorporate into my rehearsals back home."

(Attendees at Midwest Band & Orchestra Clinic session in Chicago, December 2018)


"I just wanted to say what a pleasure it was to play with Yamaha Winds this concert...Thanks again for sharing with the group. I've no doubt all will have come away with many tips and techniques. I feel blessed sitting up the back, seeing and hearing the ensemble form and meld as time went by."

(Yamaha Winds participant, Melbourne, November 2018)


"Thank you so much for coming and working with our groups.  Your manner is outstanding and staff and students learned so much and had a great time.  Thank you for sending me such detailed feedback. It is difficult to get feedback about our conducting from music Education specialists and there aren’t many in New Zealand at all so having you share your experience and expertise is treasured."

(School orchestra director in New Zealand, July 2018)


"Thanks so much again for spending the time with us today in Gladstone.  It was a very inspiring session and a really important time to have as a teacher/conductor. I am very passionate about sharing music making with children...but more so on how to do that effectively and efficiently.  It was a great re-set for me as a teacher and conductor.  I really appreciate your advice and am energised to explore the suggestions you brought to us and to me when I conducted."

(Participant in teacher Professional Development in Gladstone, QLD, May 2018)


I would like to express my sincere appreciation for your visit to my school yesterday. Your presentation on recruitment, advocacy and score prep was outstanding and really injected inspiration in to myself and the staff in the department.

(Instrumental music teacher in regional Queensland, July 2017)


"I was astounded to hear the Symphonic Wind Band under your conducting last Saturday afternoon. It was such a brilliant performance by all. Your selections for the program were wondrous. Please let me know when you will be in Melbourne next. Best wishes and many many thanks to all, A revelation!!!"

(Unsolicited email from audience member, MYO Summer Camp performance, January 2017)


"This year, our guest clinician was the amazing and inspirational conductor, composer, arranger, adjudicator and music educator, Professor Rob McWilliams...Prof. McWilliams skilfully guided thirty-three participants of all levels of ability and conducting experience to become more effective musical directors."

"Over the course of the six days of workshops, Prof. McWilliams shared a great many of his personal experiences, anecdotes, expert tips, techniques, approaches and solutions to help overcome some of the challenges that musical directors face with ensembles."

(Participants, ABODA Western Australia "Swing Into Summer" event, December 2016)


"I have been meaning to email you for a while now to thank you for the amazing experience at conducting camp in April....I’m not an overly outgoing person so it was really great to get such valuable feedback in a relatively relaxed environment."

"I just wanted to say thank you so much for you work with us at the ABODAQ conducting camp. As a podium participant I gained so much out of it! "

"I was very fortunate to be one of twelve podium participants at a recent Conducting camp run by ABODA  featuring Dr. Rob McWilliams as the conducting clinician. The lecture sessions that Rob presented such as Repertoire selection, Ensemble Intonation, Recruiting etc. were very valuable for me to take back to my school music program as well as the conducting technique from the 3 days of podium conducting time. Not only did I personally gain a lot from the conducting camp but I also gained knowledge that I can share with other Instrumental Music Teachers in my regional area of Cairns.

(Unsolicited emails from participants, ABODA QLD Conducting School, 2016)


"We had a great afternoon on Wednesday with Rob, looking at our resources and set up, and we also had a very successful meeting with the leadership team.  They were very grateful of Rob's suggestions and think he is an outstanding music mentor for me - I am also so grateful for all the advice Rob has given me and I feel like I now have a plan that I can follow through, which will lead to successful outcomes."

(Email to Yamaha from an instrumental music teacher charged with setting up brand new program in 2017)



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