From Shari Kosel 
Program & Communications Director
Arts South Dakota
605.252.5979 ext. 1


Arts Education Institute adds Band Director Institute July 15-18 at NSU

Registration is now open for the 20th annual Arts Education Institute and 1st annual Band Director Institute. The Arts Education Institute will be held July 15-18 and the Band Director Institute July 15-17 on the campus of Northern State University in Aberdeen.

The Arts Education Institute (AEI) offers an educational and fun-filled week of learning to infuse the arts into classrooms and curriculum development. This year twenty-four hands-on art, choral and music workshops offer many opportunities for all Pre-K through 12th grade educators. You DO NOT need to be an educator to attend AEI, we encourage anyone wanting high quality workshops to attend.

The Band Director Institute (BDI) is an intensive program designed to expose music teachers to the best in current and standard literature in addition to teaching methods and materials. The three-day institute will include large ensemble reading sessions, master classes and clinic sessions that focus on a wide variety of teaching subjects for band directors. The headline clinician will be Michael Sweeney, Composer and Director of Band Publications for Hal Leonard.

AEI offers educators an affordable, high quality professional development experience that is relevant and directly applicable to the classroom, as well as inspirational and fun. A lot of information, ideas and interaction are packed into a few days and allows for a creative break for teachers. Over 100 arts educators from around South Dakota are expected to attend this year’s institute, sponsored by Arts South Dakota, the South Dakota Arts Council, Northern State University and Popplers Music.

Educators don’t want to miss these exciting professional development opportunities. Graduate, undergraduate & renewal CEU credits are available. Reduced registration available until June. More information and registration can be found at 

Arts South Dakota, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, enriches the lives of South Dakotans and their visitors, by advancing the arts through service, education and advocacy.

South Dakota Arts Council support is provided with funds from the State of South Dakota,
through the Department of Tourism, and the National Endowment for the Arts.