LAPS Foundation Grant Sends LAMS Band Director To National Music Education Conference In Nashville

LAMS Band Director Ryan Finn conducting his students. Courtesy photo


Los Alamos Middle School Band Director and Music Teacher Ryan Finn was able to attend the National Music Education Conference in Nashville this year as part of a grant received by the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation.

The conference, in October 2015, was a fantastic opportunity for Finn to spend time working with distinguished band directors and learn valuable new classroom techniques. 

The Band Directors’ Academy in particular was an inspiring and hugely beneficial program. There were a variety of small rehearsal techniques that were presented in unique and interesting ways by the presenter, Peter Boonshaft. 

According to Finn, “Every single one of these techniques was a pearl in its own right, and I have already begun implementing them in my classroom.” 

Finn indicated that he expects better classroom management, higher levels of student understanding and greater music ensemble performances will result from the immediate implementation of these techniques. Donations can be made to the LAPS Foundation at or by mailing a check to 1900 Diamond Dr., Suite 1, Los Almaos, NM 87544.