Be Part of the Orchestra
Thursday 9:45 a.m.-10:45 a.m. - Room: 18/19
Join Scott as he explores a unique and proven approach to recruitment and retention of orchestra students. “Finding and keeping students in orchestra is the silver bullet that solves all other problems,” explains Lang. This will be as educational as it is enjoyable as Scott explains how we get more kids to Be Part of the Orchestra!
Bow Games and Twinkle and Solfege, Oh My! How to Run a Comprehensive but Fun Violin Group Class that Will Have Your Students Begging for More
Saturday 7:00 a.m.-8:00 a.m. – Room: 9
Group classes are an invaluable tool in the education of the young private studio student, but teaching a 60 minute group class for beginners can be a daunting task. This session will include ideas for repertoire selection and practice, music theory, ear-training, history, and games to incorporate into a group class, thus providing a well-rounded musical experience for students.
Presenter: Caroline Nordlund, Samford University
Bowing Figures: Teaching the Mechanics of String Crossings
Thursday 2:45 p.m.-3:45 p.m. – Room: 9
Some of the most complicated motions in string playing involve various patterns of movement from one string to another. The ability to negotiate these string crossings smoothly is one of the hallmarks of a fine bow technique. This session will explore the anatomy of the bow arm, provide an analysis of the four basic bowing figures, discuss the horizontal and vertical motions involved, and give a systematic pedagogical approach for the training of string crossings.
Presenter: Robert Jesselson, University of South Carolina
Thursday 12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. – Room: 7
Breaking the Learning Curve: Decoding and Fostering the Adult String Student
Thursday 9:45 a.m.-10:45 a.m. – Room: 10
Why don't I sound like Joshua Bell already? The adult string student presents interesting challenges to the traditional studio teacher-student model. Often, the gap between intellectual knowledge and physical ability creates frustration and tension in the learning process. This session will explore ways to uncover a students true motivations and goals, to decipher the psychological issues that arise out of learning to play, and how to reduce adult student turnover in your studio.
Presenter: Lisa Caravan, Bucknell University; Erin Ellis, Waldorf School of Atlanta
An interactive discussion for conference attendees with NEC Professor of Cello and Cleveland Quartet cellist Paul Katz, on both the advantages and limitations of online teaching. Katz, Artistic Director and Founder of www.cellobello.com, will give a tour of the website, an Online Cello Resource Center for the global cello community featuring cello lesson videos; frequent blogs by preeminent performers and teachers; job, competition and cello events calendar postings; 21st Century cello composition listings; online video chats led by prominent cellists, and more.
Presenter: Paul Katz New England Conservatory
Friday 1:45 p.m.-2:45 p.m. – Room: 13
Violinist Edgar Gabriel will demonstrate and share methods to learn and teach improvisation in classical styles from Baroque to 21st Century classical music. This session will cover practice and performance ideas to play and teach classical improvisation. For group ensembles and individual instrumentalists of all abilities, elementary school to the professional orchestra musician. Bring your instrument.
Presenter: Edgar Gabriel, Elmhurst College
Composing Music - From Inception to the Concert Hall - A Labor of Love
Thursday 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. – Room: 12
This session will explore the many facets of composing music, from the initial idea of writing a piece to the culmination and performance on stage, and all that goes in between. Tips for getting started and getting published will be helpful to anyone interested in composing. Participants will receive handouts and music examples.
Presenter: Susan Day, Douglas County School
Creating Self-Sufficient Learners in the 21st Century: Blending Mindful Practice with Technology in the Private Studio
Friday 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. – Room: 3/4
Creating independent learners is an important pedagogical task that studio teachers address on a regular basis. Given the limited time that a studio teacher has to interact with their students each week, it is critical that the student’s practice time is productive and mindful. This presentation will explore strategies for helping students develop listening and evaluative skills, problem solving tactics, and ways in which technology can support these goals.
Presenter: Meredith Blecha Wells, Oklahoma State University
Developing Your Musical Mental Map: Building an Aural and Spatial Sense of the Fingerboard for Advancing String Players
Thursday 2:45 p.m.-3:45 p.m. – Room: 12
An expert string player is more than someone who possesses a high level of technical proficiency. Learn ways to determine the quality of your students’ musical mental maps as compared to the Chicago Symphony. This session also will present teaching strategies which address two neglected areas of string teaching, application of music theory directly toward the instrument and training the eye to see music as more than a single stream of notes.
Presenter: Melissa Knecht, Hillsdale College
Did you Practice?" How to Manage Minor Confrontations with Skill and Sensitivity
Friday 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m. – Room: 9
Being in the people business guarantees that we will have minor confrontations with students and/or parents from time to time. Minor confrontations can become teaching opportunities if we manage them well. Participants will role-play some real life events and learn some new skills to prevent minor confrontations from becoming major ones.
Presenter: Anne Witt, University of Alabama
Distance Learning and Its Impact on String Pedagogy: Making Connections and Creating a Smaller World
Friday 4:15 p.m.-5:15 p.m. - Room: 3/4
This session will address the emerging medium of distance learning and the dramatic effects it will have on string pedagogy. Stacia Spencer and her team will discuss the ground-breaking massive open online course, Teaching the Violin and Viola: Creating a Healthy Foundation, launched in the fall of 2014. They will examine how distance learning creates a global community of colleagues, and how this new technology can create a stronger and more confident generation of teachers.
Presenter: Stacia Spencer, Northwestern University Bienen School of Music; Brittany Quinn, Northwestern University Music Academy; Jessica Popovic, Northwestern University Music Academy; Caroline Rothstein, Northwestern University Music Academy
Drones: Strike at the Heart of Intonation
Friday 3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. – Room: 12
Develop a plan of study for your students or yourself that will fine tune intonation to the most advanced level. Bring your instrument and discover ways to harness the power of drones to train your ear, change your perception of intonation, and take your pitch to the highest level.
Presenter: Andrea Priester Houde, West Virginia University
El Sistema and the Future of Strings Education: Bridging the Gap between School-Sponsored and El Sistema Strings Programs in the United States
Saturday 2:45 p.m.-3:45 p.m. – Room: 12
The El Sistema movement in the U.S. is growing rapidly. Simultaneously, school districts are consistently cutting after-school strings programs. As El Sistema programs multiply, so too does the number of passionate yet inexperienced teaching artists serving our nation’s underprivileged youth. These programs are offering much-needed access to music, but are not always achieving musical excellence. Come and discuss this paradox and learn solutions on how we can unite to help our strings programs thrive.
Presenter: Shannon McCue, Orchestra of St. Luke's
El Sistema – My Personal Journey
Thursday 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. - Room: 10
As a Venezuelan, Margaret Gonzalez is a product of El Sistema. “El Sistema – My Personal Journey” will include personal experiences, training techniques, similarities and differences between El Sistema and the American music education system, and a performance of some Venezuelan folk songs. In addition, the audience will learn some Latin rhythm patterns that can be useful educational tools.
Presenter: Margaret Gonzalez, El Sistema Educator and Advisor
Elements of Alexander Technique: Discovering a Natural Approach to String Playing
Saturday 2:45 p.m.-3:45 p.m. – Room: 20/21
This session covers a wide array of techniques and simple ways in which performers of all levels can achieve a more natural approach to instrumental playing and avoid unnecessary tension, pain, and potential injuries. Based on the principles of the Alexander Technique, these exercises allow the participant to experience a more relaxed way of playing, thereby improving the quality of sound and enabling a fluid technique.
Presenter: Tomas Cotik, University of Miami
Expanding Your Harmonic Horizons: Why Harmony and Theory Are Good for You!
Saturday 9:30 a.m.- 10:30 a.m. – Room: 7
This session is adapted for harpists who want to learn pieces more quickly and efficiently, reduce their dependence on pedal indications, improve memory, and learn how to modulate and improvise with ease. Discussion of harmony, form, and practicing skills will be addressed.
Presenter: Felice Pomeranz, Berklee College of Music
From the Sandbox to Schradieck: Achieving Excellence with Very Young Students
Friday 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m. – Room:
Students age three to five are at once delightful and challenging, brilliant and quirky. With good teaching and parental support, young children can become impressively proficient. Enhance your teaching with tips for engaging children, training effective practice parents, breaking skills into bite-size pieces, and imaginative games to increase the length and quality of concentration. Suzuki principles are augmented with a range of pedagogical ideas from many sources, providing new perspectives for novice teachers and seasoned veterans alike.
Presenter: Elise Winters, Kaleidoscopes for Violin
Getting Things Done in Your Private Studio
Friday 7:00 a.m.-8:00 a.m. – Room: 7
Popularized by productivity expert David Allen’s 2002 book Getting Things Done, the Art of Stress-free Productivity, Getting Things Done (TGD) is widely regarded as the gold standard for organization and productivity for business professionals. Learn how to incorporate GTD into your studio business using either the free Evernote software package or even a standard file cabinet and file folders.
Presenter: Matthew Tifford, private studio teacher
Gigging 101: How You and Your Students Can Be the Best Possible Business People
Friday 10:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m. – Room: 13
Make no mistake: music is a business like any other. But the majority of our time is spent on the education of the musician, not the business person. This session will cover the details of freelance gigging, including a basic contract, a gig organization questionnaire, and other guidelines. Participants will receive sample documents.
Presenter: Benjamin Smith, Montreat College
Happy Habits through Intelligent Teaching
Friday 8:15 a.m.-9:15 a.m. – Room: 12
Learn to create instructional sequences that promote healthy habit formation by applying principles gleaned from research in motor skill development. Teachers will come away with self-created task sequences for skills of any level, including left-hand position, bow hold, shifting, vibrato, bow techniques, and double stops. Put them into practice in your classes or lessons next week!
Presenter: Rebecca Roesler, University of North Texas
How Loud Is Too Loud? A Musicians Guide to Protecting His or Her Hearing
Thursday 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. – Room: 5/6
As musicians, we are constantly bombarded by sound. In an age of ear buds, mp3 players, and an increasing number of miked gigs, do you know how loud is too loud? This session will detail how the human ear works, provide information on common sound exposure events and how to measure that exposure, and supply the knowledge that all musicians need to adapt their daily lives to protect their most precious asset— their hearing!
Presenter: Katrin Meidell, Ball State University
Learning the ABCs: All the Basics about Copyright for Composers and Arrangers.
Saturday 8:15 a.m.-9:15 a.m. – Room: 7
This session explains and clarifies basic copyright concepts for composers and arrangers, including what copyright is and why, when, and how to register a copyright for a musical work. Other topics will include copyright issues when submitting works for publication, plagiarism, and more.
Presenter: Steven Rosenhaus, New York University/Steinhardt
Learning to Play Is Learning What It Feels Like to Play: Using Successive Approximation Experiential Exercises and Imagery in Cello Teaching
Saturday 12:45 p.m.-1:45 p.m. – Room: 20/21
This session will discuss practice techniques, string class pedagogy (elementary, middle level, senior high), traditional pedagogy, training future string educators and performers, and university level studio teaching.
Presenter: Jeffrey Solow, Temple University
Make Sure You Have a Plan! Practice Strategies for Efficient and Productive Use of Your Students' Valuable Practice Time
Thursday 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. – Room: 5/6
Do your students feel they aren’t making progress? Do you believe your students are not realizing their fullest potential? Find out what goes on when they practice between lessons! We will examine common faulty practice habits, then find solutions to effectively address challenging technical and musical issues. Using musical examples, we will offer helpful tips for students and teachers to make practice time more organized and productive, with clearly established goals. Bring your instrument!
Presenter: William Terwilliger, University of South Carolina - Columbia
Talent Has Hunger (A Movie)
Saturday 1:15 p.m.-3:45 p.m Room: 3/4
Come view this inspiring film about the incomprehensible power of music to consume, enhance and propel lives. Filmed over 7 years, here is a window into the mysterious world of the artist, the passion that can grip and sustain a young player from childhood through the last days of life and the years of sacrifice and dedication a budding artist needs to fulfill their talent. The film focuses on the challenges of guiding gifted young people through the infinite struggles of mastering the cello and through the words and actions of master artist-teacher, Paul Katz, it’s clear that this deep study of music not only prepares wonderful musicians, but builds self-esteem and a cultural and aesthetic character that will be indelible throughout his students’ lives.
Moderator: Paul Katz, New England Conservatory
Music and Lifelong Learning: Adult Learners in a Community Program
Saturday 9:30 a.m.- 10:30 a.m. – Room: 10
Working with adult string players is rewarding but offers unique challenges. Come hear success stories from a university community program!
Presenter: Gail Barnes, University of South Carolina; Andrew Jones, University of South Carolina; Elizabeth Reed, University of South Carolina
Note-Writing as First Step in Note-Reading
Friday 8:15 a.m.-9:15 a.m. – Room: 1/2
Presentation of how note-writing can be a first step in learning to read music. This approach parallels a child's natural learning process in learning to read his own native language. The presentation will include a general outline of the approach and suggestions for individualized applications accordingly to the personal needs of each student.
Presenter: Pamela Wiley, Hungry Monk Music
Nurturing and Action: Suzuki, Rolland and String Teaching Today
Friday 1:45 p.m.-2:45 p.m. – Room: 12
Much of 21st Century string teaching can trace its roots to the philosophies and methods of Shinichi Suzuki and Paul Rolland, but many of today’s teachers are unfamiliar with their ideas and legacies. Participants will discover the origins of many familiar approaches, and will learn a variety of Suzuki and Rolland teaching strategies. Bring an instrument and join in!
Presenter: Andrew Dabczynski, Brigham Young University
A Perfect Paring: Etudes and Literature
Friday 3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. – Room: 3/4
Etudes and Literature - what a perfect pair! Like choosing the right wine to go with your food, it is essential to choose appropriate etudes to enhance the study of literature. In this session, participants will be shown how to determine the technical requirements of a piece, anticipate student difficulties, and pair the most commonly taught violin literature to the relevant etudes, scales, and exercises. Players and teachers of all instruments welcome.
Presenter: Philip Baldwin, Whitworth University
Perform Without Pain! An Introduction to ELDOA, a Revolutionary Method to Reduce Repetitive Stress Injuries
Saturday 12:45 p.m.-1:45 p.m. – Room: 3/4
A musician’s body requires the same attention and care that elite athletes need to achieve the highest levels of consistency and quality in their performance. Too often, musicians lack the necessary knowledge or tools to reverse the potential for injuries caused by performance-related repetitive stress. This session offers an introduction to ELDOA, a revolutionary method of strengthening and stretching offering musicians of any age the ability to reverse the effects of repetitive stress.
Presenter: Anna Clement, Indiana University; Jona Kerr, Indiana University
Practical Violin Acoustics: What Every Player Should Know About How Their Bowed Instrument Works
Friday 7:00 a.m.-8:00 a.m. – Room: 5/6
Get answers for the most common questions about how bowed instruments work. How does a bowed string vibrate and produce sound? Are there differences between rosins? What are wolf notes and what is the best way to get rid of them? What causes a whistling violin E-string? What is the function of the bridge and the soundpost? Are there differences between cello end pins? Do Strads really sound better than modern violins?
Presenter: Fan-Chia Tao, D'Addario & Company
Preventing Music Performance Anxiety: A Teacher’s Guide
Saturday 9:30 a.m.-10:30 – Room: 12
Why do some students excel while experiencing a bit of “butterflies,” while others – sometimes even the best prepared – become paralyzed by fear? How can a teacher help? In this session we will discuss various responses and types of performance anxiety, and offer research-based principles on how to help students manage and overcome their fears. We also will engage in interactive, embodied relaxation and focus activities.
Presenter: Karin Hendricks, Ball State University
Reading Pitch: Five Steps to Competency
Friday 4:15 p.m.-5:15 p.m. – Room: 13
Developing strong music reading skills is a worthy goal for any string teacher. Musical notation is complex for a young child, but - when taken step by step and related to the instrument, young students can be set on a healthy music reading path that can later be reinforced and expanded. Important prerequisites for note reading, such as development of pulse, reading rhythms, and becoming familiar with the musical staff, also wil be discussed.
Presenter: Sherry Sinift, String Academy of Wyoming
Ready, Set, Compose!
Saturday 8:15 a.m.-9:15 a.m. – Room: 9
Take music-making to the next level with your students by having them write and perform their own music! In this session, you will learn many easy and fun ways to get your students started in composing and improvising. You can put these principles to work in private studios, as well as with your large ensembles. Fire up your students imaginations and see where it takes them!
Presenter: Lauren Bernofsky, Musical Arts Youth Organization
Release the Fear Monster! How to Help Your Students Get Past Their Anxiety and Perform at Their Best
Thursday 12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. – Room: 3/4
Self-doubt, fear of mistakes, over-analysis of technique, and worries about performance outcomes feed the fear monster, otherwise known as performance anxiety. When students learn to trust what they practice, fear can be conquered. Practicing to improve is very different from practicing to perform. We will discuss both of these mindsets and present strategies for helping students build trust instead of fear in their practice and preparation.
Presenter: Brian Hodges, Boise State University; Diana Allan, University of Texas at San Antonio
Much Ado about Practicing
Thursday 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. - Room 7
This session is geared towards serious high school and college music students, pre-professionals and frustrated teachers who want maximum improvement in performance. Ms Chiang will discuss fundamental principles, structural strategies and practice ideas. If practicing has been a frustrating issue in your life, come!
Victoria Chiang, Peabody Conservatory of Music
The Right Word(s) At The Right Time
Friday 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Room: 18/19
A free-ranging exploration of the 'Aha!' moment we have all experienced both as students and teachers. As one of the most powerful tools at the disposal of all who teach musical skills, we will investigate the circumstances of many musicians - and specifically string players - who use such words to get amazing results.
: Lawrence Hurst, Indiana University
A session by Charles Castleman, University of
Friday 3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. – Room: 9
An Introduction to the Helen Callus Viola Technique Book
Saturday 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Room: 3/4
A comprehensive look at the 1 Step Scale System for violists being introduced at the ASTA conference by publisher Carl Fischer. This series allows early and advanced viola students to study the fingerboard, examine the kind of shifting commonly used in viola specific repertoire, become comfortable in the higher positions and develop the frame of hand through double stops for better intonation and dexterity.
Helen Callus, University of California, Santa Barbara
Shifting: The Transportation System of the Left Hand
Thursday 2:45 p.m.-3:45 p.m. – Room: 18/19
Shifting, the transportation system of the left hand, is the journey that the hand travels to get from one note to the next on the fingerboard. A clear understanding of the infrastructure and mechanics of shifting will help secure the accuracy of intonation and the musical intentions.
Mimi Zweig, Jacobs School of Music
So Much to Teach and Never Enough Time? A Comprehensive Solution
Saturday 9:30 a.m.- 10:30 a.m. – Room: 13
One hour a week is hardly enough time to teach students the complexities of a stringed instrument - let alone instill musical understanding and a life-long passion. But with great literature, a comprehensive overview, and thoughtful planning, private teachers can transform those short hours into engaging lessons that develop skills, foster understanding, cultivate personal expression, and nurture independence. Bring a short but favorite teaching piece, your laptop (or paper and pencil) and prepare to enrich your teaching!
Cornelia Watkins, Rice University
Successful Conference Proposals
Saturday 9:30 a.m.- 10:30 a.m. – Room: 18/19
Come learn how to write a successful conference proposals from two experts.
Presenters: Mary Wagner, Fairfax County Public School; Amy Marr,
Tecumseh Middle School
Teaching and Playing the Bouncing Strokes - A Spiccato Clinic
Saturday 2:45 p.m.-3:45 p.m. – Room: 7
From teaching the basic spiccato in five minutes to the advanced bow techniques of sautille, ricochet, jete, flying staccato, springing arpeggios, brush stroke, and picchiettato, Dr. Sarch shares his wealth of knowledge and pedagogical insights in clear and simple steps covering the necessary ingredients to execute and control the bouncing bow strokes. In addition, you will learn what to do if the bow fails to jump, does not bounce consistently or at certain speeds.
Presenter: Kenneth Sarch, Professor Emeritus, Mansfield University
Teaching Body Mapping to Children: Overcoming and Preventing Injury in the Music Studio and Classroom
Friday 8:15 a.m.-9:15 a.m. – Room: 18/19
Musicians move in order to create sound, and it is therefore essential that our perception of how we move is consistent with the true anatomical design of our body. This presentation will provide games and group movement explorations for teaching children of all ages about body mapping in order to overcome and prevent injuries like tendonitis and neck and back pain in our music students.
Presenter: Jennifer Johnson, Memorial University of Newfoundland
The 80/20 Syndrome
Friday 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m. – Room: 12
Why are some students innately musical? Why are some students able to memorize large amounts of repertoire effortlessly? Why are some students technical wizards? The answer is that we are all born with a balance of analytical and creative ability. Most of us are 60/40 or 40/60, but some are 80/20. This discussion will focus on what we can learn from 80/20’s, and how we can develop both sides of innate ability to develop artistry.
Presenter: Alice Kanack, The Kanack School of Music, Inc.
Therapeutic Yoga for String Players - Relax, Release, Let Go!
Friday 7:00 a.m. - Room: TBA
Enjoy the benefits of a therapeutic yoga practice especially selected for the string player to be used before, during, or after instrument practice or performance. Learn to incorporate the three major elements of Yoga: breath, movement, and meditation into your musical life. No experience required, all levels welcome. Plan to feel refreshed and ready for the conference! Please wear comfortable clothing, plan to remove your shoes and bring a mat or towel if possible.
Presenter: Annie Young-Bridges, St. Tammany Parish Public Schools
This Is Your Brain on Advocacy – Do We Believe Neuromyths?
Thriving String Programs in Haiti or, How to Do More with Less!
Thursday 12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. – Room: 10
According to Hardiman et al. “These naïve misinterpretations of science have spread throughout the folk psychology of educators in recent years.” We may amuse peers with images of the brain lighting up while listening to music, but our real audience – the sophisticated doctors, lawyers, scientists etc. who are the parents of children we want to get involved in music – are not buying it. Let’s understand the good information and really make our case.
Presenter: Gregg Goodhart, Better Learning Through Neuroscience
Friday 8:15 a.m.-9:15 a.m. – Room: 10
Are you interested in how music instruction can change lives anywhere? Panel members have taught in Haiti for many years and will share their experiences and reflections on teaching in the developing world.
Kathryn Dey, Governor's School of the Arts; Janet Anthony, Lawrence University; Jordan King, Upper Arlington City Schools; Lindsay Schwartz, West Fargo Public Schools
Training String Players for Rhythmic Mastery II
Friday 3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. – Room: 13
Response to the initial session in 2008 suggests that further exploration of the topic is warranted. This sequel will present further suggestions for achieving the goal of providing a student with a secure rhythmic foundation for career-long confidence in facing challenging new works and using rhythmic flexibility to greater expressive effect in all repertoire. We will explore examples of rhythmic problems in repertoire and introduce additional tools for teachers.
Presenter: Daniel Mason, University of Kentucky
Turning Hours into Accomplishments: Successful Mental and Physical Practice
Friday 10:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m. – Room: 12
This session provides strategies and methods to guide your students towards success in the practice room and ultimately on the concert stage. Learn ways to incorporate new research results regarding mental, athletic, and musical training with the time-honored practice strategies that work for the professional musician. Success is limited by imagination; teach your student to imagine and practice his or her way to success.
Presenter: Martha Walvoord, University of Texas at Arlington
Unaccompanied Bach: Technique, Interpretation, and Teaching
Saturday 12:45 p.m.-1:45 p.m. – Room: 18/19
Rachel is the only American to have won the Gold Medal at the J.S. Bach International Competition in Leipzig, Germany. She has spent countless hours studying, performing, and teaching the Six Sonatas and Partitas for Unaccompanied Violin, as well as many years playing baroque repertoire with period instruments. In this session, shel will discuss using harmony and rhythm to inform your interpretative choices, paying attention to the beat hierarchy in the dance movements, how to approach the multiple-voice writing, what to do about ornamentation, and tips for conquering left and right hand challenges.
Presenter: Rachel Barton Pine, concert violinist
Thursday 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. – Room: 12
Playing in tune will always be a goal and challenge for people who play variable-pitch instruments such as string instruments. Among the things that can help your intonation is gaining a better understanding of what intonation is and how it works. In this session, Whitcomb will address the topic of intonation from a scientific and physiological standpoint.
Presenter: Benjamin Whitcomb, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
What Musicians Can Learn About Practicing from Current Brain Research
Saturday 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Room: 10
Musicians spend a majority of their time practicing, but most of us were never taught to practice in the most effective, efficient way. Scientists studying the brain have discovered learning strategies that are directly applicable to music practicing. This presentation will present many of these findings and give concrete, practical ways to apply them on a day-to-day basis. Many of these findings are counter-intuitive, but they have strong scientific support and will transform your practice.
Presenter: Molly Gebrian, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Whole Brain Scales: A Creative Approach to Scale Study that Could Transform Your Students Playing
Friday 4:15 p.m.-5:15 p.m. – Room: 9
My students enjoy scales . . . the way that kids love working with Legos. Why? Because I teach them how to use scales to create. This nuts-and-bolts session will demonstrate 30 enjoyable, creative scale activities you can easily do with your students. Benefits include: improved intonation; better facility in all keys; more tonal awareness; confidence in learning new music; and tools to create music (improvising, composing, arranging). Bring your instrument – this will be fun!
Presenter: Jody Harmon, Private Studio Teacher
Why Do They Look Soooo Uncomfortable?
Thursday 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. – Room: 18/19
Students generally try to follow directions and do what we ask. So, why then do some students look so uncomfortable with their instruments? Learn to recognize students’ natural tendencies and understand their origin in the body. Once recognized and taken into account, counteract them by good teaching techniques and slight equipment modifications to give your students a chance at outstanding achievement and years of happy music-making free of potential pain or injury.
Presenter: Judy Bossuat-Gallic, Sacramento State University
Yoga for Musicians: Cultivating Physical Longevity and Mental Awareness
Saturday 7:00 a.m.-8:00 a.m. - Room: TBA
Discover simple techniques for releasing tension, buildling flexibility, and fostering mental focus in this interactive session. Learn how to let go of playing-related discomfort, focus the mind, and calm your nerves with brief, accessible yoga and meditation exercises. Participants may wear any clothing they wish; no prior yoga or meditation experience is necessary.
Presenter: Travis Baird, University of South Carolina
Yoga for String Players
Thursday 7:00 a.m.-8:00 a.m. - Room: TBA
This is an all-levels yoga class designed to serve the specific physical demands of a string player.
Presenter: Melissa (Tatreau) Holtmeier, Omaha Conservatory of Music
You Can Lead a Horse to Water - But Can You Make Him Think? How to Build a Better Learner!
Zen and the Art of Motivation: Shifting the Focus from the Product to the Process and Empowering Students for Success
Thursday 9:45 a.m.-10:45 a.m. – Room: 12
According to Einstein, creativity is intelligence having fun. Rooted in neuroscience research, we'll give practical applications on how to build a more curious and creative learner by using composers’ voices to make your pieces alive by dissecting music's complex concepts into Composers’ Choices (why does this music exist?), Composers’ Tools (how is it put together?), and Composers’ Conversational Choices (what is the composer saying?). After examining the musical experts, they demonstrate Bloom's Taxonomy in action!
Presenter: Lyda Osinga, Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra; Gregg Goodhart, Better Learning Through Neuroscience.com
Thursday 12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. – Room: 12
Drawing on research in the field of motivation, this session will demystify the concept of “being in the moment” and “enjoying the process," as well as debunk the idea that our capacity for growth is limited. Teachers will be given tools to assist students in identifying and changing their mindset in order to increase their capacity to learn and improve regardless of any preconceived idea of ability level or capacity to grow.
Presenter: Juliet White-Smith, The Ohio State University