2018 Education & Handouts

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Wednesday March 7 Deep Dive Workshops

From The Bow To The Baton—Getting The Most Out of My Middle and High School Ensembles
Stephen Benham, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA
Bob Phillips, Alfred Publishing, Van Nuy, CA
William LaRue Jones, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
Emily Freeman Brown, Bowling Green University, Bowling Green, OH

This session, featuring three of the country’s leading string educators and conductors, will focus on practical skills and knowledge for making immediate improvements in your middle and high school string ensembles. The first half of the session will feature Bob Phillips and Steve Benham, who will focus on the following topics:
• Curriculum Scope-and-Sequence, including how to use the ASTA String Curriculum
• Shaping the Sound of Your Orchestra: Clear and understandable steps for improving the tone of your ensemble
• Bowing fluency and Rhythm: Developing sound technique and articulation skill in your ensemble, plus strategies for understanding how the bow works as a rhythm instrument
• The final tonal frontier: shifting and vibrato. Teachers are fearful about introducing these skills, but this session will provide clear understanding of the mechanics of both activities, plus provide clear and easy-to-use exercises for use in the rehearsal
The second half of the session will be led by conducting guru, Dr. William LaRue Jones, who is recognized at one of the finest conductors and conducting teachers in the nation. He will partner with Bowling Green's Emily Freeman Brown, and their session will focus on practical skills needed by the middle-school and high-school teacher, in addition to strategies and techniques for making your rehearsals more efficient, getting the most out of your musicians, and student motivation. 
Both parts of the pre-con are hands-on, so bring your instrument (and your baton) and be prepared for an incredible day of learning!


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Conference Sessions

Thursday Education Sessions

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School OrchestraShow, Grow and Excel!

Learn the steps to build the program of your dreams. Starting with your own personal development and working outward toward your students, school and community. Y More...
Carolyn Landreau, Fulton County Schools, Cumming, GA09:45 AM10:45 AMRegency 5
School OrchestraQuantity and quality: Towards developing meaningful practice habits for students.

How do our students practice and how do we help them use time wisely? Most school music teachers strug More...
Matthew Rotjan, South Orangetown Central School District, Blauvelt, NY, George Nicholson, Teachers College Columbia University, New York, NY09:45 AM10:45 AMCourtland
 Twelve Caprices for Solo Viola

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Atar Arad, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Bloomington, IN09:45 AM10:45 AMHanover G
Music Industry ShowcaseFiddle & Song - Sequential First-year Fiddling

Finally! Presenting carefully sequenced repertoire with "how-to" exercises to teach authentic fiddling techniques for violin, viola, cell More...
Crystal Plohman Wiegman, Renata Bratt, Bob Phillips Sponsored by Alfred Publishing09:45 AM10:45 AMHanover F
School OrchestraUp Close and Personal: Culturally Responsive Orchestra Teaching within Rural, Suburban, and Urban Communities

Explore practical applications of culturally responsive teaching within r More...
Elizabeth Reed, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, Stephanie Holmes, Edna Brewer Middle School, Oakland, CA, San Francisco, CA, Meredith Miller, Pelion High School, Lexington School District One, Columbia, SC, Stephen Matthie, Rocky Run Middle School, Fairfax County Public Schools, Fairfax, VA09:45 AM10:45 AMDunwoody
School OrchestraPlug-in your Orchestra into the 21st Century!

Electric strings are everywhere! For those who are unfamiliar, the process of going electric can be daunting. We will discuss how to use i More...
Cory Zilisch, Westport Middle School, louisville, KY09:45 AM10:45 AMHanover E
School OrchestraTaming The Bass Beast: Strategies For Great Bass

Playing In The Heterogeneous Classroom The bass is the foundation of the orchestral sound, but it is so different from the other instru More...
Seth Gamba, Fulton County Schools, Roswell, GA09:45 AM10:45 AMHanover A-B
OtherThe Best of Bunting: Exercises for Every Cellist

This session will present an overview of the exercises developed by 20th-cenutry British cellist and pedagogue Christopher Bunting.  Bu More...
Adriana Ransom, Illinois State University, Normal, IL09:45 AM10:45 AMGreenbriar
School OrchestraScottish Slow Reels: The Fast Reel’s Little-Known Funky Cousin

The Scottish slow reel is a relatively unknown tune type, yet is ideal to use with eclectic styles groups.  Slow reels sh More...
Melinda Crawford Perttu, Westminster College, New Wilmington, PA09:45 AM10:45 AMBaker
UniversitySecondary String Instrument Courses as Music Teacher Identity Development

In this session, we explore how secondary string instrument courses can be structured to promote critical musi More...
Sandy Goldie, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA09:45 AM10:45 AMHanover C

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