2019 Music Industry Showcases

Thursday, March 7

11:15 am - 12:15 pm - Room: Isleta/Jemez
StringRiffs.com Multi-Level String Orchestra Music Grades 1-3 (reading session-bring instruments)

Karen Kroger, StringRiffs 
String Riffs reading session with multi-level music for your Level 1-3.5 groups. Explore the use of open strings with beginning level pieces which create a 2-part piece without stress. Experience playing Level 1/1.5 in Goblins Galore/Giggling Goblins, The Pirate’s Lair/The Pirate’s Awakening, Jitter Puggle to name a few. Try String Riffs with multiple classrooms and multi-levels.


1:00 pm - 2:00 pm - Room: Navajo
Teaching Rhythm

Bob Phillips and Stephen Benham, Sponsored by Alfred Publishing 
Creative solutions to teaching rhythm, super-charging your delivery, and energizing your students’ rhythmic understanding and performance. Free flashcard materials will be available.


2:15 pm – 3:15 pm - Room: Tesuque
“How to Plan a Concert Tour”

John Wiscombe, President of Music Celebrations International 
Join John Wiscombe with Music Celebrations International to discuss “How to Plan a Concert Tour!” John will discuss the benefits of touring with your ensemble and what you should consider in the planning the process. This will include deciding to tour, who to work with, what to look for in your touring partners, how to fundraise, etc. The presentation will last about 50 minutes and there will also be a raffle for 2 round trip domestic airline tickets.


3:45 pm – 4:45 pm - Room: Picirus
The Recent Success of the O’Connor Method
Mark O’Connor, O’Connor Method 
“A New School of American String Playing” through the O’Connor Method, offers abundant sources of African American, Latin American, and European American music, punctuated with musical examples from Canada and Mexico, as well as featuring the great musical pillars of America’s Hoedown, Blues, Spiritual, and Ragtime. The wealth of literature emanating from these musical hallmarks including, jazz, bluegrass, American Classical, rock, Cajun, western swing and more are featured within the music lesson plans. In this industry showcase, Mark O’Connor will discuss and demonstrate key aspects of why his Method is becoming one of the most important in the world today.


Friday, March 8

8:15 am - 9:15 am - Room: Navajo
The Bornoff Approach - More than Warm-Ups!
Debbie Lyle, FASE 

This interactive session (bring your instrument and play along!) will center on skill development for middle and high school orchestras. Tone production exercises and finger pattern variations will be demonstrated along with strategies for differentiated teaching.


9:30 am – 10:30 am - Room: Navajo
Bridging The Gap Part II: Integrating Improvisation, Theory, and Technique through a Comprehensive Approach to Practice for the Contemporary, Creative String Player

Christian Howes, Creative Strings, Sponsored by Yamaha 
Continue to explore SIX modules of training related to contemporary, creative string playing. There is a gap between the skill set of classical players and that within the jazz studies paradigm and participatory culture. These modules will address this gap, and address how to consolidate your technical practice with rhythmic and harmonic internalization, blues, composition, song form, using modal improvisation, and applying voice leading. Become creatively self-expressed. Develop your musical voice. Become fluent in contemporary styles so you can jam. Use amplification and effects. Teachers: gain age-appropriate sequences to share with students.


11:00 am – 12:00 pm - Room: Navajo
Test Drive Arcus & Müsing Bows

Allegra Hale, GEWA Music USA 
Imagine a bow that enables you to play with improved ease and precision, while pulling beautiful sound from your instrument and reducing strain on your bow arm. Come see what sets Arcus & Müsing apart from other bows, both wooden and carbon fiber. There will be a brief demonstration, followed by open time to try the bows and to ask questions. We look forward to seeing you there!


1:30 pm - 2:30 pm - Room: Navajo
Strings 101: The Science, History, and Care of Strings

Liz Benoit Crew, D’Addario Orchestral Strings Product Specialist 
Ever wonder exactly how a musical instrument string is made? What’s the difference between steel core, synthetic core, and gut? Why do your strings go false and how often should you REALLY change them? Answers to these questions and many more will help you become a more educated string player, purchaser, and/or teacher.


2:45 pm – 3:45 pm - Room: Sandia/Santa Ana
J. W. Pepper New Music Reading Session: Discover the Best Music for Your Spring Concert 

Bring your instruments to play new pieces that will work for your spring concert. Your students will be motivated and excited for orchestra until the very last rehearsal. These easy to medium works, including brand new pop, have been selected among hundreds of new publications based on the following criteria: sound great; not too difficult; teach technique; build confidence; and work each section. Pepper’s orchestra editor will conduct the reading orchestra with special appearances by a few of your favorite composers and arrangers.


4:30 pm -5:30 pm - Room: Navajo
A Grand Tour of Cello Technique

Fred Sherry, C. F. Peters 
Trailblazing cellist Fred Sherry demystifies the modern string repertoire, and shows how to master performance techniques that Popper never dreamed of.



Saturday, March 9

8:15 am - 9:15 am - Room: Tesuque
Tricks of the Trade: Emergency Repairs for Stringed Instruments

Jennie Lewis and Aaron Johnson, Shar Products Company 
Have you ever had a student’s instrument break shortly before a performance? Have you ever had what looked like a minor repair keep an instrument out of your student’s hands for weeks on end? Come learn quick fixes and simple repairs that can be done to keep your instruments where they belong: In the classroom making music! You will receive a list of essential and easy-to-find tools and see a demonstration of how to use them to repair your own instruments. Question and answer session will follow the presentation.


9:30 am - 10:30 am - Room: Picirus
How to Compete with Your Students’ Cell Phones

Mark Wood, Wood Violins / Electrify Your Strings 
Bring Your Classroom into the 21st Century by Integrating Technology, Improvisation, and American Styles. Mark Wood to the rescue….. Students are constantly pulled in so many directions, it’s hard to keep their attention. Learn how to really engage them by using exciting technologies and contemporary music in your teaching methods. Mark will share new techniques to help you teach creativity by actively engaging students and accelerating their learning experience. Students will maintain a high level of interaction and brain stimulation, thus bonding them to a lifelong relationship with a bowed, stringed instrument. A special live performance by Albuquerque string students!