2020 ASTA Committee Sessions and Forum Discussions

Friday, March 6

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Collegiate Committee Session Part I: String Teaching in University–Community Partnerships
Location: Celebration 5

Over the past two decades, university faculty have become increasingly involved with community partnerships. These partnerships are often created with a variety of intended goals including social justice and improved access to the university for underserved populations. The programs provide leadership and pedagogical development for university students, and meaningful service experiences with community. There are varied models of string teaching (string projects, El-Sistema inspired programs, Suzuki-based instruction, etc.). Students from the community may be brought to campus, or university faculty and students may go off campus into the community. Some models require the university students to take courses or workshops. Sessions topics may include:

  • Program design and evaluation
  • Curriculum development and implementation
  • Cost/access for community members
  • Mentoring of university students
  • Finding the correct balance of teaching and learning for university students
  • Integration into the university curriculum
  • Supervision/oversight by faculty
  • Participation by diverse groups of university students—performance majors as well as music education majors
  • Role of faculty in design and implementation
  • Evaluation of faculty involvement in the tenure & promotion process

A group of panelists with success in developing and implementing university-community partnerships will share their experiences of how to start and sustain effective partnerships, and describe the challenges they have faced. The session will conclude with a Q&A with the panelists

Panelists: Brenda Brenner - Indiana University; Elizabeth Chappell - University of North Texas; BettyAnne Gottlieb - University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music; Sarah Hersh - Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam; Dijana Ihas - Pacific University

Moderator: Michael Hopkins, ASTA Collegiate Committee Chair, University of Michigan


Friday, March 6

2:45 pm - 3:45 pm

Collegiate Committee Session Part II: Roundtable Discussion on University/Community Partnerships
Location: Celebration 5

Participants will discuss the ideas shared by the panelists, as well as contribute their personal experiences with community-university partnerships. This collected information will be disseminated to ASTA members who want to a) begin a successful university-community partnership that is sustainable, b) improve an existing partnership, and/or c) engage in successful grant writing. Panelists will lead the discussion groups. We will split into conversation groups based on type of partnership. The outcome of this session will include content focused on recommended strategies for university/community partnerships.

Panelists: Brenda Brenner - Indiana University; Elizabeth Chappell - University of North Texas; BettyAnne Gottlieb - University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music; Sarah Hersh - Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam; Dijana Ihas - Pacific University

Moderator: Michael Hopkins, ASTA Collegiate Committee Chair, University of Michigan


Friday, March 6

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Student Committee Session: Job Preparation Workshop
Location: Celebration 7-8

The student advisory committee invites you to join us in a workshop designed to help you land the job! Come learn from a panel of those in the profession about interview etiquette including the application process, how to correspond with potential employers, and what to wear. Additionally, we will host a masterclass-style mock interview and have time for you to workshop your resume.

Jackie Skara, ASTA Student Committee Chair

Eclectic Styles Committee Session: How to Integrate Eclectic Styles into your Orchestra or Private Studio
Location: Celebration 6

The kids wanna rock! And fiddle and swing! But how? We’re here to help. Along with a roomful of eclectic styles performers and teachers to help answer your questions, we offer a panel of four experts who will help everyone interested in bringing non-classical music to their students. Join us with your questions.

Panelists: Kenny Baker, McQueen High School; Beth Fortune, Ballard High School, ASTA board member; Julie Lyonn Lieberman, private studio teacher; Melinda Crawford Perttu, Westminster College

Moderated by: Tracy Silverman, ASTA Eclectic Styles Committee Chair, Belmont University


Private Studio Committee Session: Building A Successful Partnership Between Private Teachers And Orchestra Directors To Benefit Your Students
Location: Celebration 14-15

Join us for ideas on how to build, develop, and maintain a strong relationship between school orchestra directors and private teachers.  Explore recommended strategies for how to achieve and maintain a positive and mutually beneficial collaborative relationship between the school orchestra director and the private teacher.  The ultimate goal is to ensure that students have a more meaningful and joyful musical experience.  Participants will learn

  • Orchestra directors will discover how to develop stronger methods of sharing information with private teachers regarding orchestral repertoire, schedules, and priorities
  • Private teachers will gain more tools for networking with orchestra directors through a variety of communication methods.
  • Explore ways to facilitate mutual evaluation of current and desired skill levels of students and how best to achieve a steady positive progression through the school year both in the orchestra and in the private lesson.    

Presenters: Lynn Ledbetter; Steven Palincsar, private studio teacher

K-12 Committee Session: Strategies for Retaining Students from Elementary through High School
Location: Celebration 3-4

You have successfully recruited students for your orchestra, but how do you keep them? A panel of veteran string teachers will share time-tested strategies for retaining students in an orchestra program from a beginner all the way through high school. Educational trends and potential roadblocks will be discussed along with a variety of scenarios that may help teachers better understand and address this important topic. Time will be allotted for discussion. 

Panelists: Dr. LaSaundra Booth, Wake Forest Community Youth Orchestra; Jennifer Floyd; David E. Robinson III, Meadowview Elementary

Moderator: Charles Laux, ASTA K-12 committee chair, Alpharetta High School