ASTA Roundtable and Forum Discussions


Participate in small discussion groups with your peers.  


Collegiate Roundtable Sessions
Friday, March 8
Facilitated by Michael Hopkins, ASTA Collegiate Committee Chair, University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance

Session 11:30 pm - 2:30 pm – Who Do We teach? What Do We Teach Them? Your Curricular Challenges and Solutions
Led by Michael Hopkins, Collegiate Committee Chair, and Flora Nevarez, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music
It’s a conversation. Join your higher education colleagues as they collectively discuss timely topics identified by participants. This moderated, collaborative session will allow for small and large group idea sharing. Come ready to share and collect ideas.

Session 2 – 2:45 pm - 3:45 pm – Mindfulness in Teaching, Learning, and Wellness
Led by Michael Hopkins, Collegiate Committee Chair; Panelists - Frank M. Diaz, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music; Karin Hendricks, Boston University; Laura Talbott Clark, Oklahoma State University
Explore with a panel of collegiate members how mindfulness in teaching, learning, and wellness has improved their teaching practice. Spend part of the time in table discussions sharing your ideas and experiences. Walk away with helpful tips to enhance your teaching.


K-12 Community Forum

Friday, March 8, 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Led by Gretchen Zunic, Upper Arlington Schools, Arlington, Ohio
Spend time collaborating with your K-12 peers in small groups. Pick the topic that best suits you—share your ideas and get solutions to your pressing questions. Topics:
- Teacher strategy for college prep classes
- How do you problem-solve scheduling classes?
- Sharing practices for recruiting and retaining students
- Building a cooperative student feeder system


Private Studio Roundtable
Friday, March 8, 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Led by Benjamin Whitcomb, ASTA Studio Teachers Committee Chair, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
Participate in small table discussions facilitated by your private studio colleagues. Bring your questions, share, and learn. Table discussions will include:
- Reviewing existing professional development for private studio teachers
- Entrepreneurship
- Recruitment and retention for private studio
- Private teacher and public school teacher: Working together


Eclectic Styles Roundtable – Eclectic Styles Repertoire
Friday, March 8, 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Led by Duane Padilla, Punahou Music School, Honolulu, Hawaii
Do you have eclectic styles materials that you love and want others to know about? Are you in search of ideas for new material for your orchestra or private students? Join the eclectic styles community and discuss, share, and collect ideas and suggestions about repertoire and content, and how to use it with your students. Be part of building an eclectic styles content resource for the string community.


Student Roundtable
Friday, March 8, 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Please join the ASTA Student Advisory Committee and several new teachers, in their first or second year, who will give participants some of their best tips, what they wish they would have known, resources that can help, and answer questions you have about that first year. Please bring questions and ideas so we can host an interactive and informative discussion.

There also will be time to mix and mingle after the session for more in-depth discussions. In addition, this is an opportunity to meet other students, plan hang-out time, and maybe grab a quick bite to eat before the rest of the evening’s events. (Dinner is on your own.)