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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