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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School Orchestra"When the Cats Away, the Mice (Middle schoolers!) Will Play!"  Fun and appropriate group learning activities for your string orchestra!

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Lisa Goldman, Beachwood City Schools, Beachwood, OH07:00 AM08:00 AM
UniversityBeyond String Quartets: Adaptable Chamber Music for Strings!

This presentation will focus on lesser known chamber works adaptable for various string instrument combinations beyond the More...
Emily Hanna Crane, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN, Marta Simidtchieva, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Edwardsville, IL07:00 AM08:00 AM
Private StudioNavigating the “Blacktop”: Aural Skills for Upper Position Playing on Low Strings

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Caitlyn Trevor, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, Aaron Yackley, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH07:00 AM08:00 AM
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Melissa (Tatreau) Holtmeier, Omaha Conservatory of Music, Omaha, NE07:00 AM08:00 AM
School OrchestraBringing STEM into the String and Orchestra Classroom

This session will provide tips on interdisciplinary topics relating to music and STEM for all levels of string instruction. Partic More...
Scott Laird, NC School of Science and Math, Durham, NC07:00 AM08:00 AM
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This session is intended for anyone interested in learning or teaching Irish music authentically. Lear More...
Katie Geringer, Private Studio Teacher, Houston, TX07:00 AM08:00 AM
 Coming Soon!Emily Freeman Brown, Bowling Green State University08:15 AM09:15 AM
 J. W. Pepper New Music Reading Session: Discover the best music for your spring concert.

Bring your instruments and get ready to play new pieces that will work for your spring concert More...
Sponsored by JW Pepper08:15 AM09:15 AM
OtherPower Apps for Strings Instruction

In this interactive session, participants will learn how to seamlessly integrate the latest technology to maximize student success in the studio and More...
Susanna Klein, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA,Sandy Goldie, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA08:15 AM09:15 AM
OtherDoes music make you smarter? – Depends on the music

Music advocates have used the argument that active music participation improves general cognition and academic achievement. Unfortun More...
Martin Norgaard, Georgia State University, Roswell, GA08:15 AM09:15 AM

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