Wednesday March 4 Deep Dive Workshops

ASTA National Teachers' Orchestra

Hyatt Regency Orlando  -  Location: Celebration 5 

Join us for a day of community music-making and relationship-building through the art form that we all love! This enjoyable pre-conference session will feature a full day of interaction with colleagues through string orchestra rehearsals and a planned culminating informal performance. The day of planned rehearsals will include rehearsal technique strategies and conversation with lots of playing and musical interaction. Participants will gain new insights and rehearsal techniques while rehearsing and playing the repertoire. It will be an active day!  Teachers are encouraged to exercise your primary or well-developed secondary instrument skills for this event. Repertoire will include pedagogical compositions, arrangements, and eclectic styles, as well as great standard repertoire. Music will be distributed one month before the conference so participants can prepare ahead of time. Instruments will be available upon request. Performance attire will be “business casual.”

Led by Scott Laird, North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics 

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GeneralYoga Lessons for the String Player

a 60 minute Vinyasa Style yoga session developed for the physical needs and challenges of string players.  Participants of all levels are guided thr More...
Jeffrey Boga, Red Bank Regional High School07:00 AM08:00 AMWellness Celebration 12-13
K-12Teaching Lower Strings through Graded Orchestral Literature

Generally violins tend to have more interesting and challenging parts than do lower strings in the orchestra classroom. How More...
Lisa Caravan, Eastman School of Music, Janeen Wilkins, Anchorage School District07:00 AM08:00 AMViola; Cello; Double BassLiterature/repertoire, PedagogyCelebration 1-2
Eclectic StylesTraditional Fiddle Techniques

Fiddling for fun and function! You and your students can learn many valuable musical ideas (while having a blast!) through traditional fiddling. Learn abo More...
Aisha Ivey, Florida State University07:00 AM08:00 AMAny/AllCommunity music, Eclectic Styles (fiddle, rock, jazz, world music, etc.); ImprovisationCelebration 3-4
GeneralAmplify Creativity through Computer-Based Performance Practice

This session will address how to utilize technology in live performance, from amplification to effects processing to arti More...
Robert Matheson, Dixie State University07:00 AM08:00 AMAny/All; Double BassTechnology, Eclectic Styles (fiddle, rock, jazz, world music, etc.); PerformanceCelebration 5
Chamber MusicEnsemble Intonation for Early String Quartet Experiences

One of the most important issues facing chamber musicians in performance is intonation. In order for a string quartet to play i More...
Timothy Cuffman, Rocky Ridge Music Academy07:00 AM08:00 AMViolin; Viola; CelloChamber Music, Pedagogy; Rehearsal techniquesCelebration 6
K-12Looking Past The Grade: Emphasizing Feedback in String Assessment

Are you tired of students ignoring your written feedback and only checking their number grades on assessments? See how More...
Tim Nowak, East Carolina University, Scott Glasser, Arizona State University07:00 AM08:00 AMAny/AllAssessment, Standards based learningCelebration 7-8
  NOF Performance: Bentonville High School Chamber Orchestra

Jesse Collett, Director
 08:00 AM09:00 AM  Florida Ballroom
Music Industry ShowcaseMUSIC INDUSTRY SHOWCASE: Improving the Tone Quality of Your Orchestra

Making the refinement of tone quality a high priority in rehearsal will greatly improve an orchestra's performan More...
Michael Hopkins, University of Michigan; Sponsored by GIA Publications08:15 AM09:15 AM  Celebration 3-4
Private StudioRunning A Successful Private Studio

Do you enjoy teaching studio lessons but dread the entrepreneurial aspects of the job? Whether you’re a career studio instructor, a school orchestra More...
Manda Deegan, Private Studio Teacher, Jacob Dakon, University of Kansas08:15 AM09:15 AMAny/AllBuilding or maintaining a school program or studio, TechnologyBlue Spring
Eclectic StylesFrom The Bottom Up: Build Your Own Jazz Bass Lines

Embrace the mystical world of jazz chord changes head on! In this session attendees will be taught how to create their own jazz bass More...
Michael Geib, University of Central Oklahoma School of Music08:15 AM09:15 AMAny/AllImprovisation, Improvisation; Theory and compositionCelebration 1-2

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