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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2022 Conference Sessions

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 Music Advocacy: Moving from Survival to Vision

A leading national music advocate, John Benham has nearly 40 years experience working with school music programs. As a lifetime music edu More...
John Benham, John Benham & Associates, LLC09:45 AM10:45 AMCello; Double Bass; Viola; ViolinUniversity/ CollegiateTBD
 Multi-level solo string literature by composers largely unrepresented in the musical canon

Do you ever wish to include more culturally diverse repertoire in your teaching studio but do More...
Hillary Herndon, University of Tennessee; Geoffrey Herd, University of Tennessee; Jon Hamar, University of Tennessee09:45 AM10:45 AMAny/AllPrivate StudioTBD
 Yes! Classical Music Belongs in the "Hood"

This session will discuss West Louisville Talent Education Center, an inner city, Suzuki-based, string program begun in 1997 in a run-down se More...
 09:45 AM10:45 PMViolinCommunity MusicTBD
 Reviving Your Program Post-Pandemic

Programs across the country have been decimated by the virtual nature of instruction in the past year. Discover innovative methods for healing your More...
Angela Ammerman, George Mason University09:45 AM10:45 AMAny/All; Violin; Viola; Cello; Double Bass; Harp ; Classroom GuitarSchool OrchestraTBD
 Beyond the Classical Canon: choosing diverse repertoire and expanding the string community

Participants will explore and learn to utilize a variety of resources and strategies for maki More...
Elizabeth Fortune, Seattle Public Schools; Christopher Hanson, Seattle Pacific University; Bob Phillips, Clinician/Author09:45 AM10:45 AMAny/AllSchool OrchestraTBD
 Community-University Partnerships: Tips for Creating Early and Equitable Access to String Education

Increasing access may be a long-range answer to creating a diverse and inclusive bod More...
Brenda Brenner, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music09:45 AM10:45 AMCello; Viola; ViolinCommunity MusicTBD
 Embracing the Eclectic: Activities Centering Eclectic Styles in String Orchestra

Join string educators Patti Kilroy and Leo Park for a session spotlighting the critical importance of b More...
Patti Kilroy, California State University, Los Angeles09:45 AM10:45 AMAny/AllSchool OrchestraTBD
 Starting Right: Ideas for successfully navigating program transitions

Are you starting a new position, departing a program, beginning your first-year teaching, welcoming a new colleagu More...
Sarah Lenhart, Hudsonville Public Schools09:45 AM10:45 AMViola; ViolinSchool OrchestraTBD
 Tabula Rasa: Rethinking the Director's Role in the Orchestra Classroom

Recent disruptions to in-person instruction have created an opportunity for directors to reassess their education More...
Mark Laycock, Wichita State University09:45 AM10:45 AMAny/AllSchool OrchestraTBD
 Finding One Beautiful Note: Developing Musicality à la Phyllis Young

Phyllis Young’s playful, imaginative and pedagogically sound method of teaching strings was unique. Her approach to More...
Benjamin Whitcomb, UW-Whitewater; Christine Crookall, Augusta University; Linda Jennings, Indiana University of Pennsylvania; Tomasz Rzeczycki, Rider University; Elaine Colprit, Bowling Green State University; Lisa Maynard, James Madison University11:15 AM12:15 PMAny/AllPrivate StudioTBD

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