Eclectic Styles


A Beginner's Guide to Going Electric: Fundamentals of Creating a Great Sound with a Pick-up, Microphone or Electric Instrument
Saturday 2:45 p.m.-3:45 p.m. – Room: 1/2

Featured in Guitar World Magazine, cross over violinist/violist/guitarist, Earl Maneein will explain and demonstrate literally every component of creating a great electric sound using an acoustic instrument with a microphone or pick-up or an electric instrument.  Amplifiers, cables, pick-ups, microphones, and direct input boxes will be explained. Special attention will be given to equalizing sound and which frequencies suit each instrument.
Presenter:  Earl Maneein, private studio teacher

A Cinematic Journey
Thursday 12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. – Room: 1/2

Combine creativity, composition, improvisation, arranging, student leadership, and technology into one lesson plan! Music for television, movies, and video games is a huge industry. This fertile topic will engage your 21st Century students in a 21st Century learning process by providing an overview of the unique skill-sets required when engaging in music designed to accompany visual stories.
Presenter:  Julie Lyonn Lieberman, Strings Without Boundaries

An Introduction to Irish Fiddling for Classical Players
Friday 8:15 a.m.-9:15 a.m. – Room: 1/2
This session will introduce classical players to the colorful world of Irish traditional music. Participants will learn several tunes, as well as common ornaments and stylistic conventions that will help classical players sound like authentic fiddlers. Tunes and techniques will be appropriate for players at all levels in either private or school settings. Bring your instruments to discover this wonderful tradition. Students are welcome. Eireann go Brach!
Presenter:  Shelly Tramposh, SUNY Potsdam

Collaborative Practicing through Improvisation
Friday 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m. – Room: 18

We will be exploring a series of collaborative exercises based on improvising scales, arpeggios, grooves, and thinking harmonically. They will improve your ear-hand coordination, empower your creativity, and develop technique and facility on your instrument.
Presenter:  Mike Block, Berklee College of Music

Even Young String Players Can Swing
Friday 10:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m. – Room: 1/2

Why not get young string players swinging early! Doug Cameron’s new “Swing Your Strings” series takes tried and true repertoire from standard Suzuki literature and teaching techniques, and adds jazz, hip-hop, swing, Celtic, country, gospel, reggae, Latin, and other styles. Come and see how young musicians in The Gold and Silver orchestra under the direction of David Littrell, can really take to these styles and "Swing their Strings!"
Presenter:  Doug Cameron, Doug Cameron Music

Finding a Place in the Circle: Navigating Your Community Jam Session
Saturday 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Room: 1/2

In this presentation, we will outline how jam sessions in different musical traditions are run, provide video and audio examples of jamming communities, and get advice from key informants about how to get the most out of your local jam.  We also will explore how connecting with your local jamming community can have a lasting impact on your students, your teaching, and the community at large.  Don't forget your instrument!
Presenter:  Christen Blanton, The University of North Carolina, Greensboro; Mark Dillon, The University of North Carolina Greensboro; Holly Riley, The University of North Carolina Greensboro

From the Bottom Up: Building Your Own Jazz Bass Lines
Saturday 8:15 a.m.-9:15 a.m. – Room: 1/2

Embrace the mystical world of jazz chord changes head on! In this session attendees will be taught how to create their own jazz bass lines from scratch. No longer will lead-sheet symbols appear like hieroglyphics as attendees will be given the code to decipher any chord that comes their way.
Presenter:  Michael Geib, University of Central Oklahoma

Get in the Groove!
Friday 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. – Room: 1/2

A string section can double as a rhythm section! Get into the groove and learn how to navigate through a chord chart, chop, comp, scratch, and strum.
Presenter:  Joe Deninzon, private studio teacher

Gypsy Jazz - A Link Between Classical and Jazz
Friday 3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. – Room: 1/2

Hands on demonstration on how gypsy jazz can be a great style to explore in order to segue from classical music into jazz and improvisation. Unlike other styles of jazz that can often feel like a 180 degree turn from classical music, gypsy jazz has many similarities (tone, harmony, etc.) that make it a much smoother transition into learning improvisation and achieving confidence in a jazz setting.
Presenter:  Jason Anick, Berklee College of Music

Hip Hop, Jazz, Fiddle, and More for First Year String Students!
Thursday 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. – Room: 1/2

This session will address cultural relevancy in the string classroom. Attending teachers will gain ideas for using hip hop, jazz, fiddle, and more with their first year string students. Participants will see how utilizing these genres in a first year classroom can help students with technique, musicianship, and peer learning. These ideas can be carried beyond the first year to help with retention and participation.
Presenter:  Liz Dinwiddie, Indiana University

If You Build It, They Will Come: Trickle Up Stringonomics
Thursday 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. – Room: 18/19

What are the ramifications of string students recieving concentrated study in improvised music from elementary/middle grades, up through college? What does this mean for public school programs?  How would this affect college music programs? Join this panel of public school music teachers, community music educators, and chairs of noted college string departments for an upfront discussion of how we are accomodating eclectic styles in our schools today, and projections for the future.
Presenter:  Elizabeth Fortune, Seattle Public Schools; Kelly Barr Clingan, Seattle Public Schools; David Wallace, Berklee College of Music; Randy Sabien, McNally Smith College of Music; Nicole Yarling, Frost School of Music

Learn to Swing Like a Gyspy! A Hands on Session on the Art of Jazz Manouche . . . "Gypsy Jazz"
Thursday 9:45 a.m.-10:45 a.m. – Room 1/2

Bring your instrument to this fun interactive session where we will explore how gypsy violinists, guitarists, and other european folk musicians in the 1930's applied and adapted traditional folk and classical string techniques to create a fun, unique string based version of American jazz, referred to as Jazz Manouche or Gyspy Jazz. All ages and levels of experience welcome.
Presenter:  Duane Padilla, Punahou Music School

Power of Strings: Plugging in the Creative Spirit
Thursday 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. – Room: 1/2

This hands on workshop introduces, explores and delves into methods of incorporating electric string instruments and electronics (foot pedals, hardware, apps and software programs), improvisation and creative approaches to making music into an existing school program. "Plugging in" string instruments expands the students' creative and performance opportunities that have both educational and real world applications. Includes informative handout and followup opportunity with clinician.
Presenter:  Martha Mooke, Yamaha Corporation

Speaking Without an Accent: Sounding and Playing Like a Fiddler
Friday 4:15 p.m.-5:15 p.m. – Room: 1/2

Just like spoken languages, fiddling styles use different accents and pronunciation. Fortunately, learning new accents is all just a matter of broadening your technique! This session, led by violinist, fiddler, and Barrage alumnus Taylor Morris, focuses on some basic rules and approaches for playing fiddle tunes in more authentic ways. Learn new ways of thinking about playing that will make you and your students more fluent, well-rounded musicians. Bring your bowed string instruments!
Presenter:  Taylor Morris, Gilbert Town Fiddlers

Teaching Theory with Improvisation
Saturday 7:00 a.m.-8:00 a.m. – Room: 7

This presentation covers the basics of teaching a group to improvise, as well as using and reinforcing any given music theory concept. It will make your music theory lessons fun and interactive and jump start student compositions.
Presenter:  Jessica Cooper, Juniper Ridge Community School

The Holistic String Player: Approaches to Sight Reading and Articulating Rhythms and Idiomatic Techniques Found in Jazz, Pop, Theatre and Commercial Music
Thursday 2:45 p.m.-3:45 p.m. – Room 1/2

So, you have become a great classical musician and get hired to play for a theater production, concert with a pop artist, or commercial studio jingle. You are immediately confronted with rhythms and articulations not included in traditional classical repertoire. How do you sight read the music with confidence and be assured that you will be placed on the first-call list?  Be prepared for the wide array of opportunities available to the professional string player.
Presenter:  Diane Delin, Columbia College

Tools for the 21st Century String Player
Friday 1:45 p.m.-2:45 p.m. – Room: 1/2

It's a jungle out there! What skill sets are needed to be a complete player today? Classical training, technical foundation, ability to improvise, business acumen, writing and arranging, playing electric and acoustic, stylistic versatility, recording technology - these and more! Join Sean Grissom, Joe Deninzon, and David Wallace for a panel discussion/demonstration/jam - drawing from their experiences to brandish the tools necessary to maximize employability as a string player in the 21st century!
Presenter:  Pinkney (Sean) Grissom, New York City Public Schools; Joe Deninzon, performer; David Wallace, Berklee College of Music

Turning STEM into STEAM by Adding Arts and Music with Extreme Orchestra Makeover!
Saturday 9:30 a.m.- 10:30 a.m. – Room: 1/2

STEM becomes STEAM when you integrate technology to increase creativity and strengthen your string program. Get real world solutions when you learn how to plug iPods, smartphones, and computers directly into student learning for a transformative experience. Learn playback and recording techniques that give students ultimate control in their musical development, training their ears, and allowing them to critique their own playing ability, and become self-motivated. You will even develop new techniques to strengthen ensemble playing.
Presenter:  Mark Wood, Electrify Your Strings