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AST Journal February 2018

VOLUME 68, Number 1

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From Good to Great? Green’s Chair Factor!
By Barry Green

How do you compare professional orchestras? Budgets? Maestros? Management? Players’ salaries? The percent of great concerts, reputations? I suggest looking at energy and posture! I like to count the number of violin and viola players who are leaning back in their chairs as opposed to those with shoulders not touching the backs of their chairs.

Musings on Concertmasters, Wingmen, and the Members of the Section
By David Reimer

Like many skills in the string player’s universe, section etiquette is almost exclusively caught, not taught. The educational process combines instructions from the orchestra teachers of one’s youth, the model of leadership (good and bad) demonstrated in one’s ensemble experience, and perhaps an embarrassing episode or two when you violated an unspoken rule.

Mastering the Musical: Strategies for Improving Your Next High School Musical Theater Production
By David Saccardi

Despite being a common duty of many orchestra directors, we are too often provided with little to no instruction in our preservice teacher education and conducting training on how to put on a high school musical. As a first-year teacher, I recall showing up on the first day of school and the choir director excitedly telling me we were producing Les Misérables that year.

Common Core to Common Score: Implementing the Common Core State Standards in Orchestra Classes
By Selim Giray and Steve Oare

With such a heavy emphasis in the public schools on the Common Core and the Core Arts Standards, string teachers are facing a great deal of change. The overarching question they must deal with is “How can we address the national standards while remaining true to string music education?”

What’s Your Rep? Integrative Approaches and Perspectives to Repertoire Selection
By Matthew Rotjan

Some of us left school last year with our concert seasons already planned. Or, perhaps we waited until the start of the school year to get to know our students or offer them some input on the decision-making progress. Regardless of where you fall in this timeline and method of selecting repertoire for the school year, it can be important to check in and consider how we choose our pieces.

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