Ohio State String Teacher Workshop

July 7 – 13, 2019

Celebrating 34 years!

Spend a week with the biggest names in the profession!

Robert Gillespie • Soon Hee Newbold • Doug Spata • Mark Wood • Mark Laycock • Brian Cole • Brian Coatney • Natalie Colbert • Barry Green • Pamela Tellejohn Hayes • Charles Laux • Cory Zilisch

For the string specialist and secondary band, choir or general music teacher

Discover new materials • Explore different methods and acquire new skills • Network with other music educators • Gain fresh insights • Recapture your passion • Inspire and lead!

Pedagogy for Teaching Beginning and Advanced School Orchestras • Rehearsal Skills for All Grade Levels of School Orchestra Music • Coaching Chamber Music • 9 Reading Sessions • Instrument Repair Sessions • Recruitment and Retention • Integrating Technology • Assessment • Classroom Management • Teaching Vibrato • The Inner Game of Music • Improvisation • Secondary Instrument Technique Classes • Conducting •  Labs for the Non-String Player • Campus Performance with Soon Hee Newbold

Director's Welcome

Registration will open March 1, 2019

Academic credit will be available. Watch this page for exciting 2019 updates!

Testimonials from previous workshop participants:

“The OSU String Workshop was an amazing educational experience. I now have a plethora of new teaching strategies and ideas that I am excited to implement in my classroom.”
  “As an oboist teaching grades 6–12, the OSU String Teacher Workshop came highly recommended by many of my orchestra colleagues. I had a great time attending the sessions, meeting/networking with new people and having an opportunity to play tons of outstanding string literature. Everyone was extremely helpful and welcoming to this oboist turned string player!”
  “This has truly been the most informative, hands-on and intense conference/workshop that I have been to. I look forward to returning next year and bringing many of my Texas colleagues with me.”
  “If one were to ask anyone close to me what I have been looking forward to most this summer, their response would be this conference. I just successfully completed my 10th year of teaching music, and this was the most action-packed and fulfilling week!”
  “This conference has been everything and more for me. I am really eager to go back in September with all the new concepts and strategies that I learned!”
  “Every time that I attend the OSU String Teacher Workshop, I gain new insights and strategies that improve my teaching ability. I return to my classroom motivated, refreshed and excited. I remember what first inspired me to become a string teacher and fall in love with our profession all over again.”
  “I do not think I could have gotten this experience anywhere else. It was exactly what I needed. I will cherish this week.”
  “I learned so much to take back with me to my elementary string kids. I will definitely be back!”
  “I have attended this conference several times through the years and I still come away every time with so many new ideas, strategies and affirmations!”
  “This was such an incredible learning experience. I cannot even begin to list how much I learned!”
  “This has been the best educational experience of my teaching career!”
  “This was the best professional development I have ever attended!”

Our Partners

The Loft Violin Shop | Stanton's Sheet Music | The Baroque Violin Shop | 
Rettig Music | Hal Leonard | Mark Wood Music | Alfred Music | Tempo Press

Workshop held in cooperation with the American String Teachers Association (ASTA).ASTA logo

Ohio State receives ASTA Institutional Leadership Award


For questions about workshop curriculum, contact the workshop director, Robert Gillespie, at gillespie.5@osu.edu 614-292-2336.

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