Descriptions of Workshop Laboratories


William LaRue Jones, clinician

Four conducting sessions offered as a part of the workshop with exercises to overcome common problems in conducting public school orchestras. Skills addressed will include preparatory gestures, staccato and legato styles, formats, cueing, cutoffs, use of the left hand; and changes in tempos, meters and styles. Please bring a baton if you use one on a regular basis as part of your conducting. The conducting sessions will be limited to six Graduate Credit or CEU participants who elect to participate on a first-come, first-served basis. Those choosing to do so should bring two scores (at least one must be an original part) and a set C of parts of one or two pieces they would like to use for working on their own conducting. Conducting participants will receive two video recordings of their lab demonstrations. Bring a 2-BG flash drive to receive your video OR have an accessible Dropbox or Google Drive account to which we can send your video. On Sunday night, please inform the staff how you would like to transfer your videos.

Coaching Chamber Music

Deborah Price, clinician

Three sessions designed to develop skills to effectively select, coach and prepare for performance, chamber music ensembles. Fun, creative, productive techniques and principles for delivering information appropriately to students of all ages will be offered. Sample teaching strategies will include improvisation for communication, problem-solving techniques for developing ensemble skills, and coaching techniques for approaching repertoire for study and for performance. Bring your instrument and your enthusiasm for making music!

Intonation Lab

Robert Gillespie, clinician

  • Session 1: General Principles for Improving Students’ Intonation, Rote Intonation and Ear-Training Teaching Strategies
  • Session 2: Strategies to Help Students Play In Tune Melodically and Within Their Instrument Section
  • Session 3: Getting Students to Play In Tune Harmonically and Across the Orchestra

Improvisation Lab

Mark Wood and David Wong, Clinicians

  • Session 1: Using Technologies to “Turbow" Charge Your String Program – Mark Wood
  • Session 2: Improvisation Techniques and Concepts to Ignite the Student of the 21st Century – Mark Wood
  • Session 3: Chopping and Alternative Techniques – David Wong

Fiddling Lab

Bob Phillips, clinician

  • Session 1: TBA
  • Session 2: TBA
  • Session 3: Workshop Rehearsal and Performance

The Art of Heterogeneous Teaching

Soo Han, Charles Laux and Matt Radspinner, clinicians

  • Session 1: Classroom Management, Organization and Administration
  • Session 2: Heterogeneous Pedagogy
  • Session 3: Heterogeneous Rehearsal Skills

Technology Labs

Erin Broadhurst and Charles Laux, Clinicians

Technology lab participants are asked to attend three of the five sessions offered below.

In addition to the five offered sessions, the clinicians will be offering a “Tech Drop-In Session” during a workshop dinner break if you are interested in working one-on-one with them.

  • Session 1: Basic Apps for Portable Devices. If you are new to the world of portable devices in the classroom and want some ideas of how to include them, this class is for you! We will cover basic functions that can be used in the classroom like recording, alarms, tuners, metronomes and a few other fun tricks you never knew existed! Time will be allotted for answering your questions about apps and portable devices.
  • Session 2: Advanced iOS Apps. If you are comfortable with your portable device, come to this class to swap more involved strategies for using portable devices in the classroom, often passing material between apps. It will also feature a "show and tell" of peripheral devices that can be used with an iPad/iPhone to enhance recording, projection and sound. Time will be allotted for answering your questions about apps and portable devices.
  • Session 3: Web Resources and Administrative Tools for the Orchestra Director. This class will give you the resources to organize and administer your classroom, as well as some fun tips to insert some tech magic into your teaching.
  • Session 4: Sheet Music Creation: Free and Licensed Software. Looking for ways to get started on computer-generated sheet music creation? This class will introduce some free online resources (MuseScore/Noteflight) for teachers and students to create music, hear it played back and share with others. Also, a brief introduction to Finale will be given, along with work time to try out music creation software or explore already-generated music.
  • Session 5: Advanced Music Production and Equipment. This class would cover music production via GarageBand,  Recording / Sequencing Software (such as ProTools or something simpler like Audacity) and the basic hardware that educators may use such as recording microphones, amps, Midi Controller keyboards, handheld recorders such as Zoom recorders.

String Teacher Workshop