Online Workshop Sessions


Online Workshop 2023 Format Requirements

Online-Only String Teacher Workshop 2023 will be presented in GoogleClassroom. Participants will need to have a personal Gmail account.

If you have already used your Gmail address to register for the Workshop, a GoogleClassroom invite will be sent to that email address. If not, please share your personal Gmail address with us BEFORE JULY 6 so that you can access the GoogleClassroom course.

Email your Gmail address to the workshop administrator at

2023 Topics and Presenters

Best Practices

  • All About High School: Vaues, Curricululm, Music, Evaluating (2023) — Jim Palmer
  • All Things Middle School: Best Practices — Sarah Black
  • Best Practices for Working WITH Your Administration — Mark Sholl
  • Beyond Beginners: Terrific Tips and Rehearsal Stragies for Second-Year Students (2023) — Becky Bush
  • High School Best Practices — Soo Han, Charles Laux, Matt Radspinner
  • Teaching Beginners: Getting Them Started Right: Best Practices (2023) — Becky Bush
  • Teaching Second-Year Students: How and What to Teach: Best Practices (2023) — Anna Radspinner
  • Working With Beginners: Best Practices — Sarah Black

Coaching Chamber Music

  • Chamber Music Classes: Values, How to Coach, Rep and All the Rest! — Debbie Price
  • Coaching Chamber Music: Cueing and Expression — Debbie Price


  • Making Your Conducting Better (2023) — Miriam Burns


  • Being Able to Sleep at Night: Copyright Compliance — James Weaver
  • Breaking Into Publishing — Tanner Otto and Erica Donahoe


  • The Roadmap for Your Program: The Updated 2021 ASTA String Curriculum — Stephen Benham
  • Rockin' Orchestra: Expanding Your School Orchestra Through Today's Music (2023) — Shelby Montgomery

Diversity and Special Learners in the String Class

  • Creating an Exceptional Place for Special Learners in Your String Class — Stephen Benham
  • Culturally Responsive Teaching — Rebecca MacLeod


  • Going for the Money: Fundraising — Mark Sholl


  • Improvisation: Getting Started and Keeping it Going — Tanner Otto and Bob Gillespie
  • Teaching Improvisation: Classical, Practical Approaches — Bob Gillespie

Instrument Repair

  • Instrument Repair — Baroque Violin Shop

Life As A String Teacher and Being Your Best

  • Building A Culture of Excellence — Tim Lautzenheiser
  • How Can I Help Myself Be the Best Teacher I Can Be? Reflection, Self-Evaluation, Check Points, Wisdom and Strategies — Bob Gillespie
  • How to Become the Best Leader for Your Program (2023) — Bob Gillespie
  • In It to Win It: Avoiding Burnout and Enjoying a Lifetime of Teaching — Bob Phillips
  • Is What You Do as a String Educator Important for the World? — Bob Gillespie
  • It's All About the Kids: Creating Positive Connections for A Lifetime (2023) — Brian Cole
  • Life 101 — Brian Cole
  • Remaining Positive in the Midst of Adversity: String Teaching in the Schools — Brian Cole
  • Wisdom: Reflections on What I Have Learned As A String Teacher (2023) — Jim Palmer

Motivating Students

  • Building A Culture of Excellence (2023) — Tim Lautzenheiser
  • Connecting and Reconnecting with Students — Brian Cole
  • Divided by Section But United In Harmony: Making Your Class a Community (2023) — Shelby Montgomery
  • The First Three Years: Creative Ways to Motivate Students and Buy In (2023) — Anna Radspinner
  • It's All Fun and Games! Creative Strategies to Motivate Your Students — Erin Broadhurst, Sara Given, Chris Lape
  • Making It All About the Kids: Student-Centered String Teaching — Brian Cole
  • Motivating Today's Kids: How They are Wired and How to Re-wire Them! — Sarah Black
  • Winning Students Over When You Are the New Teacher (2023) — Charles Laux

Moving An Orchestra Program to the Next Level: Program Building

  • Moving a Good Orchestra Program to the Next Level — Matt Radspinner and Anna Radspinner
  • Rebuilding your Program After COVID — Brian Cole

Music Rehearsal Strategies

  • Best Practices: Rehearsing Winds and Percussion in a Full Orchestra — Sandra Dackow
  • Designing Effective Warmups — Chris Selby
  • Expressiveness in the School Orchestra — Bob Gillespie
  • From the Rehearsal to Home Practice: Tips and Strategies — Charles Laux
  • Getting It Done: The Art of Teaching a LARGE Heterogenous String Class — Bob Phillips
  • Intonation Rehearsal Strategies — Bob Gillespie
  • Making a Life for the Violist in the School Orchestra Program — Blair Williams
  • Making it a Habit: Transferring Playing Skills from One Piece to Another — Scott Laird
  • Open String Tuning — Chris Selby

The Next Generation of String Teaching in America

  • A Vision for the Future of Strings in America — Mark Wood
  • Music Educators: Shepherding Tomorrow's Leaders to Artistry (2023) — Tim Lautzenheiser
  • Preparing the Next Generation of Successful String Teachers: Building College and Career Readiness in String Students as Young as Middle School! — Blair Williams

Sessions Especially for the Non-String Player

  • Sessions for the Non-String Player — Matt Radspinner    
  • String Pedagogy for the Non-String Player — Matt Radspinner

Orchestra Repertoire

  • The Best Rep for Full Orchestras in the Schools — Sandra Dackow
  • Choosing the Best Repertoire — Bob Gillespie
  • Choosing and Rehearsing the Best Concert Music to Achieve Musical Artistry — Chris Selby
  • Strategies and Resources for Selecting the Perfect Piece — David Pope

Protecting and Using Your Body Effectively as a String Teacher and Player

  • All Things Muscle: Using Your Body Wisely When Playing and Teaching Strings — Kathleen Horvath
  • Integrating Best Practice for Healthy Music-making in Your Rehearsal (2023) — Kathleen Horvath
  • Introduction to Body Mechanics for Musicians  Understanding Physical Tech (2023) — Kathleen Horvath

Recruiting and Retention

  • Recruiting, Retention and Rebuilding Post-Pandemic — Bob Phillips

Selecting Instruments and Strings

  • Funding and Selecting Instruments for your Orchestra Program — Baroque Violin Shop
  • Strings 101 — No Strings Attached! — Loft Violin Shop

String Pedagogy and Teaching String Technique

  • Beginning Violin/Viola Pedagogy — Bob Gillespie
  • Intermediate Violin and Viola Pedagogy — Bob Gillespie
  • Beginning Cello Pedagogy — Julie Ellis
  • Intermediate Cello Pedagogy — Julie Ellis
  • Beginning and Intermediate Cello Pedagogy — Matt Hawley
  • Beginning Bass Pedagogy — Doug Wright and Matt Radspinner
  • Intermediate Bass Pedagogy — Doug Wright and Matt Radspinner
  • Advanced Orchestras: Finger Patterns for the High-End Player — Scott Laird
  • Common String Playing Problems and Quick Fixes — Bob Gillespie

String Program Advocacy and Building Community Support

  • Developing Community Support for the Orchestra Program — Brian Cole
  • Empowering Your Program: Advocacy and Community Engagement — Brian Cole
  • Music Program Advocacy at the Local Level — James Weaver

Student Assessment

  • Assessment Practices for 21st Century Students (2023) — Charles Laux

Teaching Rhythm Reading

  • How Do I Count It and When Do I Play It? — Stephen Benham
  • Right Rhythms at the Right Time in the Right Place — Stephen Benham
  • Teaching Children How to Count — Chris Selby

Teaching Strings in Urban and Title I Schools

  • Successfully Creating and Teaching School Orchestras in Title 1 Schools — David Pope
  • Teaching Strings in Urban Schools — Karen Koger

Technology in the School Orchestra Program

  • Bridging the Gap: Bring COVID Technology Back to Class — Charles Laux
  • Building an Electric Orchestra at Your School — Cory Zilisch
  • Building and Creating the 21st-Century Orchestra: Technology, Music and Step-by-Step — Cory Zilisch
  • Empowering the Next Generation of School Orchestra Composers: Motivation, Technology and Student Support — Cory Zilisch
  • Plug-In Your Orchestra — Cory Zilisch
  • Teachers and Students as Recording Engineers!  Incorporating Music Technology Into Your Curriculum — Tanner Otto
  • Tracks and Loops: Creating Backing Tracks and Covers — Tanner Otto
  • Turn Your Camera On! Teaching Strings Online — Rebecca MacLeod
  • User-Friendly: Creating a Play-Along Video — Anna Radspinner
  • Where to Clip? Hands-On Video Editing Lab — Mathew Kinnear


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