Workshop Laboratory Descriptions


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!


Miriam Burns, 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.

Creating Effective Warm-Ups

Robert Gillespie, clinician

The Creating Effective Warm-Ups laboratory will focus on (1) learning to quickly analyze a score to determine the bowing skills, left-hand skills, music/rhythmic reading skills, and aural skills needed to perform the piece, and (2) creating a 10-minute warm-up that will teach students to develop the playing skills to perform the piece. The warm-up will include a demonstration of relevant pedagogical teaching strategies and rehearsal skills designed to help students efficiently learn to perform the piece. Repertoire of publisher Grades 1, 2, 3 and 4 string orchestra music will be analyzed and related warm-ups created.


Erin Broadhurst, clinician


11:50 p.m.  Session 1: App-solutely Fabulous Apps for Orchestra Teaching 
This session will focus on apps for both iOS and Google devices that can assist in your daily rehearsals including performance tools, note/rhythm reading apps and games, as well as apps that can help save you time and keep you and your classes organized. Time will be allotted for answering your questions about apps and portable devices. 

22:50 p.m. — Session 2: Don’t Reinvent the Wheel! Online Technology Tools to Make Your Job Easier
This session will introduce you to many online resources for the organization and administration of your classroom (such as ensemble-specific seating charts and interactive response platforms), and will explore some sample "blended learning" lessons to integrate 21st century technology with our 17th century equipment. In addition, we will explore any new resources that have arrived on the scene in the last 12–24 months. Participants will be encouraged to share the tools that work best for them. 


77:50 p.m. — Session 3: Carpe Diem: Try Out Unfamiliar Apps and Software in a Relaxed Setting     
This is an opportunity for you to experiment with an app or piece of software with which you may be unfamiliar, so that you can ask questions now and possibly utilize it in your teaching later. Complete one of the VERY short “mini-projects” and we will reflect and share at the end of class. Don’t be stressed out — this is for you to just play around and get comfy! Submit to the class folder if you are getting credit.

String Teacher Workshop