Category: Pedagogy

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ASTA 2016

ASTA is always an incredible conference and 2016 was no different.  The weather in Tampa was fantastic and I attended some amazing sessions.  Special thanks to D’Addario for the great party on Thursday evening. They are generous in their support of string teachers!! I presented two sessions: It’s all about the bow!...

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It’s all about the bow!

I’m so honored to be presenting for TMEA 2016!  My first session is entitled “It’s all about the bow! The best strategies for developing a beautiful tone in beginners and beyond.” Description: Proper bowing technique is crucial for a healthy tone. Unfortunately the physical actions required for good bowing technique are often difficult...

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It’s totally tubular! How to cut PVC pipe for string teaching aids

Many string teachers have been using PVC pipe to aid students with the learning of bow hand shape, basic detaché bowing, and more. As I demonstrate these strategies at conferences and professional development workshops, many people have questions about what size PVC I use, how to cut the pipe, etc. so...

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Sessions at ASTA 2015

As always, the national ASTA conference is a blast and the best professional development activity I attend each year. Apologies for the delay in this post!! I was honored to present two peer-reviewed sessions and two industry-sponsored sessions. I have created two static web pages for these topics and will...

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2015 South Carolina Music Educators Conference

Here are the sessions presented at SCMEA.  I had a great time meeting teachers and catching up with everyone! Automate and Motivate 21st Century String Players with Technology February 6, 2015, 2:30 PM, Carolina A/B 21st Century String Players Technology Slides 02-07-15 (PDF) Browse the top menu of this to see...

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2015 Ohio Music Educators Conference

Organizing an Effective and Efficient Orchestra Rehearsal Feb 5th at 1:15 – 2:15 PM, CC16 Organizing an Efficient Orchestra Rehearsal Slides  (PDF) It’s Symphony Time! Developing and Working with the Young Full Orchestra Feb 5th at 2:30 – 3:30 PM, CC16 It’s Symphony Time Keynote Slides (PDF) Improving the Intonation of Your String Students through Sight, Sound, and...

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2015 Georgia Music Educators Conference

Here are the sessions I will be presenting on Friday, January 30, 2015 at the GMEA Conference.  Links to pages and resources are included. Improving the Intonation of Your String Students Through Sight, Sound, and Touch 8:45 AM – 9:45 AM Trade Center Room 105-106 Orchestra division Pitch accuracy is...

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Bow “Seat Belts”

Using a rubber band attached to the frog can help the bow become more manageable for students who are new to string playing. Or, the  rubber band can serve as an aid to correct students who have developed bad bow hold habits. A rubber band (the “seat belt”) attaches to...