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Sessions at 2014 OSU String Teacher Workshop

Once again, it was a pleasure heading back to Buckeye Country to present technology sessions for the 2014 OSU Summer String Teachers Workshop!  Below are some outlines, links, and other resources that were mentioned in my presentations.  Please let me know should you have any further questions or if you...


Sessions at ASTA 2014

The national ASTA conference is always my favorite one each year because of the  many wonderful sessions, performances, and exhibits.  I just wish I could be at several places at once!  It’s so hard to make a decision on what session to attend.  The NOF groups were incredible as was...


TMEA & TI:ME 2014 Sessions

Texas is awesome.  San Antonio is such a great city and t’s an honor to be back here presenting at TMEA and TI:ME 2014! Here are my sessions… 1. Motivate 21st-Century String Players with Technology Wednesday, February 12 | 11:30 AM | CC 207 Use the “Presentation Topics” menu on...



I’m very excited to have been invited back to Buckeye Country to present two sessions at the 2014 OMEA/TI:ME Conference!  It was great to see old friends and meet a bunch of great teachers. Here are the sessions presented… Use Technology to Help Organize, Administrate, and Promote Your Music Program...


Turn Your Students into Sight-reading Superstars!

The ability to sight-read is one of the most important skills for any musician.  Think of a typical gig by a professional musician.  There are a limited number of rehearsals and often the musician is given the music just before the first rehearsal. While our students are not professionals, they...


Using practice parts for a fugue

A while back, I made a string orchestra arrangement of Bach’s Contrapunctus I from The Art of Fugue.  I am currently working on this arrangement with my KSU Philharmonic orchestra as a last minute add-on piece to our October 1 program.  My orchestra is a mix of non-music majors and music...


Bowing Factors, “PAWS”

A recent post by MB Miller on School Orchestra and String Teachers, v2 Facebook Page using the word “PAWS” to describe the factors of bowing inspired me to post my version. Note: I did not choose to use “angle” of the bow because I was teaching middle school when I created this....


Parts of the Instrument Worksheet & Quiz

Another beginning of the year assessment for beginning strings…  Enjoy! Parts of the Instrument (pdf)  


Online Level-Based Note Naming Flash Cards

We all know that music reading takes practice and simple memorization of what each note looks like on the staff.  But what holds many students back is the speed that they can recognize and play notes. There are some great software programs out there, but one of my favorites for...


Foldable music note flash cards

For those of you who are starting beginners this fall, I would like to share some foldable flash cards for violin, viola, cello and double bass.  They are PDF’s and can be printed and cut.  Feel free to share on your website/blog!  When I was teaching elementary strings, I did...