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Rehearsing Full Orchestras with Confidence

While attending the American String Teachers Association National Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico, a clinic was presented over having Full Orchestras at the middle and high school level. Knowing that this is a conversation had among both administration and teachers alike, sharing key points from the presentation seemed beneficial to all who are interested. Dr.…
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Orchestra- ASTA Convention

One of the sessions I attended was titled, “Help! I keep running out of bow! Strategies for Teaching Slow Music in the string orchestra classroom,” presented by Molly K. Baugh from the University of Michigan. Besides being a solid engaging presenter, Molly had lots of great tips and ideas to share. As teachers, we need…
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Dyslexia Knowledge and in Music

I attended the American String Teacher Association National Convention March 6th-9th.   One of the many sessions I attended was on Dyslexia.  It was a general knowledge about dyslexia and then went into details about how it affects music teaching.  Dyslexia has been a new topic that the state of Missouri has been trying to spread…
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Student Creation with Augmented & Virtual Reality

FETC 2019 Description: Learn skills such as animating student created VR content, annotating 360 images, 3D modeling, and student help stations or tutorials using a variety of AR tools. Lastly, explore how 360 cameras such as Theta 360, Nikon KeyMission, and Google Cardboard camera can be creatively integrated in the classroom. The increase in accessibility of…
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Digital Portfolios-From Google to Bulbapp

From FETC 2019: Come see how simple and helpful it is to create a Digital Portfolio using Bulbapp. These portfolios are student-owned, allowing the students to take pride in their work. Bulbapp allows the use of text, images, embedded video, and other multimedia to make the portfolio both unique and professional. All subject areas now…
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Learning Transformed: 8 Keys to Designing Tomorrow’s Schools, Today

FETC Session description: With the vast disparities of inequity that have existed for centuries, all that is known about how students learn, and the predictions regarding the world that our students will face tomorrow, utilizing a traditional, one-size-fits-all approach to teaching and learning is educational malpractice. Built upon the foundation of leadership and school culture, a…
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Drum, Dance, Play the American Way!

Drum, Dance, Play the American Way Chris Judah-Lauder’s workshop “Drum, Dance, Play the American Way!” was an excellent example of the  true Orff teaching method: speak, pat, play. She took us through a warm up before we played the drums, beginning on our legs. Echo imitation, tremolos, discussion of tone, bass and side. We counted…
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Not Tuned at the Factory: Helping Students Become Self-Correcting Intonation Machines

Here are handouts from this intonation clinic. https://drive.google.com/drive/u/0/folders/1MCAuGEK4gkEg7bkgV4Q5BtmLXEHQi3fo https://drive.google.com/drive/u/0/folders/1MCAuGEK4gkEg7bkgV4Q5BtmLXEHQi3fo  

MMEA 2019 – Before Heading to the Repair Shop: How to Keep Rehearsal Going (Orchestra)

This highly recommended session was presented by Allan and Matt Wyatt of Wyatt Violin Shop (Indepence, Missouri).  They provided substantial knowledge regarding instrument care, useful measurements, and  “emergency repairs” to keep instruments playable until repairs can be done in a qualified repair shop. Specialized tools and supplies: Soundpost setter Peg dope Gluing clamps Prepared Hide…
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Intonation workshop

Here is some great information about tuning and how to improve the intonation of your ensembles.   https://www.dropbox.com/sh/2cpm5gculivquwr/AAB6NaMZufguLm-c_BpRVHrha?dl=0&preview=4+-+EEi+Update+Flyer+Digital.pdf https://www.dropbox.com/sh/2cpm5gculivquwr/AAB6NaMZufguLm-c_BpRVHrha?dl=0&preview=3+-+EEi+Brochure+sm.pdf https://www.dropbox.com/sh/2cpm5gculivquwr/AAB6NaMZufguLm-c_BpRVHrha?dl=0&preview=2+-+Smith+Tuning+Clinic+Supplemental.pdf https://www.dropbox.com/sh/2cpm5gculivquwr/AAB6NaMZufguLm-c_BpRVHrha?dl=0&preview=1+-+Smith+Intonation+Handout.pdf