Michael Hopkins, Associate Professor of String Education, University of Michigan. Author of the String Pedagogy Notebook, the most comprehensive online resource for string pedagogy. Composer / arranger of over 30 published works for orchestra Conductor and clinician at festivals and workshops throughout the United States.
Stephen Benham, Associate Professor of Music Education and Director of Graduate Studies at the Mary Pappert School of Music at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Completed his graduate studies at the University of Michigan (M.M.), and the University of Rochester—Eastman School of Music (Ph.D.). At Duquesne, Dr. Benham teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in music education and string pedagogy.
Diana Gannett, Professor of Double Bass, University of Michigan. Internationally recognized performer and pedagogue. Has performed with Guarneri, Emerson, Laurentian, and Stanford Quartets, Borodin Trio, American Chamber Players. Has taught at Yale University, Hartt School, Oberlin College, University of Iowa, University of South Florida. Her students have won many solo competitions and positions in professional orchestras and teaching institutions
Erin Hansen earned her Bachelors of Music Education from Michigan State University and her Masters of Music Education from the University of Michigan. Currently, she is a doctoral student of Music Education at the University of Michigan. Prior to her return to graduate school, Erin taught orchestra and guitar for Saline Area Schools for nine years in Saline, Michigan. She also directed the elementary and middle school fiddle clubs during this time. In addition, Erin served on the Michigan board for the American String Teachers Association for six years while acting as program director for the MASTA Elementary String Camp.
Valerie Palmieri, Adrian College. Thirty-eight years of experience teaching in Walled Lake and Bloomfield Hills Schools. Has helped build some of finest public school string programs in the U.S. In-depth experience in the area of teacher preparation and program development.
Small classes designed to improve your teaching skills and pump up your program, with lots of personal interaction with our expert faculty:
This workshop is an intensive 3-day experience where participants are immersed in classes designed to enhance their teaching in all areas of string education. Classes feature diverse topics such as elementary, middle school and high school rehearsal techniques and repertoire selection; secondary instrument classes for violin, viola, cello and double bass; alternative styles and improvisation techniques; recruitment, retention and program development; incorporating composing activities in the orchestra rehearsal, applications of music technology in the orchestra curriculum; musician's health and wellness routines; Suzuki principles in the string class; and instrument and bow selection. In the evenings participants will come together for a string orchestra reading session and conducting lab, where participants can bring their favorite string orchestra piece to conduct and receive constructive feedback.
Thursday through Saturday 8:00 AM- 6:30 PM
No audition required.
Application deadline: May 1, 2013 (Early Bird Price)
June 1, 2013 (Regular Price)
All Adult Workshops may be taken as a workshop for professional development enrichment without college credit, or for graduate credit (NCFD).
SCECH (formerly SB-CEUs)
The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) states the following: “State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECH) are State Board approved in-service, workshop, training, or conference credits that are used for the renewal of selected certificates issued by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE). “
The Michigan String Workshop may be taken for 24 SCECHs. There is an additional $15 fee. Applicants must select this option on their application.
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