Teachers Conference

* * * New information for 2018 coming soon * * *

Schedule for 2017 Teachers Conference

The String Teachers Conference features clinics on topics including string pedagogy, instrument repair, and effective rehearsal techniques, presented by members of the UNCG Music faculty and guests. The fee for all participating string directors and private teachers is $65, which includes the festival fee, refreshments, and parking. Participants may earn 1.5 units of North Carolina Certificate Renewal Credit. The String Teachers Conference is a terrific opportunity to grow and develop as teachers and musicians under the guidance and inspiration of our outstanding clinicians.

New this year - All teacher workshops will take place in the Music Building, Room 111

Friday, January 20

6:00 - Annual Instrument Repair Lab – Melody Choplin, Music Building Room 268

8:00 - Greensboro Symphony Chamber Concert

Saturday, January 21

9:00 - Musical Styles as Applied to Instrumental Conducting - Steven Eggleston

10:00 - Effective Rehearsals: Combining Artistry and Pedagogy - Kevin Geraldi and Rebecca MacLeod

11:00 - Irish Fiddling in the Orchestra Classroom, Scott Walker

12:00 - Lunch

1:00 - Finding and Maintaining Fulfillment in your Career in String Education- Scott D. Laird

2:00 - Finger Patterns as a Vehicle to Major Scales and Upper Positions – Scott D. Laird

3:00 - UNCG String Faculty Performance (UNCG Organ Hall)

4:00 - The Art of the Bow Arm, Marjorie Bagley

5:00 - Dinner

7:00 - Finding a Place in the Circle: Navigating Your Community Jam Session, Christen Blanton and Mark Dillon

Sunday, January 22

10:00 - Teaching Life Skills Through Cello Lessons, Alex Ezerman

11:00 - My Favorite Orchestra Piece Reading Session, Dr. Rebecca MacLeod

11:45 - Finish

1:30 - SESF Honors Orchestra Concert (Recital Hall)

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Session Descriptions

Annual Instrument Repair Lab, Melody Choplin
Come and learn do-it-yourself repairs for your strings classroom. Important information regarding instrument assessment, basic repairs, and instrument maintenance will be shared.

Musical Styles as Applied to Instrumental Conducting, Steven Eggleston
Are you conducting with style? Do your students know what musical style they should be playing? Marcato, tenuto, staccato…….the list keeps going. A presentation on how to better show your students what style to play through non-verbal conducting technique.

Effective Rehearsals: Combining Artistry and Pedagogy, Kevin Geraldi and Rebecca MacLeod
Effective rehearsals begin with detailed musical expectations, and include excellent non-verbal instruction, clear goals, specific feedback, and effective pacing. Bring your instruments and participate in this interactive rehearsal lab.

Irish Fiddling in the Orchestra Classroom, Scott Walker
With Scott Walker on fiddle, and his brother Landon on the accordion, this demonstration will include a short performance of traditional Irish music, and an overview of the types and styles of music that are in the tradition, as well as a short discussion of how having sting students to play this kind of music can be an interesting advantage to traditional strings instruction.

Finding and Maintaining Fulfillment in your Career in String Education, Scott D. Laird
In this session, participants will consider their level of fulfillment with their work and career in string education. The presenter will provide a variety of focus areas for consideration and models for identifying and assessing career fulfillment.  Attendees will be asked to consider (and perhaps share) their roles as artists/educators, motivations for embarking on a career in string education, sense of mission in the school and community, complexity of their work, perspective on workload, busy schedules, and a balanced life. Participants will walk away with strategies to find fulfillment in their careers while balancing their personal and professional life. 

Finger Patterns as a Vehicle to Major Scales and Upper Positions, Scott D. Laird
In this hands-on session, attendees will learn a practical method for incorporating the concept of finger patterns into a systematic approach for technique development. Utilizing the pedagogy of George Bornoff as the foundation, attendees will be introduced to a system of nomenclature and group activities that facilitate the introduction and development of intonation, shifting, upper positions, scales, rhythm, and bow techniques. These ideas can be used in both the homogeneous or heterogeneous classroom and can be incorporated into any teaching environment or level. The presenter will offer suggestions for incorporating instructional technologies into the system and provide online and technological resources to attendees.  Bring an instrument and learn in a “hands on” environment!

The Art of the Bow Arm, Professor Marjorie Bagley
This session will cover the foundations of a beautiful bow arm including: bow hold, role of the fingers and wrist, and the implications of the upper arm and lower arm. Elements of speed, weight, and contact point will be demonstrated along with exercises to help your students understand how to produce a beautiful tone.

Finding a Place in the Circle: Navigating Your Community Jam Session, Christen Blanton and Mark Dillon
In this presentation, we will outline how jam sessions in different musical traditions are run, provide video and audio examples of jamming communities, and get advice from key informants about how to get the most out of your local jam.  We also will explore how connecting with your local jamming community can have a lasting impact on your students, your teaching, and the community at large.  Don't forget your instrument!

Teaching Life Skills Through Cello Lessons, Alex Ezerman
Playing the cello requires focus, determination, and problem solving skills. These are all necessary life skills that transfer across subjects. Further, students who take responsibility for their own learning by structuring deliberate practice may also become more independent in other areas of their life. This session will tackle some of the main issues in cello pedagogy, with a focus on how the skills needed to excel at the cello can be transferred to life skills. 

My Favorite Orchestra Piece Reading Session, Dr. Rebecca MacLeod
Back by popular demand, this reading session will showcase your favorite orchestra piece. Bring your favorite piece including parts and a score. We will play through everyone’s piece. Feel free to tell us why this is one of your favorite pieces for string orchestra.

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