Saturday, August 29, 2009

Teaching the Nitty-Gritty: Who Has Time for Anything More?

I am happy to announce that I will be participating on a wonderful panel discussion at the 2009 Midwest Clinic in Chicago in December. My dear friend, composer and educator Doris Gazda, will be leading this discussion on the orchestra classroom and the prioritization of activities and techniques. I am honored to be part of this panel and am really looking forward to the discussion. If you are planning on being at the Midwest Clinic, I hope you will check this session out!!

For those of you that aren't in the Music Education field, The Midwest Clinic exists for educational purposes exclusively; to raise the standards of music education; to improve the methods employed in music education; to develop new teaching techniques; to disseminate to school music teachers, directors, supervisors, and others interested in music education information to assist in their professional work; to examine, analyze and appraise literature dealing with music; to hold clinics, lectures, and demonstrations for the betterment of music education; and in general, to assist teachers and others interested in music education in better pursuing their profession. It is one of the biggest gatherings of music educators nationally each year and always a blast!

Here are the details:

Clinician Name(s): Doris Gazda, Scott Laird, Sean O'Loughlin, Matt Turner, Larry Clark

Clinic Title: Teaching the Nitty-Gritty: Who Has Time for Anything More?

Clinic Synopsis:
What is the most important ground to cover in terms of technique and literature? What are the best ways to enrich traditional skills? How many alternative styles should you add to a program? At what level of instruction do we have time to make use of the numerous enrichment resources available? This session will answer these questions and provide an overview and evaluation of the many facets of teaching, offering various ways for teachers to place all opportunities in manageable perspective.

What is the target audience for this clinic? Instrumental teachers at all levels of instruction.

What will the audience take away from this clinic? A better sense of what should be essential in curriculum, tips for better time management, and the knowledge that good curriculum incorporates as many different styles of music as time will allow.

What is included in the handout?
A full outline of the clinic’s topics and discussions for reference, helpful classroom tips, and a list of suggested resources.

Is there anything else you would like attendees to know about this clinic?
Attendees will be afforded the unique experience of a panel discussion between respected teachers, editors, and composers from varied and prestigious backgrounds.

Biographical Information:
String educator/composer Doris Gazda, string educator/clinician Scott Laird, orchestral/band composer and conductor Sean O’Loughlin, improvisational cellist and jazz/composition educator Matt Turner, and educator/composer/Carl Fischer Music Vice President Editor-in-Chief Larry Clark join in a riveting panel discussion about the essentials of a dynamic music program.

Sponsor: Carl Fischer Music


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