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Teaching Music through Performance Resources

Orchestra Books & CDs

Volume 1
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Part I of this valuable guide offers “words of wisdom” from six successful orchestra teachers with over 150 years of experience among them. Each gives practical advice on subjects ranging from producing well-rounded musicians, rehearsal suggestions, and preparing for festivals to selecting high-quality music and the impact of national standards on teaching.


Volume 2
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Chapters include "A Pedagogical Model for Beginning String Class Instruction: Revisited" by Michael Allen, "Whadya get?: Evaluation, Recognition, Motivation, and Competition and School Orchestra Programs" by Louis Bergonzi, "Playing in Tune: A Number One Priority!" by Jacquelyn Dillon, "Repertoire-based Warm-ups" by Robert Gillespie, "Building Musicianship in the Orchestra Rehearsal" by James Kjelland, and "Assessment: It’s a Good Thing for Orchestra" by Dorothy Straub.


Volume 3
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Chapters include: “Playing beyond the Score: Thoughts on Teaching Expressive Musicianship” by Jacquelyn Dillon; “World Music in Orchestral and String Education: Understanding Reggae-Sprinked ‘Twinkle’” by Louis Bergonzi; “End of Year Massed Concerts” by Michael Allen; “Checkpoints for Self-Evaluation: Creating a Self-Help Program to Become the Best String Teacher You Can Be” by Robert Gillespie; “Solving the Mysteries of the String Bass” by Dorothy A. Straub; “Taming the Rushin’ Sailor’s Dance: Using Bowing Principles to Your Musical Advantage” by James Kjelland.


Volume 4
Chapters include “Selecting and Teaching Concert Music” by Christopher Selby; “Preparing for the Podium” by James Mick; “Begin with the Score: Making Notation Come Alive” by Mark Laycock; “From Poof to Portato: A Sequence of Bow Strokes for the Heterogeneous Class” by Brenda Brenner; “NRB (Notes, Rhythm, and Bow): Systematic Ways of Providing Technique in the Orchestra Classroom” by Soo Han; “Bowing Styles for the Ages: What Are They? How Do They Sound? When Do I Use Them? How Do I Get My School Orchestra to Play Them?” by Robert Gillespie; “If Only We Had More Rehearsal Time! Strategies for Optimizing Rehearsal Efficiency and Performance Preparedness that Have Nothing to Do With Conducting” by James Woomert.

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Kristina Shanton
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