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The Orchestra Teacher Podcast

The Orchestra Teacher Podcast

By Charles Laux

A podcast designed for string and orchestra educators to learn from some of the best in the profession. Topics include string pedagogy, classroom management, program administration, assessment, current trends, work/life balance, and more.
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51. Conversation with David Metrio, North Gwinnett High School at the 2022 Midwest Clinic
51. Conversation with David Metrio, North Gwinnett High School at the 2022 Midwest Clinic
David Metrio is the orchestra director at North Gwinnett High School in Georgia. We discuss the Midwest Clinic, his career and development and his preparations for a performance at the 2023 Georgia Music Educators Conference in January.   This episode is sponsored by Eastman Strings.  Please visit https://www.eastmanstrings.com for more information. -- Your support is appreciated! If you are enjoying The Orchestra Teacher Podcast, please consider becoming a supporter for as little as 99 cents per month. I am working hard to bring on some amazing educators who will share ideas, tell their story, and offer some support for all of you. I have invested a lot of time in putting it all together and money purchase equipment that will help provide the best possible listening experience. Here is the link: https://anchor.fm/orchestrateacher/support Thank you for your continued support! If you have suggestions for podcast guests, please let me know by providing a name and contact information. Subscribe to The Orchestra Teacher Website, YouTube Channel, and Podcast! Website: http://www.orchestrateacher.net YouTube Channel: http://youtube.com/theorchestrateacher Podcast on Anchor.fm: https://anchor.fm/orchestrateacher Podcast on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/5pvAWs3uftZ5FJ2KyZYU0z Podcast on Google: https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy9mNjU1ZWEwL3BvZGNhc3QvcnNz Podcast on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-orchestra-teacher-podcast/id1489358262
14:20
December 23, 2022
50. Conversation with Grace Law of SmartStringTeacher com; from the Midwest Clinic 2022
50. Conversation with Grace Law of SmartStringTeacher com; from the Midwest Clinic 2022
Grace Law is the owner of SmartStringTeacher.com.  This site offers great string pedagogy courses for teachers from the comfort of their own home.  The site allows teachers to:   * Learn simple strategies that are quick and successful.  * Use teaching materials that help your students think smarter and independently so they progress faster.  * Introduce advanced skills sooner.   Be sure to visit https://www.smartstringteacher.com for more information. All of the podcasts and videos in December 2022 are proudly sponsored by @Eastman-strings . Please check them out at https://www.eastmanstrings.com -- Your support is appreciated! If you are enjoying The Orchestra Teacher Podcast, please consider becoming a supporter for as little as 99 cents per month. I am working hard to bring on some amazing educators who will share ideas, tell their story, and offer some support for all of you. I have invested a lot of time in putting it all together and money purchase equipment that will help provide the best possible listening experience. Here is the link: https://anchor.fm/orchestrateacher/support Thank you for your continued support! If you have suggestions for podcast guests, please let me know by providing a name and contact information. Subscribe to The Orchestra Teacher Website, YouTube Channel, and Podcast! Website: http://www.orchestrateacher.net YouTube Channel: http://youtube.com/theorchestrateacher Podcast on Anchor.fm: https://anchor.fm/orchestrateacher Podcast on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/5pvAWs3uftZ5FJ2KyZYU0z Podcast on Google: https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy9mNjU1ZWEwL3BvZGNhc3QvcnNz Podcast on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-orchestra-teacher-podcast/id1489358262
07:46
December 23, 2022
49. Chat with Jason Heath of Eastman Strings, from the Midwest Clinic 2022
49. Chat with Jason Heath of Eastman Strings, from the Midwest Clinic 2022
Jason talks about his work at Eastman and beyond and we show off a few incredible products from the Eastman Strings line, including the Eastman+ that incorporates a nearly-invisible electric pick-up system.  Also featured are the double basses with the Eastman E-String extension.   VIDEO available at: https://youtu.be/CX5xurJlVSU Guest Bio:  Jason Heath is an active performer, writer, blogger and teacher who is known for his podcast Contrabass Conversations, devoted to exploring music and ideas associated with the double bass. His podcast and blog are highly regarded in the music world, and he truly is the voice of the double bass world with hundreds of podcast episodes interviewing some incredible bassists. He is also author of two publications including the guide ‘Winning the Audition’.   As an experienced teacher, Jason has taught double bass at DePaul University and the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. His former students hold positions at orchestras around the world, including at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Baltimore Symphony, and the Philharmonie Sudwestfalen. As a performer, Jason has played with Elgin Symphony Orchestra for 16 seasons and with the Midsummer’s music festival in Door County for over a decade. Jason also serves on the Board of Directors for the International Society of Bassists and is the Double Bass Product manager at Eastman Strings.    In 2020, Jason Heath filmed two courses with Discover Double Bass aimed at classical beginners and intermediate players, compiling his many years of experience teaching thousands of students.    All of the podcasts and videos in December are proudly sponsored by  @Eastman-strings . Please check them out at https://www.eastmanstrings.com -- Your support is appreciated! If you are enjoying The Orchestra Teacher Podcast, please consider becoming a supporter for as little as 99 cents per month. I am working hard to bring on some amazing educators who will share ideas, tell their story, and offer some support for all of you. I have invested a lot of time in putting it all together and money purchase equipment that will help provide the best possible listening experience. Here is the link: https://anchor.fm/orchestrateacher/support Thank you for your continued support! If you have suggestions for podcast guests, please let me know by providing a name and contact information. Subscribe to The Orchestra Teacher Website, YouTube Channel, and Podcast! Website: http://www.orchestrateacher.net YouTube Channel: http://youtube.com/theorchestrateacher Podcast on Anchor.fm: https://anchor.fm/orchestrateacher Podcast on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/5pvAWs3uftZ5FJ2KyZYU0z Podcast on Google: https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy9mNjU1ZWEwL3BvZGNhc3QvcnNz Podcast on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-orchestra-teacher-podcast/id1489358262
18:48
December 23, 2022
48. From the 2022 Midwest Clinic, with guests Amos Liu, Adrian Gordon, and Creston Herron
48. From the 2022 Midwest Clinic, with guests Amos Liu, Adrian Gordon, and Creston Herron
This episode features a wrap-up of my 2022 Midwest Clinic experience.  It contains a few short interviews with these educators:  * Amos Liu, orchestra director at River Trail Middle School in Fulton County, Georgia  * Adrian Gordon, composer, author, and orchestra director in North Carolina (Check out https://www.adriangordonmusic.com)  * Creston Herron, director of fine arts in Klein, Texas   In addition there are three related videos/podcasts available separately with:  * Jason Heath, Eastman Strings  * Grace Law, SmartStringTeacher.com  * David Metrio, North Gwinnett High School Orchestra   It was a spectacular conference and I really enjoyed seeing my friends, meeting some new ones, and attending the incredible concerts and sessions.  Midwest is always an inspiring time and a way to get energized and excited about the future.
14:03
December 23, 2022
46. Cello Email Scam EXPOSED! (Audio Only)
46. Cello Email Scam EXPOSED! (Audio Only)
46. Cello Email Scam EXPOSED! (Audio Only) If you would like to watch the video of episode you can find it here: https://youtu.be/p3-YEcYFRQc This episode tells my most recent encounter with an email scam involving a "free" cello.  I hope it will be entertaining and informative!  When in doubt, don't click on links in emails or make arrangements for deals that are too good to be true.  It's probably a scam!  This scam involved offering a "free" cello where the victim pays for shipping via Venmo, CashApp, or Zelle, but never receives the cello. The scammer specifically asks for "friends and family" Venmo which removes purchase protection. In addition, the scammer acts as both the shipping company and the person giving away the cello, using two email addresses.   Download this a helpful document on how to avoid scams from the CISA (The US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency).  Be safe, everyone! --- Your support is appreciated! If you are enjoying The Orchestra Teacher Podcast, please consider becoming a supporter for as little as 99 cents per month. I am working hard to bring on some amazing educators who will share ideas, tell their story, and offer some support for all of you. I have invested a lot of time in putting it all together and money purchase equipment that will help provide the best possible listening experience. Here is the link: https://anchor.fm/orchestrateacher/support Thank you for your continued support! If you have suggestions for podcast guests, please let me know by providing a name and contact information. Subscribe to The Orchestra Teacher Website, YouTube Channel, and Podcast! Website: http://www.orchestrateacher.net YouTube Channel: http://youtube.com/theorchestrateacher Podcast on Anchor.fm: https://anchor.fm/orchestrateacher Podcast on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/5pvAWs3uftZ5FJ2KyZYU0z Podcast on Google: https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy9mNjU1ZWEwL3BvZGNhc3QvcnNz Podcast on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-orchestra-teacher-podcast/id1489358262 ——— Product Promotion:   I’ve been using this new budgeting app called YouNeedABudget (YNAB for short) and it is a game changer! I have never felt so in control of my money and so excited about the future. Sign-up for YNAB and then we can nerd out together! Sign up for a free 7 day trial at: tinyurl.com/youneedabudgetnow
13:00
December 23, 2022
47. Midwest Clinic Trailer (sponsored by Eastman Strings)
47. Midwest Clinic Trailer (sponsored by Eastman Strings)
47. 2022 Midwest Clinic Trailer  This episode is a short trailer to let you know about upcoming podcast episodes that will be recorded live from the Midwest Clinic in Chicago.  I'm looking forward to hearing some amazing orchestras and learning at the clinics. https://www.midwestclinic.org If you will be attending the Midwest Clinic and would like to be a guest on The Orchestra Teacher Podcast, please contact me at Charles@OrchestraTeacher.net I hope to see you there! This episode is sponsored by Eastman Strings. By the time an Eastman instrument reaches the player, dozens of expert craftspeople have had a hand in bringing it to the peak of its sound, playability, and beauty. The Eastman workshop operates in precisely the same manner as late 19th century European workshops. Chisels, knives, and scrapers, in the hands of outstandingly gifted craftspeople, are the primary tools used to create these modern instruments. These techniques impart each model with a beautiful voice and appearance that can only be achieved by hand. As in the shops of master luthiers for the past five hundred years, Eastman honors this tradition everyday. You can learn more and find a dealer near you at eastmanstrings.com
05:17
December 15, 2022
45. Thankful (bonus episode)
45. Thankful (bonus episode)
Happy Thanksgiving weekend, everyone!  I'm very thankful for my friends and family and for all of you who support the work I do on The Orchestra Teacher website, YouTube channel, and podcast. I hope you've had a restful break and are looking forward to your December break as well. Thanks for listening!
05:54
November 26, 2022
44. Teaching adult beginners online with Rachael Ridge
44. Teaching adult beginners online with Rachael Ridge
Episode 44. Teaching adult beginners online with Rachael Ridge Streamed live on Facebook and YouTube on November 21, 2022 Rachael Ridge is a violinist and former school orchestra teacher turned stay-at-home mom and private lesson teacher. She recently launched The Adult Violin Academy which offers online courses for adult violin beginners. When not playing violin or teaching, she enjoys working out, cooking, and taking care of her two boys.  Rachel can be reached at: hello@rachaelridge.com, via her website at https://www.rachaelridge.com, or on Instagram as rachael.ridge  Visit https://www.orchestrateacher.net for resources and additional information. ** Your support is appreciated! ** If you are enjoying The Orchestra Teacher Podcast, please consider becoming a supporter for as little as 99 cents per month. I am working hard to bring on some amazing educators who will share ideas, tell their story, and offer some support for all of you. I have invested a lot of time in putting it all together and money purchase equipment that will help provide the best possible listening experience. Here is the link: https://anchor.fm/orchestrateacher/support Thank you for your continued support! If you have suggestions for podcast guests, please let me know by providing a name and contact information.    Subscribe to The Orchestra Teacher Website, YouTube Channel, and Podcast! Website: http://www.orchestrateacher.netYouTube Channel: http://youtube.com/theorchestrateacherPodcast on Anchor.fm: https://anchor.fm/orchestrateacherPodcast on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/5pvAWs3uftZ5FJ2KyZYU0zPodcast on Google: https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy9mNjU1ZWEwL3BvZGNhc3QvcnNzPodcast on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-orchestra-teacher-podcast/id1489358262
24:27
November 21, 2022
43. On the road with David Eccles - a mobile podcast episode sharing thoughts on a variety of topics
43. On the road with David Eccles - a mobile podcast episode sharing thoughts on a variety of topics
This episode is a mobile podcast in the form of a car conversation with my friend and partner in crime, Mr. David Eccles.  We candidly discuss a variety of topics as we travel from Atlanta to Greenville, SC to conduct their SCMEA Region 2 orchestras.  Hope you will enjoy! About our guest... David F. Eccles is a native of Norfolk, Virginia. He currently serves as Orchestra Program and Upper School Orchestra Director at The Lovett School in Atlanta, Georgia.  For over a decade, he was the Director of String Music Education and Orchestral Activities at VanderCook College of Music in Chicago, Illinois. He has held string education positions in Georgia, Virginia, and Florida. An active clinician, adjudicator, conductor, and cellist, Eccles has served as music director and principal conductor for numerous youth orchestras. He has also served as a guest conductor for many state, county, regional, and community orchestras. Mr. Eccles has presented education sessions at several local, state, and international conferences, including The Midwest Band and Orchestra Directors Clinic & Conference, American String Teachers Association Conference, Texas, Ohio, Illinois, New Jersey, and Florida Music Educators Conferences. Mr. Eccles is a clinician and consulting author for the Hal Leonard Corporation. Additionally, he is a featured string educator in the book, Rehearsing the High School Orchestra. He holds advanced degrees in Music Education from Florida State University and University of Miami (Florida) and a Bachelor of Music and Media from Norfolk State University. His principal teachers include Elizabeth Eccles, Laurien Laufman, Ross Harbaugh, and Dr. Michael Allen. David is a member of the Georgia Music Educators Association, National Association for Music Education, Phi Mu Alpha, Phi Kappa Lambda, and the Georgia Chapter of American String Teachers Association. He also serves on the national board of the American String Teachers Association. -- Your support is appreciated! If you are enjoying The Orchestra Teacher Podcast, please consider becoming a supporter for as little as 99 cents per month. I am working hard to bring on some amazing educators who will share ideas, tell their story, and offer some support for all of you. I have invested a lot of time in putting it all together and money purchase equipment that will help provide the best possible listening experience. Here is the link: https://anchor.fm/orchestrateacher/support Thank you for your continued support! If you have suggestions for podcast guests, please let me know by providing a name and contact information. Subscribe to The Orchestra Teacher Website, YouTube Channel, and Podcast! Website: http://www.orchestrateacher.net YouTube Channel: http://youtube.com/theorchestrateacher Podcast on Anchor.fm: https://anchor.fm/orchestrateacher Podcast on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/5pvAWs3uftZ5FJ2KyZYU0z Podcast on Google: https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy9mNjU1ZWEwL3BvZGNhc3QvcnNz Podcast on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-orchestra-teacher-podcast/id1489358262
01:07:30
November 21, 2022
42. Building rapport and fostering positive relationships with students. Interviews with Lisa Loucks, Stephan Labelle, Katie VanDenBerghe, and Jami Kleinert.
42. Building rapport and fostering positive relationships with students. Interviews with Lisa Loucks, Stephan Labelle, Katie VanDenBerghe, and Jami Kleinert.
42. Building rapport and fostering positive relationships with students.  Interviews with Lisa Loucks, Stephan Labelle, Katie VanDenBerghe, and Jami Kleinert.  These teachers share their unique experiences and strategies for building rapport and positive relationships with students that allow for higher quality teaching, student engagement, and a stronger sense of community. -- Lisa (Hopko) Loucks is in her twenty-fifth year as Orchestra Director in Orange County Public Schools Her orchestras have consistently earned superior ratings in the Florida Orchestra Association Music Performance Assessments, and have performed in Atlanta, Chicago, and New York. Originally from Chicago, Lisa grew up on the west coast of the florida and is a graduate Manatee High School under the direction of Jim Palmer. She then earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from UCF, where her teachers included John Whitney, Lee Eubank, and Dr. Ayako Yonetani. She has served as FOA 7-8 All State Orchestra Chair, District Chair for Orange County, and is a certified adjudicator of Music Performance Assessments. She had the honor of conducting All-County Orchestras throughout the state, and has served on the Board of Directors for the Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra. She has been a summer faculty member for both the Florida West Coast Symphony and UCF String Workshop. She has also been an adjunct professor at Stetson University, as instructor of their Secondary String Methods course. Stephan Labelle is the Orchestra and Guitar Director at Wekiva High School in the Orange County Public Schools in Central Florida. Stephan holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of Delaware. He has directed orchestra, guitar, and keyboard programs in the Cranford Public Schools and Rahway Public Schools in NJ. He has performed as a soloist as well as with various ensembles such as the Blue Hen String Quartet and the Lieto String Quartet in Pennsylvania as well as many outside organizations. He also teaches privately throughout Orange County. Katie VanDenBerghe is in her eleventh year as a music teacher. She is the Orchestra Director at Patriot High School in Prince William County, Virginia. Previously she taught middle and high school orchestra at Courtland High School and Thornburg Middle School in Spotsylvania County. Her orchestra ensembles have consistently earned Superior ratings at VBODA (Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors’ Association) District Orchestra Assessment. She also has six years of Elementary General Music experience. Ms. VanDenBerghe holds a graduate degree from Liberty University (Lynchburg, VA) and a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from the College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Music Education at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. Her major instrument is the flute, and she plays piccolo for the Fredericksburg Symphony Orchestra. She previously performed with the Rappahannock Pops Orchestra, the University of Mary Washington Philharmonic, and the Old Bridge Chamber Orchestra. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, kayaking, traveling, reading, cooking, and hanging out with her Siberian Husky, Arrow. Jami Kleinert is in her 12th year of teaching orchestra and her third year teaching 4th-12th grade strings in Flushing, Michigan.  She also coaches youth orchestra string sectionals in the Flint area.  She has previously taught strings in both Kansas and Pennsylvania.  Jami lives in metro Detroit where she also performs with several local groups on violin and viola. --
01:25:23
October 30, 2022
Trailer - Upcoming episode on establishing rapport and positive relationships with your students, parents, administration, colleagues, and community
Trailer - Upcoming episode on establishing rapport and positive relationships with your students, parents, administration, colleagues, and community
This is a trailer for an upcoming episode on building rapport and positive relationships with your students, parents, administration, colleagues and community. How do you build rapport and positive relationships with your students, parents, administration, and community? Would you like share your experiences and be featured on The Orchestra Teacher podcast?  We would love to have you be a part of it!! Contact Charles via his website at www.orchestrateacher.net. --- Please donate to my charity!! Charles is hosting a fundraiser to benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Charles will be walking in the Atlanta Community Walk on November 6 and is trying to raise $2000 for AFSP. AFSP is dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide.  AFSP creates a culture that’s smart about mental health by engaging in the following core strategies: * Funding scientific research * Educating the public about mental health and suicide prevention * Advocating for public policies in mental health and suicide prevention * Supporting survivors of suicide loss and those affected by suicide in our mission You can learn more about Charles’ Atlanta Walk fundraiser in November and donate here: https://supporting.afsp.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donordrive.participant&participantID=2570381 https://www.facebook.com/donate/804486100788956/ --- Subscribe to The Orchestra Teacher Website, YouTube Channel, and Podcast! Website: http://www.orchestrateacher.net YouTube Channel: http://youtube.com/theorchestrateacher Podcast on Anchor.fm: https://anchor.fm/orchestrateacher Podcast on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/5pvAWs3uftZ5FJ2KyZYU0z Podcast on Google: https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy9mNjU1ZWEwL3BvZGNhc3QvcnNz Podcast on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-orchestra-teacher-podcast/id1489358262
04:59
October 23, 2022
40. Conversation with Adam Gresham, Barber Middle School, Cobb County, Georgia
40. Conversation with Adam Gresham, Barber Middle School, Cobb County, Georgia
This episode features special guest Mr. Adam Gresham of Barber Middle School Orchestra in Cobb County Georgia.  Adam talks about going from being a band director to an orchestra director, his training for the position, and his experiences of the first part of the school year. --- Adam Gresham is a music educator and percussionist from Marietta, GA. He is currently in his seventh year of teaching, and his first year as the Director of Orchestras at Barber Middle School in Acworth, GA. Prior to this position, he served as the Director of Bands at Richards Middle School in Lawrenceville, GA. Mr. Gresham has also served as the Associate Director of Bands/Director of Percussion/Music Technology Coordinator at Norcross High School in Norcross, GA, and Associate Director of Bands/Director of Percussion at Central High School and Middle School in Carrollton, GA. As an active clinician, he is a consistent guest working with middle and high school percussion ensembles and bands across the southeastern United States.   Mr. Gresham holds a Bachelors degree in instrumental Music Education from Georgia State University and a Masters degree in Music Education from American Band College of Central Washington University. He is currently working on his Education Specialist degree at Auburn University.   Mr. Gresham is a member of the National Association for Music Educators (NAfME), Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA), National Band Association (NBA), Percussive Arts Society (PAS), and the American String Teachers Association (ASTA), Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE). He currently lives in Marietta, GA, with his wife, Megan, and his two French bulldogs, Toaster and Mikey.  Adam can be contacted at: Adam.Gresham@cobbk12.org  ---  Please donate!! Charles is hosting a fundraiser to benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.  AFSP is dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide.  AFSP creates a culture that’s smart about mental health by engaging in the following core strategies: * Funding scientific research * Educating the public about mental health and suicide prevention * Advocating for public policies in mental health and suicide prevention * Supporting survivors of suicide loss and those affected by suicide in our mission   You can learn more about Charles’ Atlanta Walk fundraiser in November and donate here: https://supporting.afsp.org/participant/2570381   ---  Your support  of this poscast is appreciated! If you are enjoying The Orchestra Teacher Podcast, please consider becoming a supporter for as little as 99 cents per month. I am working hard to bring on some amazing educators who will share ideas, tell their story, and offer some support for all of you. I have invested a lot of time in putting it all together and money purchase equipment that will help provide the best possible listening experience. Here is the link: https://anchor.fm/orchestrateacher/support Thank you for your continued support! If you have suggestions for podcast guests, please let me know by providing a name and contact information.   
43:49
September 03, 2022
39. Conversation with Creston Herron from Klein ISD, Klein, Texas
39. Conversation with Creston Herron from Klein ISD, Klein, Texas
Creston Herron is the current Director of Fine Arts for the Klein Independent School District and the Conductor of Rice University’s Campanile Orchestra. He is the former Director of Orchestras at Klein High School and the former Director of Strings for the Yes Prep Public Schools. Mr. Herron’s many engagements as a guest conductor include work with Regional and All State ensembles in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, New Mexico, South Carolina, Tennessee and throughout Texas. He has also served on the summer faculty of the AFA Summer Music Festival, Stephen F. Austin University Summer Music Camp and the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Summer Music Clinic. As a dedicated pedagogue, Mr. Herron enjoys working with current and future educators and young performers. He has presented masterclasses and guest lectures at The Midwest Clinic, Rice University, Shepherd School of Music, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, University of Houston, Moores School of Music, Sam Houston State University, Texas Tech University, The American String Teachers Association, The League of American Orchestras, and the NAMM Believe in Music Webinar Series, American. He also gives professional development workshops to educators locally and nationally and is involved in judging UIL competitions and solo and ensemble contests. Mr. Herron enjoyed national recognition both as an educator and musician in tenure with the Klein High School orchestra who earned multiple national titles under his direction, including being named national winner of The American Prize, Grand Champions of the ASTA National Orchestra Festival, Texas Music Educators Association State Honor Orchestra, Grand Champions of the New York Orchestra Cup and invited group at the 75th Midwest Clinic held in Chicago, Illinois. Individually he has been recognized for his work in music education as Teacher of the Year at Klein High School, awarded the Marjorie Keller Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award by the state board of the Texas Chapter of ASTA and the Spec’s Charitable Award for Excellence in Music Education awarded by the Houston Symphony. Alongside his work as an educator, Mr. Herron continues to hone his performing skills as a violinist, having collaborated with artists such as Renee Fleming, Mark O’Connor, and Rachel Barton-Pine. He has performed with Da Camera of Houston, CCM Spoleto Festival in Italy, Galveston Symphony, Trans-Siberian Orchestra Pasadena Philharmonic, Eutiner Festspiele Opera in Eutin, Germany and the Houston Latin Philharmonic. Creston Herron is a graduate of the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas, where he received his B.M. in music performance, Rice University, Shepherd School of Music in Houston, TX, where he received his M.M. on scholarship as a Provost Fellow and a Brown Scholar, and recently received a M.Ed in school leadership from Sam Houston State University. Creston Herron lives in Houston with his wife, orchestra director Dawn Herron and two children. Mr. Herron can be reached at cherron1@kleinisd.net or on Twitter: @CrestonHerron
48:48
July 31, 2022
Trailer - Upcoming Episode with Creston Herron
Trailer - Upcoming Episode with Creston Herron
This is a trailer to let you know about the next Orchestra Teacher Podcast with Mr. Creston Herron of Kliein ISD in Texas.   The full episode will be streamed LIVE on YouTube this Sunday, July 31 at 11:00 AM EST, 10:00 AM Central.
02:39
July 29, 2022
38. Summer Updates and more to come...
38. Summer Updates and more to come...
I hope you are all enjoying your summer, resting and recharging for the new school year.  This episode is a summer recap and has some information about some great and FREE PD workshops that will be available in August.   Please let me know if you have guests you'd like to see on the podcast or topics you'd like to hear discussed.  Your support is appreciated! If you are enjoying The Orchestra Teacher Podcast, please consider becoming a supporter for as little as 99 cents per month. I am working hard to bring on some amazing educators who will share ideas, tell their story, and offer some support for all of you. I have invested a lot of time in putting it all together and money purchase equipment that will help provide the best possible listening experience. Here is the link: https://anchor.fm/orchestrateacher/support Thank you for your continued support! If you have suggestions for podcast guests, please let me know by providing a name and contact information. Subscribe to The Orchestra Teacher Website, YouTube Channel, and Podcast! Website: http://www.orchestrateacher.net YouTube Channel: http://youtube.com/theorchestrateacher Podcast on Anchor.fm: https://anchor.fm/orchestrateacher Podcast on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/5pvAWs3uftZ5FJ2KyZYU0z Podcast on Google: https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy9mNjU1ZWEwL3BvZGNhc3QvcnNz Podcast on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-orchestra-teacher-podcast/id1489358262 ——— Looking to advertise a product or service to string and orchestra teachers? Consider an audio advertisement on the Orchestra Teacher Podcast! Proceeds from your ad will help offset costs of equipment and web hosting. Please contact Charles at charleslaux1@gmail.com for more information.
23:24
July 17, 2022
37. Angela Ammerman on family balance, new horizons, English language learners, teacher training
37. Angela Ammerman on family balance, new horizons, English language learners, teacher training
Angela Ammerman, referred to by the Washington Post as a “music teacher prodigy,” earned degrees in Music Education from the University of Cincinnati: College-Conservatory of Music, Boston University, and her PhD from George Mason University. Dr. Ammerman has dedicated much of her musical career to providing access to quality music education for underserved populations of children and most recently started a strings program at a children’s home in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Ammerman was hired as the Director of Music Education at the University of Tennessee at Martin in 2017 where she built a thriving music education program and was honored as the university’s Outstanding Advisor of the Year. Recognized by Fairfax County Public Schools as the Top Teacher in 2017 and the Virginia House of Delegates in 2016, Angela diligently works to now pass along these teaching and mentorship qualities to her own Music Education students. In 2016, Dr. Ammerman was named the Virginia Orchestra Director of the Year, a finalist for the Fairfax County Public Schools’ Teacher of the Year and Washington Post Teacher of the Year. Ammerman’s writing can be found in Sandy Goldie’s Rehearsing the Middle School Orchestra, Teaching Music, The String Research Journal, and the American String Teachers Journal. Ammerman also recently completed the manuscript for The Music Teacher’s Guide to Engaging English Language Learners, published by GIA and is hard at work on her next book: The Music Teacher’s Guide to Classroom Management. Dr. Ammerman is in high demand as a guest conductor, speaker, and clinician for sessions and workshops at local, state, national, and international conferences and in-services. Ammerman is especially looking forward to conducting the California All State Jr High Orchestra as well as the Georgia All State Middle School Orchestra in 2023! Ammerman grew up listening to her mother teach piano lessons in her own home and attributes much of her own passion for teaching to her musical mother. Currently living in Virginia with her incredibly supportive husband and toddler, Ammerman works at George Mason University where she supervises student teachers and teaches String Methods, Lab Orchestra, and Aural Skills. Ammerman is known for an emphasis on play-based learning, humor, a unique style, and for the creation of the first ever Future Music Educators Camp as well as her Music Education Podcast: #MusicEdLove. Dr. Ammerman is in awe of the resilience and dedication of school string educators across the United States and is honored to have the opportunity to work with their students. https://www.angelaammerman.com Webinar: An Influencer’s Toolkit: Practical Steps to Build Your Legacy Do you remember the moment you fell in love with making music? What about the moment you discovered your passion for teaching music? This influencer’s toolkit will provide practical steps to share powerful teaching experiences with potential future music teachers. Featuring music major nights, teaching awards, and “future music educator events,” you will leave this session ready to contribute to the future in a whole new way. Join us for this highly interactive webinar and build your legacy today! Join this FREE webinar on May 4, 2022 at 7:00 PM EST a Legacy webinar coming up: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMlduitqDwtHNNoIUIfQypZ8uEOqBch5ARr The Music Teacher's Guide to Engaging English Language Learners Amazon Link: https://tinyurl.com/y5jhjqcs
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April 24, 2022
36. Spring 2022 Update; We're still here and there's more to come!
36. Spring 2022 Update; We're still here and there's more to come!
Dear Podcast Listeners, Thanks for your patience with me as I know it's been a while since my last Orchestra Teacher Podcast episode.  It's been a busy few months with my school orchestra assessments/festivals, some guest conducting, presentations at my state music conference, a school trip to Washington D.C., the amazing ASTA conference, and coaching my two son's baseball teams. BUT - there's definitely more to come!  Future guests may include Chris and Margaret Selby, Cathie Hudnall, Creston Herron, Gail Barnes, Laura Mulligan Thomas, Angela Ammerman, and more...  Summer PD Workshops Check out these incredible summer opportunities! Michigan String Educators Workshop Michael Hopkins, director https://smtd.umich.edu/programs-degrees/youth-adult-programs/adult-programs/string-educators-workshop/ Ohio State String Teachers Workshop Bob Gillespie, director https://music.osu.edu/outreach/osu-stw
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April 02, 2022
35. Creative String Playing with Christian Howes
35. Creative String Playing with Christian Howes
Violinist, educator and composer, Christian Howes was voted #1 in the Downbeat Critics Poll (“Rising Stars/Violin”), named among the top three jazz violinists in the JazzTimes critics poll, and nominated for Violinist of the Year by the Jazz Journalist Association. He received the Residency Partner Award through Chamber Music America, earned a USArtists grant through the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, and was invited by the U.S. State department to teach and perform as a cultural ambassador twice, in Ukraine and Montenegro.  His release on Resonance Records, “Southern Exposure” earned recognition in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Downbeat, Jazz Times, as well as a six-night run at Lincoln Center.  His release, “American Spirit” was named among the Best Jazz Albums of 2015″ by the Huffington Post. Howes is the founder of “Creative Strings“, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to expand music education through the creation of online curriculum, an annual summer conference, and dozens of visits to schools annually teaching improvisation, contemporary styles, and related subjects. He endorses Yamaha violins and D’Addario strings. Connect with Christian on Facebook, YouTube, www.christianhowes.com, or www.creativestrings.org.
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January 17, 2022
34. Teaching Fundamentals, Community Orchestras, Student Teachers and more with Jim Van Eizenga of Novi High School, Michigan
34. Teaching Fundamentals, Community Orchestras, Student Teachers and more with Jim Van Eizenga of Novi High School, Michigan
Episode #34. Teaching Fundamentals, Community Orchestras, Student Teachers and more with Jim Van Eizenga of Novi High School, Michigan Jim Van Eizenga is in his 10th year as Director of Orchestras at Novi High School. In addition to his position in Novi, he is the conductor and music director of the Gaylord Community Orchestra, and is the conductor and music director of the Alpena Symphony Orchestra. He also regularly conducts the pit orchestra for Novi High School and for Gaylord Community Productions. As a violist, he has performed with the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra, Dearborn Symphony Orchestra, Marquette Symphony Orchestra, Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra, Dexter Community Orchestra, Alpena Symphony Orchestra, and Ypsilanti Symphony Orchestra. Currently, he performs with Spectrum Orchestra in Bloomfield Hills. Jim’s school orchestras regularly receive excellent and superior ratings at District festivals and have performed in New York and Washington DC. In 2019, the NHS Philharmonic Orchestra was selected to perform at the Michigan Music Conference. Jim holds a Bachelor's degree in Music Education from Western Michigan University (2011) and a Master's degree in Music Education from Michigan State University (2018). He is a member of ASTA and the MSBOA. He currently serves on the Board for the Michigan chapter of ASTA as MMC Coordinator. Feel free to contact Jim at Jim.vaneizenga@gmail.com ----- Your support is appreciated! If you are enjoying The Orchestra Teacher Podcast, please consider becoming a supporter for as little as 99 cents per month. I am working hard to bring on some amazing educators who will share ideas, tell their story, and offer some support for all of you. I have invested a lot of time in putting it all together and money purchase equipment that will help provide the best possible listening experience. Here is the link: https://anchor.fm/orchestrateacher/support Thank you for your continued support! If you have suggestions for podcast guests, please let me know by providing a name and contact information. ----- Subscribe to The Orchestra Teacher Website, YouTube Channel, and Podcast! Website: http://www.orchestrateacher.net YouTube Channel: http://youtube.com/theorchestrateacher Podcast on Anchor.fm: https://anchor.fm/orchestrateacher Podcast on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/5pvAWs3uftZ5FJ2KyZYU0z Podcast on Google: https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy9mNjU1ZWEwL3BvZGNhc3QvcnNz Podcast on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-orchestra-teacher-podcast/id1489358262
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December 28, 2021
33. Continuing professional development and more with Jessie Ahuama-Jonas, Centennial High School
33. Continuing professional development and more with Jessie Ahuama-Jonas, Centennial High School
Ms. Jessie Ahuama-Jonas is in her fifteenth year of teaching Orchestral music and is the current Director of Orchestras at Centennial High School in Roswell Georgia.  A product of the Fulton County School system, Ms. Ahuama-Jonas started taking viola performance seriously in the eighth grade, eventually earning positions with, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra's Talent Development Program, the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, , and Fulton County Middle and High School Honor Orchestras, and a camper at the Interlochen Arts Camp in Interlochen Michigan. Ms. Ahuama-Jonas received her Bachelor's degree of Music Education from The Frost School of Music at the University of Miami, and her Master’s degree of Music Education from Boston University. Ms. Ahuama-Jonas began teaching middle school orchestra in 2007 and has accomplished musical success with her orchestras. Ms. Ahuama-Jonas has taught in the Fulton County Schools System and the Duval County School System in Jacksonville, FL. She and her orchestras have attended the Georgia and Florida Music Educators’ Association’s Large Group Performance Evaluations since 2008, receiving Superior ratings for twelve consecutive years, and has had students participate in Georgia and Florida All-State Middle School Orchestras, district honor orchestras and Solo and Ensembles, with superior results and high representation of musical excellence. As a 2016-2017 Teacher of the Year, Ms. Ahuama-Jonas, believes in the importance of quality music education and believes music education should be readily accessible and enjoyable for all students no matter their personal circumstances and situations.​ In her spare time, Ms. Ahuama-Jonas loves to perform, and is an avid concert goer of all music. She is a member of the Atlanta Community Symphony Orchestra, and currently performs in the music ensemble East West Strings. She loves sports (especially football, Atlanta Falcons and University of Miami football respectively), staying physically active by playing volleyball, basketball and weight training, knitting, and reading. ----- Your support is appreciated! If you are enjoying The Orchestra Teacher Podcast, please consider becoming a supporter for as little as 99 cents per month. I am working hard to bring on some amazing educators who will share ideas, tell their story, and offer some support for all of you. I have invested a lot of time in putting it all together and money purchase equipment that will help provide the best possible listening experience. Here is the link: https://anchor.fm/orchestrateacher/support Thank you for your continued support! If you have suggestions for podcast guests, please let me know by providing a name and contact information. ----- Subscribe to The Orchestra Teacher Website, YouTube Channel, and Podcast! Website: http://www.orchestrateacher.net YouTube Channel: http://youtube.com/theorchestrateacher Podcast on Anchor.fm: https://anchor.fm/orchestrateacher Podcast on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/5pvAWs3uftZ5FJ2KyZYU0z Podcast on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-orchestra-teacher-podcast/id1489358262
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December 21, 2021
32. Live from the 75th Midwest Clinic with Jason Heath of Eastman Strings
32. Live from the 75th Midwest Clinic with Jason Heath of Eastman Strings
Jason Heath is an active performer, writer, blogger and teacher who is known for his podcast Contrabass Conversations, devoted to exploring music and ideas associated with the double bass. His podcast and blog are highly regarded in the music world, and he truly is the voice of the double bass world with hundreds of podcast episodes interviewing some incredible bassists. He is also author of two publications including the guide ‘Winning the Audition’. As an experienced teacher, Jason has taught double bass at DePaul University and the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. His former students hold positions at orchestras around the world, including at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Baltimore Symphony, and the Philharmonie Sudwestfalen. As a performer, Jason has played with Elgin Symphony Orchestra for 16 seasons and with the Midsummer’s music festival in Door County for over a decade. Jason also serves on the Board of Directors for the International Society of Bassists and is the Double Bass Product manager at Eastman Strings. In 2020, Jason Heath filmed two courses with Discover Double Bass aimed at classical beginners and intermediate players, compiling his many years of experience teaching thousands of students. https://jasonheath.info https://www.eastmanstrings.com
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December 17, 2021
31. Recorded at the Midwest Clinic 2021 with Anna Radspinner
31. Recorded at the Midwest Clinic 2021 with Anna Radspinner
Live from the Midwest Clinic in Chicago!  Anna talks about her upcoming session Hindsight Is 20/20: A Vision To Build a Stronger Beginner String Foundation. Anna Radspinner is an alumnus of the Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education with a Master’s degree in Administration from Wilkes University. She has been a music educator for 19 years with teaching experiences ranging from Kindergarten through 12th grade in the choral/classroom and in string education. Her areas of study include African-American music in which she leads a gospel choir at her home church, Vocal Jazz, the Orff-Schulwerk Approach and string pedagogy, where she arranges music and incorporates what is "relevant" into her style of teaching. Mrs. Radspinner has been a presenter at the Pennsylvania Music Educator Association State Conference and at the National Conference for the American String Teacher Association. She has also been a guest conductor and clinician for several festivals and in-services sessions in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia and West Virginia. Her intermediate school chamber orchestra will have performed for the Pennsylvania Music Educator Association State Conference three times in the past 5 years. Mrs. Radspinner has received the Pennsylvania Music Educator Association Citation of Excellence in Teaching Award, the Pennsylvania Delaware String Teacher Association 2018 String Teacher of the Year Award and most recently was named the Pennsylvania State University Music Educator’s Alumni of the Year. Outside of the school day, Mrs. Radspinner performs in the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra and maintains a private violin and viola studio. She is also deeply committed to serving her community through school service projects. Currently, she is teaching strings in the Williamsport Area School District at the Andrew G. Curtin Intermediate School. She resides in the city of Williamsport with her husband, Matthew, also a string teacher in the district and their 3 daughters, Megan, Elizabeth (Libby) and Nina. For more information and for a ton of free resources, visit https://www.mrsradspinner.com.
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December 17, 2021
30. Navigating through your career and managing work/life balance with Rachel Woods from Dallas ISD
30. Navigating through your career and managing work/life balance with Rachel Woods from Dallas ISD
Rachel Woods is the orchestra director at Irma Rangel Young Women's Leadership School, a 6th-12th grade academic magnet school in Dallas ISD (Dallas, TX). Prior to taking her current position, she taught at Floyd Middle School (Cobb County, GA) and Lake Highlands Jr. High School (Dallas, TX). Originally from Georgia, Rachel attended Kennesaw State University and received a Bachelor of Music in Music Education and completed her student teaching at Colegio Menor in Quito, Ecuador. Contact: racwoods@dallasisd.org Please donate!! Charles is hosting a fundraiser to benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. AFSP is dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide.  AFSP creates a culture that’s smart about mental health by engaging in the following core strategies: * Funding scientific research * Educating the public about mental health and suicide prevention * Advocating for public policies in mental health and suicide prevention * Supporting survivors of suicide loss and those affected by suicide in our mission You can donate here: https://supporting.afsp.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donate.event&eventID=8086&gclid=CjwKCAiAnO2MBhApEiwA8q0HYeRpZSPziBhnCxpSaGgiQg2ARbNRFV0YiOMyZ56QovqxfYrjKCQW1hoCJ3IQAvD_BwE Subscribe to The Orchestra Teacher Website, YouTube Channel, and Podcast! Website: http://www.orchestrateacher.net YouTube Channel: http://youtube.com/theorchestrateacher Podcast on Anchor.fm: https://anchor.fm/orchestrateacher Podcast on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/5pvAWs3uftZ5FJ2KyZYU0z Podcast on Google: https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy9mNjU1ZWEwL3BvZGNhc3QvcnNz Podcast on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-orchestra-teacher-podcast/id1489358262 Looking to advertise a product or service to string and orchestra teachers? Consider an audio advertisement on the Orchestra Teacher Podcast! Proceeds from your ad will help offset costs of equipment and web hosting. Please contact Charles at charleslaux1@gmail.com for more information.
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November 22, 2021
29. Interview with Angela Pendleton, Rockwall ISD
29. Interview with Angela Pendleton, Rockwall ISD
Angela is an orchestra teacher for Rockwall ISD in Texas.  She is in her 21st year in teaching this year. Angela has been with Rockwall ISD for 11 years. She previously worked for Dallas ISD as the head director at Woodrow Wilson High School and J.L. Long Middle School for 8 years. She began her teaching career with the Clark County School District in Las Vegas, Nevada in the year 2000. Angela has taught private violin and viola for 10 years, and performed with various church and community orchestras since 2011, including Rockwall Summer Musicals and the Mesquite Symphony. She performs on both violin and viola. Angela is originally from Oklahoma City.  She holds a Bachelor in Music Education from The University of Central Oklahoma, and a Bachelor in Mass Communication from Oklahoma City University where she received a full music scholarship for viola. Angela has a young piebald dachshund named Bailey, and enjoys movies, live local music performances and kayaking at the neighborhood Lake Ray Hubbard.
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October 24, 2021
28. Interview with David Eccles, The Lovett School (LIVE)
28. Interview with David Eccles, The Lovett School (LIVE)
The Orchestra Teacher Podcast, Episode 28 (LIVE) with David Eccles, 8/29/2021, 12:00 PM EST  David F. Eccles is a native of Norfolk, Virginia and currently serves as Director of String Music Education and Orchestral Activities at VanderCook College of Music in Chicago, Illinois. He has held string education positions in Virginia and Florida. He is an active clinician, adjudicator, conductor, and cellist. He has served as music director and principal conductor for many youth orchestras and guest conductor for numerous state, county, regional, and community orchestras.   Mr. Eccles has presented clinic sessions at local, state, and international conferences including the Midwest Band and Orchestra Directors Clinic & Conference, American String Teachers Association Conference, Texas Music Educators Conference, Illinois Music Educators Conference, and Florida Music Educators Conference. Mr. Eccles is also a clinician and consulting author for the Hal Leonard Corporation and a Performing Artist for JonPaul Bows.    Subscribe to The Orchestra Teacher Website, YouTube Channel, and Podcast!   Website: http://www.orchestrateacher.net YouTube Channel: http://youtube.com/theorchestrateacher Podcast on Anchor.fm: https://anchor.fm/orchestrateacher Podcast on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/5pvAWs3... Podcast on Google: https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0... Podcast on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast...   
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August 29, 2021
27. Interview with Jennifer Wiggin, KidStringsBox.com
27. Interview with Jennifer Wiggin, KidStringsBox.com
A native Texan, Jennifer Wiggin received her Bachelors in Music degree in Viola Performance from Texas Christian University, and her Masters in Music degree in Viola Performance at Indiana University. She went on to obtain her Masters in Business Administration with a concentration in marketing from the University of Southern California.  For the next dozen years she pivoted into a career in marketing and communications, focusing in the education and arts sectors. She was head of marketing and communications for the New World Symphony in Miami, the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California, Children's Museum of Atlanta, The Galloway School, and Atlanta Opera.   Bitten by the entrepreneurial bug in 2016, Jennifer founded Buckhead Strings, bringing beginner- to intermediate-level afterschool & summer camp strings programs to elementary schools in the Atlanta area. In December 2020, she founded KidStrings Box, the first ever subscription box created just for kids who play strings.  She established and currently leads the strings program at Atlanta Classical Academy, and has a full private violin and viola studio in Buckhead. In her spare time, she enjoys time with her two teenage children, traveling as much as possible, and walks with her rescue pup, Charlie.   Jennifer can be reached at jennifer@buckheadstrings.com   Box website: www.kidstringsbox.com   Please donate!!  Charles is hosting a fundraiser to benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.  AFSP is dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide.  AFSP creates a culture that’s smart about mental health by engaging in the following core strategies:  * Funding scientific research  * Educating the public about mental health and suicide prevention  * Advocating for public policies in mental health and suicide prevention  * Supporting survivors of suicide loss and those affected by suicide in our mission    You can learn more about Charles’ fundraiser and donate here: https://www.facebook.com/donate/211035227449343/   Subscribe to The Orchestra Teacher Website, YouTube Channel, and Podcast!  Website: http://www.orchestrateacher.net YouTube Channel: http://youtube.com/theorchestrateacher Podcast on Anchor.fm: https://anchor.fm/orchestrateacher Podcast on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/5pvAWs3uftZ5FJ2KyZYU0z Podcast on Google: https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy9mNjU1ZWEwL3BvZGNhc3QvcnNz Podcast on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-orchestra-teacher-podcast/id1489358262  Looking to advertise a product or service to string and orchestra teachers?  Consider an audio advertisement on the Orchestra Teacher Podcast! Proceeds from your ad will help offset costs of equipment and web hosting.  Please contact Charles at charleslaux1@gmail.com for more information.
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April 25, 2021
26. Interview with Nassar Edwards, Langham Creek HS, Cypress-Fairbanks ISD
26. Interview with Nassar Edwards, Langham Creek HS, Cypress-Fairbanks ISD
About our guest Nassar Edwards is the orchestra director at Langham Creek High School in Houston, TX. He has studied violin under Helen Kim, a Juilliard graduate and Kenn Wagner (Atlanta Symphony Orchestra). Nassar has been a violin clinician at various schools in the Cypress, TX area and in the metro-Atlanta area during his collegiate years. Nassar served as the president of the Collegiate National Association For Music Education and American String Teachers Association at Kennesaw State University. Nassar also served as a teacher for the KSU String Project for three years. He also was the Librarian for Kennesaw State University Symphony and Philharmonic Orchestra. Nassar is a member of the American String Teachers Association and Texas Music Educators Association. Since middle school, Nassar always knew he wanted to be a music educator. Nassar enjoys listening to music and podcasts, hanging out with his friends, trying new restaurants, and hopes to influence a community through his love for music. Mr. Edwards can be reached at nasssar.edwards@cfisd.net.  IG: nassar.edwards | Facebook: Nassar Edwards Langham Creek Orchestra: IG: langhamcreekorch | Twitter: CreekOrch | Facebook: Langham Creek Orchestra Booster Club Please help Charles raise funds for charity!! Charles is hosting a fundraiser to benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. AFSP is dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide.  AFSP creates a culture that’s smart about mental health by engaging in the following core strategies: Funding scientific research Educating the public about mental health and suicide prevention Advocating for public policies in mental health and suicide prevention Supporting survivors of suicide loss and those affected by suicide in our mission You can learn more about Charles’ fundraiser and donate here: https://www.facebook.com/donate/211035227449343/ Subscribe to The Orchestra Teacher Website, YouTube Channel, and Podcast! Website | YouTube Channel Podcast: Anchor.fm | Spotify | Google | Apple Podcasts  Looking to advertise a product or service to string and orchestra teachers? Consider an audio advertisement on the Orchestra Teacher Podcast! Proceeds from your ad will help offset costs of equipment and web hosting. Please contact Charles at charleslaux1@gmail.com for more information.
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April 24, 2021
25. Interview with Sandy Goldie, Virginia Commonwealth University
25. Interview with Sandy Goldie, Virginia Commonwealth University
Author Sandy Goldie is the director of music education at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. Before moving to Richmond, Dr. Goldie taught string music education courses at the University of Florida, where she completed her Ph.D. and was awarded the David Wilmot Prize for Excellence in Music Education. She received her master’s degree in music education from the University of Georgia and her bachelor’s degree in instrumental music education and performance from the University of South Carolina. Dr. Goldie has presented her music education research and pedagogy ideas at state, national, and international conferences, including the International Society for Assessment in Music Education, National Association for Music Education, American String Teachers Association, The Midwest Clinic, Society for Music Teacher Education, and State Music Education Association Conferences in Texas, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and Virginia. She has worked to promote music education at the local, state, and national levels through leadership positions in professional organizations such as the American String Teachers Association (former state president of the South Carolina Chapter and Virginia Chapter), South Carolina Music Educators Association (former executive board member of the orchestra division), Virginia Music Educators Association (President of the Higher Education Division), NAfME Collegiate Council (Southern representative), and American Viola Society (executive board member of the South Carolina and Virginia chapters). Dr. Goldie also serves on local arts advisory councils and works with area schools who serve disadvantaged and at-risk students to help provide access to string instruments and instruction. Dr. Goldie is an active conductor/clinician, professional performer (violist), and advocate for music education. She enjoys working with young musicians throughout the United States and has conducted many honors groups, all-region orchestras, district clinics, youth orchestras, as well as the 2009 South Carolina All-State Orchestra. She has enjoyed working with students of all ages in the public schools as an orchestra teacher for fourteen years. Her school orchestras have consistently received superior ratings each year at state performance festivals in South Carolina, Georgia, and throughout the United States and abroad, performing in places including Hawaii (1st Place High School Orchestra Division), Italy (2007 tour of Rome, Venice, Cremona, and Florence), Orlando, Williamsburg, Myrtle Beach, Atlanta, and New York. Her orchestras have also routinely performed in local nursing homes and elementary schools in order to share the joy of music and music education with others in the community. She has performed professionally with symphonies in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia (South Carolina Philharmonic, Charleston Symphony, Charlotte Philharmonic, Symphony Orchestra Augusta, and others). She currently directs the Richmond Symphony Youth Concert Orchestra and runs the Future Music Educator Honors Program for high school students. Her greatest loves are her family, her dog (Murray), her cat (Charlie), and the joy of sharing the excitement of great music teaching and performing with her students and fellow teachers. Dr. Goldie can be reached at sgoldie@vcu.edu Note: Starting with this episode I will begin numbering the episodes to make it easier for the audience to keep track of what they have listened to. Please reach out to me if you have ideas for future Orchestra Teacher Podcast episodes or guests.
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March 28, 2021
24. Interview with Krissi Davis, Grady High School, Atlanta Public Schools
24. Interview with Krissi Davis, Grady High School, Atlanta Public Schools
Orchestra Teacher Podcast, Season 2, Episode 9 Krissi Davis is in her 16 thyear in education as the orchestra director at Grady High School in Atlanta Public Schools, where she is currently the 2020-21 Atlanta Public Schools Teacher of the Year. She previously taught at the middle and high school levels in Clayton and Fayette Counties. While in Clayton County, she directed the Middle School Honor Orchestra. While in Fayette County, she directed the Fayette Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. Ms. Davis earned her Bachelor of Music Education degree from Georgia State University in 2004, and Master of Music Education degree from the University of Georgia in 2017. She is currently working toward her Ph.D. in Music Education at Georgia State University where she has served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant, teaching the undergraduate String Techniques course. Orchestras under her direction consistently earn superior ratings at GMEA LGPE and have traveled and performed in numerous cities including Orchestra Hall in Chicago, Ill, Carnegie Hall in New York, NY; and the 2018 ASTA National Orchestra Festival. Students in her orchestras consistently participate in honor orchestras such as the Metropolitan Youth Symphony, Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, and Georgia All-State Orchestra. As a member of GMEA, Ms. Davis has adjudicated GMEA Large Group Performance Evaluations in several districts, served as District 5 Orchestra Chair, and presented sessions at the 2018 and 2020 In-Service Conference. She also presented a session at the 2019 Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic. She has worked as a guest clinician in various capacities and maintains a private violin studio. Ms. Davis resides in Atlanta, Ga with her dogs Diggy and Russy, and in her spare time enjoys traveling. Ms. Davis can be reached at: Krissi.Davis@atlanta.k12.ga.us Visit www.orchestrateacher.net for resources, and more information.
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March 13, 2021
23. Interview with Dr. Frank Diaz, Indiana University
23. Interview with Dr. Frank Diaz, Indiana University
Dr. Frank M. Diaz is Associate Professor of Music Education at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music where he teaches courses on instrumental music education and teacher wellness. Diaz is a highly sought out clinician and conductor for honors, community, secondary, and collegiate orchestras, and is a frequent presenter and adjudicator for conferences, workshops, and festivals across the country. Previous to his position at Indiana, Diaz taught on the faculties of the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory and the University of Oregon School of Music, and served as a public school music teacher for school districts in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Florida. Along with his work as a teacher and conductor, Diaz currently serves on the Editorial Board of the String Research Journal and Journal of Research in Music Education, and is an active member of the American String Teachers Association. Dr. Diaz can be reached at: fmdiaz@indiana.edu
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March 05, 2021
22. Interview with Brad Pfeil, Neuqua Valley High School
22. Interview with Brad Pfeil, Neuqua Valley High School
Brad discusses his use of technology in teaching during the pandemic, particularly his use of loops and Soundtrap.com. Brad Pfeil received a Bachelor of Music Education and Performance degree from the University of Michigan and Master of Music Education degree from the University of Nevada Las Vegas.  He is currently an orchestra director at Neuqua Valley High School, a Grammy Award winning school in Naperville, IL. Brad taught previously in Las Vegas, Nevada where he performed actively as a double bassist in addition to teaching at Las Vegas High School, Fremont Middle School and Keller Middle School. Brad was principal double bass of the Las Vegas Philharmonic, played in Phantom, and was conductor of the Henderson Civic Symphony. He has also performed with numerous orchestras and artists including the Michigan Opera Theater, Ann Arbor Symphony, Lansing Symphony, Flint Symphony, Peoria Symphony, Luciano Pavarotti, Andrea Bocelli and Styx. Brad currently performs as principal double bass of the Heartland Festival Orchestra in Washington, Il. Brad is past president of the Nevada Chapter and the Illinois Chapter of the American String Teachers Association. Brad has spent the past eight summers as a conductor at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. This will be his fourth year conducting the Blue Lake International Youth Symphony Orchestra. When not making music, you can find Brad cycling, mountain biking and hiking. Brad can be reached at brad_pfeil@ipsd.org Resources: https://www.soundtrap.com #orchestra #highschool #virtuallearning #remoteteaching #looping #improvisation #soundtrap #technology
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January 16, 2021
21. Interview with Lisa (Hopko) Loucks, Maitland Middle School, Maitland, Florida
21. Interview with Lisa (Hopko) Loucks, Maitland Middle School, Maitland, Florida
Lisa (Hopko) Loucks is in her twenty-third year as Orchestra Director at Maitland Middle School in the Orange County Public Schools centered in Orlando, Florida. Her orchestras have consistently earned superior ratings in the Florida Orchestra Association Music Performance Assessments, and have performed in Atlanta, Chicago, and New York. Originally from Chicago, Lisa grew up on the west coast of the Florida and is a graduate Manatee High School under the direction of Jim Palmer. She then earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from UCF, where her teachers included John Whitney, Lee Eubank, and Dr. Ayako Yonetani. She has served as FOA 7-8 All State Orchestra Chair, District Chair for Orange County, and is a certified adjudicator of Music Performance Assessments. She had the honor of conducting All-County Orchestras throughout the state, and has served on the Board of Directors for the Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra. She has been a summer faculty member for both the Florida West Coast Symphony and UCF String Workshop. She has also been an adjunct professor at Stetson University, as instructor of their Secondary String Methods course. Mrs. Loucks is a violist with the Brevard Symphony, and has performed for the Florida Lakes Symphony Orchestra, 4 Divo, Fernando Varela’s PBS special “Coming Home” and with her #1 favorite artist-Harry Connick, Jr. Her professional memberships include the Florida Orchestra Association/ Florida Music Educators Association, American String Teachers Association (ASTA) and Sigma Alpha Iota. Most recently she was selected as the 2017-18 Florida School Teacher of the Year by ASTA. Outside of the classroom, Lisa is mom to 2-year old Logan. She spends many weekends exploring the theme parks with her family and is an avid Disney Pin Trader. Ms. Loucks can be reached at Lisa.Loucks@ocps.net
48:18
December 06, 2020
20. A casual conversation with Dr. Soo Han
20. A casual conversation with Dr. Soo Han
A casual conversation with Dr. Soo Han This episode features a very special guest and my dear friend, Dr. Soo Han. Soo agreed to come on the podcast if we could simply have a conversation rather than an interview, so we did! We discuss teaching during the pandemic, the future of music education, and also engage in some personal conversation including plans for Thanksgiving. I hope you and yours will have a wonderful Thanksgiving! -- Dr. Soo Han is the director of orchestral studies at Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music, a member of the Board of Directors of the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic, a contributing editor for Hal Leonard’s Essential Elements for Strings, a D’Addario Orchestral Strings Artist, a Conn-Selmer Educational Clinician, program coordinator and faculty member with Los Angeles Philharmonic’s summer YOLA program and the former director of orchestras & department chair of the William H. Duke Center for the Performing Arts at Carmel High School in Indiana. As an active conductor, he has appeared with Carmel Symphony Orchestra, Cave Run Symphony Orchestra, Michigan State Opera Theatre, Michigan State Symphony Orchestra, Valparaiso University and Butler University Symphony Orchestra. He is an active conductor for all-state, regional and honor orchestras appearing in over 30 states and has conducted internationally in Austria, China, Thailand and Australia. Han has collaborated with numerous artists, groups, and conductors such as Lynn Harrell, David Kim and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. He has produced multiple recordings of complete symphonies and has premiered several commissioned works for strings and full orchestras. He has presented workshops and clinics internationally and for nearly every major national and state music conference including: Australian String Teacher Conference, Maryborough National Australia Conference, Midwest Clinic, ASTA National Conference, NAfME National Conference and Ohio University Summer String Teacher Workshop. Orchestras under his leadership experienced a great deal of success including nine Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA) State Championships and being named Grand Champions at the National Orchestra Cup at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall. As a passionate supporter of public school music programs, he continues to remain active in instrumental classrooms throughout the country. Han was previously the president of the Indiana American String Teachers Association and the chapter was awarded the ‘Most Improved Chapter’ during his time as president. He recently served as the National American String Teachers Association’s K-12 Committee Chair. He received his Bachelor of Instrumental Music Education from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Master of Science in Education from Indiana University School of Education and his Doctorate in Orchestral Conducting from the Michigan State University College of Music. Contact Dr. Han: https://www.bw.edu/academics/bios/han-soo -- Background music: Ahrirang, arranged by Soo Han https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3v4NHMxVehA To purchase print edition or for more info: https://goo.gl/4JLFWw
55:10
November 23, 2020
Interview with Renee Wang, Space Center Intermediate, Clear Creek ISD
Interview with Renee Wang, Space Center Intermediate, Clear Creek ISD
Renee Wang is the Head Orchestra Director at Space Center Intermediate in Clear Creek Independent School District. She is a native of Clear Lake (southeast Houston), Texas. Ms. Wang earned her Master’s degree in Music Education at The Ohio State University, where she studied with Dr. Robert Gillespie, taught undergraduate courses as a Graduate Teaching Associate, worked with the Columbus Symphony Chamber Strings as an assistant conductor, and administrated the Ohio State Morning String Student Workshop summer camp. Prior to graduate school, she was the Orchestra Director at Queens Intermediate in Pasadena, Texas. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Baylor University, where she studied with Dr. Michael Alexander and Dr. Bruce Berg. While at Baylor, Ms. Wang received the Bennett Award in Music Education and was inducted into Pi Kappa Lambda. Ms. Wang has had the opportunity to present sessions at the annual conventions for the American String Teachers Association, Texas Music Educators Association, and Ohio Music Education Association and is actively involved as a clinician and administrator for the Ohio State University String Teacher Workshop. Outside of the classroom, Ms. Wang enjoys leading worship at her church, squirrel-watching and spending time outside with her dog, Alto, and performing in the Houston area. If you would like to connect with Renee, please email her at rewang@ccisd.net.
45:26
October 13, 2020
Update #3 on Hybrid Teaching with guest David Metrio
Update #3 on Hybrid Teaching with guest David Metrio
This is the last of three special episodes where I bring previous guests back on the podcast to check in with them on their current state using a hybrid (simultaneous F2F and remote) teaching.  David shares his current teaching situation, some fresh ideas, and thoughts about his hybrid teaching experiences. #hybridteaching #orchestra 
42:34
October 12, 2020
Update #2 on Hybrid Teaching with guest Scott Laird
Update #2 on Hybrid Teaching with guest Scott Laird
Hybrid Teaching Updates (Simultaneous F2F and Remote) This is the second of three special episodes where I bring previous guests back on the podcast to check in with them on how their hybrid teaching is going.  Scott shares his philosophy, ideas, and hybrid teaching experiences. Listen to the first episode with Scott Laird from March 20, 2020 #hybridteaching #orchestra
36:58
October 11, 2020
Update on Hybrid Teaching with guest Shawn Morton
Update on Hybrid Teaching with guest Shawn Morton
Hybrid Teaching Updates (Simultaneous F2F and Remote) This is the first of three special episodes where I bring previous guests back on the podcast to check in with them on how their hybrid teaching is going.  Shawn shares her philosophy, ideas, and experiences with our listeners. Listen to the first episode with Shawn from August 16. #hybridteaching #orchestra
33:34
October 11, 2020
Update on hybrid teaching (Simultaneous F2F and remote)
Update on hybrid teaching (Simultaneous F2F and remote)
My thoughts on preparing to teach in a hybrid format, with a small portion of the population returning Face to Face while a majority of students remain in their remote learning situation. Coming soon will be an episode featuring teachers who will share their experiences with hybrid teaching.  Stay tuned.
07:51
September 22, 2020
Interview with Shawn Morton - Teaching online and face to face
Interview with Shawn Morton - Teaching online and face to face
In this episode, we interview Ms. Shawn Morton, orchestra director at Duluth High School in the Gwinnett County Schools in Georgia about her experience going back to school amid the COVID-19 pandemic.  She is slated to introduce students with face to face learning in the next few weeks and discusses her current online teaching and her preparations for face to face. Shawn Morton is beginning her fourteenth year as an orchestra teacher in Gwinnett County.  She graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education and a minor in viola performance. While attending UGA, Mrs. Morton was a member of the Honors program and was president of the UGA chapter of the American String Teachers Association. Mrs. Morton also holds a Masters of Business Administration from Shorter College. Mrs. Morton conducts the Gwinnett County Kendall Youth Orchestra, and she has worked as a sectional coach with the Gwinnett County Youth Symphony, and she has served as a clinician for local school orchestras, the Spivey Hall Chamber Orchestra Workshop, The Gwinnett County Violapalooza Festival, The Gwinnett County Tapestry Workshop, the UGA Summer Music Camp and various other workshops and clinics. Mrs. Morton also maintains a private studio. Her students have been named as members of Kendall Youth Orchestra, Gwinnett County Youth Symphony, Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra, Emory Youth Symphony Orchestra, and the Georgia All-State Orchestra. In addition, Mrs. Morton’s orchestras have performed at the 2007 Midwest Clinic, 2009 American String Teachers Association Conference and the 2011 Georgia Music Educators Association In-service Conference, 2013 National Band and Orchestra Festival at Lincoln Center, and the 2014 Midwest Clinic. Mrs. Morton is a member of the American String Teachers Association, Georgia Music Educators Association, Professional Association of Georgia Educators, and Sigma Beta Delta . She resides in Buford with her husband Dale, son Hudson and dogs Harmony and Mozart. Contact Shawn at shawn_morton@gwinnett.k12.ga.us
31:50
August 16, 2020
Pre-planning thoughts and teaser regarding our next episode
Pre-planning thoughts and teaser regarding our next episode
In this episode, I share my thoughts on pre-planning and provide some preliminary information about our next guest, Ms. Shawn Morton.  The full episode featuring an interview with Shawn Morton of Duluth High School will be coming on Sunday, August 16!
07:26
August 14, 2020
Back to School Update 20-21
Back to School Update 20-21
This episode is just a quick update to what is going on and Dr. Laux's thoughts on returning back to school.  More full episodes coming soon! Note: This podcast will start Season 2, Episode #1 of the Orchestra Teacher Podcast.  For resources and ideas for your classroom visit www.orchestrateacher.net
11:27
August 04, 2020
Special Episode #5 - Distance Learning with Cory Zilisch
Special Episode #5 - Distance Learning with Cory Zilisch
Cory Zilisch is the Director of Orchestras at Westport Middle School in Louisville, Kentucky. He has taught orchestra in the city of Louisville for 5 years. During Cory's tenure at Westport Middle School since 2014, the orchestra program has grown by over 400% in just two years. (From 45 to 180+ members) Mr. Zilisch has been a pioneer in the area of string education. Under his direction, the Westport Orchestra boasts one of the first middle school "Electric Orchestra" programs. Mr. Zilisch has propelled the Westport Orchestra into the 21st century using state of the art instruments and technology. The "Rock N' Warhawks" electric orchestra is a unique performing ensemble that utilizes electric instruments, choreography and improvisation. The electric group performs very often in many community events and functions. Mr. Zilisch has presented sessions on technology in the music classroom at the JCPS music teacher's in-services, American String Teacher's Association National Conference, University of Louisville, University of Michigan, University of Delaware and the  KMEA State Conference. Mr. Zilisch has also received numerous awards including a recent selection as a quarterfinalist for the Grammy Music Educator Award. Mr. Zilisch was also selected as the Kentucky Music Educators Association 2017 state Middle school teacher of the year. http://westportorchestra.org/ YouTube Channel: http://youtube.com/westportmiddleschoolorchestra Facebook Channel: http://facebook.com/westportorchestra Resources: SmartMusic FlipGrid Christian Howes' Play Along Workouts on YouTube
28:27
April 14, 2020
Interview with Scott Laird, North Carolina School of Science and Math
Interview with Scott Laird, North Carolina School of Science and Math
Recognized string pedagogue and conductor, Scott Laird, serves on the faculty of The North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics where he is Fine Arts Coordinator and Instructor of Music. Noted for his innovative approach to ensemble development and musicianship, Laird is a frequent conductor of honor orchestras and is a sought-after conference presenter. He regularly performs on acoustic and electric violin and is known for his abilities in both the classical and improvisatory arena. Laird was the recipient of the 2019 UNC Board of Governors Excellence in Teaching Award, 2017 ASTA Elizabeth A. H. Green Award, and North Carolina Symphony’s 2016 Maxine Swalin Award. He is currently on the National Boards of the American String Teachers Association, El Sistema USA and Creative Strings, Inc. He has served as President of the NC Chapter of ASTA, Chair of the NCMEA Orchestra Section and maintains a presence as a national leader in string education. He earned his B.S. in Music Education and his M.A. in Violin Performance from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he studied violin with Prof. Delight Malitsky. He earned his National Board Certification in 2004 and recertified in 2013. His blog, “Thoughts of a String Educator,” enjoys broad readership in the music education community. In addition, Laird serves as a sponsored artist and educational specialist for D’Addario Bowed Strings, Coda Bows, Conn Selmer, and NS Design Electric Violins and String Editor for C Alan Publications. Website: http://www.scottlaird.net/  Blog: http://www.scottlaird.net/Blog.html  North Carolina School of Science and Math: https://www.ncssm.edu/
47:10
March 20, 2020
Special Episode #4 - Distance Learning with Amanda Turner
Special Episode #4 - Distance Learning with Amanda Turner
Amanda Turner holds a Bachelor of Music (1998) and Master of Music (2005) in Music Education, both from University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In 2018, she received her National Board recertification by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.  Currently, Mrs. Turner teaches orchestra at Ardrey Kell & East Mecklenburg High Schools, both located in Charlotte, NC.  Mrs. Turner is also the conductor of the Union Symphony Youth Orchestra Prelude Strings. Orchestras under Mrs. Turner’s direction have consistently earned Superior ratings at the North Carolina Music Performance Adjudication and at a variety of other performance venues. Students in her ensembles are chosen to participate in auditioned orchestras including the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Honors Orchestra, the Junior Western Region Orchestra, the Senior Western Region Orchestra, the North Carolina Honors All-State Orchestra, the North Carolina ASTA All-State Orchestra and the NAfME Honors All-National Orchestra. She has served as guest clinician/conductor for the Western Regional Repertory Orchestra (NC), Junior Western Region Honors Orchestra (NC), Junior Eastern Region Honors Orchestra (NC), Buncombe (NC), New Hanover (NC), Onslow (NC), Robeson (NC), Rock Hill (SC), and Winston-Salem Forsyth (NC) All-County Orchestras, the South Carolina Region 1 Junior Orchestra and the UNCG Summer Music Camp. Amanda holds professional memberships as a member of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), North Carolina Music Educators Association (NCMEA), and the American String Teachers Association (ASTA). She is the past NC Orchestra Division Chair for NCMEA and is currently the NC ASTA Chapter President-Elect.  Mrs. Turner has been a free-lance violist in the Charlotte area for years and currently performs as a section violist with the Union Symphony Orchestra. She has taught violin and viola privately for 20 years. She currently resides in Matthews, NC with her husband Chad, a band director and free-lance trombonist, their beautiful children, daughter, Addison, son, Asher and dog Bella. Links: Ardrey Kell High School Orchestra East Mecklenburg High School Orchestra Google Classroom Charms Office   Remind Online Project: Orchestro!  (Orchestra Bingo) https://docs.google.com/document/d/1PdIcEHBOMOYX7K_JzG8AHDeessXIK1lVWoMHthLtFF0/edit
13:33
March 17, 2020
Special Episode #3 - Distance Learning with Dr. Marci Major
Special Episode #3 - Distance Learning with Dr. Marci Major
Dr. Marci Major serves as Chair and Associate Professor of Music Education at West Chester University, PA, and directs the Bel Canto ensemble with the Kennett Symphony Children’s Chorus. As an active researcher, Dr. Major's primary research interests encompass the economics of music education in today's public schools, and choral music in the middle levels. Her research appears in the Arts Education Policy Review, Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, the Journal of Research in Music Education, Missouri Journal of Research in Music Education and Research Studies in Music Education Dr. Major balances her research interests with the roles of clinician, adjudicator and conductor by giving teacher preparation workshops and conducting honors choirs locally and across the nation. Dr. Major earned her B.S. in music education from West Chester University, her M.M. in choral conducting from Michigan State University, and her Ph.D. in music education from The Ohio State University. Prior to collegiate teaching, Dr. Major taught middle and high school choir in Michigan. Dr. Major resides in West Chester, Pennsylvania, with her husband, son, and daughter. Contact Dr. Major - MMajor@wcupa.edu Links: FFlat Books - https://fflat-books.com/ Here are the direct links to the forms: MSL Request - https://forms.gle/1w3URu3frCUu5eRX8 MSL Helper - https://forms.gle/X1Dz2CTUMeKLXmKv8 MSL Mentor - https://forms.gle/QBpRQYEM6DnqBfTU6
13:42
March 16, 2020
Special Episode #2 - Distance Learning with Rosie Riquelme
Special Episode #2 - Distance Learning with Rosie Riquelme
Episode 7 - Special Episode #2 on Distance Learning  Rosie Riquelme, Director of Orchestras at Collins Hill High School, received her Bachelor of Music Education degree from Georgia College and State University where she was a student of Dr. Daniel Kaplunas. Rosie received her Masters of Music Education from the University of West Georgia through their online program and is continuing her own violin studies with Curtis Institute Alumni, Mrs. Valerie Gardner in Winder, GA. In 2019, Rosie became a Level 1 & Level 2 Google Certified Educator. Rosie is excited to begin pursuing her Specialist Degree this August 2019 in Instructional Technology at Kennesaw State University. Rosie regularly serves as a guest clinician for various honor orchestras and schools around Gwinnett County, and has served as one of the counselors for the Encore! Summer Music Camp. This 2019-2020 school year is Rosie’s ninth year teaching orchestra and ninth year at Collins Hill High School. While teaching at Collins Hill, all orchestras have consistently received straight superior ratings at the annual large group performance evaluations. As a violinist, she has performed with various groups including the Omaggio String Quartet, GCSU String Ensemble, GCSU String Quartet, Georgia All-College Orchestra, Agnes Scott Community Orchestra, Gwinnett Symphony Orchestra, Gwinnett County Chamber Orchestra, and the Da Salo Solisti Chamber Orchestra. Rosie has had the honor of performing with various performing artists including Josh Groban, Michael Buble, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and Ashanti Floyd otherwise known as “The Mad Violinist”. In 2010, the Omaggio String Quartet had the honor of performing for Georgia Governor, Mr. Nathan Deal. Currently, she regularly performs with the Bella Nota String Quartet and the Emerald Empire Band playing for various events around Atlanta. Rosie currently resides in Atlanta, GA and enjoys salsa dancing, traveling, paddleboarding, and spending time with her cats.  Contact Rosie: Rosie.riquelme@gcpsk12.org  Links:  Website for Duck Soup: https://ducksoup.us/  Tutorial on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8P0NBg1DQ2s&fbclid=IwAR37e6oZdnMqjN5Iy5xnlBQyGMuZhAjhoIsX1Ye3Pj1O2DT1bUgeazaNoaw  Presentation Slides about Duck Soup: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/e/2PACX-1vQ7be2x_fMsgFqPU0qmkrB3ySwWSXudp-1Bhe1PjHt6GUIAhpyVXMFdld9dEOfu9Ly5l9ZCNq0SkQUg/pub?start=false&loop=false&delayms=3000&fbclid=IwAR1gvN9xHfrf7MbMI7j7-M2gNSac6f9VWj5X42ph3YF3e6f231KOlSDee7w&slide=id.g35f391192_00  Special Episodes on Distance Learning  Amid the current COVID-19 outbreak, many schools are closed so it made sense to focus a series of Orchestra Teacher Podcast episodes on the topic of Distance Learning.  Many teachers have been using technology for years, however now it has become a necessity and a requirement for teachers whose schools are closed.  This series will feature teachers from across the country who are using technology in creative ways that will help provide other teachers with ideas and resources for their teaching.  While online instruction in orchestra can never replace face-to-face instruction, creative use of technology can help provide meaningful instruction for our students while schools are closed.
11:01
March 16, 2020
Special Episode #1 - Distance Learning with Stephan LaBelle
Special Episode #1 - Distance Learning with Stephan LaBelle
Special Episodes on Distance Learning Amid the current COVID-19 outbreak, many schools are closed so it made sense to focus a series of Orchestra Teacher Podcast episodes on the topic of Distance Learning.  Many teachers have been using technology for years, however now it has become a necessity and a requirement for teachers whose schools are closed.  This series will feature teachers from across the country who are using technology in creative ways that will help provide other teachers with ideas and resources for their teaching.  While online instruction in orchestra can never replace face-to-face instruction, creative use of technology can help provide meaningful instruction for our students while schools are closed. Episode 7 Stephan Labelle is the Orchestra and Guitar Director at Wekiva High School in the Orange County Public Schools in Central Florida. Stephan holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of Delaware. He has directed orchestra, guitar, and keyboard programs in the Cranford Public Schools and Rahway Public Schools in NJ. He has performed as a soloist as well as with various ensembles such as the Blue Hen String Quartet and the Lieto String Quartet in Pennsylvania as well as many outside organizations. He also teaches privately throughout Orange County. Links Extensive List of Companies Offering Free Services: http://www.amazingeducationalresources.com/ www.flipgrid.com home.smartmusic.com www.sightreadingfactory.com Contact Stephan at: stephan.labelle2@gmail.com
12:02
March 16, 2020
Interview with Karel Butz, Beckendorff Junior High School, Katy, TX
Interview with Karel Butz, Beckendorff Junior High School, Katy, TX
Karel Butz is the Head Orchestra Director at Beckendorff Junior High School in Katy, Texas.  He previously taught orchestra in the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District (Houston, Texas) and Carmel Clay Schools (Carmel, Indiana) in addition to serving as adjunct violin faculty at Purdue University.  His orchestras have performed at the Midwest Clinic and are consistent UIL Sweepstakes Winners, Texas Honor Orchestra State Finalists, and National Honor Orchestra Winners in the Foundation for Music Education Mark of Excellence Competition.  Under his direction, the Beckendorff Honor Orchestra was named the 2019 Texas State Honor Orchestra and 2019 Houston Cup Winner.  He is a frequent guest conductor, lecturer, and clinician around the country. His music is published by Musica Propria, Inc. and has been performed worldwide at several venues such as the Midwest Clinic, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival, Indiana University String Academy, the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) Conference, and several all-state and region honor orchestras. His book Achieving Musical Success in the String Classroom (2019) is published by Oxford University Press. Mr. Butz has performed in several orchestras, including the National Repertory Orchestra, National Orchestral Institute, and Spoleto Festival USA. He served as an Associate Instructor for string techniques and music theory at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. In addition, he taught violin for the Indiana University String Academy, Music for All Summer Symposium  Orchestra Division, and the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute.  He is a freelance violinist in Houston. Mr. Butz is a member of the Texas Music Adjudicators Association (TMAA), Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA), and American String Teachers Association (ASTA). Mr. Butz received both his Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music in Violin Performance with high distinction from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where his principal violin instructors were Nelli Shkolnikova and Mimi Zweig.  He completed doctoral coursework in music education at Indiana University. Links: Karel's Website Textbook: Achieving Musical Success in the String Classroom  Amazon Link
44:23
March 01, 2020
Interview with Erin Broadhurst, Hilliard City Schools, OH
Interview with Erin Broadhurst, Hilliard City Schools, OH
Erin Yelton Broadhurst is an orchestra director for the Hilliard City School District near Columbus, Ohio. She has earned Master Teacher status as designated by the State of Ohio, and in April of 2016 she received a Baldwin-Wallace Outstanding Educator Award. She has served as a string clinician for the American String Teachers’ Association (ASTA and Ohio Music Education Association conferences, and is a member of the Executive Board for the Ohio chapter of ASTA. Ms. Broadhurst is currently the violist for the Columbus String Quartet, and her past professional performance experience includes membership in the Springfield Symphony Orchestra and Newark-Granville Symphony. Ms. Broadhurst’s previous teaching background includes serving as the director of the Newark-Granville Chamber Strings, Middletown Youth Symphony, and maintaining a private viola and violin studio. In 2003 she was chosen as the Ohio String Teachers’ Association's Young Teacher of the Year. Ms. Broadhurst earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree at BW and earned Master’s degrees in both String Pedagogy and Viola Performance from the Ohio State University. She thoroughly enjoys working with the wonderful students at Hilliard Memorial Middle School and Hilliard Bradley High School and spending time with her husband and two children. Ms. Broadhurst can be reached at Erin_Broadhurst@hboe.org.
34:40
January 28, 2020
Interview with David Metrio, Lanier High School, GA
Interview with David Metrio, Lanier High School, GA
Recorded at the 73rd Annual Midwest Clinic... David Metrio is currently the Director of Orchestras at Lanier High School in Sugar Hill, GA as well as the conductor for the Georgia Youth Symphony Camerata Orchestra. He has studied double bass under Dr. James Barket (Kennesaw State), Mr. Joseph Mcfadden (Atlanta Symphony), and Mr. Michael Kurth (Atlanta Symphony). Mr. Metrio has also performed with several orchestras in the Atlanta area such as the Georgia Symphony, the Kennesaw State University Orchestra, the Gwinnett Symphony, and the Emory Symphony. David Metrio is currently the Director of Orchestras at Lanier High School in Sugar Hill, GA as well as the conductor for the Georgia Youth Symphony Camerata Orchestra. Mr. Metrio is an active bass clinician in the Atlanta area. He has presented bass clinics at various middle schools and high schools in the Gwinnett, Cobb, and Fulton County School Districts as well as the Atlanta Public School District. Metrio has served on staff at the Upbeat! Summer orchestra camp as well as the Georgia ASTA summer orchestra camp. Mr. Metrio also maintains a small private bass studio. While at KSU, Metrio served as president of the KSU chapter of the American String Teachers Association. Mr. Metrio was also a lead teacher for the KSU strings project. Metrio served as head intern and librarian for the Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra and assistant librarian for the Georgia Symphony. Mr. Metrio’s professional affiliations include the National Association For Music Education, the American String Teachers Association, and the Georgia Music Educators Association. In his free time, Mr. Metrio enjoys traveling and considers himself an avid foodie. He resides in Suwanee, GA with his beloved Shit-Zu, Mozart.
35:43
December 18, 2019
Interview with Dr. Blair Williams, Texas Tech University
Interview with Dr. Blair Williams, Texas Tech University
Dr. Blair Williams (PhD, The Ohio State University, MM, Kansas State University, BME, Baylor University) is an Assistant Professor of String Music Education in the School of Music at Texas Tech University. Her duties at Texas Tech include supervising string student teachers, teaching courses in string music education, instruction in instrumental/orchestral conducting, and directing the Texas Tech University String Project. During the summers, Dr. Williams is active with the TTU Summer Master of Music Education program, the TTU Band and Orchestra Camp Academy for beginning students, and the TTU Band and Orchestra Camp.  Additionally, she serves on the editorial board for American String Teacher, on the National String Project Consortium Board, on the ASTA Collegiate Committee, as a Member-at-Large for NAfME-Texas, as the TMEA Region 16 College Chair, and as an advisor to the Epsilon Pi chapter of Mu Phi Epsilon and the TTU Student Chapter of the American String Teachers Association.   Dr. Williams has presented clinics regionally and nationally including invited sessions at the National Association for Music Education National In-Service Conference, the annual American String Teachers Association conference, the Ohio State String Teacher Workshop, Texas Music Educators Association, and Colorado Music Educators Association. Her research interests include: rural string music education, music teacher education, secondary music teaching, and viola. She has been published in The American String Teacher and SmartMusic. Additional conducting engagements have included: youth, regional, and all-city ensembles in Kansas, Texas, Ohio, and Oregon; Graduate Conductor/Section Coach-Columbus Symphony Youth Orchestras, Chamber Strings; Graduate Conductor-Kansas State Orchestra; Assistant Director/Administrator of the Gold Orchestra (Manhattan, KS) including an invited performance at The Midwest Clinic in 2010; and Associate Director/String Coordinator of the Waco Symphony Youth Orchestra.  After earning her Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baylor, Dr. Williams served as Director of Orchestras and the Associate Director of Orchestras in Midway ISD, Waco, TX teaching grades 5-12. While teaching in Texas, Dr. Williams' ensembles (string and full) consistently received superior ratings and sweepstakes awards at UIL Solo and Ensemble, UIL Large Group Contest, and other festivals. In 2009, she founded the Midway High School chapter of Texas Future Music Educators with 20 students. Dr. Williams also continues to enjoy working with public school students as a guest adjudicator, clinician, and conductor.  She is a member of ASTA, NAfME, TMEA, Pi Kappa Lambda, CMS, and Mu Phi Epsilon.
36:24
December 06, 2019
Interview with Matthew Radspinner, Williamsport Area High School, PA
Interview with Matthew Radspinner, Williamsport Area High School, PA
Our inaugural episode features an interview with Mr. Matthew Radspinner, orchestra director at Williamsport Area High School in Pennsylvania. Matthew Radspinner was appointed to the position of Orchestra Director at Williamsport Area High School in 2011 but has served in the district since 2005. Previously he directed Williamsport Area Middle School and Elementary orchestras. Mr. Radspinner has had the honor of having four of his Williamsport Area School District Orchestras selected to perform at PMEA (Pennsylvania Music Educators Association) State Conferences in 2008, 2010, 2014 and 2017.   At the high school, Mr. Radspinner directs three curricular orchestras as well as the, Millionaire Strolling Strings.  The Millionaire Strolling Strings performed at the opening general session of the 2019 NAfME Easter Conference in Pittsburgh, PA. Outside of his duties with the Williamsport Area School District, Mr. Radspinner has served as a member of the music education faculties at Susquehanna and Bucknell Universities and has been teaching at the Ohio State University String Teacher Workshop since 2011.  Currently, Mr. Radspinner  is the music director for the Williamsport Symphony Youth Orchestra and is the founder of the Williamsport Symphony Junior Strings program.   Mr. Radspinner has been invited to guest conduct orchestras throughout the east coast and enjoys an activate schedule as a clinician, including presenting at the 2012 and 2017 PMEA (Pennsylvania Music Educators Association) State Conference and the 2015 ASTA (American String Teacher Association) conference in Tampa Fla. In 2017, Mr. Radspinner was honored to receive the Pennsylvania String Teacher of the Year award as given by the Pennsylvania/Delaware chapter of ASTA. Mr. Radspinner studied undergraduate music education and performance at The Pennsylvania State University and Mansfield University.  Radspinner completed masters in music education at Shenandoah University.  On double bass, Mr. Radspinner is a member of the Williamsport Symphony and has performed with the Nittany Valley, and Altoona Symphonies as well as the Penns Woods Festival Orchestra.  Also, Mr. Radspinner is a founding member of The Williamsport City Jazz Orchestra. Mr. Radspinner resides in the city of Williamsport with his wife Anna (also a string teacher) and their daughters Megan, Elizabeth (Libby), and Nina.
39:47
November 27, 2019
Welcome to The Orchestra Teacher Podcast!
Welcome to The Orchestra Teacher Podcast!
My newest project is this podcast, called “The Orchestra Teacher.” It is my hope that I will be able to capture the interest of string and orchestra teachers by interviewing some of the most outstanding educators in our profession to get their insight into what they do. I want to learn about their educational philosophies, daily routines, teaching strategies, successes, and situations that challenge them. Through these discussions, we can all reflect, learn, and grow. You will be able to listen to episodes of the podcast and subscribe on OrchestraTeacher.net, anchor.fm, Spotify, and more. Stay tuned for new episodes every few weeks. Our first guest will be Mr. Matthew Radspinner, Orchestra Director at Williamsport Area School District in Pennsylvania. Be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss an episode! The list of future guests includes educators and other influencers from all walks of the string teaching profession. If you have someone in mind who would make a good guest, please don’t hesitate to let me know!  I can be reached via my website at www.OrchestraTeacher.net. Thanks for listening!
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November 26, 2019