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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, and more.
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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.
45:25
October 13, 2020
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 
42:33
October 12, 2020
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
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
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October 11, 2020
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
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
31:49
August 16, 2020
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!
07:25
August 14, 2020
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
11:26
August 4, 2020
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
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April 14, 2020
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
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
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March 17, 2020
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
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March 16, 2020
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.
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March 16, 2020
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
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
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March 1, 2020
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.
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January 28, 2020
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
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.
36:23
December 6, 2019
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!
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