Session VI Courses & String Week

Note that this is the 2011 Course List - still provided here for reference.   While some of these courses may be offered again in 2012, this is not the course list or schedule for Summer 2012.

July 25-29, 2011

735 - The Boy's Changing Voice: New Dimensions
(3 credits)   (90 PA Act 48 hours)

In this course you will learn about the male changing voice and discover methods and materials for working with the male changing voice in your ensemble(s).  Sessions will begin with the pedagogical history of the male changing voice and how that history relates to the types of music (octavos) available for choirs with changing voices.  Various alternative methods and materials will be explored and examined.  Attendees will discover a variety of warm-ups, rehearsal techniques, and materials that will enhance the vocal capabilities of boys singing in their ensembles.  Participants should bring two pieces from their choral music library to examine and share with the class.  Participants are invited to bring the boys from their choir to attend an “open rehearsal” on Thursday afternoon from 1:00 – 3pm. Additional information will be provided.  A live demonstration working with boys whose voices are either unchanged, changing, or changed will bring the theoretical concepts from the course to life.   

Instructor - Craig Denison - Artistic Director of Florida's Singing Sons Boychoir.   Previously served as the Music Director of the Colorado Children's Chorale and Associate Music Director and Conductor of The American Boychoir.

618 - Instrumental Conducting: Elementary through High School
(3 credits)   (90 PA Act 48 hours)

This course will focus on phrase conducting, cueing within the beat pattern and the meaningful use of the left hand using contemporary style beat patterns.  The text will be "Conducting the Music, Not the Musicians" by Jerry and Henry Nowak. published by Carl Fischer. Emphasis will be placed on expressive phrasing and style, through analysis/application of appropriate conducting gestures. Students will conduct the class ensemble seven times using Chorales, Etudes and excerpts from literature with coaching by the instructor and video replay for self-evaluation. Performance materials are provided. Members of the class may also bring 2 to 3 grade level band or orchestra pieces. Band and Orchestra teachers are welcome. There will be pre-course and post-course assignments and evaluations.  The class is limited to 20 participants.

Instructor - Jerry Nowak - Professor Emeritus, Conductor, Composer, Arranger, & Author 

705 - The Steel Band in the School and Community
(3 credits)   (90 PA Act 48 hours)

Explore the potential of a Steel Drum Band in your school or community. This course will give the participants an overview of this new and exciting art form. Students will be given the history of  'pan' (steel drums) including its pedagogical development. The participants will have an opportunity to play on state-of-the-art instruments. The class will learn the basic techniques of playing the pan. Music that will be addressed will include Calypso, Soca, Cha Cha, Samba, along with other styles of music from Classics to Jazz. Other areas of discussion will include proper care and maintenance, how to obtain pan music, acquisition of instruments and the pan in music education.

Instructors - Marc Svaline - Department of Fine Arts, Washington School District, PA (retired) Tim Peterman - Former Director of Percussion and Assistant Director of the World Music Center, West Virginia University

728-2B - GarageBand Does It All  

(3 credits)   (90 PA Act 48 hours)

This course is held at Parkland H.S., Allentown, PA

GarageBand is an easy-to-learn musical workhorse with dozens of great uses for teachers and students.  What's more...it's lots of fun! Want your students to enjoy composing original music or making arrangements?  How about getting them excited about music history as they make podcasts rather than boring traditional reports?  Wouldn’t it be great to see students have fun improvising, or creating a musical underscoring with sound effects for a video?  Want to make quality recordings of individuals or an ensemble without a complicated microphone scheme?  Want a great way to demonstrate musical concepts such as form, dynamics, articulation, tempo, and texture so students really understand?  Need to prepare sound clips for a PowerPoint presentation or webpage, blog, or wiki? GarageBand does all this and much more! Perhaps that's why many music teachers name this program as the technology tool they use most. In this course for general, vocal/choral, and instrumental music teachers at all levels, we’ll explore and experience the many uses for Apple’s GarageBand.  Each year the program adds more features and functionality; so even if you've used GarageBand before there's bound to be something that'll make you see the program in a new way. The course will be taught in a Mac lab using GarageBand, but Windows-equivalent software and adaptations will be discussed

Instructor - Scott Watson - Parkland High School, Allentown, PA; Author, Composer

July 24-29 - String Week (Sunday-Friday)

799 - Eastern String Educators Present:  Building a Superior School String Program
(3 credits)   (90  PA Act 48 hours)

Special String Week Schedule - Sunday through Friday, with Evenings

Sunday Registration 1:30 - 2:45,  Class 3 - 8 p.m., Mon - Thurs  8:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m., Friday 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Building a Superior School String Program is for orchestra directors at all levels. String players and non-string-players alike may choose skill development classes appropriate for their individual needs and interests. These classes will focus on technical skills and pedagogy for teaching each string instrument (violin, viola, cello, bass) at the  beginning and intermediate levels.

Class offerings include first and second year string teaching strategies, developing music literacy in string classes, orchestral bowings, and orchestral rehearsal techniques for elementary, middle school, and high school. Other topics include basic string instrument repair, the fundamentals of score analysis, conducting, and issues current in music education (scheduling, PR, student retention, advocacy, and developing positive relationships with administrators, parents, and students). Attention will be paid to incorporating the nine MENC National Standards.

Where possible, instruction will be tailored to the interests and background of participants. A special track for non-string players will offer two beginning violin classes each day with he goal of reaching the intermediate level by the end of the week. A survey and schedule for course selection will be sent to all applicants in advance of the course to determine specific needs and interests and to balance classes.

Instructors will present performances, seminars, and demonstrations about string pedagogy, improvisation, the prevention of performance injury, and other relevant topics.

A reading session of string orchestra and full orchestra music will take place each day.  Separate reading sessions will be scheduled using music appropriate for elementary level (Grade 1 and 2) and middle and high school (Grade 3 and above).

Evening sessions will include performances by guest artists and instructors, and a trip to hear the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts is planned.

Participants are encouraged to bring as many string instruments as possible to participate in the techniques classes.  Some larger instruments will be furnished. If you play a wind instrument, bring it along for the full orchestra reading sessions.

2011 Faculty
Dorothy Straub
, String Week Director, String & Orchestra specialist, Past president MENC, Bridgeport, CT
Robert Genualdi,
Teacher, Conductor, Administrator, Bridgeport, CT
Jim Kjelland, Ph.D.,
  Associate Professor, Northwestern University
Chris Bluemel,
Luthier, Charleston, South Carolina
Andy Dabczynski,
Professor of Music Education, Brigham Young University, Co-Author String Explorer  
Plus Special Guests

Pre & Post Coursework


* AllAssignmentsSession6-2011.pdf
Click the above link to download all Pre & Post Course Assignments & Syllabi for Session Six (contained in a single document). Be sure to scroll through to find your particular course. If you are registered for String Week, please complete the Survey below.
* StringWeekSurvey2011.pdf
String Week participants should click the link above to download this year's pre-course survey. It should be returned to the instructor no later than June 20th. The document also contains general info regarding the course.
* SteelDrumHandout.pdf
SteelDrum participants should click the link above to download an additional handout from Marc Svaline.