Grade Level: High School (9-12)

Fiddling, Folk and Improvisation Sessions from ASTA National Conference

At the 2020 ASTA National Conference, I attended several sessions on fiddle, folk and improvisation.  Fiddle tunes are excellent tools for teaching ear training, intonation, style, bow technique, memorization, and more. Here are key takeaways. Teaching How to Make a Simple Fiddle Tune Come Alive (Andy Reiner, Dave Reiner) The handout had many tune suggestions…
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Looking Past the Grade: Emphasizing Feedback in String Assessment

Presented at American String Teachers Association National Conference Orlando, FL, March, 2020 by Tim Nowak, East Carolina University and Scott Glasser, Arizona State University Too often, students look straight to the number in the lower right corner (or, in musical ensembles, to the resultant chair placement they’ve earned based on that number).  This session focused…
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ASTA Session – “Help! My Students Don’t Play in Tune!”

One of my favorite sessions at ASTA 2020 was entitled “Help! My Students Don’t Play in Tune,” by Margaret Schmidt (Arizona State University) which of course piqued my interest. We’re all forever striving to improve our students’ aural skills, pitch recognition, and this is one of the more difficult skills to develop in string playing.…
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Liberty High School Leading Innovation – Algebra II

Liberty High School began our quest to identify a promising practice by asking for teachers to share their ideas on what they want to learn more about and try in the classroom. The LHS Department Chairs voted to fund Eniola Ajayi’s project as we have not seen large increases in our math scores on the…
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Liberty North Leading Innovation – Humanities

Humanities 10 teachers Ronnie Lathrop and Kimberly Brownlee asked their students: What story is worth telling? The students researched and found that many stories worth telling were from individuals and groups affected by world wars, revolutions, and global conflicts. Students analyzed the short term and long term effects and presented their findings in a gallery…
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Rehearsing Full Orchestras with Confidence

While attending the American String Teachers Association National Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico, a clinic was presented over having Full Orchestras at the middle and high school level. Knowing that this is a conversation had among both administration and teachers alike, sharing key points from the presentation seemed beneficial to all who are interested. Dr.…
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Orchestra- ASTA Convention

One of the sessions I attended was titled, “Help! I keep running out of bow! Strategies for Teaching Slow Music in the string orchestra classroom,” presented by Molly K. Baugh from the University of Michigan. Besides being a solid engaging presenter, Molly had lots of great tips and ideas to share. As teachers, we need…
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Student Creation with Augmented & Virtual Reality

FETC 2019 Description: Learn skills such as animating student created VR content, annotating 360 images, 3D modeling, and student help stations or tutorials using a variety of AR tools. Lastly, explore how 360 cameras such as Theta 360, Nikon KeyMission, and Google Cardboard camera can be creatively integrated in the classroom. The increase in accessibility of…
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Digital Portfolios-From Google to Bulbapp

From FETC 2019: Come see how simple and helpful it is to create a Digital Portfolio using Bulbapp. These portfolios are student-owned, allowing the students to take pride in their work. Bulbapp allows the use of text, images, embedded video, and other multimedia to make the portfolio both unique and professional. All subject areas now…
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Learning Transformed: 8 Keys to Designing Tomorrow’s Schools, Today

FETC Session description: With the vast disparities of inequity that have existed for centuries, all that is known about how students learn, and the predictions regarding the world that our students will face tomorrow, utilizing a traditional, one-size-fits-all approach to teaching and learning is educational malpractice. Built upon the foundation of leadership and school culture, a…
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