6006 Creating a Vibrant Middle School Orchestra Culture

Building a large, “state of the art” orchestra program at the middle school level has been the life’s passion of Carrie Provost, a 35-year teaching veteran. Mrs. Provost has taught both in the public school and Suzuki worlds, and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this class.  Learn practical tips for structuring your program, as well as creative ways to recruit and maintain a strong orchestra “family” at your school. Topics include classroom management and environment, rehearsal techniques, repertoire selection, “stealth” technique strategies and more. This class also includes music reading sessions featuring “tried and true” favorites as well as modern classics of the educational string repertoire. Participants are invited to collaborate on favorite teaching tips and repertoire - please bring several pieces (scores and parts) to share!

Instructors: Carrie Provost, Carrie Lane Gruselle, Kirt Mosier & Tom Culver

Carrie_Provost_bwCarrie Provost earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, and a Master’s Degree in Music Education from Northern Illinois University.  Mrs. Provost has been a member of the string faculty in Wheaton-Warrenville School District 200 for the past 28 years, teaching at Franklin Middle School and formerly at four feeder elementary schools.   Mrs. Provost was a finalist for the Golden Apple Excellence in Teaching Award in 1999, was awarded the Illinois ASTA School Teacher of the year in 2010, and received the Distinguished Teacher Award from the New 200 Foundation for 2011-2012.   She has served on the conducting faculty at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Twin Lake, Michigan, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Summer Music Clinic.  Mrs. Provost is a frequent adjudicator at contests, as well as a guest conductor for orchestra festivals. She served on the board of the Illinois Chapter of the American String Teachers Association, and is the assistant concertmaster of the DuPage Symphony Orchestra.  She is married to Bob, a retired orchestra teacher, and they have three daughters and two grandchildren.


Carrie Lane Gruselle, biography coming soon.








Kirt_Mosier_bwKirt Mosier, biography coming soon.





Tom Culver, biography coming soon.



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Course Information

6037 Get (Middle) Schooled: Captivate & Inspire Your Middle School Orchestra Students
Dates: June 26-30
Graduate Credits: 3
Tuition: $990, due in full with registration
Location: VCM - Room TBD
Hours: Monday - Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
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