7526 Techniques and Resources for Teaching & Incorporating Alternative Styles


An exploration of teaching techniques for incorporating alternative style music in the orchestra classroom, as well as how to expand any strictly traditional program, from rhythmic exercises to specific bow techniques. Resources for fiddling, jazz, Latin and rock selections for all grade levels will be explored.

Instructor: Lynne Latham

Lynne Latham (b. 1960) earned a B.M. and M.M. in cello performance from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. For 20 years, she maintained a private studio of violin, viola, and cello students in the Winston-Salem, North Carolina area. Ms. Latham is a frequent freelance performer and conductor with local chamber groups and orchestras. She is often a clinician/conductor at string clinics and educator conferences throughout the United States and Canada. In 1992, Ms. Latham founded Latham Music, a music publishing company specializing in music for strings. In 2007, Latham Music was acquired by The Lorenz Corporation and Lynne was hired as Executive Editor for Latham Music. In April 2013, LudwigMasters Publications purchased Latham Music. Lynne now serves as their String Editor.
Lynne Latham is available as a string clinician. For more information and availability, email Presentation topics include full and string orchestra reading sessions, The Top 10 Things the Band Director Should Know About Teaching Orchestra, Managing Stage Fright: Preparing Students for Auditions and Performance, Safety In Numbers: Using Unison Playing to Build Confidence with Beginners, The Thumb Is the Secret (Cello Technique), Fiddling as a Technique Builder, Using Chamber Music in the Classroom, Working With Cello Ensembles, Playing Without Pain, There’s a Rule for That: Negotiating the World of Music Engraving and Submitting Work for Publication, Arranging for Strings, Copyright Jeopardy: What does the law really say?, and cello or chamber music masterclasses/coaching.




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Course Information

7526 Techniques and Resources for Teaching & Incorporating Alternative Styles
3 graduate credit
Tuition: $960, due in full with registration

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In-person registration fee:
Early bird prior to July 1: $150
After July 1 and on-site: $200

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Registration includes continental breakfast for both days and cocktail hour.

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Courses are scheduled for 13 weeks, with one week (March 18-24, 2019) being a designated week off for Spring Break. The Spring Online Term ends Sunday, May 5, 2019.

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