Multi-Style Strings

Multi-Style Strings


Please check back for future dates.

By examining right and left-hand techniques, song structures, rhythmic and harmonic patterns, and improvisation basics, we will explore the non-classical worlds of fiddle, blues, jazz, rock, hip hop and more. We will survey contemporary genres to see how they can be expressed on stringed instruments and how to curate lists of successful artists, composers and arrangers  both for ourselves and for our orchestra programs. By the end of this course, you will be more well-versed in interpreting modern music on our classical instruments and have a plan for expanding your orchestra's repertoire.

Instructor: Daryl Silberman

Daryl Silberman is an orchestra director at Waubonsie Valley High School in District 204 in Aurora, IL, and the Primo Orchestra director for the Elgin Youth Symphony since 2013. She studied viola at the University of Colorado at Boulder, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and University of Southern California. Her Master of Arts in Teaching is from Western Oregon University. She was orchestra director at West Salem High School in Salem, OR, from 2007 to 2013, and a Salem Chamber Orchestra core member (violin and viola). She was a private studio teacher and freelance violist and violinist in Oregon, Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay Area performing with regional orchestras, movie studio orchestras, chamber groups and baroque ensembles.
Silberman plays many contemporary styles on both her traditional instruments and a 5-stringed electric violin. She co-founded the acoustic folk rock band Naked to the World and the instrumental group “littlworld.” She also plays with husband Danny Seidenberg in a group he founded called UnBande featuring two electric violas. She has played and/or recorded with Guns N' Roses (November Rain video), Depeche Mode, Al Stewart, Michael Sherwood, Larisa Stow, Darryl Purpose, Robert Morgan Fisher, E.B. Fraley, and many other singer-songwriters and bands.
In the summers, Silberman participates in many national teacher and student music workshops. She has directed her own “Alternative Styles String Camp” at the Crowden School in Berkeley, CA, and has been a guest artist at many summer workshops, including VanderCook’s MECA program in Chicago. She has been a guest clinician at the Alan DeVeritch Viola Institute in Malibu, Indiana University at Bloomington, the SUNY Fredonia NSOA-ASTA summer camp, Birch Bay summer workshop, New World Symphony outreach program, Robert Billespie’s Teacher Workshop at OSU, Chamber Music Connections in Columbus, OH, and many other state ASTA summer teacher workshops. Additionally, she has presented at numerous state and national MENC (Music Educator National Conference) and ASTA (American String Teacher Association) conventions. In Salem, she was Summer Strings orchestra director (elementary and middle school string students) for four years. She has served as the chair of the 2006 ASTA Alternative Styles Committee. She was invited to present clinics at the Australian String Teachers Convention in Brisbane in July 2006. In 2011 she was named one of the 50 Directors Who Make a Difference by School Band and Orchestra magazine. Silberman is a D’Addario Artist, using Zyez and Helicore strings on her instruments, and is a member of the Illinois CMP (Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance) consortium.

Course Details

Multi-Style Strings

Course Code 7921

Daryl Silberman

1 Graduate Credit

$355, due in full with registration


Required Text(s)

Required Materials



MECA Online
is powered by Schoology

Schoology is a learning management system that allows you to interact directly with your instructors, fellow students, and members of the greater VanderCook community.

Summer 2021 MECA courses officially begin on Monday, June 7. Soon after you register, be on the lookout for an email from Schoology with log-in instructions. Once you receive credentials, visit to login. On the morning of June 7, you'll have access to your classroom and course material.

Some courses have specific online chat meeting times (please see course descriptions), while others have a flexible meeting schedule. You can expect all courses to meet together in a live online chat. If a live meeting time doesn’t work, you can work with your instructor to make other arrangements.

Online grades will be reported by mid-June. If you need a transcript, please visit the online transcript request page. For faster turnaround time, please submit the transcript request to the registrar prior to the end of your course(s).

More information about Schoology can be found at


VanderCook College of Music

3140 South Federal Street
Chicago, IL 60616-3731
(312) 225-6288

Stay Connected


Continuing Education  




Powered by Website design and development by, Inc