6076 How to Play and Teach Contemporary Strings: for Violin, Viola, and Cello


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Creative musicianship, technology-enhanced tools, multi-style-ready contemporary techniques, and fluency with diverse musical structures are all essential updates whether you’re teaching string orchestra, an amateur or a professional player. Modernize your capabilities to reflect the music and work opportunities of the 21st century. Classical pedagogy and contemporary skills are not mutually exclusive! This course will catapult your listening and playing abilities while boosting cognitive skill.

Instructor: Julie Lyonn Lieberman

JulieLyonn_Headshot300dpiJulie Lyonn Lieberman co-authored the American String Teachers Association national curriculum book, Standards, Goals, and Learning Sequences for Essential Skills and Knowledge in K-12 String Programs, and is the author of eight music books and six educational DVDs, as well as over two-dozen string orchestra scores in American and world styles published by Carl Fischer, Kendor and Alfred Music. Her newest book, (Hal Leonard), is titled, How to Play Contemporary Strings: For violin, Viola, and Cello and includes video tutorials and audio backing tracks. Other titles include The Contemporary Violinist, Improvising Violin, Creative Band and Orchestra, Rockin’ Out With Blues Fiddle, Alternative Strings: The New Curriculum, You Are Your Instrument, and Planet Musician.

SHE IS the recipient of the 2014 ASTA Kudos Award, over two-dozen ASCAP Plus Awards, eight Meet the Composer awards and three American String Teachers Association’s National Citation for Leadership & Merit awards. She has written and produced two National Public Radio Series: The Talking Violin, hosted by Dr. Billy Taylor, and Jazz Profiles: Jazz Violin hosted by Nancy Wilson.

LIEBERMAN HAS helped develop the alternative string field over the last thirty-five years as a performer, clinician, author, composer, radio and concert producer, and recording artist. She is the Artistic Director for the summer program, Strings Without Boundaries. Ms. Lieberman is also an NS Design Performance Artist and a D’Addario Premiere Clinician.

She has taught creative musicianship, world string styles, playing healthy, and technology for strings in school residencies and teacher trainings across the United States and beyond as well as through organizations and institutions like American String Teachers Association, European String Teachers Association, National Orchestra Festival, National Association for Music Education, International Association of Jazz Educators, The Midwest Clinic, The Starling-Delay Symposium, Suzuki Institute, National String Workshop, International String Workshop, Django in June, The Juilliard MAP Program, National Young Audiences, the Carnegie Hall LinkUp Program, and The Academy (produced by Carnegie/Weill Hall/Juilliard).


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Course Information

6076 How to Play and Teach Contemporary Strings: for Violin, Viola, and Cello

3 graduate credits
Location: TBD

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Tuition: $960
A $75 deposit is required at time of registration. Tuition balance is due in full by the first day of class.

July 5-8
Tuesday - Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


VanderCook College of Music

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

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