Power Your Orchestra with Master Teaching


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Whether you’re starting a new orchestra program or need to infuse new life into your current program, this course offers a wealth of ideas and inspiration for the spectrum of orchestra directors spanning elementary all the way up through college level! Topics include: Building a Vibrant Orchestra Climate in your Program; Classroom Management and Rehearsal Techniques (with a live demonstration by a student orchestra); Tame Those Basses!; Using Technology Effectively in Rehearsals; and more. Sure to be a bonanza of teaching ideas and inspiration!

Instructors: Carrie Provost, Bob Phillips, Joanne May & Jason Heath


Carrie 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. 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. 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, MI, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Summer Music Clinic. 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. 
BobPhillipsgraycoatPedagogue, composer, and teacher trainer Bob Phillips is an innovator in string education. During his 27 years of teaching strings in Saline, MI, Phillips built a thriving string program of over 700 students and was honored as Teacher of the Year nine times by regional, state and national organizations. A recognized expert in the use of large group pedagogy and alternative styles, he has presented clinics throughout North America, Europe and Australia. Phillips has authored over 19 book series that include 130 books for use in the classroom including Alfred’s revolutionary new method, Sound Innovations for String Orchestra and Sound Innovations for Concert Band as well as the ground-breaking Philharmonic series. He has had over 140 works published for orchestras and bands and is an award-winning ASCAP composer. His conducting resume includes professional, all-state and youth orchestras. Currently, Phillips is the Director of String Publications for Alfred Music. He has served as president of the American String Teachers Association, and in 2013 was inducted into the University of Michigan School of Music Hall of Fame. 
Joanne May is assistant professor of music education at Elmhurst College, where she supervises student teachers, teaches music theory and string techniques, and conducts the Philharmonic Orchestra. She taught all levels of orchestra, general music and band for 33 years in the Illinois public schools, and served as music department chair and orchestra director at Glenbard East High School in Lombard. She is an active guest conductor and clinician for workshops and festivals throughout the country.
May is recipient of the Those Who Excel Award for excellence in teaching, was named Outstanding School Orchestra Director of the Year by Illinois ASTA, and Chicagoland Outstanding Music Educator by Quinlan and Fabish Music Company. She has been honored for distinguished service and for teaching excellence by the Glenbard High Schools, IMEA and the U.S. Department of Education.
May is compiling editor of The String Teacher’s Cookbook: Creative Recipes for a Successful Program, and author of Music for Homeschoolers: A Guide to Music Instruction for Homeschool Families that was published in March 2010. She is a National Board-certified teacher, and a past president of the Illinois American String Teachers Association.
May received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she studied violin with Paul Rolland and Homer Schmidt. She has completed post-graduate coursework in music education, Suzuki teacher training and educational administration and supervision.
Jason Heath is the host of Contrabass Conversations, a podcast devoted to exploring music and ideas associated with the double bass. His blog and podcast are highly regarded in the music world and have been featured as top offerings in the world of arts and culture for the past decade.
Heath serves on the Board of Directors for the International Society of Bassists and is the Double Bass Product Manager for Eastman Strings. He also serves on the advisory boards of Musician’s Toolkit and Be Part of the Music, and he is internationally active as a clinician and consultant. Heath is also past president of the Illinois chapter of the American String Teachers Association.
A highly decorated veteran teacher, Heath is a past faculty member at DePaul University, the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and Trinity International University. His former students hold positions in the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Grant Park Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, and Philharmonie Südwestfalen. As a high school orchestra director, Heath’s orchestras had many notable performances, including the Midwest Clinic in Chicago and tours in Peru, Spain and Cuba.

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Power Your Orchestra with Master Teaching

Course Information

Instructors: Carrie Provost, Bob Phillips, Joanne May & Jason Heath
3 Graduate Credits
Tuition: $1,020    
Course Code: 6998
Dates: July16-20, 2018
Location: VanderCook College of Music
3140 S. Federal St. Chicago IL 60616
Room: TBD
Prerequisites: None
Required text(s): VanderCook will provide all text(s).

VanderCook College of Music

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

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