Some students will become their own driving forces, and you then can thoroughly enjoy guiding their efforts. It is in these situations that both the teacher and student are on a journey and are facing the same way. This can be very rewarding for the educator, as you see the spark within your student.
You now can extend or abbreviate the decay of sound as it moves into the silence of the rest. What was I to do? The top priority is to have the lowest pitched instruments assigned to Group 4 as the foundation for ensemble tonal sonority. This becomes quite obvious as one listens to a concert in which all the notes, dynamic embellishments, and articulation have been meticulously prepared, yet one hears very little expression outside the indicated markings. Students should be instructed to play notes in the middle range of their instruments.
For many students, music is a part of their overall existence, not their life-guiding passion. Not everyone is a star athlete, but the best teams are made up of individuals who have bought into a shared purpose. No matter what the level, everyone has something to contribute. My most successful golf team was made up of many average to above average golfers, but one that did not have any rock stars.
http://cadehoffman.com/map10.php That team had leaders, but not the type who just strutted around thinking they were better than everyone else. Getting them to think like a team where everyone is accountable to everyone else is the beginning of a great ensemble. Most of this coaching happens off the podium, and it continues on the podium as well. I am a big fan of small ensembles. It can be especially effective if they are mostly student run. There is nothing like playing in a chamber ensemble to develop the sense of individual responsibility.
Students from these chamber groups bring their energy back to the large ensemble. They lead by example, and are now developing new leadership roles within the larger group. This would be where I would begin my focus as a young teacher in a new program. Give it a try! You know you are headed in the right direction with your band or orchestra when you truly realize how amazing each of your students are! They have so many unique contributions to make, some small and some very large. It is in realizing that when they work together and appreciate each other that the real team-building begins.
They just need guidance to be pointed in the same direction. The Director part of being a music teacher is in being organized in the multiple facets of the music program. Learning to delegate and using the talents of the people around you is essential!
Trying to micromanage everything will drive you crazy. Students have more ownership in a situation if they are co-creators. I have found that when I involve the students in projects, it can either save time or take more time depending on the situation. Either way, the main point is they are being actively involved in the program.
Everyone loves to know that they are a valued contributor in an organization. They are extremely talented young people! The devil is in the details. The one thing that every young musician is able to relate to is how music can connect to how they feel. It is a vehicle for the soul to express itself. Whether it is shaping an extended simple phrase, or performing in a highly rhythmic fashion, they will connect with your instruction if you connect them with artistic music-making.
Also, additional educational and community engagement programming in the summer adds to our offerings. Its musicians are the finest professional performers in the region.
We enjoy a small-town feel with big-city amenities. It is a creative university town home of the University of Michigan, Concordia University, Washtenaw Community College, and Eastern Michigan University in neighboring Ypsilanti , and is a hotbed of world-class arts and culture, a culinary hotspot, and a tech hub. Carol Johnson is Director of Orchestras at Jenison Junior High School, and has been teaching young string players in Michigan for the last twenty years.
During her tenure in Jenison, the JPS Orchestra Program has doubled in size, and now boasts well over string players. Carol has been recognized for her large group string teaching methods at the elementary and junior high levels, and all three of her Junior High Orchestras consistently receive first division ratings at MSBOA Festivals. Her students perform at many community events, including an annual performance in conjunction with the Grand Rapids Symphony Holiday Pops Concert.
Over the last two decades, Carol has mentored twenty-two student teachers from various colleges and universities, and her program is a frequent destination for visiting teachers and pre-intern teachers. Carol is highly sought-after as a conductor, clinician, and coach at numerous schools, camps, and clinics around Michigan.
Carol is a frequent presenter at the MMC, and her 8th Grade Orchestra was the only middle school orchestra selected to perform at the conference in In addition to teaching, Carol spends a great deal of time performing, composing, and arranging. She started her teaching career in Livonia Public Schools 26 years ago at Frost Middle school and for the past eleven years has been the director of orchestra and bands at Livonia Stevenson High School. At Stevenson Heather is responsible for teaching the grade 9- 12 string orchestra, 3 concert bands, music theory, and several extra-curricular ensembles.
Since Heather began teaching at Stevenson, the orchestra has more than doubled in size, reflecting her dedication and impact on the student body. Heather's influence extends beyond Stevenson High School. As a district teacher leader for music, Heather worked with administration and music staff to reinstate the elementary instrumental music curriculum in When Livonia Public Schools restructured the district's grade configuration in the early 's, Heather again worked with stake holders to ensure students had the opportunity to pursue instrumental music in fifth and sixth grades.
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As district music teacher leader and now as the Stevenson Orchestra director, Heather organizes the Livonia Public School's annual string concert, String Fling. This district wide concert includes string students grades six through twelve and includes a clinic with a master string clinician for the high school string students.