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Kansas ASTA Summer Workshop 2018
Featuring: Dr. Christopher Selby
Dr. Christopher Selby is the author of Habits of a Successful Orchestra Director, and co-author of the Habits of a Successful String Musician series, a collection string method books for middle and upper level orchestras published by GIA. He is an active clinician and conductor, and he has presented sessions at the Midwest Clinic, the 2016 NAfME National Conference, four American String Teacher Association (ASTA) National Conferences, and numerous state conferences across America. He currently directs the high school orchestras at the School of the Arts in Charleston, SC, where he led the school’s Symphony Orchestra to win the 2016 ASTA National Orchestra Festival’s top award of Grand Champion in the competitive public school division.
Dr. Selby earned his music education degree from the Hartt School of Music in Connecticut, and Masters and Doctorate of Musical Arts degrees in Orchestral Conducting from the University of South Carolina. Before taking his current job at the Charleston School of the Arts, Dr. Selby taught orchestra in traditional elementary, middle and high schools for eighteen years. He was the Orchestra Coordinator in Richland School District Two from 2001 to 2012, where he taught high school and supervised the district’s orchestra curriculum and instruction.
Dr. Selby guest conducts at Regional and All-State Orchestras, and he currently serves on the Council for Orchestral Education in the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). From 2012-2014, he was the Chair of the ASTA Committee on School Orchestras and Strings. Dr. Selby was the Executive Board President of the South Carolina Music Educators Association (SCMEA) from 2011-2013, and he is currently serving a second term as the President of the state’s Orchestra Division. He was named the SC ASTA Orchestra Teacher of the Year in 2009, and has written articles for NAfME and in ASTA’s American String Teacher.
Wichita State University
Topics to Include:
Session I: Habits of a Successful Orchestra—Teaching Concert Music and Achieving Musical Artistry With School String Orchestras
We know that there is more to making music than learning notes and rhythms. So, how do we keep the joyful parts of music making and artistic expression at the center of our concert music while we teach all the notes, rhythms and technique our students need to play well?
Session II: Habits of a Successful Orchestra—Fine Tuning Your String Ensemble
In this session, attendees will learn how to incorporate skill study into the daily orchestra rehearsal in a natural way to dramatically improve student intonation. Attendees will learn the causes of orchestra intonation problems and also how to use finger pattern studies, velocity etudes, canons and chorales to teach students how to listen and finely tune their notes the way professionals do.
Session III: Habits of a Successful Orchestra—The Secret Is In The Right Hand: Tone, Articulation, Rhythm and Sight Reading
In this session, attendees will learn strategies and exercises that significantly improve the tone, articulation, rhythmic accuracy and reading ability of their string orchestra. We look at the way the often-forgotten element of tone ties together intonation and rhythm, and how overlooking the central importance of tone and articulation sets up teachers and students to make common, detrimental mistakes that become barriers to a superior performance. This session also addresses rhythmic bowing, rhythmic literacy and ensemble skills, and how to use sequential sight reading methods to teach students the skills they need to independently sight read challenging string repertoire.
Session IV: Habits of a Successful Orchestra—So, What’s the Plan? A Path To Creating Meaningful and Useful Daily Lessons and Long-Range Plans
You want your orchestra to play harder repertoire; here’s how to plan and teach the skills they will need to play challenging music well. We know what we want to rehearse…. but, what skills are we supposed to teach? When and how do we teach them?
New Music Reading Session, collaboration and discussion with colleagues, AND MUCH MORE!