KASTA Summer Workshop


Kansas ASTA Summer Workshop 2019 – FEATURING Mr. Bob Phillips
Friday, June 21 & Saturday, June 22
Wichita State University

Pedagogue, composer, and teacher trainer Bob Phillips is an innovator in string education. During his 27 years of teaching strings in Saline, Michigan, Bob built a thriving string program of over 700 students and was honored as teacher of the year 9 times by regional, state, and national organizations. A recognized expert in 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 Music’s revolutionary 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. As the current Director of String Publications for Alfred Music and Past-President of ASTA, Bob was inducted into the University of Michigan School of Music Hall of Fame in 2013. Bob and his wife, Pam are also part of the creative team for Barrage 8.

Friday, June 21

The Total Tone Transformation

Learn specific strategies to change the sound of your orchestra tomorrow.  Very helpful session for band and choir teachers teaching orchestra.

Beginning Strings: The First Two Years are Critical

Learn ideas and tips for teaching technique, aural skills, musicianship, and reading to young players from a master of large group instruction. Also to be covered: pedagogy, classroom management, group process, and delivery skills. What are the factors of success that insure your students will play well, be engaged and, most of all, continue in music?

Successful Recruiting and Retention by Design

Unlock the secrets of success for recruiting and motivating students that result in high retention rates and large programs. Who, what, why, where, when and how for all levels.  Applicable to band, orchestra and choir. Build your program and numbers

Teaching Creativity Using Classical, Fiddling, Jazz, Rock, Latin and Beyond

Teaching students to be creative in the string orchestra setting can be easy, fun, and meet standards. Strategies that can be used at all levels to develop response to music, composition skills, and improvisation using many genres of music will be demonstrated. Start using these concepts immediately!

Saturday, June 22

Teaching Intonation Creatively in the String Orchestra

A demonstration of very specific strategies to refine intonation in string orchestra or private studio settings. Participants will be used as a lab orchestra to demonstrate techniques, games, and exercises.

Bowing Fluency: Developing String Orchestras that Play with Artistry

How to teach the skills they need! Students can play with artistry at every level by developing fluent bow strokes and the ability to intelligently play in all parts of the bow. Learning how to control tone and properly start and release notes in combination with bow choreography results in artistic playing. Very helpful for band and choir teachers teaching strings.

The Art and Science of Motivation

Description: Highly effective music teachers must master the art of motivation.  Learn some of the best practices for motivating students to be successful musicians.

New Music Reading Session, collaboration and discussion with colleagues, AND MUCH MORE!