KASTA Summer Workshop

Kansas ASTA Summer Workshop 2021
Dr. Brenda Brenner

Friday, June 18 & Saturday, June 19
Wichita State University

Brenda Brenner is Associate Professor and Chair of the Music Education Department in the Jacobs School of Music. She specializes in string music education, teaching applied violin as well as courses in violin and string pedagogy. She received a BM and BME from Wichita State University, and an MM and DMA in violin performance from the Eastman School of Music.  In addition to her appointment to the Music Education Department, she serves as co-director of the IU String Academy, a position she has held since 1993. Her String Academy students are featured in concerts in major venues throughout the United States and have presented tours throughout Europe, Asia and South America. As director of the Fairview Project – a program in which over 120 students in an underserved school are taught violin as part of the curriculum – Brenner researches the cognitive, academic and social outcomes of early instrumental music instruction.  A performer of chamber music throughout the United States, Brenner partners with her husband, organist Christopher Young. She also teaches and conducts at the IU Summer String Academy, and is Assistant Director of the IU Retreat for Professional Violinists and Violists. She is an active international clinician, with recent appearances at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, the ASTA National Conferences, and at Music Educators Conferences throughout the United States. Brenner is the Past-President of the American String Teachers Association.

Graduate Credit Information

Two hours of graduate credit are available through Wichita State University.  All enrollments/payments must be done separately through WSU before June 17, 2021.

Course Record Number: (32856)
MUSE 750AF:  Summer String Workshop
Approx. Cost: $620 (in addition to workshop fee)

Please contact Dr. Mark Laycock (mark.laycock@wichita.edu) with questions.

Friday, June 18

8:00 AM On-Site Registration

9:00 AM Setting up for Success

Some of the most important factors that determine success in playing a stringed instrument involve the beginning “set up” stage, which includes establishing a proper playing position and developing free and open muscular motions.  Teachers can ensure success for their students by establishing a series of procedures that break down the set up tasks to a sequence of exercises that allow their students to look and sound great!

10:45 AM From Poof to Portato: ­ A Sequence of Bow Strokes

Bowing technique is a crucial foundational skill in string playing thatcreates good tone quality and forms the basis for musical style.  In this session, methods of teaching fundamental bow strokes and bow choreography in group settings from beginning through intermediate levels will be explored.  Literature utilizing the various strokes will be presented.

1:45 PM Winning with Warmups Part I

An effective warm up routine that integrates technical and musical elements as a preparation for playing repertoire is a key to successful teaching.  Separation of both left and right hand difficulties prior to attempting them within the repertoire is essential. This clinic will examine how to design an effective routine and will present examples of warm-ups using standard repertoire from the string orchestra literature.

3:30 PM Winning with Warmups Part II

Saturday, June 19

8:30 AM On-Site Registration

9:00 AM Theory is Awesome

Learning music theory concepts deepens students¹ understanding of music. Knowledge of intervals, solfege, chord structure, and musical form strengthen the comprehension of musical style, allows students to contribute intelligently to the musical decision-making process, and perform with more understanding and awareness. Strategies for building practical theoretical skills in the beginning through advanced string classroom through games, musical activities, and improvisation will be presented in this clinic.

10:15 AM Getting beyond “Good!” ­ Effective Use of Language in the Classroom and Studio

Have you ever said “good” to a student and then stopped to ask yourself if it was truly good?  What was good, and how might it be made better? Effective teachers know what to say and when to say it.  Their use of language is a key element in their success with students.  This clinic will present the principles of the effective use of language in music teaching as examined through current research and practice.  The use of positive and negative feedback, avoidance of approval errors, and the use of a non-judgmental approach will be investigated.

11:30 AM New Music Reading Session!

Collaboration and discussion with colleagues, AND MUCH MORE!