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Jammin’ Strings: Teaching Alternative Styles in the Orchestra

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  • Historically, bowed stringed instruments have been used to perform many styles of music. This session will focus on performance practices in a variety of styles (such as jazz, folk, rock, or blues), as well as how these styles can be utilized in string or orchestra classes, including how to work with guest artists. Suggestions for teaching improvisation and composition within the context of these styles will also be discussed.
  • Robert Gardner (gdills@alfred.coms)
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  • Robert Gardner is an assistant professor of music education at the Penn State School of Music. He is a double bassist, conductor and composer with experience in many musical genres. Robert has written articles for the American String Teacher and GIA Publications, and his research has focused on the nature of improvisation and composition, as well as the supply and demand of American public school music teachers. He received his undergraduate degree in music education from Ohio State University, and his master's and Ph.D. degrees from the Eastman School of Music. Gardner previously served as orchestra instructor for public schools in Ohio and New York. He is an active guest conductor, and was music director for youth orchestras at the Hochstein School. Robert is currently chairperson of the ASTA Alternative Styles Task Force, as well as past-president of the PA/DE chapter of ASTA.