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“Wow, I Figured Out a Tune by Myself” – Musical Problem Solving as the Ultimate Motivator

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  • Students love to figure out tunes on their own. However, for some students this skill seems elusive as component skills remain underdeveloped. This includes the ability to sing on pitch, to convert sung pitches to motor movements, remembering pitches and being willing to make mistakes. In this interactive session, the clinician will demonstrate how to incorporate these skills in the beginning string and band curriculum so that ALL students will experience success. Bring your instrument.
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  • Martin Norgaard, Ph.D., is a Yamaha Certified String Educator and the orchestra director at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Austin, TX. He is the author of ten jazz string method books for Mel Bay Publications including Jazz Fiddle Wizard and Jazz Fiddle/Viola/Cello Wizard Junior and several orchestra pieces with The FJH Music Company. His recently completed dissertation, Descriptions of Improvisational Thinking by Artist-level Jazz Musicians, is a qualitative investigation of the cognitive processes underlying improvisation. Norgaard is a frequent clinician at state, national and international conventions such as Singapore International String Conference, ASTA, TMEA and IAJE, and has taught at summer workshops such as the Santa Fe Suzuki Institute, the IAJE Teacher Training Institute and Strings Without Boundaries.