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"Use the Music to Improve the Technique" - Teaching Technique and Musicianship with Orchestra Music

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  • Excerpts from high school and middle school orchestra music will be presented. The process of analyzing the technical challenges and prescribing a "step by step" process for mastery will be demonstrated. A DVD will show students engaged in this method of developing technical skills and musicianship using specific excerpts from orchestra literature. This process is intended to help teachers teach technique and repertoire simultaneously and still maintain their performance commitments.
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  • Mary Straub has a Performance Diploma from the Interlochen Arts Academy and a Bachelor of Music Education from Indiana University. She founded the Suzuki Talent Education Program at the Nevada School of the Arts in 1981 where she is currently a violin instructor of the Suzuki and traditional methods. Mary was on the music faculty of the Las Vegas Academy for the Performing Arts from 1994-99 and was the co-founder of the Las Vegas Music Festival. Mary Straub presented at the 2003 Chicago Midwest Clinic, the 2005 National ASTA Conference, and the 2006 Suzuki Association of the Americas Conference. She was the recipient of the 2004 Nevada ASTA Studio Teacher of the Year Award and the 2005 Nevada Music Teachers Association “Outstanding Service Award” and is currently the MTNA Nevada State President.