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We All Perform On the Same Stage - Improving the Ensemble Skills Of Your Secondary String Players

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  • “We all perform on the same stage” and "Just because you can play it by yourself, doesn't mean that you can play it with the rest of us”. If these phrases apply to you and your students, then this session is for you. Learn ways to improve rhythmic accuracy, intonation, and artistic expression of string players in secondary ensembles. Give your students the skills necessary to participate more fully in the ensemble.
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  • Joseph Brennan is the director of the string program at Haverford Middle and High Schools, in Havertown, PA, a position he has held for 22 years. He received his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Music Education from Temple University while studying violin with Julian Meyer, in addition to performing in ensembles on Trumpet. In 2006, Mr. Brennan was recognized by the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) with the Citation of Excellence Award. Mr. Brennan has presented sessions at past American String Teachers Association (ASTA) national conferences, Music Educators National Conference conferences, PMEA Conferences, as well as a (MENC) sponsored string workshop at Temple University. Mr. Brennan has been a guest conductor for various Pennsylvania Orchestra Festivals. Since being a kidney donor, Mr. Brennan, has been an advocate for organ donor awareness.