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Time to Teach: The Warm-up as the Foundation of Your Orchestra Rehearsal

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  • Dr. Alexander will illustrate the importance of utilizing the first fifteen minutes of instructional time as the primary ?teaching time? during rehearsals. He will discuss principles, practices, and materials for maximizing student learning during this optimal period. Participants should bring stringed instruments for ?hands on? experiences in tuning, left and right hand techniques, ear training, and development of expressive skills necessary for both current and future ensemble literature.
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  • In 2006, Dr. Michael Alexander joined the faculty of Baylor University, after 22 years of teaching orchestra in the public schools of Houston, Texas. His duties at Baylor include supervising string student teachers, instruction in classroom string pedagogy, directing the Baylor String Project, and conducting the Baylor Campus Orchestra.Alexander is co-author of the Orchestra Expressions? string series published by Alfred Music Publishing and Expressive Techniques for Orchestra published by Tempo Press. His research focuses on classroom applications of string pedagogy and has been accepted for publication in the String Research Journal, Texas Music Education Research, the American String Teacher, and the Southwestern Musician. He also served as president of the Texas Orchestra Directors Association and vice-president of the Texas Music Educators Association.