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$120 Early Bird Director Rate
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$150 Pre-conference Director Rate
Through Dec.15th
$85 First Time Attendee Rate
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Beginning Strings for the Older Learner: From D Major to Grade 3 in One Year!

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  • Due to funding constraints and expanded graduation requirements, students are starting string instruments outside of the traditional elementary school model. The intellectual, emotional, and musical maturity of the older learner requires a different curriculum and musical resources. This session will present an accelerated curriculum derived from typical instructional materials found in the first two levels of current method books and existing classical and eclectic style orchestral literature.
  • David Eccles (deccles@vandercook.edu)
  • 12/20/2017 02:30 PM - 03:30 PM
  • David F. Eccles is a native of Norfolk, Virginia and the son of a music educator. He currently serves as Director of String Music Education and Orchestral Activities at VanderCook College of Music in Chicago, Illinois. He has held string education positions in Virginia and Florida. An active conductor and cellist, Eccles has held conducting and music director positions with the Florida State University Summer Music Camps, Tallahassee Symphony Youth Orchestra, Southwest Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra, Greater Miami Youth Symphony, Jubilate Youth Orchestra, and Brevard Symphony Youth Orchestra. He has served as a guest conductor for various state, county, regional, and community orchestras. Mr. Eccles is also a clinician and contributing author for the Hal Leonard Corporation. He is also a performing artist for JonPaul Bows. Mr. Eccles is completing his doctoral studies at Florida State University. He holds a Master of Music Degree in Music Education from University of Miami (Florida) and Bachelor of Music and Media from Norfolk State University. His principal teachers include Elizabeth Eccles, Laurien Laufman, Ross Harbaugh, and Dr. Michael Allen. David is a member of NAfME, Phi Mu Alpha, Phi Kappa Lambda, and serves as Past-President of the Illinois Chapter of American String Teachers Association.
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