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Gracious Approaches to the Plight of the Purple Violin

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  • This session will explore what differentiates a dependable student instrument from the “VSO,” or violin­-shaped object, providing participants with guidelines for successful instrument bids that satisfy administrators and string educators alike. We will also discuss communication strategies so that VSOs do not end up in your classroom (and how to work when them when they do).
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  • 12/21/2017 05:00 PM - 05:30 PM
  • Meeting Room W180
  • Katarzyna (Kasia) Bugaj is Assistant Professor of String Music Education in the College of Music at The Florida State University. She received her Ph.D. in Music Education from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. She also has degrees from Western Michigan University, The Peabody Conservatory, and is a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy. She has a minor in writing from Johns Hopkins University and pursued a certificate of literary translation at Indiana University. Prior to her appointment at Florida State University, Dr. Bugaj was the director of the Attica Violin Project, a curricular elementary school violin program in Attica, Indiana. She was also the assistant director of the Fairview and Highland Park string programs, and taught violin and viola on the faculty of the Indiana University String Academy. She was adjunct faculty at Valparaiso University, a member of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, and also played with the Grand Rapids and Louisville Symphony Orchestras. At FSU, Dr. Bugaj teaches string techniques and methods courses; she also teaches at the FSU Summer Music Camps. Her research interests include string pedagogy, working with underserved populations, and music teacher education. She has presented at state, national, and international conferences and—in addition to academic articles—has published articles about music for the general audience. She is an active translator of Polish musical texts.
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  • Annalisa C. Chang
  • Annalisa Chang is Assistant Professor of Music at Clayton State University in Morrow, Georgia. At Clayton State, Dr. Chang teaches elementary music methods, string methods, and applied violin. She is also responsible for coordinating and supervising student teachers. Prior to her position at Clayton State, she served as the Director of Orchestras at Leon High School in Tallahassee, Florida. She received her Ph.D. in Music Education from Florida State University, and her M.M. and B.M. in Music Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she was a North Carolina Teaching Fellow. Her research interests include string teacher education, the inclusion of students with exceptionalities in string classrooms, music education for students in underserved populations, and traditional music instruction in the schools, Her research has been presented at state, national, and international music education conferences.