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Paul Rolland Pedagogy in the Orchestra Classroom

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  • Teaching technique in groups can be one of the most challenging aspects in string education, but it can be one of the most rewarding experiences when the students “get it.” In this session teachers will find a wealth of material to inspire students through the use of games, strategies, and activities to achieve excellent technical results. Through the use of Paul Rolland pedagogy, students learn exercises and activities to prepare the mind and body for beginning, through advanced technique.
  • Joanne May (mayj@elmhurst.edu)
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  • Joanne May is Assistant Professor of Music, director of the Philharmonic Orchestra, chair of the string department, and music education instructor at Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, Illinois. During her tenure she founded the annual Elmhurst College World Music Festival, assisted in writing the course String Improvisation for Educators, assisted in adding four new string faculty members to the department, began a secondary instrument string orchestra for music education students, developed the string chamber music program, helped to start an electric string ensemble, conducted the Philharmonic at the Illinois Music Education Conference, conducted in Millennium Park for the Chicago World Music Festival, and set up annual performance tours to schools in several states. Prior to teaching at Elmhurst College, May retired with 33 years in the public schools in Illinois and Missouri teaching strings, orchestra, band, choir, general music, and serving as music department chair at Glenbard East High School in suburban Lombard, IL. She received numerous awards for teaching, including the Mary Hoffman Award for Teaching Excellence by ILMEA, Glenbard Township High School District Distinguished Service Award, Educator of the Year and Distinguished Service Award from the Illinois American String Teacher’s Association, and Teacher Recognition Award for the Presidential Scholar Program in Washington, D.C. by the U.S. Department of Education. Joanne is compiling editor of The String Teacher’s Cookbook: Creative Recipes for a Successful Program, author of Homeschool Music: A Guide to Music Instruction for the Homeschooled Child, and author of numerous articles in state and national professional journals. She is a National Board Certified Teacher, Past President of the Illinois American String Teachers Association, Past Chair of the Orchestra Division of ILMEA, and Chair of the Council for Orchestral Education for the National Association for Music Education.
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