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December, 20, 2018
04:30 PM - 05:30 PM


Meeting Room W184


Stephen Benham

Stephen Benham

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Yes, You Can! A Band Director's Survival Guide to Teaching Strings

Clinic Synopsis:

This session for non-native string players teaching orchestra for the first time (or 20th) time and focuses on connecting knowledge that band directors already have about teaching winds to applying those concepts to the teaching of strings and orchestra.

Stephen Benham - Biographical Information

Stephen Benham is Professor of Music Education at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (USA). He has degrees from the University of Minnesota, the University of Michigan, and the Eastman School of Music. Dr. Benham is an internationally-acclaimed clinician, speaker, consultant, and conductor with expertise in pedagogy, curriculum, assessment, teacher training, and new program development. His work has been featured in numerous international research seminars and conferences including ASTA, NAfME, and Society for Ethnomusicology, among many others. Dr. Benham is the author of the Yes You Can! A Survival Guide for Teaching Strings Teaching Strings (Carl Fischer), co-author of Sound Innovations: Creative Warm-ups-Exercises for Intonation, Rhythm, Bowing, and Creativity, and lead author of the ASTA String Curriculum: Standards, Goals, Learning Sequences for Essential Skills and Knowledge in K-12 String Programs. He has also written several articles and chapters for scholarly publications, including handbooks and encyclopedias published by Oxford University Press and SAGE publications. Dr. Benham is an active consultant in the development of new music programs in communities without current string programs across the US, in addition to providing expertise to music education projects in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean. He is a nationally-recognized leader having served in leadership positions in several states and is past-president of the American String Teachers Association.