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Beyond Woodwind Class: Resources and Suggestions to Teaching Saxophone

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  • As professionals begin their teaching journey, new questions arise beyond the essentials of an instrument, and more of the intricacies and advanced pedagogical needs. The focus of this session is answer some of those “What do I do when this happens?” questions. This presentation provides educators with resources and strategies for teaching young saxophonists (Grade 6-12).
  • Gail Levinsky (gblevinsky@susqu.edu)
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  • A native of Western Massachusetts, Dr. Gail B. Levinsky is Associate Professor of Music at Susquehanna University, where her responsibilities include teaching applied studies in saxophone, chamber music, and woodwind methods. As a solo performer, her presentations include performances at the North American Saxophone Alliance, World Saxophone Congress, British Saxophone Congress, US Navy Saxophone Symposium, and Festival of Women Composers. She has commissioned numerous compositions, including works by Marilyn Shrude, Miho Sasaki, Matthew Quayle, Andrea Clearfield, and Douglas McConnell. Her CD recording Tipping Point: Music Saxophone & Other Voices explores the saxophone in a variety of chamber music settings. In addition to her performance schedule, Dr. Levinsky regularly presents clinics at state music education symposiums, including the MENC Eastern Region Conference, PMEA, NJMEA DMEA, and the Midwest Band & Orchestra Clinic. Her publications are varied and consist of an updated edition of Rosemary Lang’s “Beginning Altissimo Method” (Ensemble Publications); Music for Saxophone & Organ (Lyceum Publications), and the saxophone chapters “Teaching Woodwinds: A Guide for Students and Teachers” (Mountain Peak Music), and a saxophone choir arrangement of Tomás Victoria's “O Vos Omnes”. Dr. Levinsky completed her graduate degrees (DM, Artist Diploma, MM) from Northwestern University and her Bachelor of Music from Butler University. She is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda and Kappa Delta Pi honor fraternities. Dr. Levinsky has served as Treasurer, Secretary, and Region 8 director for the North American Saxophone Alliance. During the summer months, Dr. Levinsky serves as Program Director for the Snow Pond Music Festival, and on the faculty of New England Music Camp in Sidney, Maine. Dr. Levinsky plays exclusively on Selmer Paris saxophones and Vandoren mouthpieces, reeds and ligatures.
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