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Characteristics of an Efficient Orchestra Rehearsal

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  • The process of designing motivating rehearsal environments, classroom structure, and skill sets is examined. Several rehearsal strategies are analyzed and demonstrated via score samples and videos that help students to develop better intonation, rhythmic alignment, tone quality, finger coordination, and consistency.
  • Karel Butz (karelbutz@gmail.com)
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  • Karel Butz is the Head Orchestra Director at Beckendorff Junior High in Katy, Texas.  His orchestras have performed at the Midwest Clinic and are consistent UIL Sweepstakes Winners, Texas Honor Orchestra State Finalists, and National Honor Orchestra Winners in the Foundation for Music Education Mark of Excellence Competition.  Under his direction, the Beckendorff Honor Orchestra was named the 2019 Texas State Honor Orchestra.  He is a frequent guest conductor, lecturer, and clinician around the country. His music is published by Musica Propria, Inc. and has been performed worldwide at several venues including the Midwest Clinic, Interlochen, Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival, and several all-state and region honor orchestras. Mr. Butz is also a string pedagogy author for Oxford University Press.  His book Achieving Musical Success in the String Classroom is currently in press. Mr. Butz has performed in several orchestras, including the National Repertory Orchestra, National Orchestral Institute, and Spoleto Festival USA. He served as an Associate Instructor for string techniques and music theory at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. In addition, he taught violin for the Indiana University String Academy, Music for All Summer Symposium Orchestra Division, and the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute. He is a freelance violinist in Houston. Mr. Butz received both his Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music in Violin Performance with high distinction from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where his principal violin instructors were Nelli Shkolnikova and Mimi Zweig.  He completed doctoral coursework in music education at Indiana University.
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