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December, 20, 2019
03:00 PM - 04:00 PM


Meeting Room W187


Lisa Burrell

Lisa Burrell

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Creston Herron

Creston Herron

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String Lab: Experiment-Based Classroom Teaching

Clinic Synopsis:

Are you tired of fixing bow holds and correcting left-hand positions? Do you find yourself repeating the same strategies and seeing little improvement? Come explore creative experiments to engage your students in more individualized, self-directed learning. Bring these ideas into your classroom to improve long-term retention and promote confident skill building.

Lisa Burrell - Biographical Information

Dr. Lisa Burrell is on the music faculty of Lone Star College in Houston, Texas. She is a violinist, violist, string clinician, and a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner. She is on the summer faculty of the Wyoming Seminary Summer Music Festival and the Five Seasons Chamber Music Festival. In addition to teaching privately and performing, she is a regular clinician in the Houston public schools, college and university music programs, and teacher in-services, emphasizing pedagogy that promotes healthy playing through movement-based learning. She has given over 200 clinics nationally and internationally, including presentations at the American String Teachers Association Conference (2010, 2011), Texas Music Educators Association (2011, 2019), The Midwest Clinic (2010), ISSE Chicago Feldenkrais Training (2016), ISSE San Francisco Feldenkrais Training (2017), Symposium on Feldenkrais in the Performing Arts (2016) in London, UK, the International Arts in Society Conference (2017) in Paris, France, and the ISME World Music Education Conference (2018) in Baku, Azerbaijan, where she received of one of 10 World Conference Awards. Dr. Burrell is a graduate of the University of Virginia (BA), Northern Illinois University (MM), and the University of Houston (DMA). She completed a four-year, 800-hour Feldenkrais training in 2013 through Institute for the Study of Somatic Education. As a practitioner, she sees professional musician clients and offers workshops to prevent and overcome injuries/difficulties associated with neurological issues, repetitive strain, and performance anxiety. Dr. Burrell has published in the Journal for the Feldenkrais Guild of North America (2015), and will be featured in a new book The Feldenkrais Method in Creative Practice: Dance, Theatre, and Music to be released through Oxford University Press (pending), London 2019. Her blog can be found at

Creston Herron - Biographical Information

Creston Herron is the Director of Orchestras at Klein High School in Klein, TX. His groups have enjoyed the success of consistent UIL Sweepstakes awards, first division ratings and “best in class” awards at festivals across the country. Under his direction, the Klein chamber orchestra and symphony orchestra have consistently placed in the finals of the prestigious Texas Music Educators Association Honor Orchestra Competition. In 2017, the Klein Chamber Orchestra was recognized as the TMEA String Honor Orchestra. The Klein Chamber and Symphony Orchestras have both been named National Winners of the Mark of Excellence Competition. In 2018, the Klein Chamber Orchestra earned the title of Grand Champions, claiming the coveted Orchestra Cup at the National Orchestra Cup Finals held in New York City. Mr. Herron is a graduate of the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas, where he received his Bachelor Degree and Rice University, Shepherd School of Music in Houston, TX, where he received his Master Degree on scholarship as a Provost Fellow and a Brown Scholar. During the summer seasons, he serves on the AFA Summer Conservatory faculty as a faculty artist. Mr. Herron was recognized in 2017 as the Teacher of the Year at Klein High School and was awarded the 2018 Marjorie Keller Outstanding Young Teacher of the Year Award by the Texas Chapter of ASTA. The Houston Symphony awarded Mr. Herron with the Spec’s Charitable Award for Excellence in Music Education. He is a proud member of the TMEA, ASTA, TMAA and serves on the Board of Directors of TODA. In addition to teaching and performing, Mr. Herron is an active clinician and adjudicator, giving numerous professional development workshops and clinics with many orchestras and school districts across the state as well as conducting all-region orchestras, all-state orchestras, judging UIL competitions and solo and ensembles contests. Mr. Herron currently lives in Tomball, TX with his wife Dawn and daughter Eloise.