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Joseph Brennan

Joseph Brennan

MORE Innovative Uses of Technology in the Orchestra Rehearsal

Clinic Synopsis:

Using technology in the secondary string rehearsal improves your students’ playing skills and makes your rehearsals more effective. Applications and rehearsal techniques for use of technology in the rehearsal will be shown throughout the session. Devices such as: laptops, iPads/iPhones, document camera, tuners and metronomes, along with various software applications, and websites will be demonstrated. Setting up your rehearsal room and how to acquire these devices will also be discussed.

Joseph Brennan - Biographical Information

Joe received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Music Education from Temple University studying violin with Julian Meyer while also playing regularly in ensembles on trumpet. Joe is the director of the string program at Haverford Middle and High Schools, located in suburban Philadelphia; a position he has held for the past 36 years. In addition to his teaching duties, Joe is the Music Department Co-Chair for the School District of Haverford Township. While at Haverford, Joe has brought many string chamber ensembles and orchestras to perform at Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) annual state conventions. The Haverford High School Orchestra has participated in a “Side- by-Side” rehearsal and performance with the Philadelphia Orchestra. Joe is a former President of the Pennsylvania/Delaware Chapter of ASTA and in 2018 was awarded the Distinguished Service Award for an Individual by the chapter. In 2006, Joe was recognized by PMEA with the Citation of Excellence Award. Joe has presented sessions at American String Teachers Association (ASTA) national conferences, MidWest Clinics, National Assoc. for Music Education (NAfME) conferences, as well as numerous state conferences. Joe has twice been chosen to attend the Juilliard School’s “Conductors Workshop for Music Educators”. Joe lives in Hainesport, New Jersey with his wife and children and enjoys doing many DIY homeowner projects. Since being a kidney donor in 1997, Joe, has been an organ donor advocate. Joe is a cancer survivor and actively promotes and supports the Leukemia Lymphoma Society (LLS).