Wintergrass 2011- Exciting NEW Music Educator Seminar – “Alternative Styles to Motivate Music Students and to Help Them Achieve Higher Levels of Proficiency”

The Pacific Northwest continues to lead the country in its innovative approaches to music education! Wintergrass is playing a major role in bringing in highly regarded experts from around the country for a seminar for high school and middle school music educators on how to incorporate bluegrass and alternative styles music into their music program to motivate their music students, and to help them achieve higher levels of proficiency with their music. Participants will learn about the music, new approaches and case studies for motivating students, how to teach and present alternative styles music, how to provide music instruction for large groups and how to manage large group performances.

This exciting NEW one day professional development program is designed for middle school and high school music educators, music education professors, and college music education students, and is open to any interested participants.

Featured instructors include Renata Bratt, PhD Music, one of the leading alternative styles musicians and educators in the country; Bob Phillips, president of the American String Teachers Association, String Editor for Alfred Publishing and endowed chair of music education at the University of Alabama; Tom Kopp, PhD, Miami of Ohio college of education professor specializing in motivating non-traditional learners; and Pam Phillips, music producer, editor and project coordinator for Alfred Music Publishing.

The seminar will also provide the opportunity for participants to participate at no cost in the Wintergrass String Readers session, see performances by leading youth bands; learn to play their choice of a guitar, mandolin or banjo; have a brief tour of the Wintergrass Youth Academy; purchase a Wintergrass 4-day pass (February 24 – 27, 2011) at the discounted price of $100; and, if they have a 4-day Wintergrass pass, to observe the Wintergrass Youth Orchestra Invitational (Saturday workshop for three youth orchestras and Sunday performance by the orchestras).

The program will be held on Friday February 25, 2011 (8:00 am – 4:30 pm) at the Bellevue Hyatt in Bellevue, Washington. Graduates from this highly interactive seminar will receive a certificate and can receive 8 Washington State clock hours with appropriate paperwork. The registration fee is only $75 if paid in advance by February 18, 2011 ($85 at the door). To register go online to www.wintergrass.com (Education) or contact Patrice O’Neill at (253) 428-8056. Payment can be made with credit card or check. No purchase orders, please.

Wintergrass will also have an additional full-day seminar on using Americana/bluegrass music in a cross-discipline approach to motivate learners on February 25, 2011 that is designed for non-music educators such as elementary and middle school teachers from various disciplines, home school educators, librarians, curriculum specialists, and college students studying general education.

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