Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Teachers' workshops in Washington, USA, 25 Feb. 2011

Trisha Tubbs of the IBMA reports that a unique and exciting one-day workshop for middle- and high-school music teachers will be held on Friday 25 February 2011 during the 4-day Wintergrass Music Festival at the Bellevue Hyatt Regency Hotel in Bellevue, Washington.

The workshop is designed to show teachers how to use alternative styles of music to motivate music students, produce large-scale performances in these styles, and instruction on banjo, guitar, or mandolin. It includes contact with the Wintergrass Youth Academy, the Wintergrass Youth String Orchestra, and other acclaimed youth bands, and features leading music educators.

The workshop is only $75 USD if paid by 18 February. Workshop attenders can also attend free of charge the 3-hour Wintergrass Reader's session on Thursday 24 Feb. (2/24) night for string musicians of all ages who read music. They can also buy a Wintergrass weekend ticket at a special price ($100), which also gives admission to the Wintergrass Youth String Orchestra Invitational instruction on Saturday 26 February by Bob Phillips, Renata Bratt, Laurie Lewis, Darol Anger and Michael Doucet, and to the associated performances on one of the Wintergrass main stages on Sunday 27 Feb. with Laurie Lewis, Darol Anger and Michael Doucet.

There is also a separate one-day teacher workshop on 25 February, 'Using Americana/ bluegrass music to connect with learners', designed for educators who are not music teachers but are interested in cross-discipline approaches to motivating students, connecting with non-traditional learners, and increasing learning.

Trisha says: 'We'd love to have attendees from around the world!' Contact Trisha by e-mail for a workshop prospectus and/or flyer. For more information and to register, visit here.