Happy Spring Break Season String Teachers!

Many of us will be looking at summer calendars and making plans.  Please consider two great ASTA related workshops this summer. The Birch Bay String Teachers Workshop (see below), and the Strings Without Boundaries Workshop (to your right). We hope to see you there!

Birch Bay String Teacher's Workshop
August 3rd-7th, 2015
  • Reading Sessions for ensemble music of all levels
  • Secondary string instrument techniques classes
  • Guest Clinician Dijana Ihas
  • Conducting workshop led by Christopher Bianco
  • Picturesque setting on the shores of Puget Sound

Congratulations to two of our state's orchestras who each took second place in the National Orchestra Festival in their respective divisions.  Washington is proud of you!

Newport High School Chamber Orchestra
Bellevue, WA
Christine Gero, director

Explorer Middle School Advanced Orchestra
Everett, WA
Robin Enders, director

Are you a member who is not getting emails from W-ASTA? The flier for the Strings Without Boundaries is the most recent one we've sent.  If you are not, please check the email you have on file with your national ASTA membership or contact the webmaster for assistance.

Special One- or Two-Day STRING TEACHER Workshop at SPU

Monday & Tuesday, August 17 – 18, 2015

Come learn how you can empower your students to find their own musical voice and create their meaning in music with our nation’s Leading Innovator and Educator in the creative styles, Julie Lyonn Lieberman. She is bringing her famous Strings without Boundaries Week-long Workshop to Seattle Pacific University, and she invites you to attend one or two days of special sessions designed for string teachers (private studio and school string directors).

Sample of Sessions  – Concepts and Skills

• Eclectic Styles Teacher Training  • Creative Musicianship: Why, What, How •Intermediate String Techniques • Teaching and Playing Jazz Strings • Gypsy Jazz Style • Western Swing  • Chop Techniques • Creating Pop Lines • The Basics of Bluegrass Fiddle • Designing Alternative Style Lesson Plan Even If You Don’t Know Anything About the Style • TECHNIQUE: Left- and Right-Hand techniques culled from classical and world styles. • IMPRINTING: Four in-depth approaches to the memorization of repertoire. • FOCUS & BUILD: Repertoire and Style Classes that build in difficulty across the week. • THE TWELVE-KEY CHALLENGE: Learn to transpose Intervals, Melodic Phrases, Pentatonic Scales, and The Cycle through the twelve keys • MEDIA: Looper Classes, Going Electric, Video Editing, multi-track arranging • CAREER-BUILDING: Social Media, apps, and strategies for promotion, recruitment and success. • SPIRIT: Integrate and transcend technique and repertoire to create spiritual music.

• six workshops with lunch and dinner per day • J.W. Pepper Open Reading Session in Eclectic Styles Monday evening, Fun Fiddling session Tuesday evening with Darol Anger Clock hour credit and graduate credit available • Special Monday evening sponsored giveaways, including a $50 gift card to order music from J.W. Pepper, sets of strings from D’Addario, a violin bow from Glasser Bows, 10% off coupon from Electric Violin Shop, classy cakes of rosin from Rockin’ Rosin’, a Fermata light from Lampcraft, with additional goodies from other string companies.

W-ASTA is offering a special discount!  First come, first serve: Be one of the the FIRST SIXTEEN who registers to take advantage of this offer via the W-ASTA member registration page: http://www.stringswithoutboundaries.com > SEATTLE > String Teacher’s Day > ASTA Teachers Registration Form

Please respond no later than May 15th 

for your W-ASTA discount!

One Day Workshop $140 $75!!!!     
Two day Workshop $280 $140!!!!

(includes lunch and dinner both days)

Congratulations to our 2015 W-ASTA Award Recipients:

  • Music Education:  Myrnie Van Kempen
  • Studio Teacher:  Toby Saks
  • Distinguished Service:  Ian Edlund
  • Orchestra Director:  Brian Steves

Coming soon...W-ASTA Award Winner Archive