Michael E. Martin, after teaching public school instrumental music for 40 years, is a private teacher and free-lance performer in the Philadelphia area, and serves on the faculty of the Gordon Institute for Music Learning. Mr. Martin is co-author of Jump Right In: The Instrumental Series for Strings, and is co-author in The Development and Practical Application of Music Learning Theory, all published by GIA. Mr. Martin has received the Citation of Excellence from PMEA and the 2013 PADESTA Outstanding String Teacher Award. He is a frequent conference presenter, and has been a visiting lecturer in Music Education at Michigan State University, The University of South Carolina, Temple University, Duquesne University, The University of Delaware, The University at Buffalo, The University of Texas at Arlington, Rowan University, and the Music Academy of St. Cecilia in Lisbon, Portugal. Mr. Martin earned a B.S. in Music Education from Indiana University of PA, and a M.M. in Music Education from West Chester University of PA. He holds further graduate credits from The New England Conservatory, Vander Cook College of Music, Drexel University, and Temple University, where he studied extensively with Edwin E. Gordon.
Do you want your students to correct their own intonation, perform with steady tempo and meter, stay together, hear and react to harmonic changes, and play with a sense of style and phrasing? In this session participants will go beyond the basics and learn new ways to deepen the students’ sense of tonality and meter, through singing, moving, playing by ear, and improvising. Come and learn new teaching techniques that will help you achieve a higher level of musicianship in any class or rehearsal, enhance any method book, and help your students become independent musicians. Bring an instrument.
Learn a fun, step-by-step approach that will get your first year students improvising musically right from the start. Learn how improvisation can save rehearsal time and improve the overall musicianship of your students. Audience participation will be used to demonstrate specific teaching techniques, removing the mystery and fear which often accompany improvisation. A logical sequence of content and literature will be presented. Bring an instrument!