This book is a must-read for all interested in teaching string orchestra at the K–12 level! Written by a seasoned and exemplary teacher—it is chock full of great teaching ideas that will help you be successful in your classroom! Buy it, read it, and keep it in your library—you will come back to it time and time again!
—Mary L. Wagner
Former National ASTA President and co-author of the ASTA String Curriculum
Christopher Selby and his team have created a resource that is rich with practical strategies for developing a successful orchestra program. This book will inspire young and veteran orchestra directors looking for fresh ideas about teaching orchestra students of all ages to:
- Perform with refined intonation, expressive musicianship, and a beautiful tone
- Develop advanced performance technique, rhythmic precision, and ensemble skills
- Sight-read better, rehearse more efficiently in class, and practice better at home
- Become orchestra leaders and take greater pride and ownership in your ensemble
Additional sections address rehearsal strategies, classroom policies, long-range planning, assessment, tips for building an orchestra program, and suggestions for communicating with parents and principals to better support the orchestra.