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Orchestra Handbook

A reference guide designed for New String Teachers and String Teachers New to Texas

Tenth Edition, July 2009 Texas Chapter, American String Teachers Association


Presented at TODA New Teachers' SessionF oreword

This handbook was created to provide an easy reference to the many music organizations for new orchestra directors or orchestra directors new to Texas. The handbook includes a description of the organizations' purpose, structure, activities, telephone numbers, web sites, and email addresses for additional information.

Ruth Kurtis, Kenneth Dockray and Matt Weber compiled the first edition. Subsequent editions were created by Deborah Perkins in 2000, Jan Garverick in 2002, Kathy Fishburn in 2004, Margaret Brown in 2006, Eugene Dowdy in 2008, and Lynn Ledbetter has compiled the most current edition in 2009. Please contact the TexASTA board for permission to reprint any of its contents.

Table of Contents..................................................2 ASTA String Teaching Standards..............................3-4 ASTA...............................................................5-6 TexASTA............................................................7 MENC...............................................................8 Private String Teachers/MTNA/Suzuki......................9 Texas Summer String Camps....................................10 TMAA...............................................................11 TMEA...............................................................12 TMEC/TMAC....................................................13 TODA/TPSMEA.................................................14 UIL...............................................................15-16 MU OMICRON..................................................17 University Orchestra Programs/Resources..................18 ASTA Advocacy "Talking Points"..........................19-20 Acquiring & Using Technology in String Education..21-25

Pages 21-25 are from a presentation by Dr. Kellie Dubel Brown of Milligan College, originally presented at the 2006 National ASTA Conference in Kansas City, MO. She gave permission at the session to copy and use her work as needed. We acknowledge and thank Dr. Brown for this invaluable compilation.


String Teaching Standards

I. As a Musician

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demonstrate a high level of musicianship in performance perform at an intermediate to advanced level on at least one string instrument demonstrate at least basic to intermediate performance concepts on one string instrument understand advanced and artistic concepts on other string instruments demonstrate the ability to play by ear and improvise demonstrate a basic knowledge of performing and teaching the woodwind, brass and percussion instruments at least at a basic level, with an understanding of intermediate to advanced concepts demonstrate orchestral conducting skills demonstrate keyboard skills of at least a basic to intermediate level and accompany melodies using at least I-IV-V chords demonstrate aural discrimination skills demonstrate the understanding of prevention of performance injuries demonstrate the knowledge of a wide range of music repertoire for teaching diverse styles, genres, cultures and historical periods

II. As an Educator

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understand and apply pedagogy for violin, viola, cello and bass demonstrate effective rehearsal techniques for string and full orchestra demonstrate the knowledge of a variety of string and orchestral instruction materials at all levels demonstrate the knowledge of repertoire for student performance, including solo literature, orchestra music and chamber music demonstrate skill in arranging music for school orchestras demonstrate strategies for integrating music with other disciplines understand different student learning styles, levels of maturation, special needs and adapt instruction accordingly demonstrate knowledge of comprehensive, sequential K-12 music curricula, including string and orchestra, with appropriate goals and expectations for all levels of proficiencies demonstrate understanding of the principles of a variety of homogeneous and heterogeneous pedagogical approaches for teaching string classes (Suzuki, Rolland, Bornoff, e.g.) exhibit effective classroom management skills and strategies demonstrate understanding of how to teach students of diverse ages, socio-economic, ethnic and geographic backgrounds demonstrate effective methods of assessing and evaluating student achievement know about instrument rental and purchasing know current technology for instruction, research and musical applications know of current music and general education policies, including current scheduling practices for successful string and orchestra programs demonstrate ability to gather pertinent orchestra program data understand the importance of maintaining a balance between personal and career interests demonstrate ability to develop budgets for equipment and supplies demonstrate understanding of effective advocacy strategies for comprehensive music programs which include string/orchestra programs demonstrate clear communication in written and oral form demonstrate understanding of the K-12 National Music Education Standards and other state and local standards for music


III. As a Professional A. Musicians who continue to perform:

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demonstrate concepts and understandings necessary for student achievement of Grade 12 National Music Education Standards exhibit effective, on-going professional self-assessment continue to pursue opportunities for learning as a musician

B. Professional affiliations and related activities, maintain active involvement in professional associations such as MENC, ASTA, SSA, and CMA

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continue to interact with other music educators, observe other programs demonstrate professional ethics, appearance, behavior and relationships within the profession, the school and greater community participate in ongoing professional development to improve teaching effectiveness serve in leadership roles with state and local MEA's, ASTA chapters

C. School and community relations, develop a healthy rapport with school administrators for nurturing a successful string and orchestra program.

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understand the value of positive interaction with other members of the music and arts community establish and maintains positive relations with school administrators, staff and fellow teachers through communication and dialogue articulate the positive aspects of the string/orchestra component of a school music program through writing and speaking communicate effectively with parent support/booster groups, including clear and grammatically correct communication advocate effectively for a strong school orchestra program Copyright © 1998-2001 by The American String Teachers Association. All rights reserved.



· The American String Teachers Association is an independent national organization promoting excellence in string teaching and playing. This organization serves string teachers (public, private and studio), orchestra directors, professional players, administrators, members of the music industry, and string students. ASTA is affiliated with other string communities such as ESTA in Europe, JASTA in Japan and AUSTA in Australia. Members receive the American String Teacher, a quarterly publication encompassing national and state news with special features and the following forums: violin, viola, cello, double bass, harp, guitar, private teacher, schoolteachers, chamber music and research. Also included in the AST journal is information on competitions, auditions, appointments, as well as reviews of music and books. 2009 ASTA National Conference featuring: National Conference, National Orchestra Festival, National Solo Competition, Alternative Styles Awards; March 19 ­ 21, 2009, Atlanta, GA 2010 ASTA National Conference featuring: National Conference, National Orchestra Festival, National High School Honors Orchestra; February 17 ­ 20, 2010, Santa Clara California 2011 ASTA National Conference March 9 ­ 11, 2011, Kansas City, Kansas The following is an alphabetical list of ASTA national programs, awards and services. 1. ASTA Advocacy: The advocacy plan can be found at 2. National Awards a. Alternative Styles Awards: The event seeks to identify, celebrate, and encourage young practitioners of alternative string styles, such as (but not limited to) all folk music traditions, jazz, fusion, and rock music. b. Artist Teacher Award is given to a artist/pedagogue of renowned stature from within North America. c. Citations for Exceptional Leadership and Merit are given to ASTA members who have made significant contributions to the association. d. Coda Bow Outreach fault.htm e. Distinguished Service Award f. Elizabeth H. Green Educator Award is given annually to a school string teacher with a current and distinguished career in a school orchestral setting. g. The International Award h. Isaac Stern International Award i. Marvin J. Rabin Community Service Award is given to an individual or organization who makes significant contributions to their community by their teaching and leadership j. ASTA National Solo Competition k. Paul Rolland Lifetime achievement Award is given to an individual of renowned stature whose identity need not be primarily with the American scene. l. Student Chapter Award m. Traugott Rohner Leadership in Industry Award is given to a string industry leader whose identity is primarily from within North America. 3. ASTA eNEWS is a free service and an official monthly publication of the American String Teachers Association. It is designed to give you quick updates on what's happening within ASTA and in string music today. 4. The Bulletin: a newsletter of ASTA containing newsbriefs and conference info. 5. Collegiate String Education Roundtable is an organization focusing on string teacher training


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American String Teachers Association


National ASTA Services continued:

6. Committee on School Orchestras and Strings: an advocacy group for string education. 7. Committee on Studio Instruction: a committee which focuses on the private studio 8. Merle J. Isaac Composition Contest: to encourage composition, publication and performance of quality orchestral music 9. Conferences and National Symposia: to provide opportunities for professional growth 10.Insurance Programs: As an ASTA member, you are eligible to receive specially discounted insurance rate coverage on instruments through Merz-Huber Co., as well as access to dental, life, disability and business overhead insurance plans. Additional insurances will be available soon. 11. Internet Web Site contains current job listings, conference and workshop information, programs and competitions, standards for preparation of string and orchestra teachers, publication listings, membership benefits, string industry council 12. Job Posting/referral service: to help fill the many string education vacancies 13. AST Journal: articles on all areas of string and orchestra education 14. The National High School Honors Orchestra (NHSHO) is a performing group of up to 120 competitively selected high school musicians to perform biennially at the ASTA national conference. 15. National Solo Competition: Biennial competition for strings (violin, viola, cello, bass, harp and guitar) 16. National String Project Consortium: The National String Project Consortium (NSPC) is a coalition of String Project sites based at colleges and universities across the United States. The NSPC is dedicated to increasing the number of children playing stringed instruments, and addressing the critical shortage of string teachers in the US. The NSPC is affiliated with businesses, foundations, professional music organizations, and individuals who support these goals. 17. New Music Reading Folders: string orchestra folders available for clinics, conferences, or any member who would like to host a reading session. To reserve the new music reading folders please contact Kari Hahn, Director of Membership, at (703) 279-2113 ext. 14 or [email protected] 18. Potter Instrument Awards: Dalton Potter, owner of Potter's Violins in Bethesda, Maryland, donates six Rudolf Doetsch instruments annually to students in need. Three instruments--violins, violas, or cellos of any size--are awarded each round. Application deadlines are April 1 and October 1 each year. Applications are accepted on behalf of students (elementary up to high school), from ASTA members. 19. Publications: Discounted members-only rates for a wealth of string publications in a growing library of new and revised resources. A variety of tools are available covering topics such as Pedagogy, Classroom and Orchestra Instruction, Private Studio, Research and Resources, Music, and Compendiums. 20. Special Project Grants: to provide managerial assistance to state projects 21. Outreach Grants: grants to help sponsor innovative projects that benefit economically disadvantaged school children 22. Student Chapters: for high school and college students 23. Summer Workshops Inquiries may be sent to: Donna Hale, ASTA Executive Director 4153 Chain Bridge Road* Fairfax, Virginia 22030 703.279.2113 [email protected]

American String Teachers Association



· TexASTA is the state chapter of the American String Teachers Association (ASTA). Its current membership is approximately 600 and is comprised of private and public school teachers, university professors, performers, university library subscribers, and businesses. Its purpose is to promote quality string playing and teaching throughout the state. Members receive the TexASTA newsletter semi-annually. Features include articles written by officers and members of the organization, string forums, and informational items of interest to Texas string teachers. General membership meetings take place twice annually (TMEA in February and TODA in July conventions). During this time, awards and recognition for meritorious service are presented to various deserving individuals. TexASTA annually gives the Marjorie Keller Young Music Educator Award to a young teacher(s) in recognition of meritorious service and outstanding promise in string and orchestra education. More that one nominee may receive this award in a given year. Phyllis Young Studio Teacher of the Year Award: The award was created in 2006 in honor of Phyllis Young's outstanding contributions to the advancement of string teaching and playing both here in the United States and abroad. The Phyllis Young Studio Teacher of the Year award will be presented each year to a Studio Teacher and member of TexASTA who has made outstanding lifetime contributions to the field of string teaching. TexASTA biennially presents an Outstanding Administrator(s) Award. The purpose of the award is to recognize a school administrators who have made significant contributions to a school orchestra program. Additionally, TexASTA sponsors a state solo competition in which recorded tapes of outstanding finalists are submitted to the National ASTA Solo Competition held during even numbered years in conjunction with the national convention.






See pages 4-5 in this handbook for an alphabetical list of some of the national programs and services offered by ASTA. A State Executive Board, elected every two years by the general membership, governs TexASTA. Inquiries may be sent to: Eugene Dowdy, President, TexASTA [email protected] O. (210) 458-5683

4603 Tex Woods / San Antonio, TX 78249


M.E.N.C., the National Association for Music Education, is the world's largest arts education organization and the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. More than 130,000 members represent all levels of teaching from preschool to graduate school. Since 1907, MENC has worked to ensure that every student has access to a well-balanced, comprehensive, and high-quality program of music instruction taught by qualified teachers. MENC is an active lobbying organization at the national level and is recognized for its leadership in: 1. Promoting the benefits of music education. 2. Creating coalitions of parents, teachers, and music industry representatives to support music education in local, state, and National forums. 3. Developing the National Standards for Music Education, Goals 2000. 4. Sponsoring Music in our Schools Month (MIOSM), and the World's Largest Concert. 5. National Anthem Project Members receive the MEJ, Music Educators Journal, and TM, Teaching Music, publications that alternate monthly and keep members current with articles on national issues, pedagogy, research and new trends in music education. Other specific memberships/publications/journals are available through MENC:


Update: Application of Research and Music Education General Music Today Journal of Music Teacher Education Journal of Research in Music Education

Membership meetings are held biennially in even-numbered years, and region conferences are held biennially in odd-numbered years. There are six regions. Texas MENC, or TMEC, is a part of the Southwestern region.

Inquiries can be addressed to: Dr. John Mahlmann, Executive Director



Many Texas school districts utilize the services of private teachers to enhance the quality of the district's instrumental music program. These programs have been beneficial to both orchestral programs and private instructors. Individual districts establish their own policies and guidelines. These policies regulate the teaching activities of private teachers working in public school facilities. Some districts allow private teaching to take place during the school day. Other districts only permit private instruction after school or on Saturdays. The collection of fees and amount charged for lessons is also determined by each school district. Specific information of policies for private teachers within the school program may be obtained from individual school districts in Texas.


The MTNA serves music teachers at all levels of instruction. The association's purpose is to promote the professional growth and development of its members and to further the art of music by providing programs that encourage and support teaching, performance, composition and scholarly research. For inquiries, contact:

MTNA National Headquarters Gary L. Ingle, Executive Director 441 Vine St., Ste. 3100 Cincinnati, OH 45202-3004

(513) 421-1420 * (888) 512-5278 * Fax:(513) 421-2503

[email protected]


The Suzuki Association is a coalition of teachers, parents, educators, and others who are interested in making music education available to all children. Their quarterly publication is American Suzuki Journal.

SAA* P.O. Box 17310*Boulder, CO 80308 1.888.378.9854**** [email protected]

Directories listing long-term teacher trainers in Texas and Institutes throughout the United States are available from the SAA website. There are summer institutes in Texas for teacher training.

Texas State University Suzuki String Institute**Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas Contact: Paula E. Bird**1500 Longhorn Trail**Wimberley, TX 78676 Phone: (512) 694-7687**Fax: (512) 245-8181**[email protected]

Also, get information on the new Suzuki in the Schools Teacher Training program. TexASTA members Dr. Laurie Scott of UT Austin, and William Dick of Austin, Texas are the first registered trainers for this wonderful program combining Suzuki methods with the heterogeneous string classroom. More info can be found at:


Texas Summer String/Orchestra Camps

This listing was compiled through online research in July 2008. No university was intentionally omitted. If you have a university orchestra camp/workshop that you would like to see included in this list, please contact the TexASTA President, Eugene Dowdy, at [email protected] New camps and workshops are being formed every year. The dates will change from year to year. Encourage the universities in your area to sponsor a student workshop if no camps are within close proximity to your program.

Institution Baylor Hardin Simmons University of Houston Sam Houston State Texas State Stephen F. Austin University Texas A&M Corpus Christi Texas Tech U T Arlington U T Austin U T San Antonio Univ. of North Texas West Texas A&M Dates June June June & July June & July June & July July & Aug June July July June July Location Waco Abilene Houston Huntsville San Marcos Ages/Grades Grades 7 - 12 Grades 6 - 12 College Grades 7 - 12 Grades 7 - 12 Contact Phone 254-710-4211 325-671-2171 713-743-3167 936-294-1360 512-245-1870 936-468-4602 361-825-5523 E-mail/web site stival/ /string_camp.html

Nacogdoches Grades 6 - 12 Corpus Christi Grades 6 ­ 12 Lubbock Arlington Austin San Antonio Grades 6 - 12 Grades 6 - 12 Grades 6 - 12 Ages 13 - 18

806-742-2270 x.231 817-469-1393 512-232-2080 210-458-4354 ngs

June May & June

Denton Canyon

Grades 4 - 12 Ages 8 +

940-369-7539 806-651-2854


T.M.A.A. - Texas Music Adjudicators Association

The purpose of TMAA is to provide a group of experienced, active, and competent music adjudicators for UIL contests. This association of music adjudicators offers high standards of ethics, encourages the development of music in the schools and works in cooperation with the University Interscholastic League, school administrators, music directors, student participants, the Texas Music Educators Association, and the Texas Association of Music Schools. TMAA officers include the President, President-Elect, Past President, and four Vice-Presidents representing the areas of Marching Band, Concert Band, Orchestra, and Vocal. There are two standing committees governing this organization: 1. COMMITTEE ON STANDARDS OF ADJUDICATION AND PERFORMANCE PRACTICES This committee meets at the summer convention and the TMEA (February) Convention. Its primary purpose is to review membership applications, review recommendations of the Ethics Committee, review member suspensions, review honorary memberships, and confer with the UIL State Director of Music Activities. ETHICS COMMITTEE - The Executive Committee is the Ethics Committee. They investigate alleged infractions of the Ethics Code, hold hearings, and make recommendations to the Committee on Standards of Adjudication and Performance Practices.


There are criteria listed in the TMAA yearbook for attaining and maintaining membership in this organization.

Information and application forms may be acquired by contacting: Jay Dunnahoo, TMAA Executive Secretary 410 Coronado Drive Kerrville, TX 78028-3802 830.896.5636 Fax: 830.895.5378 [email protected]


T.M.E.A., Texas Music Educators Association

· Established in 1920 as the Texas Band Teachers Association, TMEA's mission today is to promote excellence in all areas of music education. TMEA is a state organization that is not affiliated with MENC. The TMEA divisions include band, orchestra, vocal, elementary and college. Members receive the state journal, The Southwestern Musician, published monthly except for June and July. Contents include articles on current issues, legislation, and State Board of Education information, along with division reports. TMEA is active in lobbying for music education interests in Texas. This organization hosts an annual convention/clinic in February, sponsors and establishes requirements and procedures for All-Region and All-State groups, and selects groups such as the TMEA Honor Orchestra. All-State rehearsals and concerts, and Honor Orchestra concerts are given at the TMEA Convention. All-Region activities are a prerequisite for student participation in All-State activities. The state is divided into 28 regions. Region meetings are held three times a year - in August, in February at the TMEA convention, and in May. All regions participate in general membership and division business meetings at the TMEA convention. Professional liability insurance is available to TMEA members for a nominal cost. The policy covers a civil or criminal suit as long as the teacher is within the scope of his or her professional duties. There are specific exclusions and monetary limitations. A brochure is available upon request. In this day of litigation, it is the opinion of many educators that a teacher needs to have some form of insurance to protect himself. TMEA also offers group dental insurance. In addition, TMEA members may participate in TENET, the Texas Education Network. Also, a current statewide job placement bulletin is available on the TMEA website. School districts may submit postings via the website.






Membership in TMEA is mandatory for teachers whose students want to enter All-Region and All-State auditions. The Executive Director is Mr. Robert Floyd. Membership information may be obtained by contacting the TMEA office at:

P.O. Box 140465 Austin, TX 78714-0465 888. 318.TMEA or 512.452.0710 Fax: 512.451.9213



T.M.E.C., Texas Music Educators Conference, is the state affiliate of MENC. Membership in MENC automatically enrolls you in TMEC. The mission of TMEC is to promote lifelong musical appreciation and involvement, to be a vital communications link between music organizations and MENC, and to provide vital support to TMEC members and music students in Texas. Members receive the state journal, Connections, three times per year. Contents include articles on current issues in music education, as well as an exchange of ideas, research results, listing of summer courses offered by universities for music educators, and state implementation of MENC goals such as: government relations, legislative action, and MIOSM (Music in our Schools Month). TMEC also sponsors TRI-M, a National Music Honor Society for recognizing achievements of junior high and high school students. The annual membership meeting is held during the TMEA convention in February. TMEC sponsors sessions at the TMEA convention. At the past three TMEC Southwestern Division Symposiums in Dallas, TexASTA has designed and presented the string sessions at the invitation of TMEC. TMEC president: Robin Stein, 512-245-3947, [email protected]

Texas Music Educators Conference Executive Secretary: Barb Stevanson 610 River Oaks Drive Austin, TX 78748 PH and Fax: 512-282-7737 E-mail: [email protected]


T.M.A.C., Texas Music Administrators Conference, is an organization that was started in 1984 so that music administrators could gather and discuss mutual concerns. This organization conducts surveys, holds panel discussions, presents ideas, and writes position papers in areas that affect music programs.

The current TMAC officers are: President ­ Jim McDaniel (2009) - [email protected] Vice President ­ Robert Rumph (2009) - [email protected] Secretary/Treasurer ­ George Jones (2009) - [email protected]

A forum for TMAC is provided in the state journal of TMEC: Connections.


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T.O.D.A., Texas Orchestra Directors Association is an independent organization consisting primarily of, but not limited to, orchestra directors in Texas. Members receive quarterly publications of The TODA News, TODAWeb, and a membership directory. This organization hosts an annual convention held concurrently in late July with TCDA, the Texas Choral Directors Association. Highlights include: state and nationally recognized clinicians, music industry exhibitors, new music reading sessions of music published in the last year, and exchanging ideas with colleagues in a relaxed setting. In addition, TODA honors a Texas Orchestra Director of the Year and offers a composition contest for new, unpublished works. Specific composition entry details may be obtained by contacting the Past-President of TODA or the Executive Director. · Members meet at a reception held during the TMEA convention and at the business meeting held during the summer convention.

For membership information contact: Dan Wood, TODA Executive Director 7900 Centre Park Drive Suite A · Austin TX 78754

512/474-2801 Fax 512/474-7873

[email protected]


TPSMEA, Texas Private Schools Music Educators Association, is a state-wide organization specifically focused on the needs of private and parochial school music educators and students. The activities and organizations of TPSMEA are designed to enhance and promote teaching of music by providing appropriate opportunities for enrichment and achievement. The official newsletter of TPSMEA is Cadenza. Laura Lane is the current president: [email protected], while Ron Matthews is the Executive Director: [email protected]



University Interscholastic League

· UIL CONTESTS - The purposes of the University Interscholastic League music contests are to provide statewide music competitions that foster high performance standards, nurture aesthetic development, and reinforce the many functions of music education within the state. The music program of UIL is designed to support and enrich the teaching of music as an integral component of the public school curriculum in Texas. Although the UIL supports individual and group objectives, it is the responsibility of the director to define and meet these goals within the students' educational and socio-cultural environment. I. ORCHESTRA CONCERT AND SIGHT-READING CONTEST (see the Constitution and Contest Rules book for the current school year which is available from the League office in Austin). Texas is divided into 28 regions with vocal and instrumental music competition conducted in each region. The UIL office assigns participating schools to conferences that are based on their school enrollment. Participants must meet entry deadlines and use official entry forms that are found on the UIL website. Specific guidelines are to be followed in completing and submitting forms. Many regions submit entries on-line. An accurate Form One is required before the group performs at UIL contest. Students must meet UIL eligibility requirements. There are several UIL performance regulations, including, but not limited to the following: a. Required music must be selected from the UIL Prescribed Music List (PML). The PML is published every four years and may be obtained from the League office, from the website, or from music stores. Participants must perform three selections (two from the PML) for the concert portion of the contest. After the performance on stage, the orchestra moves to another performing area for the sight-reading portion of the contest. Each orchestra is given a prescribed number of minutes in which to study the sight-reading selection based on their classification. After the study time has passed, the ensemble is required to perform the sight-reading selection in its entirety.

b. c.

Two separate panels of three judges each assign ratings to the performances in the concert and sight-reading portions of the contest. Additional information can be found under the heading of "Judging Standards" in the UIL Constitution and Contest Rule book.


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II. SOLO AND ENSEMBLE CONTEST (High School Only) A. Students competing in approved solo events or small and medium ensembles events must be members of their school band, orchestra, or choir. B. Students must also meet UIL eligibility requirements. C. There are three different classifications in Solo and Ensemble Contest: 1. 2. 3. Class 1 (most difficult) Class 2 (moderately difficult) Class 3 (least difficult).

D. Participants must meet entry deadlines and use official entry forms that are found on the UIL website. Specific guidelines are to be followed in completing and submitting forms. Many regions submit entries on-line. E. An accurate Form One is required before any solo or ensemble performs at the UIL contest. In addition, all participants are assessed entry fees for participation. F. The required selections to be performed by all classes of solos and ensembles are published in the current issue of the Prescribed Music List (PML).

G. Any participant who receives a Division I rating for a Class 1 solo by memory or ensemble at Region UIL competition is eligible to participate at the Texas State Solo and Ensemble Contest (TSSEC). This is traditionally held on the University of Texas campus in Austin over the Memorial Day weekend. Specific information and guidelines concerning the TSSEC may be obtained through the League office in Austin. All entries are submitted online by April 1st to TSSEC.

Specific UIL music inquiries can be directed to: Mr. Richard Floyd Director of UIL Music Activities* University Interscholastic League P.O. Box 8028 * University Station Austin, TX 78713 Fax: 512.471.5908 [email protected]


Mu Omicron

Mu Omicron is a Non-Profit Honorary Fraternity with the main purpose to encourage and foster the development of orchestral music in our schools and communities. Mu Omicron shall serve as an educational forum for its members and as a politically active body, dedicated to influencing orchestral leadership. You will find on this site Charter Membership information, MU Constitution and By-Laws, Mu Board of Directors, MU Member Contact links, MU Resource links, MU Pledge, MU Awards, MU News, Mu Member Clinics Information and Other pertinent information regarding orchestral educators. Date Founded: February 12, 1992 Current Officers: James Edwards, President David McCutchan, President-Elect Nick Nixon, Secretary/Treasurer Charter Members of Alpha Chapter: Kathy Fishburn, President, Odessa; Royce Coatney, Vice-President, Arlington; Ron Wells, Secretary-Treasurer, San Antonio; David Sloan, Austin; Charles Jones, La Porte; Boyce Wyrick, Lubbock; Billy Prescott, Odessa; Charles Nail, Odessa; Bill Huff, Arlington; Linda Keefer, Arlington; David McCutchan, Lake Jackson Membership: Mu Omicron membership shall be open to any individual engaged in orchestral music activities who has shown commitment to excellence for a period not less than ten years. Membership in this organization shall be by "invitation only". All candidates for membership must be approved by three-fourths (3/4) of the membership. Dues shall be set by the Executive Board of the fraternity. Contact Us - we'd love to hear from you.


University/College Orchestra Programs

This list of University/College Orchestra programs was compiled using the TMEA membership roster. This information provides a contact number for Schools of Music that have orchestra programs. Additional orchestra programs may be available through a shared basis with other university campuses. If your college is omitted and you wish to be added, please contact the TexASTA President, Eugene Dowdy, [email protected]



PHONE NUMBER 903.813.2251 254.710.1161 972.860.4102 361.698.1200 325.670.1426 713.718.2000 903.983.8121 409.880.2342 432.685.4626 210.921.5000 713.348.4854 936.294.1360 214.768.1951 512.863.1356 936.468.4602 817.515.7118 361.825.5523 817.257.6606 512.245.2651 806.742.2270 210.999.8212 713.743.3009 940.565.2791 817.272.3471 512.471.7764 915.747.5606 956.381.3471 210.458.4354 806.651.2843


The following Texas universities are involved in the National String Project Consortium. Their specific mission is to train string music educators. Baylor University: Dr. Michael Alexander: [email protected] Texas Tech University: Dr. Bruce Wood: [email protected] University of North Texas: Professor Karrell Johnson: [email protected] University of Texas at Austin: Dr. Laurie Scott: University of Texas at San Antonio: Dr. Eugene Dowdy: [email protected]



References For Talking Points

1 ­"Recognizing the Benefits and Importance of School-Based Music Education."House of Representatives ­March 01, 2005. 2 ­"Recognizing the Benefits and Importance of School-Based Music Education."House of Representatives ­April 04, 2006. 3 ­"Wanted: 5,000 String Teachers! Status of Orchestra Programs in America's Schools."A Study by the American String Teachers Association with Nation School Orchestra Association. 2000. 4 ­No Child Left Behind Act of 2002, Title IX, Part A, Sec. 9101 (11). 5 ­"2005 College-Bound Seniors ­Total Group Profile."College Board. Generated August 05, 2005. 6 ­"Involvement in the Arts and Human Development: General Involvement and Intensive Involvement in Music and Theater Arts."J. S. Catterall, R. Chapleau, J. Iwanaga. The Imagination Project at UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies, University of California at Los Angeles, September 1999. 7 ­"Playing Music Can Be Good For your Brain -Stanford Study Finds it Helps the Understanding of Language."C. Sturrock. Nov. 17, 2005.

American String Teachers Association 4153 Chain Bridge Road Fairfax, VA 22030Phone: (703) 279-2113 Fax: (703) 279-2114Email: [email protected]


Acquiring and Using Technology in String Education Dr. Kellie Dubel Brown Milligan College ASTA National Conference 2006 Kansas City, MO [USED WITH PERMISSION] Print Music & Scores -To DownloadBoardman Music Bridgewater Publishing Cacophonix Every Note Finale Showcase Indiana University On-Line Scores JW Pepper ePrint Kantorei Archive Mark O'Connor Online Music Library Quartet World RFK Harris Score On-Line Sheet Music Archive


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