Squares (18) copy.pngFriday, November 13, 2020  |  9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Join us for a Friday filled with fantastic events! This reimagined online event is designed for string, woodwind, brass, percussion, and piano students grades 8-12. 

Choose from instrument-specific sessions, elective topics, performances, mini-lessons, or sessions specifically for teachers. Register for this great day to join CMU instrumental professors for a full day of musical exploration!

There is no cost to attend Virtual Instrumental Workshop this year!

  • Students can register individually (if watching from home) or as a group (for sections watching together from school). 
  • Teachers should register themselves separately from their students. 
  • Mini-lessons with CMU faculty are available for select instruments between 3:00-5:00. More information and a specific mini-lesson request form available towards the bottom of this page. 

 

The deadline to register is Tuesday, November 10th. 

Due to Zoom meeting limitations, all sessions are limited to the first 90 registered devices/participants. 
  • For instance, if an entire clarinet section participates from a classroom via one Zoom account, then that group counts as 1 registered device. 
  • If 10 students all sign in remotely from their own devices, then that group counts as 10 registered devices. 


trumpet students perform in the hall

Morning Sessions

Available at 9:00, 10:00, & 11:00

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9:00 AM

College Life & Music

9:00 | Q&A Session with School of Music students

10:00 & 11:00 AM

Flute with Dr. Joanna White

10:00 | Favorite Flutists
Who do you like to listen to? Acquire some new favorites!

11:00 | Flute Warm-Up Session
Bring your flute for group warmups: tone, finger, flexibility, and more.

Oboe with Dr. Lindabeth Binkley

10:00 | The Zen of Oboe-ing: Warm-ups
Warm-up with Dr. Binkley and learn how simple exercises can help you achieve greater ease, freedom, and enjoyment when playing the oboe!

11:00 | The Mysteries of Vibrato: Double Reed Style
What does a great oboe or bassoon vibrato sound like? Would you like to learn how to do it, when to use it, or how to control it? Is there a way to practice vibrato so that it eventually sounds and feels natural? Why is it easy to play with vibrato on some reeds and not on others? Discover the answers to these questions and more while working on your own vibrato with Dr. Binkley and Professor Minnis. Oboists and bassoonists will start this session together, then break off to separate instrument specific sessions.

Bassoon with Prof. MaryBeth Minnis

10:00 | Five Practice Tips to Improve your Bassoon Playing
Creative, yet simple practice tips that every bassoonist needs to improve their playing.

11:00 | The Mysteries of Vibrato: Double Reed Style
What does a great oboe or bassoon vibrato sound like? Would you like to learn how to do it, when to use it, or how to control it? Is there a way to practice vibrato so that it eventually sounds and feels natural? Why is it easy to play with vibrato on some reeds and not on others? Discover the answers to these questions and more while working on your own vibrato with Dr. Binkley and Professor Minnis. Oboists and bassoonists will start this session together, then break off to separate instrument specific sessions.

Clarinet with Dr. Kennen White

10:00 | Famous Clarinetists- Who do you listen to for inspiration?
A listening session featuring inspiring recordings and videos.

11:00 | Clarinet Warmups
Get out your clarinets and take part in tone studies, finger warmups, articulation patterns, and more.

Saxophone with Dr. John Nichol

10:00 | Saxophone Fundamentals
Topics include embouchure, articulation, tone, vibrato, and scales.

11:00 | Saxophone, the Next Step
Topics include: brands/models/equipment, literature, value of listening, improving technique.

Trumpet with Dr. Neil Mueller

10:00 | The Seven Habits of Successful Trumpet Players
We will examine the important habits - that you can start right now - that have led to success by great players.

11:00 | Expanding Trumpet Range: Up AND Down
We will explore approaches building and solidifying technique in the upper and lower registers.

Horn with Dr. Bruce Bonnell

10:00 | Horn Warm-Ups: Establishing Great Horn Practice Routines.
Foundations of playing for greater success!

11:00 | Horn Tuning
Tuning and recommendations for listening to great horn music and players.

Trombone with Dr. Bob Lindahl

10:00 | Daily Routine and Quick Care Guide to the Trombone
Starting with a 15 minute warm up I will demonstrate quick instrument care tips!

11:00 | Trombone Technique and Etude Literature
We will look at the best etude and technique books available for all levels.

Tuba & Euphonium with Dr. Mark Cox

10:00 | Fundamentals and Why They Are So Important
Tuba and euphonium players are the foundation of their ensembles. Without solid fundamentals, that foundation becomes “sand” that can not be built upon.

11:00 | The Art of Breathing
The more air you use correctly, the better you sound. Learn how to perform using and managing your airflow correctly.

Percussion with Dr. Andrew Spencer

10:00 | Keyboard Percussion and Timpani Fundamentals
This session will focus on the fundamentals of keyboard percussion and timpani grips, strokes and musical applications

11:00 | Follow the Chart!
How to read and interpret a jazz band drum set part.

Violin with Dr. Fangye Sun

10:00 | Journey to Violin Bow Arm Mastery
This session will focus on topics such as bow hold, bow control, standard bow strokes, and furthermore, how to make beautiful violin sounds. Participants will be given bow exercises and studies.

11:00 | Fingerboard Treasure Hunt
Participants will learn about the overall violin setup and work on improving posture, left hand framework, string crossing, shifting and vibrato.

Cello with Dr. Jamie Fiste

10:00 | Developing your Bow Technique!
Learn exercises for developing your bow technique and how to apply them to the repertoire.

11:00 | Mapping out the Cello Fingerboard!
Learn strategies to develop your fingerboard geography!

Keyboard

10:00 | Performance Anxiety Management Techniques
hosted by Dr. Alexandra Mascolo-David

11:00 | Career Paths for Pianists
Collaborative playing, church music and more, hosted by Dr. Zhao Wang and Dr. Adrienne Wiley

two saxophone students get ready for a performance

Afternoon General Topics

Available at 1:00 only

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1:00 PM

Beginning Jazz Improvisation with Prof. Robbie Smith

with Prof. Robbie Smith
The first steps in learning how to improvise. Instruments encouraged!

Better Strategies, Better Practice

with Dr. Nancy Summitt
Want to spend less time practicing? Want to motivate students to practice at all? Learn about how to use and teach effective musical practice strategies!

Composing with Technology

with Dr. Jay Batzner
Unlock boundless creativity by composing music that uses synths and recorded sounds! There is a wealth of free/cheap resources out there to get you playing with sound in a whole new way!

Spiccato, Anyone? (For Strings)

with Dr. Jamie Fiste
Learn how to develop your controlled spiccato and sautillé.

Using Analytical Techniques to Improve Phrasing

with Dr. Bruce Bonnell
Using analytical techniques to improve phrasing. Bach Cello Suites for Horns and more!

A flute student practices during rehearsal

Rehearsal Live-Streams

Available at 12:00 & 2:00

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These live-streams are available to watch on the Central Michigan University School of Music Facebook page and on the live-stream page of our website.

12:00 PM

Lunch with Jazz Lab 1

Grab your lunch and enjoy this special look-in at a typical Jazz Lab 1 rehearsal. Jazz Lab 1 is under the direction of Prof. Robbie Smith and is one of two jazz bands available at CMU.

2:00 PM

Sight-reading with the Symphonic Wind Ensemble

Join the Symphonic Wind Ensemble as they sight-read, take apart, and record a piece–all in 45 minutes! The Symphonic Wind Ensemble is under the direction of Dr. Chris Chapman and is one of four concert bands available at CMU.


a string bass student performs during the concert

Teacher Sessions

Available at 3:00 & 4:00

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3:00 PM

Understanding Oboe Reeds for Band Directors

with Dr. Lindabeth Binkley
Learn the basics of how the oboe reed works, where to find good oboe reeds for your students, and some quick and easy fixes you can do that will dramatically improve your students' reeds.

(Please bring an oboe reed, an emery board or piece of 600 grit sandpaper, and a pair of needle nose pliers to the session if you would like to participate.) !

Building a Healthy Trumpet Section

with Dr. Neil Meuller

Horn Q and A for Teachers.

with Bruce Bonnell

How to Inspire a Musical Percussion Section

with Dr. Andrew Spencer

New Thoughts on Cello Techniques for All Levels!

with Dr. Jamie Fiste

Starting and Maintaining a Jazz Program

with Prof. Robbie Smith

4:00 PM

Coffee time with CMU ensemble directors

What's worked and what hasn't in the first semester back.
a student practices marimba in the concert hall

Mini-Lessons

Available between 3:00-5:00

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15-minute mini-lessons are available for select instruments!

Register for the chance to take a mini-lesson (15 minutes). This is a great elective for those who are considering a major in music, or those who want individual coaching on a particular aspect of playing.

Request early as slots may fill. You will be notified if you are assigned a slot or if slots are already full.

Request a Mini-Lesson

  • Flute
  • Oboe (4:00-5:00 only)
  • Bassoon
  • Clarinet
  • Saxophone
  • Trumpet (4:00-5:00 only)
  • Horn (4:00-5:00 only)
  • Trombone
  • Percussion (4:00-5:00 only)
  • Violin (4:00-5:00 only)
  • Viola (3:00-4:00 only)
  • Cello (4:00-5:00 only)
  • Piano
two clarinet students rehearse in a classroom

On Demand Content



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Point Blank | AACES Reed Quintet

Recorded February 2020
 




Questions?

MaryBeth Minnis, Assistant Director
minni1m@cmich.edu
989-774-3281