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Rebuilding the Fundamentals!

Fall 2021: Rebuilding Our Musical World Series

Our Fall 2021 PD Session Series: "Rebuilding Our Musical World," will include 4 outstanding PD Sessions, presented by the Rowan University Faculty: Director of Choral Activities: Dr. Christopher Thomas, Director of Bands: Dr. Joseph Higgins, Director of Orchestras: Jiannan Cheng, and Youth String Orchestra Director: Sue On. Also, Rowan CMS is proud to announce a residency with Ogni Suono, featuring special guests Dr. Noa Even and Dr. Phil Pierick!

Working together.

Live Sound Workshop for Music Educators

This is a 7-hour hands-on workshop with Barbara Adams, Lecturer – Sound Reinforcement & Music Technology, and will cover topics including microphone types, signal flow through a console and PA system, acoustic considerations, and much more. It will be held on-site at Boyd Hall at Rowan University and is designed to help educators in K-12 settings understand live sound theories and techniques to help them deliver better concert performances in their schools. We will cover how to work with the gear they have, understand how to determine what gear they may need, and how they can involve their own students in more technical roles.
  • Presenter: Professor Barbara Adams, Rowan University Professor of Sound Reinforcement- Music Technology
  • Dates: Saturdays: September 25, 2021 & October 2, 2021
  • Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Where: Wilson Hall & Online (This is a hybrid session) (Attendees will select in person for the full course or virtual via zoom for 1 hour on each day). 
  • This session is FREE!
Working together.

Rebuilding Our Programs, Our Voices, and Our Purpose

An interactive, retrospective yet forward-thinking approach to making secondary music in a quasi-post-COVID world.  What we have learned, who we have become, who we want to be, and how we might journey forward.

  • Presenter: Dr. Christopher Thomas, Rowan University Director of Choral Activities
  • Date: Wednesday: October 20, 2021 
  • Time: 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Where: Online only via Zoom
  • This session is FREE!
Take Control!

Ogni Suono: Teaching Saxophone Articulation

Control over articulation can make or break your saxophone section. Proper mechanics of successful saxophone articulation, teaching strategies, demonstrations, and troubleshooting common problems will be covered in this PD, presented by: Special Guest Artist from Ogni Suono: Dr. Phil Pierick! (up to 3 hours of certified PD available; in-person and virtual option via zoom available)!
  • Date: Tuesday, October 19, 2021
  • Time: 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
How to Achieve More Effective and Inspiring Nonver

Conducting for All

As we return to rehearsals with our ensembles, it is more important than ever to create an inviting atmosphere for musical collaboration and learning. This interactive session will explore exercises and discuss strategies for “clearing away the cobwebs” of conducting technique and enlivening passion on the podium. This 2-hour workshop is for Elementary, Middle and High School Band, Orchestra and Chamber. BYOB! (Bring Your Own Baton!)

  • Presenter: Dr. Joseph Higgins, Rowan University Director of Bands
  • Date: Wednesday: October 27, 2021
  • Time: 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Where: Wilson Hall & Online (This is a hybrid session)
  • This session is FREE!
Learning Together.

To beat, or not to beat?

This interactive conducting workshop will explore how beating less can lead to more expressive conducting gestures and greater artistic freedom.
  • Presenter: Dr. Jiannan Cheng, Rowan University Director of Orchestras
  • Date: Wednesday: November 10, 2021 
  • Time: 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m
  • Where: Wilson Hall & Online (This is a hybrid session)
  • This session is FREE!
Learning Together.

Rebuilding FUNdamentals for String Students!

After a year of virtual and hybrid teaching, let’s take some time to help strings students rebuild and strengthen their technique in a fun and innovative way! We will be using everyday household items to correct postures, work on left wrists being relaxed, not have tension holding the bow, and even vibrato for beginners through advanced players! We will focus on bow technique, sounding points, and making repetition FUN!

  • Presenter: Sue On, Rowan Youth String Orchestra Artistic Music Director
  • Date: Sunday: November 7, 2021 
  • Time: 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. 
  • This session is FREE!