VIOLIN TEACHER TRAINING WORKSHOP
SUMMER 2018 PROGRAM INFORMATION & SCHEDULE WILL BE UPDATED BY JANUARY 15, 2018!
With Dr. Cora Cooper
Learn the methods and reasoning for integrating the works of female composers into a Suzuki or traditional violin teaching curriculum! Examples of repertoire from the Violin Music By Women anthologies will be discussed, along with teaching points for each piece and suggestions for where to place them in a sequence of repertoire. The workshop will be led by Dr. Cora Cooper, Violin Professor at Kansas State University and Editor of the Violin Women By Music graded anthologies, and Claire Allen, Teaching Artist of Violin at Potomac Arts Academy.
DATES: August 15, 2017
TIME: 6:30 – 8:00 pm
LOCATION: de Laski Performing Arts Bldg Room 3001, George Mason University, Fairfax VA
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Presenter: Dr. Cora Cooper
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Presenter: Claire AllenRead about Claire Allen
Before teaching for Potomac Arts Academy, Claire was a teaching assistant at the Baltimore School for the Arts where she coached chamber music, directed sectionals, and assisted with the orchestras. She also taught privately in an outreach program that provided free lessons to inner-city school children, To Work In Gaining Skills (TWIGS). She has also been on faculty at the Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory Outreach Department. During her teacher training, Claire completed two levels of Suzuki teacher training at the Greater Washington Area Suzuki Institute and studied pedagogy with Rebecca Henry at the Peabody Conservatory. In summer 2013, she attended a pedagogy workshop at Indiana University directed by Mimi Zweig.
As a performer, Claire is a member of the first violin section in the McLean Orchestra. She is the second violinist in the Faculty String Quartet at Potomac Arts Academy. Highlights from the 2015- 2016 season include the debut recital of the Faculty String Quartet at George Mason University’s Harris Theater; solo recitals at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Calvary Silver Spring; orchestral performances with the McLean Orchestra, and chamber music performances as part of Fairfax City’s Spotlight on the Arts festival.
Claire created a recital to promote the music of female composers in June 2016, in which she and her students performed with pianist David Norfrey and Cora Cooper, the editor of the Violin Music By Women Anthologies. She performed works by Rebecca Clarke, Clara Schumann, and Amanda Maier. In addition to performance, Claire’s blog posts about the issue of gender equality in the violin studio have been featured on Violinist.com.
Claire holds a Master of Music degree from Peabody Conservatory and a Bachelor of Music degree, summa cum laude, from Baldwin-Wallace College. Her primary teachers include Rebecca Henry, Keng-Yuen Tseng, Burton Kaplan, Julian Ross, and Lisa Cridge. She performs on a modern violin made by Tetsuo Matsuda.
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