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  Upcoming Teacher Training Seminars
Why Take Teacher Training in the O'Connor Method?

During O'Connor Method String Camp Charlotte
Location: Myers Park Baptist Church 
Offering training in Books I & II OR Books III & IV
Includes: Training seminar hosted by Mark O'Connor, Certification and listing on O'Connor Method Website. Bring your instrument, O'Connor Method books, and a music stand.


​O'Connor Method Teacher Training

The Teacher Training Course at official O’Connor Method Camps presents a comprehensive look at the O’Connor Method in theory and practice. The seminar will be given by Mark O’Connor and Maggie O’Connor by way of demonstration from the instrument, lecturing on the principles and philosophies of the O’Connor Method, and participating by learning and playing through some of the materials that have created a new movement of American string education.

The course will offer a step-by-step analysis of the O’Connor Method books illustrated by videos and PowerPoint, covering the technical aspects of each lesson plan; the style and musical language of each piece; the creativity and improvisational components to the music as well as the history and cultural relevance. The sequence logic of each book will be presented as a key component to the O’Connor Method pedagogy. Techniques of string playing basics; set-up, left-hand technique, bowing, tone, rhythm, phrasing, theory, note reading and vibrato will be discussed. 

The intersection between the solo books and orchestra books of the O’Connor Method utilizing common repertoire are a key component to the philosophy of the American music system and in producing musical artists, not just technicians. How the orchestra books as well as various ensemble settings, including the violin duos throughout the series, becomes a key component in studios and classrooms, replacing all-unison and octave playing in many current group class situations, with harmony, counterpoint, rhythm and improvisation.

In the other periods of the day at the Method Camps, teacher trainers will participate in 
1. All-Camp Orchestra placed beside a student in the O’Connor Method orchestra materials. 

2. The camp jam sessions can involve participation and/or observation illustrating how to create and nurture jamming and social settings with students using the materials of the books. 

3. Listening to and participating in student recitals demonstrating a wide variety of styles and levels of development. 

4. Auditing both “A Camp” and “B Camp” group classes and master classes throughout the week taught by experienced O’Connor Method instructors. 

In addition, participation in concerts featuring electives classes, and the final “Playdown” concert that brings faculty, teacher trainees and students making music together to produce A New American School of String Playing.

Charlotte, North Carolina 
 November 18-19, 2017

11am - 5pm each day 
(time includes a scheduled lunch break)

Location: 
Myers Park Baptist Church
1900 Queens Road
Charlotte, NC 28207
Offering Training in O'Connor Method Books I & II.
Includes: 10 hour Training seminar hosted by Mark O'Connor, Certification, and a listing on O'Connor Method Website. Bring your instrument, Books I & II, and a music stand. Tuition $250


Charlotte, North Carolina 

Pasco, Washington
 December 18-19, 2017

11am - 5pm each day 
(time includes a scheduled lunch break)

Location: 
Columbia Basin College 
2600 N 20th Ave. 
Pasco, WA 99301
Offering Training in O'Connor Method Books I & II.
Includes: 10 hour Training seminar hosted by Mark O'Connor, Certification, and a listing on O'Connor Method Website. Bring your instrument, Books I & II, and a music stand. Tuition $250 (Clock hours for WMEA members)