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Teaching Music through Performance in Orchestra Volume 3

By Michael Allen, Louis Bergonzi, Jacquelyn Dillon-Krass, Robert Gillespie, James Kjelland, and Dorothy Straub Compiled and edited by David Littrell

Continuing the tradition of this venerable series, Volume 3 delivers invaluable advice from top-tier educators as well as analysis of 80 of the most significant orchestra and string orchestra works in print.

Part I features essays by six renowned orchestra educators, all with helpful and practical insights for today’s middle school, high school, and college conductors. Chapters include: “Playing beyond the Score: Thoughts on Teaching Expressive Musicianship” by Jacquelyn Dillon; “World Music in Orchestral and String Education: Understanding Reggae-Sprinked ‘Twinkle’” by Louis Bergonzi; “End of Year Massed Concerts” by Michael Allen; “Checkpoints for Self-Evaluation: Creating a Self-Help Program to Become the Best String Teacher You Can Be” by Robert Gillespie; “Solving the Mysteries of the String Bass” by Dorothy A. Straub; “Taming the Rushin’ Sailor’s Dance: Using Bowing Principles to Your Musical Advantage” by James Kjelland.

Part II contains analysis of 80 of the most significant works for string and full orchestra in print, grades 1 through 5. Like the first two volumes of this series, each Teacher Resource Guide includes essential information on each musical selection, including
composer and composition information, historical background, technical requirements, stylistic considerations, musical elements (form and structure), suggestions for additional listening, and a guide to selected references.

Hardcover, 520 pages

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Bonus Teacher Resource Guide: Chamber Suite in D by George Frideric Handel; arr. Samuel Applebaum. Grade 3. Free download

Edition # Title
G-7191 Teaching Music through Performance in Orchestra - Volume 3

Resource Recording, String Orchestra, Vol. 3, Grades 1–3

Michigan State University Symphony Orchestra, Leon Gregorian, conductor

This 3-CD set contains consummate performances of 33 string orchestra works from Vol. 3, grades 1–3, again achieving the highest production and performance standards that are a hallmark for the Teaching Music series. These recordings are perfect for anyone to identify the best literature available or for wonderful performance models of great music. A bonus Grade 3 work on this CD set has a free Teacher Resource Guide available for download at

Edition # Title
CD-751 Teaching Music through Performance in Orchestra, Vol 3, Grades 1-3 - CD

Teaching Music through Performance in Orchestra, Vol. 3 Grades 1-4
Resource Recordings (CD-751)

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  Disk 1 (Grade 1)
At the Grasshopper Ball
- Meyer
Crystal City March - Williams
Dragonhunter - Meyer
Fiddles on Fire - Williams
Frog in a Tree - Siennicki
Happy Hoedown - Chase
Kabuki Dance - Meyer
Mississippi Cakewalk
- Williams
  (Grade 2)
A Modal Festival - Jon Marsh
An English Folk Song
- McQuilken
Contredanse en Rondeau
- Mozart
El Toro - Brubaker
Fanfare for Strings - Gazda
Finale, Symphony No. 2 in C, Op, 17 - Tchaikovsky
  (Grade 3)
A Rose for Emily: A Scene from Faulkner - McBeth
Allegro from Sonata No. 1
- Telemann
  Disc 2 (Grade 3)
Arlington Sketches - Del Borgo
Bahn Frei (clear track) Polka, Op. 45 - Strauss
Brigid's Fire - Bishop
Buckeye Pioneer Suite
1. Down by the River
- Williams
2. Evening by the Campfire
- Williams
3. Barn Dance
- Williams
Conquistador! - Monday
Fugue in G Minor ("The Little") - Bach
Gavotte from the Classical Symphony - Prokofiev
Geometric Dances
1. Square Dance - Meyer
2. Round Dance - Meyer
3. Triangle Dance - Meyer
Hungarian Dance No. 6
- Brahms


  Disc 3 (Grade 3)
On a Hymnsong of Philip Bliss - Holsinger
Prelude on and Early American Folk Hymn - Smith
Shepherd's Hey
- Grainger
Still, Still, Still - arr. Hellum
Swing Low, Sweet Chariot - arr. Gruselle
Toccata - Cassado
  (Grade 4)
Locust Street Rag - Nunez
  (Grade 3 Bonus Work)
Chamber Suite in D
1. Adagio - Handel
2. Allegro - Handel
3. Andante - Handel
4. Allegro - Handel

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