We are looking forward to sharing a vast array of playing and learning opportunities with you as we celebrate our sixth anniversary!
NEW this summer: The SWB raffle on Friday, July 2nd! Prizes will include a 10% discount from the Electric Violin Shop with free shipping and two Knilling-Glasser Braided Carbon Fiber bows (violin and cello) from the Knilling catalogue ...
Do you have or know of an alternative styles string group that's looking for a performance venue? Contact Julie Lyonn Lieberman to discuss performing on July 2nd, early afternoon, at SWB.
TEACHERS: Bring four students and get free tuition to attend the teacher training or any classes you choose! (Room and board not included.)
NEW this year:Share the wealth! Two one-hour "Student Tune Labs." This is when YOU get to teach tunes and licks from your favorite style to SWB participants.
Check out our new Strings Without Boundaries
T-shirts, tote bags, baseball caps, postage stamps, mouse pads, mugs, and more. The cool
thing about the Zazzle store, is that you can choose from any of the
SWB designs and mix and match with any merchandise from their
catalogue. Choose your own colors, too! Strings Without Boundaries at ZAZZLE
spicy summer program is open to string players of all ages and levels.
We open with a festive participatory session on Sunday evening, June
27th and will end Friday evening, July 2nd with an awesome participant
One of America's most influential fiddlers -
certainly one of the giants of modern fiddling, with Richard Greene you get the
complete Bluegrass fiddle package: great technique, daring invention,
sensitivity to the music's inner soul and a fiery presentation. - Bluegrass Unlimited
Matt Turner ...
Turner's capabilities on the cello are remarkable,
from percussive African riffs to gossamer melodies. - Hollis
Taylor, Fiddler Magazine
Martin Norgaard ...
What Norgaard does best is, in a word,
balance. He is a player, and he is a teacher. We don't always find the two
combining so efficiently. - Fiddler Magazine
Julie Lyonn Lieberman ...
Innovative jazz violinist/vocalist Julie
Lyonn Lieberman is striking out into new territory once again, taking
fellow string players on a global odyssey...Lieberman has always been a
step ahead of the curve. - Fiddler Magazine
What distinguishes our summer session?
Our faculty is
composed of professional performers who are also renowned educators, composers,
and authors. This translates into awesome playing in combination with excellent
communication skills: we know how to impart techniques and styles in an organized,
This year, some of the
electives offered, include:
Gypsy, Eastern European, East Indian, Arabic Taqsim, and
Celtic styles; practice techniques; amplification techniques; jazz
theory; Gypsy jazz; small group improv; electronic instruments; how to
choose and set up a sound system; marketing and entrepreneurship; and
much, much more.
In addition to
teaching repertoire from dozens of styles, we focus on ensemble-oriented
classes. Players are encouraged to solo, to interact with one another, and to
learn the repertoire through a comprehensive, global approach: style-appropriate
techniques, melody, harmony, rhythm & groove, bass lines, and counterpoint. Our group classes
maintain a feeling of connection between the students.
Now in our fourth year, our program was the first
in the world to offer an Eclectic
Styles Teacher Training Program
After the opening faculty concert on Monday night, we offer a jam session in a different style each night.
We welcome students
aged 11 through 100+ and do not separate by age group, but rather by level
because we believe that all ages have something to contribute to one another. We endeavor to create
a family feel that is comfortable and honors the talents of every individual.
About Vicki Richards ... Completely
original, totally captivating, a startling journey through North Indian, Far
Eastern and modern melodic styles, wrapped in mesmerizing layers of rhythm and
harmony... raging solos...majestic, delicate. - Jazz Times
About Mary Ann Willis ... If the sound of a wild Gypsy violin moves your
spirit, Mary Ann [Willis] Harbar's Gypsy violin is a great place to learn...We could
certainly use a few more fiddlers out there who can play with Harbar's skill
and spirit. Fortunately, she's willing to teach us how.
Tom Knapp, Rambles.net editor
Eclectic Styles Teacher Training -- the first in the world -- offers an In-Depth Experience
Lieberman started the eclectic styles teacher training four
summers ago to help support string teachers in offering a stylistically inclusive approach to their students.
After close to thirty years conducting teacher training through MEA and ASTA chapters as well as in-school residencies
across the country, she had already been on a crusade to teach American
students about their own country's string music, as well as world
styles. She saw first-hand the need for a central training facility
that could help string teachers compensate for a
lack of stylistically inclusive training in their own backgrounds. Four years ago, Strings Without Boundaries provided her with the support she needed to launch a teacher training program.
The Eclectic Styles Teacher Training Program at Strings Without
will provide you with right- and left-hand techniques to sound
style-appropriate, five approaches to improvisation, and an overview of
American vernacular and world styles -- all in a safe, comfortable setting.
Sessions will include American fiddle styles with Jan Farrar Royce, jazz styles with Martin Norgaard
and much, much more. Download your free Alternative Styles Teacher Manual! You can purchase a copy of the text for the course, Alternative Strings: The New Curriculum, on amazon.com.
SWB, we recognize that every classroom in America is different. We focus on helping you develop the skills necessary to create a
unique and malleable stylistically inclusive learning environment for
your students. Our teacher training will answer the most common questions, like:
Why do I still sound classical when I try to play other styles?
How do I choose from so many different styles?
How can I teach something that I have little or no background in?
What is the best way to organize an eclectic styles lesson plan?
What do I need to learn on my instrument that will help my students?
How can I justify appropriating time for improvisation or other styles when I hardly have enough time as it is?
and much, much more.
will demonstrate what she calls a "music without boundaries" approach
that applies learning techniques from around the world to any style of
music. This approach prepares the student for all styles.
Graduate and Act 48 (continuing ed.) credits are
available for teachers who participate in these sessions or any aspect of the week. For
more information, email Chris Bromley
Julie Lyonn Lieberman can help you
incorporate new approaches into your curriculum better than anyone I know.
- Roberta Guaspari-Tzavaras, Artistic Director, Opus 118 Harlem Center for
Strings; inspiration for the Academy Award-nominated movie, Music of the Heart.
the consummate performer, composer, and educator, [is] an undeniably
intelligent, perceptive and articulate individual well ahead of the curve in
string music education...
- J.F.R., American String Teacher.
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