2022 Colorado Music Educators Association Conference 2022 Colorado Music Educators Association Conference

Terrific Tips and Rehearsal Strategies for Middle School Orchestra

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Broadmoor Hall C

Becky Bush
Hudsonville Public Schools, Alfred Music, Orchestra Director

Becky Bush, Orchestra Director at Hudsonville Public Schools in Hudsonville, Michigan, spent four years as Orchestra Director at Jenison Public Schools, a GRAMMY Signature School and a NAMM 100 Best Community in the Nation for Music Education. She is co-author of Sound Differentiation for Beginning String Orchestra and author of a young orchestra piece, Arctic Crossing, both published by Alfred Music. She was String Acquisition Editor and Suzuki Strategist at Alfred Music Publishing, Adjunct Professor of Music Education at Grand Valley State University, and Adjunct Professor of Music Education at Calvin College. In addition to teaching Instrumental Methods, String Methods, and supervising student teachers at the collegiate level, she directed the St. Cecilia Music Center Sinfonia and Concert Youth Orchestra and founded the Hudsonville Public Schools orchestra program. Bush brings her staple energy, enthusiasm, and comprehensive pedagogy training into every endeavor! A graduate with a Bachelor’s of Music Education from University of Michigan and a Masters of Education from Grand Valley State University, she has been Music Director at the Michigan ASTA String Camps, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camps, and Phillips Family Fiddle Camps and performs with the Signature String Quartet. She has presented multiple sessions at The Midwest Clinic, the National ASTA Conference, Ontario Music Educators’ Association Conference, Texas Music Educators Association Conference, New York State School Music Association Conference, other state music conventions and has been an active guest conductor throughout Michigan.


Experience specific strategies for transforming middle school orchestra rehearsals. This clinic will be filled with reminders for experienced teachers and is a must-see for young string teachers. Walk away with effective ideas you can implement on Monday!