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June 11, 2004

State Music Educators' Workshop Held On Campus

Nearly 100 of the state's high school and college music educators will attend the Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance Workshop to be held at UW-River Falls June 21-24.

A collaboration of UW-River Falls and Hamline University, the workshop is sponsored by the Wisconsin Music Educator's Association and the Wisconsin School Music Association. This is the first time the annual workshop has been held in the northwestern part of the state, says Kris Tjornehoj, music professor at UW-River Falls.

"We teach comprehensive musicianship," says Tjornehoj. "Educators learn how to teach using performance ensembles as a tool rather than a concert as the end result. The goal is to create very solid lesson plans that can be used in the classroom and shared among the participants in their bands, choirs and orchestras."

The workshop adopts a multi-arts approach and utilizes literature and art for inspiration. Says Tjornehoj, "In a more comprehensive approach, you look at each ensemble piece in-depth, analyzing the theory and history, providing a greater understanding that will lead to an enhanced performance."

Three graduate credits are available. For more information or to attend the workshop, contact Tjornehoj at or 715-425-3940.


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