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Cello Chat with Host Dr. Benjamin Whitcomb and guest Anne Witt

About the Episode 

On this episode from 2021, I chat with Anne Cleino Witt. Anne is an Instructor of Music Education and Strings at the University of Alabama School of Music. She teaches Music Education courses and String Methods for undergraduate BSE majors, and String Literature and String Pedagogy for undergraduate performance majors.

Meet the Guest

Anne C. Witt is Adjunct Professor of Music Education at the University of Alabama School of Music. She taught middle school and high school orchestra and strings for fourteen years in Austin, and was Director of the University of Texas String Project for two years. She taught strings and music education at the University of Texas at Arlington for eight years. Dr. Witt has presented clinics for orchestra and band directors in many states and at national conventions of the Music Educators National Conference, the American String Teachers Association and at the Midwest Clinic. Her presentations include "student tested" teaching strategies on such topics as creative classroom management, communication, and motivation, as well as teaching rhythm and intonation to string players. She has served as guest conductor for many All-Region orchestras in Texas, and at festival orchestras and All-State orchestras. Dr. Witt is co-author of Teaching Stringed Instruments: A Course of Study, published by MENC. She is author of A Rhythm a Week, published by Warner Bros. Publications, used by school classes and private students nationwide and internationally. She is Consulting Editor for the new series Orchestra Expressions™, also published by Alfred Publications. Dr. Witt has served as President of the Texas Orchestra Directors Association and President of the American String Teachers Association. She earned the Bachelor's degree from the University of Alabama, and M.M. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Texas at Austin. She was a professional cellist in the Austin Symphony for twenty years. In August 2005, string classes began in the Tuscaloosa City Schools, the result of a community initiative she organized.

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