Presentations and Workshops

Guest Lecturer/Speaking Engagements/Course Instructor

Speaking engagements and workshops are encouraged for strengthening community and organization bonds and morale, and can be held in practically any environment. They primarily entail one or more of the following ideas or purposes: music advocacy; community involvement including significance and support of the arts in the community; string performance, pedagogy, or study; teaching and teaching styles; music education through leadership and conducting including rehearsal and score study techniques; recruitment; pre-concert talks; specific research for an organization or event; and more. Ms. Cochenet may also be available as a visiting, substitute, or regular course instructor on similar topics.

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Rehearsing, Conducting, Repertoire, and Score Study for Individuals or Group-work

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Conducting, Score Study, and Rehearsal Tips for Music Educators and Community Leaders: A workshop geared toward school and community instrumental music educators and leaders to improve their rehearsal tactics guided by thorough score study and enhanced conducting and musical skills. Goes beyond score-marking into analyzing and interpretation. Available for any level. (approx. 1-1.5 hrs)

Conducting and Coaching for the College Student: A participation-workshop for undergraduate students interested or in need of furthering their conducting, teaching, speaking, and rehearsing skills as they prepare for student-teaching and field work, masters programs, or beyond. Instrumental-participation included on their instruments. (approx. 1-2 hrs)

Introduction to Conducting: Workshop for intermediate to advanced musicians who wish to be introduced to the art and study of conducting skills in an informal environment. Instrumental and/or vocal participation required. (Half- or Full-Day workshop)

Orchestra Reading Session for Teachers: Geared toward school music educators and performers who wish to gain or improve rehearsal technique experience in the string or full orchestra classroom by participating in an ensemble together and dissecting and reviewing the rehearsal process, with some additional participation beyond performance possible for demonstration. (approx. 2-3 hrs or half-day workshop)

Orchestra Reading Festival Workshop for Students: For string (or full orchestra) students of middle school to college-age to participate in a music reading workshop. This workshop could be arranged from a one to three-day experience (weekend), with the latter being the encouraged option to culminate in a performance at the end. This Festival format option also works well when combined with guest coaches you may employ for breaking up the event into a system of sectionals and additional coaching outside the rehearsals. (1-3 day workshop)


Intellectually Charged and Thought-Provoking

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Studying and Interpreting Your Repertoire: Presentation and modest individual participation-style workshop.  For all performers, a thorough process of discovering what is written in the music (analyze it), what connections and nuances can be made (interpret it), and how it leads to performance (perform it). Available for string solos, chamber music, and orchestral literature, best for intermediate to advanced audiences with some working music theory knowledge. (approx. 1-1.5 hrs)

“Fellowship for Muse-ic Education” - Beginning Dialogues for your Music and Education Community: Presentation and discussion-style forum led by example, built on the idea of stimulating ongoing discussion about various components of music within your community of students, teacher-colleagues, parents, administration, audience, supporters, and more. General topics include: education, psychology, philosophy, performance, advocacy, history, theory, current trends, bringing guests and experts and engaging participation and activities, and more. (approx. 1-1.5 hr)

History and Music: A straight-forward survey session (or series, as applicable) of the various music eras and repertoire, primarily held in lecture and presentation-style. Geared toward general appreciators and musicians who wish to review. Specific topics may be requested. (approx. 1.5 hr per single session or 1 hr each for consecutive multiple sessions)


String/Instrument-Study or Performance-Specific

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Warm-Up Ideas and Skill Building Workshop for Viola and Violin Players: Interactive workshop available for elementary through college level participants and adult hobbyists with level-appropriate material for bowing and right hand work, left-hand skills, intonation, and other practice reinforcement ideas. (approx. 1-1.5 hrs)

Scales, Everyone’s Favorite: Presentation and workshop to find different ways to teach, practice, and encourage developing skills of various scales and arpeggios. Open to music educators and performers who wish to improve study. (approx. 45min-1hr)

Plans of Attack for Practicing: Priority Pyramid, Puzzle Pieces, and Other Maneuvers: Presentation and demo-workshop format. Great for either school-age student, college student, hobbyists, teachers, or mixed groups to approach their musical score or solo for establishing a routine and finding more and efficient ways of practicing or teaching how to practice. Some participation may occur. (approx. 1 hr)

Bowing Boot Camp: Interactive workshop for intermediate to advanced string players (violin, viola, cello) for specific work on bowing exercises, technique, and tone. (approx. 1-1.25hr)

Left-Hand Skills Boot Camp: Interactive workshop for intermediate to advanced string players (violin, viola, cello) for specific work on left-hand skills. (approx. 1-1.25hr)

String and Orchestral Repertoire Options: A presentation for school ensemble music educators and community ensemble conductors. With all the repertoire available for string and orchestral musicians, how do you find the right one for your group now and for the future? (approx. 1 hr)

String Ensemble and Orchestral Repertoire Discussion: A discussion and study of specific string ensemble pieces and their teaching points. (Content varies) (approx. 1-1.5 hr)

String Study and Pedagogical Points: A brief comparison and understanding on utilizing various pedagogical materials for teaching strings in lessons or technique/methods and sectional-settings. Focuses on pulling material from scales and arpeggios, etudes, and repertoire. Geared toward educators and performers. (approx. 1 hr)


General Music Discussion and Music Education Topics

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Music Education and Performance for Adults: A presentation geared toward engaging adult and adult student communities within rehearsal-times with members who continue performing as a hobby, extra study, or as late-starters. Includes examples of various rehearsal, class, curriculum, ability, technique, and repertoire formatting, and concert production, outreach, and social gathering ideas. (approx. 45 min-1 hr)

Efficiency for Mobile Instructors: Presentation geared toward independent instrumental teachers who instruct in lessons, sectionals, coaching, and/or other guest visiting instructor work and are in need of a boost for efficient and minimal preparation for maximum results due to utmost preparedness. Includes tips for creating plans and keeping records. Geared toward string teachers but transferable to other instrumentalists. (approx. 45 min)

Contrasts in Instruction for Multi-Level Teaching: Presentation geared toward (music) educators and/or administrators who are interested in learning points and techniques to teach within different levels and diverse instruction settings, including differentiated instruction skills and activities for one-on-one, classroom, and rehearsal environments. (approx. 1-1.5 hrs)

The Teaching Treasure Chest: Presentation and workshop to pick up new music teaching tactics using various teaching tools and approaches, and for different learners, particularly in the instrumental room. Influenced in part by Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences and as preparation for forthcoming written material; also discussed at presentation. (approx. 1 hr)

Pilot Programming Inspiration: Presentation regarding internal and external pilot program, outreach, or internal merit program and curriculum ideas; successes and drawbacks; formatting and evaluation; and staffing for music activities in various settings: school-day, after-school, community school and education centers, youth orchestras and non-school-related or non-profit organization offerings, age and ability level offerings, and more. Great for administrators, program developers, educators, non-profit music and arts organizations. (approx. 1-1.5 hr)

Folk Music and Its Place in the Times: For teachers, listeners, and performers, an overview commentary and discussion about the past, present, and future states of Folk Music as it pertains to music education, culture, and community. (approx. 45 min)

Women Conductors, Composers, Teachers, and Performers: A presentation format to introduce and discuss the works and presence of women in the field of music, available for all audiences. Topics vary. (approx. 45 min-1 hr)

Pre-Concert Talks: A presentation preceding a performance for your ensemble or event (either immediately, or earlier in the day/week) to discuss repertoire, composers, style, and other relevance to the concert repertoire. May include demonstrations, other aids, or audience participation. (can vary; approx. 30 min-1.5 hr)

Workshops are available on a per-event fee-basis or by registering and paying participants. Fees may vary depending on the demands and budget of the requesting organization. Please contact artist for engagements, arrangements, and negotiations.

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Past Lectures, Presentations, Forums Given

2015 Lecturer: Mukwonago String Academy, Mukwonago, WI - Two Part Presentation:

         Part I: The Loss of Music and Other Connections to Ourselves; - on the dissolution of folk music in the 21st Century American culture

         Part II: Priority Pyramid - a systematic practice technique

2013 Lecturer: “Puzzle Pieces.” Mukwonago String Academy, Mukwonago, WI, April 6, 2013. - on solid practice techniques

2013 Lecturer: Seminar: “Variations on a Theme of Score Study Methods.” Conducting II Class, Coe College, Cedar Rapids, IA, February 20, 2013. - approaches to score study

Director: Fellowship for Muse-ic Education - Music and Education Professional Development Open Discussion Forum Series, est. 2014.