RAFA Pedagogy Colloquium

February 21, 2021 – This is a virtual event.

2:00pm – 5:00pm

RAFA teachers share their wisdom and experience.

Zoom login info will be sent to RAFA members the week of the event.

2:00 The Brag System with Catherine LeGrand

2:45 Intro to UDL with Dr. Nancy Schneeloch-Bingham

3:30 The Cadenza with Dr. Kelly Nivison

Click the links above or the pictures below to see the teachers’ workshop descriptions and their full bios.

Catherine LeGrand
Dr. Nancy Schneeloch-Bingham
Dr. Kelly Nivison

2:00 pm The Brag System: The far-reaching and unexpected benefits of in-studio masterclasses, presented by Catherine LeGrand

Catherine will discuss the methods and benefits associated with her in-studio flute masterclasses in which she brings students of all levels and ages together to hone their skills as musicians and develop a love for performing. Catherine will share the far-reaching benefits of her Brag System for both performer and auditor.

Catherine LeGrand is the Adjunct Professor of Flute at Campbell University and joyfully tends a large private studio for students of all ages and levels in Durham, NC. Her websites and blogs have provided resources regarding flute performance and pedagogy since 2001. 

Before relocating to NC, she was Flute Instructor and Flute Choir Director at the School for Creative and Performing Arts in Cincinnati, Flute Consultant at the High School for Performing and Visual Arts in Houston, and Instructor of Flute at San Jacinto College.

Catherine received her B. M. and M.M. from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music with additional studies at Temple University in Philadelphia. Orchestral positions include Principal Flute, Houston Grand Opera’s Texas Opera Theater Orchestra; Piccolo, Lexington Philharmonic (KY); and, Principal Flute, Superior Festival Orchestra (MI). She performed frequently with Houston Symphony and Houston Ballet Orchestra. She has also performed with Grand Teton Festival Orchestra, and West Virginia Symphony.

Catherine performs with pianist Kenneth Grigg as the duo Senza Misura and has three albums in current release including Inspirations: Music for Solo Flute. 

Catherine enjoys combining her passions for teaching, performing and traveling as a guest artist and clinician. She has presented performances or workshops for numerous organizations and institutions including RAFA, NFA, Mid-South Flute Society, Houston Flute Club, Florida Flute Association, UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC Greensboro, UNC Pembroke, and University of Houston, Moores School of Music. She was also a recipient of an Artist/Teaching Grant from the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand.

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2:45 pm Introduction to Universal Design for Learning (UDL), presented by Dr. Nancy Schneeloch-Bingham
UDL is an educational framework based on research in the learning sciences, with the goal of creating flexible learning environments that help a diversity of students learn in a variety of ways. When we moved our flute studios online in 2020, we all made accommodations in our teaching. This introduction to UDL will explore the principles of this method and how they can be used to enhance our online teaching in 2021 and beyond. 

Flutist Dr. Nancy Schneeloch-Bingham has performed throughout North America, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and Ireland. Her performance experience spans 400 years of flute history, including Renaissance, Baroque, nineteenth-century, and modern flutes. She is a founding member and frequent recitalist with early music ensemble Harmonia Baroque. An accomplished player in the Irish traditional flute style, she has performed with Irish music band, Sunday’s Well.  She is Director of the Hayes School of Music’s Ireland Program, an intensive study abroad course in Irish traditional music. Her modern flute duo with flutist Leslie Marrs, Dúo Pelirroja, tours annually and presents dynamic, team-taught masterclasses.  

As an orchestral musician, Dr. Schneeloch-Bingham has performed with the Salisbury Symphony, Tallahassee Symphony, Western Piedmont Symphony, Winston-Salem Symphony, and North Carolina Symphony. She currently performs with the Symphony of the Mountains (Kingsport, TN) and the Johnson City Symphony. 

An active recitalist and clinician, Dr. Schneeloch-Bingham has performed and presented workshops for numerous regional flute associations, as well as the National Flute Association and the Canadian Flute Association. A member of the NFA’s Historical Flutes Committee, she has served as its chair and has directed the NFA’s Baroque Flute Artist Competition and Masterclass.  

Dr. Schneeloch-Bingham also performs, teaches and coaches chamber music at Cannon Music Camp, a comprehensive summer music program on the Appalachian State University campus. A passionate and innovative teacher, she has received the Outstanding Teaching Award from the Hayes School of Music, as well as the North Carolina Board of Governor’s Excellence in Teaching Award.

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3:30 pm The Cadenza: A Brief Historical Perspective and Pedagogical Considerations, presented by Dr. Kelly Nivison
A study of late baroque through classical cadenzas, including period-specific musical examples, composition guidelines, and sources for your students.

Dr. Kelly Nivison is a versatile flutist with expertise in both modern and historical flute performance. She is the Co-Director of Bands at Ravenscroft School, Artistic Director for Raleigh Camerata, and performs regularly with Raleigh Camerata, Durham Symphony, Carolina Philharmonic, Mallarme, and the North Carolina Baroque Orchestra. 

Dr. Nivison is a frequent guest artist at local universities, and has given masterclasses at Methodist University, UNC-Greensboro, East Carolina University, and for the Raleigh Area Flute Association. She currently serves on the National Flute Association’s (NFA) Research Committee, has won the NFA Graduate Research Competition (2018), been a semifinalist in the NFA’s Baroque Flute Artist Competition several times, and won second place in the Indy Baroque Orchestra’s concerto competition (2014).

Dr. Nivison received her doctorate in historical flute performance at the Early Music Institute at Indiana University in 2017, and additionally holds degrees from Florida State University (MMus) and Appalachian State University (BMus). Dr. Nivison teaches flute, double reeds, saxophone, and piano privately in the Raleigh, NC Area.

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