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For years, I have enjoyed working with teachers and students as a workshop/masterclass clinician.  Here are just some of the recent topics I have presented:

Learning to Compose through Improvisation  - In this fast-paced 60-minute session, teachers will learn a brief history of improvisation in various genres.  Methods and concrete examples will be given to help teachers incorporate improvisation from the very first lesson.  Finally, options of refining improvisations into the more formal aspects of composition will be explored.  

 

Is that Fake Book Real?  Unlocking the mystery of lead sheets - An informative 60-minute presentation which examines a brief history of Fake Books and Real Books, and explores their similarities, differences, and how they evolved through time.  We will explore ways to use these lead sheets as an avenue to improvisation and composition, with examples given in many genres.  We will also explore hidden benefits reading lead sheets gives to classical musicians.  

 

Does a Period come after a Sentence?  Well... sometimes!   - In this fun 60-minute session, teachers will learn how to teach composition to younger students, even if they've never composed before, by creating the musical forms known as "Periods" and "Sentences".   A quick-paced summary of these compositional devices from famous composers throughout history will be highlighted as well.  (note:  I've done this presentation both as a lecture and also an interactive workshop, where the teachers compose some examples on the spot)

 

For more information, please contact me at michael@springermusic.com  

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Past Events:

Location:  Skyline Music, Cleveland, OH

Date:          August 3,  2018 Time TBA

Event:        Alfred Publishing Workshop Tour

Location:  H & H Music, Evansville, IN

Date:          August 2,  2018 Time TBA

Event:        Alfred Publishing Workshop Tour

Location:  Dave's Music Den, Fort Wayne, IN

Date:          August 1,  2018 Time TBA

Event:        Alfred Publishing Workshop Tour

Location:  Herter Music, Bay City, MI

Date:          July 31,  2018 Time TBA

Event:        Alfred Publishing Workshop Tour

Location:  Heidi Music, Green Bay, WI

Date:          July 30,  2018 Time TBA

Event:        Alfred Publishing Workshop Tour

Location:  Mesquite Music Teacher's Association

Date:          January 4, 2018 10:00 AM

Event:        Lecture

Location:  Mesquite, TX

Date:          December 4, 2017   10:00 AM

Event:        Lead Sheet workshop for MMTA

Location:  University of Texas, Arlington, TX

Date:          October 5, 2017   10:00 AM

Event:        Lead Sheet workshop for AMTA

Locations:  Canada: Toronto, London, Ottawa,  

                    Calgary, and Vancouver

Dates:         July 16-22, 2017

Event:         Alfred Publishing Workshop Tour

Locations:  Plano, TX

Dates:         April 26th, 2017, 10:00 AM

Event:        Improvisation Workshop for PMTA

Locations:  Indianapolis, IN, Bismark, ND

Dates:         August 25-28, 2016

Event:        Alfred Publishing Workshop Tour

Locations:  Reno, NV, Pacific Grove, CA,                                   Bakersfield,     CA, Las Vegas, NV

Dates:         August 15-19, 2016

Event:        Alfred Publishing Workshop Tour

Location:  Little Rock, AR 

Date:          May 6th-7th , 2016

Event:        Workshop for Music Teachers

Location:  Texas A&M Commerce Workshop

Date:          April 30th, 2016

Event:        Workshop for music majors

Location:  Las Vegas, NV

Date:         March 21st, 2015

Event:       Premier of Mike Springer's Piano Trio, NOLA

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