Winifred Crock

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Winifred Crock

Tempo, Time & Tumult: Concepts and Sequences for Developing Rhythm Skills

Program Description:

Why do our students rush in performance? Why do they falter when reading compound meter or cut time? How can we address ties, dotted rhythms and irregular rests so they do not cause stumbling blocks? How do tempo and time influence expression and how can we teach these concepts? This discussion will include definitions, sequences and solutions to reading, practice and performance issues that pertain to tempo, rhythm and time. Practical ideas for immediate application for all levels of students will be shared.

This discussion will also cover the three basic types of counting systems with examples of each, their importance for fluency and applications of each in learning. Also, the basic inherent flaws of our written rhythmic notation system, common issues in reading rhythmic notation, the concept of default in reading rhythm, and the sequential introduction and musical use of the metronome will be discussed.


In demand as a clinician, lecturer and conductor, Winifred Crock has lectured at numerous music conferences including the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, SAA, ASTA, NAFME conferences. She has been the featured clinician at universities, conferences and institutes in over 20 states and abroad. She currently serves on the board of the Suzuki Association of the Americas.

Winifred Crock was the Director of Orchestras at Parkway Central High School for twenty-five years and has maintained a private violin studio in suburban St. Louis, Missouri for far longer. Mrs. Crock also taught and developed curriculum for several levels of class piano and supervised numerous advanced piano independent study courses at Parkway Central. During her tenure, the Parkway Central High Music Department was awarded GRAMMY Gold Signature school status as one of the top high school music departments in the country. Mrs. Crock has received numerous teaching awards including the Missouri ASTA Private Studio Teacher of the Year, the Missouri ASTA Secondary String Teacher of the Year, the St Louis Symphony Educator of the Year, the St. Louis Arts Educator of the Year, the Singer Prize for Excellence in Secondary Teaching, the NFHA Outstanding Music Educator Missouri and of the Midwest, and the ASTA Elizabeth Green National School Educator. She was most recently selected for the SLSMEA Hall of Fame Award. 

In addition to music degrees from SIU Edwardsville and Kent State University in Ohio, Mrs. Crock graduated from the Suzuki Talent Education Institute in Matsumoto, Japan under the tutelage of Shinichi Suzuki and is a certified Kodály method instructor. Mrs. Crock's most recent publications include the Pattern Play for Strings Series: A Sequential Introduction to Reading Music, Forrester Press and with Dr. Scott and Mr. Dick Learning Together Volume 1 & 2: Sequential Repertoire for Solo Strings or String Ensemble, Alfred Music. She has also written over thirty articles for the Suzuki Association of the Americas Journal and several ASTA publications.