Full Schedule for Carol Ourada Residency
Carol Ourada is an instructor and Cello Coordinator at the Wheaton College Community School of the Arts. Carol’s studio primarily consists of cello students of all levels, with violin, viola, and bass students as well. Her students have performed in master classes at music conferences, chosen as soloist with youth orchestras, placed in music competitions, and have been section leaders at school, ILMEA and youth orchestras. Carol teaches string groups, reading classes, Creative Ability Development improvisation, chamber music and directs the CSA Cello Choir performing group. From 2006-2022, she coordinated and taught in the CODA outreach program serving refugee and at-risk students. Currently she teaches in the new initiative, West Chicago String Connection. Both programs partner with a local public school district. She also has taught in the public schools.
In 2007, ASTA awarded her Outstanding Studio Teacher of Illinois. She has served on the Suzuki Association Board of Directors and was the coordinator for the 12th Biennial SAA Conference. Carol has presented at national and regional conferences and is a frequent clinician at workshops and Suzuki institutes around the country. She has played with the Elgin Symphony and now is with DuPage Symphony.
Carol earned her music education degree from the University of Illinois, where she studied with Gabriel Magyar and participated in Paul Rolland’s summer workshops. She also is a member of SAI. She studied violin with Shinichi Suzuki in Matsumoto in 1985, has further cello studies with Dr. Tanya Carey, and Suzuki training in cello, violin, viola, double bass, and early childhood training.
My time at the University of Illinois gave me a solid foundation for teaching excellence in the studio, in the schools and at music institutes. The performance opportunities, observation and teaching experiences further built up my skills for my career. I still draw upon the principles and techniques taught in my lessons, Rolland training, and music education classes.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
TUESDAY, APRIL 4
7 pm Meet with ASTA (all are welcome!)
TOPIC: Mira! A Glimpse inside an Outreach Program. Serving students from varied backgrounds, developing collaborations with the families and in the community.
ROOM: MB 0304
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5
9 am ICMA seminar discussion (all are welcome!)
TOPIC: Widening Horizons. Music repertoire used to supplement the Suzuki literature and how we use them at our community music school. Possible discussion: topics we teachers set to be united as a program so students receive similar instruction. Other topics discussion as requested.
ROOM: MB conference room (second floor near elevators)
4 pm CLASS DEMONSTRATION AND DISCUSSION
TOPIC: Music for Tots to Twinkles, working with the young child. See and discuss activities from early childhood music curriculums that develop pulse, singing, playing, and set the pathway for music literacy for the young child. Experience pre-instrument and beginning songs and activities for instrument skill development. Discussion of child development and how it helps the approach to students. For all instruments.
THURSDAY, APRIL 6
9 – 9:50 am MUS 240 Intro to Music Education, Prof. Vecchio
TOPIC: The Landscape of Music Careers–which paths will you take? Career discussion and Question and Answer session.
11 am – 12:20 pm Cello Studio Class (all are welcome, esp. string players!)
TOPIC: Technique-Building Skills-Tone of Many. Let’s play! Basic warmups and group interaction for focus, fun and further skills.
- Bow Hold: How many beginning steps to 500?
- Journey to Spiccato,
- Road to Vibrato
- Set the Stage for Success: Tarantella (dissect, prepare, build on previous repertoire)
- My favorite books and when I use them.
- Let’s Play! Cello choir: Play a favorite from the CSA Cello Choir repertoire.
ROOM: KCPA CHORAL REHEARSAL ROOM
4 – 5:30 pm LESSON DEMONSTRATION AND DISCUSSION
TOPIC: Observe Carol teaching elementary school age string players (violin and cello) in Suzuki repertory from Books 1, 2 and 3. Discussion and Q and A will follow.
ROOM: MB 0304