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BOOKS:
Jazz  Wizard Junior book 1
(middle school)
Jazz  Wizard Junior book 2
(upper middle/high school)
Jazz Fiddle Wizard
(College)

ORCHESTRA MUSIC:
Stringin' the Blues
(grade 3.5)
Swing on a String
(grade 3)
Swing There, Done That
(grade 2.5)

STRING QUARTET MUSIC: Jammin' Jazz Standards

Workshops:
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Education:
Syllabus 1
Syllabus 2
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History:
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Discography

 

PRESENTATIONS

International (Invited)
“A Method for Identifying Motor Pattern Boundaries in Jazz Piano Improvisations.” International Research Workshop on jazz improvisation, Weimar, Germany, September 2016.

“How Learned Patterns Allow Artist-Level Improvisers to Focus on Planning and Interaction During Improvisation.” International Congress on Music and Mathematics, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, November 2014.

International (Peer Reviewed)
“How Improvising will Benefit your Students.” 32nd ISME World Conference on Music Education, International Society for Music Education, Glasgow, Scotland, July 2016.

“The Effect of Intensive Jazz Improvisation Instruction on Measures of Executive Function in Middle School Band Students.” (with H. McCranie) 14th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition, San Francisco, July 2016.

“The Interplay Between Conscious and Subconscious Processes During Expert Musical Improvisation.” 2nd International Conference on Music and Consciousness, Oxford, England, April 2015.

“Chords Not Required: Incorporating Horizontal and Vertical Aspects Independently in a Computer Improvisation Algorithm.” International Symposium on Performance Science, Vienna, Austria,  August 2013.

“Effects of Dual-Task Conditions on Jazz Improvisation.” (with J. Fidlon) Society for Music Perception and Cognition Biennial Meeting, Toronto, Canada, August 2013.
          
“Symposium: Improvisation Pedagogy and Musical Authenticity.” (with P. Freer, K. Carlisle, and D. Hirschorn) 30th ISME World Conference on Music Education, International Society for Music Education, Thessaloniki, Greece, July 2012.       

“Improvise with your String Students.” 30th ISME World Conference on Music Education, International Society for Music Education, Thessaloniki, Greece, July 2012.
          
“Borrowing from the Greats.” International Association For Jazz Education International Conference, Toronto, Canada, January 2008.

“Sequencing Jazz Improvisation in the Studio and Classroom.” (Norgaard & Harbison) International Association For Jazz Education, Toronto, Canada, January 2003.

National (Invited)
“Jazz Research Best Practices.” (panel discussion) Jazz Education Network Annual Conference, San Diego, CA, January 2015.

" The Missing Piece: Integrating Creativity in Group and Individual Lessons." American String Teachers Association National Conference, Louisville, KY, March 2014. Session selected to be recorded on video by ASTA and presented on the organization’s website.     

" Fostering Lifelong Musicians - Incorporating Student-Centered Learning in the Traditional Orchestra Classroom." American String Teachers Association National Conference, Louisville, KY, March 2014.

“An Overview of Eclectic Styles in String Education.” National Association of School Music Dealers Convention, San Antonio, TX, March 2013.      

“Yes, improvisation can be taught and learned!” Music Education Week, National Association for Music Education, Baltimore, MD, June 2012.

“Fiddlin’ fun.” Music Education Week, National Association for Music Education, Baltimore, MD, June 2012.

“How was my solo? - Methods for evaluating improvisation.” Music Education Week, National Association for Music Education, Baltimore, MD, June 2012.

“Music theory fun: How to turn ‘Lightly Row’ into a fiddle tune.” Music Education Week, National Association for Music Education, Baltimore, MD, June 2012.

“Using amplification musically!” Music Education Week, National Association for Music Education, Baltimore, MD, June 2012.

“The essence of jazz - Improvising on chord changes.” Music Education Week, National Association for Music Education, Baltimore, MD, June 2012.

“Integrating eclectic styles into the string program: Practical issues and concerns.” Music Education Week, National Association for Music Education, Baltimore, MD, June 2012.

“Preparing Eclectic Strings Orchestra Charts Authentically.” American String Teachers Association National Conference, Atlanta, GA, March 2012.
“Learning Jazz in an Authentic Jam Setting.” American String Teachers Association National Conference, Atlanta, GA, March 2012.

“How Jazz Musicians Improvise: The Central Role of Auditory and Motor Patterns.” Sixth National Forum on Research in Motor Learning and Music, held during the National Association for Music Education Conference, St. Louis, MO, March 2012.

“Bridging Suzuki and Jazz: teaching jazz string arrangements using Suzuki principles, step-by step improvisation ideas with jazz harmonies.” Suzuki Association Of The Americas Twelfth Biennial Conference, Minneapolis, MN, May 2008.

National (Peer Reviewed)
“Do Improvisers’ Verbal Descriptions of their Thinking align with Neurophysiological Data Collected During Improvisation?” Jazz Education Network Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA, January 2017.

“Do Improvisers’ Verbal Descriptions of their Thinking align with Neurophysiological Data Collected During Improvisation?” Music Research and Teacher Education National Conference, Atlanta, GA, March 2016.

“The Neural Network Underpinning Novel Melody Creation.” (with Bhim Adhikari) Meeting of the Society for Music Perception and Cognition, Nashville, TN, August 2015.

“Look How Far We Have Come: An Overview of Creativity in the String Classroom." (with Renata Bratt, Elizabeth Fortune, Amy Marr, Skip Taylor) American String Teachers Association National Conference, Salt Lake City, UT, March 2015.

“Can Computers Improvise? Using Computer Modeling to Investigate the Thinking Behind Improvisation.” Jazz Education Network Annual Conference, San Diego, CA, January 2015.

“How Improvising Will Benefit Your Students.” National Association for Music Education National In-Service Conference, Nashville, October 2014.

“The Interplay Between Conscious and Subconscious Processes During Musical Improvisation.” (with James Fidlon) National Association for Music Education Music Research and Teacher Education Conference, St. Louis, MO, April 2014.

"Borrowing from the Greats ? How to Analyze Jazz and Bluegrass Licks and Incorporate them into your own Playing." American String Teachers Association National Conference, Providence, RI, March 2013. Session selected to be recorded on video by ASTA and presented on the organization’s website.   

"Incorporating Jazz into a String Curriculum. A Fun Sequential Approach to Teaching Improvisation." (with Muriel Urcutt) American String Teachers Association National Conference, Providence, RI, March 2013.

“Learning Musical Improvisation – The Interaction Between Controlled and Automatic Processes.” Suncoast Music Education Research Symposium IX: Navigating the Future, Tampa, FL, February 2013.

“Are Notes Consciously Chosen During Improvisation? – A Study Based on Artist-Level Jazz Improvisers’ Descriptions of Their Thinking.” Jazz Education Network Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA, January 2013.

“How to Solo and Teach How to Solo in Standard Eclectic-Styles Literature.” American String Teachers Association National Conference, Kansas City, MO, March 2011.

“Teaching Improvisation Using What You Already Know.” American String Teachers Association National Conference, Kansas City, MO, March 2011.

“SRIG Creativity: Analysis of Cognition During Jazz Improvisations.” (with B. Duke & J. Fidlon) Society for Research in Music Education, Music Educators National Conference, Anaheim, CA, March 2010.         

“Help! A new Grading System? – Translating the new ASTA Syllabus Improvisation Levels into a Sequence for Teaching Improvisation in the Classroom.” American String Teachers Association National Conference, Santa Clara, CA, February 2010.
          
“Engaging the YouTube Generation: The Web Camera as Practice Partner.” American String Teachers Association National Conference, Santa Clare, CA, February 2010.

“Wow, I Figured Out a Tune by Myself – Musical Problem Solving as the Ultimate Motivator.” The Midwest Clinic, Chicago, IL, December 2009.   

“How do I Know What Note to Play Next? – A New Look at Pedagogy for Teaching Improvisation Based on the Thinking of Advanced Improvisers.” American String Teachers Association National Conference, Atlanta, GA, March 2009.

“Wow, I Figured Out a Tune by Myself – Musical Problem Solving as the Ultimate Motivator.” American String Teachers Association National Conference, Atlanta, GA, March 2009.

“The ‘Modern Method’ Approach: Introducing New, Sequentially Organized Repertoire for Beginning Studio Instruction.” American String Teachers Association National Conference, Atlanta, GA, March 2009.

“How do I Know What Note to Play Next? – A New Look at Pedagogy for Teaching Improvisation Based on the Thinking of Advanced Improvisers.” International Society for Improvised Music, Denver, CO, December 2008.

“Engaging the YouTube Generation: The Web Camera as Practice Partner.” Suzuki Association Of The Americas Twelfth Biennial Conference, Minneapolis, MN, May 2008. 

“As the Twig is Bent… So Grows The Technique.” (Norgaard & Scott) American String Teachers Association National Conference, Albuquerque, NM, February 2008.

“Classic Swing Jazz Violin Solo Techniques - A Great Entryway to Improvisation.” American String Teachers Association National Conference, Albuquerque, NM, February 2008.

“The Secret to Tonal Jazz Improvisation - The Target Note.” American String Teachers Association National Conference, Detroit, MI, March 2007.
          
“Integrating Jazz Improvisation into Heterogeneous Group Classes and Orchestra.” Suzuki Association Of The Americas Twelfth Biennial Conference, Minneapolis, MN, May 2006.

“Explore Your Creative Potential through Improvisation.” Suzuki Association Of The Americas Twelfth Biennial Conference, Minneapolis, MN, May 2006.

“Integrating Jazz Improvisation Into Group Lessons.” Suzuki Association Of The Americas Twelfth Biennial Conference, Minneapolis, MN, May 2006.

“From Autumn Leaves to Giant Steps – Chord Patterns in Jazz.” American String Teachers Association National Conference, Kansas City, MO, March 2006.

“From First Glance to Final Performance – How to Prepare a Grade 3 Jazz Orchestra Piece.” American String Teachers Association National Conference, Kansas City, MO, March 2006.

“Connecting with Kids through Improvisation: An IAJE String Resource Team Presentation.” International Association For Jazz Education, New York City, NY, January 2006.

“How Was My Solo? – Methods for Evaluating Improvisation.” New Directions In Music Education: Second Conference On Teaching Composition And Improvisation, East Lansing, MI,  November 2005.

“How Was My Solo? – Methods for Evaluating Improvisation.” American String Teachers Association National Conference, Reno, NV, March 2005.

“How Was My Solo? – Methods for Evaluating Improvisation.” International Association For Jazz Education, Long Beach, CA, January 2005.

“Improvising on Chord Changes." American String Teachers Association National Conference, Dallas, TX, March 2004.

"Strings only: The History of Blues and Swing." (Norgaard, Greene, & Lieberman) American String Teachers Association National Conference, Dallas, TX, March 2004.

"Help, My Students Don't Know the Difference Between Major and Minor!" American String Teachers Association National Conference, Dallas, TX, March 2004.

"Preparing String  Players for Jazz Big Band." (Norgaard, Lieberman, Ligon, & Jones) International Association For Jazz Education, New York City, NY, January 2004.

“The Missing Link Between Africa and New Orleans: The Violin." (Norgaard, Bratt, Blake,  Koenig, Morgenstern, & Raeburn) International Association For Jazz Education, New York City, NY, January 2004.

“Step by Step Jazz Improvisation in the Studio and Classroom.” Music Educators National Conference Eastern Division, Providence, RI, March 2003.

“Step by Step Jazz Improvisation in the Studio and Classroom.” American String Teachers Association National Conference, Columbus, OH, March 2003.

“Jazz Fiddle Wizard – A Practical Guide to Jazz Improvising for Strings.” American String Teachers Association National Conference, Columbus, OH, March 2003.

“Jazz Up Your Teaching: Improvisation Techniques for Strings.” American String Teachers Association National Studio Teachers Forum, East Lansing, MI, March 2002.
                
“Post-secondary Education for Improvising Strings.” (Norgaard, Anger, Chepaitis, Clayton, Terry, Glaser, Jacobs, Ligon, & Zeitlin) International Association For Jazz Education, Long Beach, CA, January 2002.

“How To Make Strings A Part of Every Jazz Program.” International Association For Jazz Education, New York City, NY, January 2001.
          
Director Belmont Jazz String Quartet. International Association For Jazz Education, New York City, NY, January 2001.

State (Peer Reviewed)
“Does Music Make You Smarter? - Depends on the Music.” Georgia Music Educators Association, Athens, GA, January, 2017.

“How the New National Arts Standards can Help You Pass the edTPA.” Georgia Music Educators Association, Savannah, GA, January, 2015.

“How Improvising Will Benefit Your Students.” (with James Fidlon) Texas Music Educators Association, San Antonio, TX, February 2014.

 “Fostering Lifelong Musicians - Incorporating Student-Centered Learning In the Traditional Orchestra Classroom (with Sheldon Fisher).” Georgia Music Educators Association, Savannah, GA, January, 2014.

“How to Turn Your Orchestra into a Jazz String Big Band.” Minnesota Music Educators Association Midwinter Clinic, Minneapolis, MN, February 2013.

“How was my solo? - Methods for evaluating improvisation.” Minnesota Music Educators Association Midwinter Clinic, Minneapolis, MN, February 2013.

“Less Talk More Play: Scribe, A New Video Tool for Teacher Education and Development.” Georgia Music Educators Association, Savannah, GA, January, 2013.

“Integrate Jazz Into the String Curriculum.” Georgia Music Educators Association, Savannah, GA, January, 2012.

“As the Twig is Bent...So Grows the Technique.” (Norgaard & Scott) Texas Music Educators Association, San Antonio, TX, February 2007.

“How Was My Solo? – Methods for Evaluating Improvisation.” Texas Music Educators Association, San Antonio, TX, February 2005.

State (Invited)
“Alternative Approaches to Education” [panel] STEAM3, Atlanta, GA, September 2015.

“The Science of Musical Improvisation” (with Gil Weinberg) [exhibit] STEAM3, Atlanta, GA, September 2015.

“Yes, Improvisation can be Taught and Learned!” Nebraska Music Educators Association Conference, Lincoln, NE, November 2014.

“How Improvising Will Benefit Your Students.” Nebraska Music Educators Association Conference, Lincoln, NE, November 2014.

“Yes, Improvisation can be Taught and Learned!” Pennsylvania Music Educators Association Summer Conference, State College, PA, July 2013.

“Fiddlin' Fun.” Pennsylvania Music Educators Association Summer Conference, State College, PA, July 2013.

“How Was My Solo? - Methods for evaluating improvisation.” Pennsylvania Music Educators Association Summer Conference, State College, PA, July 2013.

“Beginning Improvisation: Rhythm, Articulation, Bowing and Easy Scale Improvisation.” New York State School Music Association Summer Conference, Albany, NY, August 2011.

“Jazz String Reading Session.” New York State School Music Association Summer Conference, Albany, NY, August 2011.

“From First Glance to Final Performance: How To Prepare a Grade 3 Jazz Orchestra Piece.” Pennsylvania Music Educators Association Annual Conference, Hershey, PA, April 2011.   

“Teaching Improvisation Using What You Already Know.” Pennsylvania Music Educators Association Annual Conference, Hershey, PA, April 2011.

"Beginning Jazz Improvisation in the Classroom Grades 5-8." Missouri Music Educators Association, Osage Beach, MO, January 2008.

"Performing Jazz Pieces with Your High School Orchestra or Chamber Group." Missouri Music Educators Association, Osage Beach, MO, January 2008.  

“Beginning Jazz Improvisation in the Classroom Grades 5-8.” Wyoming Music Educators Association Annual Conference, Rock Springs, WY, January 2007.

“How Was My Solo? - Methods for Evaluating Improvisation.” Wyoming Music Educators Association Annual Conference, Rock Springs, WY, January 2007.

“Essential Solo Techniques for High School Students.” Wyoming Music Educators Association Annual Conference, Rock Springs, WY, January 2007.

“What Your String Students Need to Know to Perform a Successful Jazz Solo.” New Mexico Music Educators Association, Albuquerque, NM, January 2006.
          
“How Was My Solo? Methods for Evaluating Improvisation.” New Mexico Music Educators Association, Albuquerque, NM, January 2006.

“How to Turn Your Orchestra Into a Jazz String Big Band.” New Mexico Music Educators Association, Albuquerque, NM, January 2006.

“What Your Middle School String Students Need To Know To Perform A Successful Jazz Solo.” North Dakota Music Educators Association, Grand Forks, ND, March 2005.
          
“How to Turn Your Orchestra Into a Jazz String Big Band.” North Dakota Music Educators Association, Grand Forks, ND, March 2005.
          
“Music Theory Fun: How to turn Lightly Row into a Fiddle Tune.” North Dakota Music Educators Association, Grand Forks, ND, March 2005.      

“How Was My Solo? –  Methods for Evaluating Improvisation.” North Dakota Music Educators Association, Grand Forks, ND, March 2005.

“Integrating Jazz into the String Curriculum.” Ohio Music Educators Association, Cincinnati, OH, February 2005.

“Jazz Improvisation – Real-time Problem Solving in Performance.” Ohio Music Educators Association, Cincinnati, OH, February 2005.
“Integrating Jazz into the String Curriculum.” Colorado Music Educators Association, Colorado Springs, CO, January 2005.

“How to Turn Your Orchestra into a Jazz String Big Band.” Colorado Music Educators Association, Colorado Springs, CO, January 2005.

“Integrating Jazz into the String Curriculum.” California Music Educators Association, Sacramento, CA, March 2004.

“What Your Middle School String Students Need to Know to Perform a Successful Jazz Solo.” Georgia Music Educators Association, Savannah, GA, January 2003.

“How to Turn Your Orchestra into a Jazz String Big Band.” Georgia Music Educators Association, Savannah, GA, January 2003.

“Step by Step Jazz Improvisation in the Studio and Classroom.” Texas Music Educators Conference, San Antonio, TX, February 2003.

“Beginning Jazz Improvisation in the Classroom grades 5-8.” Oklahoma Music Educators Association, Tulsa, OK. January 2003.

“Performing Jazz and Fiddling Music with your Orchestra or Chamber Group.” Oklahoma Music Educators Association, Tulsa, OK. January 2003.

“Jazz Fiddle Wizard.” Indiana Music Educators Association, Indianapolis, IN, January, 2002.

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