WindStars 1 Workshop

Sunday, March 17, 2024

8:30 am - 12:30 pm

Swope Music Building Recital Hall, Room 135

Slippery Rock University

Slippery Rock, PA

WindStars 1 is an interactive workshop which introduces the Dood and Toot pre-band instruments. Participants will have opportunities to play both instruments and learn how to structure pre-band lessons aligned with a “sound before sight” strategy. This student-centered approach emphasizes active student input through improvisation, movement, and composition. Participants in this workshop will also explore how WindStars 1 can be easily integrated into teaching methods they are already using to enhance their current programs. This workshop is appropriate for collegiate students as well as current music educators interested in extending wind instruction beyond the recorder.

Required materials:

Instruments: DooD and TooT

Book: WindStars Teacher Book

COST:  $50 for SRU Students

             $75 for Non-SRU Students and current Music Educators


There will be a 3% processing fee added to the total of your registration. 

 A non-refundable deposit of $25 is included in the registration fee.


Please review the following rules that apply to the 2024 SRU WindStars 1 Workshop

1.The use or possession of alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, and/or illegal substances anywhere on University grounds or in its facilities, including the residence halls, is strictly prohibited.

2. Harassment of other participants or faculty is strictly prohibited, and includes, but is not limited to age, race, religion, gender, appearance, disability, or sexual orientation.

3. Weapons of any kind are not permitted anywhere on Slippery Rock University grounds or in its facilities.

4. Cell phones, while permitted, may not be used during classroom instruction, unless in case of emergency.

5. All faculty and participants must be treated with respect.

Brittany Bauman is the Music Education Director for Nuvo Instrumental. She is the co-author of the WindStars pre-band curriculum focused on bridging the instrumental gap between the recorder and beginning band (Winner of NAMM: "Best Tools for Schools" and "Best in Show"). Through her own pre-band teaching experiences and consultations with current music educators, Brittany is a pioneer in this newly emerging area of music education. Brittany guides new pre-band educators in workshops demonstrating activities that fuse general music with beginning instrumental instruction, addressing all learning modalities. You can find Brittany sharing her enthusiasm and knowledge internationally at teacher training workshops and music education conferences.

Before she began her intensive work in pre-band, Brittany taught elementary general music, chorus, and beginning woodwinds in New England for over a decade. Brittany completed her M.M. in Music Education from Kent State University with an emphasis in general and instrumental music. She also has extensive training and teaching experience in Conversational Solfege, Orff Schulwerk, and Kindermusik.

Dr. Cassandra Eisenreich

Dr. Cassandra Eisenreich (724) 738-2440 or by email

Dr. Cassandra Eisenreich is on the Flute and Music Education faculty at Slippery Rock University where she teaches Applied Flute, Flute Ensemble, Flute Pedagogy, Elementary Methods in Music Education, and Popular Music Pedagogy. She volunteers her time serving as the director and lead teacher for the SRU Early Childhood Music Community Engagement Initiative in collaboration with the Butler County Children's Center. Previously, she served on the faculty at Barry University, Towson University, the Frost Preparatory Program, and was the former Outreach and Program Coordinator at the University of Miami, Frost School of Music.

Dr. Eisenreich completed her D.M.A. and M.M. in Flute Performance with an emphasis in Music Education as a Flute Teaching Assistant and Mancini Fellow at the University of Miami, Frost School of Music. While at the Frost School, she received the "Outstanding Graduate Student" award. She graduated summa cum laude from Slippery Rock University with a B.M. in Music Education and has extensive training and teaching experience in Dalcroze Eurhythmics, Orff Schulwerk, Suzuki Flute, Conversational Solfege, and Kindermusik.

As a flutist, Dr. Eisenreich has performed regularly with the Pierce Theatre Players, Florida Grand Opera, Florida Sunshine Pops, Walenstein Symphony Orchestra, and has performed with the New World Symphony and Pittsburgh Symphony. She has also had the opportunity to perform and record with top artists including George Benson, Michael Feinstein, Dave Grusin, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Mark O’Connor, Terence Blanchard, Jon Secada, Patti Austin, Arturo Sandoval, Nestor Torres, Sammy Figueroa, Pharrell Williams, and groups including Take 6 and Tiempo Libre. As a chamber music artist and an advocate of new music, she enjoys working with emerging composers and premiering new works. She is the 2011 recipient of the Co-op Press Recording Grant and has recently been named a Co-op Press Recording Partner.

Dr. Eisenreich has performed and presented at the local, state, regional, national, and international levels including the National Flute Association Convention, Music Teachers National Convention, Chamber Music America Convention, College Music Society Convention, Ravinia Festival, Quincy Jones Musiq Consortium, and many more. As an educator, she loves working with groups of all ages and ability levels and enjoys serving on the National Flute Association's Pedagogy Committee. A strong advocate for Eurhythmics, she has given workshops for elementary, secondary, collegiate, and professional groups including chamber music ensembles, full orchestras, pedagogy courses, and general classroom teachers. Her private flute students have been admitted into arts schools at all levels, have won acceptance into flute competitions, district bands, honors bands, college music programs, and have been awarded superior ratings at district and state solo and ensemble festivals.

With the belief that every child should have the opportunity to experience music, Dr. Eisenreich has teamed up with Nuvo Instrumental as their Music Education Specialist and leading Flute Ambassador. At Nuvo, Dr. Eisenreich advises curriculum design, creates educational programs, and provides guidance and support to music educators around the world. She has implemented a number of outreach initiatives at schools and community centers in the US and abroad where children of low-income families have been given the opportunity to learn a musical instrument.