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The Workshops and Clinics of Martha Mooke, Electro-Acoustic Violist / Composer / Producer / Clinician & Educator

Martha Mooke has been one of Yamaha's leading electric string artist/clinicians for the past decade, traveling worldwide presenting workshops, masterclasses, lectures and concerts.  Whether it's a one hour seminar, 3-day school residency or as a visiting faculty member, Martha's unique brand of experience, creativity, technique and philosophical approach to making music is an invaluable asset to students and teachers alike.

Email Martha Mooke at music@marthamooke.com for further information, dates, and availability of any of the workshops listed below.


Mooke joins with Composers and Schools in Concert to offer school workshops for grades 9-12

The Creative Spirit Unleashed

The Power of Strings

Plugging in the Creative Spirit


"Am I allowed to do that? (Cultivating the Creative Spirit)"
Tapping the creative muse — empowering and teaching methods to access the creative voice using nontraditional techniques, composition, improvisation and experimentation. Overcoming inhibitions and supporting the imagination to create. This session is adaptable to accommodate all grade levels and playing ability.


"The Power of Strings"
Martha Mooke, Electric 5-string Violist/Composer/Progressive Recording Artist, presents a demo/concert of electric string instruments, electronics (effects processors, amps, other equipment), and new approaches to playing including extended techniques.  Participation by players and non-players alike is encouraged.   Individual or group coachings and masterclasses are also available.

Note: This clinic can be geared towards students of any grade and ability, teachers who want to learn and work with these instruments and equipment, amateurs and professionals of any level and for non-musicians for an unique perspective in new music appreciation.


"Zen and the Art of Conceptual Improvisation"
Follow Martha Mooke, Electric 5-string Violist/Composer/Progressive Recording Artist, through the underexplored territory of feeling and playing music from the inside out.   This session is just the thing for those who are inhibited about playing "off the page".    No need to worry about playing the "wrong" notes!  Bring your instruments and an open mind.

Group or individual sessions available for all levels of players.  This is an opportunity for concert/symphonic players to express a creative instinct that they may not yet have explored.   Unique vehicle for players of all levels to begin the compositional process through improvisation.


"Violas on the Verge"
Violists have risen from the inner voices of chamber and orchestral music to strut their stuff as cutting edge soloists, composers and improvisors.  Join some of the leading figures in the emancipation of the viola as they discuss careers, demonstrate their unique styles and offer insight into the next generation of viola players.  (click here if you or someone you know is a VIOLIST ON THE VERGE!!!)


"Playing with 5 (strings that is!)
From "E to C" or "A to F", electric or acoustic, Five-string viola pioneer Martha Mooke explores the seduction of the extra strings(s) and the emergence of a new repertoire playable by violinists and violists alike.


"Writing for 21st Century Strings: New techniques, electronics and improvisation"
Description:  This is a unique opportunity for composers and string players to interact with Yamaha Artist/Clinician Martha Mooke as she discusses and demonstrates new techniques, integration of electronics and improvisation in the rapidly growing field of electric and alternative approaches to string playing.

Selected Listing of Workshops & Clinics

American String Teachers Association National Conference, biennially 2003-2019
NJASTA Chamber Music Institute, Rutgers University, 2014, 2015
NAMM/College Music Society Generation Next, 2014
West Virginia Music Educators Association Conference, 2014
Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, 2014
New York State School Music Association Winter Conference, 2014, 2000
American String Teachers Association National Conference, 2013
Jazz Educators Network National Conference, 2013
American String Teachers Association National Conference, 2012, 2010, 2006, 2005, 2003
Midwest Clinic, 2011, 2007
DUMBO Arts Festival, 2010
New York Summer Music Festival, 2009
Beijing International Congress on Women in Music, 2008
International Association of Jazz Educators National Conference, 2007, 2004
Hartt School of Music, 2005
Music Educators National Conference, 2004
American Composers Orchestra, Orchestra Improv conference, 2004
Southampton String Festival, 2004
ASTA/NJ with National School Orchestra Association, 2003, 2000, 1999
American Composers Orchestra, Orchestra Tech conference, 2002
Eastern Connecticut State University, 2010, 2002
Yamaha Corporation of Japan, Hamamatsu, Japan, 2001
Rockland County Music Teachers Conference, 2001
Sussex County Youth Orchestra, 2001
ASCAP Foundation Fresh Air Fund at Camp Mariah, 2000-2001

Residencies and Visiting Artist

Frost School of Music, Miami, 2019
The Juilliard School, 2018
Boston Conservatory, 2018
Harmony Summer Music Program, 2018
Berklee School of Music, 2017
Kingswood Oxford School, 2017
Sparta Middle School, 2017
St. George's School, Vancouver, BC, 2016
University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN, 2015
Special Music School HS, NY, Composer-in-Residence, 2013
Arizona State University, 2013
Florida International University, 2013
MacDowell Colony Fellowship, 2012, 2008
Music Factory Teaching Artist, American Composers Orchestra, 2011
Cinnaminson School District, Cinnaminson, NJ, 2011
Percussion Plus Project, DePauw University, Greencastle, IN, 2010