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Theresa Ellis

Utah Division of Arts & Museums (UDAM) teaching artist.

In the entrepreneurial world we live in today, improvisation is a vital skill. To most, this right brain skill seems elusive. Theresa Ellis will share and teach music improvisation using her nifty-looking Zeta electric fiddle along with the acoustic violin. Using visual art and body movement with music, the creative process becomes a natural result and rewarding experience. Collaborating with teachers, projects and activities can be integrated with current classroom studies, core curriculums, or can be tailored to focus specific themes. Activities can include making instruments, dancing with live music, improv skits, create a music “festival”, drawing the sounds of music, relaxation exercises, “radio music” impromptu studies, and sharing feelings with a combination of art, writing and music. Ms. Ellis believes that music is essential to total understanding and knowledge, and it helps integrate the mind, body and spirit. Her hope is that through learning music improvisation, balance can be achieved for solving life’s puzzles and coping through great stress. Theresa Ellis plays Americana fiddling styles, Celtic music, classical, country, jazz, pop, experimental, looper and other dance/pop music. She has a BM degree, developed her improvisational skills in Music City, Nashville, TN., and has taught violin and fiddling for more than 30 years. Performance of her original music Theresa Ellis can be available for community block bookings, assemblies or in conjunction with residency

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