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UW-Whitewater WiASTA String Expo

Building a Better Learner with Gregg Goodhart, the Learning Coach

IMAGINE IF YOUR STUDENTS PRACTICE WHAT YOU TEACH THEM - the single most important factor in developing skill is practicing and the few students that figure it out seem exceptionally talented. Skill development is highly unintuitive, so students get discouraged, make excuses, and make no progress. Learn how to practice using neuroscience!  This event is open to string collegiate students and educations.

Topics: Effectie Practices Strategies and Why They Work

  • Performing with confidence, more precision, and less anxiety
  • How to efficiently and effectively practice
  • All those neuro-science words applied to music (executive function, flow, habit patterns development, desirable difficulty)

Application: Watch Practice Coaching in Action

  • Three students chosen for a masterclass with Gregg
  • A rehearsal with teachers as students to see a Practice Class in action with a large group

Date: January 19, 2019



Register OnlineRegister Today!

Registrations accepted online until noon on 1/18/19. We do accept walk up registrations the day of the event, if not sold out.

ASTA Attendee: $45

ASTA Student Member: $25

Non-member: $60

UW-Whitewater Continuing Education Credit: Additional $15

Fees Include

The ASTA attendee, Collegiate ASTA and Non-member fee covers breakfast, lunch, instructional materials and insurance. 


All registrant accounts must be paid in full three weeks (21 days) prior to the start of event. Registrants with outstanding balances after payment is due in full are subject to being removed from the event roster without refund. Please contact Continuing Education Services at prior to this deadline if extenuating circumstances prevent you from completing a payment.

In the event of a cancellation, Continuing Education Services should be notified no later than 21 days before the start of the event session in order to receive a refund, less 20% administrative fee. Cancellation request received less than 21 days from the start of camp will receive a refund minus 50% late cancellation fee of event cost. Cancellations due to medical reasons will receive a full refund, less the 20% administrative fee, if the cancellation is requested and medical documentation is provided prior to the start of event. Valid medical cancellations must include a signed letter from a licensed physician to qualify. NO REFUNDS will be given for withdrawal due to early departures, disciplinary reasons or no show after the event has started.

All cancellation requests must be submitted to; provide registrant’s name, camp and medical documentation, if applicable. Refunds will be returned to name an address of payer.

We reserve the right to cancel any event due to low enrollment; in such as case, all fees paid will be refunded.

Check In

Participants should arrive at 8:00 a.m. for check-in at Greenhill Center of the Arts in the Atrium.


Participants may park in the lot 1 in front of the Greenhill Center of the Arts, located on the corner of Main St and Prince St. (enter the parking lot from Prince). Campus parking permits are not required on weekends. More information on parking can be found on the Visitor Center website.

Registration Terms & Conditions

By registering for an event, you agree to our Registration Terms and Conditions. Please review the Registration Terms and Conditions for more details.

Be aware that we advise you to leave all non-essential, portable electronic devices at home (iPod, iTouch, cell phones, etc), but ultimately it is your decision. We will not be responsible for any lost or stolen items and we do not have open Wi-Fi for electronic devices.


8:00 - 9:00 a.m.                      Registration and Continental Breakfast
Greenhill Center of the Arts - Atrium
9:00 - 9:45 a.m. The return of Soundpost Tradepost! Bring something to share - a story, a piece, favorite technology.
10:00 - 10:30 a.m. Gregg explaining the neuroscience and his way of practicing.
10:30 - 11:30 p.m. 3 mini-lessons for students - first 10 registrants may nominate a student from one of the free mini-lesson
11:45 - 12:30 p.m. Lunch (included with registration fee)
12:45 - 2:00 p.m. Gregg works with orchestra teachers as students - demonstrating practicing in a group
2:15 - 4:00 p.m. Reading Session with raffle
4:15 - 5:00 p.m. Panel discussion on SLOs, literacy in the classroom, new national standards, standards based teaching

*All times are subject to change

Guest Artist

Gregg Goodhart

Gregg Goodhart

Gregg Goodhart has a passion for teaching others how to learn so they can surpass their perceived limitations. This passion led to an intense interest in cognitive and behavioral neuroscience and psychology as they relate to teaching. By putting these principles into practical use in the classroom over many years he has come to an understanding as to how to teach others to reach their potential, and show teachers how to teach it. Or, as Ian Snyder at the University of Minnesota puts it, “There’s so much cheap inspiration out there – this was the real kind! Seeing such a clear and detailed road map of how to effectively coach our brains gave me and will give my students such a feeling of being enabled.”

Through innovative workshops and presentations he presents practical methods used for years with students that are backed, informed, and shaped by relevant research. Students and teachers leave with specific ways to improve their teaching/learning/practice in significant ways, and how to continue to improve upon that.

Gregg has done this with middle school students through the most respected and experienced educators from around the country. Dr. Brenda Brenner at Indiana University calls his work, “Brilliant!” And Russell Shed, Department Chair and teacher at Scripps Ranch High School in San Diego, CA says, “It really works and I wish I knew this info 20 years ago.” Christian Ahanger, Principal at the K-12 Academy of Excellence South Campus in inner city Milwaukee, Wisconsin says, “(Gregg has) provided one of the most beneficial presentations to my teachers I think they have attended since I began working with the school.”

Gregg is in demand as a clinician doing workshops and seminars for teachers, students and parents from K-12 to faculty at the finest four-year institutions. He built and ran an internationally renowned high school education program in Orange County California for 13 years before becoming The Learning Coach. He received the 2011 Outstanding Contributions to Education award from the Orange County Department of Education, and the 2009 Outstanding School Teacher of the Year award for Los Angeles and Orange Counties from ASTA. His writing on education has appeared in several professional journals, and he continues to research and publish.


Each registrant will be covered by a limited accident insurance policy. The insurance includes primary coverage up to $7,500 and $300 maximum dental insurance. Insurance does not cover pre-existing injuries and is for accidents only. The cost of insurance is included in the registration fee.

Special Notice

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is committed to equal opportunity in its educational programs, activities and employment policies, for all persons, regardless of race, color, gender, creed, religion, age, ancestry, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, marital status, Vietnam-era veteran status, parental status and pregnancy.

If you have any disabling condition that requires special accommodations or attention, please advise us well in advance. We will make every effort to accommodate your special needs.

Registering for this event you understand that the University may take photographs and or videos of event participants and activities. You will  be required to agree at the time of registration that the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater shall be the owner of and may use such photographs and or videos relating to the promotion of future events.  You will relinquish all rights that you may claim in relation to use of said photographs and/or videos.