Anne C Witt
Instructor of Music Education, Strings
PhD, University of Texas at Austin
MM, University of Texas at Austin
BS, University of Alabama
Anne Cleino Witt is instructor of music education and string pedagogy at the University of Alabama School of Music. Dr. Witt is also the founder/teacher of the Community Music School Adult Strings classes and teaches private cello lessons.
Witt earned the bachelor’s degree from The University of Alabama, and M.M. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Texas at Austin. She was a professional cellist in the Austin Symphony for 20 years. She taught middle school and high school orchestra and strings for 14 years in Austin, Texas, and was director of the University of Texas String Project for two years. She taught at the University of Texas at Arlington for eight years, served as President of the Texas Orchestra Directors Association and President of the American String Teachers Association.
Dr. Witt has presented educational sessions in many states and at national conferences of the American String Teachers Association, the National Association for Music Education and at the Midwest Clinic. Her presentations include “student tested” teaching strategies on such topics as creative classroom management, communication, and motivation, as well as teaching rhythm and intonation to string players.
She is a frequent guest conductor for festival and all-state orchestras. She was an adjudicator at the first Alabama Orchestra MPA and the ASTA National Orchestra Festival. Dr. Witt is author of A Rhythm a Week, widely used by school string and band classes and private students. She continues to play professionally in a string quartet called 4 Strings Attached.
In 2005, she organized a community initiative to fund the start-up of Strings in Schools – a string program for the Tuscaloosa City Schools. This comprehensive program has made it possible for all TCS students to have access to daily in-school string instruction, and to use school instruments if needed. Now with five full-time teachers and over 350 students in the program, the program has won accolades from ASTA and groups have performed in several national orchestra competitions. Six graduates of the program are now enrolled in music education programs, preparing to be teachers.
Dr. Witt further serves the community as President of the String Quartet Society of Tuscaloosa.