Bob and Pam Phillips

Brief Bio

  Bob Phillips is renowned both as an educator and an innovator in string education. With over twenty-seven years experience in a public school classroom, and as a teacher trainer, Bob brings a wealth of knowledge and a sense of humor to his presentations.   


  Pam Phillips has a broad background in arts management and production including producing concerts, camps, and workshops. In her role as an editor she has worked on production of DVDs, CDs, orchestra pieces, and books. Pam is the Suzuki editor for Alfred Music and was the project coordinator for Alfred Music’s revolutionary new method Sound Innovations.   

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  Pedagogue, composer, and teacher trainer, Bob Phillips taught strings for 27 years. An expert in the use of large group pedagogy and alternative styles, he has presented clinics throughout the world. Phillips has authored many books including Alfred’s new method, Sound Innovations. He has had over 140 pieces and 19 book series published for orchestras and bands, is an award winning ASCAP composer, and has a broad conducting resume. Currently Bob is the Director of String Publications for Alfred Music. He has served as president of ASTA and, in 2013 Bob was inducted into the University of Michigan School of Music Hall of Fame.   


  Pam Phillips has a broad background in arts management and production. Her career includes booking and producing concerts for professional artists as well as school groups, organizing student camps, tours, and teacher workshops. In her role as an editor she has worked on production of instructional DVDs and audio CDs as well hundreds of orchestra pieces and instructional books. In 2017, along with Andrew Surmani, she authored Copyright Handbook for Music Educators and Directors. She ran the Saline Fiddlers for eight years. Pam is the Suzuki editor for Alfred Music and was the project coordinator for Alfred Music’s revolutionary new method Sound Innovations.   

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  Bob Phillips (B. 1953), pedagogue, composer, teacher trainer, and conductor, is renowned as an innovator in string education. A recognized expert in the use of large group pedagogy and alternative styles, he has presented clinics throughout North America, Europe, and Australia. Phillips has authored over 19 book series for use in the classroom including Alfred’s revolutionary new method, Sound Innovations. With over 140 works published for orchestras and bands, Phillips is an award winning ASCAP composer. During his 27 years of teaching strings in Saline, Michigan, Bob built a thriving string program and was elected "Teacher of the Year" nine times by national, state, and regional associations. He has served as conductor for a variety of ensembles including Interlochen, Blue Lake Fine, Oakland Youth Orchestra, Georgia All-State, Kentucky All-State, South Carolina All-State, Tennessee All-State, and the Queensland Honour Ensemble Program. Currently Bob is the Director of String Publications for Alfred Music. He has served as president of the American String Teachers Association and, in 2013 Bob was inducted into the University of Michigan School of Music Hall of Fame.   


  Pam Phillips has a broad background in arts management and production. Her career includes booking and producing concerts for professional artists as well as school groups. She has administered numerous music camps and planned national and international music tours. Pam has run teacher workshops throughout the United States and has presented at a variety of music conferences. ASTA choose her as their national conference coordinator for the 2007 convention in Detroit. She has served as an assistant teacher in the elementary string classroom. In her role as a music producer and editor she has worked on production of instructional DVDs and audio CDs as well hundreds of orchestra pieces and instructional books. Her current position as the editor and strategist for the Suzuki catalog for Alfred Music uses many aspects of this varied career. Pam has also been the project coordinator for Alfred’s revolutionary new method Sound Innovations for String Orchestra and Sound Innovations for Concert Band. In 2017, along with Andrew Surmani, she authored Copyright Handbook for Music Educators and Directors, a starting point to learning copyright law in layman’s terms.  

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  Bob Phillips (B. 1953), pedagogue, composer, teacher trainer, and conductor, is renowned as an innovator in string education. Bob brings a wealth of knowledge and a sense of humor to his clinics, drawn from his 27 years as a public school string teacher. He is an expert in the use of large group pedagogy and in the development of alternative styles for strings. One of today’s leading educational authors and composers, his books and pieces are performed by thousands of string students each year. Currently Bob is the Director of String Publications for Alfred Music. He has served as president of the American String Teachers Association and, in 2013 Bob was inducted into the University of Michigan School of Music Hall of Fame.  Bob has authored over 19 book series that include 130 books for use in the classroom including the ground breaking series of books Fiddlers Philharmonic, Fiddlers Philharmonic Encore!, Jazz Philharmonic, Jazz Philharmonic: Second Set and Latin Philharmonic, the String Explorer method books, Fiddle & Song, and the revolutionary Sound Innovations method series, all published by Alfred Music. He has had over 140 works published for orchestras and bands and is an award winning ASCAP composer. In Saline, MI, Bob built a string program with over 700 students that is a national model of excellence in both classical and alternative music. After leaving Saline, Bob began a new string program in Tecumseh, MI. Bob’s groups have performed at national and state conferences and including the Midwest Clinic. He founded the nationally renowned folk-fiddling ensemble, Saline Fiddlers Philharmonic, which under his direction gained an international reputation annually performing more than 75 shows. Bob has served as conductor for a variety of youth symphonies, all-state and honors orchestras and camps including the All-State Orchestra at Interlochen, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp Orchestras, Oakland Youth Orchestra, the Georgia All-State, the Kentucky All-State, South Carolina All-State, Tennessee All-State and the Queensland Honour Ensemble Program. As a graduate of the University of Michigan with both Bachelor and Master Degrees in Music Education, Phillips studied with Lawrence Hurst, Elizabeth Green and Bob Culver. Bob’s students have been successful as string educators, as well as professional performers in both classical and alternative styles. He has been elected "Teacher of the Year" nine times by national, state, and regional associations and has been invited to present clinics in more than forty states and eight foreign countries. He has done educational tours in most major cities of Australia eight times. Recognized as Citizens of the Year by the City of Saline for their work in arts education, Bob and Pam were also honored in special ceremonies by both the House and the Senate of the State of Michigan for their in string education. In 2013 Bob was inducted into the University of Michigan School of Music Hall of Fame.        


  Pam Phillips, (B. 1953) has a broad background in arts management and production. Her career includes booking and producing concerts for professional artists as well as school groups. She has administered numerous music camps and planned national and international music tours. Pam has run teacher workshops throughout the United States and has presented at a variety of music conferences. ASTA choose her as their national conference coordinator for the 2007 convention in Detroit. She has served as an assistant teacher in the elementary string classroom. In her role as a music producer and editor she has worked on production of instructional DVDs and audio CDs as well hundreds of orchestra pieces and instructional books. Her current position as the editor and strategist for the Suzuki catalog for Alfred Music uses many aspects of this varied career. Pam has also been the project coordinator for Alfred’s revolutionary new method Sound Innovations for String Orchestra and Sound Innovations for Concert Band. In 2017, along with Andrew Surmani, she authored Copyright Handbook for Music Educators and Directors, a starting point to learning copyright law in layman’s terms. Pam graduated from the University of Michigan and then ran a successful business for many years. With Mary Kay Cosmetics she reached the level of Team Manager earning the use of three cars. This experience in sales, training, and motivation became part of all future musical and educational endeavors. After spending these years in business and raising three musicians, Pam turned her full time energies to the arts. 
Pam served as arts administrator for the performing ensemble, Saline Fiddlers Philharmonic in Saline, MI, for the first eight years after the group’s founding. She assisted Bob in founding a new string program in Tecumseh, MI planning advocacy, interface with parents, classroom activities and assembling a ten-year plan for the new program. Pam is responsible for the development, marketing and organization of the Phillips Family Fiddle Camps, which ran successfully from 1997-2000 reaching over 500 students. An earlier collaboration with Barrage resulted in the well-received String Alternatives Workshops for teachers. 
Pam has assisted in the graphic design and development of the Fiddlers Philharmonic, Jazz Philharmonic, String Alternative and String Explorer series for Alfred Publishing. Pam served as producer, editor, writer and graphic artist for the DVD series, String Clinics to Go: The Art of Recruiting, Getting Started, and Intermediate Skills distributed by Shar Products. Recognized as Citizens of the Year by the City of Saline for their work in arts education, Bob and Pam were also honored in special ceremonies by both the House and the Senate of the State of Michigan for their work with the Saline Fiddlers. 
They have three daughters who are all teachers. Two are orchestra directors and one a math teacher. Following this theme, the three sons-in-law include a band director, a French teacher, and a church worship leader. The nine grandchildren all have small size instruments of various sorts.