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Open Access Thesis

Keywords

Bowed stringed instruments--Instruction and study; Bowed stringed instruments--Methods;

Abstract

This thesis and its accompanying appendices synthesize pedagogical information from classroom method books, classroom pedagogy texts and individual instrument methods presenting new manuals for technique acquisition on violin, viola, cello and double bass in the secondary orchestra classroom. After reviewing the literature, the following categories were determined to be most important for this level of student: 1) Finger Patterns/Tetrachord Exercises, 2) Scales, 3) Bowing, 4) Shifting, 5) Position Etudes and 6) Chorales/Tonal Development. This paper focuses on these categories reporting on how different texts teach the various skills and creating a guide that encourages both a vertical and horizontal understanding of the fingerboard, that presents scales as they relate to finger patterns and tetrachords, and that clarifies the written structure of scales. Finally, the paper makes recommendations for teachers for incorporating these manuals into the curriculum of the secondary orchestra classroom.

Date of Award

2015

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

School of Music

First Advisor

Frederick Halgedahl, Chair

Date Original

2015

Object Description

1 PDF file (iv, 472 pages)

Language

EN

File Format

application/pdf

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