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Strategies for Teaching Strings Building a Successful String and Orchestra Program

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ISBN-10: 0195148878

ISBN-13: 9780195148879

Edition: 2003

Authors: Donald L. Hamann, Robert Gillespie

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Strategies for Teaching Strings is an essential guide for prospective, novice, and experienced string teachers. Acclaimed instructors Donald L. Hamann and Robert Gillespie share their years of experience, providing readers with all the information and skills necessary to teach string instruments in schools and to develop a successful school orchestra program. Based on national standards for teaching strings and orchestra, the text begins by introducing the string instrument family and presenting an overview of the school orchestra program. Subsequent chapters--divided into three levels of string competency corresponding to elementary, middle, and high school skills--cover performance goals and objectives, strategies for teaching technical and performance skills, and solutions to common playing problems for each ability level. Rehearsal planning and preparation, rehearsal techniques, practical approaches to teaching improvisation, student recruitment and retention, and choosing literature for the school orchestra are also covered. The book is enhanced by illustrations and photographs that demonstrate correct playing techniques and fingering positions. An appendix includes information about special pedagogical approaches and professional string associations. A full listing of the national content standards established by the Music Educators National Conference (MENC) and by the American String Teachers Association (ASTA) appears in Chapter 6.
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Book details

List price: $54.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/25/2003
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 256
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

The String Instrument Family
Accessories and Supplies
Selecting String Instruments
Care and Maintenance of String Instruments and Bows
The School Orchestra Programa
Brief History of Orchestra Programs in the Schools
Values of Orchestra Programs in the School Music Curriculum
Strategies for Defending the School Orchestra Program
Developing Community Support for the Orchestra Program
The School Orchestra Curriculum
Enhancing the Orchestra Curriculum
Additional Resources
Beginning String Class Instruction
Guiding Principles for Teaching Beginning String Classes
Performance Goals and Objectives of First- and Second-Year String Classes
Strategies for Determining Proper Instrument Sizes
Pedagogy for Teaching Instrument Position
Additional Instrument Position Teaching Strategies
Left-Hand Shape: General Guidelines
Pedagogy for Teaching the Left-Hand Shape
Pedagogy for Teaching Pizzicato
Pedagogy for Teaching Beginning Finger Placement
Bowing Instruction: General Guidelines
Bow Hand Shape: General Guidelines
Pedagogy for Teaching Bow Hand Shape
Detache Bowing: General Guideline
Pedagogy for Teaching Detache Bowing
Beginning String Crossings: General Guidelines
Pedagogy for Teaching String Crossings
Staccato and Hooked Bowings: General Guidelines
Pedagogy for Teaching Staccato and Hooked Bowings
Pedagogy for Teaching Slurs
Aural Skill Development in Beginning Classes: General Guidelines
Pedagogy for Teaching Beginning Aural Skills
Strategies for Teaching Instrument Tuning in Beginning String Classes
Problem Solving: Beginning Students'' Common Playing Problems and Solutions
Intermediate String Class Instruction
Performance Goals and Objectives of Third- and Fourth-Year String Classes
Pedagogy for Teaching Parallel Bowing
Pedagogy for Teaching Smooth Direction Changes
Pedagogy for Teaching Tone Production at Different Dynamic Levels
Pedagogy for Teaching Moderate-to-Faster Tempo String Crossings
Pedagogy for Teaching Slurring More than Four Notes
Pedagogy for Teaching Martele Bowing
Pedagogy for Teaching Basic Spiccato
Pedagogy for Teaching Consistent Lengthened and Balanced Body Posture
Pedagogy for Refining Instrument Position
Intermediate Left-Hand Skills: General Guidelines
Pedagogy for Refining Left-Hand Shapes
Pedagogy for Teaching Cello Extensions
Shifting: General Principles
Pedagogy for Teaching Shifting
Vibrato: General Principles
Pedagogy for Teaching Vibrato
Double Bass Pivoting: General Guidelines
Pedagogy for Developing Intermediate Aural Skills in the School Orchestra
Intermediate Instrument Tuning
Problem Solving: Intermediate Students'' Common Playing Problems and Solutions
Advanced String Class Instruction
Goals and Objectives of Advanced Playing Skills
Pedagogy for Teaching Expressive Detache Bowing
Pedagogy for Teaching Loure (Portato) Bowing
Pedagogy for Teaching Sul Tasto Bowing
Pedagogy for Teaching Ponticello Bowing
Pedagogy for Teaching Controlled Tremolo Bowing
Pedagogy for Teaching Colle Bowing
Pedagogy for Teaching Fast String Crossings
Pedagogy for Teaching Expressive Spiccato
Two-Octave Scales through Four Sharps and Four Flats: General Guidelines
Introducing Three-Octave Scales: General Guidelines
Pedagogy for Refining Shifting
Pedagogy for Refining Vibrato
Pedagogy for Developing Advanced Aural Skills in the School Orchestra
Advanced Instrument Tuning
Problem Solving: Advanced Students'' Common Playing Problems and Solutions
Planning the School Orchestra Program
Your Goals and Objectives
Guidelines for Organizing the Rehearsal
Differences and Commonalities in Teaching Wind, Brass, and String Instruments
Keys to Efficient and Effective Development of Playing Technique in the String Class
Guidelines for Choosing Music
Preparing a Score
Lesson Plans
Evaluation of Teaching
The National Standards
Additional Resources for Teaching the National Standards in the School Orchestra
Additional Sample Repertoire for Use in Teaching the National Standards in the School OrchestraCha