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Strategies for Teaching Strings

Building A Successful String and Orchestra Program

Fourth Edition

Donald L. Hamann and Robert Gillespie

Publication Date - January 2018

ISBN: 9780190643850

352 pages
Spiral Bound
6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $93.95

An essential guide for prospective, novice, and experienced string teachers

Description

Strategies for Teaching Strings: Building a Successful String and Orchestra Program, Fourth Edition, is an essential guide for prospective, novice, and experienced string teachers alike. This comprehensive text provides all the information necessary to develop and manage a successful school-based program. Based on the national standards for teaching strings and orchestra, the text covers performance objectives, strategies for teaching technical and performance skills, and solutions to common playing problems for elementary, middle, and high school skill levels. It also offers rehearsal strategies to develop large-group ensemble techniques, practical approaches to teaching improvisation, and advice on how to increase student recruitment and retention.

New to this Edition

  • A greatly expanded Chapter 8 provides a deeper discussion of "strings and improvisation"
  • A new Chapter 9 addresses using technology in your rehearsals
  • New and updated references and sources appear throughout the text
  • Over 200 video clips showing all of the string teaching strategies, conveniently offered in streaming format on the book's Companion Website (www.oup.com/us/hamann), replace the prior edition's DVD
  • Appendix material now appears on the Companion Website

Features

  • Provides all the information necessary to develop and manage a successful orchestra program for all levels, from elementary to secondary
  • Offers a broader selection of rehearsal techniques for school orchestras than the competing texts in the field
  • Supported by videos that demonstrate teaching strategies
  • Provides an expanded and updated pedagogy based on the American String Teachers Association's National Standards

About the Author(s)

Donald L. Hamann is Professor of Music Education and Strings in the Fred Fox School of Music at the University of Arizona.

Robert Gillespie is Professor of Music at The Ohio State University, where he coordinates string teacher preparation for the largest string pedagogy program in the nation.

Table of Contents

    Strategies for Teaching Strings Companion Website Video Content
    Preface
    How To Use The Book

    Chapter 1. The String Instrument Family
    Instruments
    Bows
    Accessories and Supplies
    Selecting String Instruments
    Care and Maintenance of String Instruments and Bows
    Summary
    Resources

    Chapter 2. Beginning String Class Instruction
    Guiding Principles for Teaching Beginning String Classes
    Recommended Seating Configuration for 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
    Creating Lesson Plans for Beginning String Class Instruction
    Body Posture Teaching Strategies
    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
    Sound Production Principles
    Détaché Bowing: General Guidelines
    Pedagogy for Teaching Détaché Bowing
    Beginning String Crossings: General Guidelines
    Pedagogy for Teaching String Crossings
    Staccato and Hooked Bowings: General Guidelines
    Pedagogy for Teaching String 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
    References
    Additional Resources

    Chapter 3. Intermediate Sting 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 Martelé 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
    References
    Additional Resources

    Chapter 4. Advanced String Class Instruction
    Goals and Objectives of Advanced Playing Skills
    Pedagogy for Teaching Expressive Détaché Bowing
    Pedagogy for Teaching Louré (Portato) Bowing
    Pedagogy for Teaching Sul Tasto Bowing
    Pedagogy for Teaching Ponticello Bowing
    Pedagogy for Teaching Controlled Tremolo Bowing
    Pedagogy for Teaching Collé 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
    References
    Additional Resources

    Chapter 5. The School Orchestra Program
    A 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
    References
    Additional Resources

    Chapter 6. Preparing for Your Orchestra Rehearsal
    Preparing Your Rehearsal Room and Equipment
    Factors to Consider in the Preparation of Your Rehearsal Strategies
    Differences and Commonalties in Teaching Wind, Brass, and String Instruments
    Choosing Music for Your Groups
    Score Preparation
    Lesson Planning
    Auditions/Tryouts
    Nearing the Rehearsal
    References
    Additional Resources

    Chapter 7. "Conducting" Your Rehearsal
    Tuning
    Warm-Ups
    Review of Old and Introduction of New Materials
    Sight Reading and Improvisation
    End of the Rehearsal
    Troubleshooting During Rehearsals
    Effective Teacher/Director Presentation
    Other Considerations
    Resources

    Chapter 8. Practical Approaches to Teaching Improvisation in the School Orchestra
    Rationale
    Improvisation Teaching Strategies
    A Creative Drone Approach
    A Riff Approach
    A Call-and-Response or Question-and-Answer Approach
    A Chordal Approach
    A Rhythmic Ostinato Approach
    Martin Norgaard Six Step Exercises
    Riff Around
    D Blues
    A Four-Bar Approach: Play 2 Bars-Improv-Play 1 Bar
    Summary
    References
    Additional Resources

    Chapter 9. Using Technology in Your Rehearsal
    First Steps
    Additional Resources

    Chapter 10. String Student Recruitment and Retention
    Philosophy
    Why Children Choose to Play Instruments
    Preparation for Recruitment
    Recruitment Procedures
    Retention
    References
    Additional Resource

    Chapter 11. Method Books and Music for the School Orchestra Program
    Guidelines for Choosing Music
    String Method Books and Method Book Evaluation Criteria
    Recommended Publishers
    String and Full Orchestra Literature: Criteria for Grade-Level Distinctions
    References
    Additional Resources

    Appendix A: Correlated String Orchestra Music and Teaching Strategies to Develop Bowing and Left-Hand Playing Skills
    Appendix B:
    The ASTA National String Teaching Standards
    Appendix C: The Survey of Teaching Effectiveness
    Appendix D: Additional Pedagogical Resources

    Index