ERIC Number: ED025850
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Sep
Reference Count: 0
A Plan for Developing Performance Materials in the Contemporary Idion for the Early Stages of String Instruction. Appendices A-F. Final Report.
Farish, Margaret K.; Rolland, Paul
A project to develop a plan for adding contemporary music to the repertory of elementary students of stringed instruments found virtually no contemporary music published in the United States suitable for early stages of instruction. Since much contemporary music literature exists for beginning piano students, it was assumed that the dearth of similar material for stringed instruments was caused by the nature of the instruments or by the way they are taught. To develop the project plan, standard string method books were analyzed to identify the skills that can be reasonably expected from young students and these skills were related to the performance of contemporary music. A Composers Guide (appendix A) was then designed to give composers interested in writing music for elementary string students recommendations concerning beginners' technical skills and current pedagogical methods, while placing no restrictions on musical style. Six composers were commissioned to use the Composers Guide in writing 24 pieces introducing characteristic contemporary techniques (appendix E). The Composers Guide was found to be useful and was well received by the composers. Success of this approach with beginning students remains to be seen and depends upon gaining the support of music teachers. (TT)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana.