ERIC Number: ED063323
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Development and Trial of a Two Year Program of String Instruction. Final Report.
Rolland, Paul; And Others
A series of films focused on movement education and rhythm training in string playing with emphasis on the violin were developed. An introductory film deals with principles of movement in string playing. Fifteen additional titles offer guidance to the student and teacher in the various details of basic string instruction. A summary film presents a final report on the performance and progress of children trained in the Project at the end of formal instruction. The central issue of the project under test was the hypothesis that movement training, designed to free the student from excessive tensions, can be introduced within an organized plan of string instruction, and that such a plan, in the long run, will result in faster learning and better playing in all facets of instruction. The materials were used and tested in an extensive two-year trial, involving 22 teaching centers in Illinois and additional out-of-state testing centers. Products of the study include: a film series in color on "The Teaching of Action in String Playing"; an introductory film and other films; a tune record and three exercise records. Recommendations include: (1) Teacher-training institutions hold the key to the future of string instruction in the schools; and (2) Programmed teaching materials and the use of audio-visual aids point to a new era of efficient instruction of string instruments. (For Appendix F, see ED 054 190.) (Author/CK)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. School of Music.