Type of Document Treatise Author Chu, Yuyu Author's Email Address email@example.com URN etd-06162008-085533 Title Fu-Tong Wong, A Taiwanese Violin Pedagogue Degree Doctor of Musical Arts Department Music, College of Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title Alexander Jimenez Committee Chair Beth Newdome Committee Co-Chair Bruce Holzman Committee Member Evan Jones Committee Member Keywords
- Taiwanese Violin History
- Taiwanese Violin Pedagogue
- Violin Pedagogy
- Wong Method
- Group Violin Teaching
- Suzuki Method
Date of Defense 2008-06-10 Availability unrestricted AbstractAlthough the history of violin pedagogy can be traced back to the days of Vivaldi, this treatise will focus on the influences in Taiwan from Russian violin schools as well as the Japanese violin method books. Great pedagogues such as Auer and Stolyarsky strongly influenced later violin pedagogy not only in the actual content of how to play the violin but also in the format of how to teach it to the Japanese. Moreover, not only the great tradition of violin music from Germany but also a great amount of folk songs are kept in the method books of Shinichi Suzuki. The main “Mother Tongue” philosophy of the Suzuki Method holds that all human beings are born with talent. The detailed expansion of using this talent in respect to violin playing is clearly indicated in the Suzuki Method. Because of its colonial background, the history of violin pedagogy in Taiwan is rather short; yet, it developed significantly within several decades after World War II.
Fu-Tong Wong, who is a violinist, a composer, a pedagogue and a writer, has contributed a large number of writings for both violin and group violin teaching, and also musical compositions. His unique background from World War II and the influences of the Cultural Revolution in China made him achieve his goals based on his insistent love music. Because he has gone back and forth between Taiwan and United States two times, his work in Taiwan has established a reputation as one of the most important violin teachers in Taiwan.
This treatise presents a brief history of Taiwanese violin pedagogy and gives a brief biography of Fu-Tong Wong in the context of that history. Additionally, this treatise will discuss how Wong developed his ideas for the method and why he changed his way from a teacher of virtuoso violin playing to one of group violin teaching. Finally, this treatise will introduce his method analytically and systematically. It will from here forth be referred to as “Wong’s Method.”
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