Type of Document Treatise Author Baker, Christian Matthew Author's Email Address firstname.lastname@example.org URN etd-11182005-160349 Title The Influence of Violin Schools on Prominent Violinists/Teachers in the United States Degree Doctor of Musical Arts Department Music, College of Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title Eliot Chapo Committee Chair Beth Newdome Committee Member Carolyn Bridger Committee Member Melanie Punter Committee Member Keywords
Date of Defense 2005-10-11 Availability unrestricted AbstractABSTRACT
This treatise was written in an effort to increase awareness among violinists of the role and importance of violin schools in present-day performance and pedagogy. Over time, the meaning and relevance of the term “school” (as it applies to violin playing and teaching) has become increasingly ambiguous and debatable. The purpose of this study is two-fold: 1) to determine the extent to which schools continue to affect prominent violin teachers/performers in the United States today, and 2) to give an account of available literature addressing the various schools of violin playing.
In order to enhance understanding of the current role that the various schools assume in violin pedagogy, opinions from current and highly respected teachers/performers were gathered in the form of telephone interviews and written responses. Their individual responses comprise Chapter One. Chapter Two summarizes their responses in more general terms. A report of relevant literature (Chapter Three) includes information which will allow readers to educate themselves about the different violin schools and prominent influences on violin pedagogy. A series of tables (Chapter Four) provides a useful reference to many of the more prominent teacher-student relationships, the relationships of those teachers to the schools where they were active, and some of the most significant treatises on violin playing.
It is apparent from the interviews that current perspectives and opinions pertaining to the influence of schools vary quite widely, even among renowned artists and teachers. However, one may develop a discriminating sense of the importance of various schools in the history of violin playing and teaching by studying the interviews and the sources relevant to this topic.
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