Achieving Musical Success in the String Classroom

Achieving Musical Success in the String Classroom

by Karel Butz


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Achieving Musical Success in the String Classroom describes a fully pragmatic pedagogical approach toward developing complete musicianship in beginning through advanced level string players by incorporating the ideas of Mimi Zweig, Paul Rolland, and Shinichi Suzuki. Author Karel Butz's philosophical assumptions are explained regarding the structure and purpose of string teaching contributing to a high level of musical artistry among students. Introductory through advanced string concepts relating to instrument set-up, posture, left and right hand development, music theory, aural skills, assessment procedures, imagery in playing, the development individual practice and ensemble skills, and effective rehearsal strategies are explained in a sequential approach that benefit the classroom teacher and student. In addition, several score examples, sample lesson plans, grading rubrics as well as videos of Butz demonstrating his pedagogical ideas and techniques with musicians are included.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780190602895
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 08/27/2019
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 1,286,502
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Karel Butz, Head Orchestra Director, Jordan High School, Katy, Texas

Karel Butz is Head Orchestra Director at Jordan High School in Katy, Texas. He is a frequent guest conductor, lecturer, and clinician around the country. He is also a composer whose pieces have been performed worldwide at several venues including the Midwest Clinic, Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival, Interlochen, Indiana University String Academy, National Association for Music Education, Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute, and several all-state and region honor orchestras.

Table of Contents

About the Companion Website
1. Philosophical Assumptions
2. The First Lessons: Preparation; Parental Involvement; Aural Skills; Rhythmic Training; Written Theory
3. The First Lessons: Tension Free Playing; Posture and Instrument Set-up; Left Hand Pizzicato; Application of Music Theory to Performance; Introductory Lesson Plans
4. The Bow
5. Rehearsal
6. Assessment
7. Intermediate - Advanced Level: Refining Left Hand and Bowing Technique; Music History and Theory
8. Intermediate - Advanced Level: Ensemble Development with Rhythm and Phrasing

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