Document Type

Dissertation

Date of Degree

Spring 2017

Degree Name

DMA (Doctor of Musical Arts)

Degree In

Music

First Advisor

Katie Wolfe

Abstract

El Sistema USA has grown to become an organization with over 100 programs across the nation. The organization has become known for offering free music instruction to the poorest neighborhoods and school districts in the country. The vast majority of these programs offer string programs that focus on ensemble- based learning. What is lacking is a uniquely El Sistema method of instruction for strings. This doctoral essay will discuss the current state of violin pedagogy for beginning violin group classes in El Sistema USA programs, examine areas where there is a lack of unity in teaching styles using information collected from a national survey, and propose a first-year teaching prospectus that incorporates the organization’s core values to be used for reference by instructors.

Keywords

El Sistema USA, Strings

Pages

vii, 144 pages

Bibliography

Includes bibliographical references (pages 140-144).

Copyright

Copyright © 2017 Timothy Hsu

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Music Commons

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