String Pedagogy – FISP

FISP 101 - String Pedagogy and Fieldwork 1 (3)

This course is open to any string player who would like to learn the basic teaching skills and techniques that can lay a foundation for life-long learning in music. Central to the course is an in-depth survey of the pedagogical philosophy and method of Shinichi Suzuki, with additional discussion of current trends and research in 21st century String Pedagogy. Topics include: how children learn music, teaching pre-school age children, teaching beginning students privately and in groups, and building a foundation for musicianship using folk songs and hymns. Selections from Suzuki Violin School, Volume 1, Fiddle Magic, New Tunes for Strings Volume 1, and Instruments of Praise Volumes 1 and 2 will be performed, discussed and analyzed in detail. This course includes 16 hours of observation and hands-on experience with a beginning group class. (3 credit hours) Offered every Fall semester.

FISP 201 - String Pedagogy and Fieldwork 2 (3)

String Pedagogy 2 provides an in-depth study of the pedagogical methods of Shinichi Suzuki and Paul Rolland, as well as discussion of current trends in 21st century string pedagogy.. Topics include: Priority teaching, developing a beautiful tone, establishing the fundamentals of musicianship, teaching students how to practice, and teaching the basic skills that underlie double stops, vibrato, shifting, and harmonics. Selections from Suzuki Violin School Volumes 2 and 3, New Tunes for Strings Volume 2, Devotional Melodies and various sacred arrangement and etude books will be performed, discussed, and analyzed in detail. This course includes 16 hours of observation, hands-on experience with an early-intermediate group class, and opportunities for private and group teaching. (3 credit hours) Offered Spring semester of odd-numbered years.

FISP 301 - String Pedagogy and Fieldwork 3 (3)

String Pedagogy 3 continues the sequence of String Pedagogy 1 and 2 and covers the teaching skills and techniques necessary for teaching Suzuki Violin School Volumes 4 and 5. Topics include: Developing deep practice; bridging the gap into Suzuki Violin School Volume 4, skills for developing artistic musicianship, teaching stylistic difference in periods of music, refining intonation, expanding the use of bow and developing flexibility in bowing. Selections from Suzuki Violin School Volumes 4 and 5, Solos for Young Violinists, Instruments of Glory, and various sacred arrangement and etude books will be performed, discussed, and analyzed in detail. This course includes 16 hours of observation, hands-on experience with an intermediate level student and/or group class, and opportunities for private and group teaching. (3 credit hours) Offered Spring semester of even-numbered years.

FISP 411 - Music Studio Management (1)

Includes learning the business, management, and marketing aspects of running an independent studio. Examples of specific topics covered include teaching philosophy, studio policies, registration, scheduling issues, online billing, budgeting, taxes, legal issues, basic web-design, and technology short cuts. Students will also prepare a resume and audition DVD and practice interviewing skills in preparation for entering the job market. (1 credit hour) Offered Fall semester of even-numbered years.

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