Achieving Musical Success in the String Classroom (Paperback)
Oxford University Press, USA, 9780190602895, 240pp.
Publication Date: August 27, 2019
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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.
About the Author
Karel Butz is Head Orchestra Director at Beckendorff Junior 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.