Violin Pedagogy: How Did They Learn?
Traditional Violin Pedagogy
By Dr. Robin Kay Deverich
Instructional material designed for professional violinists did not begin to appear until the mid-eighteenth century. Many authors consider Francesco Geminiani's treatise, The Art of Playing on the Violin (1751), to have been one of the first violin treatises to detail specific instruction for professional violinists. Geminiani's treatise is a systematic explanation of violin playing. He covered topics such as: the proper playing position for the violin and bow, scales, fingering, position-work and shifting, bowing and bowing variations, double-stops, arpeggios, ornamentation, expression and dynamics. Twelve new compositions towards the end of the tutor were simply labeled "compositions", and are the equivalent of modern etudes.
Musicologist Robin Stowell observed that it was not until the late eighteenth-century that pedagogical material specifically labeled as etudes became widely available for students of the violin:
Although the focus of this paper is the amateur violin student, the following selected list provides a chronology of traditional violin instructional material.
 Stowell, 1992: 229-230.
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