Violin Pedagogy: How Did They Learn?

by Dr. Robin Kay Deverich

Selected Chronological List of String Class Methods
1914 Mitchell, Albert G. The Public School Class Method for the Violin. Boston : Oliver Ditson Co.
c1923 Giddings , Thaddeus P. and Maddy, Joseph A. Universal Teacher for Orchestra and Band Instruments. Elkhart, Inc., C. G. Conn, Ltd., c1923.
1928 Giddings , Thaddeus P. and Maddy, Joseph A. Instrumental class teaching; a practical teachers' guide in instrumental music classes. Cincinnati, Ohio: The Willis Music Company.
1933 Herfurth, C. Paul. A Tune A Day. Boston: The Boston Music Co., rev., 1960.
1937 Jones, Edwin, George Dasch, and Max T. Krone. String Class Teaching. New York: Carl Fischer.
1938 Isaac, Merle. Merle Isaac String Class Method. Chicago, Illinois: M. M. Cole. .
1939 Gardner, Samuel. School of Violin study Based on Harmonic Thinking. New York: Carl Fischer.
1939 Whistler, Harvey S., and Arthur C. Nord. Beginning Strings. New York: Carl Fischer, Inc., 1939.
1940 Isaac, Merle. String Class Method. Chicago: M.M. Cole Publishing Co.; rev. ed 1966.
1941 Waller, Gilbert R. Waller String Class Method Chicago: Neil A. Kjos Music Co., 1941.
1948 Barbakoff, Samuel Y. Fun for Fiddle Fingers. Toronto: Gordon V. Thompson, 1948.
1948 Bornoff, George. Finger Patterns for Violin. New York: Carl Fischer, 1948.
1949 Herman, Helen. Bow and Strings. New York: Belwin Inc., 1949.
1951 Barbakoff, Samuel Y. Fiddling By the Numbers. New York: Carl Fischer, Inc., 1951.
1959 Gordon, Carl. Visual Method for Strings: Class or Private Instruction for Beginners on all String Instruments. Hollywood: Highland Music Co.
1960 Applebaum, Samuel . String Builder. New York: Belwin Mills.
1961 Muller, J. Frederick and Harold W. Rusch. Muller-Rusch String Method. San Diego: Kjos.
1962 Dilmore, Hermon Breeze-Easy Method for Strings. New York: M. Witmark.
1963 Matesky, Ralph and Rush, Ralph. Playing and Teaching Stringed Instruments. NJ: Prentice Hall.
1966 Green, Elizabeth A. H. Teaching Stringed Instruments in Classes. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1966 (reprinted by the American String Teachers Association, 1987).
1968 Lazan, Albert. Basic Violin for Adults. Belmont, California: Wadsworth, 1968.
1970 Matesky, Ralph and Womack, Ardelle. Learn to Play a Stringed Instrument! A Method for Class or Individual Instruction. NY: Alfred Music Co.
1971 Rolland, Paul. Prelude to String Playing. New York : Boosey & Hawkes.
1971 Johnson, Sheila, Ed . Young Strings in Action: Paul Rolland's Approach to String Playing. New York: Boosey & Hawkes.
1971 Lamb, Norman. Guide to Teaching Strings. 4th ed. Dubuque, IA: William C. Brown, 1984.
1972 Zathilla, Paul. Suzuki in the String Class: An Adaptation of the Teachings of Shinichi Suzuki. Illinois: Summy-Birchard Co., 1972.
1972 Applebaum, Samuel. Applebaum string method: a conceptual approach. NY : Belwin Mills.
c1970s Szilvay, Csaba. ABC Cello Tutor, ABC Violin Tutor. London: Colourstrings International.
1974 Rolland, Paul. The Teaching of Action in String Playing. Boosey & Hawkes, rev. ed.1986.
1975 Wisniewski, Thomas and Higgins, John. Learning Unlimited String Program. Minnesota: Hal Leonard.
1976 Etling, Forest R. Etling String Class Method. Van Nuys, California: Highland/Etling.
1978 Dillon, Jacquelyn A., and Casimer Kriechbaum. How to Design and Teach a Successful School String and Orchestra Program. San Diego, CA: Kjos.
1980 Young, Phyllis. Playing the String Game. 2nd ed. Austin: U of Texas Press, 1980.
1923-8 Flesch. Die Kunst des Violin-Spiels. Berlin.
1983 Brody, David. The Fiddler's Fakebook. New York: Oak Publications, 1983.
1985 Anderson, Gerald E. and Robert S. Frost. All for Strings. 3 vols. San Diego: Kjos Music Co.
1985 Baker, Greg. The Fiddle Series. Portland, Or: 1985.
1985 Roland, Paul, and Johnson, Sheila. Young Strings in Action. Farmingdale, NY: Boosey & Hawkes.
1986 Young, Phyllis. The String Play. Austin: U of Texas Press, 1986.

1988 Klotman, Robert H. Teaching Strings. New York: Schirmer Books, 1988.
1988 The Complete String Guide. Reston, VA: Music Educators National Conference, 1988.
1990 Etling, Forest R. Solo time for strings: for string class or individual instruction. Van Nuys , CA : Highland/Etling.
1991 Harpole, Patricia W. and Mark Fogelquist. Los Mariachis! Danbury, CT: World Music Press, 1991.
1991 Lieberman, Julie Lyonn. Blues Fiddle and Improvising Violin. New York : Music Sales Corporation.
1991 Teaching Stringed Instruments: A Course of Study. Reston, VA: Music Educators National Conference, 1991.
1991 TIPS: Establishing a String and Orchestra Program. Reston, VA: Music Educators National Conference, 1991.
1992 Dillon, Jacquelyn; Kjelland, James and O'Reilly, John. Strictly Strings. Van Nuys, CA : Highland/Etling Publishing, 1992.

1994 Allen, Michael; Gillespie, Robert and Hayes, Pamela Tellejohn. Essential Elements for Strings. Milwaukee, WI : Hal Leonard Corporation, 1994.

1996 Straub, Dorothy A., Bergonzi, L., and Witt, A. C. (Eds.). Strategies for Teaching Strings and Orchestra. Reston, VA: Music Educators National Conference.

1997 Fischbach, Gerald and Frost, Robert. Viva Vibrato! San Diego: Kjos Music Co.

1997 Gazda, D. & Stoutamire, A. Spotlight on Strings. San Diego, CA: Neil A. Kjos Music Company.

2002 Dabczynski, A., Meyer, R., & Phillips, B. String explorer: An explorer’s guide to teaching strings. Van Nuys, CA: Alfred.

2002 Frost, Robert , & Fischbach, Gerald. Artistry in strings: A comprehensive course of study for group or private instruction. San Diego, CA: Neil A. Kjos Music.

2002 Grunow, R. F., Gordon, E. E., Azzara, C. D., & Martin, M. E. Jump right in: The instrumental series for strings, revised. Chicago, IL: GIA.

2003 Froseth, J. & Smith, B. Do it! Play Strings. Chicago, IL: GIA.
2004 Allen, M., Gillespie, R., Tellejohn Hayes, P. Essential elements 2000 for strings: A comprehensive string method. Milwaukee, WI: Hal Leonard.

2004 Brungard, K. D., Alexander, M. L., Anderson, G. E., & Dackow, S. Orchestra expressions. Van Nuys, CA: Alfred.
2005 A New Tune a Day. Music Sales America.
2007 Odegaard, D. Simply strings. Northeastern Music.
2007 Erwin, J., Horvath, K., McCashin, R. D., & Mitchell, B. New directions for strings: A comprehensive string method. Fort Lauderdale, FL: FJH Music.

2010 Phillips, B., Boonshaft, P. & Sheldon R. Sound innovations for string orchestra. Alfred.

2011 Shade, T., Woolstenhulme, J. String Basics. Beacon Music Company.