Department of Strings

Courses

Jacobs School Bulletin

2014-2015
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Elective and Secondary String Lessons

The String Department offers elective and secondary instrument lessons to Music majors and Non-Music majors interested in studying Violin, Viola, Cello, or Double Bass. Lessons are taught once a week by the appointed AI's of each instrument, and are open to students of all levels with a desire to start or develop previous abilities. Instruments can be rented and loaned through the Instrument Rental Office on the fourth floor of the Music Annex for students unable to bring an instrument to school. 

Enrollment in elective and secondary lessons can be started by searching the Registar's IU Course Catalog for MUS-S and MUS-Z for Music and Non-Music majors, respectively. Lessons begin at the start of each semester; questions and concerns can be directed to the String Department AI at: secstor@indiana.edu

Courses offered by the String Department

Please check the Schedule of Classes for course offerings each semester. The letter "P" identifies prerequisites for the course listed.

For String Performance Study courses (lessons, masterclass, and recitals), please click here.

MUS  E303 - Violin/Viola Pedagogy I

Learning the skills to teach beginning violin or viola students through lectures, observation of private and group lessons, and teaching children under the supervision of the instructor. Paper on a topic from the course.

MUS  E304 - Violin/Viola Pedagogy II

P: E303 Violin/Viola Pedagogy I. Learning to teach shifting, vibrato, and bow strokes, and exploring the repertoire of young violinists and violists. Course includes lectures, observation of private and group lessons, and teaching children under the supervision of the instructor. Paper on a topic from the course.

MUS  E306 - Cello Pedagogy

Comparisons of cello methods and materials, study of right-hand and left-hand techniques, observation of teaching, and practical experience teaching private and class lessons. Paper on a topic from the course.

MUS  E315 - Double Bass Pedagogy

P: Junior standing. Study of techniques, practitioners, and scope of double bass pedagogy from the 18th century to the present. Weekly discussion topics; two papers required.

MUS  E467 - Techniques of String Class Teaching

Current pedagogical practices, procedures, and materials for string teaching for both class and private instruction.

MUS  E503 - Violin/Viola Pedagogy I

Learning the skills to teach beginning violin or viola students through lectures, observation of private and group lessons, and teaching children under the supervision of the instructor. Paper on a topic from the course.

MUS  E504 - Violin/Viola Pedagogy II

P: E503 Violin/Viola Pedagogy I. Learning to teach shifting, vibrato, and bow strokes, and exploring the repertoire of young violinists and violists. Course includes lectures, observation of private and group lessons, and teaching children under the supervision of the instructor. Paper on a topic from the course.

MUS  E505 - Violin/Viola Pedagogy III

P: E503 Violin/Viola Pedagogy I and E504 Violin/ Viola Pedagogy II. Extended work and independent projects in violin and viola pedagogy. Paper and lecture on a topic from the course.

MUS  E506 - Cello Pedagogy

Comparisons of cello methods and materials, study of right-hand and left-hand techniques, observation of teaching, and practical experience teaching private and class lessons. Paper on a topic from the course.

MUS  E515 - Double Bass Pedagogy

Study of techniques, practitioners, and scope of double bass pedagogy from the 18th century to the present. Weekly discussion topics; two papers required.

MUS  M550 - Doctoral String Literature

Solo repertoire and chamber music for string instruments.

MUS  M665 - Survey of Violin/Viola Literature I

Baroque and Classic.

MUS  M666 - Survey of Violin/Viola Literature II

Romantic to present.

MUS  M667 - Survey of Violoncello Literature I

Baroque and Classic.

MUS  M668 - Survey of Violoncello Literature II

Romantic to present.

MUS  M669 - Seminar in String Quartet Literature

P:  Permission of instructor. Performance-based survey of chamber music literature from Haydn to the present. Six seminal works covered each semester.

MUS  U274 - History of Violin Making I

P: Consent of instructor. Seminar in the history and literature of string instrument technology. Study of the manufacture and repair of string instruments from the earliest time to the present, with emphasis on the work of the master luthiers. Outside readings. Three hours of class per week.

MUS  U275 - History of Violin Making II

P: Consent of instructor. Seminar in the history and literature of string instrument technology. Study of the manufacture and repair of string instruments from the earliest time to the present, with emphasis on the work of the master luthiers. Outside readings. Three hours of class per week.

MUS  U305 - String Instrument Repair

String instrument maintenance and repair. For music education students.

MUS  U470 - Violin Repair I-II-III-IV

P: Consent of instructor. I-II. Study and practice of string instrument technology, including general repairs done from outside the instrument, bow refurbishing, and use of hand and power tools. Fifteen hours instruction and laboratory per week.  III-IV. Advanced study and practice of string instrument technology, including general and major repair done after an instrument has been opened, instrument acoustics, and related topics. Fifteen hours instruction and laboratory per week.

MUS  X91 - String Repair Technical Crew

Required of all string instrument technology majors. Supervised execution of repair and maintenance techniques for string instruments.