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References and Further Reading

I describe the process by which this website was developed in the About This Website section. Much of the information came to me by listening to lectures, attending classes, workshops, conferences, and of course, teaching students. I also have consulted many print resources. I have found the following books and articles to be extremely valuable, and I recommend them to anyone interested in further reading.


Brun, Paul (2000). A New History of the Double Bass. Villeneuve d'Ascq, France: Paul Brun Productions.

Deverich, R. (1987). “The Maidstone movement: Influential British precursor of American public school instrumental classes.” Journal of research in music education 35(1): 39-56.

Donnington, Robert (1977). String Playing in Baroque Music. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons.

Geminiani, Francesco, David Dodge Boyden (1751, 1951) The Art of Playing the Violin, 1751. London: Oxford University Press.

Kendall, John D (1973). The Suzuki violin method in American music education; what the American music educator should know about Shinichi Suzuki. Reston, VA: MENC.

Mischakoff, A. (1995). “Strings: The golden age of string pedagogy.” The Instrumentalist 50(August): 50-56.

Mozart, Leopold (1951). 2nd ed. A treatise on the fundamental principles of violin playing. London: Oxford University Press.

Mullins, S. S. (1996). “The dean of string teachers: An interview with Marvin Rabin.” The Instrumentalist 51(July): 26-30.

Ritsema, R. A. (1972). A history of the American String Teachers Association:The first twenty-five years. Reston, VA, American String Teachers Association.

Smith, G. J. (1986). “Pioneers in string education: The genius of Samuel Applebaum.” The Instrumentalist 41(September): 31-33.

Smith, G. J. (1986). “Pioneers in string education: The controversial George Bornoff.” The Instrumentalist 40(May): 14-17.

Smith, G. J. (1987). “Pioneers in string education: The legacy of Paul Rolland.” The Instrumentalist 41(January): 25-29.

Sollinger, C. E. (1970). The music men and the professors: A history of string class methods in the United States, 1800-1911, University of Michigan.

Wassell, A. (1964). “Class string instruction in America.” American String Teacher(Fall): 29-32.


Auer, Leopold (1921). Violin Playing As I Teach It. Frederick A. Stokes Co., New York, NY.

Fischer, Simon (1997). Basics: 300 Exercises and Practice Routines for the Violin. New York: Edition Peters.

Flesch, Carl. 1924 (revised 1939). The Art of Violin Playing. Book I, Technique in General, Applied Technique. Chicago: Carl Fischer Inc.

Flesch, Carl. (1930). The Art of Violin Playing. Book II, Artistic Realization and Instruction. Chicago: Carl Fischer Inc.

Gerle, Robert (1991). The Art of Bowing Practice. London: Stainer and Bell.

Gigante, Charles (1986). Manual of Orchestral Bowing. Bloomington, IN : American String Teachers Association ; Frangipani Press.

Haman, Donald L., and Robert Gillespie (2004). Strategies for Teaching Strings: Building a Successful String and Orchestra Program. New York: Oxford University Press.

Havas, Kato (1961). A New Approach To Violin Playing . London: Bosworth & Co.

Hodgson, Percival (1958). Motion Study and Violin Bowing. Urbana: American String Teachers Association.

Mischakoff, Anne (1984). Sfozando! Music Medecine for String Players. Reston, VA: American String Teachers Association.

Menuhin, Yehudi (1986). The compleat violinist: thoughts, exercises, reflections of an itinerant violinist. New York: Summit Books.

Menuhin, Yehudi, and William Primrose (1976). Violin and viola. New York: Schirmer Books.

Perkins, Marianne Murray (1995). A comparison of violin playing techniques: Kato Havas, Paul Rolland, and Shinichi Suzuki. Reston, VA: American String Teachers Association.

Rolland Paul,  Marla Mutschler and Frances A. Hellebrandt (2000).  2nd rev. ed. The Teaching of Action in String Playing. Urbana, Illinois : Illinois String Research Associates (available through ASTA).

Sazer, Victor. New Directions in Cello Playing: How To Make Cello Playing Easier and Play Without Pain.Los Angeles, CA: Ofnote Publications.

Suzuki, Shinichi (1969). Nurtured by Love. New York: Exposition Press.

Suzuki, Shinichi and Elizabeth Mills (1973). The Suzuki Concept: an introduction to a successful method for early music education. Berkely: Diablo Press.

Winberg, Salus (1990). Stretching for Strings. Reston VA: American String Teachers Association.

Young, Phyllis (1978). Playing the String Game: Strategies for Teaching Cello and Strings. Austin: University of Texas Press.

Young, Phyllis (1986). The String Play: the drama of teaching and playing strings. Austin: University of Texas Press.

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