Poster or Presentation Title

Teaching Heritage: The Genealogy of American Violin Pedagogy

Location

Virtual | Room 2

Access Type

Campus Access Only

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Start Date

7-4-2021 9:00 AM

End Date

7-4-2021 9:15 AM

Department

Music

Abstract

Ivan Galamian and Dorothy DeLay are two of the most influential violin pedagogues of the 20th century. Their pedagogy paved the way for the subsequent generations of violin teachers and performers by combining and innovating European pedagogies. Having tutored many world-renowned virtuoso violinists, Galamian‘s methods are still used and studied today. Many high-profile conservatories across the country are staffed by his students, making his influence prominent in modern violin pedagogy. His most prominent student, Dorothy DeLay, coupled Galamian’s methodology with modern educational psychology and became one of the most notable pedagogues in the mid to late 20th century. Between the combined teachings of Galamian and DeLay, the vast majority of American music schools have been influenced by this strain of violin pedagogy. This thesis tracks the development of Galamian’s method through Dorothy Delay and documents contemporary violin teachers who are descended from the Galamian method in the top American music schools to create a pedagogic family tree.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Dr. Cynthia Ramsey
Dr. Kara Dean
Dr. Laura Kicklighter

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Apr 7th, 9:00 AM Apr 7th, 9:15 AM

Teaching Heritage: The Genealogy of American Violin Pedagogy

Virtual | Room 2

Ivan Galamian and Dorothy DeLay are two of the most influential violin pedagogues of the 20th century. Their pedagogy paved the way for the subsequent generations of violin teachers and performers by combining and innovating European pedagogies. Having tutored many world-renowned virtuoso violinists, Galamian‘s methods are still used and studied today. Many high-profile conservatories across the country are staffed by his students, making his influence prominent in modern violin pedagogy. His most prominent student, Dorothy DeLay, coupled Galamian’s methodology with modern educational psychology and became one of the most notable pedagogues in the mid to late 20th century. Between the combined teachings of Galamian and DeLay, the vast majority of American music schools have been influenced by this strain of violin pedagogy. This thesis tracks the development of Galamian’s method through Dorothy Delay and documents contemporary violin teachers who are descended from the Galamian method in the top American music schools to create a pedagogic family tree.