String Pedagogy Database

Welcome to the Kansas String Pedagogy Database. This database is comprised of past and present articles published in the KASTA Newsletter. For ease of navigation, articles have been sorted in categories. If you see something you like, open the corresponding ‘Article Link’ or find the article’s issue in the right-hand column. Thank you for visiting!
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Violin/Viola

  • Tension: A String Players Worst Enemy | Matt Means |  2012, 11(3)
  • How to Prepare a New Piece | Matt Means | 2013, 12(1)
  • Exploring Pre-Bowing Exercises: The Search for a Definition and its Application |
    Jacob M. Dakon | 2013, 12(2)
  • The Violin Sonatas and Partitas of J. S. Bach: A Ranking and Pedagogical Analysis |
    Matt Means | 2013, 12(2)
  • Everything you Need to Know about Teaching Low 2nd Finger | Lauren E. Rigby |
    2016, 15(2)
  • Thinking Holistically about Teaching B-Flat | Jacob M. Dakon | 2016, 15(2)

Cello/Bass

  • Cello Platform Boxes: Hidden Dangers | David Littrell | 1989, Article Link
  • Reviewing Gerhard Mantel’s Cello Technique: Principles & Forms of Movement |
    2014, 13 (2)
  • Use of the Right Arm in Low Strings: Weight vs. Pressure | Benjamin Cline |
    2014, 13(3)
  • “Fast Position” Extensions on the Cello | David Littrell | 2016, 15(1)
  • Basketball Made Me a Better Cellist: Teaching Extensions with the Pivot | Rachel Dirks | 2016, 15(1)
  • Thinking Beyond D, G, & C: Classroom Bass Teaching | Mac Mayer | 2016, 15(1)

Conducting

  • Instrumental Conducting: Back to the Basics | Jesse Henkensiefken | 2016, 15(3)

Assessment

  • What I Listen for When I Adjudicate Orchestras and Solos | David Littrell | 2002, Article Link

History of Kansas Orchestra Programs

  • Echoes from Our Past | Larry R. Williams | 2010, 9(2)
  • Echoes from Our Orchestras Past | Larry R. Williams | 2011, 10(1)
  • Echoes from Our Orchestras Past | Larry R. Williams | 2012, 11(3)
  • Echoes from Orchestras Past | Larry R. Williams | 2011, 10(2)
  • Echoes from Orchestras Past | Larry R. Williams | 2013, 12(1)
  • Echoes from Orchestras Past | Larry R. Williams | 2013, 12(2)
  • Echoes from our Orchestras Past: Sight Reading was Part of the Kansas Contests |
    Larry R. Williams | 2014, 13(1)

Practicing

Private Teaching 

  • A Conversation with Quinn Lake [Pros & Cons of Private Teaching] |
    Eric Crawford | 2015, 14(1)

String Classroom Teaching

  • When to Begin | Eric Crawford | 2010, 9(2)
  • Towards an Even Better Product: Seven Habits of Highly Effective School Orchestra Programs | Matt Means | 2014, 13(1)
  • Moving Forward, Looking Backward: A Discussion Regarding Pedagogical Texts still Relevant to the 21st Century String Pedagogy | McCarthy M. Mayer | 2014 13(1)

Technology

  • Technology in the Music Classroom | n.a. | 2011, 10(1)

 
Unique Aspects of Kansas

  • ​​The String Academy of the Plains Creates New Concert Series: Strings and Friends |
    ​Priscilla Hallberg | 2014, 13(2)