Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation


Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name

M.M. Ed.


Music Education

Committee Chair

Acklin, Amy Ingrid

Author's Keywords

String methods; String techniques; Music string education; String research; String survey; Violin research


Stringed instruments--Instruction and study; Music teachers--Kentucky


The purpose of this study was to identify the teaching techniques of current string teachers within the Kentucky Music Education Association. Participants (N=31) completed a 17-question survey that focused on teaching techniques they use while teaching string orchestra. The participants included elementary, middle, and high school public string teachers in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Results collected from the survey included demographic information about the teachers including the grade levels taught, number of years of teaching experience, the amount of time spent teaching per week, the participants primary instrument, and whether or not they gave private lessons. The survey questions also gathered information about specific teaching techniques including rehearsal warm-ups, tuning, open strings, scales, intonation exercises, dynamics, bow exercises, rhythms, shifting and chorales. Suggestions for further research are offered related to teaching techniques for string teachers.