Publication Date

2013-05-03

Availability

Open access

Embargo Period

2013-05-03

Degree Type

Doctoral Essay

Degree Name

Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)

Department

Instrumental Performance (Music)

Date of Defense

2013-03-26

First Committee Member

Pamela A. McConnell

Second Committee Member

Thomas Sleeper

Third Committee Member

Ross T. Harbaugh

Fourth Committee Member

Nancy C. Zavac

Fifth Committee Member

M. Brian Blake

Abstract

This essay presents a viola bow-arm method that establishes a logical sequence of exercises, giving the viola student and teacher a sequential lesson plan to address bow technique. Each exercise is targeted to achieve mastery of a specific technical element of bowing. Fun and engaging imagery is used for younger students. Exercises increase progressively in difficulty for advanced students to ensure proficiency in all elements of viola bow technique.

Keywords

Viola; bow-arm; method; bow development; bow exercises; technique

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