Publication Date



Open access

Embargo Period


Degree Type

Doctoral Essay

Degree Name

Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)


Instrumental Performance (Music)

Date of Defense


First Committee Member

Ross T. Harbaugh

Second Committee Member

Brian Powell

Third Committee Member

Carlos Abril

Fourth Committee Member

Dale Underwood


The purpose of this project was to create an intermediate string orchestra curriculum which develops string techniques through the study and performance of music from Cuba, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, and Puerto Rico. This year-long curriculum encompasses five, country-specific units which can be interspersed throughout the academic year. Each unit includes musical arrangements which vary in style, genre, or originating region. These arrangements are accompanied by lesson plans which include cultural and historical background information, listening suggestions, learning objectives, learning sequence, and assessment strategies. The musical arrangements seek to develop intonation, left-hand positions, bow distribution, string crossings, bowing styles, and reinforce knowledge of musical concepts and ideas. The learning objectives within each lesson are divided into listening, performing, composing, and improvising experiences to encourage exploration of musical roles within an ensemble and as a solo musician. The ensemble national core standards are connected to the learning objectives and are listed within each lesson plan.


Latin American folk music for string orchestra; world music in string orchestra; world music pedagogy; world music curriculum for string orchestra; intermediate string orchestra