Three most important violin pedagogues

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Connie Sunday said: Jan 7, 2013
Connie SundayViolin, Piano, Viola
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Who do you think are the three most significant teachers of the modern era? I’m thinking Flesch, Galamian and Suzuki.

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André said: Jan 8, 2013
André AugensteinViolin, Piano
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for me Shinichi Suzuki
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Connie Sunday said: Jan 8, 2013
Connie SundayViolin, Piano, Viola
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Suzuki is certainly on the list, but I’m looking for a list of three. And by modern era, I mean not Tartini, Geminiani or Leopold Mozart. Not the old treatises..since electricity became widely available.

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Connie Sunday said: Jan 8, 2013
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I should also qualify this by saying that the three should have produced documents—a book or books. Or recordings with notes, or video, or some combination of these.

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Karen Zethmayr said: Jan 8, 2013
Karen ZethmayrViolin
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My first summer after college at American Conservatory was devoted almost exclusively to 4-tone scales in parallel 4ths (key changes on demand), and to Ottokar Sevcik’s 40 Variations, under the guidance of Scott Willetts, his first American representative. Cold water torture? I remember this nutritious craziness fondly and still benefit.

The desert island approach has its points, but I wonder if Dr. Suzuki himself would be as interested in nailing down a Royal Three, as in encouraging each teacher to watch for excellence among whatever teachers he or she encounters. The world is soooooo big!

Karen

Paula Bird said: Jan 8, 2013
 
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Wimberley, TX
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I’m having trouble narrowing my choices down. Galamian and Suzuki yes, but the third one? I learned much from Ronda Cole about evaluating problems with setup, technique, and learning problems; from Ed Sprunger about the psychology of teaching; and my own university teacher Helen Kwalwasser (Temple University and student of Galamian), who took me apart and put me back together again in the right order.

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Connie Sunday said: Jan 9, 2013
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It’s difficult to determine the relative merits of contemporaries, I think. We’re often wrong. See Slonimsky, _Lexicon of Musical Invective_.

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Merietta Oviatt said: Jan 9, 2013
Merietta Oviatt
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Stevens Point, WI
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For me I believe there are so many more than just three! Of course Suzuki and Galamian. However, I believe you REALLY have to look at Dounis, Rolland, and Applebaum. I believe for viola it would be Tertis, Preucil and most importantly Tuttle (Tuttle encompasses all that is Primrose).

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Carol Gwen said: Jan 9, 2013
Carol Gwen Kiefer
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
Washington Crossing, PA
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Paul Rolland has research, books, articles, video. Teaching of Action in String Playing http://www.paulrolland.net/

Paul Rolland was admired by Suzuki. Rolland would be on my list.

Consider Kato Havas.

Wendy Caron Zohar said: Jan 9, 2013
Wendy Caron Zohar
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
Ann Arbor, MI
94 posts

CMSunday, since you have introduced Slonimsky’s thesis, which may be valid (it sounds likely but I have not read it), that it is difficult to rank the merits of contemporaries, do you want to revise your original question? Now that you have got us all into this discussion, I would chime in and say that all the great recent master teachers who have been mentioned so far are certainly among the most important and influential pedagogues of our era, and would add Joseph Gingold.

Wendy Caron Zohar

Connie Sunday said: Jan 9, 2013
Connie SundayViolin, Piano, Viola
667 posts

Slonimsky—as I’m sure you know—was the editor of Baker’s Biographical Dictionary. The “Lexicon” is not a thesis really, but a collection of really bad reviews of works which are now enshrined in our standard repertoire. Slonimsky was a great wit and his remarks are hilarious.

Three I guess is a balanced and perhaps magic number, suitable for an academic thesis. Gingold is an important teacher, for certain, but were there documents?

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Connie Sunday said: Jan 12, 2013
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In terms of documents, if Bang is based on Auer, then we’re left with Flesch, Auer and Suzuki.

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Chantale said: Jan 15, 2013
 Violin, Viola
Orleans, ON
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I agree with Galamian and Suzuki being at the top of the list of pedagogues and would add Simon Fischer who is truly our contemporary. His exercises yield brilliant results in advanced students.

Keren Ocasio Gauthier said: Jan 15, 2013
Keren Ocasio GauthierViolin
4 posts

Besides Suzuki I think Rolland has made a really great contribution! I am glad I learned about him last year.

Gretchen said: Jan 17, 2013
Gretchen Lee
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
State College, PA
28 posts

Don’t forget about Simon Fischer!

Connie Sunday said: Jan 20, 2013
Connie SundayViolin, Piano, Viola
667 posts

Thank you everyone, for your responses. I think a unit on Galamian would have to include Galamian—Delay—Fischer, much like a unit on Suzuki would have to include Rolland and others. Getting all the details right takes years of research.

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