July 7-13, 2019
Hosted by the School of Music
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

This internationally-acclaimed program is recognized for its innovative relevance to string teachers, performers, and serious college students. At our workshop you will learn the ground-breaking playing and teaching principles and techniques of Paul Rolland from world renowned pedagogues, several of whom studied with him and collaborated with him in numerous workshops; and others who have adapted Rolland pedagogy to cello, bass, chamber music, and conducting.

Joanne May – Artistic Director
Aaron Jacobs – Managing Director

Download the 2019 tentative schedule HERE.

What our past participants are saying:

”String teachers (public school and private instructors), you need to check this workshop out! In my career, I have rarely witnessed the level of dedication and inspiration that I observed in the master teachers we were lucky enough to work with this week. This thoughtful, research-based string pedagogy has turned my brain upside down in the best possible way, and I have a ton of new ideas I can’t wait to try out. I’ll definitely be attending again!” (Maura Brown – Orchestra Director, Elk Grove High School, IL)

”All of the presenters were absolutely excellent, and I really appreciated the variety of classes and activities that were offered. The inclusion of master classes, Alexander Technique, and fiddling were an added bonus that made this week even more informative and engaging. I also loved the sense of community that developed amongst all of the participants – this was really special and unexpected. Thank you so much to all of the faculty and staff for all of your time and dedication in making this workshop happen! It was an absolutely mind-altering, inspiring experience for me, and got so much out of it.” (Rose Hashimoto – Suzuki teacher and freelance violist, New York, NY)

”As an attendee of a recent Paul Rolland String Pedagogy Workshop, I was amazed at the in-depth insight and first hand knowledge of the instructors.  Not only were they personal acquaintances of the late Paul Rolland, but they knew his teaching methods to a mastery level and they were able to relay those concepts to us in a thorough manner. Because of the Workshop and Rolland publications, I changed the way I approach teaching strings and consistently refer to Paul Rolland’s work.” (Justin Fulfer – Orchestra Director, Keefer Crossing Middle School, New Caney TX)

”I continue to read and ponder about teaching and there is always more Rolland material to digest. I don’t think my students realize how much time and effort I put into learning more about string pedagogy behind the scenes, but I get such a lot of pleasure out of it too and it is wonderful to see how this information can transform their understanding of playing. I definitely recommend the Rolland workshop to anyone wishing to increase their depth of knowledge of string playing and teaching!” (Charmian Bartlett – Private Cello Teacher, Woodinville, WA)

”Using a correctly-sized chinrest, eliminating the shoulder rest, improving violin placement and head position, all as Lynne Denig recommended, have greatly improved my left-hand frame and required me to find new ways to shift. It led to a lot of remediation and I found help in Paul Rolland’s films and book. The workshop was the culmination of this work and it helped me get answers to many questions and deepened my understanding. Discussions of posture and Alexander Technique were revelatory. I especially enjoyed the opportunity to dialog with faculty and fellow participants during breaks and meals. The camaraderie was something quite special. I cannot thank you enough.” (Michael Haddad – Amateur Adult Violinist)

”Dr. Fischbach’s sessions were particularly excellent and the master classes were really informative and wonderful! Every faculty was highly devoted themselves to caring and listening to individuals! That is something unique about this workshop.” (Anonymous)

”This was superbly planned and organized – tremendously valuable and enjoyable. The atmosphere of shared knowledge, desire to learn from each other and collegial camaraderie made this week a joy!!! Loved the play-through of Fletcher tunes – as music teachers this was one of the most informative, practical, and fun ways to learn from each other. THANK YOU!!!” (Anonymous)


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