Dr. Michael Fanelli, educator, musicologist, author, and bassist, is Professor Emeritus of Education at the University of Northern Iowa. As string/orchestra specialist at the Malcolm Price Laboratory School there, he authored and taught the string curriculum for grades 4 through 12 based on Rolland Teaching of Action in String Playing materials. In the School of Music he taught a string methods course modeled on Rolland’s University of Illinois pedagogy course. He was applied double bass instructor at the University of Missouri and Grinnell and Stephens Colleges. He holds degrees in performance, musicology and education.
In 1963 he studied string pedagogy with Paul Rolland. He also received a series of double bass lessons with Rolland covering the kinesthetics of performing on the instrument. He later adapted Rolland texts and musical materials for the double bass. He served on Rolland’s instructional staff at the University of Illinois Summer Youth Music program and as a research assistant on the Illinois String Research Project through the 1960s.
Dr. Fanelli performed professionally with orchestras throughout the midwest. In 1964 he was a member of the University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra tour of Latin America for the U.S. State Department cultural exchange program.
His dissertation has been cited as a definitive study on Rolland, which is used as a primary source on Paul Rolland worldwide. He is currently writing a book, “Paul Rolland: A Creative Life in String Teaching and Pedagogical Inquiry.”
In 2013 he authored biographical articles on Paul Rolland for the “The Grove Dictionary of American Music” 2nd edition and “The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians on Line,” both published by Oxford University Press.