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Spring 2022 MECA

Continuing Education Courses


Paul Rolland String Pedagogy with Level 1 Endorsement


February 14-May 8, 2021

Course Code



2 or 3 Graduate Credits


$710, or $1065 due in full with registration


Joanne May will teach this overview course of Paul Rolland’s pedagogical ideas from the basics of motion to specifics of left- and right-hand techniques, from beginner pedagogy to advanced remedial strategies. Violin, viola, cello, and bass pedagogies will be discussed, and the application of the materials and actions will be demonstrated in the context of both public school and private studio settings. Upon successful completion of the course, students will receive Level 1 Endorsement in Paul Rolland String Pedagogy by the Paul Rolland String Pedagogy Society. Variable credit – 2 hours or 3 hours.


Chat Session

TBD with participants once the course has commenced.


Bachelor's Degree

Required Text(s)


The Teaching of Action in String Playing (book) by Paul Rolland with Marla Mutschler (Alfred)

The Teaching of Action in String Playing (films) by Paul Rolland, available for purchase for streaming on Vimeo.

(The films are also available on DVD by emailing [email protected].)

New Tunes for Strings: Bk 1 & Bk 2 for violin, viola, cello & bass, and the Teacher’s Book by Stanley Fletcher (Hal Leonard)


A journal

Your instrument

Joanne May Violin & Viola Videos (YouTube)

Learning Platform Information (Online Courses Only)

Schoology is a learning management system that allows you to interact directly with your instructors, fellow students, and members of the greater VanderCook community.

The evening  before your class begins, be on the lookout for an email from Schoology with log-in instructions. Once you receive credentials, visit to login. 

Some courses have specific online chat meeting times (please see course descriptions), while others have a flexible meeting schedule. You can expect all courses to meet together in a live online chat. If a live meeting time doesn’t work, you can work with your instructor to make other arrangements.

More information about Schoology can be found at

Please see specific software/hardware requirements in the course description.

Online course grades are available within two weeks of the course(s) completion.  If you need a transcript, please CLICK HERE to access the online transcript request form. For a faster turnaround time, please submit the transcript request to the registrar prior to the end of your course(s).


Joanne May

Joanne May

Joanne May, retired Assistant Professor of Music Education and Director of Orchestras at Elmhurst University, founded the annual Elmhurst World Music Festival, assisted in writing the course String Improvisation for Educators, sat on search committees for four new string faculty members to the department, and was string advisor to the Music Performance degree development committee. She conducted the Elmhurst University Philharmonic for 10 years, including performances at the Illinois Music Education Conference and in Chicago’s Millennium Park for the Chicago World Music Festival. She also led tours with the orchestra for annual performances in several states. Before teaching at Elmhurst University, May retired with 33 years of public school teaching of strings, orchestra, band, and general music. A student of Paul Rolland for three years at the University of Illinois, May has incorporated Rolland pedagogy into all areas of her teaching. She has presented on Rolland pedagogy at several national and international conferences and is currently a member of the Rolland Certification Committee and the Rolland Society Board. She has served as President of the Orchestra Division for ILMEA, Illinois ASTA President, National Chair of the ASTA Student Chapter Committee, and National Chair of the Orchestra Council for NAfME. Her awards include the Mary Hoffman Award for Teaching Excellence by Illinois Music Educators Association, Educator of the Year and Distinguished Service Award from the Illinois American String Teacher’s Association, and Teacher Recognition Award for the Presidential Scholar Program in Washington, D.C. by the U.S. Department of Education.
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