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Summer 2022 MECA

Continuing Education Courses


Paul Rolland String Pedagogy with Level 2 Endorsement


June 20-June 25, 2022

Course Code



2 or 3 Graduate Credits


$710 or $1065 due in full with registration depending on the number of credits.


Joanne May will teach this 2nd level course in Paul Rolland pedagogy as students review Principles of Movement, and learn in-depth information on the topics of Establishing the Instrument Hold, Learning to Hold the Bow, Principles of Left Hand and Finger Action, and Establishing Left Hand and Finger Placement in First Position. 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. The Paul Rolland String Pedagogy Society has developed a 4-Level Certification for teachers interested in learning about the pedagogy and using it in their teaching. This course, when completed in full, will provide participants with a Level 2 Endorsement.


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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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