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Summer 2022 MECA

Continuing Education Courses


Strings for the Non-String Player


June 13-July 10, 2022

Course Code



2 Graduate Credits


$710, due in full with registration


This course will focus on the fundamental principles of playing and teaching string instruments effectively. As accomplished instrumentalists and vocalists, you already recognize the tenets of fine musicianship, including expressivity, beautiful tone, precise intonation, and healthy posture. In this course you will strengthen your confidence in teaching string instruments by transferring your present knowledge of music performance to string techniques. Specific objectives will focus on a sequence for teaching posture and fingerboard geography, and the foundation of advanced techniques such as shifting and vibrato, in a heterogeneous string class setting. The physical requirements of successfully performing on each instrument, the kinesthetics of the bow arm, and the logic of navigating the fingerboard will be explored. This course will not only allow participants to foster their own technique on a string instrument, but foster a growth in understanding fundamental principles of human learning in the context of developing intellectual and motor skills. Effective learning sequences that focus on the development of excellent fundamental skills will be the focus of each class session. Participants will practice creating successful learning experiences that effectively change student thinking and behavior.

The ultimate goal of the course is that you will acquire the basic skills and resources needed to be an effective string educator, the ability to recognize your own strengths and weaknesses as a string player and teacher, and to inspire continued improvement.


Chat Session

Full-group online synchronous classes will occur on Mondays June 13, 20, 27, 8am-10am CST Synchronous Group meeting/Lecture and Discussion Wednesdays June 15, 22, 29 8am-10am CST Synchronous Group meeting/Lecture and Discussion



Required Text(s)

1) Dick, W. J., & Scott, L. P. (2004). Mastery for strings: A longitudinal sequence of instruction for school orchestras, studio lessons, and college method classes. Austin, TX: Mastery for Strings Press.
2) Crock, W., Dick, W., & Scott, L. (2010). Learning Together: Sequential repertoire for solo strings or string ensemble. Miami, FL: Alfred Music Publishing Inc.
3) MacLeod, R. B. (2019). Teaching strings in today’s classroom: A guide to group instruction. New York, NY: Routledge.

4)Students will need access to a violin, viola, cello or bass. Rock stop for cello, stool for bass, Rosin and extra strings (if one breaks)

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).



Dr. Laurie Scott

Laurie Scott she serves as the director of The University of Texas String Project, named “String Project of the Year” in 2008 by the American String Teacher’s Association and the National String Project Consortium. Previous to this appointment, Dr. Scott served as professor of violin and viola and director of music education studies at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas. Dr. Scott was co-director of the Armadillo Suzuki Organization, the Austin Metropolitan Suzuki School, and the Texas Suzuki Tour Group. She holds a master’s degree in applied violin from the University of Nebraska, and a bachelor’s degree in music education from the State University of New York at Fredonia. She received her Ph.D. in Music Education from the University of Texas. Before moving to Texas in 1981, Dr. Scott taught in rural string programs in Nebraska and performed with the Omaha and Lincoln Symphonies and the Nebraska Chamber Orchestra. As a music educator in Texas, Dr. Scott has served as an officer of the Texas chapter of the American String Teacher’s Association, taught for eight years for the Austin ISD at Lamar Middle School and Travis and McCallum High Schools, was co-conductor of the Austin Youth Symphony, and served as Region XVIII College Division Chair for the Texas Music Educator’s Association. Professor Scott was co-editor of the public school column in the American Suzuki Journal and was named chairman of the Suzuki in the Schools division of the 1998 International Teacher’s Conference. She has performed with the Austin Symphony, Austin Lyric Opera and Ballet Austin Orchestras. Dr. Scott has been the recipient of the Teaching Excellence Award from the School of Music as well as the College of Fine Arts at The University of Texas at Austin.
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