An Alternative String Method

In this thesis, the author examines four existing methods of stringed instrument instruction, noting that all four methods contain quality materials that help to develop musical technique and performance. However, the author believes that these methods are deficient because they do not include sufficient information and activities about the history of the instruments, the different styles of music, composer biographies, musical form and analysis, creative composition, or suggested listening. The inclusion of these elements would give the student a much better understanding of the musical art. A deeper appreciation of the instrument and its literature would result from an exploration into these related musical areas.