Distance education strategies for strings: A framework of violin instruction for adult amateurs
Robin Kay Deverich, University of Southern California, United States
University of Southern California . Awarded
There is a need for adult violin distance education. Opportunities are limited for adults who wish to begin or continue learning how to play the violin once they leave a school environment; and time, distance and access constraints inhibit adult amateur musicians from taking private lessons or participating in music courses in a traditional classroom setting. Although the flexible nature of distance education has the potential to resolve the unmet educational needs of adult violin students, there are no models of distance education for the violin which address such issues as the design, content, and conceptual framework of a violin distance education program for adults.
The intent of this project was to create a framework of distance education violin instruction for those who intend to teach adult amateur violin students. Relevant principles and strategies from the field of distance education and instructional design were combined with basic concepts of violin pedagogy in order to construct a framework of distance education for the adult violin student. This framework includes the following dimensions: developmental guidelines to assist music educators in the process of course design; an implementation framework with three instructional models, four levels of technologies, and sample modes of instruction and implementation.
Deverich, R.K. Distance education strategies for strings: A framework of violin instruction for adult amateurs. Ph.D. thesis, University of Southern California.
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