String Research Journal

Representing the research community of the American String Teachers Association, the purpose of the String Research Journal (SRJ) is to:

» Encourage and improve scholarship and research within the string education profession
» Disseminate the results of this work to the string and larger music teaching communities

It is different from our quarterly publication, the
American String Teacher.

SRJ publishes reports of peer-reviewed original research related to string music teaching, learning, and performance. The journal considers quantitative, qualitative, historical, and philosophical research relevant to string settings—from early childhood study to the advanced private studio and string ensembles. It covers a wide range of topics, including various aspects of string pedagogy and teaching practices, effective rehearsals, performance, history, and listener perception.

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Volume VI  
Reflections on a String Educator’s Journey – Margaret Schmidt
A Comparison of Three Pedagogical Methods for Setting Cello Endpin Length – Rebecca L. Tast
An Analysis of Ratings Assigned to String Musicians’ Performances at Solo and Ensemble Music Performance Assessment Events – David A. Pope & James P. Mick
A Survey of Practice Behaviors among Middle and High School String Players – John M. Geringer, Rebecca B. MacLeod, & Heather Lofdahl
The Effect of Pitch and Rhythm Difficulty on High School String Sight-Reading Performance – Michael L. Alexander & Michele L. Henry

Volume V
Students with Disabilities in the String Classroom: An Integrative Review – Lori F. Gooding and Olivia Swedberg Yinger
ASTA Research Poster Sessions (2006-2014) – Jane E. Palmquist
The Status of Public School Orchestras in Kansas – Rebecca L. Tast
Tradition Bearers as Educators: A Multi-Case Study of the Teaching Behaviors and Beliefs of Three Old-Time Musicians – Christen Blanton, Mark Dillon, and Rebecca B. MacLeod
The Development of a Detaché Rhythm Hierarchy for String Sight Reading – Michael L. Alexander and Michele L. Henry
Influences on String Teachers' Career Decisions – Kristen Pellegrino, and John Si Millican

Volume IV
String Pedagogy for the 21st Century: Catching up with Research – David W. Sogin
Factors Contributing to Teachers’ Inclusion of Music Composition Activities in the School Orchestra Curriculum – Michael T. Hopkins
A Descriptive Examination of Aural and Visual Practice Strategies Exhibited by Beginning-Level String Students When Memorizing Music Material – Jacob M. Dakon
Influence of Primary Performance Area, Education Level, and Performance Quality on Pre-Service Music Teachers’ Ratings of String Orchestra Performances – David A. Pope
A Descriptive Analysis of Performance Models’ Intonation in a Recorded Excerpt from Suzuki Violin School Volume I – John M. Geringer, Rebecca B. MacLeod, and Julia C. Ellis

Volume III
Music Wellness: Opportunities for String Researchers – Judy Palac
An Exploration of the Relationships between Cultural Background and Musical Preferences in a Diverse Orchestra Classroom – Rebecca B. MacLeod and Constance L. McKoy
Musicians’ Preferences for Different Variants of Bow Skew in a Violin Performance – David W. Sogin
An Analysis of High School and University Cellists’ Vibrato Rates, Widths, and Pitches – David A. Pope
Middle and High School String Students’ Preferences for Alternative String Styles – James P. Mick
High School String Players’ Perception of Violin, Trumpet, and Voice Intonation – John M. Geringer, Rebecca B. MacLeod, and Justine K. Sasanfar

Volume II
Collaboration for Our Greater Good – Gail V. Barnes
Factors Influencing Secondary String Students’ String Teaching Career Choices – Donald L. Hamann, Robert Frost, and Tami Draves
An Examination of Before and After Rehearsal Pitch Tendencies of String and Wind Musicians – Kevin L. Droe, Jonathan Chenoweth, and S. Daniel Galyen
How Does Rosin Affect Sound? – Knut Guettler
The Perceived Impact of String Programs on K-12 Music Programs – Joshua A. Russell and Donald L. Hamann
Effects of Stimulus Type, Distance, and Instrument on High School Students’ Open String Tuning – Michael L. Alexander

Volume I
String Vibrato: Research Related to Performance and Perception – John M. Geringer, Michael L. Allen, and Rebecca B. MacLeod
An Investigation of New String Programs Established in American Schools between 1999 and 2009 – Robert Gillespie and Donald L. Hamann
A Study of Self-Regulated Learning in College String Majors – Susan J. Kim
Examining Possible Influences of String Students’ Self-Efficacy and Musical Background Characteristics on Practice Behaviors – Jennifer Cahill Clark
A Pilot Study of Relationships between Pitch Register and Dynamic Level and Vibrato Rate and Width in Professional Violinists – Rebecca B. MacLeod

SRJ Editorial Board

2016 - 2022 Term

Frank Diaz
Laurie Scott Young
Rebecca Tast

2015 - 2021 Term

David W. Sogin, Editor
John M. Geringer
David Pope
Kristen Pelligrino

2012 - 2018 Term

Gail V. Barnes
Joshua A. Russell
Bret P. Smith

2010 - 2016 Term

Margaret Berg
Margaret Schmidt
Laurie Scott

2009 - 2015 Term

John Geringer, Editor
Rebecca MacLeod
David Sogin