AST Journal - May 2022

Volume 72, Number 2

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A Guide to Choosing Repertoire for Auditions
By Maureen Yuen


Everybody wants students to perform well at college auditions—the student, the private teacher, and, yes, even the collegiate professor! This article focuses on how to best prepare students for university auditions. Violin professors generally prefer students audition with repertoire that demonstrates their technical and musical strengths…

How to Accompany Scales
By Andrew Kohn


Scales are a fundamental building block of playing a stringed instrument. Scales comprise much of our music, and even music that is not scalar typically assumes the existence of scales as a background reference. Consequently, scales are important in themselves and are particularly apt material for practicing basic techniques…

The 18th-Century Germanic Viola Concerto: A History and Pedagogical Study of Four Selected Movements
By AJ Isaacson-Zvidzwa


After reading Ulrich Drüner’s article “Das Viola-Konzert vor 1840 [The Viola Concerto before 1840],” I was amazed at the number of unknown works. I began to compile a list of extant eighteenth-century Germanic viola concertos, collecting a list of seventy. Playing through as many as possible, I selected my four favorite movements that best represent high musical quality…

Strategies for Maintaining High Standards in Multilevel Ensembles
By Selim Giray and Randy Dale


Although many students come from a performance background centered around positive teaching methods and uplifting educators, others are less fortunate. Many students enter both secondary and collegiate ensembles with underdeveloped skills—whether it be fundamental components or overall playing proficiency…

K-12 Teaching Tips: Viajando pelo Brasil I, Suite for Strings: A Fun Way to Explore the Richness of Brazilian Culture and Music
By Bianca d’Avila do Prado


Playing music from other countries is an effective way to teach students about other cultures and to help them to appreciate the diversity present in different musical languages. Furthermore, world music pieces develop musical skills and introduce new techniques, harmonies, and rhythms through engaging music…

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