Private String Teachers' Pedagogical Approaches to Teaching Music Theory

September 29, 2009 / By: Alison Swiggum

The problem of this study was to determine what materials and pedagogical techniques private string teachers use to teach music theory in private string lessons. The problem was based upon the belief that music theory is a worthwhile and beneficial component to a complete music education. Due to the one-to-one ratio of a private string lesson, the private teacher has an excellent opportunity and setting to teach music theory. The sub-questions of this thesis focused on what materials and pedagogical techniques string teachers use to teach eleven components of music theory, including key signatures, meter signatures, rhythm patterns/counting, major and minor scale patterns, intervals, triads and 7th chords, diatonic chords in major and minor scales, basic harmonic progression, musical form, improvisation, and musical composition.