Eclectic String Styles in Music Education

Open Access
Knabb, Jenny Meg
Area of Honors:
Music Education
Bachelor of Music Education
Document Type:
Thesis Supervisors:
  • Robert Dale Gardner, Thesis Supervisor
  • Ann Callistro Clements, Honors Advisor
  • music
  • education
  • music education
  • eclectic
  • genres
  • styles
  • strings
  • Old-Time
  • Fiddle
  • Newfoundland
  • Celtic
  • Gypsy
What type of music do you think your students are listening to? For students that do not normally listen to classical how can we keep them interested, motivated, and involved in music long after they graduate? Not every student will go on to become the next Yo-Yo Ma or Itzhak Perlman or be a classically trained violinist at Julliard. We should show them the other genres and styles they can perform on their instruments besides only playing classical music. There are many different styles of music that you can teach: jazz, rock, fiddle, blues, Celtic, mariachi, gypsy, pop and movie soundtracks to name a few. There are also many different subgenres within the genre and many combinations of styles called fusions. By teaching eclectic styles of music student will learn that there are many different styles that they can play on their instrument. Students will be aware that they can play in a rock band, jazz ensemble or create their own band to perform any style of music that interests them. It is important for teachers to understand the difference in eclectic styles and be able to teach different genres and styles. Since there are so many different genres, subgenres and fusions of genres I will be focusing on Gypsy, Old-Time Fiddle, and Celtic music. The purpose of this research is to make students and educators aware of the different genres and styles they can teach and perform on their instruments. I have researched these three styles of music and have included music that I composed or arranged in that style and graphic organizers that could be used in both an academic classroom and ensemble performance.