Date of Graduation

Spring 2018

Document Type

Honors Research Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Music

Major

Music - Strings Performance

Research Sponsor

Minju Kim

First Reader

Paul Kushious

Second Reader

Guy Bordo

Abstract

The study of etudes is essential for all musicians to learn and practice the technical challenges of their instrument in a practical way. There is a large selection of etudes for the violin, created and collected by numerous composers targeted for all levels of playing. This document will focus on a select number of etudes from the first half of “24 Etudes and Caprices, Opus 35,” by Jakob Dont. The analysis of the etudes will include descriptions of the technical challenges in the left and right hands, recommended practice sequences, and variations on the etude to further challenge the student and improve playing ability. The discussion of each etude will contain visual aids for the exercises discussed, and a copy of the etude will be provided in the appendix. This document also contains descriptions of advanced technical exercises to be practiced both before and during the time of etude studies. Copies of these exercises will be provided in an appendix as well. These etudes and exercises were studied and analyzed during a research period with the violin professor at the University of Akron, and will be discussed in a pedagogical manner based upon discussions with the professor, and personal research and experience.

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