The Violin, How it Works is designed to enrich the learning experience of students who are using a traditional violin method lesson book. Method books only teach one how to play an instrument. This Supplemental Handbook teaches everything else about the instrument, including:
1. the parts of the violin and how they work
2. how to care for a violin outfit
3. how to plan a practice session
4. what items (accessories) are needed to help one play the violin.
5. how violins are made
6. the history of the violin
7. how violin bows are made
8. the history of violin bows
The book also contains a dictionary for violin terms and a comprehensive index to facilitate topic location.
With this book included in a curriculum, a student will also have greater insight into the violin’s relationship to the viola, cello, and double bass with which they will be working. Being exposed to this expanded enrichment will result in a well-rounded musician in place of one who can just play an instrument.
Michael J. Pagliaro is certified by the New York State Department of Education as a Teacher of Music (grades K-12), Supervisor of Secondary Education, Secondary School Principal, by the New York City Board of Education as Teacher of Orchestral Music and holds the degrees of B.S. in Music, M.A. in Music Education, M.S. in School Administration and Supervision, and Sc.D. in Musical Instrument Technology.
Dr. Pagliaro shares a lifetime of experience as a systematic musicologist as the author of The Musical Instrument Desk Reference: A Guide to How Band and Orchestral Instruments Work (Scarecrow Press, 2012); The Instrumental Music Director’s Guide to Comprehensive Program Development (Rowman and Littlefield, 2014);The String Instrument Owner’s Handbook (Rowman and Littlefield, 2015); Basic Elements of Music (Rowman and Littlefield, 2016); and The Brass Instrument Owner’s Handbook (Rowman and Littlefield, 2016).
1. What Are the Parts of My Violin and How Do They Work?
2. How Do I Care for My Violin Outfit?
3. How Should I Plan My Practice Sessions?
4. What Items (Accessories) Will I Need to Help Me Play My Violin?
5. How Are Violins Made?
6. What Is the History of the Violin?
7. How Are Violin Bows Made?
8. What Is the History of Violin Bows?
9. A Dictionary for Violin Students
Dr. Michael J. Pagliaro's book is a must-have for all string educators and their students. This well-written book is captivating for even the most seasoned string player. Dr. Pagliaro systematically answers all the nuts and bolts questions that all string players need in one easy-to-read book. The book spans an in-depth look at the violin history, parts of the violin, essential supplies, and how to care for a violin. He gives clear ideas about how to organize practice. And much more. This book is a must-read.
The Violin, How it Works is indeed an excellent resource for expanding a traditional violin curriculum. Dr. Pagliaro clearly explains the complex structures of the violin and its rich history while offering advice on all aspects of ownership. This book is a valuable reference for students seeking practical information about the instrument and for inquiring music lovers in general.
The Violin, How it Works by Michael J. Pagliaro, Sc. D., is an excellent resource for any violinist but especially helpful for a beginner or the parents of a young beginner. This book covers all essential elements from history to essential care, instrument setup, and suggestions for successful practice and will prove extremely helpful and valuable.