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Friday, November 23 • 10:30 - 11:00
Contemporary Viola Etudes For All Players: Creating an online resource that organizes etudes and reflects characteristics of expert knowledge organization

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Much of the standard viola repertoire is relatively recent, having been written mostly in the twentieth
century. The use of twentieth century compositional elements in the viola repertoire obliges viola
technique to include skills not addressed by standard etudes. Contemporary etudes focusing on these
skills are therefore essential to viola pedagogy, but such etudes are lesser known and are generally
under-utilized. By creating an online resource that organizes etudes by technique, they become more
accessible by student and professional violists alike.
My inspiration for building the "Etude Finder" is pedagogically-geared and comes from research on
knowledge organization and learning mechanisms. The National Research Council (USA) describes studies that demonstrate how experts organize their knowledge in a more concise manner than accomplished novices ("How People Learn", 2000). Their research suggests that "novices might benefit from models of how experts approach problem solving". Here, the development of a model of expert knowledge organization (an online database application) might help a viola student accurately and efficiently problem solve (choose an appropriate etude).
The initial design of the Etude Finder focused on the Kreuzter Etudes as a starting point. To reflect
characteristics of expert knowledge organization, the database uses no more than 4 hierarchical levels
(showing conciseness). Three books of viola etudes and one violin etude book have now also been
included in the Etude Finder: "Twelve Caprices for Viola" (Lillian Fuchs, 1950), "Viola Spaces:
Contemporary Viola Studies" (Garth Knox, 2009), "Rhythmical Studies for violin and piano" (Bohuslav
Martinu, 1932), and "Twenty Etudes for Viola" (Alfred Uhl, 1973). These were selected for their
exploration of technique skills relevant to twentieth century compositions, as well as for their availability.
My presentation will discuss: 1 -- research supporting the Etude Finder model, including characteristics of expert knowledge organization; 2 -- problems and resolutions encountered while building the Etude Finder; and 3 -- brief examples demonstrating the use of this resource to address technically challenging passages in three Canadian pieces: "Coriolis for viola and piano" (Allan Gordon Bell, 2003), "String Theory for viola and piano" (John Burge, 2011), and "Soulmate for solo viola" (Chan Ka Nin, 2001).


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Myra Yeung

Northern Kentucky School of Music of Immanuel (USA)
Myra Yeung teaches at the Northern Kentucky School of Music of Immanuel, USA. She is a past faculty member of music programs in Winnipeg (Canada), and in Ann Arbor, Michigan and eastern North Carolina (USA). Recently she won 1st place in the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory... Read More →


Friday November 23, 2018 10:30 - 11:00
Hofplein Rotterdam, Main Theatre Benthemstraat 13, 3032 CC Rotterdam, Netherlands

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