Author ORCID Identifier

https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0469-9344

Year of Publication

2020

Degree Name

Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)

Document Type

Doctoral Dissertation

College

Fine Arts

Department

Music

First Advisor

Daniel Mason

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to provide scholars information concerning of the Taiwanese violin educational system from the introduction of the violin in Taiwan to its current status as one of the most popular instruments to study.

The first chapter of this dissertation will discuss the most influential violin educators in Taiwan, about which very little has been published. The key figures such as Fu-Xing Zhang and Shu-De Li capitalized on the opportunities provided them by the Japanese occupation, playing a crucial role in the development of the Taiwanese music education system. The accomplishments of these musicians continue to be instructive to educators both within and outside of Taiwan.

This dissertation also explores one of the seminal Taiwanese textbooks and its use by the country’s pedagogues. The first major textbook to incorporate original material from a Taiwanese teacher was Wong’s Violin Teaching System, the final volume of which was completed by Fu-Tang Wong in 2006. In this textbook, Wong significantly contributed to Taiwanese pedagogy through his focus on the development of students’ basic posture and the visual learning of pitch, including progressive etudes with each new lesson. These books demonstrate how to teach successfully, how to provide a smooth progression of difficulty for advancing students, and the incorporation of local folk music into the curriculum.

Influential Taiwanese pedagogues have consistently stressed the fundamental triangular relationship between teachers, students, and parents. Taiwanese scholars discuss a host of common questions about the role of parental influence on a developing violinist. Some of these include: what should parents do when their children decide to learn the violin; how to give your child an ideal practice space; how to help children practice; and how to help a child through emotional low points in the process.

In the final chapter, I will provide an analysis of the Taiwanese professional music education system from 3rd grade through college, exploring the difficulties of the system and how it influenced my own development.

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

https://doi.org/10.13023/etd.2020.502

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