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Date of Graduation


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)


School of Music


Lisa M. Maynard

Wanchi Huang

Carl Donakowski


As a Western musical instrument, the Violin has a history spanning more than three hundred years. Contemporary approaches to its performance and pedagogy have been developed and influenced by the Russian, the Franco-Belgian, and the German Violin Schools. It was not until the 1920s and '30s, that the violin entered the public realm of Chinese society.

From the 1980s until today, several generations of violinists have emerged as Violin Educators in China. Among them, Lin Yaoji was the most famous. This study will research and examine Lin Yaoji’s violin teaching method. Specifically, this document will consist of five chapters discussing the following: (1) a general biographical introduction exploring Lin Yaoji as a pedagogue; (2) the Russian Violin School; (3) the philosophy of Lin’s teaching method; (4) Lin’s mnemonic rhymes, and (5) the researcher’s thoughts on Chinese violin education.

The purpose of the current document is four-fold. Firstly, to offer an English translation of the content and pedagogical approaches of Lin as included in Yang’s work. Secondly, to offer my personal perspectives and interpretative insights concerning Lin’s and other well-known (non-Chinese) violin pedagogical approaches from the viewpoint of someone who grew up in China and studied violin there until graduate studies brought me to the United States. Thirdly, to provide important historical and cultural contextual information relevant to the growth of violin playing and the evolution of Lin’s approach. vii And finally, to celebrate and share Lin’s important pedagogical contributions to violin playing, his life achievements, and his legacy with the Western world.



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