FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS  
LEVEL 2

HOW DOES LEVEL 2 DIFFER FROM THE PAUL ROLLAND STRING PEDAGOGY WORKSHOP (LEVEL 1)?

Level 2 Endorsement includes more in-depth study with individualized work with each attendee (called a “candidate”) in a small group setting.

HOW MANY LEVELS ARE THERE AND HOW ARE THEY OFFERED?

There are four Levels of Endorsement offered at least once a year.  2021 is an online format.

DO I NEED TO HAVE THE LEVEL 1 ENDORSEMENT BEFORE TAKING LEVEL 2?

Yes.  The Levels must be taken sequentially and it is recommended to have six months in between each Level for the application of Paul Rolland String Pedagogy.  Attending a week-long online or in-person Paul Rolland String Pedagogy Workshop (earning Level 1 Endorsement) is a prerequisite to apply for Level 2. 

HOW DO I REGISTER?

Apply to attend Level 2 Endorsement here. Space will be limited. The deadline to register is three weeks before the beginning of the training.  For a timeline of Level 2 click here.

WHO WILL MY TEACHER (“MENTOR”) BE?

Your mentor will be assigned from a list of experienced mentors.  The candidate’s background and Rolland pedagogy experiences will be considered in assigning the mentor.

HOW MUCH TIME IS REQUIRED FOR THE ENDORSEMENT TRAINING SESSIONS?

The number of hours is approximately 11-13.  The session schedule is determined by the mentor in consultation with the candidates. 

WHAT MATERIALS ARE REQUIRED FOR THE LEVEL 2 SESSIONS?

  1. The Teaching of Action in String Playing (book) by Paul Rolland with Marla Mutschler.

  2. The Teaching of Action in String Playing (films) by Paul Rolland, available for purchase for streaming on Vimeo.  The films are also available on DVD by emailing peterrolland@cox.net.

  3. New Tunes for Strings, Bk 1 and New Tunes for Strings, Bk 2 for your instrument by Stanley Fletcher.

  4. A journal 

  5. Your instrument

  6. A good internet connection and video capabilities.  Headphones or speakers are suggested for optimal listening.   

IS THERE PREPARATION EXPECTED AHEAD OF THE START OF SESSIONS?

Reading and taking notes on specific chapters and films in The Teaching of Action in String Playing and making your pre-instruction video are required.  The detailed curriculum is available after the registration process is completed.

WILL VIOLIN, VIOLA, CELLO, AND BASS ALL BE ADDRESSED?

The pedagogy is applicable to all stringed instruments and two videos, Level 2 Rolland Actions, cello, and Level 2 Rolland Actions, bass, are part of the curriculum.

MUST I PASS A TEST TO BE GRANTED A LEVEL 2 ENDORSEMENT?

There is a final evaluation that includes teaching two Rolland Actions to a pupil of your choice.  Submitting a journal of notes from the text, films, and sessions is part of the final evaluation. 

WILL I RECEIVE A CERTIFICATE UPON SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF LEVEL 2 ENDORSEMENT?

Yes, you will be awarded a Certificate of Level 2 Endorsement and receive feedback on your final evaluation after all requirements are fulfilled.  Upon successful completion of Level 2 and payment of Paul Rolland String Pedagogy Society annual dues, you will become a member and be listed on the Society’s website as having Level 2 Endorsement.