FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
HOW DOES LEVEL 3 DIFFER FROM LEVEL 2?
Level 3 includes continued in-depth study with extensive individualized work with a mentor in a small group setting, as well as a focus on each candidate’s own playing.
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 2 ENDORSEMENT BEFORE TAKING LEVEL 3?
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. Level 2 Endorsement is a prerequisite to apply for Level 3.
HOW DO I REGISTER?
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 13-15. The session schedule is determined by the mentor in consultation with the candidates.
WHAT MATERIALS DO I NEED TO HAVE FOR THE LEVEL 3 SESSIONS?
The Teaching of Action in String Playing (book) by Paul Rolland with Marla Mutschler.
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 3 Rolland Actions, cello, and Level 3 Rolland Actions, bass, are part of the curriculum.
MUST I PASS A TEST TO BE GRANTED A LEVEL 3 ENDORSEMENT?
There is a final evaluation that includes teaching two Rolland Actions, one left hand and one right hand, to a pupil of your choice. The final evaluation includes submitting a journal of notes from the text, films, and sessions.
WILL I RECEIVE A CERTIFICATE UPON SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF LEVEL 3 ENDORSEMENT?
Yes, you will be awarded a Certificate of Level 3 Endorsement and receive feedback on your final evaluation after all requirements are fulfilled. Upon successful completion of Level 3 and payment of Paul Rolland String Pedagogy Society annual dues, you will maintain your membership and be listed on the Society’s website as having Level 3 Endorsement.