Strolling Strings, Part 3

Read Part 1 and Part 2.

Rehearsal Suggestions

When rehearsing your strolling strings group, have students

  • Memorize the music before adding strolling motions.
  • Practice their strolling motions by walking through the show without playing their instruments.
  • Face each other in lines. This helps students check their bowing, fingering, and strolling movements.
  • Practice in front of a mirror if possible.
  • Exaggerate facial expressions.
  • Practice strolling entrances, exits, and any choreographed formations.


Planning Movements Tips

  • Students’ movements should be natural, relaxed, and unhurried.
  • When teaching the movements to your group, provide a diagram for the students to follow and be sure that every stroller knows when and where to move.
  • Some formations that work well are circles, triangles, straight lines, and V shapes.
  • Encourage all musicians to stroll throughout the entire audience and cover all parts of your performance space.
  • Start with performances that incorporate small movements, then add more complex motions as students become more comfortable.

Resources:

Getting Started with Strolling Strings, by Robert Gillespie, Beth Gilbert, and Mary Lou Jones. © 1995 MENC.

— Nicole Springer. March 17, 2009. © National Association for Music Education.