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.
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.