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The Rolland Philosophy

Get them started right and aim them in the right direction and they will reach the top. . . . It is a fallacy to believe that the careful teaching of fundamentals will slow down the pupil. . . . Most elements of string playing can be introduced, in embryonic form of course, during the first year of instruction, and refined thereafter. . . . One would be quite surprised at what pupils can be started on during the first and second years. . . . Music educators should strive to develop players who not only play in tune with a good sound but who also feel comfortable and happy in so doing, and who use well coordinated movements without excessive tension as they play. . . . It is of paramount importance to develop a well-balanced stance, balanced right and left arms, and a balanced hold. . . . Good balance is the key to efficient movements. . . . A small child can be taught to play with a beautiful tone and sonority by the use of good balance of the body and by avoiding static tensions in his movements. . . . Stressed is freedom of movement; trying to inculcate the pupil with a feeling of kinesthesia, a feeling of lightness, both with the bow and the instrument. . . . Naturalness, naturalness, naturalness."

-  Paul Rolland