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December, 16, 2016
01:30 PM - 02:30 PM


Meeting Room W179


Sandy Goldie

Sandy Goldie

Fourth Finger First: Why the Order of Finger Introduction Matters

Clinic Synopsis:

Why does the order of finger introduction matter in beginning string instruction? Join us as we explore this question and compare differences between how many of the most popular string class methods approach initial left hand set-up and some of the world’s leading pedagogues in the private lesson setting (Galamian, Auer, Applebaum). Hear the results of an action research study indicating why starting with the 4th finger first may have many benefits for you and your students.

Sandy Goldie - Biographical Information

Sandy Goldie is passionate about high quality string playing and teaching. She is the Assistant Professor of String Music Education at Virginia Commonwealth University where she teaches graduate and undergraduate music education courses. She has worked as a public school orchestra teacher, studio teacher, professional symphony musician (violist), string researcher, and frequent guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator in positions across the country. Dr. Goldie has enjoyed working with students of all ages and is an active guest conductor and clinician, working with many honors orchestras as well as the 2009 S.C. All-State Orchestra. She worked as a public school orchestra teacher for 14 years. She has performed professionally in symphonies throughout SC, NC, and GA. She is an active guest speaker, presenting her work at state, national and international conferences (NAfME, ASTA, SMTE, ISAME VMEA, GMEA, and others). She has promoted music education at the local, state and national levels through leadership positions like ASTA (former state president, SC; current president-elect, VA), SCMEA (former executive board member, orchestra division), AVS (president-elect, SC Chapter and executive board member of VVS). She completed her PhD at the University of Florida, her Master’s Degree at the University of Georgia and her Bachelor’s degree at the University of South Carolina where she double-majored in music education and performance.